Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Miley's 14 Year Old Sister Flaunts Hair Extensions

We've asked the question, "How young is too young for hair extensions", and addressed it in an article in July, 2014 entitled, Hair Extensions: How Young is Too Young.

Noah Cyrus before
hair extensions
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We hear all the time of celebrities who are wearing hair extensions, or who change their style drastically with the use of human hair extensions, whether extremely long, wildly colored, worn by men, or changed so frequently it makes your head spin. But it isn't as frequent with the youngest of stars.

Making the news this week is Miley Cyrus' 14 year old sister, Noah Cyrus, wearing extreme hair extensions to a red carpet event, the American Music Awards. The story, and it's popularity, once again raises the issue for many, as you can bet that a lot of young girls are now asking their moms for hair extensions with renewed persistence!

With cooler weather, many women look to change their hair style. Longer hair is generally easier to wear when you're not dealing with heat and hot weather activities and many turn to hair extensions for a greater variety of hairstyles to wear for holiday parties and family gatherings. Teens and pre-teens observe this trend as well, and this is often a time of year we get increased inquiries from parents concerned about it.

Check out the story at and let us know how you feel about teens and even pre-teens wearing hair extensions. What do you feel is the age most appropriate for girls?

Instagram - Noah Cyrus
Twitter - Noah Cyrus
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Winter 2014 Hair Color Trends Are In

We've been waiting to see just what trends will remain, which will go, and what will be new for Fall/Winter 2014.

Photo credit: Hollywood Life
Instagram - Vanessa Hudgens
What has become apparent is that ombre is still hot and while all hair colors will be well-represented, there are some changes. One is that red is STILL HOT! Shades of red are mixing into black, brown and blond hair colors to create shades that will be quite popular.

Vanessa Hudgens just went from blonde to bright red, and other celebrities are showing up with reds from strawberry blonde to cinnamon, red-kissed-brunette and vivid reds.

Take a look for yourself! Extensions of Yourself feels that reds are here to stay this season.

Cosmopolitan - Hair Color You'll Dye For This Season
Glamour - The Colours We'll Be Dying Our Hair in 2014
Pinterest - Hair Inspiration

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Glamour Waves Are Catching on Big!


Glamour waves are making a statement in Europe and it's just a matter of time before the look becomes popular here in the United States.

Fingerwaves as seen
on Kate Bosworth
Think 1920's and 1930's finger waves. These were gentle, neat, very deliberate, set waves that screamed sophistication and a sexiness that was alluring and enticing and dominated hairstyles of the day. Typically seen in much shorter hair in those days, the modern version got its start with celebrities wearing bobs and shorter hair (see photo of Kate Bosworth at right).

Now, a variation of this style is making waves and has been adapted and used on women with long hair and in particular with those who wear hair extensions.

The style takes a bit of practice, but once you've done it a few times, you'll find it one that can be done quickly and lasts. Polished - sophisticated - pretty. Try it and see what reactions you get. Extensions of Yourself offers quality hair by Hairdreams and Great Lengths that comes in a wide variety of lengths and colors so you can create this look.

Get ready - this look is coming and it's going to be HOT!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Halle Berry Gets Hair Extensions for New Product Promotion

Celebrities area constantly changing up their hair, makeup and fashion styles. And most of us just love to follow them because what they do could become the next trends that everyone is imitating.

Halle Berry promoting her new perfume "Wild Essence"
Quality human hair extensions have been used in Hollywood for years, and the trend doesn't seem to be slowing one bit. In a promotion for her new perfume fragrance "Wild Essence", Halle Berry got her new hair extensions in order to create a look that said wild.

Her new perfume is said to include "Sicilian bergamot, black currant and mandarin zest, with hints of sandalwood bark and white patchouli." It will sell for about $28, making it an affordable scent.

Even though she chose not to go extremely long, or extremely thick, I think it does a great job showing that you can achieve a lot of different looks with hair extensions. If you don't like long barrel curls, other great looks can be created with hair extensions. Extensions of Yourself in San Antonio offers a wide range of quality human hair from Great Lengths and Hairdreams and can create volume, thickness, length and color that is customized to what you want.

RESOURCE: - Halle Berry sports hair extensions as she sizzles in jungle-themed ad for her new perfume

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hair Extensions: How Young is "TOO Young"?

by Melissa L. White

I've asked this question before when addressing a teen or pre-teen who is pestering mom for hair extensions. Today's story about a mom who is splurging on her two and four year old daughters with spray-on tanning, hair extensions and pedicures, which makes me ask my readers, "What age is simply too young?"

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Being one of San Antonio's first salons to specialize exclusively in custom hair extensions, I've seen a wide range of ages, ethnicities, professions, and even hair colors. The reasons that these women are seeking hair extensions are equally varied. While some want them for vanity reasons, fashion statements, change of style, or simply to add volume or length, others suffer from thinning or balding hair, or have medical conditions which has resulted in hair loss or extreme thinning of their hair. These reasons are more easily understood than a mother who provides them to a two, three or four year old!

The focus of a television show called Blinging up Baby, a young mom named Sophie-May Dickson claims her two daughters want the hair extensions, tans and pedicures. And, she sees nothing wrong with giving them to them. Princess Bliss first wore a hairpiece when she was two, and received her first spray-tan at three! "Princess" wears nail polish and has a designer wardrobe "worth thousands".

Mom even admits she has caught "Princess" twerking to Miley Cyrus, causing many critics to wonder if she has gone just a bit too far in her quite indulgent approach to parenting. Her other daughter, "Precious" Belle, had her first pedicure at nine months, and appears to be following in her older sister's footsteps even though mom proclaims her more a tomboy.

Curious to see what you think:

___ way too young
___ perfectly okay
___ no, this is just a UK thing!


The Daily Mirror - Blinging up baby mum gives her babies...

Monday, July 21, 2014

LOB: "Lazy-old-bob", or this summer's HOT hair trend?

by Melissa L. White

We've talked about trends before. They seeming appear out of nowhere and can influence an entire fashion season, or years. But, just where do fashion trends come from, and who is making the decision on what's hot and what's not?

the "LOB"
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This summer's selection appears to be the LOB (long bob), as evidenced from headlines around the Internet and in many women's magazines. To add confusion, there seems to be many variations on the cut. So many so, that you wouldn't necessarily think it was even the same cut! Straight, waves, shoulder length, just below shoulder length, blunt cut, feathered ends....the variations are endless.

It is a style that has been called "low maintenance" and "a hairstyle that commends laziness" in the same breath. Is that a good thing? It's certainly a style I don't see very often here in San Antonio. Is it a regional thing, or something that hasn't quite caught on? Click on the StyleList link below and take a look at the gallery.

I'd love to hear your opinion on this season's trend - the LOB.  Big hit or a flop?

RESOURCE: - This summer's hottest hair cut

Melissa White is founder of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon to specialize exclusively in custom hair extensions.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Great Looking Summer Hair - 10 Tips to Keep Your Hair Extensions Fabulous!

by Melissa L. White

I've written about the difficulties hot weather can create for women who wear hair extensions. Summer heat can cause styling nightmares including frizz and fried out heads of hair. With proper care, however, you can keep your hair extensions healthy and shiny in the heat! Here's how.

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1) Do not shampoo too often!
Once a week is ideal for women with hair extensions, but summer hair can take twice a week without too much stress. A good shampoo that is sulfate-free is recommended. Shampoo once or twice a week with a quality shampoo recommended for your hair type. Be wary of store bought brands that can contain ingredients that can loosen bonds and cause hair extensions to fall out prematurely.

2) Follow shampoo with a good conditioner.
Use a hair conditioner designed to be used on human hair extensions. Don't overdo things with products that are too oily or "heavy". Put the products on the ends of your hair and don't work it onto your scalp or near the extension bonds. If your hair is prone to tangle, use a light detangling product like Paul Mitchell's Instacure that doesn't damage your bonds.

3) Swim safe!
No one wants to stay out of the water when you have the chance to cool off in it. You can minimize damage by always wetting your hair down fully with clean water first, especially if swimming in a pool or other chlorinated or chemically treated water. Wet hair will not absorb as much chemical, thereby saving your hair some damage. Always rinse hair with cool clean water following a swim.

4) Swim with hair loose and down.
Do not tie it up if you intend to get it wet. Wet hair that is tied up will get extremely heavy, causing stress to your bonds, and the hair that holds them.

5) Rinse your head with cool water.
Sweat is damaging to your hair extension bonds and it is better to rinse daily without shampoo than to let sweat soaked hair sit and wait for the next shampoo. Use of a dry shampoo can help absorb sweat during the day and keep hair looking fresh.

6) Use proper styling products.
Again, use only products that have ingredients which are safe for hair extensions. Avoid silicone products that add "slick" or slippery. Your extension stylist can recommend products he/she knows will be okay to use for a variety of styling needs such as for creating waves, the wet look, straightening, curling, body, or for holding power.

7) Use proper brushes.
A quality brush designed to be used on human hair extensions is an investment you definitely want to make. Other brushes can yank on bonds, causing damage to your hair as well as the extension hair. You'll want one brush for dry hair, and another brush to use on detangling and wet hair. Always brush from the ends, slowing working your way up. Again, see your hair extension stylist for the correct types of hair brushes to use on your hair extensions.

8) Dry your hair properly.
Do NOT air dry your extensions! One of the trade-offs of hair extensions is that you must properly dry your hair...even if you wear beach waves. Quality keratin bonds swell when your hair is wet and must be dried with a blow dryer to shrink and reseal them so that your bonds do not slip off. You can still achieve beachy waves by drying the area with the bonds and then air-drying the ends. See your extension stylist for a quick lesson on the safe way to blow dry for summer.

9) Protect your hair from sun.
Wearing a variety of styles is not only fun, it can help to save your hair! Braids, buns, curls, beach waves, are just one way to create different looks that will help prevent your hair from bleaching out from the sun. Try something different with a light summery scarf or fun hat for even more protection from the sun. And, the use of hair styling products that contain sunscreen designed for use on the hair is a definite plus. (Again, check the product to make sure it is safe to use with hair extensions.)

9) Consider more frequent tidy-ups visits.
Having your hair extension stylist remove hairs that have shed will help keep hair from balling up and creating dreads. Tidy-ups can help keep your hair smooth and healthy, and will allow your stylist to stay one step ahead of possible problems during hot summer months.

Summer can be a great time to wear hair extensions. The added length and volume can mean dozens of extra styles to wear, and the ability to go from casual to glam in a flash. Have fun this summer with your hair extensions with a little care!

We're In The Heat: What Can You Do To Help Your Hair?
Preventing Dry, Brittle, Dull Hair
At Home Compliance Is Crucial For Long Lasting Extensions
Ever Wonder What Your Hair Really Says About You?
Tips for Creating and Maintaining Trendy Straight Hair Styles
Key To The Artful Use Of Highlights
Recommended Styles For With With Hair Extensions

Melissa White is owner and founder of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon to specialize exclusively in quality custom hair extensions. With over 14 years experience, she has trained with the country's top hair extension companies in the latest techniques.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recommended Hairstyles For Women With Hair Extensions

by Melissa L. White

If you wear hair extensions, chances are good that you love experimenting with new styles. If so, you might like my new boards on Pinterest!

"Hair Inspiration" and "Tips for Fuller Hair" are boards I think you'll like. I'll be adding new pins to them daily so please join Extensions of Yourself on Pinterest at:

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Another Round of Hair Extension Thefts Being Reported As Heists Become More Bizarre...and Expensive!

Hair extensions continue their popularity, as is evidenced by the continued rash of thefts at beauty supply stores that sell to the stylists who install them. The latest theft being reported in Sacramento takes an odd turn as thief flees with hair and leaves her ID behind!

Photo credit: Stockton CBS13
Even though the numbers of occurrences seem to have slowed, the newest reports of hair extension thefts are revealing staggering dollars and even death!

- Houston hair heist worth $150,000 in hair extensions
- Beauty businesses in Atlanta lose $100,000 in burglaries
- Chicago supply company has $90,000 in extensions stolen
- Kicking down doors in San Leandro nets organized thieves $60,000 worth of hair
- Michigan shop owner killed over 80 bundles of hair extensions worth just $10,000

Thieves don't seem to go after the cheap hair extensions you find in the local beauty supply stores that sell to the public. They're going after the salons and businesses that carry the higher end hair extensions that are in the most demand. Reports are that thieves often go right past cash registers to get to their targeted items.

What do you think of all this craziness?

Main Story - CBS Sacramento: Alleged Stockton Hair Thief Flees Scene Leaves ID in Purse with Owner - Hair Extension Theft On The Rise
Beauty Store Business Magazine - Hair Heists - What a Bad Hair Day Will Make Some People Do
Extensions of Yourself - Thieves Steal Horse Tails For Extensions
Extensions of Yourself - Hair Extensions So Desired Some Will Steal For Them

Monday, June 2, 2014

Show your Spurs Spirit with Silver-and-Black Hair Extension Clips!

Everyone in and around San Antonio has kicked into high gear with support for our San Antonio Spurs. This year is serious as we get set to buckle down for what should be an outstanding final series against the tough Miami Heat.

San Antonio women can get into the act fashionably by wearing hair extensions that really show support for our Spurs - the 2014 Western Conference Champions!

Wear your own 12" hair extensions in the Spurs Silver-Black Spurs team colors! These temporary hair extensions attach with a 1.5" comb-type clip to create a style unique to you. Check them out at the NBA on-line store: Spurs Hair Extensions

Check out the article on MySA for other great Spurs items for women. Great fitting tees, jewelry and more.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Extensions of Yourself Again Passes Salon Inspection

As part of keeping your license, stylists are required to complete continuing education courses in order to demonstrate that they keep current with styling trends as well as requirements within the industry. But did you know that salons, too, must demonstrate that they meet a separate set of requirements?

Extensions of Yourself
In fact, the salon itself must hold its own license, and each of the individual stylists must hold their own personal license. Salon licenses must be renewed and kept current. Stylist licenses must also be current, and in the State where they provide services. Stylists cannot provide services under the salon's license, or the license of another stylist. Both the salon and your stylist should have licenses displayed.

We believe it's a good thing that licensing boards oversee the industry to ensure that stylists are practicing in a manner that is safe for their clients. Without the requirements, too many could cut corners when it comes to sanitation and your safety. Whether your stylist practices in a big fancy salon, a mobile service, or in a home salon, both the stylist and the physical place they do services needs to be licensed. Don't be afraid to ask to see your stylist's license if it is not prominently displayed.

As part of the licensing process, salon's are subject to unannounced inspections at least once every two years, and more frequently if the salon has had any violations.

Extensions of Yourself is proud to announce that we have had our salon inspection and passed with flying colors! We have demonstrated that we provide all the required elements for safety, licensing and sanitation. And, we're proud of our record of no violations.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Your Questions On Hair Extension Color

by Melissa L. White

I receive a lot of questions regarding hair color. And, specifically on hair extension color. Hair color has always been a confusing mess of information, and unfortunately a lot of information on the web is not always helpful or correct.

Color trends change quite frequently ....  And, there is a lot of conflicting information out there.

Would this chart answer your question on
what hair color to select?
Hair color for women who wear hair extensions is quite different from those who do not wear them. There are considerations that set you apart. A stylist who is not experienced dealing with hair extensions can damage your own hair or the hair extensions, or get unexpected results when applying color.

Just last week, I watched (in horror) an Internet video of a stylist who was coloring hair. Visit enough forums on hair and you'll realize that color is confusing for most women. What is warm vs cool, how do shades vary, what are levels, how do you compliment skin tones?

The work I do in my San Antonio salon has led me to realize that color remains one of the top uncertainties for women who have or want to get quality hair extensions. Women I see for hair extensions often come to me with hair that has been badly damaged from color treatments not best suited for them or applied incorrectly. Others simply don't know what to do.

I'd like to get your questions on hair extensions and/or color for hair extensions so I can give answers that will help you and others in upcoming articles. Send your questions directly to me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Selena Gomez Debuts New Hair Extensions

by Melissa L. White

Selena Gomez debuted her new hair extensions at a concert here in Hidalgo, Texas on Saturday. And, she really rocked the crowd with her new look at the 2014 Borderfest with long extensions that had great natural looking curls.

This isn't the first time Selena has worn hair extensions, but they do appear to be longer than previous extensions. And, she's got the look right, showing that hair extensions can be very versatile, giving many different looks. We're bound to see many more following the start of her new tour.

What do you think of her new look?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Do Your Research Before Getting Hair Extensions - Beware of Misleading Information

by Melissa L. White

There is a wealth of information on the Internet concerning hair extensions, but not all of it is true. Sometimes the information is exaggerated, other times it is more than just a little misleading - it can be completely false.

Note the bald patches
after removing extensions
This may come as a shock to some, but there are people out there who use inferior hair products and try to pass them off as quality! Many who do this offer hair extensions at "too good to be true" prices, or make bold statements that those who charge more are just ripping off consumers. I've even heard outrageous claims that Great Lengths hair extension bonds are not keratin and are glue! It's hard to believe that people can still fall for bold claims like this when for years we've been warned that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

But, it happens time and time again. You read a story about someone who finds a great price on hair extensions, then gets them installed, only to find out that it was a huge mistake. Not because they had hair extensions, but because they had extensions that were not top quality, using methods that can be problematic, and more importantly, installed by uncertified, unqualified or inexperienced stylists.

Just this week an interesting story of a British actress named Jodie made the news. Her case was newsworthy because the hair extensions she had put in caused extreme damage to her hair. The photo above shows the actress after she had to remove the hair extensions herself.

The stylist who installed her long blond hair extensions had used wax bonds (not a recommended method) and hadn't explained that you couldn't use any type of heat on them. This caused a big problem when Jodie attempted to blowdry and straighten her new hair. She explains, "It was great waking up feeling like Cinderella with long, blond hair. But when I went to straighten my hair, the wax bonds started to melt. My hair started matting and sticking together."

Jodie was left with short, thinned hair and bald patches
There is a reason that high quality hair extensions are more expensive than the hair extensions that you can purchase yourself at a beauty supply store. Quality hair extensions are sold only to licensed hair stylists who have been trained by their company. They are not available at beauty supply stores anywhere. Companies such as Great Lengths and Hairdreams sell the world's highest quality hair extensions. They are more expensive than other brands, but they use the highest quality of hair, and the bonds used are designed to be gentle on your hair (unlike glue, wax, tape, weaves or even clip-ins).

I could get technical with all of the specific differences that determines the "quality" of hair, but we'll cover that in another article. The point that I'd like for everyone considering hair extensions to get is that this is an investment in you. Don't take short-cuts or do it solely based on price or you may end up with a look that is far worse than the one you are unsatisfied with now.

You need tips in finding the best hair extensions, and don't want to fall for misleading claims. So what do you look for? Beware of claims like these:
  • Name-brand such as Great Lengths, Hairdreams or So-Cap are not the best
  • Name-brands use bonds that are not Keratin-based (a protein found in hair)
  • Glue is the best method
  • Prices are good because they get hair from a local beauty supply store
  • They send you to purchase your own hair
  • You can get a head full of quality hair extensions for under $500
  • Claim training and/or certification without naming the companies certified by
  • Has your hair in stock already (hair should be custom ordered for each person)
  • Clip-in extensions are the only "safe" method
  • Synthetic hair can look just as good as 100% human hair
  • There is no maintenance needed for their hair extensions
  • Tape is a good method of applying hair extensions
  • You can wear your extensions for a year or more
  • Micro-rings can't damage your hair
  • You need to change your extensions every 1-3 months
These are just some of the outrageous claims I've seen from stylists who venture into the world of hair extensions without having done their homework! Stylists who spend a lot of money for training from the top companies don't hesitate to mention those companies by name. If you have received certification from Hairdreams or Great Lengths, you flaunt it because they are the two best in the world. Your equipment is the latest technology and your training is unequaled.

Yes, quality hair extensions do cost more than those you purchase from a beauty supply store. And, the professionals installing them usually charge more than a stylist who doesn't use quality extensions. You need to ask yourself whether you feel comfortable taking the risk with hair and stylists who are questionable.

Do you feel saving a few dollars is worth the possibility of ending up with an experience like Jodie? Read all the details on Jodie's bad hair extensions and let me know what you think!

The Daily Mall - Actress left with matted hair after "dodgy" hair extensions
Extensions of Yourself - Facts About Hair Extensions
Extensions of Yourself - The Hair
Extensions of Yourself - What's Best

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 hair extensions. Melissa has over 14 years of extensive training and experience 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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Selena Gomez Rebounds With Hair Extensions

by Melissa White

Selena Gomez has made the news after changing up her look and adding gorgeous hair extensions. Posting her new look on Instagram, Selena created the new look for Valentine's Day. 

Photo Credit:
Fameflynet/Courtesy of Instagram
Some wonder whether the new look, and the fact that it was done for Valentine's Day, is in response to her up and down relationship with Justin Bieber.

Whatever the reason, they're getting notice.

Selena's posted photos reveal that she is enjoying the use of hair accessories like the jeweled crown she wore when leaving the salon, and changing it up later with a flowered crown and beachy waves. This is a trend that seems to be growing, and you can expect to see a lot more of it this Spring and Summer.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Hair Styling Tips from Extensions of Yourself - San Antonio's Hair Extension Salon

by Melissa White

I can't think of a better holiday to wish all of my clients the very best for Valentine's Day! I hope your day is special, and that your hair extensions have helped allow you to feel beautiful.

Even though holidays like this can be joyful, they can also be filled with stress. Every woman wants to look their absolute best on a day that was designed to draw attention to her. It's a day you really don't want to be caught having a bad hair day.

So, I've pulled together some tips that might inspire you. If you're looking for a special occasion hairstyle for a different way to wear your hair for a dinner out, or just a nice quiet evening at home with your Valentine, visit some past posts:

Have fun with your hair extensions and don't be afraid to get creative! This is your day.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Total Transformation: Miley Cyrus Sports Hair Extensions for Magazine Cover


Miley Cyrus is in the news again. This time it's for her provocative photo on "W" magazine's March 2014 cover.

Photo credit: W Magazine
Amazingly enough, it's not Miley's nudity which is getting the attention, it's actually her blond hair extensions! Totally transforming her looks, Miley is almost unrecognizable.

Certainly one of the benefits of quality human hair extensions is the fact that quality hair extensions can totally change your look - sometimes with amazing results. Much like the investment in a pair of high quality shoes or designer handbag, hair extensions can define a totally new look for you. It's a true testament of the power of hair extensions as a beauty and fashion accessory. And, contrary to what many believe, under the hands of an experienced hair extension artist, it is possible to obtain great results even on women with short hair like Miley Cyrus.

San Antonio hair extension stylist Melissa White explains, "Working with short hair is a challenge, but it is one I enjoy. Many of the women I work with suffer from thinning or damaged hair. For some, it means that their hair has broken and is much shorter than desired. Placement of the extensions is critical for short hair applications and experience makes all the difference in whether you see the obvious line of hair extensions or whether they blend in with your own hair and create a beautiful, natural look."

Complicating things for women wanting hair extensions is the fact that not all hair extensions are the same. There are varying degrees of hair quality, type of bonds used, and even the type of hair can be quite different. Some manufacturers have selections that include finer hair which is less heavy and appropriate for some with thinning or damaged hair, while others have coarser hair. It is extremely important to get the best match for the type of hair you have. Many salons use hair from only one company, such as only Great Lengths, only Hairdreams, or only So.Cap. A few select the hair based on what is best for their client.

  • Ask to see before-after photos demonstrating work on hair similar to yours.
  • Ask how long your stylist has been working with hair extensions or how many they've done.
  • Find out how many hair extension manufacturers they work with, or is their salon bound by contract to only one?
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions and point out things you're concerned about. Your hair extension stylist should be able to provide detailed answers without vague reassurances.
  • If you have short hair, ask how many people they've worked with and see the results.
  • If you have thinning hair, find out if they use different hair, or if they have experience working with thinning or balding hair.

I've been wowed with some of the results I've seen. If you suffer from thinning or damaged hair, consider seeking out the services of a professional stylist who is experienced with clients who have the same hair difficulties as you do. Your stylist should be able to provide before-after photos demonstrating their skills, be willing to discuss the best options for hair selection and placement, and to provide you with the proper home care instructions suited to your special hair care needs at a minimum.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It's Winter but my Hair Looks "Fried" - What's Wrong?


Even though it is winter outside, how is it we end up with uncontrollable, dried out hair? We typically think of heat damage only when it's hot outside and our skin feels the heat. Heat is almost essential to our hair styling routines these days. But just how do we protect our hair from the heat and prevent a "hair-frying" experience?

First, look at the devices we use on our hair: blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, steam rollers and more. I've even heard of women using clothing irons to straighten stubbornly curly hair! When you consider that these styling tools are often used on a daily basis, and they're often not used correctly, there's little wonder why many women end up with damaged hair.

To put it simply, heat sucks the moisture right out of your hair and leaves it more vulnerable to heat damage.Signs of heat damage to your hair are:
  • frizzed or frizzled hair
  • dry hair
  • brittle hair that breaks easily
  • dull hair

Now consider that all of these styling tools generate heat. Sometimes incredibly high heat. Curling irons and flat irons are often set at 400 degrees or more. You wouldn't ever imagine sticking your head into an oven set at 400 degrees, and even at temperatures just above 100 degrees your skin starts to feel dehydrated, shriveled and burned. So why do we do this to our hair?

Fifty years ago, the majority of women went to the "hair parlor" to have their hair washed, dried, color treated, permed and styled by professionals. Few did these things themselves. Even though modern products that are designed to protect had not yet been in use, because so many of the hair care procedures were done by professionals, women didn't seem to get the type of damage so common today. It was also prior to the age of modern hair care equipment that uses heat. In those days most of the heat was generated from the hooded dyers or heat generated from the harsh chemicals they used on the hair.

What many people don't realize is that you don't need to be using these styling tools every day to get damaged hair. It only takes one occurrence to permanently damage your hair. The only real remedy is to grow it back out.

But, just as technology has created a new wave of tools that can cause damage, it has created a variety of different products designed specifically to protect your hair. One of the great new products to emerge are heat protectants.

What are heat protectants?

Think of heat protectant products as a sunscreen for your hair. But, instead of protecting your hair from the sun, the primary purpose is to protect your hair from the devastating effects of heat. Applied as a light coating over the entire hair shaft, heat protectants work by sealing off the cuticle and forming a barrier against the heat. Because hair is a protein that needs nourishment, it's susceptible to heat and it is important to use the right protecting products.

Melissa White, owner of San Antonio hair extension salon Extensions of Yourself, explains, "It's scary how few people know about the products that can help reduce damage to their hair. For women who have invested in 100% human hair extensions, you'd think the desire to maintain and protect them would be at the top of their list of things to do. But, sometimes its hard for clients to see the benefit of investing a little bit extra in quality products that will help their hair extensions last longer and look their best."

There are a number of heat protectants available through quality salons. And, they're designed for different hair types and different amounts of hold, etc. Some combine heat protectants with styling products for hold or texture, or even for color treated hair. Some are blended to work best with curling irons, while others are specifically designed for blow dryers because styling tools differ in their optimum temperatures. If you use both, opt for a product that offers the maximum protection and select one that is designed for irons.

I recommend seeking the advise of your own personal hair stylist. He/she knows your hair type, how you style your hair, as well as the level of damage you have. They are best suited to select a product that will help protect your hair from the ravaging effects of man-made heat!

Extensions of Yourself - Cold Weather and Extremes in Temperature Can Affect Hair Health

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hair Extensions For My Little Pony Fans - Is This Too Young?

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

I've addressed this question in the past. Moms with teenagers often struggle with what is an appropriate age to allow your daughter to get their first set of human hair extensions. But what if it was your five or six year old asking for extensions?

Apparently, the appropriateness isn't a major concern to Hasbro, who announced in December that it would be releasing a collection of hair extensions to young girls. The single and multi-colored clip-in hair extensions are being launched as "My Little Pony" hair extensions. You KNOW that this will appeal to little girls everywhere. What little girl doesn't love ponies!

And, the marketing doesn't stop there. There are also accessories like hair charms and cutie marks accented with crystals. The pint size fans will be able to accessorize to look like their favorite My Little Pony character. According to Kidada Jones, "My Little Pony-inspired hair styles and hair accessories allow fans to channel their inner pony." Fans are encouraged to visit the My Little Pony Parlor website and share it with their friends.

What do YOU think? Are these children simply too young to be marketing this type of product to? Or, do you feel there's nothing wrong with it? Let me know.


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 14 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 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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Harry Potter Star Dons "Man-xtensions" As Hair Extensions For Men Hits Hollywood

by Melissa L. White
Certified Hair Extension Artist

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Yes, male stars are wearing extensions! Danielle Radcliffe proudly showed off his mane of thick locks recently in a screening for his new film "Kill Your Darlings". The 24 year old star of Harry Potter fame has certainly changed up his looks when getting into his new character for a film based on the old Frankenstein stories.

This is no surprise to the Londoners who attended the event. As I've previously written, the U.K. trend of male hair extensions is rising so fast that hair extension manufacturers are scrambling to get hold of a promising new source of business.

And, as I wrote last week, the trend does seem to be making its way into America, as evident in New York City, and in Hollywood. This will be something we'll be seeing more of no doubt. The new trend of male hair extensions can actually look as natural on men as they do on women, although the styles are not as long on men.

What do you think of Radcliffe's new hair extensions?

REFERENCE: - Daniel Radcliffe Reveals New Hair Extensions For Upcoming Frankenstein Role
EOY - Hair Extensions For Men In San Antonio?

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 12 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 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.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Some Say Creating Voluminous Hair Is Effortless, But IS it?

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

On Monday, popular blog StyleList put out a post entitled, "Getting glam voluminous hair like Blake Lively is effortless."  Since creating and maintaining volume has always been one of the more difficult things for my clients, I couldn't resist saying something about this.

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For those of us with thin hair, thinning hair, or sometimes just heavy long hair, creating volume can sometimes seem impossible. Yes, there are root boosters, root lifters, volumizers and a host of products with dozens of names, all claiming to help us do the impossible. So just what is effortless about this jumble of choices and uncertainty?

Some people are blessed with thick, voluminous hair that doesn't require a lot of work to create full-bodied hairstyles that look fabulous (grrrr!). Others grow tired of spending hours creating a great look that will inevitably fall flat within hours. Others turn to longer lasting solutions to thin hair by investing in hair extensions, which is an excellent solution for many at my San Antonio salon. Even so, many still want to be able to create volume at their roots. Whether you have hair extensions or not, a good product is usually necessary in order to achieve lift and body at the roots.

As a licensed hair stylist, my experience has shown that no single product will work 100% for everyone. Everyone's hair is unique, and needs product that will interact with their own hair. While one particular root booster will work for one, it will fall flat for others who may need something with a bit more substance and holding power. And, let's face it, products that claim to perform the same task often behave quite different. They may apply differently, dry differently, or even change after styling or applying hair spray. Some are messy, sticky, smelly, or are just plain difficult to apply yourself.

It can also become quite expensive to continually try different brands and all of their different products. So, how do you weed through the hundreds, if not thousands of products?

First, find out what is required for the particular hair style that you are trying to create or that you prefer to wear. One hair style may require stiff control, while another may need to remain soft and brushable. When you visit your stylist and they suggest a new style, ask in advance what will be required to maintain the style once you get home and are doing it on your own. A good stylist will always make sure you are able to re-create the look.

Sometimes, reading up on different products and what they are used for can only confuse you and leave you with a cabinet full of unused or unliked product. Learning the difference between gels, lotions, serums, sprays, conditioners, leave-in conditioners, root boosters, volumizers, hair sprays, and other products can be overwhelming. You're better off asking your stylist for his/her recommendations.

If you've heard of a particular product that seems worth trying, ask what their experience is with the product. If it is a product that is not carried by their salon, do they have clients who have tried it? Do they have anything similar? Use the experience that your hair stylist has. Ask for help in selecting products that would be appropriate for you, and that will help you with whatever particular problem you are having with styling your hair. Your hair stylist probably sees hundreds of clients, and many different types of hair. He/she is an excellent source of information and has probably had access to dozens of different brands and types of products.

Effortless, probably not. But possible, yes. Rest assured there are products out there for just about everyone. Knowing what type of hairstyle you're trying to create will help guide you to the best product to achieve it. Getting the help of your stylist will help guide you through the maze of products that all claim they'll give you fabulous hair.

What's your story? Effortless or a struggle?

REFERENCE: - Getting glam voluminous hair like Blake Lively is effortless


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 14 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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Would You Rent Clip-On Hair Extensions?

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

One of my trade magazines had an article that caught my eye about a salon which just announced a new service of renting out clip-in hair extensions. It made me think back to my childhood and hearing from my mom how I shouldn't share a hairbrush with friends because it isn't sanitary. Sure, catching lice or some other unwanted "ichy thing" from a fellow schoolmate WAS something to avoid.

I think that, for most women, lessons learned early on do carry on to adulthood. Most women I know wouldn't share a hairbrush, much less human hair extensions that have been worn by someone else. Doesn't really matter whether they've been washed in-between, it just seems "gross".

Women who purchase real human hair extensions have already accepted a level of comfort with wearing hair that was cut from someone else. The name manufacturers of human hair extensions all follow strict procedures to properly clean and sanitize the hair before it is sold in bundles as human hair extensions.

But would a persons "comfort" extend to rented hair extensions that have been affixed and removed from the scalp of many other women?

One Beverly Hills salon, Nelson J, is boldly exploring this new concept. The new program allows salon clients to check out clip-in hair pieces for $75 a week. (Still a hefty price for high maintenance clip-in hair extensions in my opinion.)

In-Style did an on-line poll that looked at this question. As of noon on Sunday, results clearly showed the majority of people would not.

What do you think? Let me know.

REFERENCE: - Rented Hair Extensions Poll

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 14 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, January 13, 2014

British Men Are Wearing Hair Extensions In Record Numbers - Will The Trend Come Across The Pond?

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

Will this new trend make it "across the pond"? Time will tell, but in the meantime, it's a trend that certainly appears to be growing in the U.K. In fact, Great Lengths, which is a British hair extension company, has introduced a new line of hair extensions just for men!

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Yes, hair extension companies are getting ready to take advantage of male interest in hair extensions. Great Lengths publicity releases claim that they expect that men will soon account for 10% of their total sales. While this doesn't sound like huge numbers, it is a large jump that can only continue to grow. The photos that are on their site show a bit of length and probably more important, more volume.

A recent article on poked fun at the attempts by men to produce coiffs reminiscent of beehives worn by women in the 1960's, and blames it all on Harry Styles and his recent appearance on Good Morning America.

Dubbing their male hair extensions "Men-hancements", Great Lengths certainly appears to take the new trend seriously, even though the article didn't. They've released publicity surrounding the U.K. craze, and have even devoted a page on their website to male hair extensions.

And, there is some evidence that this new trend has indeed made its way to America. A recent article in mainstream media outlet the New York Daily News weighed in on the phenomenon which has hit New York by storm.

As I discussed in a November 2013 article, hair extensions for men is in fact growing, not only in Great Britain, but here in the United States. Like most trends, it is getting it's roots (pun intended)  among celebrities in Hollywood. More and more men are turning to hair extensions to quickly adapt to roles in movies, plays, or appearances. And, it's likely to continue just as it did for female celebrities.

I've no doubt that the trend will continue to grow across the country as more and more men come forward and take the leap into human hair extensions. As hairstyles adapt to the trend, it could take off quickly and even be seen here on the streets of San Antonio! What do you think?

EOY -  Hair Extensions For Men In San Antonio? - British Men Harry Styles Extensions
Great Lengths - Men-hancements Madness
NY Daily News - Hair Extensions Help Men Go To New Lengths In Getting Good Looks

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 14 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.