(Closed) Does anyone else think hair and make up trials are a supreme waste of money?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 32
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Worker bee

I am going to do my own hair, I just had a hair trial Friday, and I was like, “Uh, she didn’t do anything I can’t do”.  I only go in for trims usually, but I figured I’d have her style it, just to see.  So at least I know that and won’t have to spend the $$ on it.   

However, since I don’t wear make-up at all, I have to do a trial for that. 

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@bunting:  Thanks for reviewing your experience! That is awesome that it went so well. Do you think they could have made it more instructional, or you could have duplicated the look yourself by paying enough attention? I’m getting married overseas so I’m going to have to DIY the day of, flying in a makeup artist is not in the budget. πŸ™‚

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am seriously thinking into not doing a hair trial either. My hair lady for the wedding is an over an hour drive away from me so I would have to waste gas and time going all the way to her. And the trial will cost me over $100, seems like a waste of time and money to me. I never have trouble with anyone styling my hair. She is to travel to my hotel for the wedding and I think I am paying her enough already for the day of. Also I have had some trouble booking the trial with her anyways since she is usually not available on the days I am off.

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center

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@Over the Moon:  I think the majority of the applications they do are instructional, so I bet you could schedule something, explain your situation and have them guide you through the process for a bridal look you love, then use the $50 to buy some of the products they used on you! Then you can replicate it yourself! It’d be a perfect solution for you if you need to buy your wedding day make-up anyway, because then you get an instructional for free.

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@bunting:  That is awesome, I am totally going to do this! Thank you!

Post # 37
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My hairdresser just experimented one day when I had a trim though I knew what I wanted so I knew it wouldn’t take many attempts. For make-up I booked a trial which I do think is a good idea, as even though the lady did my friend’s make-up well, I wanted to make sure.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I definitely do not thonk it’s a waste, although i do think it’s way too expensive but that’s another story! My regular stylist did my hair trial for free, but it was good to get an idea of what it will look like. I am so happy i did make up trials because the one i was going to go with ended up being a complete jome and just bad. If i had ended up with her on the wedding dag there would have been an extreme bridezilla moment. So no, I’m not just going to trust people without a practice run.

Post # 39
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Helper bee

No…. it’s not a waste… Whats a waste is hiring someone who you think will do a great job to mess up your hair and not have enough time to fix it!

I would much rather ensure that my hair and makeup will be exactly the way I want it for my big day. Also, sometimes, you THINK you know what you want to look like for an occasion, then you see it and completely change your mind.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t think they’re a waste… Any time I’m having my hair done by a new stylist, I need to have a trial… My hair is VERY long and VERY thick – so stylists are not prepared for what it takes to hold my hair up and in place πŸ™‚ However… I did not have to pay for my hair or make up trial – both were close friends so they just offered to do it when I was hanging out with them at various times…

My hair trial was important and helpful because… My stylist realized that certain things she wanted to do weren’t going to work on my hair… and we were also able to adjust a few things (once seeing pictures of it) to make them even better… Then my hair was seriously PERFECT on my wedding day…

My make up trial was important and helpful because… We didn’t know what colors we wanted to do… So we used it as a time to experiment… We tried several different colors of eye shadow (and, again, took pictures) to decide what looked best and fit my vision for the wedding… We were also able to try a bold lip and a neutral lip to decide which looked better too… 

I’m very happy that I did both trials πŸ™‚

However… I had a friend who got married around the same day I did… She had her hair trial close to her wedding… It looked great (Not my style, but exactly what she wanted)… On her wedding day, however, not so good (like you have heard from others)… And that same friend had her make up done by a professional… When she got to the church, my SIL (who did my make up for my wedding) had to fix the bride’s make up because it was not how she wanted it… I had a friend a few years ago go to that same make up artist, and again, my SIL had to fix it… 

I never really understood why these girls didn’t just have my SIL do it in the first place πŸ™‚ My SIL used to sell Mary Kay, so she learned some skills there, but mostly she’s just good at it πŸ™‚ She was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in both of those weddings and her daughter(s) were FG(s) in both weddings… But the same was true for mine and she was still able to do my make up πŸ™‚ I think those 2 brides could’ve saved themselves the money and just gone to my SIL πŸ™‚ haha…Obviously I’m partial to her work… It was just interesting to me that they both got to the church and went to my SIL for help

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Definitely not. Both trials were included in their day-of price…..and I changed both my hair and makeup based on the trial. So for me it was definitely worth it.

Post # 42
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Newbee

Def not a waste! I am a hairstylist and makeup artist, I highly recommend

A trail to my clients, it’s much more relaxing the day of the wedding.

Its a great idea to see how well your hair and makeup will go on your biggest day! Also as far as the hair not looking the same on wedding day, I always take pictures of hair and write down everything I do for hair and makeup. This also helps with the bride incase she changes her mind on the look she wants for her wedding day.

As far as doing your own makeup, it can be very tricky.

Lighting is different in most cameras now, I was trained on the makeup that helps you look your absolute best! You don’t want to look washed out or an odd color.

Invest! Also this let’s you be relaxed on your wedding day to sit back and be pampered!

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