Should I have hair extensions for my wedding?

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Probably one of the most common questions we get asked when it comes to hair styling is whether we think our brides should wear hair extensions.  For some people they know they've got thinner hair and their Pinterest inspiration picture has long thick hair so they're already aware they need hair extensions they're just not sure on the right ones for others the world of hair extensions is a new one and it can be quite daunting.

There are so many options available when looking at hair extensions it can be hard to know where to start and also which to go for! We've broken down your options below and Tori's shared her person opinion with us.

No hair extensions

Your first options is to opt to not have hair extensions in your hair.  If you're blessed with thick locks this may well be an easy choice to make but if you're toying with the idea of extensions it can be harder.  If you have thinner or shorter hair extensions will add not just length but body too - even if you're having an up do they can be useful to ensure the bun looks beautifully full.  If you opt to go without extensions you may have to sacrifice a little bit of size or detail in the up do - this is absolutely not a problem but try and find some inspiration pictures for thinner hair so you can be more realistic with what you will achieve - ensuring you go for a style which is flattering to your hair type.

Clip in hair extensions

Clip in hair extensions are amazing - you just wear them when you need them and they're a fraction of the cost of permanent hair extensions.  The do come with a couple of downsides; firstly they can be tricky to put in if you don't know what you're doing and therefore you may find you only wear them on the wedding day.   If you're wearing your hair down and your hair is a different length to the hair extensions you'll need to head to your hair dresser and have the extensions cut into your hair prior to your wedding day.  For up do's clip in extensions can be easily hidden at the back of the hair however if your hair is finer around the front and this is where you'd like to add volume another option may be better suited for you.

 

Permanent Hair Extensions

We send our brides looking for hair extensions in the direction of London hair extension specialist Fox & Vamp.  They offer two options; tape hair extensions or micro ring hair extensions.  During your free consultation they can take you through what method suits your hair type and also works best with the hairstyle we'd be looking to create on the wedding day.  The advantages of permanent hair extensions are that you can have lots of tones and shades running through your hair for a really natural looking colour which also looks amazing in an up do, you can also have hair added to yours much closer to the front of your hair and then cut into your style to create beautiful framing of the face. Also if you've got lots of events in the run up to your wedding you'll have fabulous looking hair for all of these and your honeymoon too!

Cowdray Park – West Sussex Wedding Hair & Makeup

On Saturday we were at Cowdray Park in West Sussex for another fantastic wedding with Louise Perry Weddings.  Having already worked with the fabulous ladies at Louise Perry Weddings in Kew Gardens and  Maddie and all of her stunning bridesmaids had flown in from various cities in the states for their beautiful English wedding day.  The weather was typically British and threatened to rain on their outdoor ceremony but we ignored it and hoped for the best as we set up!  The suite where the girls got ready was just dreamy, we used just a corner of the bathroom for makeup (which to be honest was bigger then most of our apartments!).

All of the bridesmaids went for a variation of natural base with defined eyes with lots of lashes and eyeliner going on.  Each and every one of them looked absolutely stunning!   We loved their matching floral robes too!

Cuckfield Park – West Sussex Wedding Hair & Makeup

On Saturday Sana was in West Sussex for Min’s wedding day.  The sister in law of Louise who’s hair and makeup Tori did for her Venice wedding earlier in the year. Sana is one of our Platinum artists more of her work can be seen on her Pro Team page.

We absolutely love the detailing of Min’s dress – the high neckline is really stunning and it works perfectly with the loose plaited up do that Sana created to go with it.  For her makeup Sana kept it natural with browns and taupe colours and a stunning glowing finish.

We cannot wait to see some of the professional photographs from this wedding – Min looks incredible in these snaps from Sana’s phone!

Venice Wedding Hair and Makeup

Last weekend Tori was in Venice for a destination wedding, bridal hair and makeup.  We absolutely love travelling for weddings as it’s such a great excuse to explore some beautiful cities and towns around the world! This was our first trip to Venice and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Offering some challenges that other cities don’t we had to pack particularly light for Venice as there was no direct transfer from the airport to the hotel.  In a city where your only option is the water bus (which gets very busy!) or on foot you definitely don’t want to be weighed down by a huge suitcase! We were fortunate enough to arrive the day before the wedding with a little time to explore this beautiful city!  While we wait for the official pics from the trip here’s a few from out Instagram Stories over the weekend.

 

 

 

Meghan’s Royal Wedding Hair & Makeup

Meghan’s Royal Wedding Hair & Makeup

What we did & didn’t love!

A few weeks ago now all the talk was about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,  we don’t usually post on such affairs but we found the hair style Meghan chose for her wedding to be a particularly interesting one.

Of course for most brides we only have to conform to what we would like, what suits us and what goes with our dress and other such items.  For Meghan she also had to conform to Royal protocol and considering she’s not been dating Harry all that long she probably hasn’t found her own style within these perimeters yet unlike Kate who has had years of practice.

Generally Meghan wears her hair down or in a loose, messy up do.  Now for the royal wedding she was of course expected to wear a tiara, which by all accounts probably doesn’t sit so well with her usual messy boho-chic vibe!  However the back of her hair was pretty enough and suited her, what we weren’t such a fan of was the front!!  We’re always giving our brides the same advice – soft tendrils look great at the front of your hair as long as you won’t play with them! As soon as you tuck them behind your ears they become messy and flick out in all directions – ruining the overall finish of the style.  They’re hard to control and often look misshapen and just messy – but not in a good way!  When Meghan pulled these front bits out for the evening reception it looked absolutely fantastic! It was simply the notion of tucking them behind her ears that we weren’t a fan of!

As for her makeup it was effortless and beautiful – we loved the really natural, glowing, dewy look she went for! Her freckles shone through the foundation and her eyes were subtly smokey brown emphasising them without over powering them – allowing her natural beauty to shine through!  Her brows were subtly defined without them being overpowering and we’d definitely expect there to be some little false lashes in there filling our her lashes for that enviable flutter!