Thinking Hair Extensions? No? Maybe you should be!

Hair Extensions

 

A lot of people don’t realise the solution that hair extensions can offer to a whole host of hair woes! It’s not all about just having longer hair. Do you have fine hair? Uneven length? Want more thickness and/or volume? Extensions are about working with your hair to give you the style that you want whether it be 8 inches longer or for your lengths to look thick and even .

We offer Balmain and Raccoon extensions which are long running extension companies ranking themselves the best in the world. The standards of hair are moderated from source to supply in order to ensure the hair is of the highest ethical guidelines & quality.

So why are you considering extensions?

It’s not that my hair is short, in some places it’s long but there are gaps at the front where hair has been damaged & broken off. I feel as if it looks patchy & thin”

In this case there a few systems which will be suitable. For clients who feel the fronts of their hair are the main problem, and they just want to even out their length with a little more volume then the Balmain System Volume range is perfect.

Available in 25cm, 40cm & 60cm lengths the hair has flat bonds to make sure that it is ultimately discreet. The hair is then bonded to the hair with protein bonds which are completely kind to the hair and gently disintegrate causing no damage. Clients will need to come in for maintenance every 4-6 weeks. System Volume extensions can be applied all over the head wherever extra hair is needed but is best suited to the fronts and when hair is needed closer to the parting because of the subtlety of the bonds and hair.

For clients with gappy hair Balmain Fill In extensions can be applied to the sides of the hair for a thicker & fuller effect than the system volume, when more hair is needed to even the length out.

If clients have hair which is fine and uneven towards the lengths at the back of the hair then Balmain Double Hair offers a perfect solution, the wefts are bonded into the hair with protein bonds and need to be maintained every 4 to 6 weeks. Because the hair is doubled there is instant dramatic length & volume.

My hair is short and damaged, I want it thick & long and don’t want to wait for it to grow! Will the extensions hinder my natural hair growth?”

If you’re thinking of a full head then Balmain double hair is the perfect solution, you can even clip the extensions in before you decide whether you want them bonded, in order to get used to them.

Once you have decided if you would like the extensions in they can be bonded in with the gentle protein bonds and fill ins placed in the sides to blend the length and make hair look uber natural. The extensions will not harm your hair what-so-ever. Our trained experts will place them in a safe way that will not leave tension on the hair.

Extensions can even be beneficial as if you use heated stylers a lot the extension hair cocoons the natural hair, shielding it from heat damage.

Why wait? Book in for your consultation now!

3 Ways to Straight Hair

Straight hair is all over the catwalks and very much back in. You have a few choices of how to straighten your locks depending on whether it’s a look that you like to have every now and then or your permanent style

 

 

  • A blow-dry with a paddle or round brush can add volume at the roots and give you straight lengths

  • Using hair straighteners can make sure your hair is super straight with little volume

  • Having hair chemically straightened with a Yuko system will eliminate the need for straighteners and give you poker straight hair until the regrowth emerges

The right choice of straightening depends entirely on your style and how well you maintain and care for your hair. PLUS how long you would like the effect to last.

Blow-drying

The straight blow-dry encompasses rough drying your hair until around 70% dry and then using a round or paddle brush while blow-drying it straight. Aim the nozzle down to ensure a super sleek frizz-free effect and use heat protection spray all over the hair after rough drying.

To blow-dry hair straight section the hair off into rows. Then divide each section into sub-sections as you work your way through the hair with the dryer. Small sections will ensure no hair is tangled in the brush. A round brush suits short hair best and a paddle brush is better for the lengths of long hair.

Before you begin using a straightening shampoo & conditioner followed by a straightening crème with added heat protection gives you the best base to work with. Straighten your hair by pulling it over a round or paddle brush and aiming the nozzle of the hair dryer down. Hold it a little way away from the hair to avoid burning it and move down with the dryer & the brush. Dont hold the dryer in one place too long to avoid hot spots. 

If your hair is naturally curly you may only be able to get it wavy at best, try to exert enough tension with your brush to force the hair to betray its natural structure without pulling so hard that the scalp suffers.

Straighteners

The straighteners are the most reliable straightening method and requires less skill than a blow-dry. It is the recommend method for people with naturally wavy & curly hair or people who do not find the blow dryer-and-brush straightening effective enough.

Heat protection is essential for use with straighteners as the hot metal plates are very detrimental to the hair particularly when used regularly. Section the hair and brush before passing the straighteners over the sections in swift continuous motions. Ceramic or other coated plates work best because they warm the hair evenly while gliding with ease. This method can keep hair straight until it is next wet. Briefly straighten any re-appearing waves after the first night and the more you use the straighteners you will develop a good technique. It is most important not to stop the motion of the straightener as this can leave lines in the hair. Keep hair from drying out with hair oils and a deep conditioning mask.

Yuko Permanent Straightening

Yuko is incredibly effective & can be used on curly, frizzy or very unruly hair to chemically treat it into being completely poker straight. The Yuko service cannot be offered to those who have had hair treated with bleach or any other strong chemical process as the hair is too weak to withstand the treatment. Yuko is best for people who have healthy hair to begin with as the process is quite harsh. Your hair will be permanently straight until the regrowth appears in which case you just need to have the treatment done on the roots when they become too noticeable.

Yuko can last up to 6 months and permanently alters the natural composition of the visible hair. It takes usually a minimum of 4 hours and is only offered by accredited & reputable salons. Book in for your own consultation here.

Here is one of our clients after her Yuko treatment

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Taking Good Care of Long Hair

You’ve finally grown your hair beautifully long and its taken a lot of effort! Now to keep it long and lustrous!

By the time your hair has reached the shoulders it has already survived for 3 years – that’s pretty impressive! Therefore longer hair needs and deserves more attention, the lengths of the hair become more prone to damage the further down we look. If you notice your ends becoming split then the only answer is to cut before they get out of hand ! Despite what some products may offer a split end cannot be repaired.
Long hair needs to be treated as special with extra love, care and affection to make sure that it sticks around !
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  • A simple wash is not enough! Hair must be conditioned once a week and a moisturising or strengthening treatment mask used once per week whether as an in salon treatment or at home.
  • Comb hair before washing because this will lead to less tangles during shampooing – as combing the hair when wet causes the most damage.
  • Never tie your wet hair up! Wet hair is especially sensitive & prone to breakage. Even a cloth scrunchy will cause damage. Plus loose hair dries faster!
  • Dab your hair dry with the towel, never rub as this roughens the cuticle and causes frizz. Press with a towel from the scalp down the lengths of the hair squeezing firmly at the ends.
  • Metal hair clips and slides are a definite no ever! Overuse will leave you with those annoying little short hairs from hair becoming brittle and breaking! If you must use a clip use the gentle cloth covered variety.
  • Wear your hair down wherever you can & try to let is air dry as often as possible too. Leaving hair loose and natural is best for the condition.
  • If you use a hair dryer then use the cold settings wherever possible, if heated styling is a must then use heat protective spray & keep a distance of at least 6 inches between your hair and the nozzle.
  • Use a boar hair brush – or one with natural bristles! This creates the best shine & volume in lovely long hair!