You might be wondering why we recommend growing your hair when our job is to install long hair extensions in our Manchester salon. Well, it’s simply because the longer your hair is, the easier it is for us to install and blend your hair extensions for a natural finish.
Sometimes ladies come to us with short, cropped hair after a regretful haircut; sometimes they just want a change but their hair seems to be taking forever to grow out. We can work with all kinds of haircuts, but it is actually easier for us and less expensive for you if you are able to grow your hair out a little first.
Don’t get us wrong: you don’t have to do that if you’re desperate to put some extensions in. We are more than happy to give you a consultation whatever the state of your hair. However, if you do want to grow it before coming to have them installed, we have some advice for you.
There are a number of brilliant products out there that will do wonders for the length, thickness, strength and overall condition of your hair. Here is our pick of the best:
1 Nutravita Biotin High Potency Hair Growth Supplement
This product works quickly, and many start to see good results within a month. Hair grows much faster, and it will become shinier and thicker too. Those whose hair has a tendency to fall out should find that this product also dramatically reduces hair loss.
If you want truly healthy looking hair, you could very much benefit from this biotin supplement. The bottle gives you a year’s supply and it’s relatively inexpensive at £17.95. It contains coconut oil for extra absorbency, and coconut oil is also beneficial for the condition of your hair.
One of the best things about this product is that it also benefits your skin and nails, making skin clearer and benefiting the elasticity; nails tend to grow more quickly, developing more resilience and shine.
2 Watermans Grow Me Shampoo and Conditioner
These UK-made products receive rave reviews – and so they should. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell good, and they are sulfate and paraben-free, so no nasties will be infiltrating your precious system. They strengthen hair follicles and improve circulation in the scalp, making them great for bringing life and lustre back to dull, dry and damaged hair.
Both products are good for reducing that troublesome hair loss too (something clinically proven, in fact) so the results are consistently positive. Watermans shampoo and conditioner improves your natural hair growth rate, thickening your hair and making it super-shiny. They didn’t win the UK Hair Magazine Hair Awards in 2018 for nothing! Get the set for £24.50.
3 Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum
Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum has been designed to make your hair feel long, thick and shiny… and that it does. The serum combines seven different technologies that visibly improve the length of your hair.
If you’re into statistics, you might be interested to know that this growth serum works to increase hair density by up to 13% over a period of four months. You can get it in a 90ml supersized bottle, but be warned… it’s not cheap at £46.95. Then again, beauty enhancement often comes with a price tag!
4 Leave-in Conditioner: Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths
Good, strong locks are all about protection. One of the best ways to protect your hair is through leave-in conditioners, and Pureology do one of the best. Their patented Antifade complex and Asta-Repair technology is all about improving the strength of your hair, so naturally the stronger it is the longer it becomes.
This product will particularly appeal to vegans too, as all ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free. The conditioner is a luxurious treatment that will give your hair a protective shield, meaning less breakage and more softness. It also contains heat protection, so you won’t need to worry as much about hair dryer and straightener damage. It won’t cost the earth at £19.91, either.
We don’t recommend hair straighteners on your extensions, however; extensions are drier as they’re not receiving nutrients from the scalp, so they’ll be damaged more easily.
A word of warning
If you already have extensions installed, note that these products are obviously going to keep working regardless. That can mean that your hair extensions are going to grow out more quickly as your natural hair is also going to be growing more quickly. Therefore, once you have had your extensions installed you might want to stop using the products, or use them less frequently.
Another thing to remember is that we never recommend applying hair conditioner directly onto the micro rings (and especially fusion bonds) as this can make them slip (or dissolve). So if you have been using a hair-growth conditioner on your scalp before your extensions are installed, it is not a good idea to rub this into the scalp after extension installation.
If in doubt, pop into our Manchester hair extension salon or give us a call to arrange a consultation. We are all about making the best of your looks, and that includes your natural hair as well as our hair extensions!
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