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Hair Extension Rules for Gym Bunnies

hair extensions at the gym

Even if your gym routine has fallen by the wayside because of Christmas shopping and parties, it’s probably going to be among your resolutions for the new year. But does a gym bunny lifestyle rule hair extensions out? The good news is that no it doesn’t, and you can still get a sweat on when you have hair extensions as long as you follow these rules.

Try and minimise the hair’s exposure to sweat

Sweat is salty and it’s quite acidic so it can dry out hair extensions and make them rough and coarse. Try to keep your hair away from your forehead and neck by wearing it in a ponytail or a bun. If you’re really serious about avoiding sweat, try wearing a headband which will reduce the contact your hair has with the skin.

Wear your hair up, but not too tight

Tying the hair too tight can damage the bonds and pull the extensions out. Tight ponytails are bad for your natural hair too as the stress from traction can cause hair loss.

Be careful with saunas and steam rooms

You can still use them, but wear a swimming cap or shower cap to protect the hair and bonds from the heat and humidity. Extremes of temperature can melt adhesive and weaken the bonds so your extensions are more likely to start falling out.

You can swim, but there are rules

Many women who have hair extensions fitted think that they won’t be able to swim ever again but that’s not true. While it’s true that chlorine can dry out the extensions and affect adhesives, you can wear a swimming cap or apply a conditioner and tie the hair up to ward off some of the negative effects. Wash and condition your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner straight after swimming. This applies after you have a sweaty workout too.

A note on gym hairstyles for hair extensions

It is important to keep your hair up and out of the way, so some great ideas for gym hair extension hairstyles are high ponytails or buns, French braids, plaited buns, and ballerina buns. Messy buns are a no no because they can cause matting and tangling. Remember too that with some hair extension fitting methods, the bonds will be visible if you tie your hair up in certain ways so it might be a case of trial and error, and seeing what works for you.


Why You Need Hair Extension Maintenance

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You invest a lot of time and money into getting hair extensions so it makes sense that you should look after them. As well as looking after them at home, like I talked about in the last blog, you need to make sure you’re having regular maintenance appointment to keep your extensions looking as good as when you first had them fitted.

Find out what maintenance is involved

I’ll always talk to you about maintenance before you have your extensions fitted. I’ll tell you what’s involved, how often you should book a maintenance appointment, and how much maintenance will cost.

Why do you need hair extension maintenance appointments?

During a maintenance appointments I can check the health of your extensions and your natural hair. I can also sort out any matting or tangles before they cause problems. Removing  matted and tangled hair extensions will take longer and cost more. If you don’t book maintenance appointments, your extensions might not last as long.

Different types of maintenance you might need

Hair extension replacement

Around every 6 weeks, I’d replace any missing bonds with new hair and refit any bonds that you find uncomfortable. This will keep the extensions looking as good as when you first walked out of the salon.

Hair extension uplift (for micro rings only)

Every 6-8 weeks, each bond is unclipped and moved back up to where it was originally before any new hair growth.

What if I’m not offered maintenance appointments?

I always offer maintenance and recommend that clients book maintenance appointments because hair extensions are an investment. If you go to someone who fits hair extensions but doesn’t offer maintenance, my advice to you would be to run a mile and take your custom somewhere else!

Remember that maintenance does not just happen in the salon though, it’s about using the right hair products, brushing the hair correctly, tying your hair up before bed and during exercise, and following any other aftercare advice that any good extensionist will give you.

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How to Look After Your Hair Extensions

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Let’s face it, good quality hair extensions are an investment, so it makes sense that you want them to look as good as possible for as long as possible, right?

But to make sure they do, there are some rules to follow that will keep your locks looking as amazing as you did the day you stepped out of the salon.

Take my advice

After I’ve fitted your extensions, I’ll give you some aftercare advice including how to generally look after them, which products you should use, and maintenance. Please follow it, it can make the difference between your hair looking amazing for months, or looking dry and matted after just a few weeks.

Washing your hair extensions

Use the correct products. Some products contain sulphates that can dry out hair extensions because they don’t get the beneficial oils from your scalp. When you wash your hair, don’t rub as this can cause matting. Instead, gently wash it from roots to ends. Rinse out the shampoo thoroughly then apply conditioner, but avoid the roots as it can loosen the bonds and cause your extensions to fall out. Pat the hair dry with a towel, then use a hair extension brush or wide toothed comb to detangle the hair, working from the ends upwards.

Styling your hair extensions

Try to minimise the amount of heat you use on your hair, and never use heat near the bonds as it can weaken them and cause your extensions to slip out.

Styling products

If you want to use hair oils, make sure you don’t use them near the bonds as it can cause them to loosen, as can any products containing silicon. You don’t want your beautiful extensions falling out!

Hair extensions and your lifestyle

Don’t go to bed with damp hair

Tie your hair up in a loose ponytail before bed and never go to bed with damp hair as this can cause tangling.

You can swim but with caution

Avoid exposing your extensions to chlorine or salt water for too long as it can make your extensions look like a matted mess. If you do go swimming, wear a swimming cap and tie your hair up. Shampoo and condition your hair as soon as you’re out of the pool. With any other type of exercise, always be sure to wear your hair up and out of the way, and of course, wash it as soon as you can.

Hair extension trouble shooting

Do your extensions look and feel dry after just a few washes? This might be due to the products you’re using and the fact that, unlike our natural hair, hair extensions aren’t attached to the scalp, so they don’t get the benefit of natural protecting oils or nutrients. Use nourishing products and avoid those that contain sulphates or alcohol, which can dry the hair out.

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Our Guide to Braidless Weave Sew-in Hair Extensions

braidless sew in weave hair extensions

At Salon La Reine, we offer a wide range of hair extensions to suit every client with every hair type. In today’s blog, I want to focus on Braidless weave sew-in hair extensions and how they’re a great way to add length and thickness to your hair without using heat, glue, or braids.

How are they fitted?

Micro rings are applied to your hair horizontally then wefts are sewn across the micro rings to attach them securely.

The advantage of braidless weaves

  • They lie much flatter to the head and because there’s no braid, there’ll be less tension on your natural hair which can cause hair loss and damage.
  • The wefts can easily be reused and repositioned.
  • Without braids, the extensions are much more comfortable to sleep in.
  • Braidless weaves can be fitted fairly fast, usually in 1-2 hours.

Are there any downsides?

They don’t tend to last as long as pre-bonded or micro ring hair extensions.

Braidless weave maintenance

The weave needs to be moved further up your hair every 6 to 8 weeks as your natural hair grows out. The micro rings will need to be moved or replaced. If you follow the proper aftercare advice I give you, the extensions should last around 4-5 months.

Washing your braidless weave sew- in hair extensions

There’s no problem with washing your extensions, but if you wash your hair very day, I’d advise you to reduce this and to only wash your hair with the recommended products. If you wash your hair extensions with the wrong shampoo, they won’t last as long.

Are they comfortable?

Your hair will feel heavy at first but after a few days, they’ll feel more natural.

Do braidless weaves damage natural hair?

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Everything You Need to Know About Nano Tip Hair Extensions

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Nano tip extensions are one of the newer hair extension fitting methods which have quickly become popular because they’re much smaller than micro rings, they’re comfortable, and they’re less visible than other types of extensions-people might not even know that you’re wearing them!

What are Nano tip hair extensions made of?

Sometimes metal tips are used but many extensionists use acrylic tips which are more flexible and a lot more comfortable to wear. Some people have allergies to metals so acrylic tips are good news for people who can’t wear metal Nano tips.

How are Nano tip hair extensions fitted?

Nano tip hair extensions are threaded through a Nano ring which is secured to your natural hair with small pliers that clamp them into place. To remove the extensions, your stylist will squeeze the Nano ring open and slide the hair extensions out.

What is the difference between Micro rings and Nano rings?

The main difference  between the rings is their size. The fitting technique is virtually identical. Because of the size difference, Nano rings can only be used with Nano tip extensions.

Always choose a qualified and experienced extensionist

Don’t put your hair in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what they are doing or you risk hair damage or even problems like bald patches. A qualified and experienced professional can assess the condition of your hair before, during and after you have extensions and advise you on the best fitting method for your particular type of hair. The most important thing a good extensionist will do is advise you on how to keep your hair healthy, including telling you if you need a break from having extensions.

Nano tip hair extensions trouble shooting

If you haven’t had hair extensions before, it can feel strange to have them at first and even a little uncomfortable. This should settle down as you get used to them but if it doesn’t there are things I can do like loosen them for you.

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The finished result!

What You Need to Know About Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

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Pre-bonded hair extensions are attached to the natural hair using keratin, a protein that your own hair is made of. Keratin tends to be gentler on the hair than many of the other silicon-based glues that are used with extensions. Silicon glue can be tough to remove and  can cause damage to your natural hair.

How are pre-bonded hair extensions fitted?

Pre-bonded extensions are fitted strand by strand, and they’re applied using a heat connector which melts the keratin resin and fuses the extension to your natural hair at the root. The bond is rolled to secure the extension instantly.

What are the advantages of having pre-bonded hair extensions?

  • They look natural and the bonds are virtually undetectable.
  • Pre-bonded extensions tend to be more secure and are less likely to slip compared to other types of extensions. This makes them a great choice if you have a busy active life.
  • Pre-bonded extensions are great for fine or compromised hair that might not be strong enough to bear the weight of Micro Rings or other fitting methods.
  • They can feel more comfortable than other types of extensions, you might even forget you have extensions because they’ll blend in with your natural hair so well.

Are there any downsides?

They are natural-looking, low-maintenance, and comfortable, but remember with this method that heat is used to fuse the extensions and natural hair so there’s some potential for damage; something to think about if your hair is already compromised.

How to maintain pre-bonded extensions

lorraine prebonded hair extensions

I always recommend regular maintenance with extensions. Every 6-8 weeks you should be making an appointment so I can check that your extensions aren’t tangled or matted. I will remove any loose extensions and reapply any new ones that are needed as your hair grows out.

As well as maintenance, I give every client aftercare tips and recommend products to use with your extensions. This is usually the difference between hair that looks amazing for longer and extensions that look dry, matted, and frazzled after a few weeks.

Always have your extensions fitted by a qualified and experienced extensionist, I can’t say this enough. Applying extensions takes a lot of knowledge and skill, and you risk causing lasting damage to your hair if you go to somebody that’s just offering them cheap. Just like most things in life, you get what you pay for!



Clip-In Extensions: The Glam Hair Solution for Commitment-Phobes

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Clip-in hair extensions are a great way for commitment-phobes to change up their look, for a night out, a special occasion, or just because you want to. Clip in hair extensions are made from strips of wefted hair that have clips sewn to the top. The width of each weft depends on the part of the head they are going to be attached to, so wefts for the back of the head are wider than those for the sides. If you’re not ready to take the plunge and have hair extensions fitted on a more permanent basis, clip-in extensions might just be the quick, low maintenance fix you need.

Why clip-in extensions are a great option

They cost less than fitted extensions

Because you don’t necessarily pay for fitting and there’s generally less wear and tear on them than fitted extensions, you’ll find that clip-in extensions cost much less than other types of extensions.

There’s no commitment

With clip-in hair extensions you can try as many different hair styles as you want without taking the plunge and opting for something permanent. Want full bouncy waves for your Christmas do but need a more conservative hair style for work? No problem with clip-in extensions!

Change up your look as much as you want

Maybe you don’t want to commit to one style or even colour because you’re a bit of a chameleon who loves a change? With clip-ins, you can add streaks of colour without committing to constant colour appointments and have longer, thicker hair whenever you want.

They’re low maintenance

If you don’t want to spend forever and a day styling your hair or you’ve had fitted extensions in the past and found it hard to maintain them properly, clip-in extensions are the answer to your prayers. They are very easy to maintain and style, and when you want to look that bit extra glam, you just have to clip them in and go.

A little note about clip-in extensions…

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While they are cost effective and versatile, wearing clip-in extensions too often can put a strain on your natural hair and the tension can lead to hair loss or breakage. Never sleep in your clip-ins. Ask me in the salon about what your best options are. If you find that you’re wearing your clip-ins every day, it might be time to go for something a little more permanent. Hair extensions have come a long way in recent years so it’s a lot easier to find a type that suits you and causes far less damage to your natural tresses.




Why Even Virgin Hair Needs Olaplex

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Image: @thecurlybella,

A client who has never coloured their hair or had any kind of chemical treatment is a rare thing in a hair salon, but they do exist. And if this sounds like you, you might look at people getting colour treatments and smugly think to yourself that your unprocessed virgin hair is much healthier-but is it?

The lady getting the colour, certainly if she’s in my salon, will be getting an Olaplex treatment which will be rebuilding her hair from the inside, but let’s face it, colour and chemical treatments aren’t the only way to damage your hair. You might be doing more damage to your virgin hair at home without realising.

The problem with heat

So you’re not colouring or processing your hair in any way, but how much heat do you use on it? You can cause serious damage to hair with hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons, if you use them a few times per week or even every day. Every time you apply heat to your hair, you’re breaking bonds and causing damage.

And it’s not only heat from styling tools that you have to consider, it’s heat from the sun (yes I know it’s autumn now, but how many summer days did you spend in the garden? (or beer garden).

Other ways you damage your hair without really thinking about it include brushing your hair too hard, or even sleeping on the wrong type of pillowcase (silk is best for hair).

The moral of the story is that there’s room for improvement in the health of even unprocessed virgin hair. This is something that you, and any stylist worth their salt should think about when they’re colouring or processing virgin hair for the first time. Putting a colour or using a chemical treatment on hair that’s already damaged can really compromise it, so using Olaplex is essential.

I have virgin hair; how can I use Olaplex for best results?

Use Olaplex No.3 once per week to rebuild hair strength and repair any damage. You can also book a standalone Olaplex treatment at the salon, or ask your stylist to use Olaplex No.2 as a cutting lotion or blow dry cream next time you have a cut or blow dry.

Whether your hair has been coloured 1 time, 50 times, or 0 times, Olaplex can give you healthier, stronger hair. Ask me about it in the salon!

Introducing Olaplex No.4 and No.5

olaplex no.4 and no.5

If you thought that your Olaplex hair care routine couldn’t get any better, you were wrong. Olaplex launched their new Bond Maintenance shampoo and conditioner, Olaplex No.4 and No.5, in June to take your hair health and strength to the next level. The company spent two years coming up with the formula which they say they couldn’t wait for people to experience.

What are No.4 and No.5 all about?

They’re both formulated with patented OLAPLEX Bond Building Chemistry to restore, repair, and hydrate the hair without weighing it down like a lot of other treatments. They reduce hair damage and frizz and the result is strong, healthy, shiny hair. The best thing of all is that Olaplex is suitable for everyone, no mattered if they’ve coloured their hair, or what hair type they have.

They might save you some time

Because there’s Olaplex in the shampoo, you’ll still get the hair strengthening benefits even if you don’t have time to treat it with No.3. If you only use No.3 once per week, you’re getting the benefits all of the time, just by washing your hair. How amazing is that??

Olaplex is a hero ingredient

Olaplex No.4 and No.5 are non-toxic, and free from sulphates, parabens, and silicone. They’re also suitable for vegans and are gluten-free and nut-free, just like all of the other products in the Olaplex range. No Olaplex products are tested on animals.

How to use Olaplex No.4 and No.5

The shampoo and the conditioner repair, strengthen and hydrate the hair, so they’re perfect to add to your No.3 routine. You can use the shampoo and conditioner without using No.3, as I mentioned, but for best results, use them together. Dampen the hair, then apply Olaplex No.3 as usual (you can find my guide on to use it here), then use the shampoo and conditioner as normal, working it from the scalp through to the ends.

Olaplex has made a difference to so many of my clients, why not ask me about it next time you’re in the salon?




Don’t Go Platinum Without Olaplex

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You might think that platinum blonde hair can’t possibly be healthy hair, and before Olaplex, you were probably right. With Olaplex it’s possible to take dark or even over processed hair and transform it into healthy-looking platinum locks.

But while Olaplex is amazing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can go platinum in just one session, and you hairdresser will still need to assess the quality of your hair and your treatment history before you get started on the road to platinum blonde.

At your consultation

Make sure that you talk to your hairdresser about your goals and make sure you understand what it’s going to take to go platinum. Your stylist might recommend that you can go platinum in just one session or they might think that making the change over a few sessions is safer. Go with their judgement.

Olaplex and your colour

I always recommend that Olaplex is used with a colour. I use Olaplex No.1 and 2 in the salon to repair your hair’s broken bonds then I’ll give you Olaplex No.3 to use at home to carry on the good work. When you are going platinum, the hair needs all the tender loving care it can get.

Olaplex No.3 rebuilds and strengthens the hair in between treatments. You can use Olaplex No.3  up to three times per week for amazing results. I talked about how to use Olaplex No.3 in one of my earlier blog posts, you can read it here.

Say no to hair damage

However many appointments you need to go platinum, using Olaplex is a must. Using Olaplex No.1 in the lightener will help offset that damage that’s usually caused by the chemicals. If you don’t use it, the chemicals in the bleach breaks the hair’s bonds causing more damage, which you really don’t want, especially if your hair is already compromised. Using Olaplex No.2 after the lightener makes sure that all of the hair’s bonds are equally strengthened and protected from the chemicals being used.

The importance of caring for your hair

I’m such an advocate of Olaplex because I know how important it is to care for your hair before, during, and after your colour. If hair is excessively damaged, you won’t get the colour result you dreamed of.

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Ask me in the salon about how to use Olaplex to strengthen your hair and achieve your perfect shade.



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