haircare | Additional Lengths Blog haircare – Additional Lengths Blog
Browsing Tag

haircare

Christmas

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas means a whole lot of to-do lists, and trying to guess the deepest wishes of friends and family in order to get them the perfect Christmas present can be right at the top! If you’re struggling to think of what to give the lady in your life (or even a hair conscious male) then give them the gift of beautiful hair with the products from our Additional Lengths Christmas gift guide. Full of haircare and hairstyling products to keep locks in prime condition, and electric hair stylers such as straightening and curling wands, she can create her dream hairstyles everyday!

This Christmas gift guide features hair products suitable for all budgets, so read on to get some festive inspiration.

For those who enjoy investing in haircare

Distinctive haircare brand Moroccan Oil is renowned for their hydrating hair care products that quench the thirst of dry hair effortlessly. Not only do we sell individual Moroccan Oil hair products, but our Moroccan Oil gift sets are ideal Christmas gifts for ladies who take extra care with their hair or the condition of their hair extensions. Smoothing on some magical hair oil or hair treatment from this brand has the power to press the elusive reset button on most hair types to result in manageable, soft hair.

Our selection of Moroccan Oil haircare gift sets just had to be included in our Christmas gift guide as it provides the perfect opportunity to try out the Moroccan Oil products, plus a little extra! For supple locks ready for a New Year’s Eve celebration, treat her to the Moroccan Oil Astonish Gift Set (£34.70) for a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and treatment. Not only that, the Moroccan Oil treatment Gift Set (£31.85) with a candle is the epitome of a festive gift – she can pop on the hair oil treatment and enjoy the cosiness of the candle while it works its magic!

For the one who is always late getting ready

Heating up in mere seconds, we love the Cloud Nine heated stylers that give fabulous results every time! At Additional Lengths we stock the amazing limited edition range of Cloud Nine gift sets that are the perfect Christmas gift ideas for women. The award winning straightening irons from Cloud Nine are featured in the Gift Of Gold Original Iron Gift Set (£158.99) alongside a paddle brush, protective heat guard, two croc clips and a gold edition carry case with heat resistant mat. We also love the Gift Of Gold – The Essentials Gift Set (£24.99) which offers everything she needs to get her hair looking on point over the festive period, with a paddle brush, croc clips, butterfly clips and a gold edition accessories bag that she can use to store her electrical hair stylers.

Presented in stunning marble effect packaging with decadent gold edging, opening a Cloud Nine hair styling gift set on Christmas morning is bound to make her smile!

For the fans of classic hair brands

Much loved brand ghd have plenty to offer come Christmas time with their excellent range of hair straighteners, hair dryers and curling wands. We stock the latest products from ghd and thoroughly recommend taking at look at their complete range to find exactly what you’re after! One of our bestsellers has to be the ghd Platinum Styler in white (£165) which offers the revolutionary tri-zone technology for ultra safe heat application to the hair without compromising on the finished look. The unique wishbone hinge holds the plates in perfect alignment, giving much more control over the hair straightening process. Treat her to the ghd Platinum Styler for Christmas to keep you in her good books for 2018!

A brand new hairdryer is a solid Christmas gift choice for anyone; it’s an essential part of a hairstyling kit, so a good quality hair dryer is well worth investing in! A high power ghd Air Hairdryer (£99) will dry hair in half of the time of a standard hairdryer due to its professional strength motor and removable air filter that delivers a high pressure air flow. Update her hair dryer for a much welcomed gift.

Stocking fillers for her

Looking for an additional present to add to their main gift? We’ve got many products that could be just the thing to add as a Christmas stocking filler this year, including the festively themed ghd bauble gifts. Inside the luxe copper coloured baubles there’s the option for a 30ml version of the ghd Smooth & Finish Serum or the ghd Advanced Split End Therapy treatment (both £15 each). Both products are ideal travel sizes – perfect for a gal who is always on the go!

Another hair related item that would make an ideal stocking filler this year is a Tangle Teezer hair brush that promises to be ultra gentle on the hair – perfect for those with hair extensions. There’s many different Tangle Teezers to choose from, with leopard print, sleek gold and plum colours all available from their range. The Tangle Teezer Magic Flowerpot is an ideal gift for a younger sister or niece for a playful hair brush that is just right for princesses.

Our final stocking filler gift suggestion comes in the form of an overlooked hair item that will no doubt become a favourite for those who enjoy doing hair masks and treatments regularly. The microwaveable Revolutionary Hair Conditioning Cap (£9.99) from Heat Treat will aid the hair treatment process with its thermal properties, helping the hair to soak up all of the hydration! She can expect no more bad hair days after discovering this unique gift. (Note: unfortunately this product will not be suitable for ladies with hair extensions.)

Find all of the suggestions from our Christmas gift guide right here at our Additional Lengths online store, shop today and take advantage of the next day delivery options – perfect for last minute Christmas gifts!

Beauty Hair Tips Summer

Essential Hair & Beauty Travel Items

If you’ve yet to go on your summer holiday or you’re planning on jetting off again before the summer season ends, we’ve put together an essential list of hair and beauty travel items that are absolute must-haves when enjoying a tropical holiday.

Beach beauty

It goes without saying that the number one product that should be on the top of your holiday packing list is a good SPF sunscreen. Preventative measures are better than dealing with the sun damage, sore burnt skin and peeling that comes with sunburn! There’s so many different types of sun protecting products on the market available in various forms, such as lotions, sprays and oils. You can even get a scalp protecting products with SPF in to keep your delicate scalp from burning during a day in the sun (or you can invest in a stylish hat!).

To be sure to purchase the SPF factor suitable for your skin type it’s worth considering the sun’s effect on your skin, so take note of the following points:

  • Fair skin that burns easily will need the highest SPF available – factor 50.
  • Medium skin complexions that burn minimally and tans well should go for factor 15-30.
  • Darker skin which never burns and tans readily can consider factor 2-10.

Another item worth having in your beach bag is a lip balm with SPF in. Not only will it keep your lips nourished, it will offer than extra bit of protection in the sun on a place often missed when applying sunscreen to the face. Every little helps.

Summer makeup tips

We all know how difficult it can be to keep a full face of makeup on during the heat; slipping and sliding, our favourite foundation can quickly become the enemy! If you’re not feeling the makeup free look but just want some light coverage, then why not opt for a BB cream? Enjoy the lightweight formula that will smooth over the complexion perfectly, giving your skin the freedom to breathe in the sunshine.

The impact of a bright lip cannot be underestimated, and a holiday is the perfect time to experiment with different summer lipstick shades. We love a classic red or playful pink for an evening of mojitos, and a tropical coral toned lipstick to brighten up the face during the day.

Again, sometimes the heat means skipping steps in your usual makeup routine. Another summer makeup tip is to skip the eyeshadow (which, let’s face it, in the heat could turn into a creasey mess!) and aim straight for a good few coats of mascara. Always opt for a waterproof mascara for holidays due to the sweat and water exposure. On an evening, elevate the mascara look with a flick of waterproof eyeliner to bring the look together. A simple makeup look for a holiday that is quick and easy – meaning more time to spend at the poolside bar.

Hot hair

Whether it’s for natural hair or your human hair extensions, a gentle brush should definitely be on your packing list. This is why we love the infamous Tangle Teezer which will ‘tease’ out any tangles acquired during a day at the beach and smooth down the hair after a dip in the pool. Tangle Teezers are compact enough to slip into a beach bag for taming hair on the go, and it’s the ideal brush choice for human hair extensions because they’re so gentle and won’t pull on the joins.

Hair treatments on-the-go

Looking after your hair whilst on holiday needn’t mean adding lots of extra products to your suitcase, taking up precious baggage allowance! When it comes to replenishing and nourishing the hair after a day of sun exposure and sea salt, at Additional Lengths we highly recommend the range of hair treatments by Malibu C. Conveniently packaged in 12ml sachets that are perfect for travel, these hair treatments are packed with goodness that includes gluten-free plant proteins and vitamins. Pop on the Malibu C Miracle Repair deep conditioning hair treatment for it’s mega moisturising power – just what your dried out hair will need on holiday.

Blondes can rejoice and face the swimming pool with vigour safe in the knowledge that any discolouration and damage can be soothed afterwards with a Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Remedy hair treatment. This must-have treatment will kick crunchy, lifeless swimming pool affected hair into shape to reveal it’s usual softness and shine. Pack a few of these Malibu C hair treatments and apply regularly over the course of your trip for beautiful hair. When you’re home, your scalp may feel drier than usual due to the sun exposure, so turn to the Malibu C Scalp Therapy treatment to relieve any dryness or itching with it’s soothing botanicals and essential oils infused ingredients.

Another brand we can’t get enough of come summertime is Moroccan Oil and their fabulous range of hydrating, restoring and moisturising hair products that are suitable for use on hair extensions. Here at Additional Lengths we stock a great collection of the Moroccan Oil sets and kits which include travel sized products – ideal for your summer holiday!

Holiday hair care tips for hair extensions

A summer getaway may be a time to relax but it doesn’t necessarily give you time off from keeping your hair extensions looking their best. We’ve got some simple tips to help care for your hair extensions whilst on holiday:

  • Avoid overexposure to chlorine and seawater by fixing your hair into a topknot or plait – The chemicals and metals in seawater can affect the colour and texture of extensions, as well as create tangles. Look for anti-tension hair ties that won’t damage the hair.
  • Regularly brush the hair – Use a Tangle Teezer or a brush with flexible bristles and regularly brush your hair extensions throughout the day for manageable hair.
  • Take your hair extension aftercare products with you – If you forget your hair extension friendly shampoo and conditioner, you may have to rely on hotel products which won’t be as suitable.

Take a look at our special guide on pool safety for your hair for more tips on how to enjoy your holiday with fabulous looking hair extensions that will look their best the entire length of your trip!

Hair Tips

Homemade & Natural Hair Care Techniques

We have put together a selection of homemade natural hair care treatments for you to make and use at home. If you are all about the organic lifestyle, we think this will suit you and your hair, right down to the root!

It’s as simple as A, B, C

Your hair craves the vitamins and nutrients that you put into your body, but there is more than one way of giving your hair those vital vitamins. Whilst we do not condone completely ignoring dietary recommendations, we understand that we cannot always be in control of what nutrients our body is getting, so how can we ensure our hair is always looking its best without that guarantee? The trick is to use topical treatments on the hair itself, nourishing the hair and scalp from the outside in. Here are a few natural hair treatments you can make at home.

Argan Oil: from seed to root

Seeds and nuts are healthy due to their high impact nutrients. We often use almond butter or almond oil in our food, but what about hair products? Argan oil, from the seeds of the Argan tree native to Morocco, was originally used for cooking. Now, the benefits of Argan oil have been given new fame in the beauty industry. The natural and eco-friendly production process makes it ideal for those of us who struggle with heavily fragranced or chemical based products.

It is a natural moisturiser, for both skin and hair, so grab some today and get mixing up this deep conditioner:

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp Argan Oil
  • 2tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 drops Essential Oil (Any)
  • 1tbsp Shea butter

Directions:
Apply to hair, combing through to the tip. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse before washing with shampoo and conditioner. Use our Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner pack after this deep conditioning treatment to get the most long lasting results.

Get yourself an Avoca-do!

If you think you have stretched the imagination with all the ways you can use avocado in the kitchen, then get ready for a whole new green remedy. This time it’s for your hair! As we already know, avocado is full of good fats, which help rebuild moisture in our hair, helping us achieve those shiny locks we’ve always dreamed of.

Check out this moisturising DIY hair mask:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Avocado (pureed)
  • 1tsp Olive Oil
  • 3 drops Rosemary Oil

Directions:
Work into damp hair, from root to tip. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow with Sexy Hair Soy Milk Shampoo and Conditioner for both coloured and normal hair.

Go Coco-Nuts

Coconuts bring the exotic into our homes, but they don’t just go well in a cocktail. As an oil, it gives brilliant results on both body and hair. It helps rebuild protein in the hair, whilst nourishing your scalp, both preventing dandruff and regulating oil production, which promotes growth and shine.

Here’s a double duty coconut conditioner that will give you a full head of health:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil

Directions:
After washing hair with shampoo, blend ingredients together and thickly apply home made coconut conditioner to hair and scalp. Leave on for 30 mins – 2 hours depending on preference, then rinse with a further application of shampoo. Try Jenoris Hair Care Keratin Shampoo to really lock in the moisture.

Head of Roses

Rose water is a ancient toner, containing properties that help restore the hair’s strength and stimulate follicles for healthy growth. It is not only easily accessible, but can be made at home at very little cost. Simply remove petals from roses (6-8 roses), pour 2 cups of boiling water over petals and cover for 30 minutes (until petals have lost colour), then strain and store.

Here’s how to use it as a hair mist for frizzy and dry hair:

(Note: you’ll need empty spray bottle)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 4 tbsp Rose Water
  • 3-5 drops Orange Oil

Directions:
Pour rose water into spray bottle, add aloe vera gel and shake until mixed. Then add orange oil before shaking until combined. Spray onto hair after washing whilst still damp. Use the Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Brush when drying hair for a smooth finish.

Health From Root to Tip

Want to know more about how to get a healthy head of hair? Check out the Additional Lengths guide on what you can do for healthy hair and scalp and give your scalp some love today.

Top