Our haircare experts answer your weaves and extensions concerns
Need solutions for your hair problems? Please write to: Shade Oloniyo BBH/Josh Hair & Beauty 95 Church Street Croydon Surrey CR0 1RN
AN EXTENSION TOO FAR I can’t understand why hair extensions are so popular, when the majority of women who wear them seem to have more problems with hair breakage afterwards, especially around the hairline. I once wore braids and extensions for a long time, and I am now paying the consequence.
Hair extensions prove to be a must-have experience for women as it gives them the versatility of different styles and moods, from short to long, straight to curly, as well as adding body. Women tend to wear extensions primarily as a fashion statement, and a way of expressing themselves. Look at the women in media, singers and actresses, who are constantly altering their images to reflect their work or engagements. Maintenance is the key to optimum hair vitality, therefore a regular deep conditioning treatment should be done before and after you apply hair extensions.
STAR STYLE Please can you tell me what type of weave Beyonce wears as her hair always looks convincing. I usually wear mine in micro-braids but have found that after a while it matts underneath and as a consequence I am losing a lot of hair.
Many celebrities sport a convincing hair weave due to modern technology and money. One of the most popular weaves around at the moment is the micro-strand which is done using thermal wax which is bonded to the natural hair (cost starts from £200). The other is the lace wig which is a sew-in method (it’s basically a sew-in integrated hairpiece and costs start from £400).
JUST LIKE THE REAL THING I have seen so many natural looking weaves worn by celebrities over the years. Do you have any tips on how I can achieve this too?
Celebrities seem to excel in this area because they are fortunate enough to have the best stylists always at hand. Here are some tips to keep you on the right track:
- Know the look you’re going for. Flick through magazines and gather pictures of styles that would be ideal for you and show them to your stylist. Together you can ascertain the perfect look for you.
- Choose the right texture and colour. This is very important when it comes to wearing extensions because these factors can mean the difference between hair looking beautiful and natural, or hair that looks plastic and false.
- Cut hair into a stylish shape. Every weave needs to be customised to suit your face shape, character and unique style.