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Hair Extensions FAQ

Getting hair extensions can be a big investment and commitment, and here at Additional Lengths we understand that there will be many questions you’d like answering before you consider taking the plunge. We’ve taken some of the most asked questions and answered them all in one place, starting from the basics and going through to hair extensions aftercare.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch to speak to a member of the Additional Lengths team!

Q: What are the benefits of hair extensions?

Hair extensions are a great way to experiment with your look! For those with thin hair, extensions can be used to add that much desired thickness, similarly with flat and limp hair where hair extensions can provide a boost in volume. If you are after colour without the commitment, you can use extensions to add highlights or even something a little more daring!  Hair extensions also give fantastic length and can be blended really well with your own hair for a flawless look, whether it’s for a special occasion with clip in hair extensions, or something more permanent that requires more commitment.

Q: Can anyone have hair extensions applied?

Unfortunately there will be certain situations where we would not advise going ahead with having hair extensions fitted. This could be a scalp conditions such as eczema and psoriasis or maybe something in your lifestyle which would mean that extensions may not be suitable or that the extension needs to take other factors into consideration for the application and aftercare advice. A thorough consultation will go through this with you to ensure that hair extensions are right for you.

Q: What is Remi hair?

Remi (or remy) hair is 100% human hair and is one of the most popular human hair extension types on the market. With the Remi hair extensions from Remi Cachet and other brands, the cuticles are intact and flow in the same direction from root to tip, meaning the hair is smoother and less prone to tangling.

Q: What are the different types of hair extensions available?

You may be surprised to learn that there are many different types of hair extensions available! Finding the right extension type for you can involve considering the cost, style, application and longevity you wish to get from them.

  • Clipin hair extensions: This is a great temporary hair extension option for those seeking a quick boost injection or a look transformation for a short time (think parties, bridal hair and special occasions). There’s zero commitment to clip-in extensions and can be an inexpensive introduction to the world of hair extensions!
  • Tape hair extensions: With these extensions the hair is adhered to a tape which is then attached on either side of your own hair near to the root. Perfect for those with fine hair and those who want to try more permanent extensions.
  • Weft: A long section of hair is sewn together in a lace weft strip which can be then attached to your hair by a stylist using either a sewing, plaiting or gluing technique. The wefts can be cut to length to add several strips to create the finished look.
  • Pre-bonded: The popular pre-bonded hair extensions are ideal for those looking for a long term product to invest in that can provide length and volume for up to one year with regular maintenance. Pre-bonded hair extensions can be applied to your hair in several different ways, including hot or cold fusion and micro ring method. At Additional Lengths we stock Flat Tips, Stick Tips, Nail Tips and micro ring hair extensions, like Remi Cachet Ultra Tips® and Mini Tips® hair extensions.

Q: Can I dye my hair extensions?

Yes, you can dye your human hair extensions but it’s important to avoid applying the hair dye directly onto the bonds of your extensions. We would recommend getting this professionally coloured with your stylist. It’s a good idea to dye your hair your desired colour before getting your hair colour matched with your new hair extensions by a stylist.

Q: How will I know which type of hair extensions are right for me?

It’s a good idea to do a bit of research into the different types of hair extensions available to find the right kind for you and your lifestyle. Perhaps a temporary boost in volume and length is your goal, so clip-in hair extensions would be suitable. If you’d like more permanent hair extensions that may require maintenance, then a pre bonded type of hair extension which adheres to the hair just below the root may be the right option. A consultation with your extensionist will be able to talk you through this.

Take our interactive quiz to get a good idea of which type of hair extensions will be right for your needs!

Q: Does my hair have to be a certain length to have hair extensions applied?

Short hair girls can still get hair extensions! Ideally we’d need to be able to work with 4-5 inches of natural hair to attach pre bonded hair extensions securely. In fact, hair extensions are a great way to help you through that awkward growing-out stage!

Q: What can I expect at a consultation with a hairstylist?

A consultation between customer and stylist should always happen prior to applying extensions so that the customer is aware of the realistic outcomes, and the stylist knows what the customer would like. A stylist will take a look at the current condition of your hair, acknowledging whether it has been dyed or chemically treated, before recommending the best product and colour matching. The extensionist will also talk you through the aftercare regime so that you understand the additional care and commitment required.

Q: How long will it take to have extensions applied?

This will entirely depend on the method of application and how many you need. Once we know your specifications of what you’d like from hair extensions, including length, volume and type of hair extensions, we can give you an estimated length of time it may take to have hair extensions applied. It will be completed in one salon visit though!

Q: What kind of aftercare is needed?

Remember, with synthetic hair extensions it is not possible to use heated hair styling tools such as straighteners or curling wands as it may damage the hair, but with human hair, you’re free to use those styling tools – just avoid getting them too close to the bonds.  Always use a gentle brush to avoid pulling on the roots.

We provide our clients with an aftercare leaflet which contains important information on how to look after your new hair extensions. See the Remi Cachet aftercare guidelines for further info.

Q: Do I need to use a special type of shampoo and conditioner?

We recommend using specific hair extension products as they have been tested on the hair and bonds, to extend the life of the hair extensions. Many high-street branded products are not suitable so please check with your stylist. Just as you would with your natural hair, it’s important to use heat defence spray when using heated tools and keep all styling products away from the bonded area.

Q: Why do I need to go to maintenance appointments?

As above, being proactive with aftercare will help ensure that you get the most out of your hair extensions. Naturally over time your own hair will grow, so there will be some root growth that can be solved by keeping up with maintenance appointments with your stylist. They will remove the extensions and re-apply them further up at the roots, meaning that they will stay looking natural and healthy!

Q: How long will the extensions last?

This will vary depending on many factors including aftercare and maintenance.

Q: How are hair extensions removed?

When it comes to removal, it’s important that you have your hair extensions removed professionally to avoid causing damage your hair. Tape hair and pre-bonded hair applied with heat or cold fusion will also need a specific removal product to release the bonds. The removal process, depending on application, can take up to 2 hours.

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6 ways to achieve the best hair of your life

For many of us, it can feel like a bad hair day lasts for longer than a day, resulting in dry and lacklustre locks. No matter what you do or what products you try, you may not be achieving the results you want. But have you ever thought about the small stuff? Simple things like your pillows and routine can affect your hair quality, and at Additional Lengths we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to rectify your situation. Read on to find out six different ways you can get the best hair of your life.

1) Don’t shampoo every day

A lot of us think that when our hair is oily, it must be washed. In fact, this is not always the case. When you wash your hair with shampoo, you strip it of its natural oils, meaning that the hair works harder and produces even more. This can actually result in your hair becoming greasier faster, which means you’ll probably wash it again. It’s a vicious cycle but one that’s simple to get out of. If you feel like your hair needs a wash, but it’s only been one day, try some dry shampoo. After a while, your hair will get used to this routine and will retain more vitamins and nourishment.

2) Change your pillowcase

Are you using a pillowcase made from cotton, or not washing it at least once a week? Research has shown that cotton is a very drying material, meaning that when you sleep on it at night, it dries out your hair. Avoid this by using a polyester, silk or satin pillowcase instead. These are much gentler on your hair and will avoid frizz in the morning. Not washing your pillowcase often enough is also a cause of greasy and flattened hair, so be sure to pop it into the washing machine and use light, sensitive detergents.

3) Follow up your shampoo with conditioner

Sometimes we all have those days where we think that we won’t need conditioner, but a good rule of thumb is to always use it regardless. Start by applying it to the middle of your hair and work it down to the ends – never apply it on the scalp as it can cause oil to produce more. Leave it on for a couple of minutes for it to do its trick and then wash off. It will leave your hair silky smooth, hydrated and shouldn’t cause excess grease.

4) Nourishing hairspray and dry shampoo

Hairspray can often be a very drying substance to put on your hair, which can mean that your hair becomes brittle and weak. Try looking for a hydrating and nourishing hairspray, rather than a generic one, and we’re certain that your hair will thank you. Better yet, try using dry shampoo as a substitute – it sounds strange but it definitely does the trick!

5) Started from the bottom now we’re here

The above is what your hair brush should be singing! Always brush your hair by starting at the bottom, working your way through the tangles and the frizz. After the ends have been sorted, you can start going higher and higher, until you finally reach your roots. Doing this will leave less split ends in your hair and will also make it smoother. Also, try not to brush your hair when it’s wet, but if you have to, ensure you use this method.

6) Don’t delay and go to the hairdressers

It’s easy for us to delay getting a haircut, as we all understand how life can get in the way. However, it’s very important to make time for a haircut as regular trims can do wonders for your hair.

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How to properly clean your hair tools

One thing that we probably never think about is cleaning our hair tools, like our brushes and clips, but it is in fact one of the most important things to consider. The only way to make sure that your hair tools give you perfect looking hair is to take the utmost care with them, and this can’t be done when they are unclean. At Additional Lengths we’ve compiled a guide for you to examine and take a note of, helping you to achieve the finest hair possible.

Cleaning brushes and combs

We’ve all noticed that hair becomes trapped in brushes, and that’s probably the only thing that we remove. But the fact is that oils from your scalp, residue, thousands of germs, dust, hairspray and other particles are stuck in there, too. Do you really want to be brushing those across your hair everyday, especially if you’ve just washed it? No, of course not!

To properly clean your brushes and combs, we recommend taking a long and thin tool like a rat tail comb and tug gently at any hair in the brush to loosen it. Try to remove all of the hair before proceeding to the next step, which involves filling your sink up with warm water. Add some cleansing shampoo into the mix, and either let it soak or use a spare toothbrush to ease off the buildup. Once this is finished, let them air dry and use again! It’s recommended to do this at least once a month.

Cleaning your hair dryer

You can probably see lint and dirt in the hair dryer vent, which means it’s time for a clean! It’s a completely normal thing, but this buildup can prevent the hair dryer from working properly – and safely. Most hair dryers come with a removable filter for the vent which should easily twist off. If it doesn’t, take a look at your instruction manual for help. Once it’s off, clean it with a dry toothbrush to remove all of the grit and dirt and rinse it with warm water. It’s important to make sure that you air dry it completely before reattaching it and using it.

Cleaning hair accessories

You must remember accessories like scrunchies, hair ties and headbands as these can also have buildup. Similar to the hair brushes, pop them in the sink with a couple drops of shampoo and warm water, then leave them to dry or speed it up with a towel.

Cleaning heated applications

Sticky buildup on hair curlers, tongs and straighteners not only look unsightly, but can cause split ends and burns. Keep your hot tools in their best condition by cleaning off this residue. First, start by ensuring that they’re unplugged and completely cold before doing anything. Get a cloth and wet it with some water, rubbing off any residue as much as you possibly can. If this doesn’t work, try something like rubbing alcohol instead. Once removed, leave to dry before using again. This way your applicators will last longer without any worry.