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Do Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair?

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Do a quick internet search, and you’ll discover hundreds of unsettling stories regarding the damaging effects of wearing hair extensions. However, the harsh reality is that the damage that comes from hair extensions often results from improper fitting and poor aftercare. 

At Additional Lengths, we’re passionate about hair extensions, so we’ve decided it’s time to bust the myths surrounding their unfair press. 

Do hair extensions ruin your hair?

If you choose the correct hair extensions for your hair type, have them professionally fitted by a trained technician and take good care of them, your hair extensions won’t damage your hair. 

Hair extensions get a bad reputation because they were low in both quality and style options when they were first made available. Attached to poorly designed clips that pulled on the hairline and caused strain to the scalp, it was visibly noticeable when someone was wearing them. Nowadays, there are so many excellent options of hair extensions available that are high-quality and discreet, which is why they’re such a popular choice. 

Choose a trustworthy technician right from the start to guarantee perfect and seamless extensions. They’ll also be able to offer great advice and guidance before, during and after their application. 

Do hair extensions cause hair loss?

The majority of hair extensions are attached to (or close to) the root of your natural hair, either by tape, glued bonds, wefts or micro rings. Anything attached to your hair root that causes constant tugging of the scalp or root tension can result in hair loss. Excessive strain on your hair follicles can cause them damage, but this isn’t caused by wearing hair extensions alone. 

No, hair loss from hair extensions usually results from improper fitting, where they’ve fitted too tightly, to the wrong hair type or were too heavy. Always choose a professionally trained technician and get a full consultation from them before having your extensions fitted; that way, you should never experience any unnecessary hair loss.

Do hair extensions damage your hair? Other myths busted!

We’ve picked some of the most common misconceptions associated with hair extension damage and given you our honest answers to put these myths to bed so that you can wear your extensions without any worries!

Will my hair extensions tangle?

Hair with extra thickness needs extra care and should be treated in the same way as normal hair. Hair extensions will only tangle if they’re not properly cared for, so dedicate some of your time to a brushing routine, using proper tools such as a good hair extension paddle brush or waving comb. Never go to bed with wet hair and always brush properly after washing and drying.

Are hair extensions safe?

We’ve already mentioned this, but research is key here. Finding a good hair extension technician who will provide you with good advice and aftercare will keep your hair and extensions damage-free – it’s as simple as that!

Will I get headaches?

A common misconception with hair extensions is that they cause headaches, but again, this comes down to improper fitting. You should only get headaches if your extensions are fitted too tightly or you’re wearing too heavy a weight for your natural hair. A fully trained professional will weigh and measure your extensions during your fitting so that when you’re wearing them, they should be unnoticeable and feel normal.  

Will other people be able to tell that I’m wearing extensions?

If fitted correctly, your hair extensions should be so seamless that no-one will ever know you’re wearing them. Your technician will get to know your hair and its requirements in your first consultation appointment and will advise you on the best extension for your hair type from there. 

Your new hair will be properly colour matched and applied following your hair’s natural pattern for a flawless fit. Even though some extensions require a track, they shouldn’t be visible if they’re fitted properly. Technicians will fit these to the bottom half of the scalp, also known as the safe zone (the area level and below your eyebrows), leaving enough hair above to cover tracks, beads or rings. 

How can I prevent my hair from damage when wearing my extensions?

If you’ve taken the plunge and have already had your hair extensions fitted, the best way to ensure that they don’t damage your natural hair is to give them some TLC. Hair extensions don’t come cheap, so if you want them to last a long time, you need to invest in some good aftercare. Here are our top tips to prevent damage:

Keep on top of your maintenance appointments

Just like you wouldn’t miss a health check, your hair extension maintenance appointments are an essential way to protect your hair from damage. Your stylist will check the health of your extensions, scalp and for signs of pulling, matting or tangling. They’ll also check on your normal hair to see how much it’s growing and if you’d benefit from an uplift, where the extensions are re-lifted back to their original positions.

Wash your extensions correctly

After your fitting, your stylist will recommend the best products to keep your extensions at their best, and it’s important you follow this advice to protect the health of your natural hair too. Use a special extension shampoo on your head and roots and a recommended conditioner on the middle and ends of your extensions for best results. Washing in the shower can prevent tangling, as the water follows the natural flow of your hair. Always avoid washing your extensions over the side of the bath, as this can result in severe tangling which may be difficult to brush out.

Take care when brushing

Failing to brush your hair correctly is one of the biggest causes of damage to hair with extensions. Pulling and tugging the hair can hurt the scalp and roots and cause your extensions to slip, tangle or come out completely. Use a proper hair extension brush or comb and gently brush through your hair, working from the bottom sections to the top.

Always dry your hair after washing

Always dry your hair after washing and never go to bed with damp or wet hair when wearing extensions. Hair is particularly fragile when wet and can easily snap or tangle when you’re moving around in bed, so always brush and dry your extensions before a good night’s sleep!

Which extensions do not damage hair?

Answer: all of them! The hair extensions that won’t damage your hair are the ones that are best suited to your hair type, properly fitted and looked after with the recommended aftercare. If in doubt, always book a consultation with a qualified technician for the best advice and ultimately the best way to protect your hair from damages.

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Hair Extension Methods: Pros & Cons

Hair extensions styled at the beach

If you’ve been dreaming of waking up to long, full and flowing hair, then it’s time to consider hair extensions. But with lots of different hair extension methods available at Additional Lengths, we want you to make the best choices when it comes to your hair. Check out our definitive guide to the pros and cons of different hair extension methods and make a well-informed choice that’s perfectly suited to your hair’s needs.

What is the safest hair extension method?

All hair extension methods are safe when carried out by professionals, but if you’re nervous about trying them, why not wear some temporary hair extensions first as a starting point? Temporary clip-in hair extensions are wefts attached to clips that provide an easy and instant transformation. A perfect choice for thickening out your hair for a night out or a special occasion, they’re also a great option if you want to try out a new hairstyle without even having a haircut! Clip-in hair extensions are easy to use, don’t require professional application and if worn frequently and cared for properly, should last up to 12 months. With less frequent wearing, such as for nights out or special occasions look after them properly and they’ll last even longer!

What is the least damaging hair extension method?

With semi-permanent or permanent hair extensions, lack of correct aftercare can cause damage, but you can prevent this altogether if you take proper care of your natural and extension hair. We’re now going to look at each permanent hair extension method in turn alongside the pros and cons of each, so you can decide on the right choice for your hair.

Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in hair extensions are semi-permanent and are used to give instant volume and length to hair. Great for long, thick locks and everyday styling, they’re taped-in using polyurethane tape, and each extension is sandwiched in between layers of your hair for a flawless, natural finish.

Pros of tape-in hair extensions

Tape-in hair extensions are quick to attach (usually taking around 30-90mins) but, unlike clip-in hair extensions, should last up to 6 weeks with the correct care. They’re easily applied and, because they don’t need heat, cause minimal damage to your hair. Giving hair a natural look, they lay flat to the head and, because they are spread out, don’t cause head strain. Tape-in hair extensions can be reused for up to 8 weeks after being removed with a solvent once the new tape has been applied.

Cons of tape-in hair extensions

For the first 48 hours after application, the tape needs to cure, so bathing, showering or any high-intensity exercise that could cause you to sweat isn’t advisable. You should avoid oil and oil-based hair products as they could cause your extensions to slip. Tape-in hair extensions should be avoided if you swim regularly, as the chemicals in the pool could weaken the tape, and you may find it quite tricky to comfortably tie-up your hair.

Weave-in weft hair extensions

Weave-in weft hair extensions are more permanent and, unlike tape-in extensions, don’t require glueing. The hair is parted across the head and the weft is either sewn onto a plait track or, more commonly, is attached to a track made of rings. The hair is passed through rings in the weft by a loop wand, and each ring is secured to the natural hair, for a more concealed and natural track.  This hair extension method is perfect for thicker hair that can easily conceal the tracks. A weft usually takes 2-3 hours to apply and can last up to three months.

Pros of weave-in extensions

Weave-in hair extensions provide a great way to add natural-looking volume to thick hair. No heat or glue is applied using this method, minimising damage and allowing oils and serums to be used frequently, without any problems. Weave-in extensions are great for adding length to short, thick hair.

Cons of weave-in extensions

Weaves aren’t advisable for finer hair as rows can be visible. There is also a link to traction alopecia if incorrectly fitted, or if you are already experiencing hair loss. These also need to be carefully removed by a professional.

Hot Fusion Hair Extensions

Having hot fusion hair extensions attached is quite a long, intricate process requiring a well-trained professional stylist, which can take up to 8 hours. A Keratin u-tip or flat-tip bond is attached to each section and then bonded close to the root of the hair using a heat tool. With proper application and aftercare, these extensions can last around 4-6 months.

Pros of hot fusion extensions

Hot fusion hair extensions  can last up to six months with the right maintenance. The Keratin used in the application process dries transparent, allowing the extensions to blend well with your hair for the perfect, natural look.

Cons of hot fusion extensions

The process of hot fusion extensions must be completed by a professional. Also, it’s worth noting that they also take much longer to remove than any other method and often need to be removed with pliers.

Cold Fusion hair extensions 

Like hot fusion, this hair extension method uses pre-tipped Keratin-based polymer extensions attached to the hair’s root with a special tool. There is no heat used in this application method, which takes a slightly less time of around 4-6 hours for extensions that last up to 3 months.

Pros to cold fusion extensions

The no-heat application in this method reduces the risk of hair damage, and because the extensions are attached close to the roots, they create a natural blend, perfect for fine hair.

Cons to cold fusion extensions

In this method, the hair isn’t always reusable. A major plus of Remi-Cachet however is that the hair can be re-tipped giving it an approximate lifespan of twelve months, so there’s no need to buy new! The main con with cold fusion extensions is that they take a long time to remove.

Micro-ring extensions

Micro-ring hair extensions are small bundles of hair looped through small sections of natural hair and secured by a band, clamped together with pliers. For some other options,  Nano-tip and ultra-tip extensions work in exactly the same way, but fit completely flat to the head for an unbelievably natural blend. This hair extension method takes around 2-5 hours for application and can last up to 3 months.

Pros to micro-ring extensions

As no heat is used in this method, the hair is subjected to minimal damage, and the extensions can be both easily adjusted and reused. A popular choice, these extensions blend seamlessly with natural hair and are easy to wash and care for.

Cons to micro-ring extensions

This method is not recommended for fine hair as it can cause strain and discomfort to the scalp. During the clamping process, natural hair can face some minimal damage. It’s also difficult to style these extensions into a high ponytail if the extensions aren’t applied correctly.

Which hair extension method is best?

So there you have it, our definitive guide to choosing the best hair extensions for your hair! There’s no right or wrong answer, but by reading through some of these pros and cons, we hope that you’ll be able to make an informed decision and a confident choice when it comes to choosing the best hair extension method for your own hair. For more information, you may also like our ultimate guide to a hair extension consultation and our find a stylist map for more advice from a trusted stylist near you.

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How long do hair extensions last?

If you’re dreaming of flowing waist-length locks, beachy summer waves, or a sleek, long ponytail, then hair extensions can give you the transformation you’re looking for. Hair extensions instantly uplift fine hair, providing you with healthy-looking longer lengths that offer you so much more scope for hair experimentation. 

When making such a hair change, it’s important to consider the aftercare process, and ultimately what you’re getting for your money. Here at Additional Lengths, we stock a fabulous range of real hair extensions, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best results, as well as the right care for your hair. Whether it’s the first time you’ve considered hair extensions or you’re seeking advice after taking the plunge, we’re on hand to take you through how long hair extensions last,  as well as offering a handful of helpful hints and tips for maintaining your new head of hair.  

What types of hair extensions can you get? 

Temporary hair extensions 

Temporary methods such as clip-in pieces or wefts are where large pieces of hair are added for an instant transformation. Temporary methods are great if you’re looking for occasional wear, they are usually used by those who are happy with their own hair but just want a bit of enhancement for a night out or special occasion. 

How long do clip-in hair extensions last? 

Clip-in extensions are great as they can be clipped in and styled in minutes, then removed just as easily. They are probably the easiest to use, however, are the least permanent type of extension available. They come in wefts that have discrete clips attached to the base that can be simply attached to your natural roots. 

If you get regular use out of your clip-in hair extensions and take good care of them, they can last anywhere between 3-12 months. If you only wear your clip-in extensions for occasions or events, then that can last a very long time with good maintenance. 

How do you take care of clip-in hair extensions?

When it comes to caring for clip-in extensions, there’s a little bit to consider. Firstly, as they are not permanently attached to your head, you need to think about where to store them when not in use. Ensure they are hung or laid flat and are protected. After 5-7 wears depending on frequency, we recommend washing them with sulphate free natural products and applying hair serum or oil to lock in moisture. Be careful not to brush them out when wet; you must ensure they are dry then brush thoroughly with a hair extension brush, not doing so could cause damage and even breakage, meaning they wear out quicker. 

Semi-permanent hair extensions 

Semi-permanent hair extensions can include tape-in pieces that usually last around 6-8 weeks before a maintenance appointment is needed. These are smaller pieces of hair in comparison to clip-ins and are great if you’re looking for longer, thicker locks to style every day. 

How long do tape in hair extensions last? 

4-8 WEEKS (Between fittings)

Tape in hair extensions do exactly as the name suggests, they literally tape onto either side of your natural hair using adhesive weft tape. They are perfect for those looking for instant volume and a hair lengthening solution. They are a particularly popular choice as they don’t require heat to apply. 

They can last anywhere between 4-8 weeks between maintenance periods, depending on how often they are styled or how well they are cared for. A great option for a quick transformation as fitting can be very quick 

How to take care of tape in hair extensions 

When it comes to caring for tape in hair extensions is to remember never to comb or brush when wet. The trick is to dry well and then brush through with a hair extension brush. This will not only help them last longer, but they will sit more naturally in your hair. 

Permanent hair extensions 

Permanent hair extensions are strand-by-strand where many small attachments are added, such as micro rings or micro bonds. Permanent extensions are best for those who are disappointed with their fine hair and want that extra volume, and length on a day-to-day basis. 

How long do stick tip / Mini Tip hair extensions last? 

2-3 MONTHS BETWEEN MAINTENANCE APPOINTMENTS

Also known as micro bead and micro loop hair extensions, these permanent hair extensions are applied by taking small sections of natural hair and attaching tiny tips of hair to it. The micro ring method is particularly popular as it is a reusable method; this means you can have the same hair refitted many times. No heat or glue is involved in this method. They can last anywhere between 2-4 months between maintenance appointments; nevertheless, you should get micro rings refitted when your stylist suggests depending on your hair type and natural growth rate.

How to care for micro ring/micro loop extensions? 

You can care for these hair extensions just as you would your natural hair, however, as they have been attached at the roots of it would be valuable to treat them with extra caution by opting for natural products. 

How long do flat tip hair extensions last?

3-4 MONTHS BETWEEN MAINTENANCE APPOINTMENTS

Flat tip hair extensions sometimes referred to as fusion hair extensions, are attached to the root of your hair with a tool that has a similar appearance to a hot glue gun. This tool attaches hair to individual strands of your natural hair for a thicker, more full looking appearance. 

Depending on how well you treat your pre-bonded hair extensions, they can normally last up to 3 to 4 months between maintenance appointments. How you wash your hair or how often you style your new locks with heating tools can affect this. It’s also essential to you to think about the type of brush you use, as pre-bonded extensions are attached at the root of your natural hair – a  hair extension brush should help maintenance. 

How to take care of pre-bonded hair extensions

While your regular hair care routine and everyday shampoos and conditioners should provide the care, you need. You do need to get this type of hair extension repositioned every 3-4 months.  

How long do weave hair extensions last? 

8-12 WEEKS BETWEEN MAINTENANCE APPOINTMENTS

Weft hair extensions are used for those who want thicker hair but can also be used for adding length – really quickly. There are loads of different ways that wefts can be installed from the traditional braids, to the more modern ring method. A ring is secured to your hair and the weft is sewn onto your hair using this track of rings.

Weave extensions are fairly permanent and can last between 6-8 weeks between maintenance appointments.  

How to take care of a weave 

It’s essential to maintain your new head of hair by moisturising your new hair with oils or serum at every wash to help keep your hair healthy. 

How do you prolong the life of hair extensions? 

Providing you’ve chosen good quality natural hair extensions, and you’ve followed the individual guidelines for each extension type above, you shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to caring for your hair. Washing, drying and styling extensions is very much similar to your natural hair. You should, however, consider no aggressive pulling when blow-drying and we would advise avoiding high ponytails that pull on the underside of the connection. Another tip to note is to avoid oiliness at the roots to prevent connections slipping, as well as using heat protection spray when using hot irons to style your hair. Always ask your stylist if you have any issues, as they are your chosen professional so they should be able to offer aftercare guidance or demonstrations. 

When should you remove hair extensions? 

Permanent hair extensions should never be left in for longer than 4 months. Always return to your salon to have them removed professionally to prevent damage to your natural hair. 

Where to buy natural hair extensions

Natural hair extensions are created to provide longer lengths that offer reliable volume and workable fullness. Here at Additional Lengths, we have developed luxury hair extension brand Remi Cachet to provide our customers and stylists with the best quality human hair extensions on the market. This incredible range has a style to suit every hair need, from pre-bonded hair extensions, versatile weft hair extensions, and tape extensions to convenient clip-in hair extensions. There’s a wide selection of shades and applications that effortlessly blend with your natural hair colour and style. With haircare products for use on hair extensions, we are on hand to not only keep your hair in the best condition but to ensure you can enjoy your longer, fuller lengths for longer.

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Your Ultimate Guide to a Hair Extension Consultation

Getting the hair you really want starts with a hair consultation. Since COVID there has been a push to virtual consultations, and whilst they are easy and quick, to get the most from a consultation you need to head in salon. Having researched the look you want, the colours you love, the different types of extensions available and the stylist you want, the consultation will really help bring everything together, answer all your questions and get you a step closer to that new style you crave. Here’s our guide as to what to expect and some tips to make the most of your consultation.

Book in advance and allow around an hour so you have time to ask all you want, even those questions you might think are too silly and would rather google later, but honestly, the stylist is there to help you get the most from your hair and they have probably been asked everything you can think of, so ask away! Plus, Google doesn’t give you the answers that are specific to you.

Essentially the consultation is a process for the stylist to assess your suitability to hair extensions in terms of your current hair strength, density, scalp health and your lifestyle. You will go through a Consultation Questionnaire with your stylist who will ask some personal questions too, such as any medication, and it is really important to answer these honestly. You will also look at how you like to wear and style your hair, which might even be important for your job, for example. In fact, Remi Cachet Super Stylist, Asya Cannur recommends “My tip to clients would be to arrive with their hair how they wear it day-to-day for the consultation.”

Together, these factors determine the type of application and where the placement of those extensions can be to create the best results for you. For example, wearing your hair up is not an issue at all, but the stylist needs to know this for where to place the bonds to be discreet and allow for more movement. If this is for your wedding, it’s worth bringing any hair accessories like tiara, to the appointment too.

When it comes to considering what you want to achieve from extensions, it is worth bringing with you some inspirational images for length, colour, volume and style you have seen. Screen shots of your favourite celeb, influencer, Instagram posts, Pinterest searches and maybe a previous colour you had. You can then discuss what is appealing to you on those looks to help the stylist get a good picture of what you want.

In terms of length, the extensionist can hold a tape measure from where they will be applying the extensions, to give you a guide as to where the hair will fall, and then maybe consider going shorter or even a little longer.

Choosing your colour might seem like the fun part of the consultation, with so many beautiful colours on the colour ring to play with. Despite having your inspiration, holding up the colours to the side of your face and your skin tone and eye colour will help you see for yourself if this colour is right for you. The extensionist will be great at advising you here and at blending colours to make effects such as balayage, highlights and face framing.

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Getting the right colour match is crucial for the extensions to look their best. You may need additional colour work to your own hair before applying extensions and they can advise you on this and where you want something truly bespoke, the hair extensions can also be coloured, but we always advise this to be professionally coloured.

Subject to your current style, it may be necessary for the stylist to cut your existing hair before application, removing your own split ends is also going to help your new extensions sit well with your own hair. An obvious example of this would be if you have a dramatic bob, then this allows the hair extensions to blend and look more natural.

Your extensionist will be able to guide you through the options available in terms of application method for what will work best for your hair type, your needs, and what products are available in terms of length as some products only come in certain lengths. They will be able to explain the application process and show you examples of their work with this application so you can see how this will look. If they don’t you may wish to ask to see examples of their previous work. If they are wearing extensions, you may even be able to see them yourself.

Whilst you may be focussing on the transformation with hair extensions, you need to know how to care for them properly and the extensionist will be able to take you through the at-home aftercare with the recommended products and brushes, as well as returning to the salon for maintenance appointments to remove and refit the extensions and how all that works.

With so many factors involved, you can now appreciate that a stylist needs to see you to also be able to offer you a quotation based on the hair, application, and aftercare. We can all be price-sensitive, especially if comparing to another price, but consider if the hair quality and expertise are the same level and if you will be getting hair extensions that could potentially last up to 12 months.

Finally, you may be asked to sign a consultation form to agree to the information you have provided and has been given to you, and to book the application appointment. You may be given a copy of this form and it may also have some aftercare guidelines as a reminder.

Consultations for hair pieces such as clip-ins will not need to be as detailed but are equally as important especially when it comes to getting the colour match right and tips to help you fit them correctly.

Many consultations are free, but with some people not showing up to appointments with little or no notice, some salons do put a small charge on these appointments and then credit this off your application appointment if you move forward. Check with your extensionist how they work this.

It’s worth also keeping your stylist updated with your information, especially if you have changed medication and if you are looking to change your style again in the future, so it may be worth having a new consultation in the future.

Our professional hairdressers have a wealth of experience they can share with you at a consultation to get you the look you really want, offer suggestions, and there to support you so that you care for your extensions properly for healthy hair days. If you are looking into extensions and not yet booked a consultation, use our Find A Stylist to find someone near you and head to the Remi Cachet Pinterest for inspiration to get you excited for your next look.

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Your Selfcare Guide to Healthy Hair

The Autumnal weather is here and whilst we’ve been waiting all year for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, the change of season (and the on-going pandemic situation) can leave us feeling a little low. Like never before, selfcare has become our saviour and we definitely have more time on our hands right now. So, no more excuses, we’ve got our top tips for some self-care to really benefit your tresses and we all know good hair – makes us feel good!

First up you may like to try something specifically designed to clean your scalp removing product build-up and soothe any areas dry areas. Malibu C’s Scalp Therapy, as the name suggests, will clean and nourish the scalp too. Your scalp is literally the root of healthy hair so well worth adding this to your homecare routine every week.

Malibu C Scalp Therapy for that tingly clean feeling

Whilst washing your hair, try a little extra scalp massage. Keep it gentle, especially if you have your extensions in, and concentrate on stimulating your scalp to ease those stresses away and boost the blood’s circulation to your hair follicles, encouraging hair growth.

Post bath time, then wrap you your tresses in a hair towel to help absorb the excess water and keep your head warm whilst you grab your loungewear and a cheeky hot chocolate. Well, the calcium from the milk helps feed your hair with plenty of protein, and Cocoa is packed with vitamins and nutrients for healthy hair. Like you needed that excuse to enjoy a cup of steaming hot chocolate!

Before settling in front of Netflix, comb your tresses through to remove any knots and indulge in some extra TLC. Have the sharp cold winds dried out your locks? Maybe the central heating has brought out the frizz? That leave-in treatment is your next step to rescue your hair and create healthy, shiny locks by morning. We love Moroccan Oil’s Masks and Oils for this.

Remember to avoid your extension bond areas with any product and for those of you with bonds or micro rings, it’s always wise to put your hair dryer on a low heat setting and gently dry the bonds to stop water ingress from breaking them down.

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Don’t you feel better already? “I’m washing my hair tonight” has real benefits for your overall wellbeing, taking time out to nourish yourself as well as your hair. Making this a part of your life each week will give you the beautiful healthy hair you crave.

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Which Remi Cachet Hair extensions should I buy?

We get a lot of questions asking us what the difference is between Luxury and Elegance hair so we thought we’d write a quick guide to demonstrate the differences between the two.

In October 2019 we launched our new range of Luxury hair. Remi Cachet Previously had a Luxury range that was very popular but we wanted to improve upon what we considered our mid-budget hair. This gave us the opportunity to not only improve the hair quality, offer new application methods; but also create new recyclable packaging for this range and to help us explore how we can change our packaging across our range of products.

For the first time ever Remi Cachet now offers Nano Tips! These are currently only available in our Luxury range in 21 colours and one length at 18 inches. We also added the popular tape hair extensions which were only available when buying from our Elegance range.

What you must remember as a stylist or a customer of ours is that not only is each batch of hair unique, but each packet is.

Elegance Range

Elegance is the first range of hair from Remi Cachet which was introduced in 2013 and is well known for being high quality, double drawn premium Remy hair. Because it is sourced from the Southern regions of Russia and Mongolian regions it is very smooth and very straight. It is available in the following application methods and lengths:

Injection Tape Hair 14”, 18” and 22”
Full Weft12”, 16”, 20” and 24”
Half Weft 16”, 20” and 24”
Super Weft 16” and 20”
Mini Tips 12”, 16”, 20” and 24”
Flat Tips 12”, 16”, 20” and 24”
Ultra Tips 12”, 16”, 20” and 24”
Pro Tips 16” and 20”
Twin Tabs 16” and 20”
Hair Bun One sizeOne Size 6” 
Pony Tail 24” 
Micro Tapes10”

With a proper aftercare routine and maintenance performed by a professional, we suggest that this hair can last up to and around 12 months, but we often hear how people have had the same hair for over 2 years!

Our Elegance hair is our premium range, but if you want to invest in hair that will last a long time Elegance should be your choice if compatible with your own natural hair.

Luxury Range

Our Luxury range is the next best thing to our Elegance range and was relaunched in October 2019. Our Luxury range is designed to be great hair, with a good life span without the premium price of our Elegance range. Our Luxury hair has a natural ratio which means that it has a natural thickness from root to tip, so it tapers to a natural look. It is made with Chinese hair and through our testing, we found that with proper aftercare and maintenance this can last up to and around 9 months.

Half Weft 50g18”
Full Weft 100g18”
Tape Hair18”
Nail Tips18”
Stick Tips18”
Nano Tips18”

We suggest that you always get your hair fit with a qualified professional, not only will your hair last as long as it should – they will be able to offer you guidance on how to look after your hair correctly.

Look out for the next blog which goes into detail about how to pick your stylist and what to expect at a consultation.

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How often should I update my colour ring?

Colour rings are an essential tool in any Hair Extensionists or Colourists tool kit. Our Remi Cachet and Additional Lengths colour rings are made using the same hair that you will find when buying all of our products; including our pre bonded human hair extensions, tape hair extensions or weft hair extensions. This means that the colour on the ring is produced to the quality standards of the hair that you order, as well as this the feel and texture of the hair should match the human hair extensions that you buy.

For our professional clients, we recommend the purchase of a Super Ring over a standard ring. What makes it so super? It’s easy – the sample of hair on our Super Ring is over 6 times bigger than that of a standard ring, allowing you to swatch a wider area giving you a more precise colour match. They also make a great hair wall display in a salon.

From time to time we receive enquiries from our customers when they receive their purchase to find that the colour may be slightly different. What we need to remember is that human hair extensions are a natural product, not only is every batch different but each hair could be from different donors.  Each batch takes the colour slightly differently, and this explains the variation. If you think of wallpaper, you’re always advised to use the same batch to avoid any differentiation between batch prints.

When we introduced all of our new Remi Cachet root stretch colours we sold a separate root stretch and dip-dye colour ring for those new colours but we are pleased to say that when you purchase a new ring now you receive all 55 of our colours on the one ring.

Because our colour rings are made from real human hair we have some tips on how to keep your colour ring in top shape to avoid having to replace it sooner than you need to but to also to keep the colours as true to production colours as possible. Although we do recommend changing every 12 to 18 months depending on your usage and storage habits. 

  • Reduce Handling – Your hands and specifically your fingertips can deposit oil onto the hair, which has nowhere to go.  
  • Reduce Light exposure – Light exposure (specifically UV) can break down proteins making the hair look dull. If you have your colour ring on display try to have it away from direct sunlight.
  • Reduce Moisture – If you have frizzy or unruly hair that just won’t do as you tell it; you know that moisture can have a big impact on how your hair feels. If your colour ring is left to sit in the open for long lengths of time this could affect your colour ring that isn’t being washed and maintained like your hair. 

Taking care of colour ring can help prevent frustration, the cost for shipping back returns and loss of time due to rescheduling your client. We recommend storing your colour ring away from light in a container or zip lock bag that you can squeeze the air out of once you put it away to prevent any of the above causing an effect on your colour ring. 

Another factor is time and in such a busy salon environment, time passes us so quickly. Before you know it, your colour ring is 2 years old and you may be experiencing some differences. If so, it is time to consider purchasing a new colour ring to ensure more accuracy and avoid delays in replacement colours being ordered. 

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Choosing The Right Eyelashes for you

False lashes can provide you with longer, fuller and more dynamic eyelashes,  enabling you to create the look you’ve always dreamed of in an instant. While we all have our favourite styles, have you ever thought why? Just like choosing a hairstyle to suit your face shape, certain eyelash styles will look better on you than others. The right false eyelash can enhance your natural eyes, while the wrong eyelash can change the shape of your eyes completely.  Whether you’re every day or occasion eyelash wearer, here at Additional Lengths, we are on hand to guide you through the best styles for you, while providing expert advice on how to remove eyelash glue without damaging your natural lashes.

First things first, you’re going to need to know what eye shape you have. The best way you can do this is by observing the shape and profile of your eyes using a hand-held mirror. This way you can get a close-up observation. Here is what you should look out for:

  1. Look at your iris (the coloured section around the pupil), can you see the whole shape or is partially covered by your eyelid?
  2. Look at your eye shape,  do your eyes angle up or down at the sides?
  3. How much space is there between the top lid and under-eye?
  4. Is the crease of your eyelid visible with the eyelids open? 

Once you are familiar with your eye shape,  you will need to know which false eyelashes to choose. Finding the right eyelashes can be tricky; with so many to choose from,  it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Do I choose volume over length? How do I make my false eyelashes look natural? How do I create a daytime look?  These are all questions you may be asking when it comes to choosing your false eyelashes. 

False eyelashes for almond eyes 

Almond eyes are slightly pointed at the ends and have a wider centre. If you have almond eyes you’ll find that your iris is slightly covered by the upper and lower lid.  The eye equivalent of an oval face shape, most lash styles suit almond eyes as strip lashes are often designed to follow the natural contour of the upper almond lid. 

If you want to show off and highlight the shape of your eye, volumising full lashes that are evenly distributed are your best choice. Our Remi Cachet 3D effect silk lashes (S3) are created from layered synthetic silk; they instantly uplift and volumise your lashes giving you a dramatic yet elegant look. 



False eyelashes for round eyes

If you have round eyes then you can see most, if not all,  of your iris and the overall shape of your eyes will replicate circular shapes. 

This shape eye suits curly lashes that really enhance and lift the shape of your curved top lid. Lashes such as our Remi Cachet mink lashes M4, are lightweight and full of curved texture so they sit perfectly on round eye shapes. Round eyes should avoid heavy, voluminous lashes as they can weigh your eyes down and make your beautiful wide eyes look smaller and flatter.  You should aim to keep the lower lash line subtle, too much mascara on the bottom lid can unbalance the look. 


False eyelashes for hooded eyes

Hooded eyes have a crease with a prominent brow bone. If you have hooded eyes you’ll find that your eyelid is not visible when the eye is open. This means choosing false eyelashes requires a little more thought,  the wrong lashes can pull hooded eyes down and give the illusion they are smaller than they actually are. 

The trick with hooded eyes is to experiment with a fluttery extension; choosing a lightweight lash, such as our Remi Cachet strip mink lashes (M1),  will eliminate the danger of the pulled down look. Choosing a false lash with long lashes directly above the pupil, not just the side, will really open the eye at the centre, where it is most needed. 



False eyelashes for mono-lidded eyes

Mono-lidded eyes,  or epicanthic folds, are most common among Asian people. This is the term used when the skin covers the upper eyelid and no eyelid crease is visible. 

Mono-lids can really pull off top heavy styles and can be really creative with their look. Fluttery, multi-layered strip lashes, such as our Remi Cachet 3D effect silk lashes (S2) are the best choice for this eye shape as they open up the eye.  The intercrossed sections of these eyelashes create a textured look that can be styled with both day and night time looks. 

False eyelashes for close-set eyes

If you have close-set eyes then the distance between your eyes is small. The best way to test this is to check if the distance between your eyes is shorter than the width of one of your eyes.

When choosing the right eyelashes for close-set eyes you need to take the focus away from the inner corners and highlight the eyes outer corners. Choosing strip lashes that lift and lengthen on the outer corners, such as our Remi Cachet natural silk lashes (S8) can balance out your eye shape and provide you with a look that you can transition for a number of occasions. If you’re applying eyeliner on close-set eyes, lining the inner half of your eyes can make your eyes appear smaller, instead focus the eyeliner on the outer half of your eyes. 


False eyelashes for upturned eyes

If the corners of your eyes point higher than the inner corners then you have upturned eyes. 

Upturned eyes are the perfect canvas for creating sleek eyeliner looks. The queen of the cat eye, this eye shape suits eyelash styles that are longer on the outer corners than they are on the inner. Our Remi Cachet silk lashes (S7) provide that sultry feminine look that complements this look. If you have upturned eyes, you don’t want your eyes to look smaller so be careful when applying eyeliner, a thin line works much better than a thick one, as it still makes your eyelashes look full without shrinking your eye size. 

How to put on false eyelashes 

Now you know which eyelashes suit your eye shape, it’s time to apply them. 

We would recommend a coating of mascara before application as this will help bond the lashes. 

  1. Remove the lashes from the box

When removing your eyelashes from the packet or box you need to peel them, very carefully, from the outer edge, never from the inner corner. If you break or bend the lash from the inner corner then it is likely to not fit your eye properly and will have the tendency to bounce off your lash line. Use tweezers or your fingers to gently tease out the lashes, after this, rest the lashes back in the box to keep them clean. 

  1. Measure up your lashes 

Rest the strip lash along your lash line (without any adhesive) , this will help you gauge whether you need to trim it to size. The strip should start where your natural eyelashes begin, if you start too close to the inner corner this will irritate your eyes and is likely to not stick as well. Gently lay out the lash along your top lash line to the outer corner. If the eyelash is hanging over your natural eye, it can pull your eyes down. 

  1. Trim the lashes to size 

If you do need to trim the lash to avoid over hanging, ensure that you cut from the outside edge and don’t cut through the lashes. Cutting the lash at the vein will prevent chopping excess lashes you wanted to keep. 

  1. Curve the lashes into shape 

When lashes are in the box they can sometimes flatten. To retrieve their natural shape you can use a make-up brush or your fingers to  gently brush the lashes up, so they can bounce back to their original shape. 

  1. Apply the glue correctly 

Dot a thin layer of glue straight from the adhesive applicator right along the vein of the lash. Leave the lash for a few seconds so the glue goes tacky before application. If you’re wanting your lashes to last a long time, from day to night for example, you can apply a small amount of glue along your lash line too. 

  1. Placing the lashes 

Place the inner corner of the lash where the natural lash begins, look down and press the strip lash against your lash line,  finishing at the outer edge. 

  1. Bonding the lashes 

Using tweezers or your fingers, push your false lashes as far down to the natural lash line as much as possible, you don’t want to see a strip of skin between. As we said, a coating of mascara lets you pinch and bond your lashes together easily. You can even add another coating of mascara over the top to completely bond the two together. 

  1. Create uplift 

Finally, if you want to uplift your lashes push your finger against the underneath of the lashes to create a pushed up and curved effect. 

How to remove false eyelashes

When you come in from a night out, sometimes the last thing we want to think about is removing our eyelashes properly. Nevertheless, removing your eyelashes the right way will not only nourish and protect your natural lashes, it will also keep your false eyelashes in a good condition, ready for use again. Follow our simple and easy guide so you know exactly how you should be doing this. 

  1. Soak a cotton bud and run it along the upper lash line 

Soak a cotton bud in an oil-based eye makeup remover. After closing your eye,  gently rub against your lash line to loosen the eyelash glue. 

  1. Peel away the eyelashes

Starting from the outer corners of the eye gently lift the lashes away. 

  1. Remove excess glue and make-up 

Once you have removed your eyelashes, soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and wipe over your eyes to remove any make-up and glue residue. 

How to remove false eyelash glue off false lashes 

Now you’ve removed your eye make-up, it’s time to remove the eyelash glue from your false lashes. If you’re careful during this removal process you will be able to get another use out of them. 

  1. Peel off excess glue 

The glue left on your lashes should be tacky enough to gently peel away. 

  1. Remove excess mascara 

If you’ve got residue of mascara left on your eyelashes, saturate two cotton pads with eye-make up remover and place your lashes between the two pads.  Leave for 5 minutes and then gently wipe clean. 

  1. Place your clean lashes back in the original box or somewhere they will remain flat. 

Here at Additional Lengths, we have a full collection of mink and silk strip lashes to give your eyes that extra lift needed to glamorise your makeup look. Whether you are wanting to elevate your nighttime wear, or enhance your daytime make-up look, there’s a lash in this collection for you. Now you know the best eyelashes to suit your eye shape, you’ll be able to choose the best Remi Cachet lashes for you. Natural yet noticeable, our beauty lashes get the balance just right. 

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London Fashion Week 2019 The Latest Hair Trends to Hit the Catwalk With London

With London Fashion Week still fresh in our minds, the latest hair trends have never seemed more relevant. Here at Additional Lengths, we believe that feeling your best starts with good hair, so if you’re struggling for hair inspiration or are simply wondering what hair is going to be on trend this season then this is the blog for you.
This season, the catwalk was home to a multitude of different hairstyles, colours and lengths to give you that added hair inspiration. 

The designers kicked things off in New York before London and then moved the proceedings to Milan, and the hairstyles showcased were ones that we know will be hitting Winter’s top trends this 2019.

So let’s kick things off with one of Burberry’s most talked-about trends right now…


Blonde bombshell

Kendall Jenner rocked the world of fashion this LFW with her brand new look. Blonde. The Kardashian/Jenners are renowned for their dark luscious locks but LFW showed Kendall Jenner sporting a complete hair transformation. Her shock of blonde hair has set the world of fashion on fire and we know that blonde will be at the forefront of this season’s hair trends. Jenner walked in Burberry’s SS20 runway collection, showcasing her new do. Although Jenner subsequently went back to her usual colour, the blonde nonetheless made a huge impact and taught us that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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Pulled back bun

Emilia Wickstead showcased her SS20 collection at London Fashion Week walking in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall. The sleek hairstyle displayed a uniformity and sense of sophistication amongst the models, taking it back to the very basics of hairstyling. Wickstead proved that simplicity can be just as effective as going OTT. Pulling your hair back into a bun can be worn as a means of dressing up or down and therefore makes for the perfect hairstyle. It doesn’t take too much effort either (just a lot of hair grips)!

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Power of the plait 

So, let’s talk about Rixo. Rixo stole the show this year at LFW showcasing their SS20 collection. They brought the peace and togetherness of Woodstock onto the catwalk for a slice of sheer happiness. Rixo brought back the power of the plait, demonstrating that the half plait-half down look still has that wow-factor. Channelling those 70s hippy vibes, Rixo are ahead of hair trends for 2019 as they showcased their SS20 collection. Plaiting is ideal for when you are wanting to keep on-trend whilst ensuring that your hairstyle requires minimum upkeep to remain perfect throughout the day. 

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Bandana babes

16arlington brought back the bandana in their SS20 collection. Perfect for winter 2019 hair trends, this look is on its way to making a comeback. The models’ short hair styled with bandanas made the perfect combo, enhancing the shape of their faces to make for a sleek and high-end look. There are so many ways to style your bandana, from wrapping it around your bun to creating a headscarf style look. Play around with different hair accessories, like bandanas – great for when your hair just won’t do as its told, and allowing you to look super on-trend.

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Keeping it wavey

Katie Ann McGuigan put waves back on the hair map this London Fashion Week. The designer labels’ models rocked the wavy look, and she wasn’t the only one to do so. The 1920s inspired hairstyle is set to take over 2019’s top hair trends ahead of the collection’s release in SS20. If you want to achieve the illusion of fuller waves this season, be sure to check out our extensive range of extensions, perfect for those one-off events where you want to give off Great Gatsby vibes. If you can’t replicate the same process as McGuigan’s models, then try curling your hair and brushing it out.   

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Slick chic 

The legendary Victoria Beckham’s LFW runway show had her models sporting a slicked-back hairstyle. Taking your hair back off your face can illuminate your bone structure and not to mention makes for hassle-free hair handling. Pull long hair back into a low bun or ponytail. Alternatively, if you have short hair then don’t worry! Don’t be afraid of experimenting with textures – hair gel is an ideal way to achieve a slicked-back wet-look on shorter styles.

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Okay, so now you should feel spoilt for choice on how to style your hair! Whether you’re feeling like changing your hair colour drastically, or fancy adding something simple like a hair accessory, LFW has taught us to stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to experiment with hairstyles as part of your passion for fashion.

For further inspiration on hairstyling, be sure to check out our range of hair accessories and extensions!

Hair Tips

How To Get Thicker Hair

What woman doesn’t dream of thick, luscious hair? Hair dye, heat damage, products and plain old genetics can all leave hair suffering when it comes to volume and thickness. So, if your hair is feeling lacklustre, what can you do about it? 

Well, actually, quite a lot! From hair thickening products to tips and tricks on how to make hair look thicker, join us here at Additional Lengths as we talk you through how to achieve the fuller, thicker locks of your dreams.

Go for the chop

If you’re finding your hair is hanging flat and limp, why not consider getting it cut? We know that chopping off your locks can be pretty daunting for those with fine hair – after all, you’re looking to create the illusion of more hair! 

However, opting for longer hair can actually have the opposite effect when it comes to the illusion of fullness, making fine hair appear stringy and weighing it down. If you’re looking for a healthy, full-appearing do, a blunt shoulder-length cut or a long bob can work wonders. A good haircut will strengthen the ends of your hair, removing split ends and helping to keep hair healthy. Plus, blunt, neat ends immediately give the impression that your hair is thicker, while a shorter style is much easier to volumise with products – win-win! 

Use hair-thickening products 

For those craving volume, there are a whole host of products available that will give you fuller tresses. Volumising shampoos and conditioners are a great way to clean your hair without weighing it down, while root boost products and volumising sprays are fantastic for injecting instant volume into fine hair. 

Products we love: The Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray is a fabulous way to give flat locks a whole new lease of life – just spritz into your roots for an effortlessly cool, volumised look. 

Blow-dry with a round barrel brush

There really is nothing better than that bouncy, just-left-the-salon look. If you’re finding your hair is falling flat, give it an instant lift with a DIY blow-dry. A round barrel brush is ideal for giving flat hair some much-needed volume – simply dry your hair to around 80% dryness without the brush, then use your round brush to lift the roots and add volume as you finish drying.

Adjust your parting

One of the best ways to give your hair a boost is so incredibly simple you’ll be kicking yourself you didn’t think of it sooner – just switch up your parting! The parting in which your hair naturally falls is also the one in which your hair will lay the flattest and continuing to favour this parting is just asking for flat hair. Switch a side parting to the opposite side or play around with a centre parting for the world’s quickest and easiest volume boost! 

Avoid washing your hair daily

Fine hair can be a bit of a catch 22 when it comes to shampooing: being on the finer side, your hair will naturally show dirt or grease much more quickly, leading to more frequent washing. However, washing your hair everyday can damage your hair further, drying it out and leaving you with lifeless locks. 

Try to limit daily washing by spritzing the roots of your hair with dry shampoo between washes. This will give your hair a quick refresh while also adding volume and texture to your roots. Plus, giving your hair more of a break between washes can actually help train it to be less greasy, as your scalp won’t be producing excess oils to make up for the natural oils stripped by overzealous shampooing. 

Products we love: If you’ve used dry shampoo before, you may have experienced the powdery white residue that can be left behind – not a good look for anyone! The Moroccanoil dry shampoos are designed to combat just this, with a Dark Toned Dry Shampoo and Light Toned Dry Shampoo, perfect for a soft and silky finish with no telltale signs. 

Protect your hair

Heat damage is a surefire way to leave hair dry, flat and lifeless. Hair straighteners and curlers can be a tough habit to break, especially if you’re used to styling your hair with them daily, but we promise cutting out the heat will do your hair the world of good! Try to give your hair a break from heat styling products, or at least limit to special occasions. If you do use heat stylers, be sure to protect your hair beforehand with a heat protection spray. 

Try hair extensions

And finally, if you’re wanting instantly thicker, fuller locks, hair extensions can give you just that. When professionally applied, hair extensions offer a totally natural finish that is indistinguishable from your natural hair. 

What type of hair extensions are best for thin hair?

If you have hair on the finer side, you may be worried about the effects of hair extensions and whether the extension bonds will be visible underneath your natural hair. If you’re looking for the best hair extensions for thin hair, we would recommend opting for a tape extension style such as the Remi Cachet Elegance Injection Tape® Hair. Made from only the highest quality human Remy hair, these tape hair extensions are designed to be completely discreet, with an almost invisible bond that mimics your hair shade. Whether you’re wanting to create long, luscious locks or you just want to give your existing lengths a volumised boost, these quality extensions are a must!

So there you have it – 7 ways to boost your hair and create the look of your dreams! For all the haircare products, hair extensions or hair accessories you need to help your hair look its absolute best, be sure to explore the full Additional Lengths collection. 

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