Choosing the hairstyle that you’ll don on your wedding day is not as easy of a decision as it used to be. The options are no longer just up or down, curly or straight—there are seriously a million different ways (here’s 25 pretty ones) you can style your hair depending on the design of your dress and the kind of veil or headpiece you’re wearing.
For brides-to-be with either short or fine hair—which can make it difficult to pull off many updos and elaborate styles—hair extensions are becoming quite popular. Whether you dream of rocking a giant top knot or just want to add length and volume to your cascading curls, extensions can make a world of difference when your own hair just won’t cut it.
The differences between each type are pretty easy to understand if you do a bit of research: It generally comes down to how the extensions are connected to your hair, how long they last, and how long the application process takes.
All of the salons we’ve listed below offer consultations to guarantee that you’re fitted with the perfect extensions based on your hair type and the results you’re looking for, whether you want very a very temporary look just for your wedding day, or want to rock those locks during your honeymoon and after. We suggest you give them a call, and please do report back if you decide to get extensions for your Big Day.
Architeqt Salon and Gallery
Where: 265 South 10th Street, Washington Square West
What: The relaxing, contemporary atmosphere at this salon makes sitting through the (oftentimes lengthy) process of getting extensions a breeze. Architeqt’s resident extensions guru, Brittany Cunningham, is an expert when it comes to adding length and volume to your tresses, whether you choose fusion extensions (which are bonded to your hair), Hotheads tape-in extensions, or clip-ins. Not sure which ones to choose? Let Cunningham guide you through which option fits your hair color and texture best.
Where: 1211 Wilmington Pike, West Chester
What: This roomy West Chester salon offers almost every beauty treatment under the sun, bridal services included. For extensions, Calista Grand has both Great Lengths bonded extensions—the hair is sourced from Hindu temples in India—or Hotheads tape-in alternative on the menu.
Where: 815 Christian Street, Italian Market
What: Celebrity stylist Laurentius Purnama has quite a loyal following at his modern Italian Market salon. Here you’ll find HaloCouture extensions, a unique option where all of the hair is connected to a thin, clear wire that is easily worn around your head like a halo. There’s no attaching, so you simply remove them when you’re finished with that hairstyle.
Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon
Where: 243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills
What: At this Glen Mills retreat you’ll find luxurious body treatments, facials, makeup and nail services, and, of course, hair extensions. Joseph Anthony has three separate extension styles to choose from: the aqua extension cylinder system, which applies the hair without the use of glue, heat, or chemicals; tape-in extensions; or body wave extensions, which blend seamlessly into the natural wave pattern of your hair.
Pileggi on the Square
Where: 717 Walnut Street, Washington Square West
What: A consultation with one of Pileggi’s Great Lengths Certified Stylists will have you well on your way to the long, luscious locks you’ve always dreamed of. Great Lengths extensions come with a variety of applications options depending on whether you want to lengthen, volumize, or add color to your hair, so you’ll want to have the Pileggi team talk you through each process.
Prive Salon by Kathryn Picraux
Where: 5 East Butler Avenue, Ambler
What: Kathryn Picraux’s quaint Ambler salon is a favorite for bridal hairstyles, but local ladies are also flocking there for appointments with Jodi DePaul, who’s certified in hair extensions. Great Lengths are available here as well, in addition to DreamCatchers, a reusable, non-damaging brand of extensions that is often used on clients who are looking for a more permanent solution. These extensions are adjusted every few months to maintain a natural look.
Salon Rosa M
Where: 948 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth
What: Although Salon Rosa M has only been open for just over a year now, owner Rosa Martinez has long been a fixture in Philadelphia’s haircare scene, especially when it comes to bridal hairstyles. Depending on how much you want to spend and how long you’d like your extensions to last, Martinez offers a variety of options from fusion and tape-in to strand-by-strand extensions. And for the bride who wants a quick fix for her Big Day, they have HaloCouture extensions too.
Where: 1701 Walnut Steet #3, Rittenhouse
What: Edmondo Blando’s Rittenhouse salon has been a go-to for many Philly women for years now. Take a seat in this airy space and have the Vanity team transform your mane with Great Lengths, DreamCatchers, or Halo Couture extensions.
Where: 6 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore
What: Owner Liz Stelmach is always at the forefront of new trends in hair styling and techniques, and she stresses that hair extensions are meant to be as natural and customized to your hair as possible. The Salon Ziza team will work with you to figure out exactly which type of extensions—clip-ins and sewn-in extensions are among the options here—will suit you best.
Tundella & Co.
Where: 130 Chestnut Street, Old City
What: Gustavo Tundela and Margarita Gazaryan are at the helm of this Old City salon, which is inspired by the duo’s love of South Beach. Tundela’s past experience as a platform artist for Hotheads hair extensions makes him an expert in the field, so you know your hair is in good hands when you make an appointment here.
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