Did you have a hair/make up trial?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Did you have a hair and/or make up trial?
    Yes, within one month of the wedding : (20 votes)
    24 %
    Yes, 1-3 months before : (25 votes)
    30 %
    Yes, 3-6 months before : (5 votes)
    6 %
    Yes, 6+ months before wedding : (1 votes)
    1 %
    No hair or make up trial : (10 votes)
    12 %
    Hair only trial : (5 votes)
    6 %
    Make up only trial : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Hair & Make up trial : (14 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I didn’t have a hair or makeup trial, but I think that is pretty uncommon…

    Post # 4
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014


    H&M trial is very common in my area, and most people recommend it.  They will show you few different styles each for H&M and you get to choose what you would like on your day of.

    I did it, and after doing it, I think it’s a good idea (as long as it doesn’t strain your budget) – you really get to see your H&M person’s skill as well as how the real end product looks on yourself (sometimes things look better/worse in pictures!).

    Post # 5
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I didn’t.  Then again, my mom and sister did my hair and my sister and I did my makeup and we started early enough that, if we had to, we could have started over again.

    Post # 6
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I did both the summer before the wedding. Then I decided to do my own makeup, so I’ve been doing at-home trials. 

    Post # 7
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I did a makeup trial and I’m glad I did. The last thing I would want is to have it done on the wedding day, not like it and make her start over. After my trial I was able to tweak my ideas and tell the MUA what to change for my actual wedding day.

    My mom is a hairstylist so we messed around with my hair a lot before the wedding, so I guess technically I did have a hair trial as well.

    Post # 8
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    considering that the people doing your hair and makeup are not professionals i would strongly recommend a trial to ensure you are happy with your final look for your special day…

    Post # 9
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    I had a hair trial a few weeks before the wedding, but it was only because my hairstylist wanted to play around a bit — she asked me. She did my hair for free though, so the trial was also free.

    Post # 10
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I had a makeup trial about three weeks before the wedding. I would have felt a little better doing it earlier just in case I hated the place, but luckily I had a good experience.

    I’m not having a hair trial because I already know what I want, and I am just using my regular hair dresser, so she knows me and my hair. She’s confident she can pull off what I want and it’ll look great.

    Post # 11
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MrsN14:  I had both and was glad I did. the make up trial I got twice bc the first time it was too dark.

    i think its worth it

    Post # 13
    2787 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I didn’t but I worked with the people before so I trusted their skills….my advice would be to get a trial is you havn’t gotten a service from them before…maybe for your engagement shoot


    Post # 14
    810 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MrsN14:  I had a hair trial about 1.5 months before the wedding. I had never used this hairdresser before and he didn’t know my hair (or me). We got to talk about what I like, what I don’t, how my hair reacts to temps, humidity, etc. He played around and tried some stuff out. I really liked him, but changed my mind about the hair style. Come wedding day I went in and explained my feelings about the previous ‘do, and we worked from there to find a style that I loved.

    As far as makeup, I did my own so I was doing trials about 1-2 per week for about 3 months leading up to the wedding, trying different products and types of application.

    I’m glad I did both trials. I would recommend both.

    Post # 15
    474 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m not having a hair and makeup trial. It doesn’t fit in the budget. I would if I could though, but that’s because I’m indecisive, not because I doubt her skills.

    She just won the ‘Wedding Couples’ Choice Award’ from WeddingWire. I chose her because of her technical skills in hair and makeup. I’m honestly not worried about not having a trial. I’ve seen dozens and dozens of before & afters on her Instagram and Facebook. 

    She’s pricey, but it’s worth it.

    Post # 16
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I did my own makeup and practiced a lot for it.

    I had my hair done by the salon I go to, but didn’t do a trial- but it turned out fantastic on the day of anyway! (Glad I didn’t, cause I saved a ton of $$$ not doing the trial!)

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