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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



1 Comment to Hair Extensions - The Guide:

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LauraSmith001 on 13 April 2015 16:42
Nice Blog! Hair extension is the very important thing to get the new look. I advice to people must use professional company service. Thanks for sharing
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