Monday, December 16, 2013

Great Lengths Goes Country!

by Melissa L. White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

Country music's Julianne Hough has abandoned her trademark short, chic hairstyle for lush long blond hair extensions. The hair extensions she used were from Great Lengths, a popular choice of celebrities. Her reasons are said to be in preparation for a pre-concert event for Beyonce's "Mrs. Carter" tour in Los Angeles, California.


Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough is certainly not the first celebrity to use hair extensions, and not the first to select Great Lengths quality hair extensions. As owner of a hair salon that specializes exclusively in hair extensions in San Antonio, Texas, I have noted that Great Lengths took quite awhile to grow in popularity here. Women in San Antonio seemed to dabble first with clip-ons, then as they grew tired of the high maintenance and damage caused by use of clip-ons, began exploring what the options are for more permanent hair extensions.

Many start out asking for the less expensive, lower quality hair extensions. Usually after a friend or acquaintance who has used one of the better hair extensions such as Great Lengths or Hair Dreams, they're wanting to upgrade. Once you use the better quality hair extensions, you'll never want to go back to lesser quality extensions. You can feel the difference, and you'll most likely notice the difference in how the hair "wears".

My advise is to seek out an experienced stylist who has certification with brand name hair extensions, and has the experience to back up her training. There is no substitute for experience in this specialty. Hair extensions are an investment and like any big investment you make, you want to make a good one.

We'll take a look at the differences in more detail in an upcoming article. In the meantime, what do you think about Julianne's new hair?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Monday, December 9, 2013

2014 Color of the Year Named Radiant Orchid

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

News broke today that the fashion world has named Radiant Orchid as Color of the Year for 2014. Fashion-conscious women across the United States are being encouraged to wear this color, not only as a sign of the holiday season, but as a fashion statement. We're not only seeing the color pop up on the celebrity scene, it is already making headway into mainstream fashion and it will be making a huge impact on upcoming fashions for us all very soon.


Radiant Orchid
2014 Color of the Year
The good news is it is a truly beautiful gemstone color! The troubling news is that this is sometimes a difficult color for many. While it can sometimes wash out complexions on fair skinned women, mixed in with blonde hair extensions, or used on hair extension tips, it can create a very flattering look. The orchid color can create an exotic look on dark and olive skinned women. Orchid colors actually does look nice on all eye colors, and has long been used as a complimentary eye shadow color. 

As far as clothing fashion, it can be problematic when trying to coordinate with other clothing colors, but will make an outfit "pop" when you get it right. It will undoubtedly be very popular because designers will be putting it out there this season. We're already noting its presence in clothing this winter.

The exact Pantone color selected for this year's award was PANTONE® 18-3224 TPX Radiant Orchid 

According to Pantone's own site, Radiant Orchid is, "An enchanting harmony of fuchia, purple and pink undertones, inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm."

The perception, and in fact the use of the color purple throughout history has been one of sophistication and royalty. There are several major fashion manufacturers who are using Pantone's newest shade of choice. New beauty collections based on the new color of the year for 2014 are forming now.

And, we're not only seeing the trend in fashion and clothing. It is already beginning to make its mark in interior design and decorating. Unlike last year's color Emerald Green, this year's choice is one that can make a statement in home or office decorating. A pop of Radiant Orchid is sure to elicit attention and drama to any interior.

I like the newest color and think it works great with hair extensions! I know I will have some of my San Antonio clients who want to make a statement and have a strand or two of Radiant Orchid locks added to their regular hair extensions. The Flow Strands offered by Great Lengths will surely rock with Orchid tips!

The continuing trend of using vibrant colors with hair extensions makes this a great offering to kick off 2014. It's bold and it's beautiful. Let me know what you think!

REFERENCES / RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Extensions of Yourself - Hair Extensions Generate Buzz with Colorful Controversy
Extensions of Yourself - How to Choose the Right Hair Color
Extensions of Yourself - Flow Strands from Great Lengths Offer Brilliant Transitioning Color

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Great Lengths Provides Quality Hair Extensions

Great Lengths has been one of the top human hair extension providers for many years. One of the reasons is the methods they use for processing their hair.

Human hair extensions come in many varying degrees of quality. Why does quality matter? Poorer quality hair extensions may save you money at the start, but they tend produce split ends and dry, brittle hair that doesn't hold up well and will require that you remove and replace them more often. And, most importantly, the poor quality can usually always be seen, especially by those who wear, or have worn, quality hair extensions.

Quality hair extensions start with good hair and have strict methods for the way they process the hair to get it ready to deliver to the professional hair stylists who purchase it for their clients. Great Lengths had a recent write-up in Salon Today magazine. They interviewed Great Lengths' national program director, Brett Butcher, who explained how Great Lengths utilizes technology to help product their premium hair extensions.

The four steps which they claim are key to delivering one of the best hair extension products are sourcing, the pigmentation process, their own keratin bond, and the certification process for stylists. They do not use bleach or other harmful products in their pigmentation process, as some lower quality hair suppliers do.

In my San Antonio hair extension salon, I use only the top hair extensions from the top companies that provide the hair and certification for it's stylists. Great Lengths is one of these, and is a favorite for some of my clients. Many factors go in to my decision on which hair product is most appropriate for a client, among them is hair color desired, hair type needed, length of hair, texture, as well as budget. Great Lengths, Hair Dreams and other top hair products serve my needs well.

#Great Lengths

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 10 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Braids Continue Top Trend This Winter

Braids have been hot since summer, and it appears they're not going away anytime fast. This is a good time to experiment with creating braids, even if it's been years since you've done them. Today's braids certainly aren't for just kids anymore.

As I've written in previous articles, hair fashion trends can come and go quickly, but some are more lasting than others. This year, the lasting trend appears to be braids. And, they're getting fancier and more creative all the time.  Brush up on your braiding techniques and jump on board! This fashion trend is here, and it's HOT.

My San Antonio hair extension clients particularly like braids because of the diverse hair styles that can be worn with hair extensions. Whether it's a finished look, or a loose and sexy look, the possibilities are endless. Some sophisticated braids are woven into braiding 12 strands or more wide and are quite complex. But, even the simplest of braids done well can create a stunning look.

This week, StyleList came out with pics and instructions of three braid styles you may want to try. Check them out and let me know what you think!

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Style List - 3 New ways to braid your hair like a boss

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past9 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and accord the hair of their dreams...thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.