Post # 1
I’m on a search for a new stylist so I’m scheduling another trial after I wasn’t loving my current stylist. I’m willing to fork over the money to love my hair. It seems almost everyone I’m interested in is booked on my day except for bridal concerige services (more of a company rather than a contractor/individual).
Anyway, I did find one lady who is available on my day and I love her portfolio. She only has like 5 reviews though…and she’s super expensive. $135 for hair, $100 hair trial, $35 for travel fee. This is like $270 together.
I found a beauty concierge service that happens to be available on my day for about $70 less and a ton of great reviews but it seems like they mostly reviewed their makeup. Their portfolio has a ton of work for makeup and there’s hair (mostly model/commercial) and some bridal. I don’t see a ton of bridal to make a good decision.
The third concierge service is in the middle of pricing. Their work seems good too and they have a lot of good reviews but require a minimum and not everyone wants their hair done in my bridal party 🙁 so I’m not able to meet that quote.
Should I just stick with the first option? Please help me not make the same mistake again lol.
Post # 2
This is a tough one, Bee.
5 reviews would not be enough to convince me, to be honest. As for the second option, if what matters to you most is your hair, then a place that specializes on makeup might not be what you’re looking for.
I first chose this great guy who had tons of good reviews and j loved all the pictures on his website so I payed in full and used the first trial for my Save the Date photoshoot. He was great, but his products were very low quality. My hair and makeup barely lasted through the photoshoot. So I forgot about the money already spent and went to a salon. I’m so happy I did!
Look for other options, have trials with different people if possible!
Post # 3
I’m thinking why is her’s more expensive than others if she only has 5 reviews on WeddingWire? I think I’ll try to keep searching for a place that I feel more comfortbale with despite her work looking good.
I thought about the salon since they’re cheaper, like $50-60? I don’t know who to go to though that I would trust on doing my hair. It just feels like I’m shelling out money.
Post # 4
Do you have a wedding coordinator/planner? Mine was able to point me in the right direction. Your photographer may be able to assist, too.
Does she have reviews other than on WeddingWire? Not all vendors are big on using WeddingWire or promoting themselves on it.
Post # 5
3 on WeddingWire, 5 on TheKnot (two of which are the same from WeddingWire). Pretty much it. Her work looks good though but she’s the most expensive for not really having a “repuable” salon…. She has a ton of clients https://www.facebook.com/pg/Annamariecuaauthentic/photos/?tab=album&album_id=686943131397848&ref=page_internal
This is her work site http://www.iamcua.com/weddings.html
There is another vendor that has more reviews and an award but their hair doesn’t even look as good as the girl with few reviews.
Post # 6
Unfortunately since the standards for your hairstyle are high (not a bad thing, mine were too) you will have to spend money to find the stylist who can deliver this on your wedding day.
The only way you will have the answers to all your unknowns, like whether to pay the extra for Anna Marie or just go with the cheaper salon, is to pay for a hair trial with them. We can speculate all you want, but until you see them actually style your own hair, it’ll just be a guessing game.
I totally understand your stress though. I actually had 3 hair and makeup trials ($75/each so $225 total) with my MUA to really get the look I was looking for. It was a lot of money but in the end, TOTALLY worth it because she absolutely nailed it on my wedding day.
Since timeslots are filling up fast, I would go ahead and ask the salons to pencil you in for your wedding, and then cancel with the ones you don’t want later on.
Honestly, if hair is super important to you, I would spend the $100 to do a hair trial with Anna. And if you do end up liking her, maybe ask her to waive the travel fee or give you a discount on the hair since you already spent $100 for the trial. When I asked, my MUA waived her travel fee and gave me a discount on her services for the wedding day since I spent so much on my trials.
Post # 7
yeah I was just thinking that. It doesn’t hurt to do the trial I mean it sucks to lose money but I’m not going hungry over it. So I’ll keep the trial see how it goes, guess I gotta pay to get it how I want. Appreciate the input! I’ll try to negotiate lol. Even if it’s a small discount paying in full cash maybe.
My last resort is to stick to my current and just tell her the adjustments I’d like since it’s not bad but not perfect. Mainly looser curls and no flyaways lol…which i swear my bridesmaid hair was perfectly done so idk! I never knew I was this picky about my hair.