Philadelphia Hairstylists Guide

Finding the Right Pennsylvania Stylist for Your Big Day

Philadelphia is a city that will always be associated with class, and hair has always played a big part. For your wedding, you want your ‘do to be as sophisticated as your surroundings. However you decide to wear it, consider a stylist to help give you a perfect look. Here, All-American tips.

Hiring a hairstylist is a great idea if you plan on trying a look that’s more complicated than what you normally wear, if your idea of styling your hair is putting it in a ponytail, 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 gang. Venues frequently offer an on-site stylist, and women take advantage of this for convenience and budget reasons. Make sure, however, that you compare prices, as freelancers are sometimes cheaper.

Start looking for your Philadelphia 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 attend a wedding and love the bride’s hair, make sure you get the name of her stylist. 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 the 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 chaos starts. If it’s in your budget, book a hairstylist for the entire wedding. She’ll keep your hair in top form all day and night.

When you’re ready to get serious about hair, visit the Philadelphia Local Vendor Section for a list of top-rated hairstylists in the Philadelphia 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 crucial 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 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 20%, provided the service is exceptional.

-David Toussaint

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