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What happens at the trial?

Before Joanna will even set her hands on your hair, Joanna will want to ensure that your hair is perfect on the day and therefore she feels it is important that she spends some time talking to you so that she knows exactly what you want. After all you will be looking at the photos for many years to come! Prior to Joanna arriving for your trial, there are a few helpful things that you can do to make sure you get the most out of your trial:


  • When deciding how to wear your hair on your wedding day, the first thing you should consider is the 'look' you are aiming to achieve. Do you want your look to be glamorous, natural and understated, chic and sleek, pretty and feminine, a classic look or something a little bit quirky and different? Your look should be 'you' and suit your personality.

  • Showing Joanna pictures of hair styles that you like is really helpful. It does not have to be 'the one' style but will give her ideas and inspiration, and more importantly let her know your tastes, likes and dislikes.

  • It is also a great idea to bring your veil or any hair jewellery or head gear you have chosen. If you would like hair jewellery but can't decide what is best for you, Joanna can help you decide on the ideal accessories for your chosen look.


If you are still not sure on what style you would like, Joanna can use her design flair and look at your dress, flowers, the venue and any theme you may have chosen, and create a style from this. Your face shape, hair length, dress style and neckline are also things to consider. After putting all these things into the mix Joanna can create a unique hair creation just for you!


Is a hair trial essential?

Joanna believes that a hair trial for the bride is essential and advises it should be carried out between 3 months to 2 weeks before the day of the wedding. Joanna believes that it saves on precious time on the wedding day and also calms any nerves or worries you have about your hair and look for the day.


It is not as essential for the bridesmaids / mother of the bride / guests to attend a hair trial but Joanna recommends that at least one or two of the bridesmaids have a trial on the same day or close to the bride’s trial. Joanna will discuss styles for the rest of the bridesmaids / mother of the bride / guests at the bride's trial.


Joanna is happy to travel to a location of your choice to carry out the trials.


What products do you use?

Joanna has a range of products that she loves using. Some of her favourite brands include the following:



Bumble and Bumble

Bed Head by Tigi

Percy and Reed



My hair is not very long - can I still wear it up?

It depends on the thickness of your hair but short hair can be just as versatile as long hair. Joanna can achieve many different options by drying it differently, adding product or hair accessories. If you would like your hair up a good option would be putting in a hair piece or (clip in) hair extensions.They are priced from around £20 up to £100 and can be matched perfectly to your own hair colour. The effect is so natural looking that nobody would notice the difference. Hair pieces are also great for adding volume to fine hair. Please mention this to Joanna before or at the trial and she will be able to advise.


Should I wash my hair on the day of the wedding before you arrive?

Many stylists would advise that the bride and bridal party should have day old hair if they are having their hair up on the wedding day. However, Joanna believes that on your wedding day you should be allowed to have clean hair! Joanna can work with various products to help the hair easy to style and just asks that the hair is dry on her arrival. If on the other hand, the bride or members of your bridal party are having their hair blow dried, Joanna will indicate on the day when she would like them to wash their hair.

Joanna will give specific details on this when she sends the timing schedule for the morning two weeks before the day of the wedding.


How far in advance can I book?

You can provisionally book your wedding hair as in advance as the bride would like and the booking is secured with a deposit. Please secure your date as early as possible to avoid disappointment.See Belle & Bride's Terms and Conditions for full details. Click here at any time to make a booking.


How can I pay?

Joanna asks that a £50 deposit is paid by bank transfer to secure your booking. This is transferable but non refundable. The payment for trials can either be via bank transfer or by cash on the day of the trial. Payment of the balance is to be paid by bank transfer and funds are to be cleared one week before the wedding day. Foe destination weddings, funds are to be cleared two weeks before Joanna is due to travel to the wedding.  


What areas do you cover?

Joanna is based in Crystal Palace, South East London but is happy to travel to anywhere within the UK and abroad.  Joanna will advise of  the travel cost that may incur for each individual client. 


I want to make a booking, what do I do now?

The first step is to fill in the online booking form, call or email to check availability for the date you want. 

  • Speak to other members of your wedding party and decide what other services you need.

  • Pay your deposit and secure your date for the wedding day. 

  • You can book your trial in with Joanna at the same time or closer to the date of the wedding. 

  • If you have several bridesmaids it is a good idea to think about whether they will have the same or different styles and you may also want them to have a trial.

  • The trial will be carried out between 3 months and 2 weeks before the day of the wedding.

  • Joanna will send you a detailed time schedule of the wedding morning at least a week before the wedding day so that you and your bridal party can relax and look forward to being pampered!


What do I do if I change my mind or require a second trial?

If after your trial you change your mind you are welcome to book a second trial, the price for this will be the same as the first. If you are happy with technique used and would like to make a slight change to the style you can discuss this over the phone or via email with Joanna as a second trial may not be necessary.


If you have changed your mind regarding the number of people requiring their hair to be styled or you would like to cancel the booking the deposit will be retained. The balance will be due in full if you are within 2 weeks of the wedding. Please see full terms and conditions.


The question I want to ask is not listed, what do I do?

If the answer you are looking for is not listed here, Joanna will be delighted to answer it personally. Just click on 'contact' at the top of the page.




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