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How to choose the perfect hair extensions salon

Choosing a top salon that specialises in hair extensions is vital. How to find the right place? Here are some essential things to bear in mind.

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How to choose the perfect hair extension salon

Looking after your appearance can involve a relaxing and reviving beauty facial or an invigorating massage to increase circulation. However, sometimes looking after your skin is simply not enough, particularly if hair is badly cut, or too limp or frizzy. Something more is needed to achieve the effect of feeling fantastic and looking great. This is where hair extensions can make a real difference – adding volume, bounce and shine, achieving a length that suits and creating a glorious glossy head of hair. It’s a real confidence boost that no woman should be without. Just as an expert stylist will provide the best cut when required, choosing a top salon that specialises in hair extensions is vital. How to find the right place? Here are some essential things to bear in mind.

Professional advice

When choosing the appropriate salon, it’s important that the stylists and receptionists are knowledgeable and capable of giving sound advice. Top quality salons will offer a preliminary consultation, usually free of charge, particularly to potentially new customers. It’s important to ask questions about how experienced the hair technicians are, the quality of the hair the salon uses (or better still, be offered an opportunity to examine it) and the options for the methodology for hair attachment. If a consultation is booked in advance of the main appointment, this allows time to assess the salon to make sure it’s appropriate for you.

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Hair quality

Although it’s possible to use synthetic as well as human hair, the latter looks more natural and will last longer without shedding. A first-class salon will buy only human hair that has not been coloured or processed, and the stylists will custom-make each single strand for clients so that weight-for-weight matches are made according to hair type. There are also a number of different ways of attaching hair ­– many women don’t like the idea of glue being used on their hair. If this is the case, look for a salon that uses a variety of sizes of rings to ensure strands of hair can be made in a range of lengths to create natural-looking results.

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Hair extensions expertise

There’s nothing worse than spending time and money in a salon only to find the results are disappointing, so find out about other people’s experiences if possible. The best salons will usually attract a lot of customers via personal testimonials. Visit the salon website – if they don’t have any, be very cautious as it may be a sign that they’re a little out of touch with current designs and trends. If they know their stuff, they’re likely to have ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures online so that customers can judge whether they get the best possible results. Some salons deal exclusively with hair extensions, while others also offer additional services such as expert colouring and cutting. One is not necessarily better than the other, as it all comes down to a stylist’s level of expertise.

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The salon atmosphere

Besides professionalism and expertise, look for a salon with a pleasant ambience. It’s important to feel relaxed and comfortable while in the premises, so polite, friendly and helpful stylists are essential. Check that premises are spotlessly clean and obviously well looked after. Tell-tale wads of cut hair that are not cleared up promptly from the floor, unwashed stains and spills that are left around do not bode well for how organised the salon team is, so beware.

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The pricing structure

A good salon website will have clear information on the pricing structure for treatments, and this should also be on display in the premises. When it comes to hair extensions, a quality salon is likely to charge higher prices simply because the type of hair used is usually far superior to that used in cheaper places. Beware of salons offering synthetic hair rather than human hair, as these can be of very poor standard and the end result could look dreadful.

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Where a salon is situated will often speak volumes about how it is organised and run. Avoid any salons located in a run-down part of town next to dilapidated or empty shops or dowdy payday loan offices. Rents in poorer neighbourhoods tend to be low, which may mean that salon owners are not too fussy about making a good impression on their customers. Although it can be convenient to have a salon nearby, it’s well worth some extra travel time if needed in order to get quality service.

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If a salon ticks all the right boxes, it will do a lovely job on hair extensions and have a large number of extremely happy customers. Take all the above into consideration to find the perfect salon, then sit back and enjoy a new head of luscious locks!

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Sarah Mckenna

Sarah McKenna is the founder of Vixen & Blush and The London Hair Lab. Sarah graduated as a research biochemist in 2005 and started a career within the pharmaceutical industry, before becoming a hair extensions expert. In 2010, Sarah gained insight into the hair extensions industry and could see that clients had a very poor value/quality proposition. At that time, poor-quality hair extensions were available, at prohibitively high prices. Sarah left her initial career and set out on a mission to improve the hair extensions industry in the UK, using her research and development skills.

Spending 3 years securing a high-quality and sustainable supply of human hair, Sarah then developed new products and fitting techniques to allow long-term refits of the same hair. In this way, Sarah was able to offer hair extensions services at a more affordable price to clients, while improving the quality of the service for her clients.

With Vixen & Blush starting in 2012 as a 1 chair salon in London, Sarah quickly grew the business to what it is today, a team of more than 20 hair professionals working together as London’s leading hair extensions specialists.