Spring is in the air! And so are the wedding bells. Wedding season is here already, and we couldn’t be more excited here at Virtue Salon!
As an Upstyling Specialist, there’s nothing I love more than getting to be a part of one of the most important days in my guests’ lives. To be honest, I am a complete hopeless romantic, and it has fed my love for the wedding industry and bridal styling and turned it into a big passion of mine. So, let’s go over some commonly asked questions about upstyling for your big day!
How can I make sure I’m on the same page with my service provider?
Consultations are a crucial component to a successful upstyling experience. Consultations are not something to take lightly, and should be as thorough as can be. It is important to go over every detail. When conducting a consultation make sure your service provider knows the ins and outs of your wedding. Here is a good list of questions to consider:
- What is your color scheme?
- What is your atheistic for your wedding?
- What time of day is your wedding?
- What does your dress look like? (Bring in a picture of your dress is you can!) Open back? Strapless? These all are things to consider when choosing an upstyle.
- Is the wedding inside or outside? What will the weather be like that day?
- Are you going to be dancing the night away? If so maybe a style with all the hair up and out of your face will be the best fit. Otherwise when the dancing begins and the hair falls, usually the bride or bridesmaids will pull it up themselves into a messy bun.
- When was a time when you felt most beautiful/comfortable/powerful?
- How do you normally style your hair?
- When was a time when you strongly disliked your hair?
- What are some things you do NOT want to see in your style? (I.e pulled back very tight, forehead exposed, ears showing, not enough volume, too much volume)
- What is your hair dream for your wedding?
Bring all the pictures your heart desires! What’s your favorite thing about each one?
All these questions will help your service provider understand who you are, and how to create the perfect look/experience catered exactly to you! Consultations by no means need to be rushed, take time to think about your desires and communicate with each other. Words are powerful, and we should use them to their full extent.
Pro tip: Check out your service provider’s Instagram before you reserve a trial with them. Do your research! Is your potential hairdresser passionate about upstyling? Do you like their style? If there are pictures on their Instagram or your salons Instagram you like, bring them in!
Note to my professionals: Make sure you practice reflective listening! Confirm all details with your guest and don’t make any assumptions that you and your guest are on the same page. Sit down and chat with them at eye level. Feel free to bring in other pictures as well for clear communication.
Is reserving a trial really necessary?
I cannot stress enough how important it is to schedule trial reservations with your hair and make-up specialists. During this reservation you can try a couple different options for your hair and discover what’s achievable and what will help you look and feel your best. Many brides like to make sure this appointment is scheduled around 2 weeks before their wedding, this way they have a more clear and concise picture in their mind for their big day.
A major do: Bring plenty of photos! Many guest feel like they cannot bring photos in fear of offending their hairdresser. However, we love them! We love how pictures bridge the gap that words sometimes cannot, getting a front row seat to your vision, and most importantly being able to make you feel your absolute best.
Note to my professionals: Make sure you take plenty of pictures of your guest’s hair after you have achieved their desired look in order to perfectly replicate it on the day of the wedding, this is crucial in being able to serve your guest accordingly!
How can I make sure everything runs smoothly on my big day?
It’s finally here! Let’s talk about what we need to do the day of. ALL individuals in the bridal party need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time. This part is crucial! Salon days are booked to the minute and we want to make sure everyone gets a full experience and for this day to run as smoothly as possible. If any of the individuals in the bridal party are late, they very well may be turned away for service. All individuals should also arrive with CLEAN, and completely dry hair. Yes friends, I said clean hair! Let’s debunk this upstyle myth. I’m sure we are all thinking the same thing; “But I heard clean hair isn’t good for upstyles? Only dirty hair.” I’m here to inform us all that having completely clean hair is actually the best thing you can do to prepare for your upstyle! Greasy or dirty hair fails to hold a style securely and grease can be difficult to cover up based on the individual. No on wants oily hair on their wedding day, or hair that falls flat. Clean hair can be made pliable, and products are what really help us give grit to hair to hold an upstyle best. Hair should not only be clean, but also completely dry! Wet hair does not hold in an upstyle. Your hairdresser will not be able to complete your look with dirty or damp hair. If you or a member of your wedding party is worried about this, feel free to book a blow out with your hairdresser the afternoon or evening before. This way you both can ensure clean, dry hair. Hairdressers also schedule each reservation to the minute. This means they more than likely will not have time to wash and/or blow-dry your hair before they start upstyling. With that being said, let’s set ourselves up for success and have our entire bridal party arrive 15 minutes early all with clean, dry hair!
What if I only get my hair “half up, half down?” Is that still considered an upstyle?
Absolutely! The best thing about upstyles (and my personal favorite) is that they are very diverse. Upstyles can consist of having all of the hair pinned up or only some. It can also include braids, twists, pins, curls, sleek, you name it! The sky is the limit when it comes to upstyles.
What’s the most popular trend for upstyle as of 2018?
So first off, trends are very fun, but what’s more fun is following your heart when it comes for your hair! My 2018 motto for all aspects of my life is “just go for it,” this motto applies here too. As far as popularity goes, loose romantic styles are definitely “in” right now. Low tousled or braided buns and “boho beachy waves” are common. As beautiful as these styles are, what’s more beautiful is wearing your hair how you feel most confident and yourself.
Should I have my hair done at the salon of my choice, or should I have them come to me?
It’s completely up to you! Many hairdressers do both offsite and onsite weddings, so if you have a preference, do whatever is going to make your day easier. Many hairdressers do however have offsite fees. Some brides chose to have their wedding party travel to the salon for photo opportunities! If the salon you are choosing for your styling has a décor and an atmosphere you love, I recommend traveling to them. Then you and your bridal party get a whole additional location for pictures to happen.
Are my bridesmaids who are not scheduling with the salon allowed to do their own hair and makeup at the salon?
This is a question we get a lot! And unfortunately the answer is no: by law, no hair or makeup services may be performed by anyone except licensed cosmetologists of whom are employed by Virtue Salon, on the premises. To stay safe we recommend just leaving it to the professionals!
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