What are the Best Hair Oils for Hair Extensions?09-08-2018
What are the Best Hair Oils for Hair Extensions?
Looking after your hair extensions is important, but then again, so is looking after your hair in general! The thing with hair extensions is that they are not naturally replenished with vitality the way your own hair is – your hair is alive and can be nourished through nutrition, while the extensions are not. This just means you’ll need to make a little extra effort to keep your extensions in good shape. After all, you probably want them to last as long as possible!
The type of shampoo and conditioner you use is important, and so is the way in which you wash your hair extensions. However, in order keep your hair extensions nourished, it is a great idea to use a hair oil. Just as is the case with shampoo and conditioner, the kind of oil you use and the way you apply it is of the utmost importance.
Natural is Best - Note that a lot of branded hair oils contain hidden silicone's and colouring's. These are not good for your hair extensions and are best avoided, so check the labels carefully and check with the manufacturer if necessary. One way to avoid this issue is to go for a natural oil, as that won’t contain any harmful chemicals. These will be suitable for your hair extensions, providing them with plenty of nourishment.
There are several natural oils we recommend using, so let’s take a look at a few of those below:
Coconut Oil is well known for its health benefits, as well as its moisturising capabilities. Coconut oil has been proven to improve the condition of distressed and/or heat treated hair, so it makes a great restorative product for your hair extensions. This oil sinks into your hair shafts, rather than just sitting on the surface of your hair, which is what makes it such an effective moisturiser.
It conditions your hair thoroughly thanks to the hair-friendly substances it contains: Lauric acid and Vitamin E in particular. Users often report stronger hair and a reduction in split ends, which is due to the high protein levels found in this oil. As if those benefits weren’t enough, this oil will make your hair super shiny!
When preparing your coconut oil for application, you’ll want to heat it a little – but not to a degree that will burn you or your hair. Make sure you only apply the warm oil to the tips of your hair extensions, or at least no further up than the mid shafts; applying it anywhere near the tops of your extensions could cause them to slip, which is the case with any oil. Also note that this particular oil is heavy, so you will have to wash your hair thoroughly to remove it. Shampooing twice should remove it all.
Argan Oil/Moroccan Oil
Argan oil is an ingredient in lots of beauty products but has plenty of benefits when used on its own. Moroccan oil is usually a mix of argan oil and other oils. Either of these oils will do your hair extensions the world of good, especially if the ends have become dry and frizzy.
Where coconut oil is quite heavy and can feel greasy, argan oil is light and non-greasy, so you can use it every day if you feel like it. This oil will help to strengthen your hair extensions and prevent them from becoming brittle.
You’ll only need a few drops of this oil, and to heat it you can just rub your hands together. Then you’ll apply it to the tips of your hair extensions, or from the mid shafts downward if you like – just be careful to keep it well away from the tops! There is no need to wash this oil out; you can just style it as usual and go about your day.
Castor oil is another miracle product for your hair extensions, provided that you’re using a quality cold-pressed oil. The results are nothing short of amazing! Castor oil is great for prevention of breakage in the hair shafts, and the same goes for split ends. It’s also exceptional at making your hair glossy and shiny.
The consistency of castor oil is extremely thick and gloopy, so you may want to mix it with another oil before application. It will then be much easier to apply. Like coconut oil treatments, castor oil treatments will need to be washed out thoroughly, but they won’t need to be done so often. Once a month is usually enough to receive great benefits, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy looking hair!
No matter which oil you go for, to get the best of your oil treatments it helps to plait the hair afterwards and leave it in for at least a couple of hours. If you want to leave it on overnight (or avoid transfer to your clothing), you can wrap it in plastic or cling film, or put a towel on your pillow.
Hair Extensions After 40?18-07-2018
Hair Extensions After 40?
Up until around a decade ago, there seemed to be a premise that once you hit 40, cutting your long hair off was the done thing. It was relatively rare to see women in their 40s and 50s a with long, flowing manes of hair. Perhaps the action of cropping it all short was originally supposed to represent fading fertility; whatever is the case, times are changing, people are becoming more open-minded about aging and beauty, and women lay claim to much more freedom of expression.
The thing is that as we age, our hair does give away our age. This might be in the form of proliferating greys, or in the loss of hair mass due to hormones. It’s hard to do much to prevent these facts of life, but the situation can usually be remedied.
Hair extensions are more popular than ever – with all age groups
Hair dying is so normal it’s almost not worth a mention, but hair extensions aren’t quite as common yet. They are more popular than ever though, and here at New Image, we have many regular clients over 40. That is saying something! Having been applying hair extensions for over 18 years, we can confidently say that the over-40s are a growing market; in the last five years the number of clients over 40 coming to us is unprecedented.
These clients are still aiming to be glamorous in middle age, and why shouldn’t they? As the UK hair extension industry alone is estimated to be worth between £45 million and £60 million, it’s clear that women of all ages are embracing this method of enhancing their looks.
Hair extensions are anti-aging
Given that long, thick hair is still perceived a sign of youth and fertility, it makes sense that hair extensions will have an ant-aging effect. Given also that in their later years women’s hair isn’t what it used to be, the 40s and 50s are the perfect time to replenish looks with hair extensions.
We are genetically designed to deteriorate with age, and this also applies to our hair. Your cells are less able to reproduce as you age, plus changes in hormones mean diminished estrogen, which slows hair growth down in a big way. Once the menopause is done, genetic hair thinning shows up. Sadly, hair weakening and thinning with age is almost guaranteed.
This is the time when nutrition must also be optimized too – our hair doesn’t respond well when the body lacks protein, iron, vitamin D3 and B12, for example.
When you see a woman walking confidently down the street with cascades of healthy looking hair, it’s easy to assume she’ll be in her 20s or 30s. Yet these days, she could even be a grandmother. Long, beautiful hair can shave years off your appearance, whichever direction you’re facing!
Older women usually prefer a natural look
Women of all ages deserve to feel confident and beautiful. Entire markets are built on this need, so it’s hardly a new thing; the truth is that aside from cosmetic surgery, nothing reduces the signs of aging as quickly or effectively as hair extensions can.
Younger women tend to go for more voluminous, overtly glamorous styles. Older women often prefer understated looks, as the goal is often to enhance, lengthen and thicken lackluster hair. Aging doesn’t mean we have to let ourselves go; on the contrary. It’s more than possible to look great at any age, even if we have to roll with a few punches!
Even the finest hair can be thickened in a big way with hair extensions. At New Image we can fill in the gaps to lend more weight to your hair. Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s or beyond, we can bring back the kind of hair you loved in your younger days.
The stars are setting the stage
Whatever your age, you are certainly not alone in your use of hair extensions. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, celebrity hairstylist Priscilla Valles estimated that 97% of female celebrities used hair extensions. It makes sense, when you consider that they can go from bobs to swaying Rapunzel style manes overnight.
Jane Fonda, who is now around 80, attended last year’s Cannes Film Festival with a gleaming blonde high ponytail; it absolutely had to be hair extensions, as the length almost reached her waist! Ultimately it’s the same for celebrities as it is for the rest of us – we all want to look our best and to some extent, our self-esteem does depend on how we look. When we look great, we feel great.
New Image are happy to be in the business of helping women to look and feel their best, whatever their age and whatever the state of their natural hair. We love to work our magic and see happy faces leaving the salon. Get in touch for a free consultation and we’ll let you know what we can do for you.
What Is It About Long Hair?22-06-2018
What Is It About Long Hair?
Long hair has a lengthy history, and it dates back to as far as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Women have always loved to wear their hair long, but it wasn’t only women that wore did so in these times. One look at the depictions of ancient Greek gods and philosophers with their long beards and hair confirms this. The ancient Greeks worshipped several gods with long, from Zeus and Achilles to Apollo and Poseidon.
When we think of warriors, Vikings and the like, the first image that springs to mind is long hair, swords, shields and animal skins, but the hair is always a main feature. Even today we’re seeing a resurgence of men with long, flowing locks, but women have never lost their love of this natural style. Ancient Greek women would sprinkle gold powder into the hair to draw attention to it, and the women of today do similar!
Here’s an interesting fact: the person with the longest hair in the world to date is Xie Qiuping of China; back in 2004 her hair was measured at 5.627 m, and she hasn’t cut it since she was 13.
When trends became a thing, so did haircuts
Although in most cultures it was normal for men to have long hair, women tended to have even longer hair. The Romans were fans of long hair until around 229BC, when they started to cut their hair after the introduction of the Sicilian barber profession. When trends later became a thing, Roman women would part their hair in the centre, whereas Roman men were scorned for giving their hair too much attention. They were accused of being effeminate.
Italian Gothic warriors of the last millennium often had long hair, and they were even given a name based on this trait: ‘capillati’, which means ‘long-haired men.’ However, generally even they were expected to have shorter hair than the women of that time.
In English culture, haircuts became the norm around 1094, around the time that Archbishop Anselm of Canterbury is said to have refused to give ashes or blessings to young men who had grown their hair ‘like girls’. This forced them to seek out a haircut.
Native Americans believe in the power of long hair
Native Americans and Sikhs see hair as having a special significance. Lots of ancient cultures felt that power was stored in their hair, so they never wanted to cut it. Native Americans believe that their long hair ties them to mother earth, and that long grass is the hair of the Earth.
They also see long hair as a physical manifestation that represents spiritual growth. It is said that they never cut their hair because it gives them extrasensory perception (which is useful for hunting and protection), as well as a connection to all things. When they braid their hair, this signifies unity with the infinite, whereas letting the hair hang free implies that they embrace the free flow of life.
Tribe members usually only cut their hair is after a death within the close family. Cutting the hair symbolises sadness and serves as a physical reminder that something important has been lost. When the new hair grows, this represents a new phase of their life, and they can start to move on. There is one other reason they will cut their hair, and it’s to signify a separation from past actions or thoughts. When they cut it, they will place the cut hair in a river, bury it or burn it, as a mark of respect.
Long hair is a subtle form of expression
There is an ancient settlement in China known as the ‘Long Hair Village’, and this have even made the Guinness world book of records under the title of “world’s longest hair village”. The women here are quite a special sight!
All cultures have different perceptions about what long hair means, but most have this in common: hair is in many ways communicative, giving many impressions, such as health, fertility, and religiosity. Here in the West we tend to see it as a sign of health at the very least – this does seem to be the main significance of long hair throughout the world.
Perhaps this is because beautiful long hair is hard to achieve unless you are healthy, eating well, and taking proper exercise and rest. It also means you’re looking after your hair, which is a sign of both personal hygiene and self-care. Ultimately, long hair is a form of expression.
Not everybody is able to grow long, healthy hair
Natives of some continents, like South America or Asia, seem to have an abundance of naturally thick hair that just keeps on growing. Here in the West, we’re more physically diverse and our hair reflects this. Some of us are just not lucky enough to be blessed with such thick hair; it can be so fine that it won’t grow past our shoulders, or we may have damaged it with excessive product use or heat treatments.
Even when it’s possible for us to grow our hair long, it can take years – and a lot of care - to achieve. It means total dedication and patience, and that’s another thing we aren’t all blessed with! Hair extensions are more popular than ever, which just goes to show that there are more women than ever who wish they had long and beautiful hair.
At New Image Hair Extensions, it is our pleasure to be able to facilitate this. We know how important long and beautiful hair is to you, and we’ve made it our business to give you that option. Our team are highly-trained professionals who go the extra mile to make sure you leave our salon with the best hairstyle you’ve ever had. Check out our work and see for yourself
The psychology behind changing your image31-05-2018
The psychology behind changing your image
There are times when you can’t shake that feeling that your self-image is out of date. We can’t speak for everyone, but it seems that many people are pretty keen on cyclical reinvention, and it makes sense. We love to change our appearance from time to time, as it is a way of expressing how we feel throughout the different phases of our lives.
Sometimes you can just look at a suit or dress you used to love, and it has just lost its appeal somehow. You can’t pinpoint when it happened, but you’ve changed. Everyone knows that feeling after a break up when you want to shake off those redundant energies and get a makeover; you want to show the world that there is a new, improved you.
When these things happen, it is time for the self-image makeover. The main issue here is in knowing here to start. We have a few ideas on how you can do this:
Make a list of your beliefs
It helps to honestly assess yourself. Take a few minutes to write down a few of the long-held assumptions about yourself. This isn’t all about appearance, as the outward appearance is simply a reflection of what’s going on inside. Your beliefs could be limiting your experiences in life.
For example, if you’re always wearing understated clothes, it’s probably because you fear judgment from others. You might look at a pillar-box-red cardigan and think, “Wow, that’s beautiful.” Yet you don’t consider buying it because the assumption is that it won’t suit you, or it’s ‘too loud’, etc.
Consider your core beliefs about yourself and then examine them to see how true they really are, and where you got those ideas from. If you want to be able to wear that cardigan, that should tell you that it’s time to change your subconscious assumptions about yourself. When you can do that, your outer-image will naturally start to reflect those changes.
Here’s a good tip: think about what you’d say to someone who asked you to describe yourself. What are your personality traits? What are your perceived weaknesses? What are your strengths and talents? How would your best friend describe you?
You can even go as far as examining your limiting beliefs about life and its purpose. Note down five or six ideas about this, and then examine it carefully. Which ones don’t really serve you? It’s likely that you’ll find you can counter these ideas if you’re objective about it. Look for evidence to the contrary. If you can do that for life perspective, you can do that for unhelpful beliefs about yourself too.
Decide on a plan of action
When you have figured out the parts of your self-image that need work, commit to changing them. Don’t try to do it all at once. It might mean going to more social occasions, or speaking your mind more. It might mean changing a few wardrobe items, or getting a funky haircut. It might mean taking up a new hobby without telling yourself you’ll be no good at it.
Ultimately, there is no harm in trying new things. Variety (and exploration) is what keeps life interesting. You will discover new ways in life, and new aspects of your personality. This kind of self-development is usually very rewarding and leads to lasting change. After successful risk taking, your confidence can’t help but grow. You’ll start to notice your self-image changing with time.
It might feel a little strange or uncomfortable at first, but that’s just fear of the unknown. As they say, leap and the net will appear. Why not enlist the support of good friends? Those who love you will be encouraging, as well as honest. Constructive feedback usually helps to keep progress on the right track.
Keep at it
It’s normal to second-guess yourself from time to time. We can become deeply ingrained in habits and thought patterns over the years. Most of us have that little voice inside asking us whether what we’ve put on that day looks silly, whether the new fringe really suits us, or whether we really want to talk to strangers at that party.
It takes time and repetition to undo old habits, so just know that you don’t have to listen to any self-deprecating inner voices. Change doesn’t always happen over night, so perseverance is key. By gradually changing what you do, new habits become the norm. You are changing who you are, and even the new you will evolve further over time.
Here at New Image, we meet many people every day who are taking that leap. Some clients ask us whether they’re really going to suit the hair extensions they want to try out. We just remind them that we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure they look amazing… and they always do!
We are happy to be able to play a part in image transformations for those who really want to change their look. Sometimes that’s what it takes for the inner self-image to follow. It doesn’t always have to be the other way around!
If you feel that it’s time for a bold new look, then come and talk to us about what we can do for you. There are so many options, and we can work with you to achieve the image you’ve been dreaming of. We’ll be waiting to hear from you!
5 Celebrities Who Rock Hair Extensions24-04-2018
5 Celebrities Who Rock Hair Extensions
The media is full of pictures of gorgeous celebrities with ever-changing looks. They can either inspire us or make us feel a little insecure, depending on what mood we’re in! The thing is, celebrities have access to the world’s best stylists, as well as inside information on coming trends. Being at the forefront of the world stage, they understandably want to look their best at all times, trying out new looks and wowing the public with their chameleon-like qualities.
The good news is that you can do that too. Don’t worry if you don’t have naturally lustrous, flowing locks… take it from us, plenty of celebrities aren’t endowed with them either! Lots of them go for hair extensions to create the supreme beauty you see shining out from those glossy pages, and not all keep it a secret either… besides, their stylists are happy to boast about it publicly – that’s how they keep getting work!
We’ve taken a look at some of the celebrities who openly use hair extensions. Perhaps their stunning looks will inspire you to make the leap:
1. Ariana Grande
Once upon a time, Ariana Grande stuck with the same hairstyle. She would almost always be seen with her hair pinned half up, and the bottom half cascading down her back. More recently she has gone for a new look: her hair is pulled upwards to the crown in a slick and shiny ponytail. She seems to have an endless amount of hair that shimmers and bounces on stage, and it is causing a lot of envy!
How did she get this admirable look? Hair extensions, of course. Check out her even more gorgeous new style as demonstrated in her music video for hit song “Everyday”. That hairstyle is quite something… she’s got hair extensions of up to 24” and they really suit her. If you want to recreate this look, come and see us at New Image.
Rihanna is one of the most intriguing stars out there. The looks she sports are so diverse, evoking envy among the female masses… but once again, we’re seeing a celebrity who doesn’t mind enhancing her style with a few hair extensions! There isn’t much Rihanna hasn’t tried when it comes to hairstyles, and it has to be said that she never seems to get it wrong.
She may always look great, but one of her best looks to date has to be her choice for the Grammy Awards last year. You guessed it… hair extensions! We think it’s safe to say that there’s no way her hair could have grown that quickly. Not that it matters… natural or otherwise, that soft, pretty look is something many women would kill for!
3. Jennifer Lopez
You can always rely on good old J-Lo to look the part. She’s almost as famous for her golden, shiny hair as she is for her music and acting. Multi-talented Jennifer knows what suits her, and she is an inspiration to aspiring beauty queens all around the world.
Even J-Lo is absolutely OK with using hair extensions to achieve her lengthy locks though. Her hair is certainly not as long as this naturally, whether she’s admitted to it or not! The thing with great hair extensions is that people rarely ask anyway.
J-Lo can be seen with all manner of styles, from tousled beach babe to super-straight and shiny tresses, teased and layered locks, and even Ariana Grande-style flowing pony tails. That’s all possible with her quality hair extensions! And why not?
4. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen is an American model who made her debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She’s refreshingly honest about her looks and the styles she goes for, and we love that she was so open about her use of hair extensions.
She actually posted on Instagram that her hair as not all her own, and subsequently did some modelling at a hair extension seminar where attendees were learning to look after and style their extensions. It’s really encouraging for women to see celebrity models being so open about their enhancements; it gives them the confidence to boost their looks with extensions too. So there you have it… model looks are not out of the question!
5. Kim Kardashian
This one may be stating the obvious, but Kim Kardashian is clearly a fan of hair extensions. Her style has inspired women all around the world; and although some might say her reputation is eyebrow-raising, it’s unlikely to be denied that she’s incredibly feminine and beautiful.
Kim’s hairstyles change day-by-day; it’s not unusual to see her with short and funky looks one day, and swaying, lengthy locks the next. She switches things up to keep the fashionistas on their toes, and she does a great job of it. We love her flowing mahogany hair, and we are more than happy to recreate this look here at New Image. Kim’s look is within your reach, so let us know when you want to go for it.
These are not the only celebrities who are rumoured to use hair extensions; Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton, Beyonce and Jennifer Anniston are all thought to use them too. We can’t blame them - hair extensions are quite simply a way for all of us to give our look that extra something we crave, swapping and changing with trends, and giving us a little extra confidence. It’s great to see so many celebrities in agreement.