Are Hair Extensions right for you? What do you need to do to look after them?

Are Hair Extensions right for you? What do you need to do to look after them?

My love affair with extensions began  years ago, and I’ve adored them since. Going longer can be a pretty big step and quite a commitment: the results are dependent on the type of extensions and the system used to apply them. But with a silly amount of choice out there, how do you figure out what’s right for you? and whether you can look after them.

Here is my latest set, as you can see its a MASSIVE difference, this was just 150 strands! You can get the look for just £170 from Blondie Locks Hair Extensions in Newcastle (which is where most of the information for this post is from, its so helpful!)

How much hair do I need?



Pre- Fitting
Everyone should attend a consultation appointment. This will include;

  • A colour match
  • Selecting the best hair extension method for your hair
  • Arrange a time & date for fitting
  • A non refundable deposit will be required
  • You will receive a clarifying shampoo to use before your fitting.

Things to consider before fitting…….
To be able to have hair extensions, your natural hair should be a minimum of 3-4 inches in length, just about long enough to put into a ponytail. Ideally, the longer your hair, the easier it is to blend the natural hair with the hair extensions.

Do you have a bob or a blunt cut? If so, you may not be able to have hair extensions. Your natural hair needs to be point cut and thinned towards the ends, prior to application to get  the best possible visual result

If you have given birth in the last 3 months or are pregnant, we can not apply hair extensions due to the hair thinning and hair loss that is often experienced after the baby is born.

At the consultation you can decide on what hair would be best, and to get a colour match to suit your hair colour to perfection using one or more colours.

If your hair has any chemical process like colour or perming, this will have to be done 4-7 days prior to having the extensions fitted. After the extensions are fitted, you will still be able to have your hair coloured, as long as care is taken to stay away from the extension bonds or you could risk needing new hair from the damage. It is advised you have this chemical process completed by a professional to obtain the longevity of the hair.

If you are happy to go ahead with the hair extensions and would like to book an appointment, a non-refundable deposit is usually required.
Hair extensions can take between 3 – 5 hours to apply a full head. This includes preparation of your natural hair, the application of the extensions & blending  of the hair, to achieve the ultimate look you desire.

After you have had your consultation and are happy to go ahead with having the extensions fitted do not dye your hair. This will effect the colour match and affect how the extensions stay in the hair.

Wash your hair the day before you are due to have your extensions fitted, use only a clarifying shampoo (supplied)  to completely remove any styling products or residue off your hair. Do not put any conditioner in your hair or any further products in your hair afterwards as this can cause the bonds to fail. Conditioner and other after care products coat the hair in a silky substance which can cause the bond/micro ring to not stick to your own hair and slip.

Do not have your hair trimmed just before your fitting as a natural look rather than a blunt cut will blend in better with your extensions.

Daily Routine

-Upon waking, brush hair and freshen up with straighteners if necessary (heat styling is not bad for hair extensions, it will improve the appearance of the hair and make it silkier, however it is highly recommended to use a good quality hair straightener such as GHD or Cloud 9 and a heat protection spray.

-Before bed brush hair with hair extension brush then apply Argan Oil into mid lengths-ends of hair. Do this every evening. Throughout the day the hair extensions are exposed to heat, wind, sun and they receive no natural nutrients from our scalp like our own hair does so it is very important to rehydrate and replenish them with treatment oil.
-Put hair in low loose plait for sleeping

-Wash once or twice a week with hair extension shampoo and conditioner (supplied in your aftercare pack)

After-care Instructions

I not recommend colouring, tint or perming the extension hair. These types of products contain elements that can damage the extension hair. Even if the hair extensions  are 100% human hair, it is not receiving nutrients from the scalp like your own natural hair. The more heat you use on the hair extension the shorter the lifespan of the hair.

Treat your extensions with the same respect as you would with your own natural hair. Superior aftercare and regular maintenance will keep your hair feeling and looking great for longer.

The first thing that you may notice is that immediately after the installation of the extensions, and for the next day or two your scalp may feel tender. This is normal and will go away by the third day at the most. Rest assured that this is not a sign of a problem but just because of the added weight of the hair.

Tie your hair back in a loose ponytail or plait using a soft scrunchie for bed. Never wear your extensions for longer than 3 months. In the 3 months of wearing your extensions your hair will have grown by approx 1.5 inches, the roots of your hair often start to tangle together if you have not separated the bonds correctly and therefore it is not healthy for the hair if left.

Please Note:- Lighter Shades have a bleach content therefore will not last as long in life span as non bleached hair. The lighter shades will need extra care and less heat application to increase the lifespan.

Products such as hairspray and mousse will dry out your hair extensions and can destroy them.


Your extensions should only be washed a maximum of twice per week, dry shampoo can be used at the roots of the natural hair to absorb excess oil

Do not to wash your hair for at least 5 days after having your extensions fitted. This will give the bonds plenty of time to set and avoid hair shedding from the bonds later on.

Before washing it is advised to detangle your extension hair with a wide tooth comb and separate the bonds.

It is essential you only use shampoo and conditioner supplied by us in your aftercare pack, as any other products that haven’t been approved by your stylist may ruin the hair extensions and dry them out! Your stylist will not be held responsible for this. Extra Shampoo and conditioner can be bought by contacting us.

When washing your hair, do not tip your head over the bath as this could cause tangling – always wash with your head upright – in the shower is ideal. Smooth the Blondie Locks shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously. Only condition from the mid lengths to the end of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the bonds as this will cause slippage.

You can pick the top section of your own hair up and apply condition to this section. Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.

Do not brush the hair when wet.

If hair extensions dry out it is because you haven’t followed our correct aftercare and/or haven’t used recommended  shampoo and conditioner. We will not be held responsible on hair being damaged.

Do not use Xten/X10, it will make your hair extensions feel dry, tatty and damage the bonds.


After washing with the Blondie Locks Shampoo and Conditioner, follow by detangling with a wide tooth comb, making sure you avoid the bonds. Make sure all bonds are dried completely. Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extensions hair by holding the bonds.

For a sleek finish, section your hair off and blow dry using a round brush with soft bristles. Be very careful that you do not snag the bonds. Finish by using a good quality straightening iron.

Heated Rollers, Straightening Irons, crimpers and tongs can all be used on the extension hair although it is advisable only to use heat protection sprays, Serums, gels etc that are recommended or supplied by your extensionist, other products may contain ingredients that may do more damage than good.


Remember your extensions are attached to your own natural hair, pulling too hard or mistreating your extensions can result in your own hair being pulled out. The only brush you should use near to your extension bonds is an extension brush. When brushing the extensions always hold the bonds, making sure no additional stress is put on the hair.

Day to Day Activities

If you use a sunbed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first. Sun beds can dry out the hair and melt the bonds. If you work out regularly or have regular use of a sauna or steam room make sure the bonds are completely dried as soon as possible after your session – leaving the bonds in a constant damp environment could cause them to deteriorate.

I do not advise getting Hair Extensions if you are pregnant or for one year after having a baby as hormonal hair loss during and after pregnancy can be accelerated by wearing hair extensions.

When working out or doing any exercise that can make you sweat you will need to wash your hair immediately afterwards as your bodies salt can dry your hair extensions out.

Swimming & Holidays

I do not recommend that you swim with your extensions, however if you do, I advise you take the following precautions

Place long extension hairstyle into a braid, using a covered band.

Avoid getting extension hair wet when swimming. Keep your head above the water, do not swim under water and no diving.

The chlorine in pools and salt in the sea combined with heat can cause the extension hair to discolour and matt. Chlorine, pool chemicals and salt will cause the keratin bonds to break down and disintegrate which will result in the loss of the extension hair if the pre bonded or micro loop system is used as they both contain a bond or micro bond.

If the extensions do get wet during this activity dry extension hair immediately after swimming, ensuring first you rinse the hair in fresh water.

Do not brush extension hair when wet, dry immediately. Ensure that Extension hair is tangle free after swimming.

Do not sleep with wet hair extensions, ensure they are dry before you head for bed.

Do not use a sunbed while wearing hair extensions as this will dry them out.

Holidays abroad in the sun will dry out extensions. I recommend you try and keep them covered this may not protect them though or remove them while abroad. The water also in different contains chemicals that are not good for the hair some hotels (places abroads) have boilers that have water softeners, the salt breaks down the bonds and drys out the hair.

The Importance of Good Aftercare

It is crucial that you make the most of your extensions by taking good care of them and using the correct products.

Correct aftercare is just as important as fitting the extensions correctly. Many people try to save money on aftercare by watering down regular shampoo’s/conditioners etc to “make do” which can have really disastrous results such as dryness, matting and dullness in the extensions.

Hair extensions are a great way to change your look but they do require some maintenance and care. Once you have had your extensions fitted your stylist will guide you through how best to look after your new hair. Hair extensions often cost a lot of money and can take a while to attach, so it is in your interest to look after them properly.

With your new hair extensions you won’t need to wash your hair as much as you would normally. You shouldn’t need to wash your hair any more than twice a week as any more than this can put too much stress on the extensions due to excessive heat styling etc.

It is important to only use a shampoo and conditioner recommended for hair extensions. This is because many of the standard high street brands contain high volumes of sodium chloride (salt) which will dry out your hair and silicone based ingredients which can cause the bonds to weaken and break down. Loose bonds will cause the extensions to fall out – so either way it is a lose – lose situation.

You also need to keep your hair in really good condition by using a moisturising conditioner. However, you need to make sure that the conditioner does not come close to the actual bonds as this can also cause the bonds to weaken.

Once you have washed your hair you need to take extra care when drying and styling it. The hair is at its weakest when wet so ensure it is dried gently and handled carefully. Hair extensions will last longer and look better for longer when properly taken care of so it is well worth taking the extra time to get it right.

When brushing your hair, make sure you are using a hair extension brush as this is specifically designed for your extensions. Other brushes with balls on the ends can rip and break the hair. You need to keep your extensions tangle free by brushing your hair up to two times a day, but avoid over-brushing as this can cause unnecessary shedding.

It is perfectly normal to lose some hairs when brushing, remember most people actually lose up to 100 hairs a day! You are actually doing less damage to your hair by having extensions as you aren’t using heat directly onto your own hair.
Deepwave and Bodywave Aftercare

The deep wave hair can be brushed when it is wet and must be left to dry naturally, as it is drying you need to twist the hair round your finger to get it back into shape.

The body wave hair must be blow dried back into shape with a round hair brush

Both types can not be brushed when they are dry. Most of the colours are custom made, this takes approx 1 month to produce,

The curl last really well, if you do the correct after care the hair should last about 4 months.

How would you react to racist hate?

How would you react to racist hate?

I love this video so thought I should share it. As frightening as the comments are, they showed perfectly how we should respond to hate. Everytime you find humour in a difficult situation, you win.


Muslims Read Hate Comments A daycare at the mosque burnt down. People commented their thoughts. You won’t believe the reaction to this tragedy.

Posted by Peace House on Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Writing your online dating profile? Take a look at these tips.

Writing your online dating profile? Take a look at these tips.

Be Honest. Always. Don’t lie about your height, age or weight: you’ll be found out soon enough. Don’t pretend to have a better job than you do, or that you’re more prepared for long-term commitment than you currently are. You don’t need to share all your dirty little secrets in your profile, but don’t create an awkward situation for yourself if it does lead to something.

How are you?’ is not a conversation starter. Try picking something you found interesting from my profile and asking me specifically about that.

Choose action shots: Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.

Get Over yourself. Don’t demand that your future partner love, worship, and adore you. Don’t list the qualities you believe you want. Instead, focus on what you have to offer. If you provide a list of dating rules or expectations, you wont be very popular.

Don’t do text speak. Just don’t. KK?

Never go into stalk mode. Sometimes guys just don’t take the hint. If we have chatted and nothing came of it, then a few weeks later you message again and we exchange a message or two. Lets not waste anymore time. “NEXT!”

Please ask about me. If you are not interested in what I have to say via messages, then I’m not likely to meet you in person for a meeting about how fantastic you are.

Never use your profile to write about the ex. Or about sex. Keep in mind the rules of first-date conversation and apply them to how you introduce yourself to strangers online, too.

Stay positive: Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. Your profile is essentially your dating CV. You wouldn’t want a future employer to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?

Guys,If there is a female in your picture, you don’t look available or you look like a player. Guys, please stop using pictures of you and just one other woman. Oh, she’s your friend? Okay, yeah, whatever.

Don’t be pushy.  If you send someone a message and they reply to you with a “thanks, but no thanks” or they don’t bother replying at all, don’t try to convince them that you are the right person for them. They may change their mind on their own accord, but sending messages to them will make you seem scary.

Fill in every bit of your profile. Try to fill in as much information about yourself as possible, without writing an essay. Think about what your likes and dislikes are and what is important to you. Otherwise, how else will you become my future hubby?.

Don’t be weird, rude or sleazy. Enough said.

Check out my other posts.

Pimping your online dating profile.

How to write a dating profile and things you need to know.

S.A.D. Singles Awareness Day, The Alternative To Valentines Day For Singles.

S.A.D. Singles Awareness Day, The Alternative To Valentines Day For Singles.

Well, it’s the 13th of February and only 1 more sleep until Valentines Day!

According to Wikipedia its  ’A day for celebrating love and affection between intimate companions’

It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, chocolates, jewellery and other gifts, including engagement rings in many cases.

But for singletons, its S.A.D  ’Singles Awareness Day’ On Singles Awareness Day, single people can choose whether to celebrate or commiserate their single status, this is usually done in groups of people or friends. Some people  want to remind romantic couples that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life .

So gather up your we will  get together treat yourselves, drink cocktails and have fun to celebrate your single status! There are plenty of options available so there’s no reason to be alone on V.DAY or S.A.D!

So, what could you be doing on S.A.D ? 

Why not have a look at local events in your area, there are many places that hold singles night’s and fun parties and hosted events for those of us in singletown!

Or if you are feeling unsociable because you don’t have anybody to spoil this Valentine’s Day, why not take it as an opportunity to spoil yourself? No-one deserves it more!  Treat yourself to a bit of pampering, cook yourself a nice meal or have a relaxing bath with candles and a glass of champagne. With no one else’s feelings to consider, you’re free to spend the day doing whatever you want and to make it a special day just for you.

Alternatively, If there’s someone you’ve got your eye on and you think they may be interested too, why not take Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to express your interest? Send an old-fashioned anonymous card or just a flirty email and set the wheels in motion.

Or you could always sign up for online dating!

Plenty Of Fish – POF is FREE and it’s the number one dating site and is still growing. The site grows, on average, 30% every year! 32 million members, 15 million messages sent per day, 30 000 new sign ups per day, and over 1.16 million average daily visits per month!

Or Perhaps try Tinder  it’s the fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you. Swipe right to like or left to pass. If someone likes you back, it’s a match! If they don’t, neither of you will ever know.

What are you waiting for?? Let the thought of a potential new romance brighten up your day!

You can get some handy tips for your first online profile from my post Here & Here

Or why not take a look at A Single Girls To Do List

Whatever it is you decide to do on 14th of February, Don’t forget to Love yourself!

Thrifty Valentine Idea. Give Your Loved One A Break, Absolutely FREE!

Thrifty Valentine Idea. Give Your Loved One A Break, Absolutely FREE!

If you are struggling to come up with the best and most cost-effective Valentines gifts, here is your saviour.

Give the gift of time for free! With us all tightening our belts and with only a few days left to think of a great present that your other half deserves, it is likely that you’ve started worrying about what you’re going to do?!

When it comes to the perfect gifts is your mind totally blank?  Why not give a gift with a difference? A Gift of Time!

Why not give your Partner a break whilst you do all the Dirty Work! You could Do the Washing, Clean the House..Fix that tap that has been dripping for months, Run her a relaxing bath or clean his car!..

Bridget of the north love coupons, houseworkOr Why Not get creative and make a Chore Cheque Book?  they make a wonderful gift for that special person in your life. Create them by hand or use print some Chore coupons, they are  completely free and easy to use.7
You can  cut out the coupon’s that you want to use, and staple them into a little booklet. Or Hide them around the house for your other half to find! Chore coupons have no expiration date and can be used at any time.

Have You Matured? Here Are Some Signs That It’s Time For You To Grow Up

Have You Matured? Here Are Some Signs That It’s Time For You To Grow Up

As my 27th birthday looms and I start to make plans for my future, putting things into place (admittedly something I probably should have done years ago) I think about what I have learnt, and why its time to get my shit together basically.  Responsibilities change and we need to take care of ourselves, we can’t put off growing up any longer…lets be honest, its been creeping up for a while.

But when do we pass our ‘Do what we want, when we want’ lifestyles? and how do we know when its the right time. Here is a few pointers..

  • You begin to  understand that you don’t have to get so drunk, sleep with a random or throw up to have a successful weekend, You want to try the good kind of drunk and have the good kind of fun, be merry drunk and not have the kind of ‘I’m never drinking again’ hangover that lasts till midweek.
  • Your friendships are changing, you are sick of the same people doing the same thing week in week out and your starting to realise you have nothing in common with them anymore. Don’t worry though. You’ll stay in touch with the ones that matter. If someone’s no longer in your life, it’s for a reason.
  • You start dressing for comfort, rather than to look good, you’ve give up trying to wear heels and avoid going anywhere that you may have to bother dressing up, unless it’s a special occasion, even then you can’t wait to get home and stick your Pj’s on and snuggle in bed.
  • You realise social smoking is pointless. The days of standing outside freezing your bum off to participate with smoking friends, in a habit that you don’t normally have (and its unhealthy and quite frankly, stinks) stops making sense to you.
  • You start to regret all the naps you refused as a child and your ‘disco naps’ turn into regular ‘afternoon naps’.
  • You can have a real relationship with someone..and you can handle it. When you’re younger, you see relationships differently. How do you have time to really nurture your relationship and your partner when you are busy having temper tantrums, experiencing extreme jealousy, being unwilling to forgive and being totally dependant on your partner. Lets face it, Its asking for trouble. Mature people don’t have to worry about always being right  Growing up, means letting good people into your life and letting healthy relationships happen. Being comfortable with saying you are wrong. Even when your right, mature people are willing to waive that right for the sake of relationship.
  • You find yourself saying things like, “I cant go out tonight. I’m at work in the morning.” or “I’m staying in tonight its the X Factor final and I don’t want to miss it”
  • You have started sleeping at night and staying awake throughout the day, not vice versa. Well, you do need your beauty sleep before those wrinkles appear.
  • You start to value your money, your wages are no longer spent on filling up the fridge with alcohol and takeaways. You have bills to pay and you want to start making your home as comfortable as possible….in other words, your ‘nesting’.
  • You realise you cant please everyone, not everyone will like you. And you couldn’t care less either way.
  • You let go of expectations. ‘Expectations are the root of all heartache’  No one is perfect and nothing is ever going to be perfect. You learn to expect nothing and appreciate everything.
Growing up just means editing your life (for the better) starting a new chapter in your life. Focusing on the things and the people who are positive and letting go of the negatives.  It means taking care of business and most importantly, of yourself.
But, fear not! You don’t have to get 20 cats and call it a day. It’s about  embracing ‘you’, learning from your discoveries over the years and not making the same mistakes.


Blog Changes; Time For A Change

Blog Changes; Time For A Change

Yesterday was this blog’s 3rd Birthday (Yayy) and I have had time to reflect on the last 3 years and have realised how much has changed.

The reasons I started blogging are no longer the reasons I want to co continue to blog. My attitude has changed, I have matured, I have overcome a lot. So I think its time for a big shake up.

I am going to spend the next few weeks redesigning and taking a good look at my blog. I will decide what needs to go and what needs to stay.

Please bare with me, We cannot become what we want, by remaining who we are.


Bridget Of The North. Time For A Change
Bridget Of The North. Time For A Change