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The Best Photos For A Hair Extensions Colour Match

Hair Extension colours

In order to achieve a flawless, natural-looking finish with your hair extensions, it’s important to get an accurate hair extensions colour match. If you’re finding it difficult to book a colour match consultation, don’t worry! As part of our service at Additional Lengths, we give our clients the opportunity to send photos to us, so our experienced hair extension specialists can assess your hair colour and advise you on the perfect colour match for your hair. In this handy guide, we’ve rounded up the dos and don’ts when it comes to photographing your hair, to guarantee the most accurate results. Get ready for your best colour match yet!

How to take good photos for a colour match 

Before you begin taking the photos for your colour match, it’s important to consider a few things. First of all, you want to be in the best place possible for natural light, so take your photos outdoors but try to avoid direct sunlight and shadows. Your hair should be down and visible from root to tip, so we can assess its length, colour and tone. And finally (before we teach you how to take the best possible photos ever!), avoid busy backgrounds that may distract from your hair colour. Remember, these photos aren’t supposed to be amazing model-worthy selfies of you striking poses! No, the main focus of each shot should be to show us your amazing locks in their truest form, no filters necessary!

The best hair extensions colour match photos

Front View

Front View

In total, you should aim to take three photos, the first being a good front view. In this photo, we should be able to see your hair’s full length, from root to tip. With your hair in its natural parting, bring it to the front of your shoulders so its length is clearly visible. Always photograph your hair in natural light so we can see all of its different colours and tones as this makes it much easier to match up your colours. If you have a stretched root or balayage, this can be matched up too. Notice there aren’t any filters or shadows on this photo and the light isn’t harsh, which helps to present your hair colour in its truest form.

Back View 

Back View

To photograph the back of your hair, it may be worth using a tripod and self-timer or asking someone to help you. For this view, it’s important that most of your hair is behind your shoulders, giving a clear view of its length. This view also shows your full colour more clearly and as hair extensions are matched at the ends rather than the roots, it’s a great photograph for accurately achieving this.

Side View

Side View

To give you your most accurate hair extensions colour match, it’s great for us to see your hair from different angles and a  good side view photo can really help with this. Try not to push your hair behind your ears and make sure that we can see it hanging naturally, for best results.

Hair extension colour match photo don’ts 

Don’t use your flash or add a filter

Flash View

Using the flash on your camera may seem like a good idea, but it can distort the colour of your hair, leaving you with an inaccurate colour match. If the natural light is good enough, you shouldn’t need a flash to brighten your photo. The same goes for applying filters too, as although they make you feel better about your photo, they don’t do much in the way of showing off your hair colour. We’re all guilty of applying filters to photos from time to time, but for best results, show us your natural beauty (we promise your hair will thank you for it later!).

Don’t take photos in the sun

Sun

This photo is a really good example of how too much sunlight can distort the natural appearance of your hair colour. As sunlight brightens everything, it can make your hair appear much lighter, blurring the lines between all of your mixed tones. Natural light is good, but if your photo appears too bright, take another photograph that’s out of the sun. For the perfect balance, don’t choose a place that’s too shaded either.

Don’t take a close-up selfie

Selfie View

Although you might think that we need a close-up of your roots for a colour match, we actually don’t! As hair extensions are colour matched to the ends and the mixed tones running through your hair, your root colour is less relevant. With a good front, side and back view, we should be able to clearly see all of the colours and tones running through your hair and as your bonds will be carefully hidden under your roots, colour-matching here is less important.

Don’t tie your hair up

Up do view

Your hair is beautiful and we need to see it in all of its glory, so don’t tie it up! Avoid messy buns, ponytails and unnecessary hair clips in your photos (even if you wear your hair that way all of the time). To assess your length and varying colours and tones, we need to see all of your hair, so make sure you have it down in all of your photos, for perfect colour-matching results.

Although we’ve rounded up the main dos and don’t for achieving seamless colour-matched hair, here are some other don’ts to consider;-

  • Don’t use ring lights or any artificial light to enhance your photos as they can distort your hair’s shades.
  • Don’t take photos indoors as the light can appear much warmer and can also distort the appearance of your hair colour
  • Don’t add filters or edit your photos

How to colour match hair extensions

For the best at-home colour match possible, take your photographs by following our guide, and then email them to us or tag us on our social channels, where our experienced stylists can advise you on the correct colour match and the extensions most suitable for your hair.

Hair Tips Summer

Summer Hair Care For Extensions

Woman hold hair out in the sun

If you’ve just had a fresh set of hair extensions fitted for your summer holiday, it’s important to think about sun protection for your hair. Discolouration from the sun, chemical damage from sun protection products and the chlorine from your poolside dip can all cause colour damage to your hair, so it’s important to have a plan in place in order to keep your luscious locks in top condition. At Additional Lengths, we understand the importance of flawless looking hair; that’s why we’ve pulled together this guide to help you keep your hair extensions looking their best yet, right through the summer season. 

What causes hair to discolour in the summer?

Before you jet off to sunnier climes or plan your UK staycation this summer, it’s important to think about some sun protection for your hair. After all, you wouldn’t lie in the sun without protecting your skin first and your hair shouldn’t be any different. But did you know that there are lots of other holiday-related factors which can contribute to your hair’s discolouration? Here are some points to think about when planning your summer holiday hair care;-

The sun

The most obvious factor when it comes to hair discoloration, harmful UV rays from the sun can cause natural, coloured and extension hair to bleach, discolour, dry out and frizz. If you’ve spent time and effort achieving your perfect colour match, this can be really frustrating, so it’s important to learn how to protect your hair in these conditions. 

Water

Although it’s common practice to tie up your extension hair when you’re swimming to protect it from chlorine, there are some types of water that are unavoidable for your lovely locks! The high mineral content in the tap water abroad and the chemicals used to filter it can have an impact on both your natural and extension hair. A top tip to minimise your hair’s exposure to these minerals is to wash and rinse your hair with bottled water whilst you’re on holiday and to keep your hair tied up whilst you’re swimming and in the sea.

Suncream

Whilst it’s really important to protect your skin from the sun, the chemicals contained in sun creams can be extremely damaging to the colour of your extension hair. Sun cream that contains Avobenzone (Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane), an oil-soluble ingredient that’s used to absorb the the sun’s full spectrum of UVA rays and Octocrylene, added a a stabiliser as the avobenzone degrades in the light, is great for protecting your skin but not so great for your hair. Tie your hair up when applying your cream to avoid contact with your freshly applied cream and also avoid sun protection for your hair that contains these ingredients. 

Colour change accelerates as a direct result of these three factors combining. Sun cream gets absorbed into the extension hair which is then exposed to UV light from the sun. This causes the hair’s cells to break down (a process known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)) and to seek out electron particles to form a new cell structure. When the hair is rinsed with natural, mineral-filled water (iron, copper, calcium, magnesium and silica) the electron particles in the minerals attract to the hair’s cells causing a reaction and prompting the colour change.

Does sunscreen ruin hair extensions?

Squeezing a bottle of sunscreen into a hand

Sun protection for your hair is super important and sunscreen won’t ruin your hair extensions if you spend some time researching and using the correct products. Avoid using any products on your hair that contain high levels of avobenzone and octocrylene, and choose hair extension safe sunscreens and mists that concentrate on shielding your locks from the sun’s UV rays to avoid an accelerating colour change. Moroccan oil is a great place to start, adding a film to your hair that protects it from environmental impacts such as the sun and saltwater. Another great way to revitalise your hair if it’s already started to discolour in the sun, is to treat it with Malibu C sachets helping to reverse the issues caused by minerals in hard water and  breathing life back into weighed-down locks. Remember to always avoid applying treatments and oils directly to your hair extension bonds to prevent them from slipping. 

How do you protect hair extensions from the sun?

Alongside the tips we’ve already covered, there are some other great practices that you can follow in order to keep your freshly applied locks looking amazing and staying their perfect shade;-

Cover your hair up where possible

The best way to keep your hair protected from the sun is to cover it up where possible. Invest in a stylish sun-hat, or rock a sporty cap to protect your scalp from burning and your extensions from discolouring at the same time 

Pack the correct shampoo and conditioner

When your extension hair is being constantly exposed to the elements, you don’t want to add to that stress by using the wrong shampoo. Always opt for a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner for your extensions, as sulphates strip away your human hair extension’s natural oils over time leaving them looking dry, coarse and lifeless. Remember to avoid applying conditioner directly to your bonds and to always wash your hair standing up to avoid tangling and matting. If you’re rinsing your hair with bottled water, pour in the direction of your hair for best results.

Look after your hair when swimming

Whether you’re swimming in the pool or at the beach, tie-up your hair to keep it out of the water. Both salt-water and chlorine can be damaging to your hair, with salt-water causing it to matt and chlorine stripping the colour. Style in a high bun for the best protection and if your hair becomes exposed to the water, rinse immediately to remove any chemicals or sea-salt. 

Avoid heat styling

Your hair will already be feeling a little dry from the sun, so try to avoid adding to the problem. It’s important to dry your hair extensions once they’ve been wet, so if drying or styling is unavoidable, always use a heat protector on your locks. If you’re wanting perfect, heatless curls, why not use Silkology? Achieve the same look without the damage. Low maintenance hairstyles such as plaits are a great way to avoid heat too and keep your hair out of the way of harmful suncreams. 

Use the correct hairbrush

Make sure you pack your hair extensions brush, for anti-static and tangle-free care. Perfect for preventing pulling, they can be used safely to relieve tension on bonded areas too. 

Whether you’re going away this summer or staying at home, the best way to look after your hair extensions is to follow the aftercare plan advised by your stylist and for any further advice, book a consultation appointment to put any of your hair care worries at bay. 

News

Simple Festival Hairstyles

festival-hairstyles

Festival’s are back! Is there any better feeling than dancing and singing to your favourite artists in the summer sun?

We want to make sure you’re ready for your comeback, inspiring you with some fun festival styles. Whether you are just going for the day or spending several days in a field listening to your favourite music, we have created some easy festival looks that you can recreate yourself to make sure you’re channelling that festival vibe.

Are you looking for some simple on the go, festival hairstyle inspiration? We’ve got you covered. 

Here’s four looks we have created for you to get your hair festival ready! 

When your hair is still looking and feeling fresh, simple styles work well. Why not try our hippy plaits?

Go wild for the bubble half up pony!

Accessorize with flowers, glitter or hair gems for a fab festival look! 

If your hair is looking a little worse for wear, this pull through ponytail style is perfect. Keeping your hair off away from your face but still looks great.

We love this front braid style and you can’t go wrong. So many different ways to wear this style but here’s just one of them.

We’d love to see your festival hair, if you’ve recreated any of our festival styles show us by tagging us on instagram @additionallengths #FestivALhair #ALhair 

Simple Festival Hairstyles

Hair Tips Remi Cachet

Choosing The Correct Hair Extension Length

Hair being combed

Hair extensions are the perfect choice for adding a little bit of glamour, volume and density to your natural hair. But when you’ve never had them before, it can be difficult to know which length will work best alongside your natural locks. Don’t worry, our dedicated team of hair experts at Additional Lengths have put together this useful guide to make it super easy to find the perfect hair extensions length for your hair. From how to measure your natural hair, to which types of extensions will work best for you, we’ve got all bases covered to make choosing your extensions a breeze!

Do hair extensions come in different lengths?

Hair extensions lengths do vary and the lengths they’re available in is dependent on the type that you choose.  Not all hair extension lengths are suitable for every hair type, as applying too much length and weight to your natural hair could ultimately result in problems further down the line including head strain and hair loss further. That’s why it’s always important to choose a hair extension length that your natural hair can manage. Hair extensions are available in 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 or 30 inches, but again, not all types of extensions are available in all lengths.

Which lengths of hair extensions do I need?

It’s important to refrain from wearing hair extensions that are significantly longer than your own hair length and as a general rule, any extensions you choose should be no more than 3-4” longer than your natural hair length. Although there are hair extensions that are suited to shorter hair, having a natural hair length of 4-5” is also advisable in order to create a seamless blend.

How to choose the correct length of hair extensions

Before you choose your hair extensions length, it’s important to correctly measure the length of your natural hair. For this, all you’ll need is a measuring tape. Measure your hair length from the top of your head from your natural parting to the ends of your hair. Record the length of your hair in inches (you’ll need to know this later when you’re choosing your hair extensions). As an example, if your hair length is 16”, we’d recommend that you choose hair extensions in either 18 or 20”, since they would be no more than 4” longer than your natural hair. If you want to apply a longer length than the recommended measurements, always speak to a stylist or book a consultation so they can determine whether your natural hair would be able to sustain the extra length. We’d also recommend buying an extra pack of extensions if you’re aiming for a longer length, for a more natural look.

How to correctly identify the length of your own hair

Just to break it down even further for you, here’s a quick guide into how to identify roughly where your natural hair should sit if it’s a certain length. This should also help you to determine the right length of extensions most suitable for your hair type;-

  • 6” hair length: A bob
Woman with a bob hair cut

If your hair measures 6”, you’re probably sporting a bob (depending on how straight or curly your hair is). With this length, extensions that measure no more than 10” would be perfect for your hair and because your natural length is more than 5”, you’ve got the perfect length to create a seamless blend. Hair extensions tailored to short hair, such as our pre-bonded Remi Cachet Elegance Micro Tapes would be a great choice for your hair.

  • 10” hair length: A transitional cut
Close up of woman with short hair

A 10” hair length is somewhere between short and medium. Your hair should lie around the nape of your neck and is probably long enough to pull into a ponytail. The perfect pairing to 12” and 14” extensions depending on your preference, many of our pre-bonded hair extensions are available in 12” lengths including our brand new, Remi Cachet Elegance Nano Tips. There’s also the option to choose a Remi Cachet Elegance full flat weft, available in base, mixed and ombre colours.

  • 12” hair length: Slightly longer than shoulder length
Just past the shoulder hair cut

12” hair is the perfect match for hair extensions up to 16” in length. Your natural hair should be a bit longer than shoulder length, either touching your shoulders or brushing the tops of your shoulder blades. Most of our pre-bonded hair extensions come in 16” lengths including our best-selling Remi Cachet Elegance Mini Tips®, which are installed into your natural hair using our Remi Cachet Mini Locks® for a seamless, natural blend. With the correct aftercare, the hair can be reused again and again, for a lifespan of 12+ months. 

  • 16” hair length: Mid-back length hair

16” hair naturally sits in the centre of your shoulder blades and can take up a 20” hair extension length.

20” hair extensions would sit around the waistline (as seen in the photos above).  Again most of our pre-bonded hair extensions are available at 20” lengths, or you may prefer an Elegance full flat weft, half weft or super weft. Wefts are attached to the natural hair via a track made from rings, with the hair being passed through small rings in the weft by a loop wand to secure it to the natural hair. As they lay perfectly flat to the head, they’re easy to cover for a seamless finish and can be reused, if cared for correctly. Most clip-in extensions would also be easily concealed in 16” hair, for a more temporary look.

  • 20”+ hair: Long Hair

If you have 20”+ hair, then you officially fall into the long hair category and will probably be looking for at least 24” hair extensions, for stunning, long-flowing locks! Most of our hair extensions, both temporary and permanent, are available in 24” lengths, in a range of base, ombre and mixed colours. If you’re searching for princess-inspired locks, our 30” Luxury hair weft could be the perfect step towards your dream hair! 

Choosing the correct hair extension lengths

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of how to measure and choose the correct hair extension lengths for your hair. If you’re unsure of which type of hair extension to choose, there’s lots of advice on our blog to help you make the right decision for your hair. If in doubt, we’d always recommend booking a consultation with an experienced stylist who can help you choose the correct length and weight of your hair extensions and the correct methods of aftercare,  ensuring you get the most out of your new hair. Once you’ve had your hair extensions fitted, don’t forget to show us your gorgeous new Remi Cachet hair by tagging us @additional_lengths for your chance to be featured on our page!

News

Your Trade Account Has Moved

Your trade account with Additional Lengths has moved over to our new Professional’s only website at 

www.remicachet.com

Nothing else has changed, the Remi Cachet products you know and love will be available to purchase from www.remicachet.com

Have you received your email?

You should have received several emails from us recently regarding your trade account. As your trade account has now moved if you haven’t already accepted the email invite to activate your account on www.remicachet.com please ensure you activate this as soon as possible. Please get in touch if you have not received your invitation.

Please note; All orders placed after 16th July at 10am on the Additional Lengths site will no longer be available for a trade discount nor will we be able to refund any difference from the website prices or amend any orders that have already been placed without the trade discounts applied.

Changes from July 16th at 10am

  • Current discounts applied to orders placed on additionallengths.co.uk will cease. No orders made through additionallengths.co.uk will receive trade discounts and we will be unable to refund any difference between website prices and your trade discounts. 
  • Your account will remain active on additionallengths.co.uk so that you can continue to view your account history. 

Why are you moving my account?

We think that our new professional account website is going to improve checkout time, resolve issues some of you were experiencing at checkout as well as allowing us the opportunity to offer trade and professional accounts dedicated support.

Don’t currently have a trade account, but want one? You can apply for a trade account on our new professional-only website remicachet.com right now. Please give us a call, or email us if you have any questions.

Hair Tips

5 Tips For Taming Flyaway Hair

Woman with wild flyaway hair

Let’s discuss flyaway hair. It’s the difference between a good and bad hair day and as loathsome as it is, it’s something that we can all experience from time to time. Flyaways are those annoying strands of hair that stick out and refuse to lay flat. Caused by a number of factors such a breakage, humidity, static, too much product build-up or chemical damage, they can really put a downer on even your most amazing hair days. But what if we told you that you could stop flyaway hair? Yes, REALLY! At Additional Lengths, we know you feel at your best when your hair’s on point, that’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to stop flyaway hair for good! Featuring the best flyaway hair products and some great on-the-go hair hacks, we’ll teach you just how easy it is to get rid of flyaways, for a future filled with good hair!

Top 5 Tips on how to tame flyaway hair

1. Use products tailored to flyaways

If you suffer from unruly flyaways, you need to use products that can help to combat this. Look for products that promote sleek hair and smooth strands, as these are the ones that will tame any upright hairs. Much like static hair and frizz, flyaways always benefit from a little bit of moisture, particularly if yours are caused by heat damage or dryness. Here are our top tips when it comes to choosing flyaway hair products:-

Woman washing her hair
  • Shampoo and conditioner: always rethink your shampoo and conditioner. If you suffer from dry and dehydrated hair, look for products that promote moisture and always follow your shampoo with a conditioner. Shampoo less often if you can and opt for good hydrating conditioners. For colour-treated hair, choose lightweight conditioners that are rich in moisturisers. If you’re wearing hair extensions, remember to always wash your hair in an upright position and avoid applying any conditioner to your roots as this can cause your bonds to slip or break. 
  • Use hair oil: A good hair oil can make a huge difference to flyaway natural and extension hair. Reducing breakages and preventing shorter hairs from pointing outwards, it can help to transform your locks and give them a healthy shine. Our Remi Cachet Hair Oil is the perfect choice for smoothing and adding moisture to your human hair extensions. Apply to damp hair after washing by sectioning your hair extensions and adding a generous amount of oil to the palm of your hand. Starting at the tips, rub the oil into your hair moving upwards and avoiding the bonds and roots. The oil will dry into your extension hair giving it a moisture boost whilst smoothing those unruly flyaways!
  • Serum: An instant fix to make hair appear smoother and less flyaway, serum is a great on-the-go product. Reducing the appearance of split ends and great for something down unruly wisps, it’s the perfect flyaway hero product. Don’t overdo it though, too much serum can make your hair appear greasy.

2. Change the way you dry your hair

Hair is at its most fragile when wet, so it’s really important to always dry your lovely locks, especially if you’re wearing hair extensions. However, how you dry your hair can have a huge impact on preventing those awkward flyaways. Here are a few simple changes to implement to your routine, for the smoothest hair every time!

  • Say goodbye to your normal towel and switch to a microfibre towel or a cotton shirt. The fibres from a standard towel can cause friction and breakage to the hair which ultimately can lead to flyaways. With a cotton t-shirt or a microfibre towel, the fibres are woven tightly together meaning that they won’t affect your hair’s surface fibres for fresh, frizz and flyaway free hair!
Static hair from brushing
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles from damp, natural hair. Brushes cause instant static and can break fragile, wet hair, whereas combs are much gentler on tangles and knots. If you have hair extensions, a good hair extension brush can be just as effective, as it has been specifically designed to safely remove tangles from your hair.
  • Always use heat protection no matter what your hair type. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so always opt for protection whenever you use heat on your hair. Heat protectors help to shield your hair strands from heat damage for a smooth and flyaway free finish.

3. Introduce conditioning hair masks 

Using hair masks and deep conditioning is such an important part of looking after your hair. Introducing a weekly treatment can help to smooth and nourish strands for all-round better hair days. If you’re using a conditioning treatment, simply use it in place of your normal conditioner once a week, for a more intense treatment that will soften and hydrate the hair, whilst repairing any damages. As we always advise, if you’re wearing extensions, avoid your roots and bonds when applying any conditioning treatments.

4. Wrap your hair at bedtime

Want to wake up with flyaway free hair? Try wrapping your hair at bedtime. Wrapping your hair in a headscarf made from silk or satin reduces any friction between your hair strands and your pillowcase, preventing them from becoming a mess of unruly frizz. You can rise and shine every morning to perfect, manageable hair! Similarly, if wrapping isn’t for you, a silk pillowcase might be. Offering the same benefits, by switching up your regular pillowcase to silk and satin varieties, you’ll never have to deal with morning flyaways again!

5. If in doubt, style it out! (and other quick hacks!)

There’s no denying it, sometimes flyaway hair can catch us off guard when we least expect it! In these circumstances, we say embrace the flyaways! There are a few hairstyles that are a good go to for flyaway hair, for those days when your hair just won’t play ball. Messy buns and ponytails look great with a little bit of texture, so the odd dishevelled flyaway or textured wisp won’t harm your overall, spontaneous look. If you really can’t bring yourself to embrace a messy do though, a slicked back look is also a great way to fix those unruly hairs in place. In this case, make styling gel your best friend and own your look!

If you’re on the go and flyaways appear, you might not always have time to style it out. In this case, follow our flyaway SOS, for a quick fix that will carry your hair through until the end of the day (just don’t rely on them as a permanent solution!):-

  • Hand lotion adds moisture to your hands, so once you’ve rubbed it in, simply rub your hands over your hair. The moisture from the lotion should temporarily tame those flyaways, adding a little bit of nourishment to your unruly hair.
  • Ice cubes aren’t always readily available, but if they are, rubbing one over those flyaways can also add an instant moisture boost, flattening down those upright hairs
  • Lip balm used sparingly is another good hack for taming a flyaway mane. Just don’t overdo it, or your hair could end up looking super- greasy. 
  • Anti-frizz sheets work just like a dryer sheet. Formulated using nourishing oils and moisturising ingredients, they hydrate the hair helping to flatten flyaways, static and frizz. They’re the perfect pick for hair care on the move!
News

⚠️Get Ready! Your Trade Account is moving! ⚠️

On Monday 5th July the account you currently use with Additional Lengths will be automatically added to our new Professional’s only website at 

www.remicachet.com

Nothing else will change, the Remi Cachet products you know and love will be available to purchase from www.remicachet.com 

What do I need to do? 

Nothing yet! 

On the morning of 5th July, you will receive an email from remicachet.com, so please look out for it landing in your inbox sometime after 9 am on Monday 5th July. 

Once you receive this invitation and the site is live, please click on the link, and enter a new password that you will use to access your new, professional account.

What is happening and when?

July 5th 

  • 9 am an invite will be sent to your email address. We are sending these early so that everyone receives this before 10 am.
  • 10 am the site is live, you can now accept your invite and create a new password for a professional account at remicachet.com

July 16th at 10am

  • Current discounts applied to orders placed on additionallengths.co.uk will cease. No orders made through additionallengths.co.uk will receive trade discounts and we will be unable to refund any difference between website prices and your trade discounts. 
  • Your account will remain active on additionallengths.co.uk so that you can continue to view your account history. 

Why are you moving my account?

We think that our new professional account website is going to improve checkout time, resolve issues some of you were experiencing at checkout as well as allowing us the opportunity to offer trade and professional accounts dedicated support. 

This allows us to offer several features and benefits which you’ll be able to find out about when the new Remi Cachet website launches on 5th July. 

What if I don’t receive my invite?

We will need to check if you still currently have an active trade account. Please give us a call, drop us a message, or send us an email and we can help get you up and running.

Look out for our emails in the coming days.

Don’t currently have a trade account, but want one?

You’ll be able to apply for a trade account on our new professional-only website remicachet.com from Monday 5th July at 9 am. Please give us a call, or email us if you have any questions.

Hair Tips

How To Stop Static Hair

Is there anything more annoying than static hair? It can be responsible for ruining a great hair day because, let’s face it, nobody likes flyaway hair! Don’t worry; at Additional Lengths, we’re letting you in on all our top tips and tricks for how to tame that static mane. Read on to find out what static hair is, what causes it and how, with the correct products and care, you can banish it forever! Here it is, your perfect guide to static-free hair!

What causes static hair?

Girl with static hair

Put simply, static hair happens when your hair builds up an electric charge, usually caused by friction or a change in humidity. Your hair gains extra positive electrons which makes each strand repel each other, for unruly, unpredictable, flyaway and sometimes frizzy hair.

Why is my hair static?

There are lots of different factors that contribute to static hair, such as over-brushing, dry air, indoor heating and environments that are lacking in humidity. Although it’s often wetter outside during the winter months, the air is generally much drier, as cold air holds much less moisture than warm. The less humidity in the air, the more static energy becomes a problem (as moisture in the air is a great conductor for static energy). Pair that with the constant wearing and removal of our warm winter hats or summer head scarves throughout the day and you end up with static hair overload!

Whilst we can’t always change our surroundings or control our environments, we can protect and prepare our hair for them by using certain products to help to counteract static energy. By searching for hair care products that restore its normal charge, your hair will be less frizzy and easier to manage as a result.

How to stop static hair

Moisturising Shampoo

Keeping your hair moisturised with a good moisturising shampoo is a great way to combat static energy, dryness and frizz. Using a high-quality shampoo that’s catered to dry hair is the best way to do this to help restore your scalp’s natural balance.  If you have hair extensions, remember to always wash your hair upright rather than hanging it over the bath, as this will prevent tangling and slipping. 

Always use a conditioner

Conditioning your hair is a crucial step in avoiding frizz and static energy. Shampoos that contain surfactants add a charge to your hair whilst cleaning it. A good conditioner will counterbalance this, sealing the hair cuticle and giving your hair improved shine whilst making it more manageable and preventing frizz. 

If your hair is dry or damaged, you may also want to introduce deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine, which help to add nutrition to natural hair and extensions. Keeping your hair moisturised and in its best condition is the best way to avoid unruly hair. Remember, if you’re wearing extensions, it’s important to only condition the middle and ends of your hair. Avoid applying conditioner to your roots and the bonds of your extensions as conditioner can cause them to slip, or in a worst-case scenario, cause the bonds to break.

Always on the go? Leave-in products are your best friend!

Extension hair and hair serum

If your hair is suddenly static on the go, rely on good leave-in products to tame your mane. A travel-size bottle of leave-in conditioner or hair oil can add enough moisture to your hair to eliminate any extra charge. Use a small amount of hair oil and run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots if you’re wearing extensions as this can weaken the bonds, particularly if you’re wearing tape-in, hot or cold fusion extensions. Take care with micro and nano ring extensions, too, as oil-based products can cause these to slip.

Avoid over-washing and styling

Over-washing your hair can contribute to it drying out and then, ultimately, drying out and frizzing like crazy. If you’re a serial shampooer, try to change up your routine to washing every other day, as opposed to every day. Try to avoid products with drying ingredients and if your hair is curly, avoid sulphates completely as they can make naturally dry hair even drier. Similarly, if you’re someone that loves to heat style your hair, try to do it sparingly and always use heat protection to lock in moisture and protect your hair from damage. Use hairdryers on a low heat setting to prevent drying and frizz too. Want curls without heat damage? A heatless hair curler will help you achieve gorgeous, curly, flowing locks without drying out your hair, perfect for those heat-free days!

Don’t use a plastic comb! (or follow it up with an anti-frizz sheet!)

Plastic hair combs

If you want to avoid adding unnecessary charge to your hair, make plastic hair combs your enemy! Plastic causes friction and removes electrons from the hair when it’s dry, causing static electricity. The best way to prevent this from happening is to only use a plastic comb on wet hair, or to avoid using one completely, opting for a wooden comb instead. If you really love your comb or find that no matter what you use, your hair is always static after brushing, you can combat this with an anti-frizz sheet. Enriched with coconut oil, they add moisture and remove the charge from your hair whilst giving some extra added shine! They’re great for removing any static charge from hair extensions too. 

Dry your hair with a microfibre towel to prevent breakages

Your hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet, so it’s important to take care when drying it. Whether you’ve got extensions or you just want to protect your natural hair, using a microfibre towel is a great choice for preventing both frizz and damage. Much softer and gentler on your hair strands than standard terry towels, they help to keep the hair’s cuticles smooth, preventing the appearance of frizz.

So there you have it, our top tips to avoiding static hair! Hair is most likely to be static when it’s dehydrated, so the best way to banish static hair completely is to look after your hair and take care of its condition. Whether you have extensions or you’re simply caring for your natural hair,  make sure to use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to completely avoid damages and protect your hair from static and frizz forever! For more ways to care for your hair extensions, be sure to follow our aftercare guide for your most perfect locks, guaranteed!

News

Price Increase 1st August 2021

It’s the news that nobody wants to hear…

We last had a price increase in April 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we held off increasing our prices until August 2020 to ensure that all salons, stylists, and customers could benefit from our previous pricing whilst they were getting back to work and rebuilding their businesses.

During this time, we’ve had several increases imposed on us by our factory partners due to the increase in costs associated with sourcing the hair, production, packaging, and delivery. We have, up until now, absorbed all these costs and these increases have not directly affected our customers, ensuring that they have had every opportunity to rebuild their business and offer the lowest possible price point for the highest quality product available.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to absorb these costs due to the continued and large increases that we face on a monthly and quarterly basis.

These costs are mainly associated with negative impacts caused by the pandemic. To put this into perspective, there has been a low supply of raw hair available due to illness as well as the inability for our hair purchasing agents to travel and purchase the raw hair braids. We have also seen a significant increase in production costs due to the measures our production facilities have had to put in place for social distancing (and) testing, as well as using less factory workers over a longer period of time to complete the same level of work that they did previously. There have also been increases to both sea and air shipping due to the increase in demand for sea shipping and the unavailability of planes due to the decrease in demand due to lockdowns around the world. All these factors have caused significant cost increases that we can no longer absorb.

An example of this can be seen with sea shipping. In April 2020 it cost around £4,100 to ship a container by sea from China to the UK, in April 2021 this rose to over £12,400 for the same journey. This is an increase of over 200% in under 12 months.

The biggest increases will happen with the longer length products due to these being low on supply and harder to source. If you think about it, hair that is sold at around 24″ in length has been growing for around 5 to 7 years, as this is a natural product, and not man made. Currently, demand is outweighing the supply that is available and the price must increase for the longer lengths due to the inaccessibility of them.

You’ll have probably noticed that many things that you use daily have gone up in price over the past 12 months or have even heard about it on the news. This is the unfortunate consequence and negative impacts of the pandemic and lockdowns that have occurred worldwide and doesn’t appear to be getting any better anytime soon.

Luckily, as we purchase in US Dollars, the increase is not as bad as it may have been due to the increase in strength of the GB Pound and the positive impact that it has had on the exchange rate over the past 12-18 months. However, this can also have a big impact negatively if it were to suddenly weaken and drop.

Although we see increases monthly that we try to absorb, we strive to offer the best quality product for the most affordable price that we can. We can’t promise that we won’t have to increase our prices again soon, but we can promise that we won’t compromise on the quality that you are used to and that we offer.

We hope that this gives you an insight into why we must increase prices and what variables impact the severity of the increase that we have, as well as what impacts us as a company behind the scenes that most of our customers are not aware of.

Our price increase will be effective as of 1st August 2021.

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What Are The Best Hair Extensions For Fine Hair?

Woman having a hair extension consultation

If you’ve been fantasising about full, flowing locks, hair extensions can definitely help you achieve your dream hair! A great solution for fine or thin hair, extensions can give you the volume and length you’ve always dreamed of, for a natural and enviable look. But just what are the best hair extensions for fine hair? In this guide, we offer our advice on the best choices to make to get Rapunzel style hair even if your hair’s on the thinner side, and the ones to avoid to prevent your natural hair from damage.

What are the best extensions for thin hair?

When choosing the best hair extensions for thin hair, you need to consider two main factors, weight and how well your natural hair can conceal them. Your hair extension technician will advise you on the best choice for your hair type during your consultation appointment but as a general rule of thumb, avoid weighty extensions as this will add stress and tension to your natural hair which could result in hair loss. We’ve rounded up the best types of hair extensions for fine hair, to give you an insight into what could work most successfully for your hair.

Tape hair extensions

Tape extensions are the best type for fine hair. Their flat bond offers a natural look that is easily blended in even the thinnest of hairs. Wefts are sandwiched between the natural hair and are secured in place with polyurethane tape secured close to the root. Easy and quick to apply and remove (the application process takes roughly 30-90 minutes), they are semi-permanent and last up to six weeks. Tape-in extensions can also be reused for up to eight weeks after the first application when a new tape is added. With even distribution across the head and no stress being placed on individual strands, they are thin and lightweight and don’t damage the hair. For very fine hair, the sandwiching method of application can even be adapted to bond a single weft in place with a piece of tape rather than with a second weft, to reduce the weight and thickness of each piece.

Things to consider: tape-in hair extensions need 48 hours for the tape to cure after application, so you should avoid bathing, showering or any exercise that would cause you to sweat during this time. Oil-based products can cause tapes to slip and if you’re a keen swimmer, it’s worth bearing in mind that tapes can weaken from the chemicals used in the pool.

Micro tape extensions

As an additional option to tape-in extensions, micro tape extensions are a great option for thin hair, if you want to add volume to a shorter style. The same rules apply to micro tapes as tape-ins, but coming in 10” lengths, with a 2cm width tab top, they’re perfect for adding extra thickness to a bob or any other short cut.

Remi Cachet Elegance Pro Tips®

Elegance Pro Tips® are part of the Ultra Tip® range but have been developed to be smaller and more discreet. Pro Tips® are joined to the hair with Remi Cachet Ultra Locks® which are a type of micro ring specially designed to take this type of extension. Fitted by threading natural hair through the Ultra Lock®, the Pro Tip® is then added and clamped into place, giving a secure and discreet bond. Because the extensions are lightweight, they don’t add strain to fine hair and their fan tips lie flat to the head, making it easy to conceal them under the natural hair. If correctly fitted and removed, Pro Tips® shouldn’t damage the natural hair and when cared for correctly with maintenance checks and fittings, should last over 12 months. Available in a multitude of colours and in both 16” and 20” lengths.

Nano Tips

Nano Tips are another great option for fine hair because nano rings are roughly 90% smaller than most micro-rings making them discreet and seamless and very easy to blend with natural hair. Installed in the same way as Pro Tips®, the natural hair is threaded through the nano ring, before the unique tip of the Elegance Nano Tip extension is threaded through and clamped into place. Most nano tip extensions should last around 6-9 months but can slip if your hair is too soft or oily (Elegance Nano Tips by Remi Cachet, can last over 12 months with the correct aftercare, making them one of the best options of Nano Tip on the market). As they’re thin and lightweight, they don’t add too much weight or strain to the hairline making them a good pick for naturally finer hair.

Things to consider: you may read that micro rings can cause damage to finer hair, but this will only happen if they are improperly fitted. Your hair technician will know how much weight your hair can handle, so it’s important to get a consultation appointment first. Some micro ring extensions may be too wide or heavy for your hair to conceal, but as Pro Tips® and nano tips are quite discreet, they’re a safe bet if properly fitted and cared for.

What are the best hair extensions to avoid with fine hair?

As a general rule, any hair extensions that put unnecessary strain and weight on your head and hairline should be avoided if you have fine or thin hair. Your hair technician will be able to properly advise you on the best course to take when it comes to your extensions, so always seek professional advice before your first application or if you’re having problems whilst wearing them. Here’s a quick round-up of some types of extensions which can generally be difficult for those with fine hair to wear:

Clip-in extensions

Although they’re semi-permanent, unnecessary pulling and tugging on the hair can make clip-ins a bad choice for those with fine hair as the clips can be difficult to conceal under your own locks.

Hot fusion hair extensions

A tried and tested traditional method for adding hair extensions to hair, extension hair is bonded to the natural hair using a heat tool and glue. Whilst modern extensions use keratin which dries clear and looks natural, the process of removing fusion hair extensions is incredibly intricate and sometimes requires pliers. If not removed correctly by a professional this method could cause damage and breakages to finer hair.

With correct fitting, care and aftercare, hair extensions can be a great option for anyone looking for a hair boost, regardless of their hair type. Whichever option you prefer, be sure to book a consultation appointment before your fitting, to make sure your choice is the right one for your hair. 

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