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Everything You Need to Know about Hair Extensions for your Wedding

Hair Extensions for Your Wedding: Yes or No?

Have you ever looked at a Pinterest board full of wedding hairstyles and wondered “How on earth do those women have such amazing hair?” Well, the answer is probably pretty simple: Wedding hair extensions! In addition to curling irons, hairspray, and the hands of an experienced pro, a few perfectly-placed hair extensions just might be the secret to the wedding hair of your dreams!

Whether you want to add thickness, or change the length of your hair, extensions can be a great way to amp up your bridal hair do.

If your wedding day is coming up and you’re thinking about getting extensions, here are a few things you should know....

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Types of Extensions:

Clip-in extensions pieces of hair (usually synthetic) with small clips that you can fasten to your own hair. Because they're offered in a variety of sizes and weights, you can completely customize your look. Add in a few for a touch of volume or several all over your head for a fuller, longer look. - The 8 Best Clip-In Hair Extensions That Will Help You Score Your Perfect Bridal ‘Do

Pros:

  • Seamless application: Clip-in hair extensions come with a clip already sewn into the hair extension, so using them is intuitive and straightforward—all you have to do is snap them in.

  • Affordable options: If you're on a budget, clip-ins can be less expensive than the other types of extensions. Psst: This is a great hack to save some money while still achieving a gorgeous head of hair.

  • Multiple clips: Each kit contains about 10 to 12 clips with different widths so your hair stylists can clip them wherever needed to complete your look. This is a great option for to-be-weds who want to add a little volume or a few inches of length to their hairstyle.

Cons:

  • Possible breakage: If you have fragile hair, the clips may not be the best extension choice for you—they have the potential to cause hair breakage or split ends if taken out incorrectly. But since you'll mainly just be wearing them for one day, this con is minimal.

Halo hair extensions come in a half-circle shape with a translucent cord to hide them. To apply them, tie your hair up into a half-up topknot (be sure to leave two pieces out in front) and place the cord around the top of your head so the extra hair is sitting in the back of your head. Then, fasten the clips to your own hair and let your hair down. Gently brush out the top of your hair to fully disguise the cord, and you're done!

Pros:

  • Easy application: The halo hair extension is only one piece, so all you need to do is place it in your hair. That means no glue, clips or tricky procedures."

  • Natural look: Not only is it easy to apply, but it also looks incredibly natural. The one-piece addition blends seamlessly into your locks for flawless, luscious results.

Cons:

  • No updos: According to stylists, buns and ponytails are much harder to do while you're wearing the halo. It's best to choose another hair extension option for your day if you've been dreaming of an updo.

Halo hair extensions come in a half-circle shape with a translucent cord to hide them. To apply them, tie your hair up into a half-up topknot (be sure to leave two pieces out in front) and place the cord around the top of your head so the extra hair is sitting in the back of your head. Then, fasten the clips to your own hair and let your hair down. Gently brush out the top of your hair to fully disguise the cord, and you're done!

Pros:

  • Easy application: The halo hair extension is only one piece, so all you need to do is place it in your hair. That means no glue, clips or tricky procedures."

  • Natural look: Not only is it easy to apply, but it also looks incredibly natural. The one-piece addition blends seamlessly into your locks for flawless, luscious results.

Cons:

  • No updos: According to stylists, buns and ponytails are much harder to do while you're wearing the halo. It's best to choose another hair extension option for your day if you've been dreaming of an updo.

Maybe you've been dreaming about longer hair for a while. Your wedding is a great opportunity to try out permanent hair extensions. Permanent hair extensions are sewn, glued or taped onto your hair and last from four to eight weeks. That means you could potentially rock your long locks for your rehearsal dinner, wedding day and honeymoon.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting wear: If you want the long hair look every day (from your rehearsal dinner through your honeymoon, for example), then this is a great option to consider. If it's just for your wedding day, though, you might want to consider more temporary extensions.

  • Instantaneous long hair: If you've had short or fine hair your whole life and want to change things up, getting permanent hair extensions is an instant way to guarantee longer hair. Instead of waiting months or even years for your hair to grow, you'll be rocking long hair in just a few short hours.

Cons:

  • Possible hair damage: These extensions definitely provide long wear, but they can be damaging to those with sensitive or thin hair. If your extensions are heavy and constantly weighing down on your hair, it can cause hair loss or breakage.

  • Higher maintenance: Permanent hair extensions require a lot of specific cleaning and maintenance tricks. Before you commit to permanent extensions, be sure you're ready to commit to the upkeep involved too.

Types of permanent hair extensions include:

  • Sew-In Extensions: With this technique, we braid down your natural hair and sew two or three bundles of hair extensions to the braids. This service can take three to four hours, but the look lasts one or two months for women with textured hair and 2 weeks for women with smoother textured hair.

  • Glue-In Extensions: This is a more temporary application. Small swatches of extensions are glued to the root area near the scalp. This service can take one to two hours to apply, and the look lasts one to two weeks with proper care.

  • Tape-In Extensions: With this technique, small swatches of extensions come with pre-glued tabs that are carefully pressed together near the scalp. This service can take one to two hours, and the look lasts one to two months with proper care.

  • Fusion or Pre-Bonded Extensions: This technique is the most long lasting of the extensions for Caucasian hair or hair with little texture. Individual beads pre-laced with a small amount of hair are attached at the root to create the most natural and seamless look. This technique can take four to six hours to apply but the results can last two to four months with proper care.

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TERMS TO KNOW:

Weft: a weft is one track of hair. Attached to the weft is small clips that snap at your root. The number of clips will range from 1-4 based on the width of the individual weft.

Gram: grams refer to the amount & thickness of the hair. 

Full Set: refers to a set of extensions that vary with 4-12 wefts to snap in your hair. 

Classic Set: the top of the weft is sewn/stitched together with thick thread and mesh cloth. These tend to be bulkier when placed against the head.

Seamless: the top of the weft is bonded together and laid flat like a tape-in extension. These extensions are super thin and lay flat to head to create a seamless look. 

Density: refers to the number of strands on your head or used to make extensions and wigs. Density determines how thick or thin hair is.

BEFORE YOU BUY

RULE:

Extensions need be 100% human hair to be able to use a hot tool & style.

GOAL:

Add Volume, Length, and all the above.

LENGTH:

18-22 inch length is standard for brides

THICKNESS:

90g (Extra Light)- very fine hair

100-110g (Light)- natural fine hair that mimics the natural texture

120-130g (Natural/Medium)- natural medium hair

150g (Natural/Full)- natural with a little added fullness

180g (Heavy)- a full voluminous hair look

200g (Extra Heavy)- glamorous celeb style hair

Fine hair babes:  for more added length and less weight you will want to go with a lower gram. Steer clear of extensions with 200g or higher. If you have thin hair they tend to look heavy and less natural when compared to individual hair follicles. 

Thick hair babes: If you have a lot of hair naturally and want added length you will need to go with a higher gram to blend with the natural weight of your hair. By not matching your hair thickness the hair can look like a rat tail if you add extra length.

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How can you get your hair extensions wedding-ready?

Remember to shampoo and condition your extensions before your wedding day, just like your natural hair. This will ensure the best shine and finish for your style, and help your extensions last a long time. Don’t forget to gently comb any tangles out of your extensions before washing them. 

If you have semi-permanent extensions, take extra steps to care for them on a daily basis to keep them looking amazing on your wedding day. Sleep in a sleeping cap or on a silk or satin pillowcase. And be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning and maintenance, no matter the style of extensions you have.

Here’s a breakdown of how much money your new style could cost:

  • Clip-in Extensions: These are much more affordable than permanent ones. “You can grab a pack of clip-in extensions or synthetic ones at a beauty supply store for under $100, or you can have permanent ones installed at a salon for over $1,000,

  • Halo Hair Extensions: The price of these extensions depends on multiple factors, including hair length and type. The price ranges from less than $50 to $200 and up.

  • Permanent Extensions: Since these last longer, they will cost a bit more. “At a salon, hair extensions usually cost between $200 and $600. But be aware, if you go with a full head of very long extensions, it can set you back as much as $3,000,

The longer the hair, the higher the price tag.

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