What are hair extensions?
Hair extensions are methods of adding commercial hair to natural hair. These methods are used to conceal thinning or hair loss in concentrated areas as well used to add volume and length for aesthetic purposes.
Are hair extensions suitable for me?
Hair extensions are perfect for most people. However, there could be factors, such as unsuitable current hair condition, hair loss, or hair damage that could prevent extensions from being an option. These factors will be discussed during your consultation.
How long does my hair need to be?
It is recommended that your hair be 3-4 inches for thickening or volume and 4-5 inches for lengthening
What type of hair is available?
Natural hair extensions come from different regions in the word, and each type has different characteristics to the next based on how they have been treated in the manufacturing process. Russian Virgin, European Virgin, Brazilian, Remy and Chinese are all examples of types of hair extensions used today.
Russian Virgin hair is generally accepted as the gold standard in the hair extension industry as the hair extensions are the purest and silkiest. Russian hair is also the rarest and hardest to find of all natural hair extensions which is generally reflected in the price.
European Virgin hair does not necessarily come from Europe. It is a group name for hair which has a very similar basic structure as European hair. In general this hair type is of a very high quality. However the method of collection is very essential. When different types of hair are mixed with cuticles aligned in different directions this hair becomes of a much less quality and therefore less expensive. To prevent tangling the cuticles must be removed and the hair is covered by silicon. If collected in the right way with all the cuticles present and in the same direction this hair is considered to be of very good quality and very cost effective.
Chinese hair is the most common hair found in use today, as it's readily available in large quantities and cheap to buy. However, Chinese hair is often very thick and coarse. In order to reduce the thickness and give it a softer and finer texture many hair companies expose the hair to an aggressive acid treatment to strip the cuticle layer. This chemical treatment destroys the cuticle layer, leaving the hair opaque and fragile. The hair is then coloured and covered with a silicone layer, which gives it a simulated healthy look. In the beginning the hair seems shiny and beautiful, but after a few washes the silicone layer starts to wash away and the colour fades leaving the hair with a dull matt appearance.
Remy Virgin is sourced from Eastern parts of Russian and is similar in colour and texture to Asian hair. Unlike Chinese hair it has not been treated or processed.
Synthetic hair is man-made fiber that is made to look like your own hair. It produces a different sheen than human hair, moves differently and therefore does not blend with human hair. New fibers are developed continuously that are better resistant to heat and have an appearance closer to human hair. It comes in a large variety of colors. This hair is the most inexpensive. Sometimes this hair is mixed with human hair and a combination is used for a human hair extension. This, of course is not recommended, as both hair types need different after care.
Note: Tatiana Hair Extensions prides itself on using ONLY the best quality Russian, European and Remy virgin hair.
You have used the term “Virgin” several times. What does it mean?
Virgin hair is hair that has not been dyed, bleached, permed, or straightened. It is hair that has not been chemically treated one way or another. It is 100% natural so there can be no damage to the cuticles. The cuticles protect the hair so it is important that they are intact.
Why is Russian hair considered to be the best on the market?
Diet greatly influences both hair growth and hair quality. The best Russian hair comes from small rural communities where the diet, while simple, is high in nutrients and vitamins and low in sugar, salt, and processed animal fats.
I recently read an article on the Internet where they mentioned “single drawn” hair extensions. What do they mean by “single drawn”?
Single drawn and double drawn are the terms commonly used by manufacturers of hair extensions and not widely used by salons. If you’re looking to buy a set of extensions online or from your salon it’s very important to know the difference.
All human hair grows in cycles. While some are growing, some are dormant. This is the reason there are so many lengths in a single drawn ponytail.
Single Drawn hair means only the very shortest hairs have been combed out, usually first 2 or 3 inches. So if you had 18″ length hair, some strands will be as short as 14, 16"″.
Double Drawn hair is the absolute best quality hair. The term refers to a process that draws out all the shorter lengths from a bundle, and then draws again to realign the top of the bundle. The hairs are arranged in equal lengths creating a very smooth and polished look. This increases the cost of hair as this procedure is done by hand.
How are hair extensions attached?
There are so many different methods of attaching the extension hair ranging from fusion-sewing, braiding, gluing, heat clamps, Micro-Rings and they can even be clipped in. At Tatiana Hair Extensions the attachment technique of choice is Micro-Rings as well as providing custom bespoke clip-in hairpieces.
What are Micro Ring hair extensions?
Micro-Ring hair extensions are individual Human Hair Extensions that give you a very natural look just like your own hair. The hair attachment process is painless and it requires no braiding, no bonding, no messy glue, and you will have no bulkiness when your extensions are complete. These extensions are attached to small sections of your own natural hair at the root with small metal rings that are matched in colour to your hair.
How long will Micro Ring hair extensions last?
The hair extensions themselves will last up to 3-4 months before they need maintenance.
Can I keep them in for more than 4 months?
No. You must have maintenance done on your hair extensions by the 4th month. As your hair sheds on a daily basis as part its natural process it is normal to loose up to 50 hairs a day. This combined with natural hair growth of around ½ inch per month can cause matting within the root area of the extension, as well as added weight pulling on the lengthened root area. If you were to keep them in for longer than 4 months you risk damage to your own hair.
Can I reuse the hair extensions once they are removed?
With Micro Rings it is possible to re-bond the tip and re-use them if they have been maintained well whilst being worn.
How noticeable will my Micro Ring hair extensions be?
Micro Ring hair extensions are designed to be undetectable to the naked eye if they are professionally fitted using hair that is selected to best match your own colour blend. We also use matching rings closest to your hair colour. This combination ensures that the extensions will feel and wear like your own hair.
How long does it take to fit Micro Ring hair extensions?
The attachment process usually takes about 2 to 3 hours depending on the thickness of your existing hair and whether you opt for fashion colours, a half head or a full head of extensions. Upon request and subject to availability the time required to fit the extensions may be reduced by booking an extra technician.
Will the weight of the Micro Rings damage my hair?
The short answer is No. For a healthy individual with no hair disease, hair fiber is very incredibly strong, about as strong as a piece of copper wire with the same diameter as the hair. Hair also has elastic properties. It can stretch up to 20% of its original length before breaking when it is dry and when it is wet it may stretch up to 50% before breaking.
So why does hair breaks if it is so strong? It depends on the speed at which the pulling force is applied to the hair. If you pull on hair slowly and steadily with gradual increasing force the hair will resist for quite some time before breaking. But if you apply sudden force and yank on the hair it will break. The tensile strength of the hair is reduced, the hair has no time to respond and stretch, which distributes the force over the length of the hair fiber, and the hair just snaps. So despite the apparent strength of hair, it will break if you brush, comb or pull too vigorously because this applies a sudden force to the hair. This is the reason why the removal of glued extensions damage hair and Micro Rings cannot.
What is the impact of glued extensions on my hair?
While there are different types of glue, some stronger than others one analogy holds true. Putting glue in your hair is similar to putting gum in it. It's going to be hard to get out and even with the best removers some hairs will get pulled out leaving you with broken hair and damage.
Do I need special hair care products after I get hair extensions?
Micro Ring extensions do not require any special hair care products other than a special soft bristle brush, which is provided free-of-charge. It is strongly advised that shampoo for NORMAL hair be used and no conditioner be applied on the roots (tips only).
What makes Tatiana Hair Clip-In extensions unique?
Tatiana Clip-in Extensions is a luxury line of the finest quality hair. It is the only line of bespoke clip-in extensions available in the market. Each set of clip-in extensions are custom made for each individual so that natural hair colour, texture and style are perfectly matched. They are easy to install and easy to remove using our proprietary hair clips attached to the hair. A small rubber bar insures traction with the natural hair and the snap clip grips tightly to ensure there is no slippage. The clips have a coating of polymer so no metal touches your hair eliminating any possibility of ripping or damage to the natural hair.
What type of hair is available for Clip-In extensions?
Custom made Clip-In extensions can be made using European and Russian hair with Russian Clip-Ins being available in single or double drawn. The hair used in our Russian and European Clip-Ins is the exact same hair we use for our salon applied Micro Rings hair extensions.
We invite our clients, should they be in the greater London or Manchester area to come in to the salon and select the hair from our inventory prior to manufacturing. Alternatively our distance clients (online, telephone) can request for sample strands of hair to be sent by post once the colour and texture are selected to ensure that a perfect match will be achieved.
How do I make an order?
Designing and ordering a set of clip in hair extensions can be done the online, by phone/video call or by coming in to either the Manchester or London salon. At which time you will select: the type of hair, thickness, colour, texture and length.
Once measurements have been taken and selections have been made the European custom clip-in extension will be hand made in-house and delivered to you within 3-5 working days. Russian clip-ins are also hand made but done in Russia and will take up to 3-weeks before they are in your hands.
How do I know if my payment is safe?
We have chosen to integrate our ecommerce portal into our website rather than having our clients move from our website to a payment processing site like Paypal. We are using a secure connection with an SSL certificate provided by our merchant bank and do not store any credit card details. It is completely secure.
I have heard stories of hair extension tangling and matting up. How do I avoid this?
Whenever hair extensions tangle and matte it is almost always a problem of hair quality and how it is collected. All human hair has a cuticle layer similar to fish scales. When some hairs become turned in the opposite direction they will catch with each another, lock up and cause the hair to mat. When cheap quality hair is collected and processed (normally in a factory in Asia) the hair is almost always tangled and matted. In order to fix this problem the hair is stripped of its cuticles and then coated with a silicone layer to make it appear shiny. After a few washes the silicone layer comes off and the hair becomes tangled and matted. At Tatiana Hair Extensions tangling and matting is not a problem because we only use high quality, non-processed, cuticle intact Virgin hair.
Why does it appear that hair is falling out when extensions are removed?
Your hair sheds on a daily basis as part its natural process. It is normal to loose up to 50 hairs a day! Just because you have extensions in does not mean that this process stops. It continues but since your hair is held together by the extensions the hair is trapped in the installation and, therefore, not falling out into your sink or latching on to your comb or brush. If you are wearing your hair extensions for 8 to 12 weeks that’s between 2,800 and 4,200 hairs shed during this time naturally. The difference is that immediately after removing extensions your hair will look shorter to you, not only because you just removed the hair extensions but because from your perspective a large amount of hair has fallen out suddenly.
In doing my research on the Internet why am unable to find out the price of hair extensions without first going for a consultation?
Almost all salons charge for hair extensions on a per strand basis excluding VAT as this offers them the chance to make the most money. In order to determine how many strands you will need they will require that you come in for a consultation. While this is best for the salon it is unfortunately worst for the client, as the client has to go for a potentially unwanted appointment and more importantly has no visibility on the final price until she gets the bill. Quite often the price will change between the consultation and the final fitting, as the technician will suggest that more extensions are needed to create a full head of hair.
How do the prices at Tatiana Hair Extensions compare to other salons?
Tatiana Hair Extensions prides itself on being the only salon that offers full and transparent pricing. This means that once you select the type of hair, the length and the volume all you need to do is consult the pricing page on the website to find out how much the extensions will cost. There is no need to come in for a consultation just to find out the price. Moreover, prices will not change from what was agreed at the consultation and are inclusive of VAT.
With all the choices available for hair extensions why should I choose Tatiana Hair Extensions?
Tatiana Hair Extension’s reputation in the UK hair extension market is widely known with over half of our business comes from referrals alone. Clients choose Tatiana Hair Extension because we have made hair extensions SIMPLE. By only using virgin hair of the highest quality, a superior attachment technique in Micro Rings and providing transparent pricing clients know what to expect before they sit in the chair. Tatiana Hair Extensions believes, above all, that when you accept responsibility for how someone looks and you understand the impact self-image has on a person’s happiness and success, changing someone’s hair becomes a very serious business.