Miami Hairstylists Guide

What You Should Know About Hiring a Stylist for Your Florida Wedding

As anyone who’s ever spent a day in Miami Beach knows, its’ all about fabulousness. Fabulous gown, fabulous party, fabulous hair. Lucky you, finding the right hairstylist for your South Florida wedding is simply a matter of narrowing down the best in the business. If you’re thinking about going pro for your ceremony, read on for beach-bound tips.

Hiring a hairstylist is a great idea if you plan on trying a look that’s more complicated than normal, if you’re idea of styling your hair is buying a wig, 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 got 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, however, that you compare prices; a freelance stylist might be cheaper since she has no overhead.

Start looking for your Miami 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 good hairstylist should have five 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 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 most, or all, of the day, to keep your hair in tip-top shape.

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

When talking to Miami 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 that she makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Once you decide on a hairstylist, she’ll do a trial run, a must for your wedding day. Bring your wedding colors, swatches of your dress, 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. Stylists should be tipped 20%, provided the service is exceptional. If you hire a stylist for the entire day, it’s appropriate to offer her a meal.

-David Toussaint