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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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Virgin hair extensions in manchester
Virgin hair extensions in manchester

Virgin hair extensions in manchester

Bespoke virgin micro ring hair extensions

Following consultations I find hair that perfectly mimics my clients and cherry pick ponytails to match in texture, colour and tone..

I will be using 4 different sizes of Micro rings for my client after preparing this luscious raw hair & thought I'd offer my thoughts on them to anybody trialing different micro rings.  I selected this gorgeous ponytail for its soft wavy texture and its deep glossy brown. I then removed all of the short hairs from the loose ponytail  before tipping in  "italian keratin" poloymer . I'm making the extensions in bespoke sizes for a lady with thin hair in areas who needed less weight per strand in select areas. The lady is a doctor & will be tying her hair back a lot so she needs discrete thickening and 4 inches extra length with minimal weight in the sides.

I've tried loads of micro rings over the years & selected the four I prefer in the picture above. They are from 3 different companies, Simply hair, Viola & Beauty Works. I use different sized micro rings as i make extensions in varying weights depending on hair density in certain areas. I also have to swap brands based on colour too as there is no standard shade chart for micro rings. I don't use nano beads or rings for reasons I will go into another time.

In size order.

Viola's Mini copper tubes

Size : 3mm x 2.4mm x 3mm (outside diameter-inside diameter-length) for 0.5 Gram strands
500 £11 Plus P&P

Violas's Maxi copper tubes 

Size : 3.5mm x 2.8mm x 4mm (outside diameter-inside diameter-length)  for 1.0 Gram strands
500 £11 Plus P&P

Very small & slim, strong high quality copper tubes with paint that doesn't flake over 2 months. They are a straight tube with no flare I use for the thinnest areas at the sides & in the perimeters . I love them because they are super discrete & lie the flattest of any micro rings I have tried , the colour selection is pretty good too. The original silicone lined 4.5mm micro ring looks like the fat ugly cousin compared to these beauties.  I use them wherever possible & love that Viola do next day delivery.


Beauty Wrorks Copper tubes 

Size: 3.0mmx 2.6mm x 6mm for  0.8 Gram strands

500 £29.99 Plus P&P

They are the perfect match for the celeb choice range & their dark blonde micro ring  fills a gap in the shade chart no other brand has for me.The are longer than the previous two but lightweight and sleek which means extra hold for larger weighted strands .  They have a flared rim on 1 end for ease of fitting, i find useful when refitting strands that don't need fully re tipping. I use them to refit beauty works hair and my own handmade strands.


Simply Hair Micro tubes

Size : 4.0mm x 3.2mm x 4.5  for 1gram strands

500 £20 Plus P&P

I use these with larger handmade strands for there strength & discrete comfort. They are wider than the beauty works but not as long & a tad less pricey. They are slightly longer than violas and I find that extra 0.5mm flared rim helps me clamp & seal the tips in place. There's a good range of colors and next day delivery too. I favor these for the areas of the back middle rows where hair is typically denser.

I've found it's not always the case that a particular brands hair extension colours match their range of micro rings & because I make hair from natural shades iv'e had to experiment with different brands interpretations in tone. I've recently been looking into a shrink system as an option  because they are totally clear blending seamlessly, but do not stick to the hair in the same way fusion methods do. 

Another thing I'm really excited about is PRO Hair Live Manchester 2017 this Sunday, I cant wait to see whats new and will be sharing pics and reviews of the day on here so have a look, or Ill see you there!













Virgin hair extensions in manchester
Virgin hair extensions in manchester
The Genuine article
The Genuine article

The Genuine article

Virgin Russian Hair

Real, Raw, Rare


Genuine Virgin Russian hair makes up lesss than 5% of the hair available in the  extension market today.  

Raw Virgin Russian hair is the rarest & finest in the world, it last for years instead of months like remy & will be undetectable from your own . This gold standard hair is available to only a handful of people in the UK. The  traditional methods we use in Raw hair preparation are part of a  secret skill set that ensures the exclusivity & quality standard of this most desirable & difficult to source product.  It is the same strength as copper wire of the same diameter and will look lush & beautiful throughout its lengthy lifespan.

How do you acquire genuine Virgin hair extensions?

I am extremely lucky after 20 years to have a supplier I trust. This is the hardest part of trading in this unregulated industry. I perform health & quality tests on each bundle, checking for standards such as elasticity and ratio of hair lengths in each ponytail. 

I select raw ponytails especially for each client, the likeness to your own in colour & ability to imitate its movement is key. Raw Russian hair is available in all natural colors & textures, it remains luscious and healthy for up to 3 years if you follow aftercare advice. The icing on the cake is because of its quality, you will pay markedly less over time for gorgeous, natural hair, that perfectly blends with your own.

For stylists & colour technicians this hair is a very useful, fill out small & short, or big & long sections then colour confidently on your client because you’ve strand tested the extensions prior. I draw sell small amounts from 6 inches to thicken out bobs and draw so the ends wont need cutting.

What is Raw hair?

Raw virgin hair is a ponytail cut & kept in the same thick elastic bands until it reaches me. It is tested by a stylist for health & elasticity then cut & weighed if a price is agreed. It has never been even lightly tinted and minimally if ever blow-dried or heat styled. This means you are looking at the best hair available in the world, that will not dry out or look tired.

Raw hair Preparation?

In the picture above it may apper i have several ponytails, but i only have two, one that I have begun to prepare. Hair has 4 different stages of growth, so there are many different length strands all mixed up within a ponytail. You must separate the hairs by length before tipping the strands in a keratin polymer to form a hair extension tip. 

Can I buy a raw virgin ponytail? 

You can’t tip & fit strands straight from a raw ponytail, this will give huge volume at the top along within the client’s own staggered hair and hang thin in the length .I remove all of the shortest hairs from a ponytail & I then draw out lengths. I do this with old wig makers tools & brushes. I take the longest hairs out by hand, single drawing, medium & double drawing, depending on the look my client wants.

Tipping virgin hair extensions?

 In the picture far far below you can see I take the blended strands of hair between my forefingers & thumb. Then heat a keratin polymer until liquefied & dip the strands in about a centimeter from the top. Once in sure every strand s coated i roll them together between my fingers into a compressed tip.  I can make them in varying weights and sizes depending on the clients own hairs density & strength. It’s important to blend colours so each strand and highlight is a continuation of the clients. As a technician you can assess at consultation & take pictures and form a map. I use these to estimate amounts required when buying raw hair based of ratios of tones. I then hand make each strand to ensure seamless exstensions. 

"The beauty and quality of this hair has to be worn to be believed.....once you loose your Virgin hair virginity there's no going back! "

If you would like to book a free consultation or find out more please let me know & or to purchase a colour ring & begin buying our virgin hair extensions please use the contact form.

Sable & Lock

Love Long Hair








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The Genuine article
Pretty Pastel Remy Hair Extensions by Fabulong
Pretty Pastel Remy Hair Extensions by Fabulong

Pretty Pastel Remy Hair Extensions by Fabulong

Pastel hair is still going strong so dare to be fair, with remy hair extensions by Fabulong

Fabulong's Pastel hair extensions are a brilliant way to thicken up and extend bleach ravished strands. I love pastel hair extensions; my own was a pretty shade of baby pink…but that was the first time round many years ago!

The only problem for me and my pastel pink hair was that I was dark box dye brunette and to get my hair light enough I had to bleach my bob until there was nothing more than a pixi cut left!

Luckily there is now the wonder product Olaplex to minimise the damage of bleaching, and Fabulong Pastel hair extensions to pump up the volume and extend the prettiness!  

This rooted pastel hair extension range by Fabulong is perfect because, by adding them as single micro ring extensions, we can minimise the demarcation when your roots grow through. Meaning we are attaching the hair extensions to healthy hair, near the root, that has not been battered by the bleaching.

To learn all about Olaplex and how it totally transforms lightened hair visit my pal here

We are offering Fabulong Remy Pastel hair extensions as micro ring extensions in lengths 12 - 22 inches. If you take advantage of our hair extension models wanted in Manchester offer with our apprentice Joy you can receive a wonderful model hair extension discount.

If you are a fair-hearted punk dying to get out you can, depending on your chemical history, go to a salon that uses Olaplex or if you're a handy home hair dye DIY chick, I've found a fantastic guide here by the wonderful Emi Unicorn.

Here’s to pastel tresses and pretty punk manes!

Pretty Pastel Remy Hair Extensions by Fabulong
Pretty Pastel Remy Hair Extensions by Fabulong
Fabulong Fabulong Fabulong..I dream of you all day long!
Fabulong Fabulong Fabulong..I dream of you all day long!

Fabulong Fabulong Fabulong..I dream of you all day long!

These gorgeous Fabulong double drawn remy extensions & wefts have arrived in Manchester & Chester... and they are truly stunning!

Fabulong hair extensions are here in Manchester and Chester and they are LUSH! The new kids on the block are making waves with wefts and sandy strands. Oh my holy hair dreams Fabulong what are you doing to me! Fabulong Fabulong Fabulong oh how you tempt us so! Fabulong hair extensions are fast making a name for themselves in the industry and by the looks and feel of them will be massive in no time! There range of soft wefts and micro ring hair extensions are available to be fitted by me in Manchester and I'm about to blow your mind!

Free Installation of Fabulong Wefts

I need some great before & afters of Fabulong hair makeovers so I am offering FREE INSTALLATION OF FABULONG WEFTS IN MANCHESTER! I've spoken with Fabulong's founder Rosie & I am really pleased to say that although they are advertised as lasting 6-9 months they have a large portion of clients who are wearing them for 12 months plus with proper care.

I know!..Free Fabulong hair extension installation in Manchester and Cheshire? If you'd like to be involved and don't mind posing ;) be one of the first girls in Manchester to get Fabulong hair extensions fitted free of charge and only pay for the hair itself this March 2016.

This is an amazing offer that I am trialing because I want to give these beautiful Fabulong strands by this excellent company a go, due to all the amazing reviews their hair extensions are getting from girls and extension artists alike. I will be offering a select few ladies the chance to have Fabulong hair extension wefts & strands fitted using micro ring,  LA Weave method or my "no sew" micro ring application method. These techniques are faster than a full head of micro rings.

These beautiful Fabulong hair extensions can be yours for just the price of the hair! If you want an image overhaul with big hair or have a special occasion you'd like hair extensions for, but are a little strapped for cash, this offer is a brilliant opportunity to try the latest hair extension brand to make big waves & offer glorious results. Check out the Fabulong make overs here

There's no business like Pro Hair Live show business!

There's no business like Pro Hair Live show business!

Mega looking forward to exhibitors, live talks and hair extensionist of the year competition launch!

If you notice the time this was published you may wonder what the hell is wrong with me today! Well its a hell of a weekend for hair extensions in Manchester! This is the first year I am qualified as an extension artist and I am so chuffed I now get to attend Pro hair live this Sunday!! There are so many exhibitors I want to see especially hair extension Couture from Paris by Balmain. Long time sleek tress geeks Remy Cachet, Masters of the quick fix Easy Locks and Cheshire's own hair extension queen bee's.. Beauty works.

If you notice the time this was published you may wonder what the hell is wrong with me today! Well its a hell of a weekend for hair extensions in Manchester!

This is the first year I am qualified as an extension artist and I am so chuffed I now get to attend Pro hair live this Sunday!!

There are so many exhibitors I want to see especially hair extension Couture from Paris by Balmain. Long time sleek tress geeks Remy Cachet, Masters of the quick fix Easy Locks and Cheshire's own hair extension queen bee's.. Beauty works.

Beauty works founder Penelope Cheshire and the team will be launching their new range of ready to wear "rooted" hair extensions, inspired by their hair Muse Jen Atkin, who will be on the main stage on Sunday at 11.45!

Ooo my fairy hair mother!

pro hair live show manchester 28th 29th february

In case you aren't obsessed with hair, she is hair stylist to the stars and founder of Mane Addicts...the online home of hair in my opinion! I loved this post about Chrissy Teigan getting hair extensions and another queen of the added tresses Prascilla Valles.

I'm also excited because I love a goody bag or free sample and they'll be product reps from Cloud 9 heat styling tools, Hair extension lifesavers Tangle Teezer & Magic Bobble plus my favorite smelling hair care range ever Fudge...Nommm!

Beauty Works Hair Extensions in Manchester

Beauty Works Hair Extensions in Manchester

Beauty Works was founded right here in Manchester in 2010.

Beauty Works was founded in 2010 by Penelope Cheshire right here in south Manchester! The city of Manchester has never been a shrinking violet in industry and Pen and the Beauty Works team are smashing the UK, European and US market. Beauty Works are now the hair market leaders in temporary extensions, building notoriety with quality hair and increasing their sales 20 fold since they launched just a few years ago! I think what they do is great and I love Beauty Works hair extensions because of their thick, glossy double drawn gold wefts and constantly updated ranges.

Featuring in Look Magazine, The Daily Mail, Glamour and Teen Vogue to name a few, Beauty Works hair extensions have been awarded Look Magazine’s “Best Hair Extensions” and crowned at The Hair Awards 2013, 2014, 2015.  Loved by extension artists, models, stylists, girls on the street and celebrities alike. Michelle Keegan, Dannii Minogue, Nicole Scherzinger, Olivia Palermo and Victoria's Secret models are just some of the heads they have enhanced.

When it comes to temporary hair lasting 6-12 months you really can't go wrong with Beauty Works. I love the transformations constantly uploaded by my fellow extension artists to Instagram, check them out for inspiration & the transformations Beauty Works hair extensions are capable of.

I've tried every hair grade out there from YAKI (horse/cow...i was duped... I was 16!!) to synthetic, to Indian REMY and I always wear virgin hair these days, but I'm a raw hair convert and may actually have a virgin hair extension addiction! I like a very subtle look day in day out that doesn't turn heads but just looks naturally healthy, as opposed to the look you can get with a Beauty Works Weft which is pure princess hair...that I'd really love on the weekend! For wedding or a special night out.

If you look at the price difference and the length of time the different hair lasts Virgin hair extensions do actually work out more cost effective in the long run, but it just depends what you prefer and that's why I offer both.

There are pros and cons to both types of hair extensions and I'll list some here to help you if you are trying to decide which kind of extensions to get.

Hair extension maintenance in Manchester

Hair extension maintenance in Manchester

How much should hair extension maintenance cost? How to get the most out of your hair extension maintenance.

Do I really need hair extension maintenance? Is hair extension maintenance important? Hair extension maintenance is vital to keep your extensions and natural hair in great condition. Contact us to arrange your hair extension maintenance appointment.

What is hair extension maintenance?

During maintenance appointments your hair extensions will be removed, re-tipped as needed and re-fitted in the original position nearest to the roots with a new micro ring or nano ring.

When using top quality virgin hair you will not discard your hair after a few installments so it will need to be re-fitted for you to prevent swinging & damage to your own hair. It is a good opportunity for me to make sure you are happy with your hair extensions and that you are caring for them properly & it gives you the chance to have any questions answered.

How often should I need hair extension maintenance?

Depending on how quickly your own hair grows; 6 weeks to 3 months. This is just a guide though and we will check your extensions for you after 6 weeks to see if you need maintenance or not. We will never charge you for maintenance if you don't need it.

A lady I know has maintenance every 2-3 months, i need it more often?

Girls with strong straight hair tend to be able to leave longer between hair extension maintenance appointments than curly haired girls. This is because straight hair has a circular follicle whereas curly hair has an oval follicle causing the middle to grow more than the sides of that follicle. This means curly and wavy hair is weaker and has an uneven growth rate. Due to this hair extension maintenance is needed more often. Unless properly cared for and maintained, neglected hair extensions will lead to tangled roots and matting. That is a nightmare for girls not aware of the need for different girls to have maintenance at different frequency.

What if I chose not to have hair extension maintenance?

This is the worst idea since people used glue to fit hair extensions! The painful truth is that your hair and extensions will start to break and the micro rings would pull on your hair.

In the short term this will lead to breakage and in the long term if hair extension maintenance is neglected it could even lead to traction alopecia.

Sable & Lock charge very reasonable sums for maintenance so you will not need to leave it over a time limit that is safe for your hair for financial reasons.  We are always willing to remove your hair, give it back to you and see you again when you have put cash aside for re-application of your hair extensions.

We will travel to you for hair extension maintenance in south Manchester and Cheshire  & carefully remove, re-tip & re-apply your hair extensions, so that you never have to be without your extensions. We will trim and blend your extensions again so that they look and feel as amazing as the first time they were fitted.

How long do hair extension maintenance appointments take?

Hair extension maintenance appointments can take between 2-5 hours because great care is taken when re-tipping and re-fitting. You will notice that our hair extension maintenance prices are well below that of local salons. This is because we do not believe virgin hair extensions should be the reserve of the uber rich and know how off putting high maintenance fees are for ladies considering extensions.

What is hair extension Re-tipping?

Re-tipping is the process of renewing the keratin tip that holds the individual strands of the extension together. Quality virgin hair is far more durable than the keratin tip that holds the strands together. Over time the extension tip deteriorates due to the natural oils from your scalp, washing and heat from your dryer. Re-tipping is important because without it the extensions will begin to shed strands and you will loose volume and body. Re-tipping is carried out at maintenance appointments before the extension is re-fitted.

What if I don't have time for a full maintenance appointment?

We also offer a postal hair extension re tipping service whereby special envelopes will be posted to you and recorded delivery returned. Re-tipping of our hair extensions and good branded Beauty Works, Great Lengths and Remy Cachet Elegance is charged at £20 per hundred strands. Please be aware we only re-tip and re-fit good quality hair. We will then make a separate fitting appointment that will be approximately half the time of a full hair extension maintenance appointment

Your hair extension maintenance fees so reasonable compared to salons in Manchester, why?

Having worn hair extensions our entire adult life we know the ongoing cost! Hair extension maintenance is vital and we feel it is unfair and unreasonable to charge huge sums of money to ensure they stay safe and beautiful. Maintenance in local salons offering virgin hair of a similar quality is into the hundreds!!! This means if you are a normal woman who is self conscious about her thin hair you are forced to either wear them only for a few months and throw away your hair (which the salon will keep by the way!) and all the money you invested in the beautiful hair is gone too.

Can you cut my own hair at maintenance?

Our hair extension maintenance fee includes a conditioning trim to your own hair with ultra sharp scissors so as not to damage your own hair with blunt blades. When we have re-tipped and re-fitted your extensions we generally use a razor to blend them in because it is the best way to achieve a perfectly seamless look between your own hair and the hair extensions. Hair extension maintenance fees include this service.

Will my extensions be cut & end up shorter?

The tip is around 1cm long and we use a high quality keratin to seal the virgin strands together. If you follow the advice to keep heat away from this tip & your hair clean then this tip should last through 2 or 3 maintenance appointments so you will not loose any length over that time.

When re-tipping is needed we will very carefully remove as little length as possible (1cm) and re-tip the hair extension strands before re-fitting your bespoke hair extensions.

This means the hair will get shorter over time?

The thing to remember is that when you spent your hard earned money on our virgin hair extensions you invested in the highest quality hair available in the world. You don't throw away a pair of Louboutins or a Belstaff leather jacket because you've had it a year and you wont want to throw away your beautiful hair either!

I have consecutively worn my current hair extensions for 3 years, have dyed it 4 times! I curl it 3 times a week & straighten it a lot, I trim it when it needs it and once a fortnight use a really good protein pack that you will be given free of charge when you purchase our extensions. Although my extensions are about 3 or 4 inches shorter than when I first made & fitted them I still adore them, their beautiful shine and natural silky bouncy movement.

So remember that proper hair extension maintenance is vital and appointments are good chance for a proper sit down and a natter about all things hair extension related for us both. We are always trying to go the extra mile for our valued clients and will even come to your office if you are desperate!

We offer weekend and late night appointments to fit in with every schedule, so there is no excuse for neglecting your hair extensions on our watch :).

Happy New year!  Happy New Hair Extensions?

Happy New year! Happy New Hair Extensions?

Should I get hair extensions? Are they safe? Are they practical? And other musings...

I am so happy to be launching Sable & Lock hair extensions! I've been wearing, researching and training for years and bring all that experience to mind when meeting with, creating and applying my client's new hair. I'm utterly obsessed with hair, I always have been...if my hair looks good... I can deal with anything!

I decided to start my own hair extensions business in Manchester as I was having difficult finding consistently good hair, service and maintenance appointments at a reasonable price with the salons and mobile hair extension artists who were available. I decided if people doing a half-hearted job could make a living, then with my passion I could deliver what was missing.

"We love long hair and want you to look amazing, because if you do...we do too!"

I wanted to make girls feel special and valued as customers whilst delivering a top draw product...the hair of their dreams. My training, plus 18 years of trials with other extension artists and salons up north, are the perfect background in knowing the joys and pitfalls of the hair extension market.

If you've been looking into hair extensions for a while, you'll know that bespoke blends of raw virgin hair, applied with micro rings are the best hair extensions you can get. They look completely natural, are long lasting and are totally non-damaging to your own hair.

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Everything you need to know about hair extensions is right here!

If you are just beginning your research, you have come to the right place. I can tell you all the things I wish somebody had told me 18 years ago and why I have chosen to specialise in traditional raw hair preparation and Micro ring application. I offer free no obligation consultations where all of your questions can be answered and your hair & scalp assessed to ascertain if hair extensions are a good option for you.

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