Ombre Hair extensions, Ballyage, Dip dye? Let me explain…

Rita Ora ombre hair extensions
Rita Ora

Ombre hair may have been around for a while, but it is still one of the hottest hair colour trends for this year!

Long or short hair, you can enjoy this look. It can be a subtle change to your existing hair colour, or bright and colourful as the celebrities have shown. Make your booking with us at Trending Hair to add Ombre hair extensions.

What is Ombre hair?

The word ‘Ombre’ means shade or shading. When used to talk about hair, it usually means hair that is darker at the roots and lighter at the tips. This style tends to gradually change shade from root to tip but the difference in colour from root to tip can be extreme.

What is Balayage?

Balayage is a sun-kissed look you rock after a fortnight on the beach! Different from Ombre, a Balayage treatment gives softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. This ‘less is more’ approach creates a soft, natural look. This is a look that will grow out without roots, so Trending Hair could add extensions to match the final tip colour giving you a thicker, longer look! Kelly Brook has shown off some light brunette tips.

What is dip-dye?

Dip-dye is similar to Ombre or Balayage in that the tips of your hair are a different colour to your roots but, as the name suggests, the finished effect is hair that looks like it has been dipped, suddenly becoming a different shade.

Maybe those of you with longer hair can have some bright coloured extensions underneath the top layer of hair for the weekend, you could style your hair down or up if needed for work – there is no need to shy away from the colour trends just because you can’t show them off at work!
Rita Ora has been snapped with some fun shades of pink and yellow.

Don’t forget, we can fit your hair extensions in Hemel Hempstead. We are also mobile!


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Wedding Day Hair

Wedding hair extensions
Wedding Hair

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, no one can blame you for wanting to look amazing in front of your family, friends and most importantly, your future husband!

Way before the big day you should start preparing your hair so that it is in the best possible condition. Start this by having your hair trimmed regularly and using conditioners and hair masks.

Choosing your hairstyle takes time and should not be left until weeks before the big day as this could result in unnecessary stress. You could end up with a look that doesn’t go with your dress, doesn’t suit you or that just hasn’t turned out how you had imagined.

If you are wearing hair extensions on your big day then these should be applied at least a month before your wedding. This will give you time to get used to the extensions and for the bonds settle in with your hair. It also gives you a chance to test different bridal styles and ensure you are 100% happy.

I’m not trying to convince you to try out a crazy new style on the day when you’ll have photographic evidence for the rest of your life but at the same time, don’t be afraid of enhancing your existing locks, to ensure they reach their full potential on your wedding day.

Once you have an idea of how you may wish to wear your hair, consider if Trending Hair extensions can be used to take your hair from pretty to perfect.

We have have a range of natural colours that will blend seamlessly with your hair, increasing volume and length – what bride could say no to that? Best of all, the bonds are tiny and discreet so it is still possible to wear hair up in a variety of different styles!

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a fantastic selection of Bridal and Bridesmaid dresses in Hemel, head over to our friends at Flawless Frocks!

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What type of hair extensions?

Pre-bonded and Weave hair extensions
Pre-bonded and Weave

Choosing what type of hair extensions to have can be very confusing as there are so many types and techniques. Here are the various ways of applying them…

Micro Ring hair extensions are done by connecting tiny bits of pre-bundled hair to your existing hair using little rings or beads. Once the hair is pulled through the ring it is compressed to ensure a good hold. Micro Loops work on the same principle but eliminate the need of a separate loop tool. This is because every bundle of hair has a loop and bead pre-connected. This makes for faster application. Micro Rings can be unclamped and reused. Micro Loops can only be adjusted.

Pre bonded hair extensions are pre-tipped bundles of hair that use a heating tool to connect to your natural hair. They are usually made of protein based keratin polymer.

Fusion Bonded hair extensions come as loose strands with no bond attached, which means our technician can mix various colours to give you a very natural look – making the bonds as small as you wish with a safe resin

Nano Ring hair extensions are the newest and most advanced hair system, they provide the smallest and most undetected bond. They are very similar to micro rings but 90% smaller bond.

Tape-in extensions are small wefts of hair that can be taped to your existing hair. The most popular tape-in hair weft size is 1.5″ long and the industry makes pre-cut tape tabs to fit them. If needed, tape-In hair wefts can range in size to about 8″. Tape-In extensions can be removed with solvent and reused by buying additional double sided tape.

Weave extensions are applied by plaiting the natural hair into horizontal tracks, and sewing strips of wefted hair on to the braids. Weaves were originally designed for Afro-Caribbean hair. The amount of tracks required depends on the natural hair type. Women with Caucasian hair usually need between 4-7 wefts to extend their hair, whereas woman with Afro hair usually need to have all their hair plaited into cornrows and a full head weave.

Clip-in extensions are made up of strips of wefted hair that have clips sewn on to the top of the weft. The width of each weft differs according to which part of the head it is to be attached to. The amount of wefts needed will depend on the thickness required. The natural hair is parted into horizontal lines, then the hair where the clips will be placed are backcombed to help prevent them from slipping, and finally the clips are secured in place.

I am trained in Pre bonded, Fusion, Micro, Nano rings and Tape-in extensions. Micro and Nano extensions can be tightened and as long as you are looking after the hair, then these extensions can stay in for up to 12 months with maintenance. Fusion and pre bonded extensions are the most popular type of extension method, the bonds are not easily visible and allow the hair to move naturally.

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Blogging, posting and a retweet from Nigella!

Nigella Lawson with lots of frizzy red hair
Redhead Nigella
Starting up a business:

The last time I started up a business I was just 24, I was basically a child but desperate to make my mark in the business world.  The company was not related to anything I was passionate about, but it was where my knowledge from previous jobs had led me (if only my previous jobs had been in makeup, haircare or anything to do with being super skinny – then my first business would have been more exciting) . No, it was in floor coverings!  Not even designer floors, just hospital refurbishments or worse still, a carpet tile order for a back street office. 

Back then, I knew nothing about social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…did they even exist back then? Using the internet was only for registering my company on and finding customers.  I worked in that business for 10 years, but dreamed of having a business that related to something I was passionate about.  (I just didn’t know what that was at 24)

Over the last 6 years I have used social media on a very basic level, posting drunken selfies or updating my status with something silly my son has said or done on Facebook.  I had tried Twitter but could never understand why people I had never met, were following me, especially when I had no clue how to tweet so never did (and still strangers followed me). I had no clue.  

Setting up a new business these days is completely different to back when I was 24.  It’s all about exposure and using social media as a platform to market your company to as many people as possible, so I needed to make friends with Twitter.

My boyfriend is up to speed with social media and has given so much advice. He said to me a few weeks ago… it would be a good idea to start writing blogs (I had to google what he meant). I think even my 8 year old son is more tech savvy than me!

So as you can see I have started writing blogs, and also using Twitter.  Every time my phone bleeps to tell me I have another follower on Twitter I get so excited. Gone are the days of wishing people would stop following me – now I crave it, oh how times have changed.

So I’m blogging and tweeting and posting on Facebook and it all got very exciting on Friday night.  Nigella Lawson was on Twitter explaining to someone what a Ginger Nut was, she said it was a biscuit or like a cookie… So we replied with photo of Nigella, but gave her a crazy Ginger hair style (see above) and said “This is also a Ginger Nut” sometime later Nigella re-tweeted the photo saying… I like the idea @trendinghairuk – Have made it even more vibrant! Of course then my phone went crazy all night with people re tweeting, it was so exciting and my website got more hits than any other day so far.

I have so much more to learn with social media, online marketing, and blogs but I am really enjoying learning this new way of starting up a business, I can’t wait to see it grow into something amazing!

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Me and my obsession with hair

Bev with short hair

My obsession is real.
I never appreciated how much I loved hair when I was younger, I tried to keep up with the trends but most of the time it was just a long hot-arsed mess that I tied in a knot on top of my head.

My Obsession started with the words: “Beverley, you have Cancer”, I remember feeling shocked and wanting to run away as fast as I could, but the words kept coming… surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, drugs…. hang on CHEMOTHERAPY??? Oh god I’m going to lose my hair! I should have been thinking about the cancer, the year I had ahead of me, that I needed to beat this… but all I thought about was my hair.

The chemo date was set and the countdown began, I was told my hair would fall out quickly and details given to me for the NHS wig service. Now, I owe my life to the NHS and won’t hear a bad word said about them….but would I want to walk around in a synthetic NHS wig?… NO I would not!

I booked myself into a London wig shop, it was the kind of place you go when you are planning a big night out or want an image change. I remember walking in and the sales assistant asked what special occasion the wig was for? “Cancer”, I said. Her face dropped (I should have played along making up some fancy night out, but I was nervous). After trying on about 20 wigs in all different colours, lengths and styles I chose three. One of them I just loved, it was the kind of style I was never brave enough to have (a bob with a fringe that was longer at the front).

A few days before my first chemo, a friend of mine took me out to the cinema. This was the perfect time to wear my wig, check that no one stared at me. So I scrunched all my own hair under the wig and off we went, I felt like a super star! My hair looked amazing, I felt amazing and my obsession began.

Of course the day came when I woke up to find half my hair still on the pillow, the other half hanging on for dear life! The clippers were out and the remaining hair was gone, now for most this would be a terrible day…but for me it was so exciting for two very big reasons: number one the chemo was working, number two (and slightly more exciting to me) was that I could wear my wig!

The rest of the day was spent taking selfies and posting them online, texting photos of myself to friends and family and just generally posing in front of the mirror (I looked more on trend than I had ever looked). I walked to the local corner shop (a place I went to every week), the shop assistant looked at me and said… “My god, I love your hair, what made you change it?”. My response, “I’m trying to look younger” (I was 30 at the time)
Of course I did walk in the same shop the following week, with a different wig. The same shop assistant looked at me, then served me with no eye contact nor a word spoken, I guess the penny dropped.

Now there are many reasons why wigs are amazing, you just shake them and they fall perfectly back into their style. There is never a bad hair day, if you fancy a change you just chose a different wig and if you feel sad you treat yourself to a new wig, no hassle curling or straightening before going out.

Eventually, my Oncologist said my hair will start growing soon (he said this with a smile). WTF? No not my own hair, I love my wigs! I could not stop thinking about my real hair, should I just keep shaving it off for the rest of my life?

My hair grew and the wigs were no longer comfortable so I swapped them for very large flowers on headbands while my hair did crazy styles as it grew back resembling a wire haired dachshund that had an electric shock… it was uncontrollable.
This went on for some time. My collection of flowers was immense and people at work referred to me as the girl with the flower! As soon as my hair was long enough and strong enough I started having hair extensions. I was so happy, I no longer looked like someone that either had no style what so ever or someone that was recovering from cancer. 6 years on (and in remission) and I’m obsessed with my hair, other people’s hair and I really do believe, life feels better when you have great hair!

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Feels like Summer’s coming!

Summer Hair Extensions
Summer hair

Many of us are booking summer holidays at the moment (I’ve booked mine). Though instead of thinking about the amazing time in the sun that I will have, with a Pina Colada in my hand, I find my mind wandering somewhat to a whole new level…. I need to get my priorities sorted …. What am I talking about I here you ask?…. HAIR… My Hair.

What kind of style will I have for my holiday?
I have visions of walking down the beach with perfect sexy wavy hair that looks like I have made no effort at all, but I’m rocking the look all the same. That perfect wave and just the right length down my back gently blowing in the summer breeze.

But is it that simple? I could have new hair extensions to give me the perfect wavy hair with perhaps a hint of Ombre to make it look like I’ve been in the sun for months looking this amazing. Or then again, I could use this time to have a more punk image with flashes of pink and purple. Or what about just dark, thick, long, natural looking hair so I could walk along the beach looking like an Italian Goddess.
So many styles I dream about, all of them possible after only a 2-3 hour fitting time… but which style do I want for this holiday of mine?

There is only one answer… I need to book another 2 holidays this year, so I can have try them all!

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Why hair extensions?

Bad Hair day
Bad Hair day

Celebrities like the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez and Lauren Conrad are regularly on the front page of a glossy magazine sporting new hairstyles- changing colour, style or even length to keep their fans interested.

This is often achieved by hair extensions and a talented extensions stylist

Many of us realise (me included) that their inner hottie has thick waist length hair that is in perfect condition (the kind of hair that would bag you a job on the Herbal Essences advert) …. instead I have thin shoulder length hair that often looks like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards most mornings when I wake up.

Hair extensions are for me a life saver, every day I wake up feeling like someone off Britain’s Top Model, no hint of being dragged through a hedge while I was in the land of nod, No trying to tame my crazy mane into some kind of style before racing out the door in the morning……. with hair extensions fitted I start every day feeling like a goddess.

It’s not just about length, its also about thickness, and colour. I love how every 3 months I can change the colour of my hair with Highlights or Ombre and change the length, I really love the current trend of having braids but with thin hair they just don’t look good. However with extensions in, the braids are thick and trying different styles is easy and so much more versatile.

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As I’m now back in Hemel Hempstead and the new website is fully functional, I need a few models for the gallery section! I’m looking for around 3 ladies looking to have beautiful hair extensions fitted ‘at cost’. We’ll take a couple of before and after photos, and you can enjoy your amazing new hair at a fraction of the usual price.

Don’t forget, we only use real Remy hair, so you’re guaranteed a fantastic new look!

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