Q: How can I protect my hair in the winter months so I still look great at the office party?
Jayne responds: Dry, damp air and central heating plays havoc with our hair’s moisture. If you don’t have hair extensions, try a deep conditioning hair mask – if you do have them, just avoid the bond area. Avoid the car heater blowing on your hair, ensure your hair is fully dry before leaving the house. Try not to have showers too hot, despite the cold as this all adds to the extra heat your hair has to deal with. Likewise, avoid saunas or steam rooms if you have extensions which are pre-bonded.
If you do hide your hair in the winter, stick to cotton-based hats which produce less static than acrylic materials. If you love your acrylic hat though then try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf underneath it to avoid static.
Q: Will cutting my hair make it grow faster?
Jayne responds: Believe it or not, no. Hair growth has nothing to do with how often your hair is cut.
Q: Are hair extensions bad for your hair?
Jayne responds: Like everything else in life there is a safe and sensible approach from your hairdresser. I find if they are applied carefully and correctly, with a good aftercare approach then hair extensions are not bad for your hair. Unfortunately, some people are not properly trained or qualified in using these products. You wouldn’t see a dentist who is not qualified…why see a hairdresser that equally has no experience?
Q: I’ve heard celebrities get their hair trimmed every 6 weeks…is this true?
Jayne responds: No, it’s not true. I work on lots of star’s hair and they have it trimmed to maintain it every now and then.
Q: Why do some hairdressers insist hair is cut every 6 weeks?
Jayne responds: The main thing to remember is all your hair is dead from the moment it shows through your scalp. A maintenance cut should only really be done if absolutely necessary, it’s not something you have to get done like many people believe. By keeping your hair in good condition, through diet and good conditioners, avoiding too much heat through straighteners etc then you shouldn’t have to have it trimmed quite that often. It’s the exact same for your extensions too. It’s not rocket science, if you look after them and your own hair too, then you’ll not only look your best but you’ll feel great too.
Q: Can stress have an effect on hair?
Jayne responds: Because hair has to be fit and healthy to grow, a fit and healthy lifestyle of food and exercise will help maintain hair looking its best. Stress can play a huge part in its deterioration and can also sadly lead to hair loss in some instances.
Q: I’m thinking of having hair extensions for the first time. How do I know if I’m a suitable candidate?
Jayne responds:: I always insist on thorough consultations and ask for a sample of hair before going any further.
Q: How do I look after my extensions?
Jayne responds: I will go through a complete aftercare programme with you. But here are a few ground rules; To get the most out of your extensions, keep hair clean. Greasy hair is bad news for extensions and can shorten their life-span dramatically as the added hair will not stay bonded. Wash hair until it’s squeaky clean, don’t just go through the motions. Give your hair a good, thorough launder. You need not be afraid of shampooing hair every day when you have extensions. This is the correct way to keep them in top condition. Extensions require a high level of maintenance – so look after them and they’ll look after you.
Q My hair feels thinner at the front than the back. Why is that? can hair extensions help?
Jayne responds: Many clients ask why their hair appears thinner at the front than the back. That’s because we tend to fiddle around with the front of our hair more, without realising the general wear and tear this causes. Hair extensions aren’t just added for length. A few extensions – placed in the right areas – can achieve thicker hair.
Q: What should I be doing to improve the condition of my hair?
Jayne responds: A healthy balanced diet can often improve your hair. A diet rich in silica, calcium and iron will help reduce or prevent hair loss. Green, leafy vegetables are good mineral sources. Dried fruits are rich sources of iron, and raw oats provide silica.
Q: I’m worried hair extensions will make my hair fall out.
Jayne responds: Done correctly, and by a reputable hair extensions specialist, hair extensions can actually improve the condition of hair.
Q: How do you apply hair extensions applied?
Jayne responds: There are many different methods. I use small bonds sealed on to the hair using heat and glue.
Q: What is traction alopecia?
Jayne responds: Traction alopecia – which is gradual hair loss, caused primarily by a pulling force being applied to the hair. Techniques like the weave, which are sewn into the hair, are classed as hair extensions but are by no means the same as bonded hair extensions using heat and glue. Weaves can add pressure to the hair, bonds applied correctly will not add pressure.