Monday, February 15, 2010

Vday and Hair Trial Recaps

Kristian and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day/Engagiversary. We decided not to exchange gifts or even buy cards but rather make each other cards. This was actually so much fun we decided to make it a new tradition. Rather than buy him a present I treated him to see Avatar in IMAX 3D (finally!). We both really enjoyed it. He then made me an amazing dinner of steak with lobster meat on top, loaded baked potato, veggies and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Total mouthgasm.

Saturday I was finally able to do my hair trial. Overall it was a good experience but there were both pros and cons to my visit.

First off the salon itself is adorable. It's in an older townhouse in the middle of Old Town Alexandria, a few blocks from the hotel we'll be staying at. There is a huge fireplace which was so nice to have on Saturday and a cute little back patio which will be great in May.

The people there from the receptionist to the owner were very nice and accommodating. The owner even came over to help consult on my hairstyle with my stylist.

I showed my stylist a few pictures of what I liked. She curled my hair and we discussed how because of my hair type I would need to wash my hair the morning of the wedding rather than the night before and put gel in it before blow drying to help it curl better. My hair does NOT hold curl well. She played around with it, pinning it up and testing out a flower hairpiece I brought along.

Both she and the owner determined that for the style I want I really don't have enough hair to get the fullness I'm looking for. They suggested I go and buy a fake human hair piece that they could pin into my hair and curl so that no one would even be able to tell it wasn't my own. They said this would give me the extra hair I needed to really get the effect I want. Since my stylist wasn't able to really get my hair the way I wanted that day I didn't take any pictures. She said that if I decide to buy a hairpiece I could come back and she would do another trial for me free of charge. We could also then trying doing a wetset with the rollers which would also help the curls hold better.

I was disappointed I wasn't able to have her really try out the style I wanted and that I paid for the trial but walked out with my hair looking like I had just curled the ends myself. But I do feel better about the fact that she offered to have me come back again free of charge to test out the style again.

I'm going to price out some fake hair and see if it's something I want to try or just pick another style that works better with the hair I already have. I figure celebrities wear fake hair all the time why can't I?? I think ultimately the stylist I saw will be able to do what I want so I will most likely go back for the free second trial though I would have felt better had she been able to do it the first go round. The pricing and location are also hard to beat and I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere.

Does anyone have any tips on buying fake HUMAN hair to use for special events?


KLaw said...

Never tried it for formal events, but I LOVED my Jessica Simpson extensions :) Ha ha!

Bicoastal Bride said...

I think you said you were going to Lorraine April Salon, right? I’ve been there just to get my hair cut and colored, and I’ve loved it. That’s too bad that your hair might not hold the style you want on its own, and I may actually have the same problem when I do my trial in California next month.

My stylist told me there’s a good possibility I’ll need to buy extensions to create the curls I want. I’m not sure exactly where or how to buy them yet, but I guess I’ll find out then!

Mrs T said...

I know nothing about fake hair - sorry. Hope the second trial goes better. They could have at least styled your hair in a different way for a comparison!

bananas. said...

sorry no advice here. i have extension pieces i add for length but not for formal do's. if you ask someone at the beauty store, i'm sure they'd help you out.

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

you are the bestest! did you know that?

as for faux hair, hmmm. never tried it. good luck!

xoxoKrysten said...

I've never tried faux hair but it is nice that they're letting you come back to have another trial!

Jen said...

Never tried fake hair, so let me know how it goes! Yikes!

Your Valentine's Day sounds perfect! I loved "Avatar" too; it was simply amazing.

LiLu said...

I have no idea. But I definitely want to see the pics!!!

Llama said...

I hope that the extensions give you the look that you are going for. I have heard that the Jessica Simpson pieces work well. A lot of people use extensions and get GREAT should def. try it! Good luck!