Should I Ditch My Regular Hairstylist for My Wedding Day?

Etiquette, Hair & Beauty
hairstylist for your wedding advice

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When it comes to your wedding hair, should you stick with your tried and true stylist—or find some one new? Glamour contributing beauty editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, author of How to Look Expensive, shares her tips for your tresses.

Often brides want to find new experts to do their hair for their wedding—and ditch their longtime stylist in the process. Is this a good idea? What are the pros and cons of going with some one new?

I think there are more pros for going with your regular stylist. They know your style, your hair, and most importantly, you. You'll feel more comfortable telling them exactly what you want for the big day and more comfortable having them around when you're dealing with inevitable wedding day stress. The downside is that your longtime stylist will also have an image of what you always look like in his or her mind, and might have a hard time envisioning you in any other way. Bring photos of bridal hairstyles you like and give him or her a try before moving on.

If you do want to work with some one new, a fresh set of eyes can help update your look—as long as you're very communicative about your likes and dislikes. In my book I talk about knowing your "absolute list"—the qualities of a hair cut and style you must have, as well as the qualities you can't stand. For example, I know I like volume on the sides but not on top; I like my hair parted in a three-quarter part and my ends curled out, not under. Knowing and communicating these preferences can help the new hairstylist nail your dream look.

In some cases, going with someone new is the only option—maybe you're planning a destination wedding and (understandably) don't want to foot the bill to fly out your hometown go-to. Just remember to do your research. Read reviews on Yelp and ask women at the reception site for local recommendations. Or better yet, see if they'll give you the names of a few past brides so you can drop them a note for advice. And try to arrive at your wedding location in time to do a meet-and-greet and a trial with the new stylist. If that's not possible, send him or her photo of yourself ahead of time, along with photos of the style you're aiming for. Then schedule a Skype session to get yourself more acquainted.

—Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

How to Look Expensive by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

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