- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
So here’s the deal:
I picked a wedding venue in a rural area, an hour away from the nearest city. And three hours away from the nearest city with a sizeable population of decent hair and make-up artists.
The cost of having someone from Minneapolis/St. Paul drive three hours down to my venue to do on-location hair and make-up is too prohibitive. I flat out can’t afford it, nor will I have the time to drive up to the Twin Cities and back the morning of the wedding.
That leaves me with the slim pickings in Rochester. I’ve never had a single good experience at any hair salon there and I’m terrified at the prospect of leaving my hair and make-up in the hands of people who probably never should have gone to cosmetology school, let alone graduated from it. The wedding is a month out and I haven’t made a single booking. I can’t really find any reviews of any of these places, either.
My sister has a friend who does hair and make up and this girl (whom I really don’t even know) has been begging to be involved in the wedding somehow. Why she wants to come to the wedding of people she doesn’t know is beyond me, but now she wants to do my hair and make-up, too. I’ve seen the results of her “artistry” on my mom and sister. She hacked my mom’s hair off once and gave her the worst dye job I’ve ever seen (red instead of brown) that I spent three hours trying to fix. She did the same thing to my sister, only instead of dying her hair red, she got blonde and brown zebra stripes in her hair (I think they were supposed to be highlights?).
Needless to say, I don’t want that girl anywhere near my hair, but she’s apparently willing to do this for free and at the venue.
So what to do? Take a risk with the friend? Insist in a trial run? But what if I don’t like the trial run? Then I have to tell her thanks, but no thanks, which would upset my sister.
Or make a booking at some random salon and hope for the best? Again, maybe go for a trial run? But if I hate it, I don’t have much time to find somewhere else (arriving in town less than a week ahead of the wedding) and trial runs cost money. More than one trial run anywhere and I may as well call in the expensive people from the Twin Cities that I can’t afford.
I’m very worried about things going wrong because my hair does not style well. It is extremely long (past my waist) and stick straight. It doesn’t hold heat styling well at all and the weight of it makes hair sprays and gels almost useless. Most stylists aren’t accustomed to working with super long hair, so the risk that I’ll rightly hate whatever they do is pretty high. I remember getting it done for my high school prom and the girl doing my hair actually started crying out of frustration.
So, Bees, what to do? And if anyone says “just chop it all off”, I swear I’ll stab you with a scissors! (Just kidding… but I’d fantasise about it!)