It was my 5 weekly ‘colour’ salon visit to Evalyn Parsons Hair salon a couple of weeks ago.
As usual the gorgeous Bec did an amazing job on my colour – gosh she is a talented girl. Plus she is also a gorgeous soul.
I believe the essence to feeling fabulous when you go to the salon, is finding the right person to do your hair. You need to ‘click’ – yes of course, she also needs to be talented stylist, but trust is the main component in building a strong healthy relationship, right from the get-go.
Bec and I never stop chatting for a second.
Anyway, I digress. I am a fussy devil when it comes to how my blonde looks. I like it to be clean, creamy and mulitonal. I’ve also mentioned before in this post how much I loathe leaving the salon with an over toned platinum/purple look.
I find it super unflattering on my skin (not to mention extremely ageing). The darker platinum tones seem to wash me out and add at least 10 years to my age – at 54 I can do without the additional years being added my friends 😉 Also I find the dark purple/grey also makes my hair look dull, flat and lack-luster.
Just before I headed back to the UK I had started the conversation with the Bec and Evalyn Parsons team about growing my hair again. I have missed having length. Plus, with predictions for this summer being a super scorcher, I thought extra length would work a treat.
The only problem with this growing my hair malarkey is, I am super IMPATIENT.
As soon as I have made the decision to grow my hair, I want it long NOW.
My hair was damaged due to the over use of bleach at previous salons, so keeping it shorter has helped with the overall condition. So hair extensions are a very quick fix, for very impatient me!
Let me just clarify, I don’t want super long hair to my waist – which has nothing to do with my age (I believe age is just a number, not a barrier for changing the way you style yourself – and that my friends includes YOUR hair) instead, I just want enough hair so that I can mix up my style more.
Note: If you have fabulous long hair that you can style beautifully – keep enjoying it, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The same goes for letting your natural greys shine through – it’s YOUR hair my friends – do what makes you feel fabulous.
So last Tuesday night, I took a complete leap of faith and had hair extensions added to my very thick hair.
Why not? I say!
Change is healthy.
This is the before look:
(My hair had been washed (no conditioner) and blow dried.)
These days I definitely fall into the ‘never say never’ category with most things in my life. The older I get the more I try not to pigeon-hole myself.
Instead, I ask myself the question “What’s the worst that can happen?” And if the reply isn’t anything major, then I jump straight in and have some fun along the way.
You may have seen the transformation take place if you are on Instagram – as I did a live stream…with a severe case of verbal diarrhoea, I might add – I blame the champers – it may have loosened my tongue a touch!
So let’s smash some hair extension myths, because I can’t put into words how super happy I am with my new LONG hair!
Prior to having your hair extensions, you must first go to the salon for a consultation. So much is covered at this appointment:
- Colour matching (this was super important to me, as I LOVE my colour).
- Length of extensions available to you.
- Type of extensions that will best suit your hair, different tapes depending on your hair type.
- Amazing Hair extensions are made from real hair. Actually its European hair – with no nasty chemical smells to the hair either.
- You treat them as you would your normal hair – shampoo, conditioner, mask and serum.
- They are attached by tape close to the root of your hair (a piece of your hair is sandwiched in-between two hair extensions).
- Extensions stay in place for 5-6 weeks before the salon removes them. Refreshes your hair colour, then ‘re-lift’s’ them into place (hair extensions grow with your hair, so the re-lift ensures they are placed back at the root offering another 5-6 weeks of longevity.
- As long as the extension are removed by a salon – your natural hair will not be damaged in any way.
List of things to avoid with hair extensions
- Shampoo that contains protein – Amazing Hair does a complete range of moisture based products that are highly recommended.
- Trying to remove the hair extensions yourself.
- Letting your hair dry naturally – the extensions must be blow dried straight after washing.
- Excessive heat – just like our natural hair, avoid the over use of hair straighteners and curling tongs.
- Swim in the ocean or pool – with caution or use a swim cap.
Now my friends because I have such thick wirey hair, I needed two whole heads of hair extensions to get the look that worked for me.
Just remember, I am an exception to the rule.
The extensions I opted for were the 12″ ones.
The cost of a full head 12″ of hair extensions is $499
Sunshine Coast/Brisbane ladies Evalyn Parsons are offering a whopping $100 OFF a full head of hair extensions for the month of October.
So what are my thoughts 1 week in?
Drama free maintenance, that’s what!
Loving the options the hair extensions are giving me, I have styled my hair curly, straight and in a pony tail – LOVE this lazy girl option!
I honestly can’t really feel the extensions (unless I am messing with my hair and then you can feel the tape).
On Friday I popped back to the salon to have a couple of inches taken off the length – I now have a more manageable length for me.
My hair has been washed twice (which is how often I normally wash my hair). Yes, it takes a touch longer to dry – but the benefits far out way the extra ten minutes of styling.
With good hair care my hair extensions should last one year, although, who knows I may decide to have spells hair extension free throughout the year (because I have the choice) which would extend their life expectancy even further!
If there are any questions I haven’t answered let them in the comments below.
Have you tried extension before?
Disclosure: I am a Brand Ambassador for Evalyn Parsons Salon. The salon holds the title for Australian Bridal Stylist of the Year.