Tips for Hiring the BEST Roanoke Wedding Hairstylist

Tips for Hiring the BEST Roanoke Wedding Hairstylist

Now that you're well underway with going through your wedding punch list of vendors (hopefully you have a wedding video in there as well, achem) one of the things that will you honestly want to have for your wedding day is a hairstylist. Trust me when I say that you will want someone there to help dazzle you up and make your hair look like a million bucks. It's worth hiring someone to come onsite to the church or the venue and just have it done.

Well, today I want to share with you 5 tips that I've seen firsthand as a wedding videographer that you need to lookout for when hiring the right wedding hairstylist.

Let's get started!

I sat down with the ladies over at Onyx Hair Studios in Roanoke to help me get some insights on what brides should be looking for when hiring a stylist for their wedding. Ariel Kathryn Weddle is one of the lead stylist at Onyx and has done many weddings over the years.

"They should ask if there is a special events specialist. Usually the salon will have either a few people, or a specific person who specializes in up-dos and special event styles.

They should ask for photos of examples, so they can see the work that stylist has done. How long does a typical up-do, or event style typically take? Cost per person (if there is multiple)? Is the stylist willing to travel to the venue, or must the clients go to the salon? I know at Onyx, I can travel with an assistant, if we know months in advance. Does the stylist have any accessories to choose from? Or are those required to be provided by the customer?"

Weddings are long. Hairstyles should be built to last.

Professional wedding hairstylists aren’t just good at doing hair—they’re good at keeping it done. So even if all you’re imagining for your big day look is a sleek set of glossy waves, chances are, if you DIY ‘em, they’ll be flat and stringy by cocktail hour. Professional stylists (especially those who have done a million weddings) have a battalion of time-tested styling techniques and all the products imaginable to keep your style locked in till after the after party. The sheer amount of hairspray and bobby pins alone that you’d need to buy yourself if you were doing your own hair would probably cover half the cost of simply booking a professional.

Choosing the exact look you want and getting it is what you deserve.

Maybe you’re good at loose waves like I mentioned above. Or maybe one of your bridesmaids is a crown braid guru. But why should you limit your wedding hair look to the few options you or your pal can do, when you can hire a wedding hairstylist who will be able to reproduce basically any inspiration your heart desires from the internet? You only get one wedding day—you deserve to look as fabulous during it as you can possibly imagine. If that means getting 10 sets of clip-in extensions and having the most complex up-do that Pinterest can conjure, go for it! Any professional wedding hairstylist won’t bat an eyelash at the challenge. Having a pro on your team takes the pressure and anxiety off of you to pick a “doable” look and opens up your possibilities to looks you might never have even considered (but will totally love once the big day comes).

There’s more to wedding hair than bobby pins and curlers—there’s strategy.

When you work with a pro, you’ll have a trial styling sesh months before your wedding day, where you’ll strategize everything you need to do to get your hair in ship shape so that your dream up-do can come true on the morning when it really matters. Your stylist will plan your future cuts, dye jobs, extension cutting and color-matching—so many details and possibly future salon visits that you’ll need to check off before you wake up on your wedding day and sit down for hair and makeup. And on the day-of, if something isn’t falling quite right (like a not-quite-swooping swoopy-bang), she’ll have the skills to snip it into shape right then and there. Can you do all that?

Of course not and that’s ok!

It’s one less thing to worry about—and time is the most valuable thing of all.

Picture it: It’s the morning of your wedding and everything is chaos. You barely slept because of the adrenaline coursing through your veins, there are 20 things you need to do at once, and someone has misplaced the $95 candle you bought for your mother-in-law. Imagine having to do the best hairstyle on yourself that you’ve ever done in the middle of this mayhem. Imagine making sure your bridesmaids were all done-up during this time, as well.

Oh, your mom, too! Yeah, no.

You don’t have time for that. You shouldn’t have to make time for that, when it’s literally someone’s job to swoop in, sit you down, hand you a mimosa and let you chill for a minute while they beautify you. Doesn’t that sound nice? Boom: Huge amount of stress, lifted. And this life-saving professional can also bring friends who can do other people’s hair too, while yours is getting done.

They have the technology! Seriously: When you’re looking at wedding hairstylist rates, don’t think of it as prices for hairstyles. Think of it as prices for peace of mind and some precious free time on a morning when you’ll otherwise have very little.

You deserve to be pampered.

If nothing else, treat yourself. Maybe you’re a whiz at hair, maybe you just want a sleek pony that a 10-year-old could do… but hey, it’s your wedding. You’re also not the type to treat 100 of your closest friends to dinner, drinks and dancing nor are you the type to make out with your partner in front of all of the aforementioned friends while wearing a several-thousand-dollar outfit. But here you are, doing those things, because it’s your wedding—the closest thing you may ever get to a red carpet, Kim Kardashian-style night out. So I say, lean into it and get your glam on! It’s what Kim would do (and does every day, even for, like, grocery shopping).