Brilliant Hair Extensions with White House Salon

April 4, 2014 3 comments
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Have you tried hair extensions? My friend Abida was dying to try the trend and now believes it’s the best thing that’s happened to her (after her three beautiful children of course). The hair extensions created such a transformation that strangers have stopped her to say how fabulous she looks. Friends do a double take. She just whips that hair and we all go wild. Who would think a little extra hair would make this beautiful gal even hotter than she already is?

This January, Chrissy White, owner and stylist at White House Salon in St. Louis, invited us to learn about hair extensions. Chrissy educated us on how hair extensions are applied, styled, and cared for. Hiring a knowledgeable stylist and properly caring for your extensions is what keeps your hair healthy and damage-free. During the application, Chrissy’s thoroughness put Abida at ease. And after seeing the final outcome, Chrissy’s expertise was obvious. Just take a look at Abida’s hair before and after the treatment.

Hair Extensions Before & After | Bangles & Bungalows

Extensions lengthen and add volume. Notice that Abida’s hair fell mid-chest in the before picture. In the after, it falls below her chest. Additionally, in the after picture, the extensions add a healthy volume. When you see her in person, the added length and volume makes her appear sleeker and more styled. Would you believe that it actually takes her less time to style her hair now? That’s incredible considering she has naturally wavy hair.

Extension Types

Chrissy offers four types of extensions created by Donna Bella Hair described here from most permanent to least. Kera-Link (or Fusion) extensions are fused into your hair with a heat styling tool, take 2 to 3 hours to apply, and last 2 to 4 months. I-Link extensions are installed using small beads, take 1 to 2 hours to apply, and last 3 to 6 months. Tape-Ins come with adhesive already attached, take 30 minutes to 1 hour to apply, and last 3 to 6 months. Clip-In extensions are for those who don’t want to commit. Single clip-ins are great for a pop of color. Clip-Ins take 5 to 15 minutes to apply and last 6 to 12 months. All extensions are reusable, but vary on times they can be reused.

Hair Quality

The hair comes from India and has never been chemically processed. Manufacturers ensure that the hair is cut in such a way that follicles face the same direction to prevent tangles, qualifying it as “Remy hair”. The hair is then stripped of its color, dyed, and infused with conditioners and moisturizers. This process prevents bleeding or fading and protects from harsh chemicals. 39 colors are available in 4 styles.

Hair Extensions | Bangles & Bungalows


Abida decided to try the Kera-Link extensions. Prior to the appointment, she used a clarifying shampoo and arrived with naturally dried hair. The full application took 2 to 3 hours for her medium thick chest-length hair.

Chrissy first flat-ironed Abida’s hair to make the application process smoother. She left her hair parted in a T-shape, piling hair from the crown on top and leaving a 1-inch parting down at the nape.

Hair Extensions Process | Bangles & Bungalows

Chrissy choose a small section of natural hair (should be same width as extension). She placed a protector strip over the selected hair, pulling it through its hole. Next, she placed a Kera-Link extension underneath the protector strip. The “Melting Connector” (special hot hair tool) was applied to the keratin protein bond on the extension.
She rolled and pressed the keratin bond around the natural hair with her fingers. Once secure, she removed the protector strip from the extension.
Fusion Hair Extensions | Bangles & Bungalows
The remaining extensions were applied similarly until the style was complete. For more on application, removal, and care, you can check out this detailed guide from Donna Bella Hair.

Hair Extensions | Bangles & Bungalows

Follow Up with Abida 

Major transformation. To tell you that people love her extensions would be an understatement. Her hair is the first thing that people notice and comment on. There is a huge wow factor that wasn’t there before. Must be nice to hear all those compliments, right? 

Less maintenance. Abida washes her hair 2 to 3 times a week. Prior to extensions, she had to wash it every other day to stave off oily hair. But now she washes it less often. It looks healthier and it’s not oily. 
Quicker styling. To style it nicely, it takes 15 minutes from drying to styling. Before extensions, it took 20 minutes because she used a flat iron to straighten her hair. The extensions are naturally straight so it means less styling time. She hasn’t used her straightener since she added her extensions!

Minimum considerations. Only one extension fell out (out of about 120), which she said was her fault. It got caught in a zipper. She also swam at a water park about 3 to 4 weeks after she put them in and there was no visible damage. She doesn’t recommend swimming for hours; but if you want to dip your head in the water, go ahead. 

Bottom line. According to Abida, everyone should get extensions at least once in a lifetime because the difference is incredible. Maintenance is easy and Chrissy does an expert job applying them. Chrissy advises having her trim your hair two months after the initial application. As your hair grows out, the extensions start to look less blended and become more obvious. 

White House Salon

If you are interested in trying extensions, schedule a consultation with Chrissy at White House Salon. Find out about all of her services, including keratin smoothing, haircuts, blowdrys, color, and more on her website. Or visit her Facebook page. I’ve also had her keratin smoothing treatment and it is the best one I have ever gotten. By the way, can you tell Chrissy has extensions in this picture?!

White House Salon
7709 Country Club Court
St. Louis, MO 63105
Ph: 314.616.5410
Email: [email protected]

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post courtesy of White House Salon. 

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