If you are having bridal portraits taken in advance of wedding day and want to use the trial for the portraits, go one month in advance. Reason being you want your dress alterations completed (which needs to be done for portraits) as close to wedding day as possible. Otherwise the earlier trial should be fine. Take or save pictures of your own and have them ready day of just to remind your hair stylist. I had my trial ~4wks in advance and didn’t think I needed to bring up my inspiration pics and trial pics all over again but wish I had! 😂 She acted like she remembered my style well but pretty sure she was totally winging it, so it was a little different...😑
It doesn’t matter. I was in a similar situation being from out of town and did it when I was visiting. It was prob 4-6 months in advance, and it was totally fine. Just be sure to take plenty of pictures with note of what you like and dislike. I had a pretty big change to the way she did my hair, and it was no problem to make that adjustment on the day of
No more than 3 months out. But If you are going to get a haircut, do it at 2-3 months. Or any tinting or dye changes. You can have the trial at either time. Except a super short pixie, hair looks better when it has had time for edges to soften, not a line across anywhere. A lot of brides do it at a month out ( a cut) thinking it will grow too much. Rarely does, I do not know if it is stress or the common fact of women often dieting the last few months, but hair will grow in less than a half inch that last 2-3 months usually. Slow. Or so said the hairstylists at the 2 places where I used to provide custom head piece/ veils. It does help to have any hair ornaments, or anything but the softest layer of veiling, with you. So if you may not have that at 3 months, you may want to make it at one.
I'm doing mine farther out (10 months) for several reasons:
1. not sure of the style yet, so if I don't like what she does in the first trial, I have time to switch it up; 2. I'll be having clip-on extensions for the wedding. I'm getting them next week, and doing the trial this early will give me lots of time to play with the extensions and see how they work best; 3. I'm not 100% on these gals yet (hair and makeup artist), so if I don't like their work, I have time to find someone else for the wedding, and still have time for another trial.
Now, these are all my "contingency" plans. I don't anticipate hating their work. I've seen examples and they look like they do good work. But I'm a planner, and a worrier, so I'm building in these "just in case" steps so that if something does go haywire, I'm prepared.
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