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Hair Extensions For Beginners

With a brand new year often comes the urge to change up a few things in our lives to reflect the fresh start. It may involve hitting the gym, clearing out our bulging wardrobes or dreaming of transforming our appearance with a new hairstyle. At Additional Lengths, we love the power hair extensions can have on completely reinventing your look. So if you’re considering hair extensions as part of your 2019 hair look, we’ve put together a quick and easy guide on hair extensions for beginners to help you choose the best type for you.

What are the different types of hair extensions?

We stock a fabulous range of hair extensions from leading brands such as Remi Cachet that offer temporary or more long term hair extension options to suit your preferences. A good place to start with when it comes to hair extensions for beginners is to familiarise yourself with the different types of extensions on the market, so you can hopefully find the right kind to suit your lifestyle and your hair.

  • Clip-in Hair Extensions: The perfect solution for those ladies looking for instant volume and length without the commitment! Securely attach the pieces of clip in hair extensions to transform your hair for a special occasion or for a bridal hairstyle, or as a cost-effective hair extensions option.
  • Tape Hair Extensions: This type of hair extension is ideal for those with fine hair. Easy to attach, tape hair extensions involve a strip of hair which is applied either side of a section of your own hair, with the adhering strip securing the hair near the root.
  • Weft Hair Extensions: Another more permanent hair extension type is weft hair extensions which involve a long section of hair which has been sewn into a lace weft strip that is then attached to your own hair by sewing, glueing or plaiting techniques. For a more natural finish, the weft can be cut into strips and applied where needed.
  • Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions: Opt for pre-bonded hair extensions if you’re looking for a long term extension product to change up your look in 2019. Pre-bonded hair extensions can be safely applied to your hair in several different ways, including hot or cold fusion and micro ring method, and can last up to a year with maintenance appointments. 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.

What are hair extensions made from?

Naturally, there are pros and cons of the various kinds of hair extensions and what they are made from. Synthetic hair extensions are a cheaper material, but you’re limited with styling as applying heat to synthetic hair extensions may result in damage. Human hair extensions and Remy hair extensions are a more costly but worthwhile option.

So, what is Remy hair?

Remy hair is human hair and it’s a popular hair extension choice for those looking for a natural look with their hair extensions. Remy hair extensions are smooth and less prone to tangling because the cuticles of the hair remain and they flow in the same direction from root to tip. Another benefit of human hair extensions is that they are easy to blend with your own hair due to the natural texture they provide. Human hair extensions are also great for those who love using heated stylers such as straighteners and curling wands, with the styles being easily washed out without damaging the hair.

Key points to consider:

  • Choose the right hair extensions for your needs: Whether you’re looking for something temporary for your dream bridal hair, or an everyday look you can rely on, you’ll need to consider either clip in hair extensions or permanent hair extensions accordingly. Consider the maintenance (cost and time) required with more permanent types of hair extensions, and what you’d prefer your new locks to be made from to get the best results.
  • Style of extensions: This is where you determine the length and thickness of the human hair extensions to suit your personal style.
  • Colour match: How to colour match hair extensions will depend on the different shades in your natural hair, as many of us have highlights or balayage to consider. Colour matching is the key to blending hair extensions seamlessly, with no giveaway differences in hair shades, so that it looks natural.
  • Maintenance: No matter the type of hair extensions, they are an investment and should be looked after so that they remain in top condition. Be sure to take the time to wash them with appropriate haircare products and take note of your hair extensions aftercare guide.

If you’re considering clip in hair extensions, pre-bonded hair extensions or weft extensions for 2019, be sure to take a look at our Additional Lengths Instagram page for beautiful hair inspiration.

For more info, take a look at our Hair Extensions FAQ post, or get in touch with the Additional Lengths hair extension experts for friendly advice on where to get started!

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Festive Party Hair Inspiration

It’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas hair and beauty looks. We’re sure you’ll agree that part of the excitement of this time of year is the build-up to the big day itself! So with that in mind, here at Additional Lengths, we’re thinking about how upcoming festive parties and events are the perfect opportunities to showcase a brand new hairstyle or change up your hair colour.

Let’s explore our favourite Christmas party hairstyles and festive hair looks to get you in the mood for the merry season! Whether you’ve got parties booked in or cosy date nights planned, we’ll have something for you in this collection of hair ideas.

Vintage Inspired Waves

The long bob has without a doubt become the haircut of 2018, and with this in mind, why not spruce up your lob with a different parting and the addition of some glamorous waves for your Christmas party hairstyle? Vintage curls are perfect for the party season if you normally wear straight hair everyday and fancy a glamorous change for a festive work party or evening dinner with friends.

To create glossy waves like Lily Collins above, use the Cloud Nine Original Wand for beautiful results. Wrap sections of the hair around the sleek barrel, all in the same direction for a uniform look, and hold for a few seconds before letting go. Allow the curl to cool before spritzing with hairspray and running fingers through the hair to loosen up the curl so that it becomes a structured wave.

Bold Braids

Another trend that we have embraced with open arms this year has been pretty plaits and bold braids. If you’re looking for party hair ideas that will keep your hair away from your face, a French braid or two may just be the hairstyle for you.

 

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We love the look of a volumized braid from the crown of the head flowing into a chic bun at the nape of the neck for something a little different. This sophisticated winter hair look would be ideal for a Christmas meal with colleagues where you want to look polished but effortless.

Accessorize with Diamantes

No party hair look is complete without a dazzling accessory this year. Taking inspiration straight from the catwalk, retro hair barrettes and clips are being brought right back up to date with a diamante and tortoiseshell finish. Not only do they act as a way to keep hair off your face or hide a grown out fringe, but they also offer a decorative element to your overall look.

 

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Jazz up a side parting with a Christmas inspired hair accessory, or keep it classic with a diamante hair barrette slide as an easy way to add some sparkle to your party outfit.

Go Festive Red

Candy canes, holly bushes, Santa’s outfit – everything that signifies the festive period involves a touch of the colour red, so why not embrace it and go for a red hair colour this season? Even if your style is more caramel or gingerbread, there are so many beautiful hues on the red spectrum that you can opt for a rich auburn or deep chestnut as a way to ease yourself into a new hair colour.

 

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Turn into a redhead this party season and add some luxury to your hairstyle with Remi Cachet human hair extensions. You can add length and thickness to your hair with the Remi Cachet Elegance Injection Tape® Hair Extensions available in an array of stunning red tones, including cherry red, plum red, light and dark auburn, all of which result in a gorgeous look.

Our party hair ideas offer a whole host of options for you to completely change your hair for the festive season, or simply update your look for a special occasion. Explore the permanent and semi-permanent hair solutions we stock here at Additional Lengths, and view our range of heated hair tools to find the right styler to help you get ready for Christmas events in no time!

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3 Spooky Halloween Hair & Make Up Ideas

That spooky time of year is slowly crawling toward us again so it’s time to start thinking about how to make a statement this Halloween with your hair and makeup. Whether you want to go all out with special effects gore and guts, or if you prefer a scary but cute vibe, there are so many hair and makeup products on the market to help you achieve the perfect Halloween costume. At Additional Lengths we’re gearing up for Halloween by revisiting old classic costumes and considering ways to bring them up to date. Read ahead for our top three Halloween hair and makeup ideas to get your creative mind ticking!

Skeleton Girl

An oldie-but-goodie has to be the traditional Skeleton Halloween costume. We all have one, so that’s a great start! The art of creating skeleton makeup is to see it as face painting; using existing outlines and contours of the face to create black shadows and a white skull shape. It’s all in the detail, so spend time focusing on the mouth area where you’ll see the bare teeth, which will have real creepy impact!

For the most detailed skeleton makeup tutorial we’ve seen, check out the video below from makeup artist Giulianna Maria.

When it comes to styling your Halloween hair, take spooky skeletal inspiration from Lady Gaga by opting for a really high ponytail with long luscious lengths. A clip in ponytail will add instant length to your hair, building the look even further. The clip in ponytail is easy to attach to the hair and comfortable to wear for a Halloween party! Opt for the same or similar shade to your own hair colour, or alternatively, select a contrasting colour to add to your crazy skeleton look. Dress in a black trouser suit with a white shirt and a bow tie to completely imitate the ‘Born This Way’ video image, or find a skeleton-style onesie from a costume shop to suit your preferences.

Vampire Goddess

For horror with a touch of glam this Halloween, a vampire goddess is the perfect character to play dress up with. The Halloween makeup for a vampire sticks to the general rule of pale skin, dark eyes and even darker lips. Extra points for the addition of pointed fangs and fake blood dripping from the side of your mouth! Get a truly undead look by also adding contact lenses and the appearance of faint veins on the face around the eyes. Swap black lipstick for a plum-coloured matte liquid lipstick and add fake eyelashes to enhance your vampire eyes.

Follow a vampire makeup tutorial from Leyla to get a Halloween makeup look you can take from house party to the dancefloor.

As the vampire goddess character suggests, everything about this look is ultra feminine and sultry; how else are you supposed to attract your food? When dressing as a vampire for Halloween, think Morticia Addams. Clothing should encompass lace or sheer fabric in dark red or black for that sensual gothic attire; a dress with long bell sleeves with a plunging neckline is a great silhouette here. To create beautiful vampiress hair, why not opt for Remi Cachet clip in hair extensions? With the stunning clip in human hair extensions you can get excellent length and luxurious hair by backcombing your hair at the crown and simply clipping in the separate wefts before blending with your own hair. Style the Remi Cachet Deluxe clip in extensions into a centre parting and use straighteners to get those smooth Morticia Addams-style locks. Dark haired ladies can add to the vampire Halloween hair look by creating a widows peak using a black or brown eyeliner.

Mystic Fortune Teller

Our final Halloween look is the mystic fortune teller which has become a popular choice in recent years. This isn’t necessarily a scary character to portray, but it’s a curious one all the same that fits in with the theme of the unusual and the eccentric! With this Halloween makeup look, play with metallic eyeshadow, dark toned ombre-style lipstick and plenty of shimmery highlighter for an ‘out of this world’ look.

Check out how Taylor Bee creates her own take on the fabulous fortune teller Halloween makeup.

Once you’ve got the hypnotic eye makeup and shimmer looking perfect for your fortune teller Halloween makeup look, dress up appropriately with a long skirt and a bardot top. Plenty of accessories is where this costume will really come alive; think lots of gold bangles, layered necklaces and hoop earrings. Coin hair accessories, such as a chain positioned across the forehead, is the perfect finishing touch. This is another Halloween hair look that requires volume for a bigger impact, so consider the reliable tape hair extensions from Remi Cachet to deliver a semi permanent hair enhancing solution. Incorporate mini braids into the hair for a bohemian hairstyle suited to any good spooky fortune teller.

No matter what looks you intend to serve up for Halloween 2018, we hope that our Halloween hair and makeup ideas have inspired you and shown how we can help with your quest for the best costume. Browse our collections of human hair extensions and hair accessories today to see the full selection of products we offer.

Hair Tips Summer Trends

Top 5 Bun Hairstyles

There are so many hairstyles that give you the creativity to play with texture and patterns, but perhaps the most underrated hairstyle of all is the humble hair bun. This simple style is usually reserved for those ‘down days’ where a messy bun is the only thing you can think to do with your hair, as it gives you the ability to ride out the between-washes days while still looking relatively put together, but bun hairstyles also have a whole host of different variations to offer. At Additional Lengths we’re loving the current hair trend of buns right now and we want to share our top 5 bun hairstyle ideas to give you inspiration when it comes to styling your own locks.

Whether you’re looking for bun hairstyles for long hair or buns for short hair, there’s bound to be a look in this list to suit you!

Classic Messy Bun

It may be hard to believe, but that quick, messy bun that you do for the gym or while you’re doing your makeup in the morning can be a turned into a gorgeous hairstyle that looks like you’ve put more effort into it than you actually have! If you want to hide day two or three hair, spritz a generous amount of dry shampoo into brushed hair and collect at the top of the head before gathering the hair into a loose bun. The key here is to allow the hair to escape the bun and look ‘undone’ rather than slicked back with product into a rigid, round bun. To add more volume, go for the Remi Cachet Wavy Wrap which can create a voluminous bun and is great for those messy updo hairstyles.

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Get the perfect messy bun like model Hailey Baldwin by pulling out a few strands of hair to frame your face and use hair grips instead of a hair bobble to secure the bun for a more casual finish.

Half Up, Half Down

A great hairstyle for long, thick hair is the half up, half down hairstyle with a bun in the top section and the bottom section left loose. This will take some weight out of the length of the hair. The bottom section can be straightened or styled into luxurious waves with a curling wand from Cloud Nine for extra texture and volume in the lengths.

 


If you have short to mid-length hair and would like a complete hair transformation, then half up hairstyles with a top knot can look fabulous with clip in hair extensions. The clip in human hair extensions from Remi Cachet offer a luxurious way to lengthen your hair and can look amazing teamed with the top knot bun, providing a great contrast in the two sections of hair.

Space Buns

The hairstyle of the 2018 festival season has definitely been the incredibly popular space bun trend. The cute hairstyle with Spice Girls nostalgia is an Instagram favourite that can be styled up with glitter for special occasions, or worn as an alternative to the half up, half down bun hairstyle.

 


Shake things up a bit with your space buns by braiding the hair from the nape of the neck upwards towards a bun on the top of the head. This may require a helping hand but the results are worth it!

Braided Buns

Buns are the perfect way to keep hair up and off your neck and face during the summer, and if you’ve got a late summer holiday booked you may want to consider this pretty bun hairstyle for the beach. A braided bun can be done as two separate buns or just one bun, the simple difference being the hair should be in a plait or a fishtail braid before being wrapped around itself to become a bun.

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Gorgeous supermodel Jourdan Dunn does braided buns in supreme style with a centre parting and her hair slicked into two mid positioned plaited buns for a quirky hairstyle that’s ideal for festivals or casual days.

Low Bun

The ultimate sophisticated hairstyle that can work on long and short hair is the classic low bun. To create a beautiful low bun, brush the hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck then twist and wrap the hair around the ponytail itself to form a bun before securing with another hair bobble or with hair grips. Smooth down the hair from the front to the back with a little hair serum, such as a hair oil from Moroccan Oil, and keep the bun in place with lashings of firm hold hairspray to keep it in place. The low bun hairstyle is a stylish hair look that’s perfectly suitable for work and can even be turned into a messy low bun hairstyle by teasing out sections of hair for a more mussed up finish.

 

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Add texture to your low bun hairstyle like Selena Gomez by curling your hair and adding texturising spray to the lengths before gathering it into a bun. The texturising spray will also add lots more hold!

We love the wide range of looks that you can achieve with different variations on the classic bun hairstyle. From statement space buns to lazy messy buns and top knots, no matter your preferred style, there will be a bun for you! Create the best look for every occasion with Additional Lengths and our ranges of professional heated hair stylers, brushes and combs and hair styling products.

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Top 5 Braid and Plait Ideas

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It’s that time of year again where we are taking the chance to show off our hair and spend extra time getting creative with it! Summer is the best season to show off your favourite hairstyles and braids. From festivals, to weddings, there’s a hairstyle for every occasion. Plaits are great for all hair types and lengths and offer something different to any other hair style and they can be as easy or as difficult as you make it!

Here at Additional Lengths, we’ve put together our top five list of easy braided hairstyles to keep you cool this summer, whether you plan to camp out beside a pool somewhere exotic, or simply have many trips to the park with friends in mind!

Scalp plaits with a twist

Scalp plaits are an easy way to get your hair out of your face, but the intricacy of the look gives the impression that you’ve made a lot of effort! Ordinary scalp plaits can be fun but, why not try something different and join the two plaits together or create multiple plaits? This adds something a little different than just having two normal plaits, creating a more interesting, unique look. You can either curl the ends or be more alternative and tie them up. Scalp plaits, or French braids, are the perfect summer hairstyle.

Plaits with space buns

If you’re heading to a festival this year, why not spice your plaits up and add some space buns? Plain scalp plaits are the ultimate festival look due to the fact that they can hide dirty hair easily, yet still look well put together. Adding space buns into the mix creates a more edgy look, and it keeps your hair up and out of your way! Space buns are easy to do and maintain for the entire day and night, and can be created by using two hair bobbles, a few hair grips and hairspray to secure. Add some glitter to spice up your scalp and you’re good for the day!

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Wedding look

Been invited to a wedding or a special event this summer? For a classic, elegant look, go for a braided updo. This kind of hairstyle is perfect for any formal occasion as they keep the hair off your neck and shoulders in a sophisticated updo. From weddings to christenings, proms to graduations, a braided updo is the easiest way to look elegant. Michelle Keegan sported an elegant braided bun updo at this year’s BAFTA awards by having a chic bun turned into a teased braid, backcombed at the crown and finished off with feminine tendrils of hair framing her face.

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Another way to incorporate braids into your more formal updo for the perfect bridal hairstyle is to add a scalp plait which leads into a bun, creating a beautifully textured hair look that shows off all of the multiple tones of the hair colour perfectly!

Half up half down

Scalp plaits are all in this summer! But if you aren’t feeling whole plait thing, why not go for a toned down, half up, half down plaited hairstyle? This style is a lot more relaxed than a full head of plaits, and allows you to have a lot more freedom with what you what to do with the ends of your hair. Straighten them or use a Cloud Nine Curling Wand to add waves and texture to the ends of your hair for extra dimension to your summer hairstyle. If you don’t fancy a scalp plait, be different and go for an alternative fishtail braid.

The braided headband

Dare to be different and try a braided headband this summer! A braided headband offers something a little different to any ordinary braid, as it can look as smart or as casual as you want it to. You can wear it in alternative ways, to complete your chosen look. Try adding a Moroccan Oil texturising spray on hair that hasn’t been washed for a day or so, to ensure the texture is there for more staying power when creating this as a casual hairstyle. Plait the hair from one side of the head to the other, using as little or as much hair as you’d like depending on the thickness of the braid you desire. This summer hairstyle can be great for keeping your fringe off your forehead!

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If you love braids and plaits and you’re exploring the possibility of trying out a new kind of look this summer, then Additional Lengths have got you covered with the best hairstyles that feature this popular look.

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Summer Hair Inspo: Love Island Edition

The TV show that focuses on the coupling up of lust- at-first sight partners has had us gripped all summer so far, and it’s not just the romances and break ups that have caught our attention. The guys and gals in Love Island have had their fashionable wardrobe catered for by online retailer Missguided, and with rumours of behind the scenes hairstylists on hand to create the various hair looks, we’re so envious of the glamorous hairstyles! From the luxuriously long locks of Samira to the shorter hair of Kaz, here at Additional Lengths we’re taking a closer look at our new summer hairstyle inspiration – Love Island.

Top knot

What cooler way to keep the hair off your neck and face in the blistering sun than to sweep it up into a chic top knot? Gorgeous Kaz is a big fan of the classic top knot as she regularly has her hair styled this way for evening drinks at the Love Island villa. The blonde shades at the ends and mid lengths of her hair offer a great contrast to her darker natural hair colour. Get this sleek top knot look like Kaz by using a Tangle Teezer brush to smooth out any tangles or bumps in the hair, brushing the hair together into a ponytail at the crown before taking the ponytail and wrapping it around itself and securing with a hair tie and hair grips. Beat the humidity and banish frizz with a bit of Moroccan Oillight hair oil that will tame flyaways whilst providing a shine.

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Kaz works this summer hairstyle perfectly with one of our favourite Love Island outfits – the Bardot top. Work an off-the-shoulder top with a pair of statement earrings like the Love Island girls for that instant holiday look!

Bouncy waves

Beautiful waves in long hair can be a fabulous look all year round, but beach waves are definitely a summer hairstyle you’ll want to emulate. Love Island goddess Samira knew how to style her summer waves perfectly, adding volume to the root and around the face for hair that looked healthy and glamorous. The Love Island girls are often filmed getting ready for their romantic escapades in the dressing room and they love using straighteners and curling wands equally when it comes to creating their beachy waves. We love the ghd Classic Wave Wand when it comes to getting perfect, locked in waves that last all day long. Get shimmering waves and luxurious movement in the hair like Samira by using the wave wand by ghd and complement the look with a pair of hoop earrings for an on-trend finish.

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In true Love Island outfit style, innovative bikini and swimming costume designs have been played with this year. Experiment with various cuts and find a brand new shape or creatively designed bikini, like the one Samira chose with the gold hardware, to see which you will love most on holiday. Just be aware of the potentially interesting tan lines!

High ponytail

A look that has become synonymous with Love Island has to be the high ponytail that Laura and Georgia regularly sport. It’s such an easy and versatile summer hairstyle that can look good as a full ponytail, or by dividing the hair horizontally and putting the top half into a ponytail for a half-up and half-down hairstyle. Hide the hair tie by taking a small section of the hair to wrap around the ponytail like Georgia to add an extra feature to the simple hairstyle. Get the glamorous long hair of the Love Island babes by opting for good quality human hair extensions from Remi Cachet to experience that princess inspired long hair ponytail look! With various application methods on offer, including tape hair extensions and pre-bonded human hair extensions, with Remi Cachet, all of your summer hair goals can be achieved.

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Hair care on the island

With countless hours spent in the pool over the course of a two month stay, the girls of Love Island will hopefully be using hair masks and hair treatments to keep their locks looking and feeling good all summer long. At Additional Lengths, we recommend using a gentle hair brush and a nourishing hair mask from Malibu C to restore the vitality of the hair and giving it a radiant shine after the possibly damaging effects of swimming pool water. Also, spending all day in the sun can take its toll on hair so if you’re planning on soaking up the rays like the Love Island residents this summer, then take a baseball cap to wear to cover the scalp, or plait the hair to protect it from exposure to the sun. Keep suncream away from the hair too as it can discolour hair extensions.

Whoever your favourite Love Island lady is, we can bet that she will have displayed a stunning array of different hairstyles during her time gracing our television screens. From Samira’s beautifully wavy long, dark hair to Georgia’s high ponytail, Love Island has provided some fantastic hair inspiration this year! So take to the hair products available Additional Lengths and replicate your favourite look easily.

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Changing Your Look With Hair Extensions

For those considering investing in pre bonded hair extensions or a set of clip in hair extensions, take a look at the ways that you can change your look with extensions to really transform your hair. Whether you’re a hair extensions fan already or someone who is curious to see what they can do for your hair, at Additional Lengths we have some fabulous products which will make your decision easy!

From short to long

Depending on the length of your natural hair, you can begin a rather extreme transformation by having hair extensions installed into short haircuts for beautiful long locks. The Remi Cachet hair extensions are perfect for getting those luxurious waves or silky straight tresses you might long for if you’ve had a shorter haircut for a while. There’s no need to wait for your hair to grow out to enjoy longer hair! Our range of Remi Cachet human hair extensions are gorgeous, with so many natural shades to choose from and colour match with. Ladies with short hair can have pre bonded extensions attached (there should be a minimum length of a few inches to allow the bonds to have a secure hold on the hair) as a way to grow out their cropped hairstyle.

For something that requires a little less commitment, clip in hair extensions can be a short haired girl’s best friend when it comes to changing up hairstyles for a special occasion.

Experiment with ombré or root stretch

Sometimes we spot a particular celebrity hairstyle in a magazine or on Instagram and wonder if we’d be able to rock the same look, before ending the daydream and moving on. But the beauty of hair extensions, and in particular clip in hair extensions, you’re free to embrace brand new looks. The popular ombré hair dye look, or root stretch, takes the hair from a darker shade into a gradual lighter shade toward the mid-lengths and ends. If you’ve been considering making the move with lightening the ends of your hair, then experimenting with clip in human hair extensions that already have that style dyed may be perfect for you!

Opt for special ombré hair extensions from the ombre, dip dye and root stretch collection from Remi Cachet that have a root colour in the same shade as your own colour for a more natural appearance before blending the hair together. From dark ash brown blending into natural ash blonde to a subtle change with darkest brown to medium chestnut brown, there’s a stunning blend of hair shades on offer available in the ombre hair look.

Boost the volume

Take inspiration from celebrities on the red carpet by utilising hair extensions for their volume boost. Those with thinning or natural thin hair can enjoy an injection of thickness and volume in their tresses by selecting high quality, clip-in human hair extensions which can be styled with heated hair tools to get luxuriously long waves.

To get the desired volume, we would recommend opting for clip in hair extensions with multiple pieces so that volume can be directed exactly where you needed. Secure your human hair extensions around the crown for a subtle lift at the roots and use a curling wand to create bouncy waves, blending the hair together as you go. You can even use clip in hair extensions to create a retro beehive look!

Trial a fringe

A great way to change your look with hair extensions is to test out a fringe. If you’re in two minds whether to go for the chop and get some bangs, then special clip in fringes can give you a preview of what type of fringe to go for. Select a clip in fringe in your hair colour and attach securely, before sweeping to the side for a sleek side fringe or styling it as a blunt fringe. Zero commitment and you don’t have to wait months for the hair to grow out – a clip in fringe can also be cut by a stylist to have it tweaked to suit your face shape.

If you’re venturing into the world of hair extensions, you’ll need some quality aftercare products to help keep them looking fabulous. The range of hair extensions aftercare products at Additional Lengths provides everything you need to keep extensions fresh and in good condition.

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Easy Bridal Hairstyles

When it comes to wedding hair ideas, there’s an abundance of inspiration that can be taken from celebrities, bridal magazines and the many glamorous images online. For those brides-to-be this summer who are looking for bridal hair ideas, it can feel overwhelming with so much choice! You’ll no doubt want a bridal hairstyle that can withstand a ceremony and a night time reception, with minimal maintenance throughout the day, and yet perhaps be looking for something a bit different from your usual style.

At Additional Lengths, we understand that many brides will be wanting some simple yet beautiful hairstyle inspiration for their big day, so we’ve put together a collection of some of our favourite easy bridal hairstyles. Our wedding hair ideas range from chic looks that you can do yourself or with the help of a bridesmaid, or a bridal hairstyle look that you can ask your stylist to replicate. So read ahead for DIY wedding hairstyles and looks that you can rock on your big day!

Luxurious Waves

A simple wedding hairstyle has to be the classic wavy hair which can add a wonderful feminine touch to any wedding dress and veil ensemble. Waves are so easy to achieve yourself by using a good quality curling wand from Cloud Nine, which will create various sized curls and soft waves with a long lasting glossy finish. From short hair to long hair, you can create a kind of wave to the hair using a Cloud Nine curling wand to add extra dimension to your hair on your wedding day.

For thick, long hair that will last from the ceremony til after the honeymoon, why not consider some Remi Cachet weft hair extensions? With the human hair extensions from Remi Cachet you can use heated tools on them to style them however you want, so you’re free to explore the luxurious waves look as a simple bridal hairstyle.

Classic Updo

For the ladies searching for wedding hair ideas that involves keeping the hair up and off the face and neck, there’s plenty of hairstyles that brides can opt for. Many brides choose the classic bun or beehive look for their wedding day hair, and with some additional hair accessories these styles can be easily achieved with minimal effort. We love the gorgeous bridal up do by stylist Nicola Orlando with additional embellishments!

To create the perfect large bun, we would recommend using a bun ring which you can wrap your hair around for a smooth, perfectly shaped bun that can be placed neatly at the back of the head for a sophisticated finish. You can choose a bun ring which is the same colour as your own hair to ensure a subtle look, and secure the hair with hair grips and a generous spritz of firm hold hairspray such as the Moroccan Oil Strong Hold Hairspray.

Feminine Braids & Twists

After your hair is bouncing with waves, you now have a great base for building upon the hairstyle as the volume is now already there! We love the look of traditional braids or twists taken from the front sections of hair and brought to the back of the head and secured, with the bottom section of the hair left wavy. This simple bridal hairstyle is so pretty and can be made as unique as you like, with straight, curly, wavy hair of all lengths.

Fuse two styles together by trying out a plaited updo which involves a French braid taken from the top or crown of the head into a full braid and then the lengths tucked underneath at the nape of the neck. You could do different braid styles including fishtail to create more interest and to make it look like a more complicated hairstyle than it actually is. This is a wonderful bridal hairstyle for those with fine hair or long hair looking for a flattering wedding updo.

Bridal Hair Accessories

The traditional veil will always take centre-stage when it comes to bridal hair accessories, but there are other finishing touches that can be made to add to your wedding hair. As seen on many catwalks this fashion season, the hair barrette has recently made a comeback due to its ability to add extra detail to the hair without interfering with the hairstyle itself. A bridal barrette should fit in with the wedding theme, whether it’s diamante encrusted or a matching metal with your bridal jewellery. One barrette on a side parting or two pinned at the side of the head on either side of a parting is a wonderful way to add a bridal hair accessory for summer. We love the statement bridal hair accessory added by stylist Tracey Roche to a shorter hairstyle.

If you’re a summer bride looking for hair inspiration, we’ll have the right tools to help you get your dream wedding hair! From beautifully luxurious human hair extensions and styling tools to easy bridal hairstyles with clip in hair pieces, choose Additional Lengths for your big day.

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How To Buy The Right Hair Extensions For You Online

If you’ve always dreamt of having luxuriously long hair, or would like to thicken up your fine locks, then hair extensions may be the right solution for your needs! There are so many benefits to discover when opting for hair extensions, from a transformation in physical appearance to an infinite confidence boost, making it a special investment should you choose to go ahead. At Additional Lengths we stock a fabulous range of hair extensions and we’re on hand with this guide on how to buy the right hair extensions for you online to make sure you’re getting the best product for you.

Which hair extensions should I buy?

If you’re a beginner in the world of hair extensions, we understand that it can be overwhelming learning about the various types of hair extensions available, and knowing which to buy. Before committing to buying your hair extensions, you should be asking yourself some key questions about what you’d like them to do for you. Would you like them to be a temporary look, or a more permanent addition to your hair? Having an idea of what you’d like to get out of your new hair extensions, as well as having a budget in mind, will certainly guide you to making the right choice when it comes to buying hair extensions online.

Temporary hair extensions

If you’d like an instant length and volume boost for a special occasion, but don’t want the commitment of sewn in or bonded hair pieces, then clip in hair extensions can be a great option. Easy to secure and remove yourself, clip in hair extensions can work well for ladies wanting a quick hair transformation for one night only! Our range of clip in hair extensions features so many different styles for you to choose from, including the Remi Cachet Clip In Deluxe set of 100% high quality human hair in three pieces which can be attached to the hair with no damage. Designed to give you instantaneous results, you can get thick and luxurious hair in minutes!

Longer lasting, more permanent hair extensions

Those who are dedicated to the longer hair life and would like a more permanent hair look, then pre bonded or weft hair extensions may be for you. Applied close to the root using hot or cold fusion techniques; or micro rings or silicone locks, or sewn in if using weft extensions; this type of hair extensions requires a lot more commitment than clip ins. If purchasing your pre bonded hair extensions online, you can select your hair colour and application type before taking them to a stylist to install for you.

Considering the cost

Hair extensions can be an expensive investment, but one that is worthwhile to get the best quality hair. Weft hair extensions and pre bonded hair extensions have a higher cost than the clip in hair extensions, the reasons being include the amount of time it takes for a stylist to install the hair plus the quality. Don’t forget to invest in the correct aftercare products to keep your hair regime pristine.

Time for maintenance appointments

It goes without saying that you want your hair to remain looking its best! With pre bonded hair extensions, the extensions will need to be refitted at least every 3 months by a professional stylist to keep up with the hair regrowth, so take this into consideration if you’re thinking of going for this type of hair extensions.

What are the best hair extensions?

The best hair extensions for you will all depend on your hair type and what you’re wanting from your new extensions. There may be instances where a certain hair extension product may not be best with your natural hair type and scalp condition, which may prevent you from opting for pre bonded hair extensions. Opt for a consultation with a professional extensionist to go through your options.

The difference between remi hair and synthetic extensions

When looking to buy hair extensions online, you may see remi hair and synthetic hair options, but what is the difference between the two hair types? Remi hair is human hair which has come from ethical sources and provides the natural looking movement and shine of natural hair. The processing technique that happens to get the hair looking beautiful is also related to the end result of the high quality and strength of the hair. Nowadays, synthetic hair can look incredibly natural and takes little effort to style as synthetic hair extensions often come pre-styled in a wave, curl or a straight style. Only special heat-friendly types of synthetic extensions can be styled with heated hair tools, whereas straighteners and curling wands can be used whenever you like on remi hair!

How do I colour match my hair extensions?

When buying hair extensions online, you will need to colour match by referring to a colour chart which is a dedicated page with images of the hair shades available for each hair extension product. With Additional Lengths, you’re able to narrow down the hair colours by base and mixed colours, plus blends such as ombre, dip dye and root stretch colours. If you’re considering having pre bonded hair extensions fitted, a stylist will conduct an informal consultation with you prior to your appointment where they will assess your current hair and ensure a good colour match. This is an important step to get wonderful, natural looking hair extensions that is well blended with your own hair for a beautiful finish!

At Additional Lengths we understand that buying hair extensions, especially pre bonded hair extensions which is a long lasting option, can be a major investment and that you’re bound to have plenty of questions. If you’re still unsure about choosing the right hair extensions for you, take our fun interactive quiz to get an idea of which hair extension method may be right for you and your current hair!

 

We’ve also put together a helpful hair extensions FAQ blog post which contains even more valuable answers to any hair extensions question you may have. Feel free to get in touch with us for further advice!

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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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