1. Time it right.
Schedule your hair trial three months before the wedding. If you book it too early in the planning process, changing trends or chronic indecision could lead to second-guessing.
2. Plan a night out.
Make a date with the girls for the evening of your trial to make sure the hairstyle has staying power and doesn't fall out.
3. Come hair-ready.
Wash and dry your hair beforehand to avoid spending the majority of your trial getting a blowout.
4. Wear makeup.
You'll be staring at yourself for a few self-critical hours, so put your best face forward. If you can, schedule your makeup trial to happen right before.
5. Bring visuals.
Create a "secret" Pinterest board of hair inspiration photos and share it with your stylist for aesthetic guidance. Also include wedding details like you a picture of you in your wedding dress or a shot of the flowers you'll be carrying.
6. Don't bring a posse.
Ask your mother, your maid of honor, or a friend whose opinion you trust to come with you. Too many opinions will create chaos.
7. Don't forget your accessories.
Come prepared with the hair accessories (veil, comb, etc.) you plan on wearing so you can experiment with them. Take photos of each hairstyle (expect to try out three options) from different angles.
8. Make a list.
During your hair trial, jot down a list of the products being used so you can buy miniatures of everything for your day-of kit.
9. Speak up.
Be explicit about what you want. When something goes awry on the wedding day, it's usually because the bride didn't communicate her opinion to the stylist. Just remember to be polite.