This is probably the last thing you want to hear from your hair and makeup artist, but it’s the painful truth that some things just happen. We don’t live in a perfect world, and stuff happens. Your best bet is to roll with the punches.
Last weekend I had a wedding day mishap. I mean it wasn’t totally awful, but it was a minor snafu right as I was getting started. Let me back up and give you an idea of how my wedding site events are prepared for. Generally, I pack all my equipment (makeup, hair tools, towels, cleaners, etc.) the night before an early on-site wedding. That way, in the morning I don’t have to rely on “morning brain” at all. Side note: I don’t typically drink caffeine before important makeup applications because – jitters are a real thing; #coffee. Since I was mostly working hair for this event, I wanted to make sure I grabbed my full bottle of the best hairspray in the world (Osis), to limit the amount of products I needed to carry. With three bottles to choose from, I shook them all and packed up the one that was full.
Fast forward to my first hair style. I grabbed for my bottle of Osis to give a little hold and it came out like a water stream. HUH? This was a brand new bottle from the professional store – WTH! I immediately turned away from the bridesmaid and started shaking the can up like it was nobody’s business and shot another spray in the air. Same thing! A stream of wet hairspray! OMG. I started sweating, and the feeling of extreme disappointment in the bottle of hairspray took over me. I looked over at my second artist, who can read my thoughts apparently, and he reminded me that he didn’t pack for hair today. How was I going to do the bride’s hair with no hairspray?
Ahead of schedule (by about 10 minutes), I slid out and drove to the nearest store that sold hairspray. I knew NOTHING was going to compare to the Osis hairspray and I just felt awful. But as the artist, I knew I had to do right by my bride. I started spraying the different hairsprays in the aisle of the drugstore (yes drugstore brands, I shutter!) to find something that wouldn’t cause the girls to pass out. I searched for light flexible hold and grabbed the most expensive one I could find (you know, because price determines quality – just kidding!) Checkout took way longer than necessary (because that’s the golden rule of when you’re in a rush). As soon as I got back, I started working again. I was only about 10 minutes behind schedule at this point and I always factor in these mishaps during planning.
The hairspray wasn’t as bad as I thought, but it wasn’t Osis. Honestly, I don’t think my bride noticed much and she told me that she received so many complements on her hair. Yay! (Insert happy dance) I take away a new lesson (and every wedding has lessons – to be honest). Always test your aerosols before leaving and bring a back up bottle of hairspray! Your favorite hairspray doesn’t have any good alternatives!