Top 21 Frequently Asked Questions

1) Q: How soon before my wedding or special event should I reserve my hair & makeup appointment?
A: As soon as you have your wedding or special event date picked out.

2) Q: Do you offer a pre-wedding hair & makeup trial run?
A: Yes, we offer pre-wedding hair & makeup trial runs depending on the package that you choose. Please review our price menu.

3) Q: Are pre-wedding hair & makeup trials runs recommended?
A: We strongly recommend that you book a trial run appointment if you are in doubt about what you really want. For example, are you unsure if you want your hair up or down? Are you debating makeup options and styles? The trial will insure that the wedding day runs smoothly and that you will be completely satisfied with your look. But remember, not all brides need a trial. Most brides only require a meeting with our stylists and are extremely happy with our pre-wedding hair consultations. Since, all of our artists are experts, they can paint a clear picture of what look is best for you in a consultation.

4) Q: What do I need to do to prepare for my pre-wedding hair & makeup trial run?
A: We recommend that you come in for your trial appointment approximately 3-4 weeks before your wedding date. All trials are performed in our Glendale salon on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. For best result, please arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment & make sure you can devote at least 3 hours to your trail. Wash/shampoo your hair the night before and arrive to your trial with dry hair. Try to have your hair color and eyebrows done a few days in advance to your trial. Wear a white tube top. If you have clip-on hair extensions from the past, bring them with you. Bring your tiara, veil, jewelry, hair extensions & a photo of your wedding gown (preferably a photo of you wearing the gown). From our experience over the years, we have found that when an item from the above is missing, then the bridal trials are not successful. Before making your trial appointment, please make sure that you have everything.

5) Q: What do I need to bring on my pre-wedding consultation?
A: We recommend that you come in for your consultation appointment approximately 3-4 weeks before your wedding date. All consultations are performed in our Glendale salon on Friday and Saturday afternoons. For best result, please wash/shampoo your hair the night before and arrive to your consultation with dry hair. Wear a white tube top. If you have clip-on hair extensions from the past, bring them with you. Bring your tiara, veil, jewelry, hair extensions & a photo of your wedding gown (preferably a photo of you wearing the gown). From our experience over the years, we have found that when an item from the above is missing, then the bridal trials are not successful. Before making your trial appointment, please make sure that you have everything.

6) Q: Do I really need hair extensions?
A: Today, many hair styles are achieved using temporary one-day hair extensions. However, it is all up to your own comfort level. Hair extensions are an additional accessory to your look, not a requirement. If you’re not sure if you need hair extensions, please check with our bridal coordinators and they will guide through the process. Please do not purchase hair extensions without consulting our coordinators first.

7) Q: What kind of skin care and makeup products do you use?
A: To insure perfect makeup results, we developed our own skin care and makeup line called Bella Nella Bride. Our products are hypoallergenic and safe to use on even the most sensitive of skins. Our skincare products are loaded with moisture-locking ingredients and vitamins. Our makeup line is oil-free, talc-free, fragrance free and never tested on animals. We have found through years of trial and error with different makeup lines that Bella Nella Bride is the only makeup that goes on effortlessly and stays on for 24 hrs. Guaranteed! Our eye shadows and lip colors are always up to date with the season’s fashions and blend beautifully for every Goddess.

8) Q: What is the procedure for the makeup application?
A: Makeup application starts with properly cleansing the skin. It is followed by the appropriate skin serum to hydrate skin or balance oily prone skin. Then air-brush foundation is thinly sprayed on face, neck and décolleté. Once skin is properly prepared our artist will then create your favorite makeup style according to your comfort level.

9) Q: What if I don’t wear makeup on a daily bases?
A: We believe that every bride should feel beautiful and comfortable on their wedding day. Since most of our makeup is made from minerals, you will get a very natural and effortless application. We work with you and your comfort level to find that wonderful happy medium between looking gorgeous for your photographs and feeling beautiful for your sweetheart and family. Remember, we can bring out the natural flawless goddess or the sultry vixen in you.

10) Q: How long will the actual hair & makeup take?
A: Your wedding day starts with your hairdresser. That is why we take our time and insure that you receive the best service possible. Therefore, hair & makeup typically takes 3 to 4 hours to be complete. It takes 5-10 min. for you to arrive and change into a makeup robe. Breakfast takes another 10 to 15 min. Hair preparation takes about 20 to 30 min., the makeup application takes approximately 60 min. and the actual hair design or up-do take approximately 60 min. Keep in mind that if you have a veil and tiara, it will add to your timing. We ensure that your experience with Bella Nella Bride is fun and a little educational as well.

11) Q: Do I need to wash my hair on the day of the occasion?
A: From our experience, we found that the hair is always easy to style when it’s washed the night before. We recommend that wash your hair with the proper shampoo but don’t use conditioner. If hair is extremely curly and dry, then use a moisturizing masque like Kerastase Age Recharge only on tips of hair.

12) Q: Does the color and condition of my hair matter on my big day?
A: Remember, “Your hair color can make or break any look”. Hair is a major accessory to our beauty. So making sure that your mane is healthy. Also, having the right hair color is very important to your overall look. Visit our color department to choice the perfect hair color. Bella Nella Bride is a member of the prestigious Haute Coiffure of Paris and one of Top Ten Best L'Oreal Professional Elite Salons in Los Angeles. We use L'Oreal Professional for our color treatments and Kerastase Paris for our spa hair treatments, the choice of top celebrities.

13) Q: How early can I start to do a hair color change before my event?
A: For a major hair color change, start 4 to 6 months before event. This will keep hair healthy and shiny. Remember, hair is a major accessory to your beauty. So, take care of it.

14) Q: How soon should I purchase my bridal headpiece and accessories?
A: You should purchase your bridal accessories right after you have chosen your wedding gown. Visit our accessories coordinator at Bella Nella Bride and take advantage of your exclusive 20% discount on our headpieces, veils and jewelry.

15) Q: How do I pick the right head piece and jewelry that will be compliment my bridal look?
A: We, at Bella Nella can help you in choosing the right tiara or head piece that wouldn't comprise your favorite look. With over 20 years of expertise in bridal fashions and trends, it’s easy for us to match the perfect headpiece with your gown and favorite hair style. We incorporate your ideas, hair color, face features, bone structure and body shape with current fashion in order to pick your unique accessory. Don’t forget to take advantage of your 20% accessory discount. “Being comfortable and happy with your headpiece is all we care about”

16) Q: When should I shape my eyebrow before my wedding/special event?
A: We recommend that you shape your eyebrows 1 to 2 days before your special event.

17) Q: How early can I start my skin regime?
A: For problem skin start at least 4 months before wedding/special occasion day. For normal skin, start two months before. Our Red-Carpet-Ready Skin treatment is perfect before any special occasion. Please review our price menu.

18) Q: Can I treat my skin and hair at home?
A: Yes, you can. We carry Guinot Paris, Kerastase Paris and Bella Nella Bride products for quick and lasting results. Our beauty consultants can analyze and prescribe the right at-home products according to your own hair and skin needs. Just stop by and get your prescription and you’ll be ready to start your very own customized hair and skin regime.

19) Q: If I have a bridal party with me, can I book different packages for each individual?
A: Yes, we offer a variety of packages. For example, the bride can book our VIP packages and the bridal party can choose our Artist packages. Having the entire bridal party together makes the hair and makeup process fun and memorable.

20) Q: What can I do to have fun while preparing for my wedding?
A: Start your day by being thankful for all the wonderful things in your life. Take it easy and practice forgiveness. Have faith that everything will show up on time for your wedding. Visualize the joy of having the best wedding ever. Communicate your needs very clearly. Delegate some of the wedding tasks to your friends and family and have trust in them. Most importantly, let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them.

21) Q: How can I relax and feel happy?
A: Start your day with at least 5-10 minutes of meditation and exercise daily at least 15 min. Walking, running and yoga are wonderful tools for relaxation and good health. Eat nourishing foods and plenty of fruits and veggies. Drink at least 4-6 cups of water and 2 cups of green tea daily. Take care of your skin and hair by doing mini facials and hair treatments. Make time to listen to upbeat music and read books that uplift your sprits. Remember if you give love you will receive love. You deserve to feel loved.

Daily Affirmations: When a negative, unhealthy thought comes to your mind about yourself, replace it with a positive affirmation such as “I am healthy, happy and wealthy”. See it and believe it .

Recommended books:

The Secret By Rhonda Byrne. Recommended by Oprah. The Secret explains with simplicity the law that is governing all lives, and offers the knowledge of how to create - intentionally and effortlessly - a joyful life.  This is the secret to everything - the secret to unlimited happiness, love, health and prosperity.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by Dr. John Gray. A must read for all couples. This book offers many suggestions for improving husband-wife relationships by understanding the communication style and emotional needs of the opposite gender.

How do you overcome the challenges of planning a wedding? Share your advice with other brides. Email us now!

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