Don’t Anile your trial! My guide to Headache Free Bridal Hair

October 18, 2013

By Michelle Surgent


One of the most frustrating situations I find myself in is convincing my bridal clients that I can give them what they want after they have had a bad experience.


Clients that have had a bad experience call, email and yes even text in a panic thinking that everyone in the bridal equity business is going to make them look like their so called “bad experience”. 9 times out of 10 it’s the hair, not the make-up. So lets talk about that!


I thought long and hard as to how I can communicate my philosophy on bridal hair. If you’re reading this, I’m not selling myself but simply sharing my professional experience. If you hire me you won’t be disappointed (obviously) but make sure you take the time to think about these things before you take the plunge and schedule your trial. They are all important factors to take into consideration- your wedding is a huge investment of your time and money. Your beauty process should be too. Cocktail hour Food gets digested. Drinks get Drank. Flower bouquets wilt… But Pictures are forever! How your hair and makeup looks on your wedding day is unforgettable. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus on the everlasting.


Before you Book a Hair Vendor:

1. Ask around. The best referrals come from word of mouth.

2. Don’t feel obligated to use your regular stylist if she doesn’t specialize in bridal hair. It may ruin your relationship if she says she can give you what you want and can’t do it n

3. Google their name.  Does this artist have a web site? Blog? Facebook? Do you like the work you see?

4. READ REVIEWS. It’s always good practice to see what everyone else is saying about their personal experience. Take everything with a grain of salt. Make sure that the negative comments (if any) aren’t deal breakers for you. Some people give a 1 out of 5-stars for the artist running 5 minutes late or for not returning an email within 24 hours. Weddings stylists are just as much human as you. I have seen the same nonsense on wedding sites as on trip advisor and yelp. Always go with your gut and focus on the important stuff!!

5.Does this person own a salon? Work out of a salon? Come to you? All of these factors are important. Don’t waste your time pursuing an artist if you want them to come to your location and it’s not something they do.


Quick tip. Just because a salon offers bridal services doesn’t mean they have mastered it. If they don’t have photos and reviews they probably aren’t as experienced as they are claiming. Remember : a picture is worth a thousand words.



The Trial Process

After you have considered steps 1-5 above, schedule your trial. In my professional opinion, start with one at a time. Nothing is more frustrating to me then someone who comes to me after having 4-5 hair trials with 4-5 different artists. This is frustrating because it’s telling me you don’t know what you want and I probably can’t give it to you. A case of “analysis paralysis” is hard to cure. With trials, less is more. Be sure to communicate clearly and concisely what you want to your artist. Make sure they are a good listener. That is half the battle. The other half is of course, talent!


 If the first artist doesn’t work out, then pursue a different but don’t go on a trial binge (or even schedule one for that matter until you know the following :


1. Your dress

2. Do you want your hair up or down?

3. Do you need extensions to execute your dream style?

4. Does your fiancé have a preference how you wear your hair? His opinion matters too!

5. Did you check our Pinterest , Instagram or other creative sites to find inspiration photos

6. Do these photos somewhat resemble your coloring? Even if a blonde and a brunettes updo if done exactly the same way by the same person will never ever look the same!!

7. When do you want to do a trial? Don’t get upset if your artist won’t meet with you on a weekend. That means they are busy with other bridal jobs!! I do 4-6 weddings a weekend and believe me, you don’t want me doing a trial on you after I’ve worked on 25-35 clients over the course of a weekend. If you are really tired after work consider taking a half day or going into work late. Communicate with your artist to make it work. You can have world’s best trial but if you had a rough day in the office nothing will make you feel good (except wine) 😉

8. Confirm the date is available with your artist. If you can’t come in for a trial right away or maybe you trust their work and want to wait to closer to your date…ask if they offer booking options.


Quick tip : bring a camera to the trial. Make sure the artist is also documenting your trial so you can both recreate and/or make adjustments day of.



Ok you love the trial….. Now what?

Do you like the artist as a person? Can you trust them? If yes follow below:

1. Confirm the date is available. Confirm the start and finish time.

2. Sign a contract. It is my professional advice you do not work with someone who doesn’t put their terms in writing.  

3. Confirm pricing.

4. Make sure they work with other hairstylists if you have a large group. Ask what the other hairstylist’s credentials are.

5. Ask what the contingency plan is if there is an emergency. Ask for it to be in writing if it isn’t already.

6. Ask if they provide a schedule. If they don’t, ask if you may create one to keep things on time. If they do, ask when you can expect to get it from them.

7. Confirm payment options and also make sure you know how much everything is going to be that day!


The purpose of this article is to help you ad to keep you stress free. I hope you took a little something g from it. I have been working with brides since 2001 and I’ve gained a lot of insight on such matters. I hope this will help you avoid a horrific experience. Not all hairdressers are the same and styles have come a long way since the 90’s prom hair 😉


October Color Special at Pink Comb Studio!

October 3, 2013

Pink Comb Studio October Color Special

For New Clients Only!


We would love to welcome you to Pink Comb Studio with the utmost pampering experience – a Color and Cut Special just for new clients from now until October 31, 2013.

Our special consists of the following:

*Single Process Color

*A Glaze to add shimmer and depth to your new shade

*Post-Color Deep Conditioning Service

*Hair cut and expert blowout

This special is $120.00 with Michelle for the entire month of October!

Please expect your appointment to be approximately 2 hours.

 To book please visit us on the web – and click “book appointment online”

We are Proudly a Wella Koleston Master Colorist Salon


Updo Models Needed!!

September 24, 2013

Wedding season starts winding down in December and it is our time to perfect our craft!! 

Training sessions for our team are starting Now!! And you can benefit from them as well!! We are looking for 2 updo models for Thursday September 26 at Pink Comb Studio in Westfield from 1-230 for a training session. Free!! Available? Please email or pass along to a friend who may be available!


Extensions are Here! Check out our September Promotion!

August 29, 2013

September is upon us and the summer humidity is (hopefully) almost behind us! It’s time to get back to blow drying, styling and making an effort with our hair as we enter the season of pumpkin lattes, cool breezes and Oktoberfest beer!

Pink Comb Studio is stocked with beautiful 8 piece, 18”, 100% human hair clip-in extensions. We have a variety of shades in stock. If we do not have your color, we can custom match it and have it to you in just 2 business days!

The special price is $159.99 (plus tax) includes your own one-on-one lesson with Michelle during the month of September. You will also receive a special care guide on how to make the most of your extensions and keep them for 3-5 years given you do not drastically change your hair color. The lesson is approximiately 15-20 minutes.

What’s also great about this promotion that if need be, Michelle can cut the extensions (18” is pretty long) so that they blend perfect. If you are getting married this is also a great option to have your hair for your upcoming wedding and keep up with the glam post wedding. 

Why Choose Our Extensions?

*So easy you can change your look in minutes


*Clip on and off whenever, wherever and without damage


*They are the purest, silkiest and most beautiful quality you can find. if they are wedding grade you know they are fabulous!


*They are feather light to wear


*Reusable for 3-5 years and re-adjustable!



All you need to do is email to set up your consultation time!


Taryn’s Testimonial! Raves from our 8/3/13 bride!!

August 27, 2013
I just wanted to take a minute to send you a quick note to say thanks to you and Marena!  Everything was absolutely perfect for our wedding.  The girls and I had a great time getting ready at the salon the morning of the wedding.  We had a lot of fun and it worked out great having bagels, mimosas and music!  The timing was exact and everyone was completed on schedule. We made it back to my parent’s house right on time for pictures!
Marena was so helpful and easy to talk to.  She helped create the look I wanted and the curls were beautiful.  All the girls were able to share their ideas and Marena was able to convey their vision.  Please thank Marena for me!
As for everyone’s make-up (especially mine!) we couldn’t have been happier!  I really appreciated you doing two make-up trials prior to the wedding to help me find the perfect look for the day of.  I was given a preview of some of our wedding pictures and my make-up looks amazing. Also, my mom was very apprehensive to have her make-up done.  After meeting you at my second trial, and liking you so much, I convinced her and she loved it!  She had so many compliments that she said she was happy she had it done. You were very knowledgable, professional and organized. You made getting our hair and make-up done very easy and enjoyable!
Thank you again for everything! I hope to see you for my future sister-in-law Ali’s wedding this November!

Rave Reviews!

August 6, 2013
It’s been a wedding season so far and survey says… brides are thrilled!
Thank you to all of our beautiful brides who took the time to send us their sweet
“Michelle-I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for everything on Saturday! You made me feel beautiful and you were so patient and sweet (even when I was beinga total bridezilla). Your team did a fabulous job on everyone! Thanks again! When we return from our honeymoon I will be sure to put a glowing recommendation on wedding wire, the knot, etc. Thanks again!!! Marissa”

“As a recent bride, I would like to give a huge thank you to Chelsea and Lacey for the phenomenal job that they did for my bridal party. Even being short one stylist, these two amazing women were able to do the hair and make-up for ten women in a smooth and flawless manner. Each of my girls told me how much they loved their hair and make-up, and we receivedmore compliments that you can even imagine. I would recommend your studio and these two women to any futurebride out there. I myself can say that I LOVED my hair and make-up, and I can’t wait to see my professional photos. Great job all around! You guys are amazing! Allison Johnson (Crerar)”

“Just a quick, informal thank you for making us all look beautiful!!! You and Kerri are so easy to work with and so talented! I will definitely recommend to anyone I know getting married! Many thanks and I will send a picture from photographer in the event that you guys have portfolios! Xoxo Katie”

“Hi Chelsea, I just wanted to thank you for my wedding make-up. It looked beautiful
and stayed the entire night! You are truly talented and I will be referring you
to my friends! Thanks again! Kristen”

Beautiful photo of our 7/12/13 bride, Allison by photographer Anya Day of



We certainly have a sweet spot for her… as she was also Michelle, the owner’s,  photographer as well! Here is a snippet from Michelle’s wedding last October 2012.


We Want You to Reuse your Lashes!!

August 6, 2013

When you hire us to do your make-up, it’s an investment! A lifetime of looking perfectly flawless in your photos is PRICELESS! 

When you add on lashes with us, you are spending $15.00. This $15.00 goes a very long way because the lashes we use on you can be reused up to 3 times. Some ladies get even more but we suggest investing in a new pair after the third use. We want you to get your money’s worth! 

At Pink Comb, we use the brand Red Cherry. 


Red Cherry lashes are designed to create various effects and to naturally accentuate different eye shapes. These 100% human hair lashes come in various natural and glam styles to add instant wink to your eyes.  The fact that they are 100% Human Hair is what gives us the 100% O.K. to reuse them 🙂  Here are some tips straight from Red Cherry on how to reuse your lashes. Enjoy!





Studio Closing for Vacation!

June 30, 2013

Pink Comb Studio will be closed from Tuesday, July 2 until Monday July 15, 2013.

Weddings will be taking place during this time but studio services will be taking this brief hiatus. Have a very happy 4th of July!!



Kick of the Summer with our Studio Specials!!

June 20, 2013

Summer Specials at Pink Comb Studio!

From Today, June 20 – July 1, 2013

Full Foil Special!

All Full Foils Scheduled from now until July 1, 2013 will Receive Full Size Redken’s Color Extend Shampoo AND Conditioner with your color service!

Hair Repair Extraordinaire Special

Is your hair feeling Dry? Lifeless? Dull?


Come to Pink Comb Studio for this one hour treatment with Diamond Oil and start your summer off with silky, shiny hair!  This Rich, nourishing foam gently cleanser Helps strengthen strands to help prevent breakage – Provides durable shine that lasts until the next shampoo! This Treatment is $60.00 and it includes a complimentary blow-out! It Starts with a nourishing Shampoo and head massage, a gentle conditioner and a 15 minute Hair Masque. Email for your appointment.



CORIANDER OIL: This hair oil seals, coats and smoothes the hair cuticle to boost shine

CAMELINA OIL: This hair oil seals and penetrates the peripheral layer just under the cuticle of hair to fill in gaps and soften for reinforced shine

APRICOT OILS: This hair oil penetrates hair uniformly through multi-layers and into the core for overall conditioning and shine from the inside out



Do you want to be a model?

June 18, 2013

We are looking for Pink Comb fans to act as “models” for a free updo training session on Thursday June 27 at 11 am and noon. 

You must have hair longer than your chin but shorter than your bra strap. To request your FREE appointment, email 

Gratuity not included.

Please pass this along to anyone interested!!Thank you!