Are you jetting off to sun-kissed faraway beaches and yearning for long, thick tresses and that beach babe look? Celebrities understand the power of gorgeous long hair – the perfect partner to a skimpy bikini and a glorious tan. Their secret? A salon visit pre-holiday for some flattering hair extensions.
Professional, high-quality Remy human hair extensions are easy to care for and so natural looking that no-one will spot the difference. Beauty and Melody’s Salon Director Elena Hachaturianc reveals her top tips for keeping your hair extensions in peak condition on holiday.
Protect your hair extensions
You wouldn’t dream of sunbathing without UV protection and the same goes for your hair, hair extensions and scalp.
Use a sun product with a high SPF such as Kerastase’s Soleil Aqua Seal, a leave-in spray which is light and easy to use. As extensions may become a little loose if you put oil or serum directly onto the micro ring or tape extension, focus the sun protector on the hair length.
And of course, a hat or scarf is always your hair’s best friend against the fierce sun.
Swimming with hair extensions
You can swim with tape and micro rings extensions and I suggest you tie your hair back into a ponytail or plait before taking the plunge to save tangling and pulling. However, I don’t recommend swimming with clip-in hair extensions.
The chlorine and the chemicals in pools damages and discolours hair, especially blondes, which can develop a greenish hue. So whether you have human hair extensions or not, always wash your hair immediately after swimming using a shampoo specifically formulated to remove chlorine such as Kerastase’s Soleil Shampoo.
For tape hair extensions I suggest using a shampoo for oily hair – ask your Beauty and Melody extension specialist for a personal prescription for your hair and extensions, or pop into our London salon for a complimentary hair extension consultation and some expert advice.
After sun for hair extensions
Wash hair in the evening to remove the build up of hair product from the day and give it a deep moisturising treat such as AVEDA Sun Care After-Sun Hair Treatment Masque to help sun-stressed tresses. Pay particular attention to the hair length.
Holiday styling for your hair extensions
The ponytail is a huge look for SS14 and works beautifully with long, thick hair extensions. For the perfect sexy ponytail keep it super slick and tie low on the nape of your neck. For a care-free look a thick side-plait says A-lister glamour as you lie by the pool or sip a cocktail.
In the evening human hair extensions look just fabulous with soft curls and loose waves. European hair is more high maintenance and benefits from blow-drying and styling to look its glossy best. Russian hair extensions on the other hand (being more luxurious, silky and softer) can be left to dry naturally for a more tousled fashion-forward style.
How long will my hair extensions last?
If you’re lucky enough to be going away for an extended trip this isn’t a problem. It really depends on how quickly your own hair grows as the extensions are attached to this. However, for tape extensions I think maintenance is usually needed every 6-9 weeks and for micro rings between 7-10 weeks.