That’s why we’re bringing you expert advice, from our in-house extension stylist extraordinaire,Elena Southcott, of the Casa Salon Hair Salon in Key West. She’s got all the in-sight and know-how on how to get you looking like a million dollars, not cheap and tawdry on your night of nights. Her philosophy is that extensions can enrich your range of hair styling possibilities – and here’s what she has to say about them.
Style with your gown in mind
When you go to your stylist to talk extensions for the first time, make sure they are up to speed with the style and color of your gown, as well as any other visual theme you may have planned for your wedding. Many brides tend to take it for granted that all they’re ‘allowed’ to do is opt for a classical swept-up bun. In fact, the choice is all yours and you’ve got a virtually limitless array of options at your disposal.
Ask for opinions
After you start getting some extensions in, whip out that camera or smartphone and take a few pictures. Show them to your groom, if you’re comfortable, your mother, brides mates, or to anyone whose opinion you trust. As you may have noticed (from tagged pictures of you on Facebook, for instance), styles tend to look different on camera than they do in real life. Picture-taking will also help you get used to what’s going to end up being a rather dramatic look change.
Go all natural
Pricing constraints will have some women believe that fake extensions are a viable option. In truth, Elena Southcott explains, they never really are. The problem with them lies in their very fabrication: they’re made of acrylic and plastic, which are dangerous to wear in more ways than one. For starters, they’re heavy and are never going to make your hair shine and bounce in a natural way. They’re only going to make it obvious to everyone that you’re wearing extensions. For another thing, they’re highly flammable. Picture this fiasco: you lacquer and hairspray them, then get an inch too close to a candle at church or the restaurant, and there goes your hair, up in flames. Much like your picture-perfect wedding, too.
Don’t cheap out
The above tips for choosing natural extensions also apply to your choice of salon. In a nutshell, it’s always best to go to a place on which you have references, and about whose quality you can be sure. Experienced extension stylists know how to best conceal your extensions, so that you get the best results in terms of added length and volume. They’re also skilled at picking the right color and texture hair for you – unlike so-called stylists with little experience, as well as various ‘clever’ DIY solutions.
Love your new style
Since you’re getting hitched, you probably already know a thing or two about love. The love, caring, and affection that your marriage requires is also something your extensions can use. Use soft bristle brushes to comb them. Use delicate and natural substances to treat them. And, most of all, enjoy them each and every single day!