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Whether you have two months, 30 days, or one week, we'll get you gorgeous hair in time for your wedding. Follow this guide, filled with tips from top hair experts, to get the prettiest locks by the time you step foot down the aisle.
Bonded extensions: Want to add major length for your wedding? Using tiny knots, your stylist weaves faux locks into your hair. They're a big commitment (they can take five hours and last three months), so test them a couple of months before your wedding, Angelo says, and if you like the look, get new ones two weeks out.
Clip-in or tape-in extensions: To give extra volume to thin strands, real human hair dyed to match any shade is applied with tiny clips or adhesive. Our editors love Balmain Hair extensions for fine hair and Extensions Plus for African-American hair. Bring them to your trial and your stylist will fit them to your head, or if you want to do it yourself, place each extension two to three inches apart along the nape of your neck, says Angelo.
Allover lengtheners: To get quick, no-commitment length for a loose or half-up style, try slipping on a circle extension or "hair dress." (It works like a headband and can even be curled on low heat.)
And don't forget to: Book a trial at 60 days out. Bring your veil, headpiece, and hair accessories and, ideally, wear a white shirt with a neckline similar to your gowns. Plus, take your vitamins. Viviscal supplements are proven to grow hair faster.
At 30 Days: Highlight Right
Stephanie Brown, of New York City's Nunzio Saviano Salon, tells where to color, based on your wedding-day 'do.
Hair up: Both partial and full highlights work, but go lighter around your hairline, including at the nape of your neck, says Brown. (Otherwise you risk having the two-tone look, where only the top of your head is lighter.)
Half up, half down: Both the top and underside will show, so a partial job won't work, Brown says. Get allover highlights but show your colorist a picture from your trial so she knows which pieces to focus on.
Hair down: Anything goes, but if you're going to let it all hang out on the day of, consider splurging for a full head of highlights, says Brown. All of those lighter strands scattered throughout will catch the light nicely in photos.
And don't forget to: Get a cut. If you plan to chop off more than an inch, do it as early as possible so you can get usd to the style. Boost softness (and avoid extra damage) by easing up on hot-tool usage and doing a deep-conditioning mask once a week.
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At 7 Days: Add Shine
Dirt, oil, and product residue are the enemies of glossy hair, but a couple of rounds with a deep-cleaning shampoo will banish dullness. Check out a few of our favorite clarifiers. Check out a few of our favorite clarifiers.
Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo, $20, available at Ulta: Apple-cider vinegar is a time-tested way to remove buildup from your hair — but it also makes you smell like salad dressing. Fekkai's formula produces the same killer shine but has a fresh apple-and-pear scent.
Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo, $7, available at Walgreens: Ever use tea-tree oil to treat acne? Well, get this: It's also pretty handy on the top of your head. This formula uses the gentle antibacterial ingredient to leave your hair clean but not dried out.
Pantene Pro-V Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo, $5, available at Amazon: Like a charcoal mask for your hair, this mighty rinse uses mosa mint oil and antioxidants to detox your locks. Use it as a weekly power wash to attack that stubborn stuff lingering on your hair and scalp.
Klorane Clarify and Shine Rinse with Chamomile, $16, available at Drugstore.com: Cool girls love this French pharmacy staple, and here's why: It's packed with the one-two punch of chamomile to keep highlights bright and vinegar to add major shine. Tres bon.
And don't forget to: Get a last-minute shine boost with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony ($25 to $75), which includes a deep-cleansing shampoo, scalp massage, and custom conditioning treatment. If you have damaged or color-treated hair, go for an in-salon gloss treatment one week before your wedding to add a smooth finish. Or DIY it with John Frieda Luminous Glaze Clear Shine Gloss ($10).