How many trials did you have?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

One trial for hair, one (separate) trial for make-up. Find someone willing to try, try, try again until it’s just right. You should only need like one or two trials for this; don’t leave a salon if your hair looks awful. Demand that they try until it’s right.

Post # 3
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

I do hair and makeup (unprofessionally and not for pay) for my friends when they have special events (Formals, graduations, weddings, etc. I usually prefer as the stylist to do around 3 trials. Maybe that’s just me, but since I’m not a professional I want to make sure I’ve got it right.

Post # 4
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had no hair trial. I used my regular hair stylist that I go to every 2 weeks so I trusted her.

I had one makeup trial and loved it. I did a lot of research before I inquired with her.

Post # 5
35 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have unruly hair that only one hairdresser managed to curl in a way I was happy with and she was unavailable. I had approx 10 hair trails and ended up doing it myself. 


Makeup three trials to find mine and had two trials with her. 

Post # 6
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

No hair trial (short hair and not much option for styling)

one make up trial, I was very specific in what I wanted and she did a good job. It was just a $125.00 appointment at Sephora where you have to buy a giftcard for $125 and the appointment is then free. Don’t worry…you end up spending 125.00++++ when it is over.

Post # 7
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

1 hair and makeup trial….then back to change the eyes on the makeup…..then the we had another go at the hair…..I still didnt like it but coudnt be bothered to try anymore.

Post # 8
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m only having 1 hair trial a 9 days before the wedding.  I’m using the stylist I’ve gone to for about 10 years, and she is awesome.  Though I’ve never had her do a formal style on my hair, she is an ultraperfectionist, and told me to book the last appointment of the day and that she would stay 2 hours late if she needed to so my hair was perfect, so I’m pretty confident.  She didn’t want the trial earlier than that, because it is highly unlikely that she would remember exactly what she did for an exact replica (which is what trials are supposed to be, but so often aren’t).  If I didn’t already know her, I would probably do a trial a bit earlier just to make sure there was time to try another person if I hated it.  Although she not make an exact replica (think of all the hair they are styling between then), if I like her style and technique I’d probably be happy.

I’m doing my own makeup, and have probably done 4-5 trials on myself, just to try out a bunch of different things and to get comfortable doing my makeup.  I am way too much of a perfectionist with makeup and have highly sensitive skin, so I’d have to buy all my own product anyways, and thought it would be dumb to hire someone to apply my own products that I can apply perfectly well which I would probaby end up doing my own touch up on anyways.   

Post # 9
1608 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t have any trials.

Post # 10
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had one makeup trial the day of our engagement photos, so thank goodness that went well! As for hair, my mother will be doing it for me the morning of. That said, I went through TONS of different styling options before settling on one, so I probably gave myself about 25 trials before I was happy!

LCC611:  Was it the quality/workmanship that you didn’t like at your first trial (i.e. they executed your vision poorly), or the style itself? I wouldn’t want to shell out money for trials I didn’t like either, so if it’s the latter maybe try it out yourself at home first, just to get an idea if you like it. There were loads of ‘dos I liked in pictures that didn’t look as good on me, no matter how carefully I replicated them, so it might be worth a shot. Good luck!

Post # 11
1321 posts
Bumble bee

When it’s all said and done, I will probably have had 3 hair/make-up trials.  The first time, I loved the updo my stylist did but was not crazy with my eye make-up.  So in this upcoming 2nd trial, I will have her try something different for my make-up and will also experiment with keeping my hair down vs. having it up.  And finally, since my wedding is not until November and I will be having a bridal portrait session before my wedding, I will do a final hair/make-up trial for the photo shoot and to finalize how I want my look to be on the actual wedding day.  (It might sound like a lot but being a freelance hair/make-up artist myself, how my hair/make-up looks is very important to me.) 

OP – if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on hair/make-up trials you don’t like, I would suggest that either you or a friend whose good at make-up and hair do a trial run of what you want to look like, take a bunch of photos, and then show them to person who will be doing the trial.  Only bringing in inspirational photos of what you want might not give you the look you actually desire, since what looks good on the model will look completely different on you. 

Post # 12
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My wedding is on July 5th and I had my hair trial about a month ago.  But I’m lucky and have naturally curly hair and I knew I wanted to wear it down.  The stylist showed me a really simple style that looked natural and give it some height for the wedding.  I really loved it but there is not much “styling” to be done with my hair.  I wanted my regular hairstylist to do my wedding hair but he’s going to be out of town then.  He recommended the woman I’m using.  She good and quite reasonable.

I’m having my make-up trial this Tuesday.  I used to work in a spa with the woman who does the make up so I know she’s very good.  But I have no clue about make up so this could be challenging lol Why don’t you try asking people you know? co-workers, classmates, etc..  I think word of mouth is a great way to find out about services.  I’ve found it to really work for me.  I’ve often found excellent people this way and often they are cheaper than those that “advertise”.  

Also, I’ve been looking at different make up/hair looks online.  I’ve been looking at pics with women that have fair skin, light eyes, and round faces (like me).  I don’t think it’s realistic for me to try and re-create make up look of a woman with olive skin, dark eyes, and a long face. 

That being said if you find a “look” you like show it to the stylist.  “Hey, I love this but I’m not sure if it would look right on me?”  There’s a good chance that you could get the look you like.  But perhaps “tweaked” somewhat to flatter you.  I’d suggest trying to be somewhat flexible.  I think if you are intent on having a style/look exactly like a pic you may be missing out on possibilities.  Sometimes what I think I want… what makes me happy are two different things.  Example, I was intent on NOT having a strapless wedding gown.  Trying on all kinds of dresses with straps – didn’t like any of them.  A friend suggested a try on this strapless gown, I tried it to humour her.  I loved that dress.  Strapless was very flattering on me – go figure!  I bought the dress and couldn’t be happier.  Good Luck.



Post # 13
4961 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Do you not have a hair stylist that you go to regularly? I guess I am just lucky as I have been going to the same woman for the past 5-6 years. She is AMAZING! She does hair for NYC fashion week so you know she’s great! I did a hair trial with her anyway because I wanted to try out a couple different styles – so it was more trying them out than making sure she does a good job.

I also had one makeup trial w/a woman recommended by my hair stylist.

I say do A LOT of research, make sure they have a portfolio and look at the pictures, read reviews / get recommendations. If you don’t like it…ask them to try again. That’s what a trial is!

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