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!

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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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