Newark Hairstylists Guide

How to Find a Stylist for Your New Jersey Wedding

Everyone’s heard the joke about New Jersey and big hair, but for your Newark wedding, your hair is one serious matter. Whether you go up and tres chic or down and breezy casual, hiring a hairstylist is a great way to get the look you desire. Read on for huge tips.

You should consider a hairstylist if you plan on trying a look that’s more complicated than normal, if your idea of styling your hair is putting a hat on it, 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, as freelance stylists are sometimes cheaper.

Start looking for your Newark hairstylist about 6 months’ prior to your wedding; earlier if you have 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, make sure you get the name of her stylist. A great stylist should have five years’ experience, and you should ask for references and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

Prices for hairstylists vary tremendously, and just hopping across the water to Manhattan could add a chunk of change to your bill. You also need to consider your demands and 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 an hour on you, and about 45 minutes on each girl. Many women hire a separate hairstylist for themselves, to have some alone time before the chaos starts. If it’s in your budget, book a hairstylist for the whole day, to keep your hair in top form.

When you’re ready to get serious about hair, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Northern New Jersey Local Vendor Section for a list of top-rated hairstylists in the Newark 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 it’s imperative she puts you at ease. Once you decide on a hairstylist, she’ll do a trial run, a must for your wedding day. Bring your wedding 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 an emergency. Hairstylists should be tipped 20%, provided the service is exceptional.

-David Toussaint

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