Banish the bad hair wedding day

Let’s face it, if you had a bad hair day on your wedding day the groom would still marry you.
Unless it was a really bad hair day …
But you’ve found the perfect dress, perfect veil and perfect accessories, and you don’t want to spoil it with a less-than-perfect do. And you won’t, thanks to a trial run well before the big day itself.
Michelle Sweeney laughs as she admits she perhaps went a trifle overboard by doing not one, not two, but four trial runs.
But she knew she had everything else just the way she wanted it for her wedding, which took place in Holy Cross, Federal Hill on June 3, 2006.
“The only thing that stressed me out was my hair,” she says. “Getting all those trials was the best money I ever spent.”
Based on recommendations of friends, she tried a new stylist, Sue Canapp at Shear Genius in Perry Hall, Md., so the first trial ensured she liked her. Then she tried two different hairstyles. “One time we went and it didn’t look like me, it wasn’t Michelle,” she says.
To complicate matters, she was wearing a tiara, so the hair couldn’t hide the tiara. She finally ended up with just the look she wanted, big, beautiful, loose curls, with the veil tucked under the upsweep and the tiara completing the look.
Jamie Kreit, an on-location bridal stylist with Baltimore Bridal Hair (www.baltimorebridalhair.com) who grew in St. Rita, Dundalk uses the trial run to figure out the bride’s style and get a feel for her hair. She suggests brides choose a style similar to the way they normally wear their hair.
“It’s a long day for the bride and it’s much more comfortable,” she says, adding that in summer, putting hair up beats the heat. She also notes that bridal styles are simpler than prom styles, because the bride incorporates a veil or tiara, “and you don’t want to do too much.”
Kreit, who says it costs between $60 and $80 per person to have a stylist come to wherever the bridal party is getting ready, also suggests having hair slightly longer, to make sure she can get it all up, and to do any coloring at least a week before the wedding day.
On the morning of the big day brides should just wash and blow dry their hair, and then wait for the stylist. Don’t use a flat iron, because then the stylist won’t be able to curl it.
Whatever your style, book your stylist early. “People are booking now for next summer,” Kreit says.

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