Play wait­ing game be­fore gam­bling on a fresh look

Win­ner of TV’s Great Bri­tish Hair­dresser on the hottest trends

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - CHRISTMAS FASHION/BEAUTY - KerisWeir

Chameleon celebri­ties use them to change their looks for the red car­pet and it is lit­tle sur­prise that, this Christ­mas, clipin ex­ten­sions are the key ac­ces­sory for the party sea­son.

Al­most ev­ery star you can think of — from the Kar­dashi­ans to Ari­ana Grande and Se­lena Gomez — have trans­formed their look with the sim­ple ad­di­tion of a clipin pony­tail or ad­di­tional locks for ex­tra vol­ume.

Af­ter work­ing in Lon­don, where clip-ins were all the rage, I de­vel­oped my own range when I came back to North­ern Ire­land.

The beauty is in the sim­plic­ity — they can give you an in­stant glam­orous look and all you have to do is clip them in and out again at the end of the night.

They are pop­u­lar all year round, but this Christ­mas they have been in huge de­mand.

Christ­mas is now upon us and in hair­dress­ing the dawn­ing of a new year is usu­ally when peo­ple seek a new look.

Hair sa­lon vouch­ers are pop­u­lar stock­ing-fillers, but a word of cau­tion — if you find one un­der the tree this Christ­mas morn­ing, take your time de­cid­ing how you will use it.

Many peo­ple rush in and want to make an ex­treme change.

My ad­vice is, if you are go­ing to a new sa­lon, ask for a con­sul­ta­tion when you make your ap­point­ment.

It is very im­por­tant to find out what style and colour will suit you best and also don’t be afraid to ask what it is go­ing to cost.

Sa­lons get a huge in­flux of voucher cus­tomers in Jan­uary, and of course they have al­ready got the cash for them, so make sure you know ex­actly what you are get­ting for your voucher.

The last thing you want is to get your new look and have to cough up more money be­fore you leave the sa­lon.

A lot of the new trends for next year will not be un­veiled un­til Jan­uary, or even Fe­bru­ary, so while you might have the urge to rush out over Christ­mas and trans­form your look, my ad­vice would be to sit tight and wait.

A lot of peo­ple jump in with vouch­ers and they can be wasted if you aren’t en­tirely sure what you want.

Check when your voucher ex­pires and if you can wait at least un­til mid-Jan­uary.

Jan­uary is also a time when there are lots of bar­gains to be had in hair­dress­ing.

Sa­lons can be quiet af­ter the Christ­mas rush and many will have cut-price pro­mo­tions on.

The price of hair prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories, such as straight­en­ers and curlers, also plunges af­ter Christ­mas.

If you shop around, you can maybe get dou­ble the ser­vice for your money.

Keris Weir, MG Hair Bou­tique, 153e Union Street, Lur­gan, tel: 028 3832 5543

SIM­PLE CHANGE: singer Ari­ana Grande and (be­low) ac­tress Se­lena Gomez are both fans of clip-in pony­tails and hair ex­ten­sions

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