Well hello there! Megan here your resident beauty guru and all-knowing of everything beauty for your wedding. This week I’ll chat about clip in day of extensions. Do you need them? Will they help and what’s the cost of hair?
“The red carpet has a secret- Hair extensions. And your wedding day is your red-carpet day. How do you think celebs go from a lob to mermaid hair overnight? No shame in adding a little length and fullness for your wedding day. Celebs are all about full disclosure when it comes to their long locks. While extensions used to have a bad reputation (can anyone forget the Britney Spears incident?), they’ve come a long way when it comes to quality and technology. Every bride wants gorgeous wedding-day hair. Recently the brides we’ve asked told us they spent a year or more growing out their locks before the big day — and other brides took a shortcut and added hair extensions instead. Extensions aren’t just for adding length, they can also double or even triple your thickness. Many brides opt for clip-ins because there’s no commitment required; you just add in the clips when you want longer locks and remove them when you’re done.
Please consider purchasing after your last cut and color before your wedding. Get the right color match. Being off even by a shade is a dead giveaway that you’re wearing faux hair. The most accurate way is to color match with the ends of your locks, not the roots, and go with the color that’s the most prominent in your natural hair. Splurge on quality. Synthetic extensions are the most affordable, but they tangle easily and have a super high shine, which makes them look obviously unnatural- think Barbie doll hair. Non-virgin hair means it’s been processed—either dyed or treated to change its texture—so it’s also not ideal, since it’s more damaged. Remy extensions are the highest quality. They’re the closest to your real hair, so they’ll hold styles and texture the same way and won’t shed as much as the cheaper options. “For clip-ins, look for a silicone cushion on the clips to prevent tangles and breakage” says Monica Thornton, Co-Founder of RPZL in New York City. Find multicolor extensions, not hair that’s one solid shade. You can even play with color and add extensions that are one to two shades lighter or darker, to create high- or low-lights. Curling your real hair and the extensions together ensures that your natural hair and the extensions are completely blended in for a seamless look and that your hair looks like it’s all your own. You always want to make sure that you still look like you only you on your most beautiful day. When making the decision of whether or not to wear extensions, first decide what you will be wearing and how you will want to style your hair. This will help determine the amount of hair and length of hair you want to invest in.
“Wash clip-ins every six to eight times that you wear them, depending on how much product you’re using,” Thornton says. “Give them a little bath in your sink and dry them on a towel.” Before washing clip-ins, remove them and comb out any tangles. Use a shampoo and conditioner free of sulfates and parabens, and blot them with a towel to remove excess water, then let them air dry.
You need to wash the extensions before the stylist secures them into your hair. Sizing and other chemicals are added to the hair to keep it looking pretty and salable in the package during shipping. Sizing can interfere with the curl having a long lasting hold.
So now on to the cost on your investment. Extensions are based on many factors. First, the longer the hair the more each track will be. Makes sense right. Quality of the hair is also a factor; Glam Seamless Hair Extensions quoted this on their website:
When considering the cost of hair extensions, you need to determine what type of hair you will purchase. When deciding on which quality of hair extensions to purchase, you first want to decide what kind of hair will work best for you and your budget.
$ Synthetic: Cheap, fake hair.
$ Non-Remy: Cheap, usually from the floor, low quality hair
$$ Remy Human Hair: Medium quality, remy human hair.
$$$ Remy Human Hair, Cuticle Intact: Highest quality remy human hair.
$$$$ Virgin Cuticle Hair: Highest quality hair available.
Hair is also priced by the number of inches each track is, the longer the hair the more the price tag shows. All in all you can expect $150-$350 depending on the length, quality and number of tracks needed to achieve your end result style.
In a nut-shell, more hair means more options and choosing day of extensions are amazing and you shouldn’t shy away from them.
Join me next week, I’ll be talking about the “taboo” topic of gratuities. Until then, stay beautiful!