Many men love the glamour of a woman’s long flowing locks – and many women love it too, even if it’s just for their wedding day. Enter clip-in extensions, the cost-efficient, hair-saving alternative to full extensions. Lina Khoun, stylist at Salvatore Leonetti Salon in Toronto, talked about the long and short of it.
How to insert
Should you decide to do your own hair on your wedding day (major kudos to you!) here are Lina’s tips:
- Plan ahead. Extensions come in pieces or sections with one to four clips on each piece. The bundle with the most clips should fit securely across the widest part of the back of your head. Use smaller pieces on the sides and at the nape of the neck.
- Style hair and extensions separately if you’re planning to curl or straighten the extensions before attaching them.
- Section off your hair, starting at the nape, then tease your hair at the root to create volume so the extension will hold firmly.
- Hairspray the teased section underneath and on top.
- Clip the extension into the teased hair as close to the base as possible. When the extension is secure, work the pieces in with your natural hair to hide the clips.
The real deal
Consider splurging for full extensions. Great Lengths are your best bet. 100 percent undetectable and the choice of many celebrities, Great Lengths can add length, volume, highlights, lowlights or even bangs. P rice depends on your custom needs. Check out greatlengthscanada.com
Extensions are a variety of colours and lengths and can be curled, styled, straightened and dyed (keep within two shades for best results). $219 to $259 for a 10-piece set, available at myfantasyhair.com
Make them last
- Brush gently after wearing.
- Store in their own box or bag.
- Shampoo every four to six uses.
Splat! Extensions are a fun way to add flair without dying strands. They are reusable and can be cut to any length and curled with medium heat. $7.99. Available at farleyco.ca/Splat/Products.html.
Originally published in Today’s Bride magazine, Spring/Summer 2013.