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Hair Extensions - The Guide

Hello again! I'm back with another article for you. Thank you for all comments and I hope you'll enjoy reading and let me know what you think :-)

Hair are very important to all of us, we all dream of beautiful, healthy, shiny hair, full of movement and volume. In reality most of us are not entirely (or not at all) happy with our hair and would like to some improvements.
Hair extensions seem like a perfect option, because ''it'll give us long, full, healthy and beautiful hair for a little money, with no care and effort!'' RIGHT???
NO, no, no and one more no!!! We all wish it was true, but it isn't.

So here is some facts about hair extensions:
1. Hair extensions are not for everyone. So don't have it done if:
-you are suffering from any diagnosed or undiagnosed hair loss -it will only weaken your hair further
-you have any allergies to metal (micro rings, easy tubes), adhesive (keratin), silicon (tapes) 
-if your hair is very damaged -from excessive bleaching, dying, perm or straightening -in this case your hair is very dry and can break more easily, causing damage to the rest of your hair -if you can't take care of your natural hair you will not be able to take care of extensions either
-you have sensitive scalp or skin problems
-you are very busy and have no extra time to take care of your extensions properly
-your hair is shorter than 4 inch (10cm) in length -on the shortest parts, otherwise your connections can be visible 

2. Hair hair extensions need more care than your own hair to stay beautiful. Here are after care tips:
-brush your hair 5 times a day (this is what I recommend to my clients) -longer hair need more brushing than short, as they tangle more
-use special hair extension brush -with flexible bristles. Normal hair brushes have little beads at the end of bristles, which catch on connections and rip them apart or pull extensions off.
-wash your hair in standing position, leaning back a little (under the shower is best), never wash your hair leaning over bath -it'll tangle your hair a lot (and it's bad for your lower back too)
-always dry your hair with a hair dryer, it'll mat if you let it dry on it's own.
-use cool to medium heat setting on your hair dryer, never hot as it can damage connections and/or hair
-sleep with your hair in a loose plat, this will prevent pulling them out while you sleep
-never dye/bleach your hair extensions on your own -most of hair extensions have been chemically processed, so they can take dye differently than your own hair (you may end up with horrible colour), always go to a hairdresser and do a strand test first, to see how it works
-be careful with straighteners and curlers, they can damage connections and dry the hair too much -your hair will look damaged
-swimming pool (chlorine) water and sea/ocean (salty) water can damage your extensions and mat them horribly. Always swim with your hair in a plat, wash and dry them as soon as you can
-use special shampoo and conditioner (never put conditioner on connections or scalp)
-if you have very long extensions use oil for the ends to prevent dryness 
-remove hair after not longer than 3 months
-if the hair is still in good condition, they usually can be used again :-)

3. Types of extensions:
-Full Head -can add length to your own hair -if length is what you want always go for full head extensions, to make sure you have volume at the ends
-3/4 Head -can be used for length (for people, who don't have much of their own hair or have smaller head) or can be used for volume
-Half Head -can add volume to your own hair -if you like the length of your own hair, but need more volume go for half head extensions, never use it for adding length as the ends will look stringy and thin
-Single strands -it's a perfect solution if you'd like highlights or add exciting colour -like hot pink, electric blue or just very light blond to darker hair. Never dye your hair this colour, as it'll ruin it, extensions in funky colour are easy to apply and easy to remove, when you want to change :-)

4. Quality and origin of the hair:
-Chinese Hair -from China and Vietnam -not recommended for single stranded (micro ring, tubes, keratin) hair extensions. Usually stiff and damaged from chemicals, very often coated with silicone for smoothness and shine, which comes off after 3-6 washes, leaving it knotted, dull and rough. The cheapest hair on the market.
-Indian Hair -from all over India -much softer and delicate -can still be damaged, so need to be sourced from good suppliers to ensure quality and longevity. Popular due to reasonable pricing, usually good value (£350-£450 18'' full head)
-European Hair -from western Europe -much better quality, only slightly damaged, due to natural variety in colours -we have dark colours, blonds and reds, which makes it easier to dye. More expensive (£550-£850 18'' full head)
-Russian Hair -from central-eastern Europe -lovely, very soft hair with silky shine, not damaged due to only hairdressing dyes used. Very expensive (£750-£1500 18'' full head) Hair comes in pony tails, with no keratin ends
# All hair can come as virgin hair, which mean, they were not chemically changed/processed or dyed -so only in natural colours and are always more expensive + rare
# All hair has to be remy hair -which mean, that cuticles on hair are all facing the same direction -this will prevent tangling.

5. Prices
-don't believe, when someone tells you, they can give you professional, best quality full head hair extensions for £180 or £250 -it's simply not possible!!! Unless they are using cheap Chinese hair from Ebay! 
-good quality hair must cost proper money, Indian hair (not branded) can cost £120-£200 (depending on length) just for hair without application charges, so how can anyone charge less than £200 for full head?
-European hair from good supplier cost about double as Indian and Russian double than European. It is not logical to expect it to be less than £400 for the hair + service...
-true Professionals, well trained, skilled and knowledgeable will not sell themselves cheap

6. Professional service
-if you have any doubts always ask to see certificates and proof of insurance
-before application there should be always a consultation appointment -usually few days before
-during consultation stylist should talk to you about:
#your expectations and reason for extensions (holiday, wedding or everyday wear)
# types of extensions available to you
# choice of colours
# risk involved
# after care plan and professional advice
# choose the best colour of hair for your needs
# ask you to fill in consultation card
-the hair is usually ordered especially for you and applied few days later
-you may be asked to pay deposit for the treatment.

7. Beware if:
-there is no proper consultation, you feel rushed, patronised or ignored
-''stylist'' ask you on a phone to choose hair colour yourself from computer screen (!)
-''stylist'' doesn't have certificates or can't answer your questions 
-the treatment seems much cheaper than else where


Remember -even the best quality hair extensions can get damaged in just few weeks if YOU don't care for them enough. You are responsible for your hair as well.

Enjoy your hair extensions
Dominika


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Beauty Treatments -Consultation

Hello Everyone! Thank toy for visiting my blog and for your comments. I prepared a new article for you about beauty treatments and safety tips.

Eyelashes are a must-have treatment for many women, there are many types of eyelashes: strips, clusters, individual and semi-permanent individual (single). The price, application techniques or final effect vary a lot. The most expensive eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and can cost from £40 to even £200 per set.

Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions -consultation.
Here is few basic information on this type of lashes:
*Eyelashes (like all hair on our body) grow in stages: some are small (baby lashes), some are already mature (thicker and longer), some are nearly ready to shed and some are just starting to grow under the skin. They grow in few rows, so we never see big, bold gaps, when they shed. The growth cycle is about 3 months long, but can be shorten by health problems or stress.
*Semi-permanent -this mean that to maintain full look you will need an in-fill every 4 weeks, which is paid for additionally. 
*Individual -mean, that only 1 single false lash will be glued to your 1 single natural lash (1:1) They should stick together creating thicker and longer, naturally looking eyelash.
*Full set of those lashes is 70-100 lashes per eye (depending on how many lashes client has) Full set is completed when there is no "empty"grown lashes left. Baby lashes are left alone, they will be extended in 4 weeks (some of old lashes will shed and baby lashes will grow by then)

Here is some useful safety tips for you:

1. Consultation is a very important part and need to be performed before every treatment:
-Consultation should be done 24-48 hours before the application of lashes, after filling the consultation form, patch allergy test should be done. Usually it's a small dot of eyelash glue behind your ear, to check if you react to it. Don't treat in as a nuisance -it is very important as it will protect you. I've heard of cases, when someone reacted to eyelash glue and ended up in a hospital, with half head swollen and unable to open eyes!!
-Patch test need to be done every time, because things change from day to day and you can become allergic any time.
-Client consultation card has many questions, answer all honestly for your own good.
-During consultation you should be asked about your expectations -it's your lashes and your money, so you have right to expect results -if they are possible. 
-You should be told about types of the eyelashes available (there are different curls, thicknesses and length) and Stylist should help you to choose the best for you. They can't just apply anything without asking! Best results are achieved, when false lashes are up to 40-50% longer than your own lashes and similar in respect of curl. They stick together better and stay on for longer.
-If you want very heavy, glamorous look (Jordan), the lashes used will be thicker and longer, but may not last as long because of their weight.

2. Contraindications to the treatment:
-Positive allergy reaction to adhesive or tape
-Surgery in eye area (wait 3-6 months after)
-Eczema, dermatitis around eyes
-Hay fever (tears wet the lashes and glue doesn't bond well)
-Syndrome of dry eye
-Any changes on the skin around eye or sensitivity 
-If you wear contacts bring container to remove them for the time of treatment

3. Never have eyelashes done if:
-There is no proper consultation
-There is no patch test
-You have any of above symptoms
-You have doubts about stylist's qualification
-Salon is not clean or chaotic
-Stylist doesn't follow health&safety rules -doesn't sanitise hands, tools or doesn't seem knowledgeable
Remember: people who don't speak any English usually (not always) don't have qualification valid in this country, insurance doesn't cover them and they can't do a proper consultation.

4. After application:
-Don't do anything with your new lashes within first 24 hours, glue is too fresh.
-Don't put anything oily on eyelashes, oils will dissolve glue and lashes will shed before time!
-Don't apply mascara -it is usually oil-based -if you have to use it, you must buy water-based. To avoid using mascara have an eyelash tint before your consultation (it also needs a patch test!)
-Don't use makeup removing lotions or wipes (OILS) use water-type solutions like Garnier gentle eye makeup remover (in green bottle only £5-£6) or similar.
-Don't rub your eyes, don't sleep face down -you break and rip out your lashes, sometimes with your own... :-(
-Don't use lash curlers-it breaks false lashes
-Be careful when putting face cream on (OILS) avoid eye area, anyway every beautician will tell you not to apply cream on your eyelids, even without lashes.
-Be good to yourself and don't pick your lashes off; if you want them off have it removed professionally, there are special removing gels for that.

Remember not to put mascara or too much makeup on before the treatment -it only makes things more difficult. 
Eyelashes on both eyes are not the same, if you have preferred side to sleep on, you might find, that lashes on that side will be bent or broken, making application difficult or even impossible in this place.

That's all for today :-) If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them. I'll post another article soon. Enjoy your safe treatments. Take care.

Dominika

Beauty Treatments -be safe

First I would like to thank everyone who commented on my blog, I'm glad, my articles make difference to you. Hope to hear more from you again.

Beauty treatments are very popular among women and men, so to be satisfied and stay safe we all need to gain certain level of knowledge on the subject.

waxing in salon training courses LondonWAXING is one of the basic treatments we all undergo sometimes. But there are facts that not many of us know about. 
*Basic piece of knowledge is that the hair that grow on our skin is not at the same growth stage at given time, so it is impossible to remove the hair and have legs smooth for up to 6 weeks (as many epilator ads say). The hair will regrow at different time and we will see some of them after even few days and some will start growing after weeks. 
*Another thing we need to remember is that during waxing our skin need to be covered with very thin layer of wax according to direction of the hair growth and removed against the hair growth. With the wax a thin layer of the skin will be removed as well, so the beautician should never use the wax more than twice on the same spot!
Here's some guide for you:
1.  Make sure, you exfoliate your skin about 2 days before treatment -it removes dead skin cells and gets all little hair from underneath it (for best results use exfoliating gloves).
2. Moisturise  your skin properly -your skin will be stronger and smoother and you won't get damage from waxing.
3. Never wax your skin if you have:
-sunburn
-fresh scars (up to 6 months)
-moles/warts/cold sores (always go around it)
-dermatitis/eczema
-varicose veins
-hemophilia
-epilepsy 
4. Beautician should: 
-sanitise her hands
-use pre-wax cleansing product to remove oils and clean your skin
-use talc all over your skin -it protects the skin from damage and makes the treatment less uncomfortable.
-remove single not removed hairs with sanitised tweezers
-never apply wax more than twice to the same area (to prevent skin damage)
Remember never have any waxing during your period as you can be much more sensitive and don't wait with next waxing more than 4 weeks as the hair grow not only upwards, but also deeper inside your skin, so the longer you wait the more discomfort you will have.
5. Within 24 hrs after waxing:
-don't do anything involving heat (hot bath, shower, sauna, sunbeds or sunbathing)
-don't go to swimming pool (chlorine can irritate your skin)
-don't have spray tan (solution will go in to open pores and you'll look like a ladybird) 
-don't use perfumes or perfumed soaps and lotions
Best not to do anything until next day... :-) 

That's all for today. Your comments are welcome and please share your experiences with me too. Take care and be safe!
Dominika

 

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That was long time ago and I took many different courses since then. Right now I am an instructor myself, I promised to myself that my students will never go through all I did back then. Nail industry is growing very fast and it becomes an interest of many people as a customers or future nail stylists.
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