EXTENSIONS WILL MAKEOVER YOUR MANE, BUT CONSIDER THESE FACTORS BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PLUNGE
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.”