Getting them fitted
My journey to red carpet hair with FOUR started with a consultation. My stylist Carly chatted me through those options I mentioned above (tape or bond extensions, flat or round bonds) and was keen to understand my desired look. We talked about my lifestyle (how often I wear my hair in a bun and so on) which she explained is important when it comes to choosing your extensions.
My hair is naturally thin so we decided on just a few rows of bonded extensions for thickness, which would add some length too, while not weighing my hair down. Carly made sure I understood every step and I felt in safe hands – she’s a real guru.
Next, my hair was colour-matched to the Great Lengths’ range. Don’t panic if your hair’s an unusual colour, there’s a bespoke colour-matching service, too.
As Carly explained, with her expert application and a little TLC from me, the extensions won’t damage my hair. The only aftercare required is some gentle brushing, avoiding conditioner on the bonds, and sleeping with them in a loose plait.
Just a few weeks later and my hair had arrived. It was time for my transformation.
Before heading to the salon, I’d readied myself for an entire evening in the chair, with copious amounts of tea drinking, magazine reading and clock watching. But the whole process took just two hours. If you have more bonds this could take a little longer, but Carly works with amazing speed and precision and you certainly won’t need a 7-hour stint at the salon.
Before and after
Ta-dah. Thick, bouncy hair courtesy of Carly at FOUR London. I’m so impressed with the results, especially since it has been achieved with just a little hair. I’ve had the extensions for almost a month now and hardly notice they’re there. And because the hair is the finest quality, it’s really easy to wash and style.
For expertly-applied, damage-free extensions, book a consultation at FOUR, London. You’ll be turning heads in no time.
FOUR London – Where and How?
FOUR London is located at 62 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2GB. For more information, call 0207 297 9600 or visit www.fourlondon.com.
Choose clip-ins for less commitment
If you’re looking for luscious locks without the commitment of permanent extensions, clip-ins are a great option.
Search for 100% Virgin Remy Hair when buying clip-in extensions. My favourite are the Remi Cachet Clip-In Deluxe extensions from Additional Lengths. They offer loads of choice when it comes to colour and because it’s the highest-quality hair, you can treat it as you would your own.
The extensions take minutes to clip in and remove, so they’re perfect for parties, weddings and any other events you want to look glam for. They’re also great for experimenting with new hairstyles.
Clip-ins can last a couple of years if you look after them. I recommend taking the extensions to your stylist to custom cut them into your own hair, for the most natural look. As with permanent extensions, you can apply clip-ins for length or thickness.
Find out more at www.additionallengths.co.uk