Keep it real
To ensure they don’t look too WAG-tastic, make sure you choose the correct type for your lifestyle, budget and the look you’re after. First things first, always opt for real hair if you can. Although good synthetic options are on the increase, real hair will (obviously) always look more genuine and makes styling and upkeep a doddle. When it comes to length, although you might be tempted to channel your inner Rapunzel, Lou Smith, founder of Liverpool-based extension brand The Hippy Club, based at cult salon Voodou suggests going no more than two lengths longer than your own hair to ensure a seamless, authentic finish. It turns out that extensions aren’t just for those that need a little extra length either: ‘Those with very fine hair can find it hard to pull off short cuts,’ says Lou. ‘Extensions add bulk which can carry a cut and make all the difference.’ Attempting to match your colour online can be tricky and may result in a less than perfect end result, so always try and get it done in person. If you really can’t get to a salon then you’re in luck, as some brands, like The Hippy Club, can match you from a photo or, even better, a snippet of your own hair. Forget glue when it comes to fitting your extensions, these days it’s a little more sophisticated than that; look out for a micro-ring technique which uses tiny copper rings inlaid with smooth silicone that won’t tug at your hair. The miniscule size means the adhesion is ultra sleek too, while damage from heat and chemicals is non-existent. Individual rings last up to 3 months while wefts (strips of hair sewn onto a mesh) need to be tightened every 3-6 weeks.