Washing your hair extensions

Washing hair extensions

Washing hair extensionsToday’s tip is on … washing your hair extensions

Washing Your Extensions: Once the hair extensions have been applied, you should avoid washing hair for two to three days. After a few days we recommend your extensions must be washed only two or three times every week (no more than this) before washing we suggest brushing your hair extensions thoroughly to remove any tangles using a soft brush to separate these bonds. We also suggest you do not use hair products which have alcohol as one of their ingredients some can dry out your hair excessively! When you wash your hair, avoid tipping your head over your bath since it can cause them to tangle. Wash them with head upright, ideally in a shower. The hair should be gently massage on the scalp with your fingertips, using a light up and down motion. Never rub the hair together as these can cause tangles or even matting. Once hair is washed, pat them gently rather than rubbing them together. Conditioner should be used only from mid length of the hair till the ends. Avoid applying the conditioner or anything oily to your bonds since these will cause them to become slippery and soft.

How To Care For The Extensions Before Sleeping: Always make sure to thoroughly dry your hair out before you hit bed for the night. So, if you are planning on washing your hair, make sure you dry it several hours before bed time. You also need to tie up your hair gently before you sleep so that the hair does not tangle up.

Drying Your Extensions: Do not brush the hair whilst wet. Before you untangle your hair, it is advisable to use leave in conditioner spray. Ensure all bonds are completely dried. it’s best to let the hair dry out naturally. Use a thermal protection serum before using hair straighteners for a smooth and silky finish.

Styling Your Extensions: Tongs, crimpers, irons and heated rollers can be used on your extension hair. However, it is advisable that you use heat protection spray for protecting your extension hair and natural hair before you use them. Hairspray, gels and serums can be used but the keratin bonds should be avoided as it can cause slippage, stickiness and even cause the bonds to weaken. Try not to overuse heat tools as this can cause your extensions to dry out excessively, again use a protection serum to avoid these issues.

Brushing & Combing: The extensions are attached to your natural hair and therefore pulling hard or mistreating them can result in pulling out of your natural hair. Start styling your hair from the bottom and then move slowly to the top portion. Always brush in a gently holding your bonds to ensure there is no added stress on your hair.

Everyday Activities: Those who use sunbeds should wrap their hair first in a towel. These sunbeds will dry out hair and can weaken or even start to melt the keratin bonds. For those who work out regularly or use steam room and sauna regularly should ensure that their bonds are dried/cooled down completely after each session. Keeping bonds in a damp environment can make them deteriorate.

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The hair I use

Coloured hair extensions

Coloured hair extensionsThe Remy hair extension range is carefully selected for the highest possible quality. Cuticles are intact and laid in the same direction as your natural hair. This will provide a smooth texture and will result in longer lasting hair extensions. Extensions are available in lengths from 14 inch to 22 inch although we can order extensions up to 26 inch long but there may be a longer delivery time. Hair extensions are available in over 100 colours. From natural shades to extravagant bright colours, beautiful dip dyes and blended mixed tones.

All extensions we use are either 0.5 gram or 1.0 gram, mostly I use 1.0 gram as this weight is perfect for adding length and thickness. I only use 0.5 gram if using extensions for highlights or the client has very thin or fragile hair. With extensions that are in bonds, example: micro, I tip, Nano and Fusion, the total weight of each strand is 1.0 gram, whether it is 16 inch or 22 inch, each strand will still weigh 1.0 gram. This means that a 22 inch extension would appear to be thinner than a 16 inch extension as is is longer, This does mean that if you are having 22 inch extensions you might well need a full head instead of a 3/4 head so that there is enough hair to blend perfectly.

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Hair Extensions – Care and maintenance

Matted Hair Extensions
Matted Hair

Hair extensions, can be life changing. However, they’re not like our own hair and they must be maintained. You have to do a little work if you want them to last.

Sometimes if you are new to them you may not be aware of the maintenance that is required. You certainly can’t just leave them or you will encounter problems such as tangling and matting. Even with the purest and most expensive hair on the market, you still have do a little extra to care for them. Otherwise they can become a mess quickly.

The reason this happens is because, once the hair is sourced, cut and made, it no longer has the natural scalp oils which keep hair healthy and shiny. Our own hair has natural oils which nourish our hair, which is why we rarely experience matting or tangling.

For those who wear clip ins, you will still need to keep these maintained too. You can even buy synthetic shampoo if yours is not real. However, for those who are wearing semi-permanent hair extensions such as Micro loop hair extensions, your hair care routine is key.

If you have bought high quality hair extensions, it’s not the product that is defective.

Product Build Up

Leftover product, especially those products containing alcohol, cause hair extensions to dry = matting. Over time this will cause tangling. Dry shampoo also causes hair extensions to dry out very quickly and are not advised to be used. This also includes thermal spray.

Hair Care Routine

Hair extensions require a little love and care, so you should set aside 10 minutes a day to take care of the hair to ensure they last. Your hair care routine is most important, especially those who are wearing semi-permanent hair extensions. Without it, you will have a tangled mess sooner than later. Try using a weekly mask and oils. (without getting the oil on the bonds)

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Caring for your hair – Split Ends

Split Ends
Split Ends

Split Ends! Making a big difference to the quality of your hair ends.

Is your hair long enough to get caught under coat collars or under shoulder straps ? If so, be careful not to get your hair caught, getting your hair caught in a zipper causes terrible damage.

Does your hair blow in the wind? Wind knots up hair. Knots damage the hair., causing more splits. Eventually the damaged length splits. Put your hair in a ponytail when you are going to be in a lot of wind.

Do you use conditioner when you shampoo? If you want long hair you need to condition it EVERY time you shampoo. If nothing else, it helps detangle the hair. You also might consider using a leave in conditioner.

You can oil the length of your hair daily.  Put a small drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and lightly apply the oil to the ends only of the hair.

After you’ve shampooed, brushing wet hair is bad for the hair. Hair is most delicate when wet. Brushing tends to stretch the strands. Stretching the strands puts wear and tear, which causes damage, which causes splits.

When you brush or comb your hair, whether it is wet or dry you need to always begin brushing/combing at the ends. Go up about 3-4 inches, brush/comb from there to the ends, move up some more. Continue the process. Never rip through knots.

To trim splits ends  you need a good pair of HAIR scissors. You can buy some at online. They come in ALL price ranges. Whatever you do, use these scissors ONLY for hair. Using scissors for anything else will damage the edge, which will cut the hair poorly, which will cause splits.

Many splits and damage occur above the last inch or so of hair. If your hair is so split that the splits can be seen by other people then an overall trim will benefit you. Otherwise, work on how you are handling your hair and trimming off individually damaged hairs.

When you begin trimming splits, it can seem a daunting task. Many people notice “more splits” when they begin trimming them away.  But this is just because you are more aware of them and not that there are more.

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Growing out your hair

Growing out hair
Growing out hair

Is it hard for you to grow out your natural hair? Did you chop your hair off only to find you’re missing your long locks again (we have all been there).  Natural hair growth is a slow process that can definitely test your patience at times, it took me 4 years to regrow my hair to a length I was happy with after losing my hair through Chemo treatment.

The growth rate for natural hair is about half of an inch per month and six inches per year. Factors like stress and unhealthy ends can sure make this process go even slower. Stress is a very common hair loss problem that can affect the rate in which your hair grows. Split or dry ends break off, making it seem like you haven’t gained even a half inch of your natural hair strands.

Did you know Trending Hair can help you grow out your hair again?

Trending Hair gives you an option for growing out your natural hair,  because hair extensions are a financial investment, you tend to be more gentle and more caring of your hair. You’re more conscious of the way you brush, how much heat you apply, and even how you wash. With Micro or Nano rings you’ll find that by your next move-up appointment (usually 6-8 weeks after initial installation) your hair has grown some. As your natural hair grows, the extensions move lower and lower so you’ll be able to tell something is different.

This is a great way to get the longer hair you crave, but at the same time allowing your own hair to grow, Micro and Nano rings are not glued to your hair so cause no damage, and the rings are silicone lined so are gentle on your hair.

If the ends of your hair are splitting or seem somewhat dry, hair products such as hair masks, conditioners, and other treatments can help to repair them while you wear your hair extensions.

Why not book a free consultation, and let Trending hair make you look amazing while you grown out your old style.

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How to prepare your hair for hair extensions

Hair Scissors Combs Dryers
Accessories
Hair extensions are popular to add length and volume to an individual’s hair. Extensions allow individuals to have the hair they’ve always wanted but could never have. There are several ways that you can add extensions to your hair. However, it is important to properly prepare your hair for extensions prior to adding them, so that your hair is healthy, looks good and avoids unnecessary damage.

Decide which type of hair extension you want. Research the various types of hair extensions ways the hair is bonded to your hair.  If any of your friends have tried different methods of extensions, it’s good to discuss this with them and gather as much information.

Schedule a consultation. Discuss any questions you may have, Trending hair will get as close to your natural hair colour as possible, so you won’t have to change your hair colour for the extensions to match.

Prepare your hair prior to having your extensions added. Shampoo your hair on the morning of your fitting appointment, rinse thoroughly and avoid conditioners and styling gels.  The extensions will have a better bond if the hair is clean and free from any products.

Hair Dye: If you dye your hair a certain colour, do this the week before having your consultation, so it has settled and we can match the color as best as possible. Coloring your hair after the consultation might mean the extensions don’t match.

Blow dry your hair, if needed, on a low setting. Do not use a round brush or any other styling tools. Your hair should be in its most natural condition for the individual extensions to adhere to your hair as best as possible.

Knots on hair.  If your hair is easily tangled make sure to remove all knots prior to using a shampoo, and then again after shampooing. Knots can make the extension process more difficult.

Perming or straightening.  Do not perm or relax your hair after your consultation and before your extensions appointment. I judge how much hair to purchase and how to do the extensions based on the condition of the hair during the consultation.

Haircuts.  If you feel like your hair needs a trim just to remove split ends, make sure your hairdresser knows it’s just a trim on the very ends as you are due to have extensions fitted.

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Growing out your fringe

Growing out your fringe
Fringe

Deciding to get a fringe cut in, is a big decision for most of us and the inevitable growing out phase is sometimes enough to put you off. However let me show you how easy it can be to let your fringe grow out when you eventually do fancy a change and ease the frustrations of battling the bangs. Check out these simple tips and tricks to help you make the most of your tresses during that awkward in between stage and in fact, embrace the versatility of your hairstyle transformation.

When you’re trying to grow your fringe out, having regular trims are your very best friend. Not only do they keep your ends looking fresh and healthy and help your locks grow quicker. Snipping away at your tresses may seem like the very last thing you want to do but topping up your trims will enhance your hair’s ability to absorb the essential moisture and nutrients it needs to prevent breakage that will slow down growth. Ask your stylist to start blending your fringe into the rest of your hair to ensure your style still looks its very best.

If you’ve hit that awkward in between stage, don’t be tempted to re cut in your fringe, as you will only regret it in the long run. Instead be patient and remember you still have lots of options. Rolling the lengths of the fringe and securing with a hair grip is a good way to grow it out.

Growing out your fringe doesn’t have to leave you feeling limited and frustrated, it can mean trying new exciting styles you may not have experimented with otherwise. Longer bangs can be swept into a side parting for a simple but super chic look. An angled parting is the perfect way to disguise awkward lengths and mask any tell-tale signs whilst looking great at the same time. What was once a painstaking ordeal now turns into a great way to soften any hairstyle and makes for the perfect way to frame your face.  Accessories can even be a whole new world of experimentation with pretty clips, hair bands and braids. 

Or why not add some extensions to give a layered effect around the face to blend in the fringe while it grows out.

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Hair advice for Bad Hair Days

Bad Hair Extensions
Bad Hair

Waking up to a bad hair extension day should be a thing of the past! You can achieve gorgeous hair while you sleep. How? Simple. What you do before bedtime will ultimately determine the condition of your hair in the morning and there are some easy tricks you can do tonight to save time and frustration.

Hair advice

Be gentle with your extensions. Don’t style your hair into tight ponytails or braids. Put your hair into loose plaits or a loose bun for sleeping and swimming and use a special extension brush so not to put tension on the bonds.

If you want the effect of a natural wave in the morning, try putting your hair in one large loose braid or two smaller ones while your hair is still slightly damp. In the morning, gently take out the braids and style with your fingers (brushing will make it frizzy) and finish with a little hair spray.

You can also try putting your hair in a topknot. After shampooing, towel dry your hair and again when it is still slightly damp, style your hair into a loose bun (making sure it’s not too high up that it puts pressure on the bonds). When you wake up in the morning, undo the bun and enjoy the loose waves you have created finishing with a little hairspray.

If you like to sleep with your hair down, it’s time to kick that bad habit. It’s better to sleep with your hair contained. Tossing and turning causes an all-around mess. This results in knots and tangles that add more stress to your hair when trying to brush it out.

These are very simple ideas for having a quick and easy style every morning, many people believe that having hair extensions installed will add to the your styling time every morning, but in fact the opposite is true… the hair needs less styling as the extra weight and thickness helps stop those bad hair days.

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How to curl your hair

How to curl your hair
Hair Curls

There are so many types of rollers and tongs in the shops these days, you are spoilt for choice on how to curl your hair, you’d think getting lasting waves would be easy. Many of us still struggle to make a curl hang on in there for more than a few minutes. The good news is there are usually some very simple reasons why your curls are falling out and almost all of them are easily fixable. Here are the reasons your curls might not be lasting:
The best way to make a curl stay in hair is to change the state of the hair as you curl, this means you either go from wet to dry or from hot to cold. A wet set is very gentle on your hair and will always last the longest as the hair dries into shape. To do a wet set, wash and towel-dry hair, add your chosen holding product, then create your curls either with rollers, bendy rollers or even rags. Never use heated tools on wet hair, for quicker results, going from hot to cold will have the same effect, using hot rollers, steam rollers or tongs.

When you’re trying to get your hair to do something it doesn’t naturally do, you need to give it some help. For hot tools, you’ll need a heat protector. Then choose a holding product that will help keep the curls. If your hair has a natural wave, a curl-enhancing mousse provides hold and staying power. However, if you have straight hair, you’ll need something with more impact, like an activating mousse

One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to create a lasting curl is to use a tool like a curling iron. These are great for ease of use and will give a nice temporary curl, but those curls will drop very quickly, especially if you have fine hair or very heavy, long locks. You can still use your heated tools for a longer-lasting curl, just clip each coil to your head right after you curl it, letting it cool completely. Your curls will last twice as long this way.

Hot rollers are great for retro waves and styles that require lots of body, but most tutorials tell you to leave them in for only 10 or 20 minutes. This is fine if you’re using them for volume, but if you want curls that last through a night of dancing, then you need to let those hot rollers cool completely—which in our experience can take up to a couple of hours for thick or long hair. Plan ahead and keep your rollers in as long as you can.

If you have particularly thick or long hair, you’ll probably struggle to get a DIY curl to stay in. The truth is that super long hair will not curl easily if it’s naturally straight. Try twisting wet hair into a bun or plaits and keeping them in all night, or try headband curls. Dampen your hair, part it as usual, and put a narrow stretchy headband over your head, Starting from the front, take a section of hair from below and wind it up and around the band over and over again, adding more hair each time as you move around the head. When you pull out the band, your hair will sit in bouncy, full curls.

The other way to get beautiful curls is to get hair extensions from Trending hair, this works perfectly if you have shoulder length hair as we can add 4 – 6 inches of perfect curls or waves to you style, or if your hair is longer, just adding half a head of wavy extensions will add volume and help keep in the style on a night out.

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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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