Preparing For Your Wedding
Bridal Hair & Make-Up Tips From The Wedding Experts In Galway & Limerick
Our wedding hair & beauty team can help with all your bridal hair, beauty & make-up needs. We love bridal parties, and the extras that come with them. If you are paying a photographer to capture every moment, feel free to invite them into the salon to capture those special moments between you and your girl gang. Now read on for some hints & tips to ensure you look and feel your best on your wedding day.
Get Your Wedding Hair In Shape
One of the first things we recommend you do is make an appointment with your stylist to discuss your wedding hair plan. You have 6-12 months to get your hair in tip top condition. Some things you’ll want to think about when making an appointment for your wedding hair plan include hair colour and hair length. If you want to grow your hair, consider investing in regular deep conditioning treatments and regular trims to ensure your hair is healthy and shiny. There’s no point in having long hair if it’s thin and breaking.
Book A Bridal Hair Trial
Book a wedding hair trial 4–6 weeks before your wedding. Try and coincide both hair and make up on the same day and maybe also a dress fitting so you can see the final result and ensure you are happy with everything. Booking your trial for early in the morning is a great way to “test drive” how long your hairstyle and make up stays in pristine condition.
Bring Your Hair Accessories With You
At your hair trial, we will recreate the exact look you want for your wedding day so, if possible, bring all of your hair accessories with you. This might include a veil, tiara, hair clips and jewels.
Show Your Favourite Bridal Hair Images To Your Stylist
Telling your stylist what you want is one thing, but showing them is always better. Show your stylist bridal hairstyles you love. The more ideas you can bring to visually show your stylist what you want, the better!
Many hair stylists mention that one of the primary reasons a bride is dissatisified with her trial is her lack of speaking up and telling them what she does and doesn’t like. If your hair isn’t perfect or exactly what you had in mind, tell your stylist. We will not be offended. We want you to be happy and comfortable with your style.
You should also pay careful attention to how your hair reacts after the trial. Did your curls last or did they fall out quickly? Did you lose any volume? These are all things you’ll want to pay attention to and communicate back to your stylist. There is no point deciding to go with a curl when you have very fine hair that always drops. In this case, a half up/half down or pinned upstyle would work better. Work with your stylist to create the best wedding hairstyle to suit your hair type.
Ensure your skin and nails are perfect in time for your special day. Building up a relationship with your beauty therapist is so important as you get to know each other and your therapist gets to know your skin and what suits it and what doesn’t, what you like and what you don’t like. Arrange a consultation appointment with your therapist so you can both set out a plan for your skin, nails, tanning etc. for the months ahead.
Prep your nails in advance with regular manicures which help moisturise, nourish and strengthen your nails. Remember that shaving, waxing, eyebrow shaping, full pedicures and manicures all need to be done before the day of getting your tan applied.
Bridal Make Up
Try and coincide your make up trial with your hair trial for you to see the best results. If you are wearing tan for your wedding we would recommend that you wear tan the day of your trial. Again tell your Make Up Artist what you like (and what you don’t!) before you begin. Our MUAs are very experienced but if this is your first time meeting each other they won’t know your likes and dislikes. They can suggest and guide you through the process so don’t worry if you have never had professional makeup before.
We suggest doing a trial run before your wedding so you get a feel for how it looks. Exfoliate and moisturise in the days running up to your appointment as this will polish your skin perfectly for the application. The smoother the skin the better the tan.
We would recommend choosing a late afternoon or evening appointment – a morning appointment can prove awkward as we recommend going bra-less and sockless while your tan develops – not ideal on a busy day! Avoid washing your hands and sweating.
Wear loose, flowing clothing on the day of application. Choose your footwear carefully as you do not want to put socks on afterwards as they will mark your ankles. We will do our best to provide the perfect application but what you do before and after your appointment will ultimately affect the finished result.
The Morning Of Your Wedding
We want you to enjoy your pampering the morning of your wedding so ensure when booking your hair & make-up appointments that you have given yourself enough time. Arrive early! It is imperative that you are in the salon 5 or 10 minutes before you are due to be started.
Allow up to 2 hours for your hair & make–up appointment. You will have an experienced team working on you and your party.
Remember to wear a shirt or a zip top when coming into the salon (so you don’t mess up your hair when changing afterwards). If you are having a bridal upstyle or GHD/wand curls, we recommend washing your hair the night before for best results – unless otherwise instructed after your trial. If possible avoid conditioner, or use sparingly, and ensure it is completely rinsed out of your hair. Bring in your veil so your stylist can fit it for you or show your bridesmaids what to do.
And, most importantly, remember to ENJOY EVERY MINUTE.