Add Highlights With Hair Extensions

Add Highlights With Hair Extensions

Hair color indecisiveness often leads to breakage and chemical damage, I, myself, have changed my hair color so many times that my hair has broken off!  One would think that as a hair colorist I would know better than to bleach, dye, and re-bleach, but I have and I am grateful for hair extensions.  Once hair is damaged, it needs to be left alone to grow and recover, no chemicals should be added other than a semi-permanent color gloss.  But we are human, and scrolling through Instagram will often inspire us to change our color, often requiring highlights which are done with a high-lift/high-ammonia hair color or hair bleach.  It may be obvious that we need to give our hair a holiday from lightning, but the pictures on Instagram are so gorgeous.  This is the time to stop, reevaluate either leave our hair alone or opt. for the only way to add healthy highlights which are using hair extensions.

Add Highlights With Hair Extensions

Recently, a bride-to-be with some damaged hair decided she needed to fix her hair color, she was tired of the muddled shades in her hair.  Diane, her hairstylist, knew it was too soon to color and highlight her hair, so she showed her hair extension color options that would add natural-looking highlights.  She chose to use individual strand hair extensions, which tend to flow the most naturally, in a few shades of color.  

When choosing a hair extension color it is important to have a shade that contains the client's base color, in this case, the client's base was a medium warm brown (color #4).  Our Veila keratin bonded hair extensions are multi-tonal, the hair extension strands had warm brown, caramel with a bit of soft blonde.  If we added one extension in warm brown, and one in blonde her color would look stripy and unnatural.  Multi-toned hair extensions offer a blend that emulates highlighted or balayage hair color.  Some of our extensions have a dark root which transitions into lighter ends similar to the hand-painted balayage color technique.

The bride-to-be wanted to add highlights to her hair's natural length but then decided to go for longer hair.  The beauty of hair extensions is that they hold a much better curl set than natural hair and we can create waves from beachy to finger waves.  At the end of the application, her extensions were blended perfectly with her own hair by using a feather razor technique that skims the ends of the hair extensions, not her hair.

We train each client as to how to style and maintain their new hair, and they receive a full set of maintenance instructions, products, and a free two-week check-in.  No one leaves our salon without us styling their new hair.  Our client chose a curl set similar to the one that she wants for her big day!  We will not be styling her hair for her wedding, therefore, we gave her our business card for her wedding stylist to contact us in the event she had questions.  Many hairstylists are familiar with hair extensions, but not all methods, it is important for her stylist to not curl iron too close to the keratin bond since she can melt it.  There is other advice we can give, so an open line of communication between our salon and her bridal hairstylist is key.

Brides are not the only clients that benefit from adding hair extensions in place of coloring, I have worked with many clients with over-processed hair and I chose different methods of hair extensions to suit their own individual hair needs.  Shorter-haired clients may benefit from hair extensions that add more volume such as; Veila pull-thru or hand-tied hair extensions.

A recent bride had traction alopecia around the perimeter of her hair, in this scenario, we added a hair topper with a high hair density in eighteen-inch length.   A hair topper allows for more hair coverage at the top of the head and high-quality human hair can also be worn up in a bridal style.  This particular bride chose to have us style her hair for her wedding day since hair toppers require more attention to avoid damage.  We will carefully add bouncy waves, integrate her own hair into the hair topper and place her tiara and veil.  

During wedding season, our salon is filled with brides with some hair challenges, we offer hair trials and make-up for their big day.  This is the happiest time of the year, we love to partake in our brides' momentous occasions.

Hair Extensions Background

At Noelle Salon, we evaluate your natural hair, listen to our client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. We use human hair extensions like 100% Remy human hair, or Virgin Hair (unlike Bellami hair). Hair extensions can be used for short hair or 24 inches of a full head of hair, and have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, Keratin and enjoy using our Pull-thru Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. Styling can vary from flat iron, natural curl, or curly hair. Whether you are looking for a change of style or look for a day such as a Clip-in ponytail, having a high-quality ponytail extension can mix it up for you. Your natural hair journey with your hair growth can be enhanced with Hair extensions when protective styling is applied, and regular maintenance is used. You can change your hair in one day - feel free to reach out to us and explore the possibilities.



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