Hair Extensions Reviews, Tutorials, News & Gossip

By A Virgin Hair Girl

Welcome to the UK Hair extension blog where I get into all things hair extension related. From hair extension brand reviews to the best hair extension application methods for different hair types. If you are considering hair extensions and wondering which kind to get you’ll find helpful advice and tips on the pros and cons plus I’ll be asking questions such as, which are the best Micro rings? Where can I find the finest virgin hair? & what are the best styling and after care products you can use on hair extensions to keep them looking wonderful?

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Wavy & Curly, Textured Hair Extensions - Understated & Undetectable

Wavy & Curly, Textured Hair Extensions - Understated & Undetectable

When choosing virgin hair extensions, texture is the MOST important factor BEFORE colour

You’ve either been in them, or seen them, those faux pas hair extension pictures. Girls with bushy, bob length hair, sporting poker straight extensions down their backs. It’s a terrible, terrible look & it puts a more discerning lady off hair extensions. Nobody wants to look like Jordan circa 2010, not even Katie Price.

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Making Hair Extensions Cost Effective.

Like men and horses all hair extensions aren’t the same. My hair is so fine that some hair extensions never look real. My wispy, curly mind of its own barnet is not an off the shelf look! Financially, virgin Russian hair is actually more cost effective for me because I like to keep my hair for years and trim it. I top it up from time to time and rework it, so I really get the best of it. If I buy hair in 22 inches it can last 5 years with trims! My hair extensions are about discretely enhancing & investing in myself. I know how much great hair extensions improved my self-confidence & sharing that is my dream job!

How To Choose The Right Hair For YOUR Hair Extensions.

Hair, in its structure, is as unique as each & every client & once you find a hair extension technician who understands this, the pain of expensive hair extension mistakes is over. When I am choosing virgin ponytails to make into micro ring hair extensions for my clients, I do it based on texture THEN colour. The density of the strands is the MOST important factor BEFORE colour. A ponytail’s movement when I pick it up tells me all the things I need to know, instantly.

You can colour TRUE virgin hair extensions, making them a preferable choice to colouring your own hair to match lower quality hair extensions. I shudder at the thought of girls doing this, especially if you are trying to grow out damaged strands with breakage, it’s just bad hair husbandry…call the RSPCH!

It can seem counter intuitive not to just colour match off the shelf, but wear the wrong texture of hair & they’ll never look natural, no matter how good the colour match or skills of your hair extension technician. In our British weather, in the gym, on the beach, dancing, when you’ve no time to heat style & whenever things get steamy, you need your hair extensions to match your natural hair’s texture perfectly.

When I first had hair extensions applied 18 years ago I was a victim of every bad extension cliché.

I’d wear the wrong textured hair extensions that didn’t mimic my own fine, wavy, frizzy hair’s behaviour. And this nasty, cheap hair was EXPENSIVE!! I’m very grateful smart phones weren’t around in 1999. I’d straighten the life out of my poor bleach ravaged hair to make it blend in with the poker straight extensions & lived in fear of rain, wind and breaking a sweat. Dodging moisture & humidity like the plague became a way of life. When it did catch me…. I’d look beyond awful. Think Brittany….think WHY! I was a jobbing actress at the time and would get screamed at by my agent for screwing up continuity.

How NOT To Treat Your Hair Extensions.

To disguise the difference in texture I’d slather my frizz in silicone loaded serums & heat style every morning & after every bit of drizzle or passionate snog, battling with my hair extensions & natural hair simultaneously. This led to me melting the silicone from the serum into my damaged hair…which of course, got worse, almost plasticised & broke off! The road to hair we love is seldom strolled without disasters, but if you’re reading this, you’re in the company of a person who has ruined their hair in every single way!

The RIGHT Way To The Most Amazing Hair Extensions.

But…I adore my hair everyday now, because I have a brilliant supply of Russian & European virgin hair & the knowledge experience to look after hair with the best possible products and practices. It took me 2 decades of hair hell to get this mane…but it was worth every second & every penny!

Top class bespoke virgin hair extensions give your natural hair a rest from constant abuse. They surround and cushion your strands, allowing them to recover from a chequered chemical history. Scraping back, ironing and swearing at your hair only to still hate it are a thing of the past.

I like these 18 inch brunette locks most the day AFTER I’ve washed them. For the past 8 weeks I’ve been using the best products I’ve ever had the pleasure to smear on my head, by luxury hair care brand Lanza. I have NEVER been so impressed with a professional hair care range and I’ll write about them in my next post.

Wavy & Curly, Textured Hair Extensions - Understated & Undetectable
Wavy & Curly, Textured Hair Extensions - Understated & Undetectable
Should I Avoid Silicones And Oils In Hair Products?

Should I Avoid Silicones And Oils In Hair Products?

Are silicones and oils bad for my hair?

Silicones and oils in hair products, moisturising shampoo, moisturising conditioner, moisturising oil? But you’ve still got dry hair? Read on. Healthy hair is a balance of protein and moisture. Protein is the key element, because without it moisture cannot bind to the hair. In pursuit of shiny smooth hair we use conditioners and serums, containing oils & silicones because they really do make it more shiny and manageable. But there’s a very dark side to these slippery characters. Like a good looking bad boy they will break your heart…well hair, which is worse in my book!

Oils and silicones, both water soluble and non, coat the hair, filling the microscopic holes and cracks in the cuticle caused by colouring & styling. This smooths all those crags and kinks out weighing it down & gives the appearance of sleeker more manageable hair with sealed split ends. Sounds good huh? Also silicones prevent frizz by not allowing moisture in, but unfortunately still allow it out. Which means our hair is gasping under a plastic like layer, unable to get the moisture or protein it needs. Even more scarily…silicones and oils have a boiling point! So if you straighten or curl your hair with oil & silicone residue on at high heats you are melting it into your hair…plasticising it! If you’ve ever tried to lighten your hair after dying it dark and not been able to get the colour out, it’s because its sealed under laminate! I did this and destroyed my hair! It was orange…I was called Fuzzy Bear. Conditioners can’t go in & it’s really bad hair days.

How Do I Remove Silicone From My Hair?

To remove silicone build up you have to use shampoos that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS). If you used a natural gentle shampoo your hair just wouldn’t feel properly clean because oils and silicones aren’t shifting without the harsh chemicals. This might lead you to believe the mild shampoo was rubbish, but really you’ve got some heavy silicone gunk going on. SLS is a cheap foaming agent used in washing powder, Persil etc. It’s in most shampoos, check for sulphate free. This stuff's nasty…it strips the hair of all its natural oils but it’s the only way to get Silicone residues (unmelted) out. Using it regularly is very bad for your hair and scalp and causes over oily hair as our scalps react to the stripping.

If like me you’ve struggled with damaged hair that refuses to grow you need to avoid SLS and silicones like you would a scissor happy hairdressing student.

Restoring The Moisture/Protein Balance In Your Hair.

Clarification is the first step in restoring protein/moisture balance. Reach hair ground zero by using a clarifying shampoo. Boots do one, its £2.50. Then gently blot hair until only damp and apply a protein pack by Nuttress. Actually, whipped raw egg does pretty much the same thing scientifically as the protein pack… but having tried both I recommend the pack…because it washes out easily and doesn’t make you stink.

After protein you always follow with moisture or hair goes straw like, on account of the holes being filled with new unquenched protein. So for moisture use the Naked range Marsh mellow & Butter milk conditioner. I use only their range of styling products now and it really sorts your hair out long term. Bingo balance restored!

The first time I did this after learning all this stuff, I clarified with the harsh shampoo from boots, then slapped a load of the pack on, left it on overnight with my head wrapped in cling film. Then washed it off in the morning and left the conditioner on for the day. I avoided mirrors ate pizza and binge watched Netflix alone. My hair is forever thankful! Now I avoid silicones and use the natural stuff above and the pack only once a month or so because this is important …or you’ll get protein overload and then it can snap! It’s all about balance.

When Should I Use Hair Serums?

If I need to be uber polished I use a light serum AFTER I've curled and so then I have to clarify with SLS shampoo to get the silicone off the next time, then immediately repeat protein/moisture routine. Remember if you don’t do this before you straighten you’ll melt it in and any conditioners you use will be useless! That way the protein and moisture in the nice silicone free conditioner can do its stuff and if like me you had damaged hair it can return to bouncy and lush. Below is a list of names of silicones to avoid…checking my products and the temp on my irons has saved my locks! If you actually read this I am very flattered and hope its useful. Xx Ps. If your hair is poorly & all else fails get some gorgeous hair extensions while your hair recovers.

The bad guys below: Oils, Trimethylsilylamodimetheicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ceteary Methicone, Dimethiconol, Amodimethicon, Stearyl Dimethicone. Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Stearoxy Dimethicone!

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