A new survey of nearly 5,000 brides and grooms has found that most hairstylists agree that the perfect haircut is “not important.”
And, in a surprising revelation, the most frequent hairstylisting advice given to grooms was “not to make any big mistakes.”
The study, conducted by Haircutters Guild of America, polled nearly 1,000 groomers and stylists and was commissioned by The Hairdresser magazine.
According to the survey, the majority of hairstylisted respondents were either “not really sure” or “not sure how to tell a groom’s style from yours.”
The survey also found that “the average length of hair cut for most brides has increased to a few inches.”
Some stylists, however, were concerned that hair length could change dramatically in the coming years and recommended cutting longer than one inch.
Hairdressers’ tips on the topic are also revealing.
Some stylist advice includes a “make-up and accessories guide” and “hair products to take along,” while other tips suggest that hair should be “plucked and styled.”
One stylist suggested “avoid the most common hairstyle for women, which is the ponytail.”
The article continues: “I would also recommend a long hair cut to a bride and groom that is styled by a stylist who is experienced and skilled.
These stylists know how to do the hair to the bride’s style and groom’s hair and are also highly knowledgeable about hair and fashion.”
The most common advice given by stylists was “make a bold statement and show it well,” with stylists suggesting “no cuts in front of the eyes.”
One of the most commonly given hairstylising tips was to “use the widest and longest hair possible.”
This advice, along with a recommendation to avoid wearing any jewelry or expensive make-up, suggests that the bride or groom “should be very careful not to be seen wearing expensive jewelry.”
Some of the hairstylised stylists said they are also concerned that a bride will “grow tired of the length” of their hair.
“If a groom has to wait in line for a haircut, or if the groom wants to wear an expensive dress, or the groom wears the wedding ring that he/she is wearing, or they don’t want to be a bridesmaid, they might not be comfortable with the length of their hairstyle,” one stylist said.
The hairstylized stylists also suggested that brides should make sure that they have a good supply of hair products on hand.
“I like to make sure I have shampoo, conditioner, and a conditioner and a good selection of hair conditioners, as well as a good shampoo for the rest of the hair,” one hairstylis said.
Hair stylists suggested that they “do a lot of hair styling on the groom and the bride” and also suggested using a hair dryer to “dry the groom’s face.”
“It can be a really important part of the ceremony,” one said.
“You can be at the end of the day feeling very happy, and then you have to go home and go to work and then your hair’s really dry.”
The salon also advised stylists to “apply a moisturizer to the groom.
It is really important to moisturize the groom.”
Another stylist added, “I really do like a lot the groom hair and the hair on the bride.
They look very similar and they should look the same too.”
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