Bridal Hair Extensions on Your Wedding Day—Yes or No?

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With a romantic venue and perfect dress chosen for your wedding day, a gorgeous hairstyle could make you feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. Many stylists recommend bridal hair extensions for a variety of hairstyles and braids that can be made possible, so you can look your best on your special day. 

So here’s a guide to help you decide if hair extensions are ideal to complete your bridal look.

What to Consider

First of all, it’s important to consider some factors when deciding whether or not to use hair extensions:

1. Cost

It’s important to keep in mind that the price of hair extensions depends mainly on the quality of the item. There are different types of extensions according to material: cuticle Remy hair (with intact cuticles), Remy hair (acid-washed), non-Remy hair (mix of collected hair), and synthetic hair (made of artificial fibers).

The human hair (Remy hair) extension is generally the best choice since it’s almost the same as your actual hair. It’s also easier to style using heat and dye. On the other hand, synthetic hair extensions may not show the best natural look you want because of the slight difference from your own hair.

High-quality extensions are also expected to be more expensive and human hair costs a lot more than artificial hair. However, regardless of the type of hair extension you might want to use, you will have to be prepared for some budget adjustments for your makeover.

2. Hair Type

Hair extensions are mainly used to add volume and length, but if you’re planning on using them, another thing to consider is the current condition of your hair. If you have thin and fragile hair, adding extensions should add the desired thickness and volume, not worsen the damage.

Most importantly, professionals know best. Hair stylists know what’s best for your hair and could share some suggestions and ideas about extensions suitable for your hair condition. Consulting with your stylist will help you pick the best hair extension to boost your confidence on your big day.

3. Time

The preparation time before the actual wedding requires hours of styling, from outfit to hair and makeup. Various types of hair extensions are different in how they will be attached to your hair. So, some can be time-consuming to style. A bridal makeover takes time because you and your hairstylist want to make it as perfect as possible.

Types of Hair Extensions

There are different types of hair extensions according to application. Here’s a list of the most popular types for brides to choose from:

1. Clip-in Hair Extensions

clip in hair extensions

If you’re looking for a temporary hair extension for your wedding, clip-in types are a perfect choice. Since clip-in hair extensions are already made with a clip, they will be easier to adjust while styling and less of a hassle to remove after the wedding. A set of this type of hair extension usually comes with around 10 clips with different lengths and can be clipped according to the desired style.

However, easy installation and removal will also mean that it would not be as secure as you want it to be as clip-ins tend to slip out if not applied correctly. If your hair condition is fragile, using this type of hair extension could cause minimal hair breakage.

2. Halo Hair Extensions

halo hair extensions

If you want to let your hair down and have a soft curl look, a halo hair extension could be perfect for you. This type is formed into a half circle shape with a clear nylon cord. It is designed to be attached in one piece at the back of your head, making it easier to use than clip-ons. It also fits in seamlessly with your natural hair. You can have long beach waves or loose curls for your wedding day.

One disadvantage of using a halo hair extension is the limited number of hairstyles you can do with it. Updo hairstyles like ponytails and buns will be challenging because the hair extensions may fall off. Many stylists recommended using other types of hair extensions if you want to have an updo.

3. Updo Hair Extensions

updo hair extensions

Ponytails and buns are some of the dream bridal hairstyles, but these don’t usually look fabulous enough if your hair doesn’t have much volume. Updo hair extensions are built to look natural when installed on your hair, so you can totally rock your updo with added volume and a sophisticated look. You can install each like a comb at the base of your updo or like a scrunchie around it.

Depending on your style choice, an updo hair extension can be a bit heavy to wear for hours. Since it also needs extra support, you can only use it when you have enough hair or if you use a wig. Although it’s easy to use, choosing the color and texture that will match your hair can be challenging with updo hair extensions.

4. Permanent Hair Extensions

permanent hair extensions

There are hair extensions that can last for weeks or even months. If you want to maintain the length and volume of your hair for longer, you can use permanent hair extensions that can be sewn, glued, or taped to your hair. Your locks will last during your wedding, reception, and even on your honeymoon! 

However, keep in mind that this type of hair extension requires higher maintenance. Here are some of the permanent hair extensions you can choose from:

  • K-Tips Hair Extensions (keratin tips): Every single strand is attached to your natural hair roots using a keratin heat gun. These extensions can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
  • I-Tips Hair Extensions: Similar to K-Tips, this is also attached strand-by-strand, but without using heat adhesives. Instead, beads are used to clamp the extensions to your hair. This type of hair extension can last up to 10 months.
  • Tape-in Hair Extensions: As its name suggests, this type of semi-permanent hair extension is installed using tape and can be reused and reapplied when needed. Tape-in hair extensions can last up to 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Sew-In Hair Extensions: This type is a combination of I-Tips and a weft of strands that will be sewn to your natural hair underneath. Sew-in hair extensions can last up to 6 to 12 months.

Maintaining Hair Extensions

Always use a soft bristle brush and good-quality hair products to maintain your hair extensions. Avoid using high heat when styling and refrain from having tight buns or a high ponytail as much as possible. Consult your stylist when adjustments and changes are needed or when you want to remove them completely.

Can I dye my hair with installed hair extensions?

It depends on the type of hair extension you used. In general, dyeing your hair by yourself is not recommended. Make it a habit to ask your stylist or any hair professional when you want to drastically change your hair in order to maintain its good condition.

What if I feel uncomfortable when wearing my hair extensions?

If you’re using temporary extensions, you can remove them carefully at any time. However, permanent hair extensions are meant to last much longer. The first few weeks can be challenging so you’ll need to be patient and wait for your scalp to get used to it.

Wrapping Up

Deciding for a perfect bridal hairstyle can be challenging, but it will be worth it in the end! Using hair extensions can add volume and length to your hair and help you achieve the Pinterest-inspired hairstyles you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you use hair extensions or not, what matters is that you feel confident and beautiful on your wedding day.

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