We have the utmost privilage of having Dallas Hair Stylist, Sharin Whitesitt of Select Salon, as a guest blogger for Groom Sold Separately today! She is here to give us her fabulous hair tips for your wedding day! We are so excited and beyond thrilled to have Sharin lend her expertise and experience with us!
So, without further ado…. Ladies and Gentlemen, here is Sharin!
Hopefully everything goes exactly right on your wedding day, but don’t leave your hair to chance! Helpful tips to make sure yours, your bridesmaid’s, and even your future husband’s hair looks nothing short of fabulous on your big day:
- Find a stylist~Maybe you have a regular stylist? If so, ask them if they do updo’s and if they’re willing to travel. Why? Coordinating your entire wedding party to travel in order to get ready at the salon is difficult and also very stressful. You’ll already be anxious worrying about the caterer, music, the venue, etc., there’s no need to worry about your hair. Usually, the more bridesmaids you have, the more of a discount you’ll receive from your stylist.
- Dirty it up~ Clean hair is hard to work with, especially if it’s finely textured, and you have a ton of it. Don’t shampoo your hair the day of the wedding. Shampooing the morning before the big day is ideal. If the person doing your hair believes it’s too dirty, they can simply shampoo it. However, especially with fine hair, it requires a lot of product to achieve the “sticky” factor, and this may weigh hair down. Also, the shine of dirty hair adds to your finished look. Many models that I work with, shampoo only once a week!
-Picture this~ There are many ways to speak “Hair”. Some people say frizzy when they mean fly-aways. To make sure you and your stylist are on the same page, go in for a consultation. I recommend going at least 3 weeks in advance. Bring along magazine or Internet pictures of your ideal wedding hair to show your stylist. Its important to make sure you both have the same style in mind. I often ask clients to bring several different pictures, so I can see the different angles, or mix it up (i.e. curls like this one, smooth bangs like that one.) While there, ask your stylist if you need a trim, maybe a deep conditioning, color retouch, etc. Make sure you bring any accessories or veil that you’ll be wearing.
-Be realistic~Not everyone has the same hair type or density. When choosing a hairstyle for you, understand that it may or may not work. Some pictures are captured in a split second of the models movement in order to portray a certain transfer of energy, while others may be edited to add shadow for dimension. If your style doesn’t turn out exactly how you imagined, ask to have it redone. Unlike a haircut that takes months to grow out, updo’s and styles are fairly simple to move and reshape, as long as you ask before the final spritz of hairspray.
-It’s a small world~ Being in the beauty industry, I know quite a few makeup artists. If you choose to do your own makeup on your wedding day, great! However, you may feel pressured for time. If this is the case, ask your stylist if they do makeup, or know anyone they would recommend. Usually, if one person does both hair and makeup, plan for 1.5 hours per person in your bridal party. If there’s another person to do makeup, you can save time, switching the girls back and forth between the hair and makeup artists.
-Make a list~ Amongst the chaos, you may become a little scatterbrained trying to keep everything straight. Make a list of names to give your stylist. This way, the stylist won’t waste time asking, and interrupting special moments. If more people show up and would also like to get their hair done (usually the mothers of the bride and groom), ask your stylist if they have time and what the additional costs would be. Usually there is enough time for everyone, and it never hurts to ask!
-Wear a button-down~ It’s important to be comfortable and relaxed while you enjoy your day of pampering, but it’s also important for a smooth transition into your dress. Make sure to wear something that doesn’t have to be pulled over your head after your hair is done. A button up shirt is a good idea, but don’t wear a camisole or tank top underneath. It’s painful to watch perfectly spiraled curls, frizz up, and it takes time to repair.
- Inform your bridesmaids~Let your bridesmaids (especially the MOH) know if you’re having someone do hair and makeup pre-ceremony. If you want the bridal party to have the same hairstyle, let them know! If they each want something different, ask them do research and get examples to show the stylist. If there’s something specific about someone’s hair the stylist should know beforehand (i.e. extensions, accessories, men’s styling) call your stylist ahead of time, so they will be prepared.
I hope this helps you have a smooth, less frantic day-of-your-wedding. And remember, if you have any questions; don’t hesitate to call your stylist. If they are busy, don’t hesitate to call me!
You can check out some of Sharin’s amazing work by checking out her Myspace Page, Facebook Page, or her Model Mayhem Page. Please be sure to show her some love on her pages! Also, if you’d like to set up an appointment with Sharin at Select Salon, here’s the contact information:
3526 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219-4947