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The Art of Hair Extensions; Find Out How

We Are Not The First Generation to Embrace Hair Extensions

Let’s face it. We’ve been helping out Mother Nature since time began. Think about it. In ancient Egypt with Cleopatra and her pals, elaborate wigs were all the rage. In other parts of Africa, from BCE to A.D., women used whatever it took, wool, leaves, cotton to add length to their beautiful braids. On these shores our Revolutionary War grandmothers wore animal hair powdered white and piled high atop their heads.

We’re still doing it . . . Except that now we’ve got an attitude about it. Piling on some store-bought hair is seen as a cop-out, the last province of the pretentious. But as I see it, there’s nothing wrong with gilding the lily. Maybe you want to experiment with a new look. Maybe you want to give your hair a rest. Maybe your hair is thinning and you want to give it a little extra oomph. Maybe you like flinging hair over your shoulders every once in a while. Why not? Go for it.

Hair Extension Tips

Hair extensions give women the ability to have gorgeous, long hair in an hour or less. Sounds like a dream come true! In many ways extensions are, but they need to be selected and managed carefully. That’s where a good professional comes in. While it’s possible to do extensions yourself, it is not recommended. You can end up wasting money and becoming the butt of jokes. Going to a salon ensures that your extension will look natural and makes a positive enhancement to your beauty arsenal.

Your Choices

  • Methods of Attachment ~~ There are several ways the salon can attach the extensions – with clips, caps, keratin and with sewing to your existing hair itself. Extensions with clips can be taken down or modified anytime. If you have chosen the caps method or the sewing method, these extensions require maintenance every month. If you have chosen the keratin option you need to know that they are inserted for 5-6 months and then maintenance is needed as well. The most harmless method is using clips. These are tic tac barrettes with silicon parts which are sewn to the strand and then the strands are connected to the hair.
  • Human Hair or Synthetic Hair ~~ Also, it’s important to consider whether you prefer real or synthetic hair. Real hair is much more expensive than the synthetic hair, but it’s much more durable and easier to maintain. Extensions made of real hair can be treated in any way you would your natural hair – with a flat iron, curling, hair dryer, or diffuser. And can be even dyed unlike synthetic hair.
  • Hair Types ~~ Hair extensions can be obtained in a variety of different hair types. Be sure to ask your stylist about what options they would recommend to most effectively match your existing natural hair type.
  • Size and Strand Count ~~Consider your different size options as well. The most preferred in our salon are 50-55sm and 65sm. If you have elected to use extensions with strands, you will need 120-150grams of hair depending on how thick your hair is. But if you go with keratin strands, we recommend using 150-200 extension pieces.

 

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Keeping Your Hair Extensions Beautiful

Now you have beautiful, long hair! Here are some tips on how to keep it looking gorgeous.

  • Combing Your Hair ~~ Combing should be done regularly, and you need to use the appropriate tool. The brush should be soft to allow gentle combing of the hair in order to prevent tearing and thinning from the frequent usage. Start from the hair ends, as you would do with your natural hair, detangle first this zone and then move to the next hair levels. Be careful with the extensions as excessive pulling could lead to tearing which can transform your marvelous and soft hair into something less desirable.
  • Shampooing ~~ Washing your extensions is important for maintaining them as long as possible, and there are several rules to follow to be sure your hair extensions will look good. First, detangle before the shampoo, second, use a good shampoo and third (and perhaps the most important) – do it slowly and carefully.
  • Drying Your Hair Extensions ~~ Leave your extensions to dry naturally. After washing your hair, put the layers on a towel or hang them and let them dry naturally. Keep in mind that the direct sunlight or the hair dryer is not recommended. If you have time, avoid drying with a flat iron or a hairdryer in order to keep your extensions in perfect condition for as long as possible.

Ponytail Extension

There’s something very seductive about instantly acquiring a massive mane; it can make you feel like Miss Glamorous. If you’re going to fake it, you’ve got to do it right. And doing it right means, above all, making sure that your natural hair is kept clean, conditioned and stress-free. Hopefully this article will help you accomplish that end.

Claudia
Contributing author Claudia Egnal has been in the beauty industry for nearly 30 years. With a wide array of cutting and coloring skills, she specializes in hair extensions, color, highlights and cutting. Her newest salon, JULDAN, opened in JULY 2012 and continues to grow due to the talent of her diverse staff and team. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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How to End the Struggle With Naturally Curly Hair

6 Ways to Enhance Your Naturally Curly Hair

As a stylist, I cringe whenever one of my naturally curly clients asks me to straighten her curls. Why are so many women, who are blessed by goddess like natural curls straightening them out? I believe it’s time for a curly #HaiRevolution.  I’m on a mission to convince women to embrace their Aphrodite locks and ditch the flat irons. It’s high time the world sees that curls are where it’s at!

I think one of the main reasons so many women abandon their natural curls is they have always believed that curls are a curse instead of a blessing. If you learn the tricks of how to maximize the true nature of your naturally curly hair, you can end the battle of trying to get your hair to do things that nature never intended. Never fear, with these pointers you will be frizz free and curl gorgeous.

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 Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

Did I mention moisture? Naturally curly hair, by its very nature will always be drier in texture, because all those twists and kinks in the hair prevent the natural oils from the scalp finding their way to the ends of the hair.

A naturally curly girls best friend should be her hair care routine. If you get the foundations wrong, you’re doomed to a life of frizz but get it right, and gorgeous, jealousy provoking curls are yours to own forever.

Look for a shampoo that is sulfate free and moisturizing. Sulfates and parabens remove the natural oils from your hair, naturally curly hair needs those oils. Always follow with a moisturizing conditioner. Look for descriptions such as replenish, quench and revitalize. A deep conditioning treatment once a week will rehydrate naturally curly hair, eliminating frizz and helping your curls to form into their natural coil.

Styling products specially formulated for naturally curly hair will be packed full of frizz busting, moisture boosting ingredients. Try layering a couple of products. For a natural look, a serum mixed with a hydrating curl cream will allow curls to form into their own beautiful organic form. A serum worked through, followed by a moisturizing sculpting foam will add definition and separation to curls.

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Ditch The Heat

Hair dryers aren’t great for naturally curly hair. They tend to make the curls look frizzy, resulting in both your curls and your nerves being frazzled! Whenever possible, allow curls to dry naturally, just a little scrunch in the palm of your hand every now and then will help the curls to form. If you need to use heat, use a hair dryer with a diffuser and simply place the hair into the diffuser and allow the warm air to do its magic. To help eliminate frizz, keep the dryer on medium heat and a slow speed setting. Leaving the hair just slightly damp will also help with the frizz fight.

  Naturally curly hair

Shape and Styling

Naturally curly hair will always look dull and frizzy if the ends are split so regular trims are essential for maintaining beautiful curly hair. However, it’s worth choosing your hair stylist carefully. Ask if there is a stylist who specializes in curly hair as naturally curly hair that is cut wrong is a nightmare. There’s nowhere to hide if layers are cut into the wrong shape. You can feel like you’ve got a triangle, or worse, a sheep stuck on your head!

At school I was great chums with a girl whose mother kept her blonde natural curls cropped close to her head, around 3 inches in length overall. My friend spent her school years answering to the nickname ‘Sheepy’. I’m guessing school probably wasn’t her best time. However, when she reached sixteen and started to take control over her own appearance, she grew her hair out. The result? Beautiful! Her long mane of golden ringlets were ‘stop you in your tracks’ stunning. My friend transformed into Rapunzel and was never known as ‘Sheepy’ again.

The moral of this blast from my past? Naturally curly hair is best left at a length where the curls can show off their glorious form. Too short and it’s just a ball of fluff. Don’t for one minute think that shorter hair means less work, as with naturally curly hair this is rarely the case.

  Naturally curly hair

Give it Time

If you’ve spent a lifetime straightening your hair, its going to take a few weeks for the curls to come back into their own, so choose your return to the curly world carefully. You will need time to put in place all the above steps. It will probably look horrendous the first few times you attempt to wear it curly. Perseverance is crucial, so keep following the steps and, I promise, it will pay off. Each time you shampoo, moisturize and allow your hair to dry curly, you will be a step closer. Low maintenance, beautiful curls are within your reach I promise!

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Work It!

Now you’ve successfully embraced your curly locks, leaving all your straight haired girlfriends green with envy and reaching for the curling wand, share your knowledge. Don’t keep it to yourself. Keep the curl #HaiRevolution going. After all, looking good is feeling great. Shake it, toss it, flick it, work it! Walk along the street with your head held high and your curls big.

  Esther Roche
Guest author Esther Roche an ever so slightly bonkers English girl, who splits her time between being a working mother of two crazy boys and creating blogs for Hairy Thoughts Esther has been in the throes of a long love affair with hair from that day forward. Esther has had many roles within the hairdressing industry, working as a stylist, colour specialist, salon manager and mentor. If it’s hairy and fabulous, Esther and the team at HTUK are all over it and are sharing it with the ever growing army of Hairy Followers

 

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18 Ways to Show Fine Flat Hair Who’s Boss

We Asked Top Pros How to Make The Most of What You’ve Got

Tip #1 Choosing Styles ~~ Short or long, fine hair looks best with strong, blunt perimeter lines, says Shelly Wilson. A stylist and manager at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio in Chicago. Consider face-framing highlights to create the illusion of depth and fullness “If you want layers, try some disconnected ones to avoid stringy ends. When blow drying, use a lightweight root-lifter and start applying heat with a round brush at the roots. Hold the brush in place and use the cool button for a few seconds to lock the style in place.”

Tip #2 Texture Sprays ~~ Fine hair that’s worn straight can have a shattered effect with the right combination of layers. For fine hair with a natural wave, says David Barron, owner of Barron’s London Salon in Atlanta, GA, add texture sprays to enhance the bend.

Tip #3 Thickening Shampoos ~~ To create an illusion of fullness avoid over-texturizing or layering, which thins out the ends, says Bekim Benjamin Osmani, creative director and co-owner of Salon Gaboa USA in Clearwater FL. Try not to shampoo daily . . . Every other day, use a dry shampoo, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Also, you can use Nioxin Diamax Thickening Treatment, which claims to significantly increase the diameter of existing hair strands.

Tip #4 Use Volumizing Products ~~ To encourage volume and help it hold all day, layer in volumizing products, suggests Lynn Jacobs, a stylist at Up in Tangles in Cypress, TX. “For maximum, volume when blow drying, use a round brush and lift hair straight up as you dry.”

Fine Flat Hair

Tip #5 Use Visual Deception ~~ Adding texture creates style support and volume . . . Or at least the illusion of it. Try coloring or highlighting your hair or use a curling wand to add instant texture and movement. For some great ideas for visual deception techniques for fine flat hair check out our Pinterest Fine Hair board.

Tip #6 Skip the Brush ~~ To add bounce, skip the brush, which flattens hair, and style with the pads of your fingers, says Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys in San Diego, CA. Start with damp hair and add a Volumizer (try Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumier Spray at the roots. “Set your dryer on high and massage your scalp clockwise all around. This expands the cuticle and boosts volume. Next, pop in a few large hot rollers on top layers only . . . They add movement, while keeping your look modern, not matronly.”

Tip #7 Use a Volumizing Powder ~~ Volumizing powders that go to the roots “salt shaker” style are the newest way to get a boost of volume. Naz Kupelian, who owns a namesake salon in Boston, created Naz Kupelian Poudre, which becomes colorless once it’s on the hair. To use it, apply mousse (try Naz Kupelian Foaming Sea Salt mousse, which is salt-based to swell the cuticle) and blow-dry, then flat-iron hair. Finally, lightly tap the Poudre shaker all around the crown area and fluff out your locks.

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Tip #8 Don’t Forget Conditioning ~~ Many women with fine hair don’t use conditioner because it “weighs down” hair or makes the cuticle too compact and flat, but this is a big mistake! Over time, hair becomes dry, dull and brittle. Always use conditioner, putting it on the ends only if you’re afraid to inhibit lift, says Osmani.

Tip #9 Choosing Products ~~ Fine flat hair is a tricky problem to deal with. You want to find hair care products that will thicken the strands or give it more volume, but at the same time you do not want to go for formulas that are too harsh as they can cause fine flat hair to become limper.

It is recommended that you take the middle path, therefore, to ensure that you are striking the iron on both. Or, you can invest in products specifically created for fine flat hair. There are tons of them and you only have to do some digging to uncover them. But you do not have to because I have outlined all of the things you need to know about choosing the right product as well as a guide on which products to look for.

Tip #10 Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner ~~ Fine flat hair does not need conditioners, because it can weigh the hair down further. However, if you were to use a conditioner make sure to go for ones formulated to fortify your scalp and strands so that it promotes growth of new hair and reinforce follicles so you are less likely to suffer from more breakage. Stay away from creamy shampoos. The best choices for fine flat hair are clear shampoos.

Tip #11 Volumising Spray ~~ This product can put fine flat hair to the rescue! However, be extra careful when you spritz this volumising spray to ensure that only the sides are applied and not the top of the hair. The product should be sprayed on damp hair. Refrain from using a blow dryer later, but instead wait for hair to air dry because the latter gives more volume to hair than when it is dried straight from shower using heated air.

Tip #12 Finishing Texture Spray ~~ This is a great product to use for anyone wishing to add more body and wave to their fine, flat hair, in addition to giving it volume. Depending on what specific finishing texture sprays you’ve got, some can also give additional hold and shine. Spray this to every inch of your hair when you are done styling. The body and volume will no doubt make you feel like this product is a godsend for your fine flat hair.

Tip #13 Volumising Mousse ~~ If you’re afraid to use a gel that gives your hair unnatural hold and body, switch to a volumising mousse created specifically to boost hair volume. A tennis ball-sized amount should work for most lengths. Then, use a wide tooth comb to run the product throughout your hair. Finishing it off in a blow dryer should give your hair amazing volume and body.

Tip #14 Volumising Mask ~~ As part of your lasting hair treatment for fine flat hair, you need to invest in a volumising mask as part of your hair care kit. Avoid letting the product touch the scalp. Instead, apply it from mid-shaft to the ends. Take it off and do not let the product sit too long. For best results, choose a volumising mask that contains tea tree oil.

Tip #15 Read Product Labels ~~ Check the labels to see if a product is formulated for fine flat hair. The chemical formula for most products for fine flat hair is gentler and designed to boost hair strands to make them thicker and healthier.

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Tip #16 Know your hair ~~ Not all fine flat hair is the same. You need to assess what kind of products or brands had worked for you in the past and stick with that.

Tip #17 Avoid Synthetic Dyes and Sulfates ~~ Stay away from products that contain sulfate or synthetic dyes that can further weigh hair down and make it look limper.

If you have fine flat hair, take time to remember and practice the tips above to aid you in providing proper hair care that is suitable for your hair type.

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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