Houston Hairstylists Guide

Finding the Right Stylist for Your Texas Wedding

Everyone knows that Houston’s a big city with big Southern charm. For your wedding day, you want your hair to live up to the Texas big standard. Whether or not you let it loose, keep it pulled back, or place it above, hiring a hairstylist is a sure way to get the look you want. Read on for stately tips.

Hiring a hairstylist is a great idea if you plan on trying a look that’s more complicated than normal, if you’re idea of styling your hair is tucking it under a hat, or if you think you’re going to be too busy, or too nervous, to style it on your big day. You can hire a hairstylist for yourself, or go all out and treat the girls. Venues often offer an on-site stylist, and women take advantage of this for convenience and budget reasons. Make sure, however, that you compare prices; a freelance stylist might be cheaper because she has no overhead.

Start looking for your Houston hairstylist about 6 months’ prior to your wedding; earlier if you have time. When searching, ask friends and relatives, as well as other vendors. By all means, if you’re invited to a wedding and you love the bride’s hair, ask her what stylist she used. A good hairstylist should have 5 years’ experience, and you should ask for references and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

Prices for hairstylists vary tremendously, depending on where you live, your demands, and your personal style. Expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $500 for you, and from $500 to $1,500 for your whole party. Your hairstylist should spend about an hour on you, and approximately 45 minutes on each bridesmaid. Many women hire a separate hairstylist for themselves (often one they’ve used for years), to have some alone time before the wedding. If it’s in your budget, book a hairstylist for the entire wedding, to keep your hair in tip-top shape all day.

When you’re ready to get serious about hair, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Houston & East Texas Local Vendor Section for a list of top-rated hairstylists in the Houston area.

When talking to hairstylists, ask to see as many photos as possible, and check out web sites for additional pictures. Make sure you vibe with her personality; like other vendors, she’s going to be with you on the day of your wedding, and you want to make sure her energy matches your mood. Once you decide on a hairstylist, she’ll do a trial run, a must for your wedding day. Bring your wedding colors, if you have them, swatches of your dress, and any jewelry.

On the contract, make sure the hairstylist you interview is the same one who shows up on your wedding day, and go over all extras, to make sure you’re not charged for anything you didn’t ask for. You should have the name of any additional stylists, as well as substitutes in case of an emergency. Stylists should be tipped approximately 20%, provided the service is exceptional. You don’t need to serve them a meal, unless you hire one for the entire day.

-David Toussaint

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