WorkshopOctober 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
MAD ABOUT HUE
KIM VO ON THE GO
In this issue, Vo talks about going to great lengths for beautiful hair.
One glance at the latest weekly gossip magazines is all it takes to know that hair extensions are an undeniably hot trend. Celebrities are going from short to long in a flash, and now everybody wants to get in on the act, including your clients. That's certainly not surprising, considering that hair extensions are a fast and easy way to gain a longer, more glamorous mane without waiting for hair to grow out—or praying for Mother Nature to miraculously replace thin, fine tresses with luxuriously thick ones.
When adding extensions to a client's hair, the most important thing to remember is that the color of the extensions does not easily fade. The best ones are made from 100-percent human hair, and each shade is essentially brewed for hours—compared to the average 30-minute processing time of on-the-head haircoloring. As a result, normal oxidation does not have the same dimming effect.
The most basic way to do extensions is simply to match the client's haircolor. To get the most effective results, first color your client's hair to the desired shade. I like to create a natural look by blending two to three colors in the same strand. If you're uncomfortable doing that, you can always alternate strands of single shades to get multidimensional color. The more shades you use, the more natural the end result will be. Order extensions in shades that complement the new color and wait two days after coloring before attaching them, to allow time for the cuticle to relax and the color to blossom. A word of advice: Don't attach extensions onto previously colored hair if there is any re-growth, because you'll end up with a color line.
Jessica Simpson wearing HairDo Clip-In Extensions from Hair U Wear
Not surprisingly, hair extensions provide a great opportunity for your clients to try out a new look without making a serious commitment. For example, to spice up a brunette's hair, you can add extensions in the back in her base shade, then highlight just the crown for increased dimension. When the extensions come out, the lightened areas will grow out easily, looking natural every step of the way.