First, confession time. I used to be a hair-extension snob; Like the person who looked at his clip-ins with undisputed gaiety, pictures of celebrities who poorly matched and looked on with derision when fake hair dangled awkwardly under someone’s navel like a curtain, While everyone thought, “They can’t possibly see those things for real.” But then recently, things have changed. I committed the ultimate hypocrisy and got myself Received. And what’s more, I love them.
Turns out, it’s easy you think to fake your way to long, full-bodied locks – you just need good extensions (because, oh my, there are some bad ones). One of the market’s favorite hair salons, Hershson has recently launched a line of tape extensions that have taken years to make. They come with a new service, designed to blend them into the hair in 60 minutes.
For my makeovers I turned to Kiara Bailey, the founder of Hair Lingerie, who gave me a look that was using tape that looked subtle and natural. And to help you in your quest for thicker or taller stresses, here are some important detail lessons I’ve learned:
1. There are various types
This may sound obvious, but the wealth of options available when it comes to hair extensions – clip-in, tape and hot / cold bond – means that there is likely to be a style that specifically suits your preferences. I personally found it the most imperceptible and easiest permanent option to look at tape extensions, but do my own research first. As with all hair decisions, there are positives and negatives for each style. If you’re unsure, try clip-in extensions to get started, as they are a great starting point for anyone looking for a temporary switch-up.
2. They can look natural
When I first got my extension, the biggest surprise was that people were not calling me out (as I feared), but that they were really surprised that they couldn’t tell. That I have them (aside from the fact that my hair grew needlessly overnight).
It all comes down to high quality hairpieces that are cleverly positioned to blend in with their own locks. Perhaps the most important factor though, was the advice to focus on achieving body as well as length. That way, instead of getting super-long extensions, which were obviously fake, the short, specially placed hairpiece spruced up my hair and in the process appeared healthier and more shiny.
3. Good extensions should not cause harm
In the past, I always believed that if by some miracle I was able to get hair extensions that looked good then I would inevitably have to accept long-term hair loss as a compromise. Luckily, during my consultation – a must before doing extensions – Bailey calmed this fear, explaining that “many traditional extensions will damage your hair and cheap hair extensions will ruin it 100 percent”. Therefore it is important to do your research. “Not all brands and methods are created equally,” she said. “When you put them in, your hair should look as good as you put them, so it would be better to protect your hair.”
4. You do not need to spend hours in the salon
Although extensions always heal unknowingly much quicker than waiting for your hair to grow, they have a reputation for long-term application. In recent years, however, the application has become much faster and more effective. Bailey emphasized that “With technological advancements, we have found a way to make the application process faster and easier. Depending on the color process required, most customers are in and out within an hour.” I was still cynical, but she was right: I would hardly have had time to finish my magazine before I would have opened the door with beautiful, tasteful hair.
5. But it takes time to take care of them
As a serial snoozer of a morning alarm, and someone who vowed to air-dry my hair, it took some effort in enough time to wash, blow-dry, and style my extensions – as you Should not leave if they start slipping or become sticky then they get wet. It’s time-consuming, granted, but you’ll thank yourself for it, because the styling really makes the most of your new look. This is especially important with the passage of time, because if your extensions become a bit more unruly at the ends (use some Moranoil treatments, £ 33.90 to avoid this) then your hair will naturally fall apart, allowing your Extensions will become more apparent. Other than the ends of a curl, or straightening and smoothing your own natural hair, everything blends back together nicely.
6. You’ll probably need new products
Unfortunately, once you do not have the measure of having extensions in your normal haircare product arsenal, the main reason is that hair that is not your own will react differently to washing and styling. Bailey recommends using “sulfate-free, non-striping shampoo and a highly moisturizing conditioner or mask to maintain the condition of the hair.” Try Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo, £ 11.55, and Crestes’ Nutrique Masque Mastralt, £ 25.65 as a good starter kit and “a great blended bristle brush such as Mason Pearson’s, £ 43.05, important to keep your hair tangle-free is.” You may also find that your own hair dries a little more than normal, because you are not conditioning near the bond of the extension. If this happens, eGilox suggests splitting your hair into piglets and applying their Leave-In Spray Conditioner, £ 23.35, at the end of your natural stresses.
8. They should not be uncomfortable
It certainly feels awkward the first time you suddenly have too much hair, but you should not experience any pain or major discomfort after getting extensions. If you do, go straight to your stylist to bring them back. I only went to notice them in the first week when I went to sleep, but just before tying my hair I went to bed (which you should do to prevent them from pulling or closing anyway). Made a lot more manageable.
If you are experiencing itching, it may simply be the result of not washing your shampoo properly – having more hair may mean you need to spend more time washing it. From experience, I would consciously recommend rinse your hair every time you bathe, because when you have extensions the hair shaft takes longer to fall and can get stuck in the middle of the tape, Which can cause itching.
9. They can be expensive
Good hair extensions do not come cheap, it has to be said, but if properly applied and well cared for they should last eight weeks. In fact, with hair lingerie, that time can be extended if you return to your stylist after about six weeks, as they can remove the hairpiece, clean the adhesive and reintroduce them. Can – allowing you to wear extensions that look good. One year.
The hair lounger show Dry is available at Westbourne Grove and Wimbledon Village. And Harvey Nichols Manchester. Prices start from £ 475. Hershen’s tape is 18 inches in length and shades include: Mid Brown Gold, LightBrown Gold, Ash Blonde and Coco Bocha. Available from 130 pounds at all Hershen’s Blow-dry bars and salons.