How to Choose the Perfect Hair Extensions15-01-2019
How to Choose the Perfect Hair Extensions
When people contact us at New Image Hair Extension Centre in Manchester, one of the first things they ask us is, “How much are hair extensions?” and it’s an understandable question. It’s reasonable to want to know how much your new look is going to cost you before you decide. However, that’s not a question we can answer easily.
The cost of your hair extensions will vary greatly according to the type of hair you choose, the length of the hair, how much hair you need, and how often you plan to maintain it. This is we offer free hair extension consultations in the Manchester salon; we want you to be clear on what is involved, what will work best for you and what it will cost you. That way you can make an informed decision about whether hair extensions are right for you.
Cost is certainly not the only factor, of course, and people naturally have several questions about hair extensions before they make an appointment. Below we’ve listed a few pointers to give you an idea of the factors you’ll need to consider in choosing your perfect hair extensions:
Your Hair Type
Your hair type will be one of the major factors to consider. For instance, if you have super-fine hair that won’t grow past your shoulders, you might want to thicken it up and add length. Your hair probably won’t hold more than 60 extensions without them being obvious.
If your hair is thick but you want to add some length to it, we will be able install lots of hair extensions – up to 200. However, you might not want or need anywhere near this many. It all depends on the final look you’re hoping for, which is something we can advise on at a consultation.
The Quality You Prefer
At New Image we only use the highest quality hair from whichever region we source it. There is a difference in the general quality of the hair from country to country, and it varies even dependent on where in the country it came from. So many factors affect the quality of the hair, from local diet to traditional care routines and genetics.
Russian Remy hair is known to be the finest quality hair in the world. You simply won’t find more beautiful hair anywhere, which is why it is now so popular for use in hair extensions. As you can imagine, it isn’t cheap! Yet if your primary concern is the look, you may want to go with the silkiest, shiniest hair on the market.
We also use European hair, which is easier to come by but also of good quality. You can consider it the more ‘standard’ hair, as it is so commonly used in hair extensions, along with Asian hair. Quality varies from salon to salon, but rest assured that we never install low quality extensions in our salon. If the primary concern is length, you can take your pick.
How Long Your Hair Will Be
The length of your hair is an important consideration. Obviously it’s going to be heavier and require more maintenance the longer it is. It will also cost more. It may or may not be possible for us to install the lengths you want, depending on the current style, length and density of your natural hair. Again, it’s something to decide at consultation.
To give you an example scenario, if you have a short blunt bob, we would have a harder time installing 18” or 22” extensions for you. Even if it can be done, it will cost more due to the time we have to spend installing and blending it to look seamless.
Your Ideal Maintenance Level
The amount of maintenance you’ll have to do depends on a couple of factors too.
For example, the lowest maintenance will be the Russian Remy hair extensions, as they are of such high quality that they last longer than other types. That means your hair won’t need to be renewed for a year or even two – provided that you look after it!
If you opt for lower quality extensions, they can still last you a long time – from 6 months to a year or more dependent on your care routine. If you don’t want to have to renew the hair often (which involves us preparing, blending and creating your custom extensions each time), it might be better to go for Russian extensions from the start.
Otherwise, you can install European hair extensions and keep using that hair until it’s tired. Regardless of the hair you choose, you will need to refit it every two to four months dependent on how fast your natural hair grows. This is best practice so your extensions don’t cause matting at the roots.
The Type of Hair Extension Installations You Prefer
At New Image we use micro rings or fusion bonds. Most people go for micro rings these days, as they’re so easy to install and won’t damage your hair. They are easy to put it and take out. Note that not all salons use the same rings – some low quality rings don’t have protective silicone inners (or poor quality ones) that prevent the metal ring from shearing your natural hair. It goes without saying that we do.
Fusion bonds are the older installation method, but are still popular. These are tiny plastic granules that that attach the extensions to your natural hair. They are cheaper than micro rings, but require more careful maintenance to prevent hair shedding or the bonds breaking down and falling out.
You may not have a budget in mind straight away, and that’s fine. Your extensions might cost anything between £180 and £800 depending on the below factors, but once you’ve decided on those, you’ll have a better idea of whether you’ll need to pay higher or lower prices to achieve your ideal look.
The least you’re likely to pay is £180 for 50 extensions of European hair. The most is £800 for a full head of Russian Remy hair extensions, which are the finest quality.
If you’re looking for hair extensions in Manchester or the surrounding areas, know that it’s our passion to make sure you achieve the look you really want. Get in touch with us and we’ll go over these points with you in detail to tailor-make your perfect hair extensions.
7 Reasons Long Hair Wins11-12-2018
7 Reasons Long Hair Wins
Long hair hasn’t gone anywhere for as far back as we remember, and we will hazard a guess that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon either. Women love to have long, luscious locks, for so many reasons. Having a gorgeous, flowing mane does wonders for self-perception, making you feel womanly and sexy. It also creates so much more opportunity for transformations in personal style… yet those are just a couple of reasons.
Let’s take a look at some of the other reasons long hair has continued to appeal to us over the centuries. These are undoubtedly the reasons why so many women visit us for their hair extensions here in Manchester. We are happy to oblige, as we would love you to feel as beautiful as you possibly can.
1.Hair flicking never gets old
Who doesn’t love a good hair flick? Any woman who has cut off her long hair knows all too well that the first thing she misses is being able to casually flip her hair over her shoulder and back. We do this for various reasons, including expressing attitude and flirting. There is something seductive about hair flicking and it seems to say, “I’ve got presence”. It can’t be denied that a well-executed hair flick garners plenty of attention!
2. Lovers love your long locks too
Loving your long hair isn’t solely your job. If your hair flicking successful attracted a partner, the chances are they’re now running their fingers though it regularly… and that feels great for both parties! Even if you haven’t got a partner, keep at the seductive hair flicking and it surely won’t be long before you have.
3.Long hair serves as a winter warmer
Sure, you can use a scarf for that job, but it’s always good to have that extra bit of warmth at the ready. Sometimes you have to pop out quickly and are unprepared for the cold. Long hair to the rescue! Anyone who has spent a winter in Northern England can tell you how cold it gets! Many of our hair extensions clients in chilly Manchester mention how grateful they are for that extra bit of warmth!
4.Long hair means versatile styles
One of the major complaints shorthaired women mention is the lack of ability to reinvent their style. We love long hair for this one. Sometimes you look in the mirror and just fancy a change that day. Long hair facilitates that… one day it might be a ponytail, the next a messy bun, and the next a beautiful French plait. Long hair makes it possible to feel like a new woman every day… what’s not to love about that?
5.Wind in your hair feels amazing
There’s something so satisfying about feeling the breeze whipping through your hair. It’s another of life’s details that naturally enhances feminine beauty - and that probably feels like the only time the wind is on your side! It’s got to be good for something, right?
If you haven’t snapped a potentially iconic pic on the top of a mountain of cliff with scenic views and your hair flowing in the wind, add that to your to-do list. What would Instagram even be without shots like that?
6.You can play with it to alleviate boredom
Never underestimate the subtle pleasure of playing with your own hair. It’s so calming! You might do it absent-mindedly while daydreaming, or you might do it while problem solving, as it’s similar to doodling idly on a pad. It might be another method of flirting, like hair flicking! Either way, it’s good to have options, and you obviously can’t casually wrap short hair around your fingers – that’s just looks plain awkward.
7.It doubles up as a mask
There are times when you just want the ground to open up – it happens to us all now and then! Although the ground is unlikely to oblige, you’ve got your long hair to fall back on. Just allow it to fall in front of your face and you can hide any number of expressions from smirking to beetroot-faced embarrassment. When you spot someone you’ve been trying to avoid, hiding behind your hair could get you out of a tricky conversation.
Simply put, long hair has so many benefits that it’s hard to imagine why people ever cut it! So often they regret doing so too, which is something can vouch for as hair extensionists! If you’re ready to enhance your hair and reap some of the rewards above, come and have a chat with us about what how we can transform your hair.
How to Save Money on Hair Extension Appointments30-11-2018
How to Save Money on Hair Extension Appointments
We all know how it goes… that drastic hair cut with the short, choppy layers just didn’t turn out the way it looked in your imagination. Or perhaps the blunt bob that suited your friend so well didn’t look quite the same on you. Whatever the reason, sometimes it just isn’t working out with a shorter hairstyle and we would do pretty much anything to get those long locks back.
It’s a common story here at New Image Hair Extensions in Manchester. We see all kinds of haircuts and styles, and we regularly do transformations on unsatisfactory haircuts. So it certainly can be done, and you do have an option if you really want luscious long hair… but there are some things you should know about short hairstyles.
We want hair extensions to be both affordable and accessible to anyone who feels they need them. So In this article we will give you some advice that could save you a fair bit of money on your hair extension appointment here in our Manchester salon:
Short hair equals more extensions
It isn’t always the case, but if you’ve got a blunt bob or a lot of layers in a short cut, we are going to have to work pretty hard to disguise the extensions we’re putting in. It means that we’ll have to attach a significantly higher number of extensions and possibly do a bit of cutting and styling so that the end result appears seamless.
Don’t get us wrong – we’re not trying to put you off getting hair extensions if you feel they are right for you. We simply want you to be aware that the shorter or blunter your haircut, the more hair extensions you we will need to put in in order to disguise the style. The goal is always to hide the fact that you’ve got extensions in, and to make those extensions look natural.
We will always make sure you leave looking like that hair is all yours, but it’s likely to cost a lot more, depending on the length and thickness you need, of course. It is hard for us to quote without seeing you first… this way we can determine how much hair you need, and help you to decide on the kind of hair you want. Russian Remy hair extensions will cost more than European hair extensions, for example. The final price may also depend on whether you take any other services, like cutting, dying or highlighting.
The best thing you can do to save money is…
Not cut your hair! It may seem counter-intuitive, but by allowing your natural hair to grow as long as possible, it helps us to blend the extensions much more easily. We will also need less of them in the first place, so obviously this will save you a sum of money. Your hair being a few inches longer could mean that we only need to put in a quarter head of extensions rather than a half head.
Another example (as demonstrated in the above photo) might be that your hair has reached below shoulder length but is relatively fine, and you want to thicken it up with hair extensions. It’s quite possible that we’ll only need to give you a half head of extensions… whereas if your hair was only just below the ears, you might need up to a full head.
What to do if your hair is already short
Well, you have a couple of options. Provided that your hair isn’t too short to attach hair extensions at all (e.g. a pixie cut), you can go for it anyway - with awareness that the cost will be higher. However, note that going from a short bob to 18" extensions probably isn’t going to look that great – even if we can do that for you, at the very least it’s going to take a lot of extensions and a lot of time.
Shoulder length extensions will be less heavy and look more natural. This will work out cheaper for you, and as your hair grows, you can graduate to even longer (or a larger number of) hair extensions. Whatever your hair is currently like, we can offer you a free consultation to give you a good idea of what your hair extensions are going to cost.
How to Avoid These 5 Common Hair Extension Installation Errors13-11-2018
How to Avoid These 5 Common Hair Extension Installation Errors
How do you know when somebody has had a perfect hair extension job? You don’t… unless they tell you. At New Image Hair Extensions in Manchester, we always make sure that every client leaves us with undetectable hair extensions. We’ve been operating for over a decade and because of this, we have long since perfected our installation techniques.
You might assume that installing hair extensions is a simple task, and on paper, perhaps it is - but the reality is that there’s a lot that can go wrong. This article aims to educate anyone thinking of having hair extensions installed, because time and time again we’ve had clients come to us for corrections. It’s a shame that they’ve wasted precious time and money investing in extensions with an unskilled extensionist, but it’s the same in many industries.
You have to know what you’re looking for and which questions to ask to ensure you’re getting a quality product or service. Below is our guide to the most common hair extension installation mistakes; hopefully this will help you avoid costly errors and damage to your natural hair.
1. Common error: Poor Spacing
Your extensionist should be able to look at your hair and assess it wisely. If you have very fine hair or not a lot of it, installing too many hair extensions is asking for trouble. Even if your hair is thick and you have a plenty, it’s still possible to install too many extensions.
There are times in life when less is more, and your extensionist should know when that is. Too many extensions will overload your natural hair, causing pain in the scalp. On top of this, it can look pretty obvious, which defeats the object.
2. Common error: Poor spacing and positioning
At New Image Hair Extensions in Manchester, we understand the importance of proper positioning. That’s why we make sure that extensions are installed in very neat, strategically placed rows. Your extensions won’t be placed too close together; we leave approximately one little finger’s width between extensions. This helps them to appear natural and doesn’t overload your own hair. Poor positioning (as per the below photo) will cause terrible damage to your hair.
We also make sure that the extensions are not placed too close to your hairline, so that you can wear glasses or shades without them getting caught up. This also makes your extensions harder to spot when wearing your hair up. Your natural hair will cover the micro rings or fusion bonds when you gently pull it into a ponytail or bun.
The same goes for the amount of natural hair selected for the base of each extension. Each section of natural hair should be more or less the same size and density as the extension being applied. If it is too thin, it won’t be able to hold the extension in place long term. If it’s too thick, it will look and feel unnatural.
3. Common error: Installing on messy partings
Not everyone has a regular, even parting but when installing hair extensions it’s so important to not install around a messy parting. A clean parting should be set carefully before installation - and in the same position that it will be set ongoing. This will make it easy for you to brush and style your hair every day, which is crucial for good maintenance, lasting extensions and damage limitation.
4. Common error: Mismatching the colour
It is vital to be sure the colour of your extensions is a perfect match to your natural colour. We take into account when your hair has been dyed, and how it may fade over time. We don’t recommend dying your hair extensions, so we take care to get this right from the offset. Dying your own roots is fine, although it is a lot easier to have a professional do this for you.
It is normal for us to blend different colours of hair together to achieve a more natural look for your extensions. We probably won’t use one flat colour over the whole head, unless it’s an exact match to a single-coloured natural hair. We colour match at the ends rather than the roots, and sometimes we’ll use different shades to create highlight or lowlight effects. The more dimensions present in the colour, the more natural extensions tend to look.
5. Common Error: Installing inappropriate lengths
While it may be your dream to have Rapunzel-style locks flowing past your bum, this may not look so great in reality. It all depends on the quality and length of your natural hair. This is something we’ll assess and advise on honestly when you come for a free consultation with us.
If you come to us with a bob asking for 25” extensions, we’ll probably have to say no. We want you to look the best you can, so we’re more likely to add in various lengths of extension to work seamlessly with your natural hairstyle. This kind of layering can make it look like you’ve had a quality haircut, while adding plenty of volume. If your hair is around shoulder length or longer, we’ll be able to apply longer extensions without it looking superficial.
You might end up with 13”, 17”, 21” or 25”, but one thing we’ll take care about is making it look like your hair is all yours. What you’ll find is that wearing properly-installed hair extensions for an extended period allows your natural hair to grow freely, and the longer this grows, the longer your extensions can be next time. Lastly, after we have installed your hair extensions, we’ll slide-cut the extensions around the front and bottom to frame your face and perfect the overall look.
We’re happy to talk to you about installing your extensions, so call us for a chat, a consultation or an appointment whenever you’re ready.
5 Simple Ways to Reinvent Your Look10-09-2018
5 Simple Ways to Reinvent Your Look
There are times in your life when you look in the mirror and what reflects back just isn’t really working for you any more. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong, per se, but it seems to be human nature to crave change. Given that clothing, makeup and hairstyles are forms of expression, we can use them to change the way we put ourselves across to the world.
When there has been a big change in life circumstances, people often make drastic changes to their appearance too; for example, the ‘relationship break up/hair cut’ scenario. However, we really don’t need a reason. Fancying a change is completely normal, but sometimes it’s hard to find the inspiration for this reinvention. At New Image Hair Extension Centre, our extensionists are masters of reinvention!
Here are our best tips on how you can reinvent your look with minimal effort:
1. Change Your Hair Parting
It’s amazing what a simple change in hair parting can do to make you feel different. If you’ve been parting your hair the same way for as long as you can remember, why not have fun experimenting with a new parting? If you normally part your hair on the left, try parting it on the right for once. A more drastic change would be a centre parting, if this suits your face.
You might be surprised at how much difference this makes to your appearance. It can add a fair bit of volume at the roots, for one thing. The way your hair frames your face can change completely! You could find that your hair is resistant to the re-positioning, as your hair has been ‘trained’ to sit a certain way. If so, change it just before bed and apply styling products to hold it in place. Add a headband to make sure it can’t move, and when you get up the next morning, your parting should be fixed in place.
2. Go Bold With a Red Lippy
Lots of women think they can’t wear red lipstick. They’ll say it doesn’t suit them, or worry that it’s going to attract too much attention. They might even forgo it in case it stains their teeth. Well, firstly, there’s always a shade of red that will suit your skin tone. Secondly, what’s the point in reinvention if nobody notices it? Lastly, you can easily fix lipstick in place with a product designed for that purpose. As a bonus, red lipstick can make your teeth look whiter!
So it seems that there is no reason at all not to wear red lipstick! It doesn’t even matter what time of day it is. If anything, wearing red lipstick during the day makes much more of a statement than wearing it at night. If you’re not used to bold lip colours, you’re definitely going to feel reinvented with this one! It’s amazing what a bit of colour can do.
When choosing your shade of red, remember that blue-based reds that flatter almost all skin tones. If you’re still not sure, aim for something that’s not too ‘warm’ or ‘cool’; somewhere in the middle is a safer bet.
3. Invest in Some New Accessories
Nobody says you have to replace your entire wardrobe to feel good. Often, it’s all about the way you accessorise. The addition of a few choice accessories can make it seem as if you did buy yourself a whole new wardrobe! A new handbag is a great place to start, as is a statement necklace, or perhaps a headscarf or hat.
If you normally go for plain colours, opt for something bold, brightly coloured or patterned. If you normally wear an understated chain, go for a large, beaded necklace or one with plenty of jewels on it. The more different your accessories are to your usual ‘go-to’ style, the more you will feel reinvented!
4. Reassess Your Wardrobe
We all hang onto those sentimental items that we haven’t worn for years. Similarly, we hold onto things that aren’t quite right but cost too much to just bin… and then there are those items that we are sure we’re going to wear sometime soon but they just never seem to come off the hanger. The reality usually looks something like this: our wardrobes are crammed full of stuff we are never going to wear, and we can’t see the woods for the trees.
By ruthlessly going through our wardrobes and getting rid of the excess, the chances are we will unearth items we had forgotten about. Try on old things with new, and re-determine which are the classic items. You’ll be surprised at what comes together with a bit of experimentation – but the golden rule is to hang on only to things that you really will wear, and mix them together in a new way. It’s a fun game, if nothing else!
5. Bite the Bullet and Get Some Hair Extensions
If you haven’t had hair extensions before, you might not have considered the fact that extensions are one of the best ways to reinvent your entire look. You can’t help but feel like a different person when you suddenly have a main of long, thick and shiny hair. It may seem like a luxury, and perhaps it is… but life is short, and if you truly want to change your look for the better, there aren’t too many methods to match this one.
Walking down the street with your new mane swaying is a feeling that’s hard to put into words. When women leave our salon, they invariably feel confident. They are beaming queens of reinvention! When you combine hair extensions with your ‘new’ outfits, handbag and necklace, plus that vibrant red lipstick and possibly even a new parting, there’s no doubt about it… you’re going to feel like a new woman!
New Image Hair Extension Centre are the leading professionals for hair extensions in Manchester. We strive for perfection and always put everything we’ve got into our work. Our clients always come back for more, so we know we’re doing a great job! If you’re looking for hair extensions around the Manchester area, give us a call or drop in for a free consultation. We are ready and waiting to reinvent you!