Hair Extension Myths: Fact vs Fiction

It’s a common misconception that hair extensions are bad for your hair, but these ideas are mostly based on extreme examples and media scare stories. Whether you’re looking to get hair extensions and are worried about the side effects, have had a bad experience before, or you are a first time hair extension user, we aim to give you a run down of all the facts that totally put those myths to bed!

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#1 Hair Extensions Will Leave Your Hair Damaged and Broken

Anyone who says that hair extensions damage your hair have clearly has never visited a Lucinda Ellery Studio, because this is totally FALSE! Otherwise why would so many women come back to us again and again?

This sort of story often comes from papparazi pictures of models who are constantly in the limelight and whose hair is being continually reshaped, colored and re-styled, with extensions taken in and out, for the demands of the next photoshoot or catwalk appearance. Their hair is often under stress and it’s surprising that it survives without more damage. However this is not typical of most women, who have no such pressures and are wearing their extensions for their own satisfaction and can take time to look after them.

The facts are that if your extensions are chosen to match your hair type and fitted correctly there is no reason that they would damage your natural hair. Each of our application methods have been refined and developed in-house to ensure you are being fitted with the best extension type for your hair needs. Our technicians take the safety of your hair very seriously, offering you a free consultation and free test extensions to make sure that your hair is suitable for them, as well as a comprehensive guarantee period while you’re wearing the extensions.

rear and side views of model wearing extensions

#2 Hair Extensions Won’t Blend In

Weve all seen those £5 hair extensions that you can get online and gasped at the thought of how bad they will look once applied, – they look artificial and they’re mostly a single color with little blending so they stand out like a sore thumb. But don’t worry, that is not the case with our high quality hair extensions.

Our ranges are custom made for you. We will closely color match your new extensions to the colors and shades of your natural hair, allowing them to seamlessly blend in – with no fear of the dreaded ‘I can see your extensions’ comments. Depending on the style you choose we can blend the hair to achieve highlights or lowlights, so that the end result has the same depth and look as a totally natural head of hair. Now, we think you can pop that myth in the hypothetical trash!

color matching hair extensions

#3 I Can’t Treat My Extensions Normally

We’ve developed our fitted extensions so that you can treat them the same as you would your natural hair, meaning that this common misconception doesn’t have to be a worry anymore. You can shower, swim, head out in the rain and use heat exactly as you would normally.

Our decades of experience have also shown us that there are certain products on the market that will enhance your extensions more than others and we offer excellent aftercare information explaining how to look after your new hair to keep it looking soft and lustrous.

hair conditioning treatments

With those misconceptions out of the way, you can see that there’s no reason not to have the hair of your dreams, so why not book in to come and see us and we can show you the possibilities. We offer no-obligation FREE consultations where we can talk about your hair goals and discuss the options we have for you. Choose your style and color, then come back at a later date and have your wonderful new locks fitted. If you have any other extension concerns, don’t hesitate to pop us a message or call one of our studios for a chat.

3 Reasons Why You Should Choose Hair Extensions

It’s a phrase we hear often: ‘I wish I had longer hair’. Thanks to the help of hair extensions, we can make that wish come true.
Is it worth taking the plunge? Will it look natural? Yes, and yes. We’re going to take you through the top three reasons we think hair extensions are the best option for you, other than that we think they look totally beaut.

extensions creating long soft curls

Grow baby, grow

Struggling to get your hair to grow past a certain point, no matter how gentle and caring you are? We know how you feel. We have various ranges of extensions that enable your hair to grow naturally whilst giving you the length you desire, totally damage free.

Maybe you have instant regret after getting that short crop cut that you saw in a magazine last month – it happens to the best of us! Extensions can be a simple solution to your hair regrets and can also be an excuse to try out something new. The fact they are super safe and still allow your hair to grow normally is what makes them one of the best options for you.

horrified to have hair cut short

Cracking colour choices

The chance to try out different colours without damaging your natural hair is one of our favourite benefits of extensions. When you come in for an initial consultation, we will run through the fitting process and discuss what colour you would like your extensions to be, giving you the opportunity for your inner hair diva to run free. Add some highlights, balayage, or go for a totally new colour. Simple, easy to apply and no worries about long term colour commitments. If you don’t like the results, you can have them taken out – easy peasy!

Coloured hair is the perfect candidate for sassy updos and intricate, detailed styles. Give braids, plaits, low ponytails and messy buns a go – the hair reigns are now in your hands.

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Plump it up

If anyone tells you they haven’t dreamt of having voluminous hair at least once, we think they must be lying. In our eyes, the bigger the better (although some could say we’re biased). One thing that extensions are awesome for is giving you volume and adding that extra ‘oomph’ you’ve been craving. Go from thin to thick in a matter of hours, with results that last for months.

To add some serious drama to your look, you could opt for both length and volume. When you come in for your initial consultation, colour, style, length and volume can all be discussed.

long voluminous curls

Now we’ve persuaded you to consider hair extensions, head over to our Instagram page to see some of our real life transformations. Alternatively, you can pop in to one of our salons and chat to our hair fairies about your options. You won’t regret it!

Lots of love, the Lucinda Ellery Team x

6 Hairstyles To Rock This Summer

Choosing which hairstyles to rock throughout the summer months can be tricky, will it match with your outfit, will you have time to make it look awesome, and will it suit you? Leave all the hair drama back in spring and breeze through the summer months care-free and with fabulous hair. We’ve collated our six favourite hairstyles that we think will steal the show this summer!

Low ponytailThe Low Ponytail

Think your everyday ponytail and flip it on its head. This look is the simplest to create but looks chic and stylish, and suits pretty much all hair types, we think it’s a total win win. Shuffle your ponytail to the bottom of your head and fasten with a hairband or bobby pin. You can add an extra element by twisting a piece of hair around the ponytail to avoid the hairband showing, totally flawless!

Top Knot BunTop Knot Bun

Running errands, heading to the shops or doing duties around the house, this effortless look is the one for you. Rocked by Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian, this is a real trend-setting look. Start with a high ponytail and begin twisting your hair around the top of the ponytail, hair band or bobby pin in place for a top knot that looks like it took hours! Want to keep it even more casual? Ruffle up the bun and pull out some hair at the front to frame your face

Corkscrew CurlsCorkscrew Curls

Although this look can take slightly longer to achieve, the results last for days! The tight ringlet curls can add tonnes of extra volume to your hair as well as some well needed extra sassiness! Once curled, they can last up to 4 days without any real maintenance and we think that’s music to your ears girls! The longer hair the better for this look, find out about our extension options to make this look a real winner. When creating this look, make sure you’re curling from the bottom up and you alternate your direction of curl, this will ensure the most natural look.

Fishtail PlaitFishtail Plait

Plaits are perfect for all sorts of occasions but sometimes they need that extra touch of sparkle and this is where the Fishtail Braid comes in, it’s a plait with power! Taking only minutes to create this plait looks intricate and detailed but realistically is totally the opposite. The braid is created by creating a small ponytail at the base of your head and splitting it into two. Starting on the right hand side take a small section from under your right ponytail and pull it up and over the right to join the left hand pony. Repeat this step on the opposite side, taking a small section from underneath the left pony and pulling it up and over to join your right pony. It may sound confusing at first, but you’ll totally get the hang of it after a few goes.

Double-Dutch BraidDouble Dutch Braid

With festival season upon us, we thought it would be rude to leave out the Dutch Braid or as we like to call it “The festival favourite”. This look is a love of festival go-ers for its ease and simplicity, or in other words, its ability to cover up the dreaded third day festival hair! Perfect for accessorising, this versatile look can incorporate hair rings, glitter and feathers, go crazy girls! Take a section of hair at the top and separate it into 3 equal section – left, middle, and right. Take the left section and cross is under the middle one. Now take the right section, and cross it under the middle. Start adding more hair into each section as you go and continue until you reach the bottom, where you will finish it off with a normal plait.

Natural WavesNatural Waves

We know we include a natural wave in nearly all of our style blogs, but that’s because we think this style is a must try in the summer months! Whether you go for the soft curls or the messy beach waves, they take seconds to create but can leave a lasting impression for hours. Our extensions are also great for adding the extra length to this look, because who doesn’t love lengthy curls? They can be created with curling tongs, straighteners or by sleeping in plaits, this look really is that simple!

We think we’ve given you enough looks there to last you through the whole of the summer, but if that’s not enough for you, then how about trying extensions? Add that extra length and volume for the summer months and get dreamy locks all your friends will be envious of! Head over to our website for all the information about extensions and how you can book a consultation!

Caring for your hair this summer

Throughout the summer months your hair goes through a pretty rough time. From heat damage to the salt and sand from all those sunny beach trips, it is a crucial time to get your hair game on point!

With all this in mind, before you start trying to recreate those catwalk styles, let’s get the foundations right, and that starts with a healthy head of hair. There are many ways in which you can achieve this, but here are a few of our faves.

tousled hair on the beach

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, heat protection is your best friend. Using a heat spray is one of the best ways to protect your hair from long term damage of blow drying and using heated tongs. Heat can not only make your hair brittle and weak, but give you dull looking hair! You shouldn’t only look after your hair when it’s dry, using hair masks and oils are a great way of adding moisture and vital vitamins back into your hair and believe us when we say, there is a hair mask for just about everyone out there, give your hair the real salon treatment.

Talking of salons… If you’re prone to dry and frizzy hair, then one way to keep your summer hair goals alive is to make regular trips to your hairdresser. Book your appointments in advance every month or so. This enables the dead ends to be cut off and new, healthy hair to regrow, you’ll be surprised at the difference it’ll make. Plus is means you can get your sassy hair cut game on more frequently, it’s a win win!

trimming hair

What you use on your hair on a daily basis can be a real indicator to your hair’s health, especially when it needs a bit of extra care in the summer months. During the warmer seasons, you need to be using hydrating shampoos and indulgent conditioners to give your hair as much protection as possible, especially if it’s colored, no one wants faded highlights. If you are concerned with dry or brittle hair, you may want to consider using some fine extensions; Lucinda Ellery Medi connections enhance and add volume to your hair, whilst waiting for your own hair to recover. They will instantly transform your hair and give you the peace of mind that you are still looking fabulous!

arranging hair

But, even with all the other ideas considered, we still think the best way to look after your luscious locks this year is to get the Lucinda Ellery treatment! There is no better place to come to feel fabulous. Whether your new extensions are being fitted or you’re going for a whole new look, we are on hand to make sure you leave feeling a million dollars!

Get in contact today if you want to feel better than ever!

Lots of love, the Lucinda Ellery Team

Spring Color Trends

There are many ways you can spruce up your look for the Spring season, but there are some trends we think epitomise the warmer climates we’re hoping for throughout April.

With the darker brunettes, and cool highlights being left behind in winter, what is to come as the year progresses?

Which looks are owning the red carpet and the covers of Elle magazine this April?

Pastel hues are fashioning the heads of celebrities left right and centre, with the most iconic of course being Kim Kardashian – West and hubby Kanye. Kim often enhances her pastel locks by adding extensions to give volume as well as length, something we can help you with if pastel is your passion this spring. From baby pinks, blue and greens to some adventurous attempts at yellow, this look is bang on trend and looks pretty darn cool! Although this look is rocking on blonde hair, it can also look stylish on brunettes too so don’t be afraid to have an experiment!

Pastel hair colours for Spring   Patel pink while letting the roots show a graduated tone

Rockin roots are not something to be ashamed of – they are fast becoming one of the biggest trends of 2018. With celebs like Margot Robbie and her defined brown roots taking this year’s red carpets by storm, we fell in love with her creamy blonde striking locks, and believe it or not, these are seriously easy to recreate! Whether you just let your hair grow out naturally or ask your hairdresser for a Balayage, the outcomes are very similar and we are so in love!

Don’t be fooled by all the hype about the in-trend blonde locks, we think a brunette barnet is still as classy as ever. Mix your look up by adding some warmer tones to your hair; it’ll lift your whole look and bring you bang up to trend.

Classic brown up-look   Add warm toned extensions to lift your brown colours

Keeping it dark! Although you may think that spring means bright and light looks, you’d be wrong, dark deep brown hair is always on trend, it’s a timeless look. Elegance doesn’t come more defined than shiny straight dark brown hair. The possibilities with this look are endless, and even more achievable with the help of our extensions. Extensions are great for people looking to add volume to their hair but can also work wonders for people looking to get longer hair. Get that length that’ll give you the wow factor.

No matter what look you’re rocking at the moment, if you love it, then that’s all that matters! Looks go in and out of fashion but happy and healthy hair is for life! If you want to find out more about what we can do for your hair, then book yourself a consultation with one of our hair fairies, they work wonders! Head over to our main website to find out more.

Deep dark brown is always on-trend   Add in some extensions for more versatile looks

Dreamy wedding hairstyles we love

With the announcement of Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement we thought it was only right to talk all things bridal hair!

For a newly engaged woman, the thought of planning a wedding is daunting. But as many of us females will know, secretly in the back of our minds we’ve already started visually planning what sort of dress we would love and how we want our hair and makeup to look, and we don’t blame you, this is the biggest day of your life (we say excitedly).

With wedding hair trends always changing from timeless chic and stylish side buns to modern, loose and elegant waves, where do you even start? Well, even if you have no idea how you want the end product to look most of us will know whether we want it up or down. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a selection of our favourite styles that are bound to wow!

Hold tight girls, we’re going on a bridal hair adventure…

The Ballerina Bun

As their name suggests, these buns are elegant, timeless and dramatic, making them one of the most popular styles of the century. Featured as the chosen hairstyle of Anna Grey in the latest Fifty Shades film, this updo is perfect for those brides looking to keep it simple but ooze style and class.

Ballerina Bun hair style

Image source – www.bridalguide.com

Not only do they scream stunning but these buns are also perfect for accessorising – what more could you ask for?

The Chignon

Combine stunning curls and the sophistication of a low or side bun and you have a chignon, the new ‘it girl’ of wedding hairstyles!

Chignon hair styleChignon hair style

Although technically very simple, this updo can look like it took hours longer than it did, effortless elegance at its finest. If you have chosen an intricate dress or patterned veil we would recommend this simple yet superbly effective style.

Half-up, half-down

Do you love the idea of having your hair down on your big day but don’t want the nuisance of a fringe of hair getting in your way as you walk down the aisle? There is one simple answer: half-up, half-down. Whether you want curly, wavy, straight or ringlets this is a great option for incorporating your favourite looks into something that extra bit special for your big day. Our extensions can help you perfect this look, hint hint.

half-up half-down hair stylehalf-up half-down hair style

Extensions will give you that extra volume and can also add length depending on what your chosen style is. They will instantly transform your hair and will last you for 3 months (long after the wedding dress has been put away!). We recommend that you choose human hair as this is easy to care for and will blend effortlessly with your own hair and allow you be carefree while enjoying that long awaited honeymoon.

Loose Waves

We think less is more and that is totally the case with this stunning option. Pinterest is going crazy for these sorts of trends and we can totally see why! Keeping your hair down and voluminous is great for shaping the face and adding dimension to your overall look. Let your dress do the talking and your hair speak elegantly and simply!

Loose waves hair styleLoose waves hair style

Braids and Plaits

Bring a touch of festival chic to your wedding day with braids and plaits. Whether you’re incorporating a small braid into an updo or you’re set on a whole head plait we think these hippy styles are super on trend right now and are perfect for outdoor weddings. Bring out your inner boho-chic goddess and wow your guests with an unconventional but bang up-to-date look!

braids and platts hair style

Lots of people worry that extensions may be visible if you choose to wear your hair up. Our team of professional technicians will ensure that your extensions are discreetly placed so that you have many options when it comes to up do’s, braids or plaits.

 

Even though we’ve given you five stunning looks to look over, we know picking your wedding hairstyle is going to be a very tricky decision, but we can assure you that you’ll look stunning whatever! If you want to chat about the idea of having extensions fitted for your big day, then make sure you get in contact! Just head over to our main website!