New Zealand Woman’s Weekly
GOOD hair days
IT’S TIME TO TAKE A STRAND AND ADD SILKINESS AND VOLUME
If you’ve ever found yourself admiring another woman’s thick, luscious head of hair, chances are it may not be her own. Salons offering permanent hair extensions are booming – and it’s not just for millennials.
“We have many ladies over 45 and our most mature client is in her mid-seventies,” says Kristal Sargent of La Villa Hairdressing and Extensions in Lower Hutt. “We have clients who have been through cancer treatments, suffer from alopecia or have become so self-conscious of their fine hair that they struggle to leave their house.”
Naturally, when you think of hair extensions, you imagine long and lush, but it’s not all about length.
“Hair extensions are a fantastic way to create subtle volume and enhance fine or lifeless hair,” tells Kristal. “Best of all, they are inconspicuous and look and feel completely natural.”
It’s this ability to make them look so natural without the need for braiding, glue, tape or any other type of chemical adhesive that has seen a surge in popularity.
“We use a unique method called microweaving that involves the natural hair being weaved through the extensions and secured with tiny silicon cylinders that safely keep the extensions in place,” explains Kristal. “This method, along with strategic placement, ensures there is plenty of support and no stress on the natural hair.”
Depending on how much body, volume and length is required, you can expect to pay anything from $325$755, and will last around 7-12 months.
When it comes to hair tools, one size does not fit all. Here’s how to choose the best ones for the texture of your hair.
You might find your delicate hair is prone to tangling, so your best brush will have a mixture of both boar and synthetic bristles to slide gently through your hair without snagging or pulling. One like
(1) Mita Natural Grooming Porcupine, $19.99, will also help to add shine without needing to use any additional styling products that could weigh your hair down. For extra volume at the crown, try teasing your roots with (2) Tangle Teezer Back- Combing Hairbrush, $20.
Look for tools that will tame and define your curls without disrupting your natural curl pattern. A sturdy comb with spaced teeth like (3) Via Wide Tooth Comb, $ 4.99, does a great job at detangling and smoothing your curls after washing. Investing in a blowdryer that has a diffuser attachment, such as (4) Remington’s AIR3D Hair Dryer, $300, will soften the air flow so your curls aren’t blasted apart.
With its sparse bristles that are able to push through dense heads of hair and nobules to massage the scalp, (5) Beauty Dust Co. Classic Paddle Brush, $39.99, is the perfect option for your thick, luscious locks. Tool wise, you would likely benefit from the smoothing action of a heated brush, like (6) Silver Bullet Hybrid Ionic Straightening Brush, $150.
Arm yourself with sectioning clips, a round brush and a blowdryer to wrangle frizzy hair into shape. One with natural boar bristles like ( 7) ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush, $34, is particularly good at gripping into the hair for better control, as well as helping to combat static and smooth out fluffy strands. Once styled, spray a tail comb like (8) Mita Tail Comb, $7.99, with hairspray and lightly comb to stop any flyaways.
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