Looking After Your Hair Extensions

The aftercare routine you implement once having extensions in your hair is vital, making sure you look after them correctly will determine how long they last and their condition. In this blog we are going to identify the key elements that form a hair extension aftercare routine that should keep them in perfect condition.

Washing Your Extensions

Washing your extensions correctly is essential to them lasting a substantial period of time as well as keeping your own hair in good condition. Make sure you are using a recommended aftercare range of products on your extensions. This will ensure that the shampoo and conditioner you are using doesn’t have a negative impact on the bonds, causing them to come loose or slip out of place. At Lox Of Love, we can provide you with the products that will maintain the strength of your extensions and keep them healthy.

Brushing Your Hair

Whether you have washed your hair or are just brushing it normally in the morning, doing it as gently as possible is the key to lasting undamaged hair extensions. Take your time and slowly brush your hair, if there are tangles use your fingers to help remove them as this will put less strain on the extensions. Where possible use a hair extension brush to help your bonds remain in good condition and not catch them. We offer a wide range of products including brushes that you are able to order through our website.

Never Sleep With Wet Hair

By leaving your hair wet before you go to bed poses the risk of your hair being extremely tangled in the morning. We understand that it can be tempting to get into bed with wet hair, but if you want your extensions to last then this is not recommended. If you were to sleep with wet or damp hair, when you go to brush it the next morning you will put more pressure on the bonds and cuticles of your hair without even realising.

Here at Lox Of Love, we can advise you on the best possible aftercare products which will help you maintain strong and healthy hair extensions. If you are looking for professional advice or would like to find out more information about hair extensions, visit our website www.loxoflove.co.uk or call us on 01325 327362.

 

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Just a little progress update…

By now you will all be wondering when you will be able to return to ‘normal’ life.  Many of you, just like us, will be wondering how we will be able to re-open under social distancing guidelines when we, as stylist and client, cannot possibly stay 2 metres apart (unless our team grow longer arms in the next few weeks!).

Well rest assured, we have been working long and hard to establish a new ‘normal’ that ensures the safety of both our team and our clients once the government gives us the nod that we can open our doors once again.  We want you to feel safe when you visit us.

So here are just a few changes we think we will be making to keep us all as protected as possible (obviously this is PLAN A! We are also in the process of devising plan’s B,C,D,E… because, as yet, we have no idea when or how the world will start turning the right way again.)

  1. Priority bookingwe will be launching this scheme in the coming weeks so don’t panic if you’re thinking that you’ve no idea what we’re talking about!  This scheme is designed to ensure that our first available appointments are allocated in the fairest possible way as we currently have a waiting list a mile long! Which leads me onto the next point…
  2. Extended opening hourswe will be saying goodbye to our usual opening hours for the foreseeable, and we will be opening our doors to welcome you all 7 days a week!  Each working day will be longer too, so that leaves many more opportunities to book in.
  3. Restricted numbersthe usual busy and bustly feel to our salon will be curbed so that we can control the movement within the salon.  We have clearly marked off areas within the salon that will be allocated per appointment.  Our appointment start times will also be staggered so that we haven’t got 5 or 6 clients all arriving at the same time.
  4. Not your usual home from homeplease don’t be offended when you arrive and we don’t offer you a cuppa, or ask you if you want some magazines to read while your colour is developing.  We really want to, but we have your safety and well-being at heart.  Even our team will be asked not to make each other drinks, and if any of you know me you will know what a sacrifice this is!  I thrive on my 435 cups of black coffee per day, made for me automatically by all of the team each time the kettle boils!! 
  5. We will probably all be dressed funnyalthough we are uncertain as to what the government guidelines will be, we have been looking at what other countries are doing, and we anticipate that both you as clients, and us as stylists (somehow!) will have to wear some form of protective clothing, gloves, masks, etc.  And we’re ok with that!  Hey, at least we will all be looking ridiculous together!
  6. Longer appointment timesas stylists we are going to have to adapt to a slower pace.  You all know what we are like.. “Oh, there’s a 7 minute gap, of course I can squeeze you in for a full head of foils!”  Well not anymore.  This particular point is a major plus for you guys as it means that you will have dedicated one-on-one time with your stylist.  The downside (which we have tried to counteract with extended opening hours) is that we will be seeing less clients per day, but you have our undivided attention from start to finish!
  7. You will ALL need a hairwash for some of you, this is music to your ears, for others, not so much!  However, we anticipate that this will be part of the government’s safety recommendations, so we will be allowing time during every appointment for a wash and blowdry if it isn’t already scheduled into your appointment.
  8. No cash pleasewe request that you pay by card or bank transfer to avoid any cash exchanges.  This is a much safer way of doing business and one that we will no doubt see in all industries for a long time to come.
  9. Small price increaseas is our usual policy, we like to be open and honest with our clients, so we have added a small increase (less than 5%) to our prices, and here’s the reason why:  we have had to significantly change the way we work.  Our industry relies on a high volume of clients in order for us to survive so restricting numbers within the salon means our income will reduce, and extending our opening hours means our operating costs will rise.  Our suppliers will be increasing their prices for similar reasons so we will have to take this on board too.  Lastly, we have to factor in protective clothing, disposable gowns and more styling tools so that we can work on a rotation of sterilizing them between clients.  But as a positive for you guys, you will get more time in the chair and our undivided attention (which we appreciate that sometimes is hard to find, and believe me, this is something we all feel incredibly guilty about at times!).
  10. You will need to come alone and on timedue to restricted numbers, we will be asking all of our clients to not bring friends, children or other family members to their appointments.  Similarly you will need to arrive at your exact appointment time to minimise numbers in our waiting area.  If you are early, please wait in your car until your appointment time.

And last but not least…

  1. You will need to be well!!  We will be asking for total honesty and integrity from all of our wonderful clients.  We know you will all be absolutely desperate to get your roots done, or your extensions back in, but we ask that you only attend an appointment if you know you are fit and well.  This is to ensure the health and well-being of our team, our families and the rest of our clients.  It only takes one client overlooking their cough or fever, to close our salon doors once again while we all self-isolate.  We ask that you please reschedule your appointment if you feel at all unwell or you have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms within the previous 7 days.

So that’s it! War and Peace of how we overcome the many obstacles we will be faced with for our new ‘normal’.  We know this is not an exhaustive list, and we know some of what we have stated may not be necessary, but the way we see it, you can never be too careful!  We want to do absolutely EVERYTHING we can to ensure your safety and ours, and we want you to feel safe when you finally return!

 

If you have any queries or concerns we will be happy to have a chat with you. We intend to schedule “Catch Up Appointments” with those who want them while we are still in lockdown.  Send us a message on social media, or to enquiries@loxoflove.co.uk if you would like to arrange a chat with your usual stylist.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Insta pages and our Lockdown with Lox of Love Facebook group for updates, offers and general hellos from us all.

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Remember, you can also purchase online gift vouchers using the link below, which will sit as credits for your future appointments.  This may help some of you to budget, and I know it will certainly help to keep us going!

Online Gift Vouchers

I will be in touch again soon with more updates to War and Peace and details of our Priority Booking Service.  We miss you all and cannot wait to open our salon doors once again!

See you all soon,

Sending socially distanced air hugs from us all,

Victoria and the Lox Team xxx

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Popular Hairstyles for 2020

Over the last few years we have seen a range of hairstyles making their way into the mainstream. From retro styles like the beehive making a comeback to modern trends like the “wet hair look”. We are already a few months into 2020 and there are a number of new styles appearing on catwalks and red carpets, influencing people around the world. In this blog we are going to be looking at some of our top picks for popular hairstyles in 2020.

 

Short Hair

Short hair is set to be really on trend for the rest of this year, in particular hair of the bob variety. Bobs are a great way to shape the hair to fit the shape of your face and provide a real sophisticated vibe. Alternatively, you can go for a more casual look by having it cut to collarbone length. Khloé Kardashian is one celebrity who has pulled this style off perfectly!

To ensure you can get the right style, don’t forget to read our previous blog about some of the best hair brush options available www.loxoflove.co.uk/hairbrushes

The Shag

Relaxed is the new glamourous in 2020. With fashion we are seeing more people opting for denim, trainers and natural looking make up on nights out. The modern shag haircut is one perfect example of a laid-back approach to hair styling becoming popular. This style uses fewer layers but is cut so there’s more than just one length. The shag haircut has been popular with glam rock stars of years gone by but it is making a huge comeback this year.

Streaks

Streaks have been in and out of fashion in recent times, but they are currently enjoying a mini resurgence. Pastel colours are proving popular rather than the bright colours such as red that have been popular for streaks in the past. With more muted colours and subtle streaks, your hair can enjoy a real touch of class.

 

Here at Lox of Love we can achieve just the style you are looking for, with our team of skilled stylists. To get in touch call us on 01325 327362 or visit www.loxoflove.co.uk

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We Are Award Winners!

Having recently opened our Leeds salon, we were delighted to be finalists in the Yorkshire Salon Awards, where we won the Best Hair Extension award!

The team travelled to The Royal Armouries in Leeds on Sunday 10th November, we were hopeful for a win but hyped by nerves at the same time. The competition that we were facing was daunting but we know how good we are, it was just a question of if industry judges recognise that.

The team was euphoric as you can imagine when it was announced that Lox of love were the overall winner of the hair extension category! Proud doesn’t come close.

Without our founder, Victoria Cartwright none of these amazing events would have unfolded or been possible, we have collectively worked so hard to be where we are now, everyone has been a great credit in our journey and progression to this moment.

Victoria says “I cannot put into words just how incredible this award win is and how proud I am of the Lox of Love family. To be recognised by our peers and industry as the best in Yorkshire is incredible. What an accolade to end the year on.”

Established in 2012, the first salon opened in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. It soon became recognised as the go-to place for quality, long lasting hair extensions and other hair services. We went onto become finalists in the English Hair and Beauty Awards in 2016 and won our first award in 2017, the Hair Extension Specialist of the Year at the Hair and Beauty British Talent Awards.

Victoria added: “A good salon relies on its team and that’s as evident from myself to as the team on the salon floor. This team defines the vision for the salon, inspires the rest of the business and sets a standard that gets clients through the door. It’s a hugely important award and demonstrates what can be created when a group of talented, creative people truly gel together and work with synergy.”

With the latest award added to our collection, our creative team are excited to see what the future holds!

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Hairbrushes

For all you extension wearers who wonder what brush is best for you? Well I am going to give you some ideas of what we would recommend to stop any matting, snapped ends and to give you a pain free experience. There are a range of brushes out there which we all use, however many of these are bad for hair extensions as they pull in all the wrong places. The first definite no for brushing the roots of extensions is a paddle brush. Although these are great for taking out any knots on natural hair, it pulls the bonds or weft and can also get caught in them. But of course, you can’t just leave the tops of the extensions as they will get matted which can be very painful to remove.

For thorough brushing of the extensions we would recommend 100% the Tangle Teezers. I’m sure you’ve all heard of these before, great for kids who hate getting their hair brushed as they somehow stop it from pulling as much as a paddle brush.

There are Tangle Teezer compacts which are great for using on the go. These are hand bag size so no matter where you are you can always brush your hair. These brushes glide through the hair rather than nag at it- for extensions this is great as you don’t want to cause too much tension!

In the salon we use a lot of the Tangle Teezer ultimate. We love these as they are great for all hair types. They sell extremely well in the salon too for a number of reasons:

  • They remove any matting between the extensions and your natural hair
  • They are great for brushing through curls to create a bouncy wave/curl
  • The larger teeth on the brush allow you to get right into the scalp, so it feels like you’ve had a good brush through

Another range of brushes that we use are by Beauty Works. These are similar to a Tangle Teezer however come in a paddle brush shape, round brush and an oval brush.  The paddle bristle brush is great for blow drying extensions, it smooths out the hair and again takes out any knotting which may be at the roots. This is best for people who have very long hair as sometimes it can be harder using a round brush when there is so much hair

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How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?

A question we are often asked, yet the answer depends solely on the aftercare of the extensions. As you may or may not know extensions have a life span of on average 6 months, however with new brands and methods becoming more popular, this is sometimes longer and people are getting 12 months or even more! Amazing right? However, the quality of the extensions is one thing, but looking after them correctly is crucial or you will not get the said lifespan of your hair extensions.

So what does this involve?

If I’m totally honest, less is more. You don’t need to feel like you should overload your hair with products to try and keep them in good condition. If anything, you can cause product build up and they are more likely to feel unnatural. The aim of all extensions is to achieve the most natural effect for your desired look, therefore the texture of the hair is important. Over-washing your extensions, drying and using styling tools daily is more likely to shorten the lifespan of your extensions and therefore dry them out faster. However, there are ways round this which mean you can still use styling tools on the extensions without causing any immediate damage. Read below for more information. We recommend washing them once or twice a week at the most.

 

Washing & Drying

To wash your hair seems so simple, but we all do it differently and with extensions it’s slightly different. We don’t recommend putting all your hair on top of your head and rubbing it all together, as obviously it is more likely to go knotty. On the other hand, we also don’t want you to be afraid of giving your head a good scrub, in fear that they will fall out- as they are designed to stay in your hair even whilst washing/drying. We recommend you shampoo twice as firstly you may not get much lather with this one… it is designed to clean all of the dirt from your hair and scalp. The second shampoo is where the hair is cleaned and made to smell lovely and fresh, you will then find on this wash you will get a much better lather with the shampoo. Remember to give your scalp a good scrub and rinse thoroughly- this prevents the scalp from feeling itchy or irritated after a wash. Finally, finishing with a conditioner or mask treatment, usually we say you leave either of these on for a minimum of 3 minutes to allow it to penetrate and smooth the hair cuticles. This is designed for the mid length and ends of the hair- avoiding the root at all costs as you will only end up with greasy hair! This wash should then last up to a week, using dry shampoo in between washes to refresh your hair. A mask doesn’t need to be used every time- it’s just nice to revive your extensions every few weeks with a treatment.

Avoiding certain products

As extensions are much more delicate than our natural hair, we need to use the correct products. Usually these are salon branded products which are free from sulphates, parabens and alcohol. We love brands like Milkshake, Kevin Murphy, Neil and Wolf, Olaplex and a few others which all have extension friendly products. An Argan oil is great for the extensions to run through the mid lengths and ends daily… this can be either morning or night, however it is great to ensure those ends feel lovely and smooth. We don’t recommend using any branded oils, unless designed for extensions, as often we have found they’ve dried the extensions out. Our preferred oil would be a natural oil, or ‘Kevin Murphy Young Again’ or ‘Olaplex No 7’ which are both amazing for the extensions (these can be purchased in salon). We also don’t recommend heat protection sprays unless stated for extensions- with experience we have noticed heat protection spray is the cause of drying out extensions and causing breakage through the ends.

 

Brushing your extensions… properly 

Often, we find ourselves detangling extensions through the top section due to extensions being poorly brushed. Now this is no fault of your own as naturally we are more gentle and fearful of pulling them out or causing any damage. So, most people brush over the extensions- rather than getting right in between the rows and brushing the root. However not brushing your extensions correctly and frequently is likely to cause more damage and irritation than anything else. This is because both the natural hair and the extensions over time will tangle around each other in between the rows and cause it to feel knotty. This isn’t going to cause major damage to your hair, it’s more the discomfort when coming for your maintenance or removal, having to sit there whilst we are detangling the hair. Not good! Soooo…

To stop this from happening it’s really simple… using either a Tangle Teezer with long teeth (this is called the Tangle Teezer ‘ultimate’) or a bristle paddle brush which you can also purchase in the salon. This is good to do thoroughly before washing your hair and then after when the hair is 70% dry. We would suggest you section the hair in half or in three, then put your brush through the extensions and the top where they are connected and begin to blow-dry. This removes any tangling and leaves the extensions feeling nice and smooth.

Reducing Shedding

Now don’t be alarmed when brushing the extensions if you find some of the hair sheds, this is completely normal and can’t be helped. However, to reduce this please don’t brush your hair less, as that will not help. There are other ways which we can prevent this. Hair extensions are more likely to shed if it is feeling dry or brittle, so by using the right products it will avoid this from happening.

Finally…

With a good routine with your hair extensions and planned days to wash, you will find they are often easier to maintain than your natural hair and can last for months. You will have the fullest, smoothest and healthiest looking hair extensions… no one would ever know!

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5 Different Ways to Curl with the Curl Bar by Hot Tools

Hello to all of our wonderful clients! For those of you who purchased the Curl Bar by Hot Tools, I’m sure you are absolutely loving it, and if you haven’t… after reading this I’m sure you will be totally convinced!

As a team at Lox of Love we have challenged ourselves to 5 different curl styles with the Curl Bar. The first style is a very loose wave. This is done by taking big sections and wrapping the hair round the bar. You then leave this on for around 5 seconds, this can be done by pressing the button on the side of the Curl Bar. You then repeat this all the way round the head, curling in the same direction all the way round. Now the key to these beautiful waves is to brush them out and don’t worry, you won’t brush the Curl out!! It just creates a smooth, elegant wave in the hair. To hold it you can use our go-to products, the Kevin Murphy Doo.Over and finish with Shimmer Shine! And there you have it, a lovely wave…

Challenge number 1 accepted✔️

To then create a bouncier wave, with more volume… the key is to hold the hair round the barrel for longer. This means turning the timer up to 7/8 seconds. Again, in the same direction all the way around the head, taking smaller sections than before. Of course, then you need to brush it out, this is what creates the bounce in the hair. Even see for yourself…

Now a lot of people like the messy, undone look. This is created with the curl bar (of course!). Taking larger sections, you wrap the hair around the curl bar, this time it doesn’t need to be on for very long as this is a natural, loose wave we are creating. You then repeat this all the way around the head. HOWEVER… you do it in alternative directions. So curl one way first, then alternate the other. This stops the curls from falling into one when you brush it out and creates this amazing look!

To hold the style, we use Doo.Over and/or Shimmer Shine by Kevin Murphy. Now I know you’re thinking, can you use the Curl Bar on short hair and achieve the same look? The answer is yes! To create a tighter curl, you leave the hair round the bar for longer. If you keep doing this in different directions, you create a beach look. Hair Resort Spray, a product by Kevin Murphy is great to use with this style as it is like a sea salt spray except it is kinder to hair extensions. Below is a few examples of the beach look created with the Hot Tools Curl Bar.

The last style is created by using tiny sections and leaving the hair on the bar for 7+ seconds. It is curled in multiple directions to create a tighter beach curl.

So there you have it, 5 different ways of curling your hair. Even though the barrel is one size, there is more than one look you can achieve! Amazing right? Even better, you can do this on your own hair! Here is a quick video of how…

What’s your favourite style?

Thanks for reading, we hope this helps people who have the Curl Bar to do multiple things with your hair, or for those who are thinking about purchasing one – it really is the best styling tool ever!

From,

Lox Of Love X

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