Add drama to your down-style, get Clip-in Extensions!

If you’re anything like me when I got married, you LOVE long full hair!  I was determined to grow my hair as long as I possibly could until the big day.  I found, however, that even though it was long, it wasn’t as full as I wanted it to be.  This is when I gave in to getting myself some clip-in extensions, and what a difference more hair makes!
I have to say I couldn’t stop flipping my hair around, I felt so glamorous.  I wore my hair down and softly curled.  Had I not worn the extensions it would’ve looked much shorter because of the curl factor.
Mostly all my brides who are wearing their hair down are choosing to get clip-ins as well.  It can really add a whole new look to your hair.  Once you have them you can use them for other special occasions.  How fun would it be to wear them at your bachelorette party?  Or just for a night out with your new hubby!
Here are some before and after pics of girls without and with extensions:

Here are some of our brides who wore clip in extensions for their weddings:

  Clip in extensions are much more affordable than bonded or sewn-in extensions, and you can put them in and take them out on your own.    They are a great way to add some “wow” factor to your bridal hairstyle.

Pre-Wedding Hair Color!

Brides tend to shy away from doing color before their weddings.  Too close to the wedding with a stylist you don’t know might be risky, but a month or two before would be ideal to try something out.  Whether you’re just refreshing your color, or trying something new, you need a little time before the big day to figure out what’s right for you.
I love seeing dimensional color on a bride.  You’ll notice that you’re able to see a lot more detail in a hairstyle when there are some highlights in it.  Lighter colors catch more light than darker hair, although darker hair tends to look shinier because it reflects the light.  Here are some examples of why dimensional color would benefit your bridal look:

These two are similar hairstyles and you can see a lot more detail and definition on the girl with more highlights.

This sleek look is perfect for hair that is all one color because it has less intricacy.
This look is less intricate as well.  It probably looked pretty in person but I think the movement of the hairstyle gets lost in the picture.  You’re not really able to see what it looks like, had she had at least some subtle highlights, light would catch the curves of the chignon and you’d be able to see more detail in photos.
This beautiful hairstyle is accentuated by  the dimension in her color.  Without it the hairstyle would look more like this next picture.
This is a lot like the previous picture.  While still a great hairstyle, you can’t really see the swirls and twirls in the hair because of the lack of dimensional hair color.
Dimension
No dimensional color here, however, it looks great because this hairstyle is more about sleekness and  polish.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to go blonde to get dimensional hair color.  If you’re hair is dark brown or black, you can go with chesnut brown highlights, or warmer caramel colored highlights.  If you’re going for the all one color look, get a glaze to boost your hue and add lots of shine!

Bridal Hair Do’s: Inspiration from the Red Carpet…

Almost every bride has a celebrity hairstyle in mind when she comes in for a trial. It’s pretty safe to say that bridal styling often gets its inspiration from the red carpet.  It’s your time to shine like a star if only for one day!  Lets take a look at some of the hairstyles from this year’s red carpet events:

I love this for a garden wedding.  It’s formal enough for a wedding but  the wavy texture and loose pieces make it feel slightly unkempt. This could be really cool for the bride who doesn’t like hair that’s “too perfect”.
Taylor Swift went with her signature curls but this time a little more toned down and with a retro flare.
Carrie Underwood looks beautiful and relaxed in her loose, feather back waves.
Amy Adams looks great in this loose up-style.  I love the soft uneven pieces coming down at the sides, they add  a modern touch.
Selena Gomez looks perfectly stylish and youthful in this soft wavy pony.  Once again the uneven pieces framing the face look great.  I think this would be a great choice for flirty look on a bride.
The French Twist is making a comeback!  Seen here in three different ways, Natalie Portman wearing it very classic and simple, Guiliana Rancic’s looks more loose and sweeping, a little more sexy, and Emma Stone has it all swept away from her face for a very fresh look.  I’m thinking there might be some French twists in the near future of Bridal
This simple up-style is instantly given a whole new look with a subtle wave left out, modern yet perfectly polished.
Mila Kunis looks gorgeous in this vintage finger-wave do!  The sharp side part and low pinning in the back give her a feminine yet bold presence.
Looks like Taylor’s liking the retro hair.  This glossy, wavy, faux bob looks beautiful on  her and is a great way to glam up a simple wedding dress.
Elizabeth Banks is wearing her hair down, wavy and off the side, a la Veronica Lake.
Nina Dobrev got a lot of attention this year for her look at the Emmys.  This down style is perfect for someone with long hair like Nina’s.  If you could look this great on your wedding day, who says you cant wear your hair down?
So This picture is actually from last year’s Emmy awards but I thought the style was deserving of mention.  It’s a perfectly balanced upstyle with volume in the back as well as the front, and I love that its got some texture, not completely smooth.  I could definitely see this on bride.
A pregnant Beyonce looked great at the MTV music awards and her hairstyles never disappoint.  Off to the side, and sweeping over her eyes, she looks sweet and sexy.  I’ve done this type of hairstyle on many brides and bridesmaids.