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April 2017

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Remi Cachet at Beautyworld Orlando!

 

We have some amazing news to share with all of our wonderful Additional Lengths customers! Our Remi Cachet team of stylists are heading to the awe-inspiring city of Dubai from 14th-16th May 2017 to showcase the range of Remi Cachet hair extensions and products at the Beautyworld Middle East event. We’ll be showcasing our fantastic ranges of high quality Remi Cachet hair extensions, from the Remi Cachet Ultra Tips, to the Remi Cachet Super Weft.

The Beautyworld event is the largest international trade fair for beauty products, haircare, fragrances and wellbeing in the Middle East, and we’re over the moon to be exhibiting our Remi Cachet products alongside other fabulous hair and beauty brands. With a packed schedule of workshops, conferences and educational exhibits, this event is populated by an array of international visitors who are hungry for new products from the beauty industry.

Remi Cachet will be just one of 1,500 companies featured on the programme of exhibitors this year, and we can’t wait to represent our brands to international businesses and trades. You can keep up to date with our stateside adventure on the Remi Cachet and Additional Lengths Instagram pages where no doubt we’ll be posting numerous updates throughout the three day event!

If you’re attending the event, you can find us at Stand No: 22 in Hall 1 – come and say hi to Vicky!

Not only that, but in June we have an exciting show organised at the Premiere Orlando International Beauty event in Orlando, USA! On 3rd-5th June the Remi Cachet team will be displaying their best hair extension techniques with a very special guest indeed – Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey! We are delighted to be working with Teresa and cannot wait to meet everyone at the Premiere Orlando International Beauty event.

Hair Tips

Help! My Hair Is Thinning

We understand that thinning hair can cause distress, whether it’s happening due to stressful situations you’re experiencing, through illness or hereditary predisposition. Whether you’re experiencing thinning hair without hair extensions, or you’ve removed your extensions and found the hair to be thin and lifeless, take a look at our guide on how to deal with thin hair.

Add some oomph to your haircare

Hair care products are fighting in your corner; they are designed with what you want to get of your hair in mind. Using the right hair products for your thin hair type ensures hair is supported by thickening hair ingredients. Here at Additional Lengths, we stock an excellent range of volumising hair products from Sexy Hair. Treat thin hair to the Big Volume shampoo and conditioner which will create a good base of moisturised and revitalised hair to work with, then use their Big Root Pump Volume Mousse at the roots and a thickening spray. The Sexy Hair range of thickening and volumising products will work wonders on flat, thin hair.

Avoid: leave-in conditioners and firm hold hairsprays which will weigh down and flatten thin hair.

Take a look at your diet

Did you know that what you eat can affect the condition of your hair? It’s true! A lack of minerals and vitamins can cause hair loss and dryness, so focus on adding plenty of iron-rich food such as green veg and soya products to your diet. Foods that contain zinc are also great for giving hair a boost from the inside, so add pumpkin seeds, eggs and shellfish to your shopping basket to up your intake. Alternatively, look into supplementing your diet with vitamin supplements – sea kelp has been known to improve the condition and thickness of hair!

There may be an underlying cause to sudden hair loss or thinning, so check with your GP to investigate further.

Avoid: eating too much salty, over-processed junk food, so get more veg on your plate and improve your nutrition.

Discover hair extensions!

We may be biased when we say this but, hair extensions can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your hair. A full head of high quality human hair extensions can be attached to your own hair through a fine mesh or with Remi Cachet Ultra Tips. Hair extensions can offer a much needed confidence boost to those suffering with thin hair.

Avoid: long length hair extensions which could weigh down the hair follicles over time. Opt for a mid-length look to be kinder to your scalp.

However, it might be time to embrace shorter hair…

…if only for a little while. If you’re dedicated to your favourite human hair extensions and love the length they provide, but it’s beginning to take it’s toll on your natural hair, it might be time to embrace the shorter look. Long hair extensions can weigh down the hair follicles, causing problems for the natural hair. Having a break in between having hair extensions fitted gives your natural hair a chance to regain its strength. Chop away wispy, thin hairs and add layers into your natural hair to give a sense of volume, and try some waves to give the appearance of thickness.

(Image: Eunice Lituanas)

No matter what your current hair condition, we’re sure you look just beautiful! We hope that you’ve found our advice on how to deal with thinning hair helpful, and encourage you to take a look through our hair care products and hair extensions here at Additional Lengths. Plus, you can contact us or visit us in-store for professional and friendly advice!

Trends

A Brief History Of Hair Extensions

Here at Additional Lengths, we’re interested in all things hair. From what our favourite celebrity is doing with their tresses this week, to the latest social media craze (unicorn hair, anyone?), we love being in the know. If, like us, you’re curious about the story behind hair extensions, then take a look at our brief history of hair extensions to learn more about the origins of our favourite beauty accessory. You may be surprised by the longevity of this popular hair trend!

Style like an Egyptian

Surprisingly, the first documented origin of hair weaves can be dated back to Ancient Egypt. Appearance was very important during this time period and the process of beautification was highly thought of, with a lot of time and money spent on creating the perfect look. Ancient Egyptians observed a hierarchy of status through their appearance, with hair weaves and wigs often being worn by those higher up in society, for example, by Pharaohs, political figures and wealthy families. Not only were wigs worn by women, but also by men and children! Hair pieces at this stage in history were created using human hair and dyed sheep’s wool, and were often attached by sewing into knots of the person’s real hair.

The infamous ruler of Ancient Egypt, the alluring Cleopatra was also a fan of utilising hair braids and wigs to add to her undeniable beauty. She favoured the conventional black dyed hair extensions, preferring a fringe and tightly curled mid-lengths, and would add decadent gold beads to the ends for a touch of glamour. Egyptian wigs were the height of fashion back in B.C times.

Big wig of the century

French King Louis XIV was quite the trend-setter during his reign in the 18th century. When the king became rather thin on top, his tireless team of servants hired a staggering amount of wig-makers to save his majestic appearance by creating a series of large and lengthy wigs. Often seen in royal paintings, men wore big wigs to undoubtedly hide the balding and greying that comes with age, in an attempt to keep their youth. The wig pieces that men wore also acted as a status enhancement. Ever heard of the phrase ‘big wig’? There you go!

 

Character of King Louis XIV in BBC’s ‘Versailles’ displaying a luxurious wig

Hair during the 18th and 19th centuries were often collected from the poor, with women from the working classes growing their hair in order to sell it. Real hair wigs fetched a huge amount in those times – up to a weeks wages!

1960’s beehive

A symbol synonymous with 60’s style is the beehive, which was achieved with fake hair often attached to a hair band. At this time, long hair extensions were not too commonly used as they were deemed rather expensive. Girl bands such as The Ronettes rocked the beehive look perfectly, with soft bangs and high hair teamed with shift dresses becoming their signature look. At Additional Lengths we stock a range of instant beehive hair pieces that can be worn to achieve this same 60’s inspired look!

It was during the 1980’s that hair weaves were favoured by women with Afro textured hair, opting for a hair weave over potentially damaging chemical relaxers, which offered them a new straighter hair finish.

Girl power of the 1990’s

Hair extensions rose in popularity and became used by the masses during the decade of the 1990’s. New and less expensive techniques were developed ensuring widespread popularity, with the clip-in hair extensions becoming commonly used due to their cost and availability. It was also around this time that coloured hair pieces were popular, with pastel blue and baby pink streaks featuring in many young girl’s hair dreams.

Again, during this time celebrities were influencing our hairstyles. Supermodels such as Tyra Banks were seen wearing hair extensions on the international fashion catwalks during the 1990’s, and in early 2000 legendary singer Britney Spears sported some impressive extensions for her ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ music video.

Noughties to now

With celebs such as the Kardashian sisters rocking different hair looks at every event, we as the general public are also using hair extensions to change up our style. Plus, the development of the quality of hair extensions, including the creation of beautiful Remy hair extensions, means that we’re able to use extensions not only for length, but for volume and to add subtle tones of colour.

It’s interesting to see how the creation of hair extensions has revolutionised the possibilities in hairstyling, and the rich history of hair extensions just proves how long lasting and much loved the process of adding length and volume to natural hair has been over the years. We don’t think that the obsession with hair extensions will slow down anytime soon! If you’re feeling inspired by our look back the origins of extensions, browse our wonderful ranges of synthetic and human hair extensions here at Additional Lengths for high quality products you can rely on.

Hair Tips

10 Things You Can Do For Healthy Hair And Scalp

If you’re reading this, you obviously care about your hair. Having healthy hair comes from having a healthy scalp and they need to work together for the best results.

Weak-looking tresses is a clear indication of poor health. And, let’s face it, a flaky scalp and thinning or brittle hair just looks awful.

From vitamins for healthy hair, to massages trick for healthy scalps, we’ve covered all bases to getting stunning locks that everyone will notice. So, take a look through the incredibly easy things you can do to achieve both shiny hair and a healthy scalp at the same time.

Live by this hair-health boosting diet

We’ve all heard the saying ‘beauty comes from within’, and with hair this is absolutely true. So, your first step on the road to healthy hair and scalp is what you eat.

Scalp and hair are made from keratin protein, and a lack of this in our diets can cause hair to become weak, dull and even fall out! If you want to avoid this like the plague, make sure you include plenty of the below foods in your diet for strong, shiny hair.

  • Salmon – this tasty fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in your scalp cells and in natural oils that hydrate your hair. Since our bodies can’t make fatty acids on its own, this is essential to maintaining moisturised locks!

 

  • Oranges – the go-to fruit for vitamin C, this will help your body create collagen which is vital to getting that radiant bounce in your hair.

  • Beans and chickpeas – legumes like these are full of natural oils and are key sources of iron and protein, deficiencies of which lead to hair loss and thinning.

 

  • Broccoli – an excellent source of vitamin A, broccoli promotes the production of sebum. This not only naturally conditions hair, but also improves our blood circulation for a happier, healthier scalp.

 

  • Tomatoes – providing your body with a hearty dose of the antioxidant lycopene, eating tomatoes helps maintain shine-boosting collagen in your body and even helps to protect your hair from sun and UV damage!

 

  • Eggs – jammed with protein and one of the world’s most versatile ingredients, eggs are full of iron, zinc, keratin, protein, selenium, and vitamin B12. This combo penetrates the hair follicles to repair and nourish your strands, reduces the risk of a dry and flaky scalp, and boosts the amount of oxygen going to your scalp to strengthen your roots.

Wear these hair masks

You might think people only wear hair masks if their hair is already in bad condition or just when they’re having a ‘pamper night’. But hair masks are as good for your hair as conditioners and have an important part to play in your crusade for healthy hair and scalp.

Unlike conditioners, which rest on the surface of your locks, hair masks penetrate the hair cuticle (the outermost part of the hair shaft). A decent hair mask gives your hair an eye-catching, well-nourished sheen and makes it that touch more manageable.

As you know, hair is big business and there are loads of hair masks available. If you suffer from dry or brittle hair, we suggest looking for a mask that promotes intense moisturising. Anything with panthenol and jojoba oil is good for this type of problem. If it’s flat or fine hair you think you have, go for a product that’s packed with proteins, such as wheat proteins and keravis. For the ultimate in shiny hair, we love anything containing argan oil, which is a favourite of Kim Kardashian, who, if nothing else, has stunning hair.
For the best hair mask results for healthy hair:

  1. Firstly, shampoo as normal to open up the cuticles on your hair.
  2. Then, towel-dry your hair before spreading the hair mask evenly from roots to ends.
  3. After, comb through with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb.
  4. Now, leave on for about 20-30 minutes and cover your head with a towel.
  5. And finally, to remove, rinse with cool water and either re-shampoo or condition.

Enjoy this scalp massage

A huge mood booster and fantastic alleviator of stress, there are so many things to love about a scalp massage. But on top of these pros, it’s also a great way to improve your scalp’s general health. A good scalp massage, provided by a professional or anyone who likes you enough, helps get rid of dead skins cells and reduces the risk of dandruff and psoriasis.

The kneading technique also boosts the oxygen supply to your scalp, which helps in lymphatic draining and makes your skin more supple, allowing the scalp cells to function at their best.

The best scalp massage should go something like this:

  • Start at the front of the scalp and work backwards.
  • Be gentle yet firm.
  • Use consistent pressure and a circular motion, placing your hands in an L-shape.
  • Utilise all your fingers, but don’t get them tangled in the hair, as this can cause breakage.
  • Do it twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes — if possible.

Take these life-changing vitamins

Our hair is attached by between 100,000 and 350,000 follicles on our scalps. Every 1000 days or so, these follicles shed the hair they’ve been growing and start producing a new strand in its place. As you can imagine, it’s crucial that we take the right vitamins and minerals to help support this key process of our hair’s life and make sure that each new lock is just as shiny and healthy as the last.

Nutritional deficiencies are scientifically linked to hair loss. Here are our best minerals and vitamins for healthy hair:

Protein – hair is 97% protein and animal studies have shown that not eating enough protein leads to hair loss and a decrease in the re-growth process above.

Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that helps to create collagen, which is essential to basic hair structure. Vitamin C helps you absorb iron from your food, which promotes hair growth.

Vitamin A – also known as retinol, vitamin A produces oils in your scalp to stop hair drying and breaking.

Vitamin E – this is a top oxygenator, which means your scalp receives a better level of oxygen via the blood and so is better equipped to produce new hair.

Omega-3 fatty acids – significantly improve hair hydration and fends off dry, brittle, unmanageable locks.

Iron – similar to vitamin E, iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your scalp and hair follicles. Not getting enough iron disrupts the hair-creating process we talked about earlier and often leads to shedding (a.k.a. hair loss).

Biotin – this is a B vitamin complex and an essential vitamin for healthy hair. You might see it on the shelves as vitamin H, but basically; biotin increases the elasticity in your hair and reduces dryness, which means less breakages. Even better, biotin is a strong promoter of keratin (what hair is made from), which is fundamental to healthy, shiny hair. Some people even reckon biotin slows down greying, but the jury’s out on that one…

Think pH

Hair and scalp have a pH of around 4.5, so slightly acidic. You might be wondering what this has to do with healthy hair, but give us a second. Often, the greatest interaction we have with our hair and scalp is when we’re washing them, so what we’re washing them with is going to have a massive impact on their wellbeing. Maintaining the aforementioned pH is crucial to keeping hair healthy and our scalp functioning as normal.

A good shampoo should, of course, clean dirt, oil and dead skin cells from the scalp, but it should also maintain the normal pH level. Messing with the acidic balance of your hair can seriously irritate your scalp, causing redness, itching and the infamous dandruff. So, keep your pH in check to help keep the good ingredients in shampoos locked in your hair.

If you’re a beauty DIY girl, our favourite natural hair products are aloe vera, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, which should all help maintain the ideal pH level.

Don’t overwash your hair

There are usually two camps when it comes to washing our hair: the addicts who thrive on doing it every day and the “it’ll last another day”-ers who find it nothing but a chore.

To get shiny hair and a healthy scalp, stop washing your hair every day! Your locks have natural oils that condition the follicles and get stripped away by shampoo when you overwash. Plus, this act panics your hair into producing even more oils to compensate for the self-inflicted drought. So, you’ll find that your hair gets greasier even quicker than before!

But wait, we’re not saying change it to a weekly, Sunday-night wash. Waiting five days or longer to wash your hair causes excessive buildup of dead skin and oils which might inflame your scalp and slow your hair growth process.

We suggest washing your hair every three days to strike a balance for healthy hair and scalp. However, if you use a lot of product (another unhealthy vice) and demand a daily wash, then make sure you use a shampoo that is gentle and free of sulfates, like sodium chloride and polyethylene glycol (just check the back of the bottle). This will lessen the risk of getting a dry scalp.

Tweak your showering method

Achieving healthy, shiny hair has a lot to do with your washing routine. Everyone’s got their own way of doing things, but here are a few of our tips to make sure you’re not making any rookie errors and harming your scalp and hair.

  • Use a 20p-sized blob of shampoo/conditioner for short to mid-length hair and a 50p-sized one for longer tresses.
  • Aim for the scalp when shampooing and don’t scrub at the ends of your hair.
  • Use warm, not hot, water to prevent your hair from drying out and creating tangles that cause breakages.
  • Quickly towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner or apply the conditioner before your shampoo. Either of these methods will help the conditioner penetrate the hair shaft and better nourish your hair.

When it comes to conditioner, many people say don’t put it on your roots, as this will cause your hair to get greasier more quickly. However, good conditioners contain essential oils and moisturising agents that’s as good for your scalp as using special creams on your face. So striking a balance here is a safe bet for a healthy scalp and non-greasy hair.

Maintain good brushing etiquette

Another key interaction you have with your hair that can impact its wellbeing is when you get around to brushing it. With the rise in quality of hair extensions and hair pieces, most of us are brushing our hair less and less, but regular brushing is actually an easy, cheap way to achieving a healthy scalp and hair.

Brushing your hair before washing it removes dead skin cells that hinder hair growth. Plus, you stimulate your scalp which aids circulation and encourages the moisture in your roots to move down your hair and nourish the tips without any intervention from hair masks or conditioners.

For the best results, get a natural bristle brush (we like boar or vegetable types), as plastic varieties don’t redistribute the oil through your hair as well.

Clarify and oil your hair

If you’re really serious about getting strong, shiny, healthy hair; then take it up a gear with clarifying shampoos and special oils.

For optimum hair growth, use rosemary essential oil. Or, if you’re worried about dandruff, rub on some antiseptic lavender or tea tree oil. All you need is a few drops of any to massage onto your scalp before bed. Then, wash it out in the morning. Not only will your pillow smell like a treat, but this will allow the oil plenty of time to do its work.

If you can’t be without your styling products, then make sure you’re minimising their negative impact on your hair and scalp by using clarifying shampoo. Things like hair spray and hair gel can create a coating on your scalp that can irritate the skin, slow your hair’s growth and even cause hair loss! To reduce this risk, use a clarifying shampoo once a month. Make sure it contains citric acid to effectively get rid of any residue and let it sit on your scalp for about three minutes before rinsing it off. Then, you can use your regular shampoo and conditioner as normal. We’d advise you not to use this just after you’ve dyed your hair, as clarifying shampoo is also a top colour stripper!

Be careful with the hairdryer

It might be last in our guide, but it’s equally as important and seriously harmful to your quest for healthy hair and scalp.

We’d all love to be able to let our hair dry naturally, but life just isn’t that good to us sometimes. If you regularly blow dry your hair, you could be causing unnecessary scalp dryness and hair breakage. So, check our dos and don’ts to how you should go about this to make sure you’re being kind to your tresses and skin.

Don’t blow dry to often; try to give yourself plenty of time to wash your hair before you have to leave the house so that you don’t panic-dry.

Use protective cream; there are loads of good products out there that can help guard your hair from the full hot-air impact.

Don’t blow dry straight after showering; try and let your hair dry naturally for 15 minutes.

Use a low heat setting; the hotter the air, the more harmful it is.

Angle your dryer and put some distance between you both; your hairdryer should never be closer than three inches to your hair, as this can contribute to hair thinning. Ensure that it’s pointed downwards, too.

Keep moving; be fluid with your hairdryer and don’t direct the hot air on the same section of your head for too long.

 

Check out our hairbrushes and beauty products before you go to help you on your healthy hair and scalp mission!

 

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