Indianapolis Hairstylists Guide

How to Find your Indiana Wedding Stylist

The last thing you need for your Indianapolis wedding is hair that looks like it’s been through a car race. Whether you’re planning to wear it up and formal or relaxed and casual, hiring a hairstylist is a great way to get the look you covet. Read on for tips that won’t leave you in the dust.

A professional hairstylist makes sense if you’re planning on trying a look that’s more complicated than usual, if your idea of styling your hair is a big 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 frequently offer an on-site stylist, and women take advantage of this for convenience and budget reasons. Make sure that you compare prices; sometimes freelance stylists are cheaper.

Start looking for your Indianapolis hairstylist about 6 months’ prior to your wedding; earlier if you have the time. When searching, ask friends and relatives, as well as other vendors. If you’re invited to a wedding and love the bride’s hair, get the name of her stylist. A great 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 and what you want. 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 about 45 minutes on each bridesmaid. Many women hire a separate hairstylist for themselves, to have some alone time before the wedding. If it’s in your budget, book a hairstylist for the entire day to keep your hair in top form.

When you’re ready to get serious about hair, visit the Indiana Local Vendor Section for a list of top-rated hairstylists in the Indianapolis area.

When selecting a stylist, ask to see as many photos as possible, and check out web sites for additional shots. Make sure you click with her personality; like other vendors, she’s going to be a part of your wedding, and it’s crucial the two of you have a good rapport. Once you decide on a hairstylist, she’ll do a trial run, a must for your wedding day. Bring your colors, swatches, and any jewelry you plan to wear.

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 something you didn’t request. You should have the name of any additional stylists, as well as substitutes in case of emergency. Stylists should be tipped 20%, provided the service is exceptional.

-David Toussaint

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