Choosing the Best Set of Hair Extensions

So you want to find the right hair extensions… well, here is a comprehensive guide to selecting the right hair extensions for you, how to ensure you do not waste money ordering extensions of low quality, that simply won’t last you more than a month, how to help you not to buy extensions that will damage your hair at the root, leading to alopecia, and how to buy that ultimate set of extensions to help you to instantly achieve volume, length or that celebrity style. This article focuses on clip-in hair extensions, and explains why I favor them over pre-bonded and micro-loop extensions.

Clip-in hair extensions are a great investment. The beauty of hair extensions in general is that they instantly allow you to change your look and achieve styles that you simply couldn’t without waiting months for your hair to grow, if you want length; but if you want additional volume or to recreate the Kardashian/Cheryl Cole or many other celebrity looks, the extensions really is the only way. Don’t be fooled, almost all celebrities wear extensions! So why clip-in’s? Well, clip in hair extensions are quick to apply over permanent solutions and if you buy a good weight of hair, they give your roots a much needed rest when you taken them out, which permanent extensions do not do, and they costs between £50-100 for a good set (more on price later – you get what you pay for!).

A good weight for extensions is 120g of hair, and that is perfect for 90% of people out there, maybe 140-160g if you have very thick hair – anymore than 160g and you are a much increased risk of alopecia. I would strongly advise anyone buying to ignore all websites, salons, and stores offering more than 160g, as yes this will give you extra thickness, all too often an unnatural looking thickness way beyond the levels of even Kim Kardashian), but the risk of alopecia is very high. A UK company offers 215g set of extensions, but this weight will pull more on the roots of the hair and will also look too thick. Why do you think top stylists use comb cutting scissors to thin your hair at the salon, to reduce the weight and allow for a more luxurious and volumised style, so why add 215g of hair back in, stressing the roots and undoing all of the good work your (since you’re reading this, probably expensive) haircut. Also, bear in mind a full head of bonded extensions, or micro loop extensions would use about 100-200 pieces of hair which weigh 0.8g of hair per piece, which is roughly 80-160g of hair.

Next, we come to the quality of the hair. This is a tough one. Almost all suppliers will claim that they offer “the best” hair available, but this is not the case. I suggest that if you want durable stitching (so your hair doesn’t shed), very soft hair that holds a curl, and doesn’t matte, I would recommend spending about £90-100, but you should expect them to last 12+ months, if you look after them. Extensions that cost less than this would have been made with less care, use poor quality hair, or both! There would be little point in buying these for £40-50 if they last you 3 months, as that would mean £160-200 for 12 months – or you could spend £90-100!

In terms of caring for your extensions, that is quit simple. ALWAYS use heat protecting spray! This will stop the hair from drying out and becoming ratty. Next, wash the hair as necessary, i.e. when there is a build up of products, mousse/hairspray/argan oil/seasalt spray/etc. Allow your hair to dry naturally when washing. Once a month use a deep conditioning hair mask to add back oils and moisture back into the hair (sounds obvious, but extensions won’t get these replaced naturally like your own hair does). For extra shine, use argan oil. Be careful not to over do it though, as you will end up with a greasy set of extensions that need washing!

Get Rid Of Bad Hair Days Forever – Be Aware Of What The Weather Is Going To Be Like

Oh sometimes the weather can be such a pleasant thing. Indeed the weather can be a wonderful addition to hectic, busy lives. But sadly, this is not wonderland; this is earth, where the stratosphere is clouded by a blanket of green house gases, car exhaust fumes and industrial emissions of every kind. The winds only blow smoke and dust around, and humidity is trapped between murky skies and dehydrated people.

If this isn’t enough of a disaster for you, then try spending two hours everyday flat-ironing your hair only to walk outside and as quickly as the hot wind blows, your once silky smooth, ultra straight hair turns into an afro. Oh joy, who wouldn’t want to go to work or school looking like that. Unfortunately, we can’t undo what we’ve done to the environment overnight, so all we can do at this point, while we try to fix the fine mess we got ourselves and planet into, is find out what causes our hairstyles and hair designs to go ‘plop’.

Ever danced in the rain or made a snow angel on snow covered ground? Well if you have never done these things just think taking a bath. But when it comes to the weather, rain and snow share a common trait; they both involve water. The effect of rain and snow on hairstyles is very similar to getting your hair washed, only without shampoo and conditioner, and some hair designs hold up well under these conditions, but for a vast majority hair styles and designs don’t do so well.

For folks with any kind of hair extension or hair addition, water is not a friend you want to stay too close to, simply because every time you wash your hair or it gets wet, you undo a little bit of the adhesion. Also, to those folks with relaxed or chemically styled hair, you are encouraged to keep hair moisturized in order to replenish it and you are advised that you refrain from washing or getting your hair wet on a regular basis as too much water can actually dehydrate chemically treated hair. And for those people out there with fine hair or highly stylized hair getting caught in the rain or snow will only ruin your do. And finally those folks with colored treated hair it is advised that you wash your hair only on an as-needed-basis since frequent washing will cause the color to fade quickly.

The sun has a similar effect on hair in so far as dehydrating hair, especially chemically treated hair and causing colour to fade. The sun is particularly harsh on bleached hair, since over-bleaching makes hair brittle and penetrable so that harmful UV rays can cause further damage to your hair. But at any rate, the greatest problem people face when it comes to hair, especially women, is humidity. Humidity, simply put, can badly ruin a hair style or design or hair in general and easily make you look like Diana Ross gone worse. And that is frighteningly bad!

Here are some steps you can take to minimize the effects of humidity and maintain your hairstyle. The best way to overcome the effects of humidity is to work with the natural texture of your hair. Rather than fighting to smooth and straighten curly hair, select a style that works with your natural waves. If humidity causes your hair to become limp and lifeless, the best solution is to get a layered haircut. Blunt cut styles leave too much weight on the length of the hair, causing it to lie flat against the head.

One of the biggest styling problems created by humid weather is frizz, which most often impacts those with curly or thick, coarse hair. The best way to combat frizz caused by humid weather is to start with a great haircut. And finally, use the appropriate hair products to style your hair. Don’t over use styling gel and creams that can weigh hair down, but rather opt for anti-frizz and light conditioners that make hair healthier and more manageable.

How Herbs Work to Naturally Stop Hair Loss

You want to stop your hair loss problem right now but you just don’t know what to do. You know that you can’t keep relying and trusting various chemical products. That popular prescription medication for alopecia won’t cut it either since you’re avoiding unwanted side effects.

All of this leaves you to take an alternative route towards something natural. It seems like more and more people are leaning towards natural products to regrow hair. Herbs have been around for centuries on end and they are also some incredible tools to naturally stop hair loss.

It doesn’t really matter what type of hair loss condition you suffer from, herbal extracts like saw palmetto can work for you. Men especially should really focus on saw palmetto because of its ability to block a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (dht). By getting a healthy supply of saw palmetto in your diet regularly, you’ll be able to curb the effects of this enzyme.

Did you know that getting good blood circulation is a very important part of growing healthy hair? Without it your follicles will starve and your hair will start to get thinner and thinner. Various cultures around the world have sought the use of ginkgo biloba, an herb responsible for healthy blood circulation in the body. 325 milligrams taken three times a day is a sufficient amount to ensure your blood is flowing within your scalp.

So many people are putting their trust in products that are based upon chemical additives and side effect producing ingredients that they fail to realize better treatments exist. So how do you plan to treat your thinning hair?