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Autumn Hair Trends

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Some styles show no sign of going out of fashion. At Additional Lengths we like to keep on top of the trends coming through and to help our customers achieve their perfect look.

Autumnal Hair Colours

Many people choose to go darker with their hair colour for the Autumn and Winter months, but a subtle way to keep some of that lighter shade from summer is to opt for balayage or ‘sombre’ – the new term coined by stylists for a ‘soft ombre’. A deep copper or auburn hair colour is the ideal autumnal shade for those who fancy something completely different. Blondes can experiment with different shades, with ash blonde being a popular hair trend and being enjoyed by many celebs.

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It’s All About Textures

Experimenting with creating different hair textures is a great way to spice up a hair style. Your favourite 90’s trend crimping is back! Crimping all over or sections of hair provides that alternative texture, whilst using a curling wand, like the salon quality ones we stock from YOGI, to create voluminous waves works well to offer a sleek look. Run some mousse through the hair and a spritz of hairspray to keep it looking fresh. Straight hair with small, subtle plaits which show up through the hair is an intriguing style that is so simple to replicate; why not wrap a small braid around the base of a ponytail and gently backcomb the ends for a fashion-forward finish?

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Styles & Hair Accessories

Braiding has become big news recently with endless celebrities sporting two feminine plaits, either during their downtime or for nights out. Do it yourself or teach yourself how if you’re unsure by watching tutorials – it doesn’t need to be perfect, a messy plait can still look cool!

If you haven’t seen the latest trend of using hair rings, where have you been?! Small metal rings that are inserted into French braids look delicate and eye-catching – a little bit of bling to brighten up darker days.

Looking for commitment free hairstyles for Autumn? No problem. Clip-in hair pieces are a great way to play with your look without permanent results. The perfect example for the upcoming months is the clip-in fringe; a way to completely alter your hairstyle with no awkward growing-out stages to battle through. Clip-in hair extensions or weaves which offer volume and length are popular all year round.

Hair Tips

5 Things Your Hairstylist Wants You To Know

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1. We are here to advise and to style – but we cannot perform miracles!

Want to go platinum blonde from box dye black in a one hour session? Nope. Brought in a picture of a celebrity with thin straight hair when you have voluminous, thick curls? Maybe not. Having realistic expectations can help us to give you the perfect cut or style, and understanding your own hair type and what it is capable of, is the best way to go. We can manipulate hair using professional haircare products and heated appliances for a short term fix, but it’s down to you to deal with the up-keep.

2. Cutting your hair to help it grow is not a myth.

Trust us, there is a science behind this. We all know how horrendous split ends can look; they weaken the hair, making the ends straggly and thin, so by cutting them off you’re left with much healthier looking hair. A small trim every 2 months will work wonders for maintenance and shouldn’t affect your desire for longer hair.

3. Tell us about your hair history, even your hair fails.

To get a good overall picture of your hair health and what products we should be using on your hair, we need to know about past treatments and colours. Bad dye jobs that you’ve tried to cover up and come into the salon wanting it correcting is definitely when you should come clean! This way we will provide a better service, and you’re more likely to love the end result because we’ve personally tailored the hair products and treatments.

4. Hair extensions are an investment.

Quality hair extensions, such as our range of human hair extensions here at Additional Lengths, are a great way to add length and volume. Opt for clip-in hair extensions for a quick hairstyle update, or invest in the look by opting for professionally fitted extensions for a longer-term finish. Invest in quality and you’ll reap the benefits! We have a helpful beginner’s guide to hair extensions video which displays the different options available. Be aware of the upkeep they require before making the leap; you’ll want to protect your investment. If you’re considering them, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert advice – we’re the best people to ask!

5. We won’t be offended if you aren’t happy with the end result.

Please tell us if you’re unhappy! We would much rather try to fix the issue and have you leaving the salon feeling happy than having a bruised ego. We enjoy spending time and effort on getting a client’s hair just right – if it isn’t just right then we won’t be happy either. Communication with your hairstylist is key, at every stage, not just the moment you walk in.

Hair Tips

How To Care For Human Hair Wigs

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Wigs can be a fun way to change up your hairstyle or an essential part of your look. It’s important to care for your human hair wig to keep it in top condition and looking it’s best, a good way to accomplish this is to treat it as you would your own hair. By putting time and effort into any hair extensions you purchase, you’re protecting your investment, as well as ensuring you look fabulous.

It may help with washing and styling to purchase a special wig stand which will allow you room to maneuver and style the wig just like a hairdresser would with a real life head of hair. This also provides a good base for the wig to dry on and keep it’s shape.

Washing

The frequency with which you choose to wash your wig is completely down to personal preference. However, as the hair isn’t benefitting from the natural oils produced from your scalp, the hair can become dry and difficult to manage if washed regularly.

  • Comb through first to clear the hair of any tangles or knots, being careful not to tug on the wig too much to avoid loosen the strands – we recommend Tangle Teezer for a gentle brush
  • Never place under a high pressure tap as this can damage the wig, and use tepid to lukewarm water
  • Use a shampoo and conditioner as you would with a regular hair wash, being gentle and moving from root to tip, ensuring to rinse thoroughly after application
  • Sometimes a deeper conditioner will be needed to soothe dry ends – try the Malibu C Miracle Repair Wellness Reconstructor to nourish and restore
  • Pat with towel to get rid of excess water and leave to dry naturally

Styling

Unlike with synthetic wigs which runs the risk of melting, with human hair you have the freedom to use heated appliances to achieve different looks and hairstyles. To change up a style, simply wash it out and start again!

  • Prep the dry wig as you normally would by spritzing with a heat protectant spray if using a curling wand like the ones from YOGI, or a straightening iron
  • Set the style in place with hairspray for a long lasting look
  • Encourage shine by applying a slick of serum or shine spray by Moroccan Oil

Be sure to browse through our collection of human hair wigs by Trendco for various hairstyles and cuts to suit all personal tastes and occasions. Whether you prefer to be a blonde, brunette or redhead, you’re bound to find the perfect wig for you. If you’re after something different, why not take a look at our human hair clip-in hair pieces to mix up your look.

 

For professional haircare advice, here at Additional Lengths we’d be more than happy to help!

News

10 Problems Girls With Extensions Will Understand

additionallengthsThe choice to wear hair extensions can be a big commitment and by no means is it an easy journey! Whether you’re experimenting with clip-in hair extensions to change up your look temporarily, or you’re dedicating yourself to the life of human hair extensions and you’re in it for the long haul, at Additional Lengths we understand.

1. They can suck up your time and effort

Extensions really aren’t for those girls who seek a low maintenance life. Expect regular, lengthy trips to the hairdresser and time spent applying hair treatments to keep your tresses looking spectacular. You may be sat in the hairdressers chair a long time during the initial installation of your extensions.

2. Wash-and-go is a thing of the past

As mentioned in the first point, hair extensions can take time and patience to get them looking beaut. Forget your usual hair care routine – products designed specifically to treat hair extensions are vital to protecting your investment.

3. The cost

Hair extensions are costly; combined with the actual hair and the application process, you’re looking at a pricey investment, which is why it’s worth taking care of them!

4. Blending your natural hair with the extensions

Again, this will take some patience! The key is in the way you brush the hair to hide the bonds; use a lighter tension than usual so as not to pull or loosen them.

5. Difficulty of putting in clip-in extensions yourself

You can never make it look as seamless as your stylist made it look without giving yourself some serious arm ache and a wonky finish. Have no fear; simply watch some tutorials on how to easily attach clip-ins for some tips and tricks.

6. Washing your hair is no longer a simple task

More thought has to go into the washing of your hair – no scrubbing at the scalp or you may loosen the fittings. For synthetic hair extensions, be sure to use special products such as

7) Regrowth time

As your natural hair grows, you’ll need to go back to them done again before they become too noticeable. Which isn’t a great look.

8) Where Has My Hair Gone?!

And when they’ve been removed, you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted and that you hair as thinned considerably. As long as you take a break between fittings once in awhile, your hair shouldn’t be damaged or thinned.

9) The Fear

There’s a constant fear lurking beneath the surface that your extensions may end up coming out; either pulled out accidentally or because they weren’t secured properly. Be confident with your locks!

10) Knowing when to have a break.

Extensions are applied right at the root, but when you allow the extension to grow out too much with your natural hair growth, the extension could weigh on the root and over time, your hair could be pulled out in places, leaving a bald spot.

If you’re experiencing any problems or issues with your human hair extensions or synthetic hair extensions, feel free to contact us for professional and friendly advice.

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