The only way to determine if a hair stylist is right for you is to set up a test-run.
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Gather photos from magazines and websites (ahem, TheKnot.com!) that feature hairstyles you like. You can even bring pictures of yourself that show the way you want your locks to look, or photos from a friend's wedding — anything that will give him a hint about what kind of style you're seeking. You can't wear your gown to your hair trial, so do the next best thing — pick a white or light-colored shirt with a similar neckline. Once your headpiece is in place, it will make your hairstyle look different, so it's important to bring it along for the consultation. If it hasn't arrived yet, ask your bridal salon to loan you a sample. Or bring along a photo, so at least the stylist knows what to expect.
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Speaking of photos, you’ll want to take plenty of them. Once the stylist starts, ask her to photograph each finished look from four different angles — front, back, and both sides. That way, you'll be able to see how you look from all views, and you'll get an idea of how the stylist's work translates to photographs. Since a wedding consultation can take place months before the wedding, it's important to keep notes and take pictures so you can both remember what worked.
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Ensuring a great hair day on your wedding day will all come down to timing — which means you'll need to schedule your hair appointment at precisely the right moment. Do it too early and your coif could start to look messy just as the festivities are getting started, but if you start hair styling too late you'll feel rushed. During your hair trial run, time how long it takes to get your hair perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half an hour of leeway, and schedule your hair appointment for as late as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled to begin at 4, and your hair takes an hour, schedule it for 2:30.
Good luck and happy planning!