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By Emy Hassan, Mar 31 2020 07:44PM

If you want hair extensions that won’t damage your natural hair and you don’t want to spend hours in the stylist’s chair, you should give tape-in hair extensions a try.

With tape-in hair extensions, your stylist will attach double-sided tape to the wefts and sandwich your natural hair in between two sets of taped wefts. The tapes are applied right at the root of your hair so they are near and secure. When you have your extensions removed, your stylist will use a proper adhesive remove to remove the tape and adhesive without causing damage to the hair.


What are the benefits of tape-in hair extensions?


*You don’t have to spend hours having them fitted

Tape-in hair extensions can be fitted in less than an hour!


*They are more natural and comfortable than other types of extensions

Because the tape is fitted so close to the scalp, the extensions lie flat and the result is a natural look. They are also comfortable because they won’t weigh on your hair like other types of extensions. You can expect them to feel a little strange at first, but they’ll settle after a few days.


*They are great for people who only need slight volume

Tape extensions are amazing for people who only need a slight bit of length and volume at the sides, sometimes you only need to add 2-4 sandwiches of tapes to give a fuller look to shorter thinner sides.


*They are a great option if you have fine hair

Tape-in extensions are great for all hair types, but especially if you have fine hair, as they don’t put as much stress on the hair as other types of hair extensions.


*You can wear your hair in lots of different styles

With some extensions, you might worry if the bonds are visible if you wear your hair up, but you can wear a ponytail, braid, half-up do, and lots of other styles if you have tape-in extensions.


*How long do tape-in hair extensions last?

With proper care and maintenance, tape-in hair extensions should last between 3 and 6 months.


*Looking after tape-in hair extensions

As well as the usual advice to not wash your hair too often, make sure you attend all maintenance appointments, and use the recommended products, the main thing to be careful of with tape-in hair extensions is to make sure you don’t get conditioner or any styling products that contain oils near the roots of your hair as it can affect the adhesive on the tape. You don’t want your extensions sliding off! and to make sure you dry the roots properly after washing.


The same advice applies for when you are heat styling; no hairdryers or straighteners near the roots of your hair because it can affect the adhesive.


To find out more about our hair extensions and which type is perfect for you, get in touch and book your consultation today. The hair of your dreams awaits!


By Emy Hassan, Mar 28 2020 04:39PM

If you want hair extensions that are super-quick to fit and that won’t cause damage to your hair, LA Weave hair extensions might be just what you’re looking for.

As well as being gentler on the hair, an LA Weave is really easy to look after and you can get a gorgeous natural looking full head of hair that is fitted on only a few rows rather than all over your head like other hair extensions.


How are they fitted?

The wefts are sewn into your hair on a track of micro rings and fitting can be done and dusted within an hour. The wefts lie flat which means a more natural look and you can tie your hair up without worrying about any bonds being visible, unlike other types of extensions.


Are they suitable for me?

*The LA weave doesn’t use heat, braiding, or glue and the weight of the hair is distributed evenly so it won’t damage your natural hair.

*It’s the perfect choice if you don’t have hours to spend sitting in the stylist’s chair getting extensions fitted. Fitting only takes around an hour.

*LA Weave is great for people wanting lots of length and volume.

*Removing them takes a mere 15-20 minutes and it’s pain-free, which you’ll be thankful for if you’re used to getting bonds removed!

*If you are new to hair extensions, the LA Weave is the perfect introduction as they don’t take a lot of maintenance.

I*f you have an active lifestyle and you tie your up hair often, you can do so without worrying about the bonds being visible.

*Hair can easily be reused if it’s well cared for.

*It can be combined with other methods, i.e: LA Weave at the back and rings/bonds at the front


How long does an LA Weave last?

This all depends on which type of hair/brand is used and how well you look after the hair.

Most brands last between 6-12 months, but if your budget can stretch to Slavic hair this can last well over 12 months, its also important to use as little heat as possible as hair extensions are not exempt from getting split ends and breakage cause by to much straightening, you should also take care only to use recommended hair products.

You’ll need a removal and refit every 6-8 weeks though so the wefts can be repositioned as your natural hair grows out.


How do you look after an LA Weave?

To keep the hair in good condition, use the recommended products and don’t wash it too often; once or twice per week is plenty. When it comes to brushing, use an extension detangling brush and work from the ends upwards, also never go to bed with wet hair. Watch out for some blogs coming soon on how to look after your hair extensions so they stay looking amazing for longer.


To find out more about our hair extensions and which type is perfect for you, get in touch and book your consultation today. The hair of your dreams awaits!

By Emy Hassan, Feb 13 2020 11:41PM

Micro Ring Hair Extensions: What You Need to Know


If you’re a hair extension addict already or you’re a first-timer looking for the perfect extensions, you’ll know that there are a lot of different types on the market.

In this blog, I’m going to talk about micro ring hair extensions, and what sets them apart from other types of hair extensions.


The main plus about micro ring extensions is that there is no glue, heat, sewing, or braiding of the hair involved so there is less potential damage to the natural hair. They also sit quite flat on the head so they look natural and can be more comfortable to sleep in than other types of hair extensions.


How are micro ring hair extensions fitted?

Your hair is attached to the extension with a small ring (various sizes of micro rings) which the stylist clamps shut to secure the bond. Fitting a full-head of micro ring extensions takes around 2-3 hours as each hair extension strand is fitted individually.


Are micro rings suitable for me?

Micro ring extensions are best suited to medium to thick hair, as they can slip down fine or very fine hair, and the weight of the extensions themselves can put a lot of tension on the natural hair. Its very important to have an even ratio of natural hair to extension hair to avoid any type of traction.


How are they removed?

Micro ring extension removal is very quick and simple. The technician simply opens up the micro ring with some pliers and the hair extensions slide out.


How long do they last?

With good aftercare, micro rings can last for between six and nine months. I always recommend that you come for a maintenance appointment every six to eight weeks, so I can check on the condition of your extensions and move them up as your natural hair grows out.


How do you look after them?

No matter what type of hair extensions you opt for, they are a commitment, both of time and money. So it makes sense that if you are spending your hard-earned cash on a beautiful set of extensions, you want them to last and look as good as possible, for as long as possible.

One of the main reasons that hair extensions need so much tlc is that they aren’t attached to your scalp like your natural hair. This means that they don’t benefit from the oils your scalp produces which keeps your natural hair soft and shiny.


Here is a quick guide to keeping your hair extensions looking amazing.

Wash and condition hair immediately after swimming

Ideally, you shouldn’t expose your extensions to chlorine, but if you are a water baby and love a dip in the pool, wear a hat, and wash and condition your hair as soon as you get out.

Brush your hair regularly with a hair extension brush

To prevent tangling, brush your extensions regularly with a hair extension brush. Start at the ends and work upwards, taking care not to pull too hard near the bonds.


Tie your hair up for bed

Tie your hair up or put it in a loose braid while you sleep to avoid matting and tangling. Investing in a silk pillowcase helps with this too.

Never go to bed with wet hair.


Washing your hair extensions

Always use the recommended products as shampoos containing harsh chemicals can dry your extensions out. When you wash your extensions, make sure the water is warm, not hot, and let the water run down the hair. Apply products and massage them into the hair, taking care not to rub the hair as this can cause tangling. Rinse the hair thoroughly then apply conditioner to the lengths and ends. When it comes to hair extensions, less is more when it comes to washing. Too frequent washing can dry the hair out, as can using too much heat when styling.


To find out more about our hair extensions and which type is perfect for you, get in touch and book your consultation today. The hair of your dreams awaits!

By Emy Hassan, Sep 26 2019 09:28PM


Is your hair feeling rough, dry, and unmanageable? Does your scalp feel sensitive, and maybe a little itchy? It could all be down to your shampoo.

When you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to pick up a bargain basement shampoo with your weekly shop but it could be doing more harm than good.

Here are the nasties you need to know about in in your supermarket shampoo.


Parabens

These are chemical preservatives that give shampoos and other beauty products a longer shelf life. While it’s great that they’ll last longer on your bathroom shelf, did you know that they’ve been linked to toxicity and some types of cancer, even when used at low levels? Definitely an ingredient to avoid, if you ask me.


Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

This is a cleansing detergent that’s used in a lot of shampoos, shower gels, and pretty much anything that lathers. While you might love a lather and think it’s getting your hair squeaky clean, SLS strips the hair and scalp of its natural nourishing oils, causing dandruff, dryness, and irritation.


Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLES)

This ingredients is similar to SLS and it’s a known carcinogen that has been linked to kidney damage.


Synthetic Fragrances

While you might love the smell of coconut or strawberry when you waft your hair, the substances used to create the scent are chemicals which can be toxic. It’s these fragrances that are responsible for allergies, dermatitis, asthma flare ups, headaches, and more.


Polyethylene Glycol

You’ll see this on the label as PEG, and it’s a chemical that it used to give shampoos and conditioners their creamy texture. It has the potential to be toxic and is an irritant, especially if it comes into contact with broken skin.


Avoiding the nasties

Many of us are becoming more concerned about what we’re eating, and we should think just as hard about what we’re putting onto our hair and scalp.

The best way to avoid chemical nasties that are harming your hair and potentially your health is to go back to basics. Choose hair care products containing naturally-derived ingredients and check the label to make sure they are free from nasties like sulphates.


We have brought in the fabulous Pureology range in the salon because I love their ‘no nasties’ philosophy. All of their shampoos are sulphate-free and are 100% vegan, and they’re especially great for coloured hair.

With Pureology your hair will not be left with a layer of unsoluable silione, it will be left in a smooth/soft state that will be easier for you to replicate at home.

I’m so convinced of the need to use more gentle and natural products, even if that means spending a little bit more money. What price would you put on amazing hair and good health?


By Emy Hassan, Sep 5 2019 07:48PM


How many times have you described your hair as lank, frizzy, or unmanageable then spent an age in the haircare aisle at the supermarket trying to find the shampoo and conditioner that claims to make these problems a thing of the past?


What if I told you that often it’s these kind of products that cause problems with your hair in the first place? Cheap supermarket shampoos contain a lot of nasties that are really not great if you want healthy hair and a healthy scalp.

Here’s the truth about supermarket shampoos and why the manufacturers are selling you a lie.


Many of them don’t really cleanse your hair at all

When we use shampoo, we think the nice lather is cleansing our hair, but many supermarket shampoos contain non-water soluble silicone which makes your hair look clean and shiny but also makes it dull and dry over time. Non water soluble silicone forms a layer on the hair which makes it look shiny but it also stops moisture getting in, so the hair eventually dries out if. This layer of bad silicone stays in the hair even after you’ve washed it, and using heat tools actually seals it in-you’re virtually laminating your hair!

Have you ever wondered why your hair looks greasy the day after you wash it at home but it doesn’t when you’ve been to the salon and your hair has been washed and conditioned with quality products (that contain WATER SOLUBLE silicones... the good type?


They don’t make your hair healthy and hydrated; they dry it out

There are loads of shampoos in the supermarket that will claim to hydrate, smooth, and nourish your hair, but if you understood the label, you’d soon see why that’s not really true. Many cheaper shampoos contain a high amount of sulphates (a cleansing agent that creates a lather.) Check the label; most will contain sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate. In large amounts, harsh sulphates can strip the hair and scalp of their protective natural oils, and the result is a dry irritated scalp and brittle hair.


They strip your gorgeous colour

You spend time and money in the salon getting your perfect colour, so it makes sense that you would want it to look good for as long as possible. The sulphates in cheap supermarket shampoos actually strip the colour from your hair and can leave it looking and feeling dry as a bone.


The marketing often promises more than the products can deliver

Some cheaper brands might contain some ingredients that are good for the hair like organic oils or botanicals, but what they don’t mention is that they are often diluted so that your hair isn’t getting as much of a benefit as you think, and you’ll probably go through the product a lot faster so it’s pretty much a false economy. It would be far better to invest in a high-quality product that nourishes your hair and makes it feel amazing in half the time (and half the washes!)

It can be tempting to go cheap on hair products when you don’t have a lot of spare cash, but there’s a reason why higher quality products cost more-they contain ingredients that are far more beneficial for your hair. You might spend a bit extra, but it will be totally worth it when every day is a good hair day!



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