A prominent hair extension expert has revealed the most common mistakes people have made while trying to extend their hair – and the best ways to avoid harm while using hair extensions.
Louise Bailey, who works at Harrods Salon and also runs Hair Extensions London, a salon based in Fitzrovia, spoke exclusively to FEMAIL and revealed the common misconceptions surrounding hair extensions, including why you should always consult a professional first You attach hair.
Louise, who has a list of A-listers in her client book, specializes in natural looking extensions and says getting hair from a reputable company is important.
Louise Bailey, who runs the Fitzrovia-based Salon Hair Extensions London, spoke exclusively to FEMAIL about the common misconceptions surrounding hair extensions, including the reasons why you should always consult a professional before applying hair
"Extensions are like designer handbags these days, everyone has them," she explained to FEMAIL.
“But celebrities are often paid to promote brands and get their hair free. That doesn't mean they're good. My top tip would be to always consult a professional and not go for a Z-list brand.
Here she explains her top tips for those looking for Rapunzel-like locks.
CHOOSE A BRAND THAT FITS YOUR HAIR TYPE
Louise specializes in taped hair extensions, which are attached to the hair with a special adhesive tape.
& # 39; The hair is reusable and can be easily removed from the hair without damaging the natural hair.
She recommends using Hair Dreams, which she describes as a "reputable brand in the hair extension industry".
The brand uses natural Indian hair and their hair extensions can last up to nine months if properly groomed and the hair is well cared for after application.
Shown natural hair (left) and right with extensions. The Model Wars Balayage Extensions by Hair Dreams, an Indian hair
"There are three main types of hair sold: Russian, Chinese and Indian," she explained.
“You should find the best hair for your ethnicity. Chinese hair is usually straight while Indian hair is wavy.
“But Chinese hair is often processed more heavily because it is naturally darker, while Russian is more in demand because it can be 'virgin' and each strand is much finer.
Having a reputable brand is so important and it's always worth speaking to a professional as there are no regulations in this hair processing industry.
“Having a reputable brand is so important and it's always worth speaking to a professional as there are no regulations in this hair processing industry.
“There were even brands that were brought to justice after hair they claimed was Russian wasn't.
& # 39; We use Hair Dreams which has a natural wave, so it's perfect for styling and blending with natural hair so it's easy to manage at home.
“It means women can take a break from straightening and harsh heat styling. You can brush your hair and go.
"It gives you a permanent blow dryer for a week so you can have a neat hairstyle all the time."
Louise specializes in taped hair extensions, which are attached to the hair with a special adhesive tape. The hair is reusable and can be easily removed from the hair without damaging the natural hair
You get what you pay for
While Louise works with a limited number of top brands, she recommends staying away from extremely cheap brands as you get what you pay for.
"A great way to find out about a brand is good. Find a hair extension company that has years behind them," she said.
"Find a place with A-listeners on board because top brands won't give them away because the product is so expensive."
& # 39; A great way to get to know a brand is good. Look for a hair extension company that has years behind them
"To keep your hair in good condition while using extensions, you need to make sure that your coloring process is not harming natural hair."
Working with a color expert, Louise recommends that you have a full team on board to ensure that both the hair extension and the color service protect the natural hair.
IT'S FOR EVERYONE
While many see extensions as something for A-listeners and influencers, many of Louise's clients are over 50 years old.
“We get a lot of women through menopause when their hair is thinning. We fill in the hair and make it feel fantastic again, ”she explained.
"We get women of all ages who have had strong bleach or even some highlights, or whose hair has just been overworked and who keep breaking and not seeming to grow.
"We fill in the gaps with the extensions. If the hair gets burned from the color, we don't want to burn it any more. We put them on a healthy hair routine so the hair can rest while it still looks thick and shiny."
“We're sorting it out so it's no longer a wispy fluff, she added.
“I have also had patients who have lost their hair from chemotherapy. As soon as your natural hair is two inches tall, we can add hair extensions. This saves people from getting wigs and makes them feel again.
IT CAN AVOID HAIR DAMAGE
"We do a lot of balayage extensions because these are trendy and you don't have to dye your hair as heavily to achieve this look."
"We have a lot of people who want a new color, and we can tape anything with hair extensions – it's that easy."
We have a lot of people who want a new color, and we can do anything with tape hair extensions – it's that simple.
“Balyage places the paint properly, which you might not otherwise be able to do as it would take hours to die.
“When used properly it can prevent harm, but you have to find someone who is really good to use it or it can make the harm worse.
"It is also important that the hair is cut properly as many hairdressers cut away the natural hair.
“So go to a reputable place that uses good hair and knows how to cut extensions well. This is a skill in itself.
"For a great range of hair extensions that won't harm your natural hair, you need a great product and a hair extension expert to apply and cut."
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