Your Hair and Makeup Trial Isn’t Free (Nor Should It Be)

 In Tips & Tricks, Weddings

Negotiating is part of life. Everyday we negotiate in the simplest of ways. What to eat, what time to meet up, etc. Though when was the last time you negotiated the price for your doctor’s appointment or expected it to be free? It’s okay I’ll wait for you to figure it out. My point being, while we negotiate certain things everyday, very rarely do we negotiate pricing for items or services or expect services of quality to be free. Quality and free don’t go together, nor should they. Hair and makeup trials for your wedding (while not as dire as a doctor’s appointment) are much the same and are not free, nor should they be.

Why Hair and Makeup Trials Aren’t Free

You get what you pay for

To put it simply, you get what you pay for. My dad always says, if you have a life or death surgery, would you rather choose a doctor that chargers $100/hr or $1,000/hr? Hands down I would go with the $1,000/hr surgeon because I know that the hourly rate is based on years of experience, and quality work. The $100/hr surgeon could do a great job (sometimes), but it’s about consistency.

Wedding hair and makeup pricing is much the same way. Pricing is based on a multitude of factors, some of which being the years of experience of the artist, quality of products, professionalism, etc. When choosing an artist you are most likely looking at pricing, and most often you will see that a trial is separate. Some wonder why this is, since it’s a trial run, shouldn’t it be free? Absolutely not. Aside from free food, when someone offers you something for free, what’s your first reaction? You are skeptical right? You should be, since when it comes to hair and makeup trials that is often a red flag reflecting the inexperience of the artist or they aren’t that busy (which is also not a good sign).

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It’s the artist’s time and product

Another reason why the trial isn’t free is because when doing the trial, the artist is spending at least 2-3 hours with the client and using product. The trial fee is consideration of the artist’s time (time they could have spent on another job) and the product they are using. Sure they want to book you as a client and the trial to go well, but in the event, you don’t book, if the trial were free they would have wasted all that time and product for no return. If you were in that position, would you continue to do things for free for very long? Didn’t think so. You’d feel taken advantage of and that’s not how it should be.

Trials save you time (and stress) for your wedding day

When you do a hair and makeup trial, you are practicing the look for your wedding day and refining it so that when the day comes there are no surprises. If you don’t do a trial, you might not get the look you are wanting on the day of your wedding and then there is no time to adjust it. Plus doing a trial prior saves you a lot of stress, so that you can sit back and relax on your wedding day, knowing that the hair and makeup artist knows the look you are wanting and will achieve it. You are paying for peace of mind and on such an important day in your life, it’s worth it.

Quality is paramount

More than likely too, you are wanting to do your hair and makeup for your engagement shoot, so you can use your trial for that and check off two things at once. Think of it like this, you are paying a photographer to take photos of you on your wedding day and willing to pay them for the engagement shoot (i.e. test run) prior to your wedding day. Why wouldn’t you do the same for a test run of your wedding hair and makeup to make sure it’s right?



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