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!)

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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

Morning
-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.

Evening
-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

Weekly
-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.

Washing

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.

Drying

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.

Brushing

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.
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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.

I’m Bringing Back Hair Ribbons!

I’m Bringing Back Hair Ribbons!

Today is the first day of spring!  Yayy..

…but  let’s be honest, the weather is miserable and it is looking like we are more likely to have a white Easter rather than Christmas this year!

So it looks like my spring wardrobe will have to wait a few extra weeks this year,  however I have decided to brighten up my style and  bring back hair ribbons!  I am loving all types of ribbons, you can use simple small ribbons, to bright scarf style ribbons.

Here are a few pictures I found below to give you an idea of how to make this sweet & innocent style statement work.

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Look After Your Skin This Winter Season.

Look After Your Skin This Winter Season.

If Christmas over-eating and partying has taken its toll on your skin read our tips for reviving your face and body.

Colder weather causes our skin to retain less moisture whilst central heating doubles the problem by drying out the air and leeching moisture from the body.  here are some top tips for looking after your hair and skin this season!

Face the weather

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Our faces take the brunt of the winter weather so it’s best to take action before the problems start. Don’t scrimp on your cleanser and then follow-up with a rich moisturiser.  Even though the sun might not be as warm you still need to remember not to go out without SPF on to protect yourself. If it’s in your moisturiser already it’s one less thing to remember. As the weather gets colder it is often our lips that suffer first.  A travel pot of Vaseline works a treat and fits nicely in your handbag/pocket.

Avoid hair static

staticFlyaway static hair always seem to get worse as it gets colder. This is because heating makes the air dry which in turn dehydrates your hair. There are simple things you can do to minimise the problem:

  • Deep condition – treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment as moisturised hair will be less prone to static.
  • Leave-in conditioner – now is the time of year to invest in a leave in conditioner.  Spray it onto wet hair after you have used shampoo and have conditioned.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals – hair products with alcohol in them will dry your hair out.
  • Anti-static sprays – you can buy anti-static sprays which can help. You can also spray it into hoods and hats!

Sort out your rough patches

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Exfoliation is the name of the game here.  Get yourself a body brush and gently brush your whole body.  Direct your strokes away from your heart and all the way to your fingers and toes.  Then apply a body scrub.  There are some great salt based scrubs (standing in the bath whilst you apply is a good idea). Apply in gentle circles to arms, legs, elbows, feet and knees – concentrating on rough patches and then rinsing in the bath or shower.

Add bath milk or oils to your water and moisturise straight after bathing. Applying to damp skin gives an extra moisture boost.

Liven up a dull complexion

 

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The secret to keeping skin fresh looking is maintaining your routine. Cleanse and moisturise daily and use the right night cream. If you can grab 10 minutes once a week to exfoliate and apply a face mask you’ll see the results.  To avoid skin drying out, turn the central heating down a notch and open a window to allow moisture into the room. Drink plenty of water and you’ll see an improvement to the tone and appearance of your complexion. (Wonderful Water: The benefits of 8 glasses a day)

Love your hands

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Your hands need extra loving at this time of year. Treat yourself to a good hand cream and apply it often.  Wear rubber gloves whilst doing housework and slather your hands in cream before you put them on. The heat from your hands will make the cream work harder. Wear gloves outside to protect your hands. Switch soap for a natural foaming wash to treat your hands

Look after yourself

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Give your diet a makeover – the old saying ‘you are what you eat’ couldn’t be more true. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is paramount to good skin. Try to exercise – believe it or not, working up a sweat is not only great for our bodies, it also boosts the skin by releasing toxins, increasing blood flow and resulting in a smoother, healthier complexion. Find local exercise classes where you live.

The Frisky Girls To Do List

The Frisky Girls To Do List

Explore your wildest fantasies with my ‘Frisky Girls To Do List’  Find your inner most sexual animal and unleash it upon your lover(s) whenever and wherever!

Ignite your sexual flame and heat up your sex life like you could never imagine!

The Frisky Girls To Do List will do all of that and more!

New places, new setting, new times! Yes, all new Thrills! You will have fun, you will always be one each others minds, and bodies 

But most importantly you will find a way to explore new sexual heights  that you never thought  you would reach!

Instead of the boring, “So you wanna to have sex?” now you’ll say, “Lets get the list out”

  1. Sex it up in a public place
  2. Go to a lingerie party, buy some sexy lingerie and wear it for someones entertainment
  3. Have some car sex
  4. Engage in some Costume play/ Roll play
  5. Have an office romance— doesn’t have to be full-on, but a kiss by the copier never hurt anyone
  6. Hook up with someone you’ll never see again
  7. Wield a riding crop or whip
  8. Sit on his face
  9. Hit the big O at the same time
  10. Ride him like a cowboy on top
  11. Ride him reverse cowboy
  12. Use sex toys  (click for the link to my blog (‘Sex Toys: Which ones right for you’)
  13. Do someone with a a circumcised penis
  14. Bar/ pub bathroom sex
  15. Shower sex
  16. Food play- Strawberries, Whipped cream and so on
  17. Masturbate
  18. Get a couples massage
  19. Be the dom
  20. Be the sub
  21. Wear nothing but heels whilst having sex
  22. Give him a sneaky peak of  your boobs or bum in public (be a devil, just make sure you don’t get arrested)
  23. Hit a strip club
  24. Do a strip tease yourself
  25. Lace up in a corset
  26. Get tied up (be sure to have a safe word!)
  27. Act out your partner’s sexual fantasy
  28. (At least) kiss another girl
  29. Kiss a random stranger
  30. Get your toes licked
  31. Get your hair pulled
  32. Get spanked
  33. The ol’ finger in the bum
  34. Give someone your panties
  35. Wear some Sex Eggs whilst on a date
  36. Help someone heal sexy nurse-style
  37. Pose for a camera (for some form of naked documentation)
  38. Have cyber sex
  39. Have phone sex
  40. Get bent over the kitchen counter
  41. Get dick slapped
  42. Get a pearl necklace
  43. Do someone with a shaven haven
  44. Do someone strong & ripped
  45. Do it doggy-style
  46. Have morning sex
  47. Have sober sex
  48. Have drunk sex
  49. Watch someone put on a sexy show for you
  50. Be watched while you put on your own sexy show
  51. Sex up someone older
  52. Swallow
  53. Give a hand job with your non-dominant hand
  54. Make-up sex
  55. Breakup sex (aka “last licks”)
  56. 69
  57. Work your way through myblog post 100 Sex Positions to spice up your life
  58. Keep updating this list with whatever your heart desires.
Zebra Striped Manicure. Nail Art Gone Wild!

Zebra Striped Manicure. Nail Art Gone Wild!

Nail art is an excellent way express yourself. Whether your feeling conservative or bold, you can let your mani do that talking. Every girl has a day where the french manicure just doesn’t cut it. When you feel like taking a walk on the wild side, follow the steps below to give yourself a zebra striped manicure- at home!

Step 1. Select a base color. The great thing about this mani is that it can be done in many ways. In this tutorial I am going to stick to the classic white with black stripes, but feel free to substitute the white for pink, purple, blue or any other color!

Step 2. Once the base color is dry, begin your stripes! You will need to use the thin nail art brushes for this. The key to stripes is gentle even strokes on each side of the nail. Be sure to angle them out in the same direction.

Step 3-6. Repeat stripes on as many nails as you’d like.

Step 7. Once your stripes are dry, finish with a thick top coat.

Voila! You now know how to give yourself a zebra striped manicure. Keep in mind when doing this with your opposite hand, it can get a little tricky. Just take it slow and you’ll be on your way to earning your stripes in no time!