I have been wearing hair extensions for several years, and have been to a number of different salons and stylists in St. Petersburg and Tampa, as well as tried a number of the different available methods. I have spent anywhere from $550 to $1,000 on work that left much to be desired and left me one unsatisfied customer.
My experience with Alina Fowler at Valentin Hair Studio completely renewed my faith in hair extensions and I left her chair feeling like a celebrity straight off the runway. She took the time to ensure that my extensions were matched perfectly to my hair color and texture, so that I would have a completely flawless transition. My extensions look so natural and blended, that most people (including other hair stylists) don't believe that my hair isn't real! I worked at a wing restaurant and all of the other servers were dying to get hair like mine and most had no idea my hair was even fake. I get compliments every where I go on my hair, and can model all of the popular, trendy styles like the long curls and volume of Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian.
Another factor that really made me pleased with Alina's work was her concern for my real hair. She wanted to ensure that the extensions would not interfere with the growth and health of my actual hair (because long hair is after all what I desire). She made sure that the application and positioning of the extensions would put the least amount of stress possible on my real hair growth. She also spent a considerable amount of time instructing me how to properly take care of them.
She also made sure that my extensions would be blended because I wear my hair up in a ponytail a lot (which was a big complaint with the other stylists). Before, whenever I wore my hair up, you could see the individual bonds and it looked tacky and sloppy. With Alina, my hair looks nothing but natural when I put it up or wear certain hairstyles that pull my hair up.
A final and extremely significant factor that Alina nailed was providing me with extensions that did not shed and stayed in my head! It seems like an obvious concern, but every single other stylist I went to put hair in my head that shed like crazy and clogged up vacuum after vacuum. Or else, they just completely fell out and I was left with stringy extensions after just a few weeks.
I couldn't be happier with my results! I recommend Alina for any of your hair needs, and extensions are her specialty! I wouldn't let ANY ONE touch my hair after her. She went above and beyond to ensure that I was satisfied and has been available for further questions and even to help me find some clip-in extensions for highlight color. Whether you want extensions for a special occasion or for as a long-term investment- Alina is the only choice in this area!!