When should I secure a bridal stylist?

by Michelle Stiver, Salon Aficionado

blond curly hair in a low updo with face-framing curls
Hair: Linda Rios, Photo: Jamie K Photography

As the country is starting to open back up following COVID-19, I’ve seen a huge influx in inquiries for a bridal stylist.

What does that mean for all of the future brides out there? It means it’s time to start planning! Be ahead of the game by doing your homework early. 

Have you decided to wear your natural curls for your special day? It can be difficult to find a curly hair specialist, but it’s even more of a challenge to find a specialist that also does bridal styling. Curl experts have a tendency to be booked out months in advance, so it’s important to find the right person to tend to your tendrils and get your date secured early.

Leave yourself plenty of time to find your bridal stylist: I recommend you secure your stylist at least 6 to 9 months before your wedding date. If the stylist you choose is highly sought-after, I would recommend securing your date a full year in advance.

If you’ve never worked with your bridal stylist before, you will definitely want to schedule a trial run to make sure the two of you mesh well and that you find a style you love. Whether you’re looking for a naturally curly updo, wearing your curls down with a simple veil, or anything in between, the last thing you want to have to worry about on your wedding day is your hair.

When a bride reaches out to me, I’m often asked if I can work with straight hair as well as curly hair. The answer is yes! Most bridal parties have a mix of people with straight hair and curly hair, so be sure to ask if your stylist can handle both textures. This will eliminate you needing more than one hairdresser. 

Bottom line: If you’re planning to wear your naturally curly hair for your wedding, start early to find and secure a stylist, and then make sure you work together to achieve a gorgeous style you love that will last for your entire special day, for better or for worse.

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