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Help! My Hair Is Thinning

We understand that thinning hair can cause distress, whether it’s happening due to stressful situations you’re experiencing, through illness or hereditary predisposition. Whether you’re experiencing thinning hair without hair extensions, or you’ve removed your extensions and found the hair to be thin and lifeless, take a look at our guide on how to deal with thin hair.

Add some oomph to your haircare

Hair care products are fighting in your corner; they are designed with what you want to get of your hair in mind. Using the right hair products for your thin hair type ensures hair is supported by thickening hair ingredients. Here at Additional Lengths, we stock an excellent range of volumising hair products from Sexy Hair. Treat thin hair to the Big Volume shampoo and conditioner which will create a good base of moisturised and revitalised hair to work with, then use their Big Root Pump Volume Mousse at the roots and a thickening spray. The Sexy Hair range of thickening and volumising products will work wonders on flat, thin hair.

Avoid: leave-in conditioners and firm hold hairsprays which will weigh down and flatten thin hair.

Take a look at your diet

Did you know that what you eat can affect the condition of your hair? It’s true! A lack of minerals and vitamins can cause hair loss and dryness, so focus on adding plenty of iron-rich food such as green veg and soya products to your diet. Foods that contain zinc are also great for giving hair a boost from the inside, so add pumpkin seeds, eggs and shellfish to your shopping basket to up your intake. Alternatively, look into supplementing your diet with vitamin supplements – sea kelp has been known to improve the condition and thickness of hair!

There may be an underlying cause to sudden hair loss or thinning, so check with your GP to investigate further.

Avoid: eating too much salty, over-processed junk food, so get more veg on your plate and improve your nutrition.

Discover hair extensions!

We may be biased when we say this but, hair extensions can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your hair. A full head of high quality human hair extensions can be attached to your own hair through a fine mesh or with Remi Cachet Ultra Tips. Hair extensions can offer a much needed confidence boost to those suffering with thin hair.

Avoid: long length hair extensions which could weigh down the hair follicles over time. Opt for a mid-length look to be kinder to your scalp.

However, it might be time to embrace shorter hair…

…if only for a little while. If you’re dedicated to your favourite human hair extensions and love the length they provide, but it’s beginning to take it’s toll on your natural hair, it might be time to embrace the shorter look. Long hair extensions can weigh down the hair follicles, causing problems for the natural hair. Having a break in between having hair extensions fitted gives your natural hair a chance to regain its strength. Chop away wispy, thin hairs and add layers into your natural hair to give a sense of volume, and try some waves to give the appearance of thickness.

(Image: Eunice Lituanas)

No matter what your current hair condition, we’re sure you look just beautiful! We hope that you’ve found our advice on how to deal with thinning hair helpful, and encourage you to take a look through our hair care products and hair extensions here at Additional Lengths. Plus, you can contact us or visit us in-store for professional and friendly advice!

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10 Things You Can Do For Healthy Hair And Scalp

If you’re reading this, you obviously care about your hair. Having healthy hair comes from having a healthy scalp and they need to work together for the best results.

Weak-looking tresses is a clear indication of poor health. And, let’s face it, a flaky scalp and thinning or brittle hair just looks awful.

From vitamins for healthy hair, to massages trick for healthy scalps, we’ve covered all bases to getting stunning locks that everyone will notice. So, take a look through the incredibly easy things you can do to achieve both shiny hair and a healthy scalp at the same time.

Live by this hair-health boosting diet

We’ve all heard the saying ‘beauty comes from within’, and with hair this is absolutely true. So, your first step on the road to healthy hair and scalp is what you eat.

Scalp and hair are made from keratin protein, and a lack of this in our diets can cause hair to become weak, dull and even fall out! If you want to avoid this like the plague, make sure you include plenty of the below foods in your diet for strong, shiny hair.

  • Salmon – this tasty fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in your scalp cells and in natural oils that hydrate your hair. Since our bodies can’t make fatty acids on its own, this is essential to maintaining moisturised locks!

 

  • Oranges – the go-to fruit for vitamin C, this will help your body create collagen which is vital to getting that radiant bounce in your hair.

  • Beans and chickpeas – legumes like these are full of natural oils and are key sources of iron and protein, deficiencies of which lead to hair loss and thinning.

 

  • Broccoli – an excellent source of vitamin A, broccoli promotes the production of sebum. This not only naturally conditions hair, but also improves our blood circulation for a happier, healthier scalp.

 

  • Tomatoes – providing your body with a hearty dose of the antioxidant lycopene, eating tomatoes helps maintain shine-boosting collagen in your body and even helps to protect your hair from sun and UV damage!

 

  • Eggs – jammed with protein and one of the world’s most versatile ingredients, eggs are full of iron, zinc, keratin, protein, selenium, and vitamin B12. This combo penetrates the hair follicles to repair and nourish your strands, reduces the risk of a dry and flaky scalp, and boosts the amount of oxygen going to your scalp to strengthen your roots.

Wear these hair masks

You might think people only wear hair masks if their hair is already in bad condition or just when they’re having a ‘pamper night’. But hair masks are as good for your hair as conditioners and have an important part to play in your crusade for healthy hair and scalp.

Unlike conditioners, which rest on the surface of your locks, hair masks penetrate the hair cuticle (the outermost part of the hair shaft). A decent hair mask gives your hair an eye-catching, well-nourished sheen and makes it that touch more manageable.

As you know, hair is big business and there are loads of hair masks available. If you suffer from dry or brittle hair, we suggest looking for a mask that promotes intense moisturising. Anything with panthenol and jojoba oil is good for this type of problem. If it’s flat or fine hair you think you have, go for a product that’s packed with proteins, such as wheat proteins and keravis. For the ultimate in shiny hair, we love anything containing argan oil, which is a favourite of Kim Kardashian, who, if nothing else, has stunning hair.
For the best hair mask results for healthy hair:

  1. Firstly, shampoo as normal to open up the cuticles on your hair.
  2. Then, towel-dry your hair before spreading the hair mask evenly from roots to ends.
  3. After, comb through with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb.
  4. Now, leave on for about 20-30 minutes and cover your head with a towel.
  5. And finally, to remove, rinse with cool water and either re-shampoo or condition.

Enjoy this scalp massage

A huge mood booster and fantastic alleviator of stress, there are so many things to love about a scalp massage. But on top of these pros, it’s also a great way to improve your scalp’s general health. A good scalp massage, provided by a professional or anyone who likes you enough, helps get rid of dead skins cells and reduces the risk of dandruff and psoriasis.

The kneading technique also boosts the oxygen supply to your scalp, which helps in lymphatic draining and makes your skin more supple, allowing the scalp cells to function at their best.

The best scalp massage should go something like this:

  • Start at the front of the scalp and work backwards.
  • Be gentle yet firm.
  • Use consistent pressure and a circular motion, placing your hands in an L-shape.
  • Utilise all your fingers, but don’t get them tangled in the hair, as this can cause breakage.
  • Do it twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes — if possible.

Take these life-changing vitamins

Our hair is attached by between 100,000 and 350,000 follicles on our scalps. Every 1000 days or so, these follicles shed the hair they’ve been growing and start producing a new strand in its place. As you can imagine, it’s crucial that we take the right vitamins and minerals to help support this key process of our hair’s life and make sure that each new lock is just as shiny and healthy as the last.

Nutritional deficiencies are scientifically linked to hair loss. Here are our best minerals and vitamins for healthy hair:

Protein – hair is 97% protein and animal studies have shown that not eating enough protein leads to hair loss and a decrease in the re-growth process above.

Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that helps to create collagen, which is essential to basic hair structure. Vitamin C helps you absorb iron from your food, which promotes hair growth.

Vitamin A – also known as retinol, vitamin A produces oils in your scalp to stop hair drying and breaking.

Vitamin E – this is a top oxygenator, which means your scalp receives a better level of oxygen via the blood and so is better equipped to produce new hair.

Omega-3 fatty acids – significantly improve hair hydration and fends off dry, brittle, unmanageable locks.

Iron – similar to vitamin E, iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your scalp and hair follicles. Not getting enough iron disrupts the hair-creating process we talked about earlier and often leads to shedding (a.k.a. hair loss).

Biotin – this is a B vitamin complex and an essential vitamin for healthy hair. You might see it on the shelves as vitamin H, but basically; biotin increases the elasticity in your hair and reduces dryness, which means less breakages. Even better, biotin is a strong promoter of keratin (what hair is made from), which is fundamental to healthy, shiny hair. Some people even reckon biotin slows down greying, but the jury’s out on that one…

Think pH

Hair and scalp have a pH of around 4.5, so slightly acidic. You might be wondering what this has to do with healthy hair, but give us a second. Often, the greatest interaction we have with our hair and scalp is when we’re washing them, so what we’re washing them with is going to have a massive impact on their wellbeing. Maintaining the aforementioned pH is crucial to keeping hair healthy and our scalp functioning as normal.

A good shampoo should, of course, clean dirt, oil and dead skin cells from the scalp, but it should also maintain the normal pH level. Messing with the acidic balance of your hair can seriously irritate your scalp, causing redness, itching and the infamous dandruff. So, keep your pH in check to help keep the good ingredients in shampoos locked in your hair.

If you’re a beauty DIY girl, our favourite natural hair products are aloe vera, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, which should all help maintain the ideal pH level.

Don’t overwash your hair

There are usually two camps when it comes to washing our hair: the addicts who thrive on doing it every day and the “it’ll last another day”-ers who find it nothing but a chore.

To get shiny hair and a healthy scalp, stop washing your hair every day! Your locks have natural oils that condition the follicles and get stripped away by shampoo when you overwash. Plus, this act panics your hair into producing even more oils to compensate for the self-inflicted drought. So, you’ll find that your hair gets greasier even quicker than before!

But wait, we’re not saying change it to a weekly, Sunday-night wash. Waiting five days or longer to wash your hair causes excessive buildup of dead skin and oils which might inflame your scalp and slow your hair growth process.

We suggest washing your hair every three days to strike a balance for healthy hair and scalp. However, if you use a lot of product (another unhealthy vice) and demand a daily wash, then make sure you use a shampoo that is gentle and free of sulfates, like sodium chloride and polyethylene glycol (just check the back of the bottle). This will lessen the risk of getting a dry scalp.

Tweak your showering method

Achieving healthy, shiny hair has a lot to do with your washing routine. Everyone’s got their own way of doing things, but here are a few of our tips to make sure you’re not making any rookie errors and harming your scalp and hair.

  • Use a 20p-sized blob of shampoo/conditioner for short to mid-length hair and a 50p-sized one for longer tresses.
  • Aim for the scalp when shampooing and don’t scrub at the ends of your hair.
  • Use warm, not hot, water to prevent your hair from drying out and creating tangles that cause breakages.
  • Quickly towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner or apply the conditioner before your shampoo. Either of these methods will help the conditioner penetrate the hair shaft and better nourish your hair.

When it comes to conditioner, many people say don’t put it on your roots, as this will cause your hair to get greasier more quickly. However, good conditioners contain essential oils and moisturising agents that’s as good for your scalp as using special creams on your face. So striking a balance here is a safe bet for a healthy scalp and non-greasy hair.

Maintain good brushing etiquette

Another key interaction you have with your hair that can impact its wellbeing is when you get around to brushing it. With the rise in quality of hair extensions and hair pieces, most of us are brushing our hair less and less, but regular brushing is actually an easy, cheap way to achieving a healthy scalp and hair.

Brushing your hair before washing it removes dead skin cells that hinder hair growth. Plus, you stimulate your scalp which aids circulation and encourages the moisture in your roots to move down your hair and nourish the tips without any intervention from hair masks or conditioners.

For the best results, get a natural bristle brush (we like boar or vegetable types), as plastic varieties don’t redistribute the oil through your hair as well.

Clarify and oil your hair

If you’re really serious about getting strong, shiny, healthy hair; then take it up a gear with clarifying shampoos and special oils.

For optimum hair growth, use rosemary essential oil. Or, if you’re worried about dandruff, rub on some antiseptic lavender or tea tree oil. All you need is a few drops of any to massage onto your scalp before bed. Then, wash it out in the morning. Not only will your pillow smell like a treat, but this will allow the oil plenty of time to do its work.

If you can’t be without your styling products, then make sure you’re minimising their negative impact on your hair and scalp by using clarifying shampoo. Things like hair spray and hair gel can create a coating on your scalp that can irritate the skin, slow your hair’s growth and even cause hair loss! To reduce this risk, use a clarifying shampoo once a month. Make sure it contains citric acid to effectively get rid of any residue and let it sit on your scalp for about three minutes before rinsing it off. Then, you can use your regular shampoo and conditioner as normal. We’d advise you not to use this just after you’ve dyed your hair, as clarifying shampoo is also a top colour stripper!

Be careful with the hairdryer

It might be last in our guide, but it’s equally as important and seriously harmful to your quest for healthy hair and scalp.

We’d all love to be able to let our hair dry naturally, but life just isn’t that good to us sometimes. If you regularly blow dry your hair, you could be causing unnecessary scalp dryness and hair breakage. So, check our dos and don’ts to how you should go about this to make sure you’re being kind to your tresses and skin.

Don’t blow dry to often; try to give yourself plenty of time to wash your hair before you have to leave the house so that you don’t panic-dry.

Use protective cream; there are loads of good products out there that can help guard your hair from the full hot-air impact.

Don’t blow dry straight after showering; try and let your hair dry naturally for 15 minutes.

Use a low heat setting; the hotter the air, the more harmful it is.

Angle your dryer and put some distance between you both; your hairdryer should never be closer than three inches to your hair, as this can contribute to hair thinning. Ensure that it’s pointed downwards, too.

Keep moving; be fluid with your hairdryer and don’t direct the hot air on the same section of your head for too long.

 

Check out our hairbrushes and beauty products before you go to help you on your healthy hair and scalp mission!

 

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How To Protect Your Hair In Winter

Winter can be a tough time for hair with the cold air often drying out our tresses and causing moisture loss and damage. Whether you’re wanting to protect your hair extensions or natural hair in the coming months, we’ve got some simple tips to help you protect your hair in winter time.

Treat your locks

Apply a nourishing hair treatment overnight to give it optimum time to sink into the hair thoroughly for a more effective treatment. The Additional Lengths Hair Extension Vitamin Spray infuses the hair with specially formulated nutrients and protects it against harsh weather and prevents tangles. Even if you can apply a deep conditioning hair treatment whilst you relax in the bath, your hair will thank you for it.

Cover up against the elements

Wear a hat, pull up your hood, anything to protect your hair from being pulled about by the wind or hit with cold rain. A good way to protect the more vulnerable ends which are more prone to breakage is to tuck away the ends into a hairstyle such as a bun or an updo.

Handle with care

As your hair is more likely to become brittle and prone to breakage, we recommend that you invest in a gentle brush such as those from the Tangle Teezer range. The soft plastic bristles of a Tangle Teezer brush are ideal for gentle smoothing and detangling, which makes them the perfect winter hair care tool.

Reduce moisture loss

Other things that we do can be the cause of moisture loss, such as blow drying, so try to reduce this by allowing your hair to dry naturally. Over-shampooing can also be a moisture wicking activity that you may wish to cut down on during the colder months; reduce your hair washing to once or twice a week. It’s not just the lengths of the hair than can get dry – some people also suffer with dry scalps at this time of the year. Remedy this by massaging an oil into the scalp and letting it nourish the skin there before washing.

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5 Ways To Protect Your Hair Whilst You Sleep

Whether you’re desperate to save your waves for one more day or want to avoid tangles, there are some really simple things that can help. At Additional Lengths like to focus on hair care just as much as hair styling, so read on for our five suggestions on how to protect your locks whilst you’re catching some zzz’s.

Blond woman with long straight hairs

Brush it out

Our first tip on how to protect your hair while sleeping is the most simple and easy thing you can do which may already be in your bedtime routine. By brushing or combing your hair thoroughly before sleep you’re clearing the hair of any knots and tangles that have built up during the day. Use a gentle brush such as a Tangle Teezer. If left overnight, they’re bound to get worse!

Get braiding

A simple way to prevent waking up to a tangled mess of hair which can take a long time to sort out is to put your hair into two plaits. For the more adventurous, why not try French braids? Not only will plaits keep your hair tangle-free, in the morning when you brush the hair or use your fingers to comb through, you’ll have lovely soft waves. Double benefits!

Dry hair thoroughly before hitting the hay

Wet hair is more prone to damage and breakage, leading to frizziness and split ends. Ensure enough time before showering and going to bed for your hair to dry naturally, or use heat protectant spray, such as the Additional Lengths Heat Shield, and use a hairdryer to make sure that the hair is completely dry before going to sleep.

Invest in a satin pillow

This may sound very ‘Princess and The Pea’ but bear with us because sleeping on a satin pillow can actually work wonders for your hair. Cotton pillowcases can cause pulling on the hair. The satin can work to reduce static present in the hair and keep it smooth, even if you’re tossing and turning throughout the night! Enjoy the feel of the silky soft fabric on your skin whilst your hair enjoys a break.

Apply a treatment

At Additional Lengths we love a good quality, nourishing hair treatment that can bring hair back to life and provide some much needed care after styling. By applying a treatment, such as the Additional Lengths Hair Extension Vitamin Spray treatment or Remi Cachet Hair Oil, and covering the head with a shower cap or something similar, the time you’re asleep is optimum time for your hair to receive nourishment. Wash out upon waking for silky soft, revived hair!

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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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