(Closed) Signing a contract before my hair trial. Is this normal?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wouldnt say it was normal. My hairdresser isnt doing that.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Odd. I haven’t even signed a contract yet and I had my trial next week. Are you fully confidant that they can do what you want?

 

FWIW, we signed our catering contract before tasting a morsel based on their reputation and having had the tasting, I’m glad we followed our gut (literally and figuratively :p).  🙂

Can you go in during salon hours and utilize their services as a normal customer?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Overall, not typical. I had to sign a contract with my salon buti said if I didn’t love the hair and/or it was too much to get them to my wedding site (it’s an hour away and if they charge a lot to drive there), I won’t do hair from them. So, contract says that I’m geting services with them. It’s written rather loosely. My partner and I have even though to fulfill it, WE’D take a day (the day before or two days) and relax. Get manicures (Shellac for clumsy me and clear for him), maybe pedis (um, Hell Yes for me). something like that. I have a hair trial with a another place that charges less, seems more my style, has hair AND makeup, and prefers to go to location. 

As for signing for the trial… think of it this way, it’s basically you promising that you’ll pay and that they’ll do a hair trial. Some of those contracts have been built to protect both sides over time, through mistakes (I have a contract now in my syllabus for college jr and srs!) So maybe it says for ex that it’s a trial so they spend 2 hours on your hair. If it’s been 1 hour and you are so not satisfied they can’t be all “Well, we tried two looks. More cash” BUT you aslo can’t refuse to pay. NOW it is a trial and if you had it (oh, it’s happened! search away_ you have options. Have them fix it there, ask for another stylist etc.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@cherryblossomlove:  a lot of places around here will give you basically a deal if you book your trial and pay for the actual session at the same time (and book at same time – which why would i do that? what if you suck?). I had one trial that was cheap and ooooo I got what I paid for. If they don’t include, be sure to ask and then write in the contract what happens if the person performing the service can’t make it (I also used to do freelance makeup and this happened SO MUCH. Luckily I had a good core group of girls so we could trade in for each other. I knew whose style would match what we wanted and vice versa)

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

The independent MUAs around here do this. I see the trial as a chance to test the style you think you want, not as a “try out” for the artist/stylist.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

Surely the whole point of a trial is to see if you like them and their hairstyles before you make a final booking?!

I wouldn’t sign until I’d had the trial and was sure I wanted to use their services for the wedding.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

i would make sure there is a clause in the contract where you can get your deposit back and be freed from the contract if you no longer wish to utilize the salon after the trial.  They probably won’t give your deposit back if you cancel right before the wedding, but i think it’s ridiculous to expect you to be sure that you are going with a salon without a trial first.  I’d be wary of the contract!!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My guess is that they want you to sign a contract becuase they are probably starting to turn away other business on your wedding day.  

I signed a contract before my hair trial (hair trial will be the week before the weddng).  But I signed my contract because I wanted a gaurentee that the hairdresser will be available for me on my wedding day.

If you are uncomfortable with signing a contract before your hair trial, then I’d say schedule your trial asap.  Or risk losing them on the day of.  Keep in mind they are a business – if they have turned away clients so that they can work on your wedding day hair….and then you back out after your hair trial, then they have lost money.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I had to do this. I was also really uneasy about doing it, but in the end it worked out great. I guess it’s to just hold my place so I can’t back out easily.

I think I started a thread about it last year because I was so unsure about signing before having a trial??

ETA: yup, here’s the thread I started on it if you’re interested in what others said to me: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/booking-hairmake-up-question-what-did-you-do

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not odd at all. I had to sign a contract paying 30% of the cost for all my BMs, it was $100 for the hair trial, and balance is due day of.

My makeup artist was the same way, only she wnated a $50 deposit. Both are very reputable people in my area.

Maybe this is a regional thing?

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I think people have different philosophies about the purpose of the trial. 

I did my homework, then had a consultation, and then hired a hair/makeup person with many years of experience.  I looked at her portfolio at the consultation and liked her work.

The trial is for us to play around and figure out exactly what we’re going to do on my wedding day.

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