Post # 1
There is a local high school in our area that has a cosmetology department, they will do hair and nails at a discounted price I’m wondering if this might be a good idea for my wedding day hair and makeup, also for my girls. I don’t have a regular stylist because I’m a poor college student and I’m growing out my hair so I just get it trimmed by a chain place. I’m just not liking the prices I’m seeing at most of the salons. Any advice or thoughts?
Post # 3
That’s a great, creative option! why not go there? A bunch of girls/guys who like to do hair, makeup and nails?! I’d probably go there on my own first.. see how it turns out.. and if it’s good, book away for the big day 🙂
Post # 4
I dunno, it depends on who you get. My friend and I went to one of those places exactly once because it was a horrible experience. All we wanted was to get a pedicure and the two students we got were so terrible, they had to do it over 3 times. It took us hours to get out of there because they kept starting over. If that happened to you, you would have to choose between being late for your next thing or walking out looking all crazy. I wouldn’t risk it! Better to have someone reliable on such an important day.
Post # 5
My dad just recently graduated from hair school. Here’s the thing though, he’s been doing make-up and hair for 30 years. He’s done movies and makes really good money. People would go to the school and he’d do their hair for 20 bucks, if he was to do it outside of school it’d be more like $100! Going to a beauty school for those things is a smart thing to do. I agree w/ Bennie do a trial, if you like what the person does you can request to have them do it again. Good Luck!
Post # 6
Thanks all! I was thinking that a trial is the smartest idea, but should I go super early, like November/December that way if I don’t like it I can find another place to go, or should I wait with fingers crossed until just a couple months before the wedding?
Post # 7
i would say to get a trial, but you have to think they are students, and they have their instructors watching over them like a hawk, checking everything they do. so if your in a rush, don’t go there, but otherwise i think its a great idea. i’ve been to beauty schools so many times for pedis/manis/hair color/cut and loved it.
Post # 8
Hahah… it’s risky. When I was in beauty school – I sucked! lol You can get lucky and get a student who’s really good at french manis, or you could get someone who’s awful and it looks all clumpy. I dunno… I guess the trial thing is an ok idea, but if you go too early, the student you had might be graduated by the time you go back for your wedding, right? I would trust them for the more basic stuff, that they can’t really "screw up", ie, massage, body scrubs, facials even (since their instructor will check their analysis, and tell them what products to use) but not waxing or manis & pedis.
I’m not sure about hair school though…
Post # 9
I dont know how it is there…. but here, the only beauty school students who get to work on actual customers (aside from their own volunteers) are the top in their classes. So maybe call and find out before you make your decision?
Post # 10
Truthfully, I would never go to a cosmetology school to get my hair done. Mani/Pedis/Facials. Ok. But since you don’t know who you are going to get, its a risky situation. In Michigan, you go to school 35 hours a week, you only need 350 hours to work on clients. That being said, you can only have been doing hair for 10 weeks, have no clue what you are doing and you may get that person. On the other hand, you may get someone who actually knows what they are doing and it turn out great. Its a big risk to take, but not one I would be willing to take because if you end up hating your hair, they are going to tell you, its a school, you singed a disclaimer, theres nothing we can do about it. I would call around salons, get prices on updos, stop in to a few, ask to look at stylist portfolio and go from there. I promise you’ll be able to find something!
Post # 11
This could work out great, but you may also have issues. I think you’re smart to go and have a trial way in advance. Also, if you can, I’d make sure that the actual stylist who does your trial will be the person you work with on the day of the wedding. I’ve never done this myself for hair, but I have gone in to get a manicure at the local beauty school. They’re pretty reputable and I got a great manicure (and an OPI polish) for $10 with no tipping allowed!
Post # 12
Don’t do it for your wedding, beauty school students don’t have a clue, and at mine, people couldn’t request who they wanted. So you may go and have an awesome trial and then that’s it.
I just feel like your wedding day is one day to make sure you have the most control you can. Not saying it can’t be a good experience but i would skip the stress level.