Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hair Extensions

Every girl lusts over having long, flowing locks but unfortunately we're not all blessed with them. Luckily for the unfortunate ones like myself, there are Hair Extensions! 

Now a days you can buy whatever you don't have... Eyelashes, Nails, Boobs etc etc and Hair is another thing to add to that list! I've been wearing extensions since I was about 15 or 16 starting out with simple clip ins. They are so easy to apply and you can clip them in and out as you please, although I wouldn't recommend sleeping in them! After a while, these started to matte and looked a mess, so I went out and bought more! You can get a full head for around £30-£50 depending on the type of hair, colour, length and company you buy them from. I kept doing this until I was about 19 and then I started to glue them in...

You can buy clip in extensions from:

Beauty Works
 Halo Hair Extensions 
Lush Hair Extensions 
Clip Hair 
Annabelles Wigs 

 (clip in extensions 2008)

Glueing in extensions is definitely NOT something I recommend doing. I 'm no hairdresser but with the horrible experience of picking out glue and masses of hair for a good 6 weeks, it definitely won't do your hair any favours! Although they remain a permanent feature for a good couple of weeks and you don't have to clip them in and out everyday, they can make your head itch and you see them a lot when you wear your hair up. If you are thinking about glueing extensions in, double check with your hairdresser to make sure you aren't allergic to the glue you will be using. 

You can buy a weft of hair from: 

Foxy Hair Extensions 
Lush Hair Extensions 
Beauty Works

(Glue in extensions 2009)


So ruling out glueing, I knew that my friend could weave in extensions. This, to me, was a godsend. I didn't have to worry about clipping them in and out everyday and there was no messy glue. There was a bit of pain though... having the weft sewed onto plaits on your head takes its toll but its definitely better than glue. Weaved extensions will last up to 3 months if you take care of them properly and get them re-sewn when they need to be. The only downfall of this is your hair once they are taken out, is really greasy because you aren't able to wash it properly whilst your weave is in. Other than this, a weave is a natural way without using any form of binding method other than specially designed hair thread.  

You can buy a weft of hair from:

Foxy Hair Extensions 
Lush Hair Extensions 
Beauty Works

(weaved extensions 2010)


And then, along came bonds. These glorious, natural looking singular extensions are the envy of all girls with short hair. Professionally, having bonded extensions will cost you around £350-£800 depending on length, weight, type of hair and obviously the company providing the service. Luckily for me, having a best friend that is a hair dresser, I get all the luxuries at a zero cost! The first time I had bonds, I bought pre-bonded extensions from Hairxtensions and an applicator off eBay for around £10.00. I did them myself and they turned out pretty good! But because I had done them myself, I couldn't section off my hair too well and a lot of my under sections become knotted and matted - the next time I would definitely be getting them done by someone else!


 I continued with pre-bonded extensions and got my friend, Kristie, to apply them for me. They look so natural and were lasting me up to 6 months. I could wash my hair like normal, dye it, put it up and the bonds were pretty much un-noticable unless I pointed them out. It is definitely my favourite method of hair extensions. With the good though, comes the bad. When removing them you need to use acetone solution to remove the glue and it can be a tricky, long winded process. My friends normally sit and do mine for me because I can't do it all myself as reaching to the back of my head is a nightmare. Once they're out you need to give your hair a good deep condition too and pick out any remaining bits of glue. Other than this though, they again are better than glueing a weft onto your head! 

You can buy pre-bonded extensions from: 

Halo Hair Extensions
Clip Hair UK 
Beauty Works

Or get them done at a salon with:

 The Hair Extension Boutique > Cheshire based
Wonderful Hair > London based (Wonderful Hair offer a cold fusion bonding process that uses no heat)
Hairport Hair Extensions > Birmingham based
Kristie's Hairdressing And Hair Extensions > Warwickshire based

(bonded extensions 2010-2012)


























The other options of hair extensions I would recommend are hair pieces. They have become more and more common due to their ease and range of colours. A hair piece is a simple attachment onto your own hair which creates either a longer look, an extra umpgh to your hair, ponytails, plaits, buns etc etc. I have yet to try out a hair piece but with friends telling me how good they are I am definitely looking at investing in a hair piece. Whats better detachable hair?! 

You can buy hair pieces from:

Beauty Works > online
Sallys Glitz & Glam > Barnsley based 
Hairport Hair Extensions > Birmingham based

As you can see there are so many different options to having hair extensions, you just need to find the right one for you! There are positives and negatives with them all and everyone is different, but if you look after your hair well, it'll do the same for you! 

Have you tried any of the above methods? Which do you prefer?! I'd love to know!