HAIR EX­TEN­SIONS

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Wood. Ni­cola Clarke, who colours Pal­trow’s hair, agrees: “It’s about mak­ing slight tweaks to de­fine the colour – go­ing lighter around the hair­line; or, if she needs to go darker, putting slices un­der the part­ing that will fade.” Hav­ing avoided hair dye for most of my life, I can cope with slight, sub­tle changes with­out suf­fer­ing any pal­pi­ta­tions; Wood as­sures me that small ad­just­ments, such as go­ing slightly darker at the roots and lighter at the ends, will add in­stant def­i­ni­tion.

In terms of cut, there has been a shift from longer to shorter lengths, with celebri­ties hav­ing inches trimmed off. “It’s a back­lash against the longer, big blow-dry that’s been pop­u­lar for years,” says Josh. “Long hair has be­come too ac­ces­si­ble.” For sim­i­lar rea­sons, but less vis­i­ble to the eye, hair ex­ten­sions are now be­ing used for vol­ume rather than length. One ex­pert on such mat­ters, who counts some of Hol­ly­wood’s elite as reg­u­lars, told me that up to two-thirds of some A-lis­ters’ tresses can be ex­ten­sions. The ex­pert be­hind Macpher­son’s, Glenda Clarke, ex­plains: “Scalp plug-ins are bonded with ker­atin an inch away from the roots, giv­ing them nat­u­ral flex­i­bil­ity, but most celebs also have clip-ins to add ex­tra body.” Both types are tai­lor-made to look nat­u­ral and un­de­tectable.

Stars have ac­cess to the best hair styling and colour­ing ex­perts, and they’re well ed­u­cated in what to use. For me, Josh rec­om­mends John Frieda’s Full Re­pair range, us­ing the oil as a pre­sham­poo treat­ment and the mask once a week. Hav­ing fol­lowed his guid­ance, I can con­firm that the re­sults truly speak for them­selves. Celebri­ties have spent a life­time dis­cov­er­ing what works, and while there are new trends emerg­ing, it’s not nec­es­sary to be a slave to change. Al­legedly low­main­te­nance hair does re­quire ef­fort and ex­per­tise, but its youth­ful ef­fect and lo-fi ap­pear­ance make it time­less and cov­etable. Al­ways go for hu­man hair ex­ten­sions, as these are less ir­ri­tat­ing and eas­ier to work with. Find out more at Hair Menu Wig Shop,

@ hair­menuwigs on In­sta­gram. Change your ex­ten­sions ev­ery two or three months, and book a main­te­nance

ap­point­ment in be­tween. No spe­cific sham­poos or con­di­tion­ers are

re­quired, but try to use gen­tle for­mu­las. Use a soft-bris­tle brush, start­ing from the

ends and work­ing up to­wards the roots. Avoid us­ing oil-based prod­ucts around the

scalp as it can af­fect the bond­ing. Nuxe Multi- Pur­pose Dry Oil, RM88 ( 50ml) & RM148 (100ml)

HAIR KIT THE A-LIST

Aveda Dry Rem­edy Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo, RM350 Kéras­tase Nu­tri­tive OléoRe­lax Masque, RM136

Jersey dress, Burberry Pror­sum.

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