Frizzy Hair Woes

My beauty habits are probably pretty average. I wash my face and moisturize twice daily, I put on light makeup for work each morning (mascara, eye liner, a neutral shade of eyeshadow, light foundation, and blush), and I take the makeup off each night before bed. Some days I straighten my hair, some days I work in some product and wear it wavy, and some days (OK, probably 50% of the time!) I pull my hair back into a ponytail or updo. When it comes to anything more complicated than that, I really suck at hair and makeup. I recently mastered the sock bun, and that was a pretty big accomplishment.


This is my hair on an average-to-good hair day. These days it’s four to five inches longer but just as boring simple / Personal photo

Hiring a hairstylist and makeup artist for the wedding day was thus a no-brainer. I learned my lesson from our engagement session—I love how the pictures came out, but I wish I had done something else with my hair that day. (We took the engagement pictures at 7:00 AM, so my hair air-dried and frizzed out big-time…ruh-roh.)


My frizzy hair during our engagement session / Photo by Mustard Seed Photography

OK, so lesson learned. I set out on researching hair and makeup stylists in our area. We are getting married in November, on a popular weekend for weddings, so I was determined to book our hair/makeup vendor at least six months in advance. The deciding factor for me was price: I want to look good on our wedding day, but I definitely don’t want to break the bank, and I would love to find a vendor who doesn’t charge too much for my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup either. If you are leaving the costs of hair/makeup up to your bridesmaids, this is something that you should consider when you are booking this vendor.

I was shocked by the price of bridal hair and makeup. A lot of stylists charge upwards of $300! This sounded too much to me, so I asked around. I quizzed women I work with who have been recently married about how much they paid for hair and makeup, and which stylist they hired. Three women I work with hired Liz Day for hair and makeup services, and they had great experiences on relatively small budgets. I browsed through pictures of some of Liz’s work and was pretty impressed, and so I bit the bullet and hired her. If you are having trouble finding a vendor that satisfies your criteria, don’t hesitate to ask around and get recommendations from others who have been recently married!

Are you hiring a professional to do your wedding hair and makeup, or are you going the DIY route? Is anyone else as hopeless when it comes to doing your own hair?


Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
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  1. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 8:33 am

    I’m definitely doing DIY makeup. I originally planned to save some cash and do DIY hair, too, but my mom wants to pay for a pro stylist the day of, so I just might let her. 😉

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:52 am

    I think a pro hairstylist is nice to have as an indulgence on the day of the wedding. But I wouldn’t have anyone near my face for the makeup! I would be too afraid to have a mascara brush in my eye! (I don’t trust anyone)

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 8:56 am

    My FSIL is in cosmetology school; she’s amazingly talented. I asked her to do my hair as a wedding present. :) I plan to do my own makeup, after going to a department store counter and being shown how to apply it.

  4. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 am

    I can’t do hair for the life of me. It’s straight and gets a little wavy or frizzy on occasion. And it doesn’t hold curl. The months leading up to the wedding, I probably wore it down blow-dried or air-dried once a week. The rest of the week it was in a bun or ponytail, preferably bun, because even the length of the ponytail bugged me! I had stylist for hair and makeup and went with airbrush. I loved the light and airy feel and I don’t think I looked too done-up at all.

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    Jkingsqueen, Guest @ 9:49 am

    I am extremely lucky that my MOH is an award winning hair stylist! She actually did everyone’s hair for her own wedding. She is amazing. Im gonna hire her to do all the bridesmaids as well. My cousin, who is one of my bridesmaids, is a makeup artist so I have that covered as too!

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:56 am

    I can do hair and makeup just fine for everyday life, but I knew my skills were lacking for pictures I’ll look at for a lifetime! Plus, it was so fun to be pampered :)

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    Highness 82 posts, Worker bee @ 10:01 am

    We’re using Liz too! One of my co-workers recomended her since she uses her for all her hair and makeup stuff.

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    Jillian, Guest @ 10:02 am

    My hair is so hard to manage and I had to go to a wedding recently too. My friend recommended pro naturals argan oil to me and I managed to do a lovely curly up do with the help of that oil.

  9. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:32 pm

    I’m getting my hair and makeup done. I could never trust myself to do a good enough job on such an important day.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:54 am

    Thats how I booked both my MUA and hairstylist because the hairstylist did my sister in laws wedding 2 years ago, and the MUA is a friend of the same sister in law!

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    MoniqueBr 5 posts, Newbee @ 6:41 pm

    I have extremely frizzy hair and I tried everything, the only think that worked was argan oil, I use the one from pro naturals and keeps my hair frizzless and healthy

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