Hair Extensions for Your Wedding?
Hair extensions are the not-so-secret ingredient to just about any good bridal hair look. If you are blessed with lots of volume but your hair is shorter than you dreamed it would be for your big day, you might want to add hair extensions for the length. On the flip side, if you’ve got the length you want but not the volume, extensions are a total game-changer. Whether you’re wearing your hair up or down, extensions are great at holding shape, meaning your hair will still look good when you hit the dancefloor at the after-party.
No matter what your hair situation is, there is some key information you should know about the world of extensions before you walk down the aisle. Here, we break down everything you need to know about wedding hair extensions with the help of trusted hair experts Amanda Scott, Sky Kim, and Giancarlo Carollo.
MEET THE EXPERT
Amanda Scott is a New York-based hair extension specialist and owner of wedding hair business AV Hair. Prior to launching her own business, Scott worked at the famed Serge Normant salon in New York City.
Sky Kim is a New York-based hairstylist and extension expert at Jenna Perry Hair Studio.
Giancarlo Carollo is a New York-based colorist at Marie Robinson Salon and has perfected extensions for countless A-listers and brides alike.
Who Should (And Shouldn’t) Get Wedding Hair Extensions?
If you’re interested in potentially wearing extensions for your wedding, booking a consultation with a hair extension specialist is the best way to find out if extensions are a good option for you. They will want to check the health and condition of your hair and scalp. Most people with healthy-ish hair are good candidates for hair extensions, but if you have any of the following, it might not be the best route:
- Very short hair (think: pixie): It will be challenging to blend the extensions in without making it look choppy.
- Very thick, long hair: You probably don’t need extensions!
- Fine and very brittle hair: Putting extensions in could cause more hair damage.
- Very frizzy and textured hair: It could be challenging to find hair that matches perfectly. This doesn’t mean it’s not possible, it might just take more tries until you find the right hair.
- Poor scalp condition (excessive shedding or hair loss)
When to Get Hair Extensions
Book a hair extension consultation as soon as you get engaged so you can create a plan with your stylist and figure out what might work best for your hair, the look you want to achieve, and your budget. “A lot of girls start working out, or start a pre-wedding skincare routine when they know they are getting married, and starting a hair regimen should also be a top priority,” says Scott.
“If you want a more permanent type of extension, such as the Klix or tape, I recommend getting them in at least two months prior to the wedding,” says Scott. “Then, about a week before the wedding, come in to either get a new install or a move up to make sure everything is 100-percent ready to go. This timing is ideal to make sure placement and feel [are] OK, and it allows time to take care of any last-minute adjustments.” […]