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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.

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)!

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. 

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.

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.   

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.

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. 

Events

4 Beautiful, Cap-Friendly Graduation Hairstyles

Graduation is one of the biggest days of your life so far and, naturally, you want to look the part. You’re all prepared with your gown and hat, you’ve picked out your dress and shoes… But, have you decided how to style your hair for the big day?

Graduation hair can be tricky, especially with a graduation cap to contend with. If you’re looking for inspiration for the event, look no further. Here at Additional Lengths, we’ve put together our top 4 graduation hairstyles – all graduation cap friendly! 

 

Boho waves

Waves really are a timeless style, making them a great option for graduation day. Particularly if your hair is on the finer side, waves are fantastic for adding texture and volume to your locks. To achieve this look, simply loosely curl with a wand, tousle your hair with your hands, and finish with a spritz of texturising spray. 

 

Side fishtail plait

If you’re considering putting your hair up for graduation, a side plait is a great choice. For starters, there is no complicated updo that you have to worry about ruining with your cap and, secondly, your hair won’t be completely hidden in pictures when you are wearing your cap.

For an additional wow factor, we’d recommend mixing it up with a stylish side fishtail plait. A fishtail looks intricate and unique – perfect for a special occasion – but is actually surprisingly easy to create. Simply separate your hair into two sections, then take a small strand of hair from one side and cross it over, pulling it behind the opposite section. Switch sides and repeat, until you have a full plait. 

DIY salon blowdry

For sleek and straight hair with those ‘just left the hairdressers’ vibes, why not treat yourself to a DIY blowout? To do this, simply:

  • Wash your hair as usual, then spray with a heat protection spray. The Morrocan Oil Perfect Defense Protect Spray is ideal for this, with nourishing argan oil and vitamins for enviable shine. For additional frizz control, apply the Morrocan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream to your hair while it is still damp.
  • It is best to start the styling process of your blow-dry when your hair is already around 70% dry. Either leave to air dry naturally, gently towel dry or, if you’re short on time, use your hairdryer to ensure your hair is free from large amounts of moisture. 
  • Now the styling! Begin by choosing a smaller section of the hair and, using your fingers, pull the hair out and away from the head in order to dry the roots.
  • Once the roots are dry, use a paddle brush to run through the lengths of your hair, drying as you go. Point the hairdryer downwards and follow the movements of the brush in order to encourage a sleek, straight finish. Once dried, blast the hair with cool air from the dryer to help ‘set’ the style.
  • If needed, run through the lengths of your hair with a hair straightener. Then, finish the whole look with a shine-enhancing finishing spray such as the Moroccan Oil Shimmer Shine Spray.   

 

Natural curls 

If you have natural curls, why not choose to embrace them on graduation? Treated with a curl defining cream, big, natural curls are bold and beautiful with an instant sense of fun – perfect for making a statement at a special event. 

If your hair is especially thick and curly, why not use cute hair grips to keep control of your locks? Part your hair down the centre and place a fun clip on either side for a 90s chic look that will fit perfectly under your graduation cap. 

 

For stunning hair, no matter the occasion, look no further than the collection of hair extensions and hair extension accessories right here at Additional Lengths. From weft hair extensions to add volume to your tresses through to clip in extensions for instant length, you can find the perfect options to help you totally transform your look.

Summer Trends

Festival Hair Ideas To Rock Summer 2019

With summer well and truly here, one of our favourite seasons is in full swing – festival season!

There is just so much to love about a festival. The music is a given, but on top of that, you have the parties, the food, the company and, of course, festival style. Festivals are a melting pot of fashions and are a great way to showcase your unique sense of personal style through your clothing, makeup and hair. 

However, styling your hair for a festival isn’t without its difficulties. Ever tried to do your hair without electricity or a decent mirror?! You need styles that are relatively quick and easy to create, and that will continue to look fabulous as you party well into the night. 

If you’re heading to a festival this summer and want to make sure your hair is more festival chic than natural bedhead, here at Additional Lengths we’re talking you through all the styles you need to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.

 

Day 1: Hair clips and headbands


It’s day 1 of the festival. Your hair is freshly washed and styled, so why not show it off? 

90s inspired headbands and hair clips have come back into fashion in a huge way in 2019, and are a fabulous way to add a unique touch to your regular ‘hair down’ look. Not only that, but they’ll keep your hair pushed back away from your face and in place all day and night long. Perfect!

Use a statement headband to hold your hair away from your face, or opt for a number of eye-catching hair clips. Part your hair neatly down the centre and add a clip on either side for the ultimate in 90s chic, or work an off-centre parting with multiple hair clips on one side – the choice is yours.

 

Day 2: A half-up bun 

 
Let’s just be clear – festivals, particularly if you’re camping, aren’t always the cleanest of places. So, by day 2, you’ll likely find yourself looking for an easy festival hairstyle that can hide the bedhead and unwashed hair. 

For this next incredibly quick and easy hairdo, we’d recommend loosely braiding your hair before bed the night before. This will hold your hair in place overnight, limiting frizz, breakage and knots, while leaving you with gorgeous boho waves to work with come the morning! 

When it comes to styling, spritz the roots of your hair with a little dry shampoo to absorb any grease, then pull the top section of your hair into a half-up bun. This doesn’t have to be a perfect bun – a loose bun with sections hanging down will only add to the boho vibes! You can then use your hair clips from the day before to add interest to the bun, or get playful with oversized scrunchies or hair scarves to finish the look. 

Tip: The Morrocan Oil Dry Shampoo is available in both dark tones and light tones, so you can match your dry shampoo to your hair and eliminate that pesky dull residue. 

 

Day 3: Festival braids

 
Day 3; by now there’s a good chance your hair has seen better days. And this is the point where festival braids come out in full force!

There’s a reason Dutch braids are so popular with festival-goers – they are easy and effortless to wear, keep your hair off your face, hide dirt well, and are endlessly stylish! This festival season, why not give your Dutch braids a unique twist? Hair charms, hair glitter, rainbow-coloured hair extensions and feather hair extensions are all great ways of bringing a whole new dimension to this classic festival hairstyle.  If its the last day of the festival and you’ll soon be at home with unthinkable luxuries such as hot, running water, you can even use hair glitter throughout the roots of your hair. This isn’t only an awesome festival look, but can help hide any greasy roots – win-win!

 

However you’re spending the summer, do it with fabulous hair with the full collection of hair extensions and accessories at Additional Lengths. From weft hair extensions to clip in hair extensions, you can find everything you need to give your hair a whole new lease of life this season.

Summer Wedding

2019 Wedding Hair: Ideas For The Big Day

You’ve put aside the date, picked the dress and agonised over the shoes. But have you planned your summer wedding hair?

Perhaps you’re a wedding guest looking for wedding hair ideas? Or maybe you’re a bridesmaid, or even the bride herself, looking for the perfect do for the big day.

Whether you’re thinking subtle or statement, sleek princess hair or boho updo, we’ve got all the wedding hairstyles you need to help complete your wedding day look.

 

Flower adorned braids

 

Bring the flower power to your look with this gorgeous plaited updo. This pretty wedding day hair is perfect for both the bride and bridesmaids: it is somehow relaxed yet intricate all at the same time, with an additional eye-catching element brought with the floral hairpiece detailing. The key to this look is the ‘messy’ feel, with small sections of hair pulled loose for a chilled out boho vibe.

 

Chic French twist

 

The ultra-chic French twist is a great choice for bridesmaids, members of the wedding party, or a bride looking for a sophisticated, understated do. Quick and simple to achieve (with maybe a helping hand from a friend!), this sleek updo works perfectly on a variety of hair lengths and thicknesses. Use a tail comb to pull strands of the finished bun loose for a relaxed touch, or leave it sleek and spritz with hairspray for a neat, polished finish.

 

Big, bouncy curls

 

For a classic, fun and timeless wedding day look, opt for big, bouncy, beautiful curls. This gorgeous wedding day hairstyle is fantastic for all hair lengths and is a great way to bring volume to your hair. To avoid frizz, treat your hair with a serum, then curl sections with a large curling wand for big, loose curls. To create a polished finish, twist the front sections back from your face and pin in place. If you’re the bride herself, you can add a statement hairpiece, tiara or flower crown, while guests can keep the look a little more understated with plain hairpins.

 

Half up fishtail

 

Another look that’s easy to achieve yet looks absolutely incredible is the half up half down fishtail plait. This wedding hairdo is created by plaiting two frontal sections of the hair and bringing them together at the back of the head, then braiding both sections together into a stylish fishtail design. With the remainder of the hair loosely waved and with flowers added into the plaits, this boho babe style is perfect for both brides and bridesmaids who want a relaxed, pretty and chic wedding day look.

 

Intricate updo

 

It wouldn’t be a wedding hair post without a statement bun! Sleek on top then twisted into an intricate side bun, this glamorous updo is the perfect option for brides who are looking for a statement, yet elegant, look. The key to this hairstyle is volume – the thicker your hair, the better the finished style. Of course, if you’re wanting to add additional thickness to your natural locks for the big day, you can do so quickly and easily with clip in extensions. Alternatively, choose a clip in bun for instant glam.

 

Long Princess hair

What girl doesn’t dream of long, flowing princess locks on her big day? Well, with the Remi Cachet hair extensions collection you can have just that! Whether you’re looking to add length or volume to your hair, there are a whole host of options to help you achieve the perfect bridal look. The above look uses Remi Cachet extensions to build length and volume. The hair is then teased at the root, swept off the face and held in piece with a glittering headband for a show-stopping bridal look that oozes glamour and style.  

 

For hair that will take you through the big day, all throughout your honeymoon and beyond, look no further than the Remi Cachet hair extensions collection at Additional Lengths. From the award-winning Remi Cachet Ultra TipsⓇ through to a range of Remi Cachet weft hair extensions, you’re sure to discover the new hair of your dreams.

Or, for further wedding hair inspiration, make your way over to our bridal hair Pinterest board.

Hair Tips

How To Stop Your Hair From Tangling

We’ve all experienced the frustration of tangled hair. And we all know that long hair, while looking fantastic, is automatically more prone to pesky tangling.

Having great hair requires a good deal of care, and this also applies to your hair extensions. After all, real human hair extensions are susceptible to damage in all the same ways as your natural hair, so need as much – if not more! – care and attention.

If you treat them right, hair extensions can continue to make a wonderful impression for a great deal of time. So, how can you prevent tangles in your hair extensions? And how should you tackle tangles if they do occur?

 

Preventing tangles and matting in hair extensions

Of course, as with anything, prevention is better than cure! We’d recommend staying ahead of potential issues with your hair extensions before they arise, by taking good care of both your natural hair and your extensions.

Take care when washing your hair

If you wear clip-in extensions, you should always remove them and wash them separately to minimise any damage. If you wear permanently attached extensions such as weft extensions or pre-bonded extensions, take extra care when washing your hair. Do not scrub at your scalp or over-massage the roots of your hair, as this can damage the bond of your extensions.

Brush your hair regularly

We know this may sound obvious, but both your natural hair and your hair extensions require regular brushing to prevent tangles. You should brush your hair and extensions at least twice a day, and more if needed. You can use a specialist extension brush, a wide-toothed comb, or a tangle-specific brush for this.

If you’re looking for a hair extension specific brush, the Remi Cachet collection is an absolute must. Created in association with Denman, the Remi Cachet brushes are a godsend for treating both natural hair and extensions and, as an added bonus, the whole collection boasts the signature RC pretty pink hue. The Remi Cachet hair extension paddle brush is ideal for longer hair, while the smaller Remi Cachet tangle tamer is perfect for mid-lengths – as well as being compact enough to pop in your handbag for on-the-go grooming!

When brushing with hair extensions be sure to be extra careful – don’t tug and pull to remove tangled or knotty hair, as this can cause damage. Instead, hold the hair beneath the bond and brush through the lengths gently.

Sort out your bedtime routine

There’s nothing better than a good nights sleep. However, that perfect 8 hours isn’t always the best news for our hair. Tossing and turning in the night can cause tangled or matted hair – cue the bedhead! Therefore we’d recommend considering investing in a sleeping cap to keep your hair protected through the night. Alternatively, tie a smooth silk scarf around your head and hair on an evening to ensure your hair remains smooth and sleek until morning.

If neither of these is an option for you, at the very least you should brush your hair and extensions before bed and secure them away from your face in a plait or loose ponytail. Finally, never go to sleep with wet or damp hair – you’re just asking for tangled hair in the morning!

Treat your hair

Dried out hair will tangle much more easily, so make sure you’re treating and conditioning your hair regularly to keep it soft, sleek and tangle free. Hair extension aftercare products such as deep conditioners, hydrating styling creams, oil treatments and intensive masks are all ideal for restoring moisture into both your natural hair and extensions, leaving you with long, sleek, flowing locks that will turn heads for all the right reasons.

 

 

How to remove tangles from hair extensions

If you follow all the above tips, you should get the very best from your extensions. However, if you do find yourself dealing with tangles, the following steps should help;

  • First, gently detangle the hair as much as possible with your fingers.
  • Next, split your hair into smaller, manageable sections. We’d recommend at least four sections – left and right, and the top and underneath of the hair. Of course, if your hair is particularly long or thick, you may wish to create more sections.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb or a specialist tangle remover such as the Tangle Teezer or the Remi Cachet de-tangling options to gently work through each section. For any larger knots, use a tail comb to gently loosen the knot. Remember to hold the extensions above the knot as you comb or brush the hair, to avoid putting pressure on the hair extension bonds.
  • Gently wash the hair (without scrubbing), then treat your hair with an intense conditioner – massage this gently into the lengths and ends of your hair, and use your fingers to comb through the hair as you apply. As an additional treat for your hair, opt for the Remi Cachet Hair Extension Miracle Mist – a genius spray that will treat and condition your hair extensions during wear. Simply spritz onto the lengths of dry or damp hair both before and after washing to banish tangles and reap the benefits of sleek, smooth locks.
  • Brush through your hair again with a wide-toothed comb, then dry and style as required.

 

Of course, to avoid any unnecessary problems with your hair extensions, we’d always recommend opting for a high-quality option from a trusted brand. Whether you’re wanting to boost your hair with additional volume or you’re fantasising about long, mermaid style locks for summer, the current collection of hair extensions at Additional Lengths is full of options to suit your needs. Explore weft hair extensions, pre-bonded hair extensions and clip-in hair extensions from top brands such as Remi Cachet to create the hair of your dreams.

Hair Tips Remi Cachet

Transform Your Look With Remi Cachet Ultra Tips Extensions

They’re back, and they’re better than ever!

If you’re a fan of the stunning real human hair extensions collection from Remi Cachet, we’ve got some good news for you. The award-winning Ultra Tips range is back, just in time for you to transform your looks, and your locks, for summer!

And not only that, in addition to the regular 16” and 20” human hair extensions, Ultra Tips are now available in a glorious 24” length. So, if you’re looking to create long, flowing beach babe tresses for the new season then look no further!

Never tried Ultra Tips? Here’s all you need to know…

 

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How do Ultra Tips extensions work?

Remi Cachet Elegance Ultra TipsⓇ are a re-usable human hair extension – this means there is no need to re-tip. Ultra Tips are unique in that they are fitted in place with the specially designed Remi Cachet Ultra Locks®. 

This method allows Remi Cachet Ultra Tips to be easily removed and refitted after your natural hair has grown: you can simply open the Ultra Locks and slide the extensions out. This means you can rotate and refit your Ultra Tips extensions without the need to replace them, and also ensures the same support hair is not always holding the extensions – leaving you with healthier hair. So, wonderful news for the maintenance of both your extensions and your natural hair!

 

 

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Why choose Ultra Tips extensions?

The tips of your hair extensions play a vital component in the overall look of your finished do – after all, this is how your extensions are attached, so it is important that they are completely secure and discreet. This is why Remi Cachet offers the Ultra Tips extensions range, with extra special care given to the hair extension tip to ensure a natural, luxurious look.

The tips of these professional hair extensions are designed to sit completely flat to the head, for a natural fit with no unsightly lumps or bumps. As an added bonus, Ultra Tips are positioned like a fan, with the hair dispersed in such a way to give maximum coverage and a flawless finish. Remi Cachet really does mean it when they say Ultra Flat, Ultra Light, Ultra Coverage!

 

From jet black to champagne blonde, there is an extensive range of shades and tones to choose from across the Remi Cachet Ultra Tips hair extensions collection, guaranteeing a seamless match to your existing hair. Whether you’re looking to create long, flowing locks or you want to give your hair a boost with some extra volume, explore the full Remi Cachet Ultra TipsⓇ collection at Additional Lengths to discover the perfect option for you.

Summer

Hair Saviours For The Summer Months

There’s an endless list of things we love about summer; jetting off on holiday, basking in the sun, summer fashions… we could go on! What we don’t love, however, is summertime hair damage.

Heat, UV rays and the sea can all wreak havoc on our hair, leaving dry, dull looking locks that leave much to be desired. But, we’re happy to say, there are a number of ways you can fight dry summertime hair. Whether you’re rocking your natural locks or giving your hair a boost with hair extensions, here are our top summer hair care tips to eliminate those pesky bad hair days.

 

How to take care of hair in summer

Fight sun damage

It goes without saying that summer is naturally hotter, so your hair faces additional heat damage. Heat damage will dry out your hair and cause that dreaded frizz, therefore you should cut down on heat styling as much as possible – additional heat will only add to the problem!

Instead, treat your hair regularly to treatments or hair masks to lock in moisture and stop your locks from drying out. Conditioner and Moroccan oil treatments are your BFFs in summer, helping to protect your hair and give you back your shine. Hats are also an excellent option, helping to shield both your hair and scalp from harmful sun rays.

 

Get rid of split ends

Dry hair tends to suffer more from split ends, which can, in turn, make hair look dryer and frizzier – its a vicious cycle! You should always make sure to get a good hair trim at the beginning of the summer season to keep your hair looking fresh and healthy throughout the warmer months. Remember, hair tends to grow faster in summer too, so keep on top of your trims to avoid the ends of your hair becoming damaged.

 

How to look after your hair on holiday

Are you lucky enough to be jetting off on a summer holiday this year? Sun, sea and sand – all great for the mind, but not so much for your hair! Ensure you and your tresses are prepared with our top summer holiday hair care tips.

 

Keep on top of tangles

Chlorine, sea salt and naturally sun-drying hair can leave you with a beautiful beachy look. However, what this often means is an abundance of tangles that makes it harder to tackle your hair when you do want to brush or style it.  

A detangling hair brush such as the Tangle Teezer will become somewhat of a holy grail for saving your summer hair. Opt for a Compact Tangle Teezer to throw in your beach bag, or keep on top of your hair straight after a swim with the Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler.  

Top tip: Before you jump into the pool, loosely tie your hair up to avoid it getting too wet.    

 

Protect against chlorine damage

And speaking of chlorine, if you have lighter hair you’ve more than likely either experienced or heard horror stories of hair turning green following a swim. This is due to the combination of chlorine and copper in pool water, which bond together and attach to the proteins of your hair. So, how do you prevent the dreaded holiday green hair?

As with most things in life, preparation is key. Even just rinsing your hair with clean water before a dip in the pool can help. This is because dry hair is more porous so will absorb more chlorine. A quick rinse with clean water when you’ve got out of the pool will also go a long way, helping to remove your hair of excess chlorine and ensuring it is clean as it dries.

There are also, of course, a number of treatments and shampoos you can invest in to ensure coloured or bleached hair maintains its glow. Check out the Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Kit which protects the hair from UV rays and against discolouration and damage from the pool, hard water minerals found in hotel water systems and salt sea waters. Alternatively, explore our full aftercare selection to find the perfect options to suit you and your hair.

How to care for hair extensions in summer

If you do have hair extensions, there are a number of areas in which you will need to take additional care. The key thing to remember is to be careful with your hair extension bonds, weft or tape tops.  

 

Avoid getting hair extension bonds wet

The bonds, weft and tape tops are prone to damage when wet. To combat this, try not to soak the roots of your hair in water for too long, and always gently dry the roots of your hair immediately when getting out of the pool or sea. Avoid massaging or twisting the hair with a towel, but pat dry.  

 

Be careful with lotion and skincare

Skincare is of the utmost importance in summer, with moisturisers and sunscreens vital tools to keep your skin glowing and healthy. We all know sunscreens change our white T-shirts orange – well, the chemicals in suntan lotion can also affect your hair so tie your hair up out the way and wash hands immediately afterwards to ensure they don’t transfer to your hair.

 


To keep your locks and your extensions looking bright, shiny and healthy all summer long, be sure to explore the full haircare accessories collection at Additional Lengths. Or, for products to keep your Remi Cachet extensions in top condition, head on over to our specialist Remi Cachet aftercare collection.

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What Is The Difference Between Balayage & Ombré?

The two main hair colour trends that have got people in the beauty world talking in the last couple of years has to be balayage and ombré. With their exotic sounding names and the number of celebrities jumping on board the hair trend, rocking those dip dye tresses could be the way to go for your new hair look in 2019.

So, do you know your balayage from your ombre? Knowing the differences between balayage and ombré will help you decide which to ask for when you’re sat in the hairdressing chair. Let’s look at decoding the hair trends individually.

What is Balayage?

Taken from the French word meaning ‘to sweep’, balayage is related to the technique of the hair dye application. Mirroring its French meaning, hair colourists will sweep the colour through sections of the hair to give the finished result of a natural, and long, transition of colour from dark to light. The lighter colour, be it a honey blonde or caramel shade, can be brought through to the front to highlight the face for a flattering addition to the balayage hair look.

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The result of the balayage means that you’ll get a natural, sunkissed hair colour finished with beautifully blended lighter tones stretching upwards to a darker shade at the roots. With balayage hair, you’ll have stunning multi-tonal finish because the lighter colour application is focused on the top layers of the hair. Bayalage looks fabulous on mid-length to long hair and is extremely popular among celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Miley Cyrus.

What is Ombré?

Ombré is another lovely sounding French word meaning ‘shade’ or ‘shadow’, and in hair colour terms, means a striking transition between light and dark shades. The two-tone colour effect has been popular for years and can suit a whole host of hair colours if you wish to keep your natural hair as the root colour. If you’re feeling adventurous, an alternative ombré look is opting for a bold colour for the mid-lengths to the ends of the hair. The lightened section of the hair will boost the vibrancy of whichever colour you go for, whether its a temporary pop or pink or a tempting teal.

Should I get balayage or ombré?

Both hair dye styles are great for those looking for a low maintenance look. If the root colour is similar or the same as your natural hair, you’ll be visiting the salon a whole lot less than if you took the lighter colour up to the root! A dip hair dye look is also great for those looking to test out a new colour without going the whole way with all-over colour. Ombré hair also offers a more striking look than the softer balayage hair colouring technique, so if you’d like a natural looking hair update, we’d recommend the balayage technique.

Get the popular balayage or ombre hair look without the hair dye by opting for high-quality human hair extensions from Remi Cachet here at Additional Lengths! We stock beautifully blended Remi Cachet Elegance full weft hair extensions in an array of multi-tonal options. Feel free to contact us to speak to a friendly salon professional who can help you with any hair extension colour matching.

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Top LFW Hairstyles

All eyes look to the catwalks of London Fashion Week when it comes to scoping out the hottest upcoming trends in fashion, makeup and hair. London Fashion Week is certainly not disappointing us this year and here at Additional Lengths, we’re excited to share with you some of our favourite hair trends from the best designers around.

Whether you’re a fan of the amazing iconic hairstyles that are definitely destined to stay on the catwalk due to their outlandish looks, or interested in incorporating some designer inspired hair trends into your own hairstyles this year – read on for inspiration.

Playing with textures

Contrasting undone mid-lengths and ends with a polished front section of the hair, the hairstyles displayed by models walking the Jamie Wei Huang show are easy to replicate. Reminding us of a ‘morning after the night before’ look, we can just imagine trying to tame the back of our hair whilst the front has loyally remained in place after being hairsprayed the evening before! The hair is parted in the centre and smoothed back before being treated to a backcombing at the crown and mid-lengths for an interesting mix of textures. Not necessarily an iconic hairstyle in itself, but certainly one we could imagine replicating!

To create a wearable version of this look, comb hair back to the crown and smooth down with hairspray and secure with hairgrips behind the ears. Next, backcomb hair gently at the crown with a brush such as a Tangle Teezer to avoid damaging the hair. A generous spritz of hairspray will keep the volume in place and you’ll have a 60’s inspired hairstyle!

Baby fringes

A big hair trend for 2019 is the short blunt fringe and it was perfectly executed in the fashion industry newcomer Matt Bovan’s show on the first day of LFW. Complimenting a short bob beautifully, choppy bangs frames a face perfectly and allows expressive eyebrows to be seen. For a glossy dark bob and blunt fringe, use a hair oil from Moroccan Oil to smooth the hair and add a light reflecting shine.

Feminine low ponytails

No hairstyle could be easier or more simple, but the low ponytails at the Victoria Beckham LFW show were a fine example of understated elegance that worked perfectly. Centre partings and loose ponytails were a feminine contrast to the sharp structures of the clothes, and tendrils of hair pulled around the face softened the look further. A very basic hair trend for spring but a classic that will never go out of fashion!

What were your favourite hairstyles from London Fashion Week 2019?

If you’re planning on taking inspiration from the glamorous catwalk trends for your spring and summer hair looks, we have everything you need right here at Additional Lengths to create the very best hairstyles. Treat yourself to luxurious locks with our human hair extensions from Remi Cachet or style up a storm with our various ranges of hairstyling tools and products from brands such as ghd and Cloud Nine. With the London Fashion Week hairstyles, you can take elements of the looks to work with your own hair type and personal style!

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