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Brit­ney, Lind­say, Paris, Ni­cole – they’re the noughties party girls that gave hair ex­ten­sions a bad name. But the days of dodgy clip-ins pok­ing through pony­tails are as done as Paris and Ni­cole’s BFF sta­tus, with new, so­phis­ti­cated so­lu­tions for a plethora of hair hang-ups.

You can use ex­ten­sions to add in­stant length or vol­ume, try styles such as fringes, braids and buns, and ex­per­i­ment with com­mit­ment-free colour start­ing at the sub­tlest of high­lights.

With beaded, mi­cro-beaded, tape ex­ten­sions and clip-ins to choose from, Emilly Hadrill Hair Ex­ten­sions di­rec­tor Emilly Hadrill says it’s im­por­tant to take your life­style into ac­count.

“Do you like to wear tight up-dos, wear glasses, colour your hair fre­quently or do hot yoga, and how much time and money are you will­ing to spend to main­tain your locks?

“Con­sider th­ese fac­tors and your stylist will help you sift out which set of hair ex­ten­sions will fit seam­lessly into your life­style.”

You’ll gen­er­ally get what you pay for, with qual­ity hu­man-hair ex­ten­sions de­liv­er­ing the most nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sults.

“Though syn­thetic ex­ten­sions are cheaper in price, their aes­thetic is equally as cheap and they tend to look no­tice­ably fake,” Emilly says.

“In­vest­ing in pre­mium, hu­man-hair ex­ten­sions will en­sure your ex­ten­sions look as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble, and hav­ing th­ese ap­plied in a spe­cial­ist sa­lon will al­low for stylists to colour match the prod­uct to your real hair for a flaw­less fin­ish.”

Once you’ve made the in­vest­ment, main­te­nance is manda­tory.

“Show your ex­ten­sions some love – don’t over wash them, keep them mois­turised with qual­ity prod­ucts like in­ten­sive hair masks or ar­gan oil, go easy on the heat­ing tools, and make sure to use a heat-pro­tec­tant prod­uct be­fore­hand,” Emilly says.

“Also, be mind­ful not to overex­tend the life­span of your ex­ten­sions.

“Wear­ing them longer than rec­om­mended may in­flict dam­age to your nat­u­ral hair, as well as to the ex­ten­sions.”

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