If you hair lacks length or just a little oomph - extensions can be a great way of creating a more impressive hair style. But they are not without a certain element of peril.
Done properly and they open the door to endless style possibilities. Done poorly and you might as well scream at the alter "I am wearing extensions" instead of "I do".
Here are a few hair extension do's and don't to help you avoid a follicle fiasco from hair extension specialists Tatiana Hair Extensions...
DO share with your stylist the colours and style of your wedding dress. When it comes to finding the right wedding hairstyle for you there shouldn't be any limits. Brides shouldn't be constrained by what may be considered 'traditional.' It is your day, be yourself and enjoy, as it goes all too quick.
DON'T go for synthetic hair extensions. Fake hair is heavier and does not bounce like real hair making it obvious that you are wearing extensions.
Synthetic extensions are made of acrylic and plastic, both very flammable materials. Coat them with lacquer and hairspray and accidentally expose them to an innocent candle on the table and you may have more wedding day warmth than you bargained for.
DO take some snaps at your trial sessions to get an objective view – as often what you see in the mirror is different on film. If you have ever been horrified to find a bad photo of yourself on Facebook thinking that when that photo was taken you looked great, exercise those wedding day photo demons in advance.
DON'T wash your hair on the morning of your wedding if you're planning on wearing it up, as it will be too slippery to style and won't retain any height. Hair needs to be a day old. Dry shampoo can be a modern wedding miracle - and no, that's not an exaggeration.
DO go to a salon that is reputable and experienced in hair extensions. The point of extensions is to add length or volume to your natural hair without being detected. Hair extensions that are obvious are ones that are suffering from conflicting hair textures and/or poor colour match. Avoid the inexperienced salons and do-it-at-homers.
DON'T try extensions for the first time on your actual wedding day. You need to test out how the extensions feel at least several weeks before your big day in case you have some allergies or concerns around comfort, blending or fit.
DO treat your hair extensions with respect. Comb them with a soft bristle brush, condition only the roots and avoid harsh chemicals. Like a marriage, hair extensions need love and TLC.
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