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10 Costly Hair Extensions Mistakes by Diane Shawe

Celebrities on Red carpets and magazines have normalised hair extensions. Hair Extensions have been a trending topic among many women on YouTube. It is arguable that the main reason for the popularity of hair extensions is that one can get instant gratification. That extension adds to the thickness and fullness of hair in a shorter period of time than waiting for hair to grow.

As a woman, confidence is in constant flux, I know we all have those days that we just feel great. Our skin is glowing, our eyeliner went on just right, and our hair is lying the right way. And then we have those weeks where we just feel like our look has passed its expiration date.

Diane Shawe Author of ‘Getting Started in the Hair Extension Business’ and ‘How Hair Extensions are Sourced, Graded and Treated’ introduces the top 10 costly mistakes new and experienced clients make with their hair extensions.

1. Buying advertised premium Hair Extensions Cheaply

There is nothing wrong with cheap hair extensions but, when someone is marketing grade AAA virgin Brazilian double drawn human hair 18inches for £15 or £23 a bundle what sounds to Good to be true is often untrue.

If you do decide to buy this type of hair my advice is that they are only meant to be worn for fun or a couple of times.

Often cheap hair extensions are produced from mixed fibers and can look very glossy and healthy. If Worn excessively or worn to bed they will frizz and become matted.

All the other issues mentioned below would also be related.

So if you want your hair tho look like your favourite celebrity remember they are paying the going rates for the best.

2. Using Hair spray

Most hair extensions are processed abroad. In line with exporting regulations they have to be sprayed and sealed with an insect repellent so that insects cannot cross borders or the hair become infested by lice. Some hair extensions could be in packaging several months or a couple of years!

They are also subjected tho high pressure treatments such as colouring, perming and straightening. They then have tho be rehydrated and often gloss sealed to look enriching so you will buy and war them.

Hairspray from a can destroys all this. If you want to use a spray use pump action instead.

3. Leaving hair loose in bed

I advise all my clients to tie up their hair extensions at need time. Why?

To keep them from getting dried out from moisture from constantly being rubbed against the pillows.

To stop them becoming matted which would result in stressful brushing which causes premature loosening.

4. Wrong Brush

If your new tho hair extensions the brutish you choose to use will determine how your hair extensions look and are maintained.

The roots of your hair and the top of your hair extensions needed to be kept free from tangles short that the hair moves freely and naturally

You need to be able to brush your hair through so as to keep it tangle free workout tugging or causing pre mature loosening

The right brush will also help to make your hair look healtier and shiny.

5. Washing everyday

Hair Extensions do not produce their own oils, you have yup supplement and hydrate them yourself.

Washing them everyday will result in pre mature loosening as the water weighs them down and the oils in the shampoo makes them slide down with the weight of the water.

I know the objective is to probably wash your own greasy hair but it is best you separate the top of your own hair and wash that each day or use a reputable dry shampoo.

It is best to only wash your semi permanent hair extensions once a week to get the longest wear out of them.

6. Dehydration

Hair extensions will become dry and brittle and matt even more when they are dehydrated.

Central heating, air conditioned and being under electric lighting everyday and point 5 contributes to the drying out of hair extensions.

I recommend using a none oil based daily leave in conditioner. Spray from the roots through to the end every morning and before going to bed.

On the topic of Itchy scalp

People with normal to dry scalps will experience itching when wearing hair extensions because the hair extensions are absorbing what little moisture you have on your scalp so its making your scalp even more dry. Its important to spray the leave in conditioner onto your scalp.

With regards to clipins read my article about clipin.

7. Changing hair Extensions colour

In my professional opinion there should be no need to colour hair extensions because most of the popular colours are in distribution.

However as 90% of hair extensions come from Asia were all natural hair colour is black the only hair I will personally work with is 100% natural virgin hair.

If you are not experienced in knowing the difference between blended hair, human hair and virgin hair don’t attempt to re-colour it could be an expensive mistake.

8. Not preparing for holiday

OMG the amount of disaster stories I have heard with regards to this subject matter. Customers spend hundreds on lovely hair prior to flying out on that dream holiday only to end up with a partner or friend cutting it out. This is a big subject and the best I can do is recommend you download my care brochure by clicking here.

9. Oil based products

When you pour oil into water it floats, oil coats things, only the ingredient it is carrying penetrates. So when you put too much oil on your hair extensions it weighs them down, it sticks to your hair and attract the invisible particles to stick to your hair (the bits you see under a purple ultralight)

Try to use none oil based products, try not to commit murder by serums on your hair extensions.

10. Going to bed with wet hair

Why would you want to go to bed with your hair wet? Why would you be washing your hair that late anyway, why not in the morning? It makes no sense! Rant over… Just don’t do it! Matting, Tugging, Loss of hair so extensions look thinner, pre mature loosening I think you get the message.

Other articles you might find interesting

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https://www.all-about-hair-extensions.com/single-post/2017/12/19/10-Signs-You-Need-a-Hair-Makeover

Checkout our Face Shape Blog it might help https://academyexpresscourses.com/2017/08/04/matching-your-face-shape-to-a-hair-extension-hairstyle/

More info on Clipin hair Extensions

https://academyexpresscourses.com/2015/07/08/clip-in-hair-extensions-can-cause-traction-alopecia-if-worn-for-over-5-hours-a-day/

Beautyfinder sponsors New Comer Hair Extensions Awards Catagory

There's more to adding hair

There’s more to adding hair

Searching for the next Top Hair Extensions Expert?

Entry is open to New Comer’s, Individuals, Experts, Hair Extension Salons and Hair Extensions Training Schools in over 14 different catagories.

As the heat turns up this summer, celebrity hair extensions stylist Diane Shawe is looking for the next master hair extensions consultant to be crowned winner in one of the 14 categories at in the UK.

Predictions abound for the coming summer to be another scorcher, the trend for hair extensions is hitting headlines with TOWIE and Miley Cyrus amongst others. An author and expert in extensions, Diane Shawe has teamed up with Beauty finder to help look for the next champion in the forth-coming Hair Extensions Awards 2016.

Beauty finder have sponsored the New Comers Category and Zen Scissor are present one of the prizes with their incredible Hair Extensions Scissors.

Previous awards have always lumped together Hair Extensions without defining the specialism within the industry says Diane Shawe. So now is the time to specify with our 14 different categories who will be crowned once and for all the expert in their chosen hair extensions field.  With Judges coming from all around the globe, such as HRH Princess Moradeun Ogunlana and UKHairdressers you will be judged on your preparation, work area, application and final look.

There will be exhibition stands so that visitors can enquire after your services.

Zen Master Scissors sponsors prize for New Comer

Zen Master Scissors sponsors prize for New Comer

So are you the type of hair extension stylist who can help clients with summer styles that favour the short; taking the heat off the head. But… Oh! Those summer nights as the evenings closes in, can you help clients to unpin long locks to wrap around their shoulders as the perfect solution to shivering in the evening.

These awards are specifically designed to showcase your skills as one of the most natural, seamless and creative hair extensions technician from hair loss, theatre through to couture,

Expert in hair extensions and stylist to the stars, Diane Shawe said, “This is a great way to empower people with an interest in extensions who are unaware of the various techniques and disciplines’”

Become a sponsor

Become a sponsor

Diane was featured on the popular Jeremy Kyle show as the UK’s top wig maker, to help a child who was being bullied at school replenish her hair. From wigs to extensions, Diane is an expert in hair loss techniques and high definition makeovers. She is also the author of ‘What they don’t tell you about getting started in the hair extension business’ and ‘How hair extensions are sourced, treated and graded’ both available from Amazon.

Click here to find out more about the categories and submit your entry today. Don’t forget you can also promote the VIP Red carpet and after party tickets to your clients.

The Hair Extensions Awards is actively looking for more online judges, if you are interested then please contact us by clicking here

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Hair pulling disorder (Trichotillomania) often unreported article by Diane Shawe

Silent Sufferers of Trichotillomania

Silent Sufferers of Trichotillomania

Compulsive hair pulling, understanding and treating with hair extensions.

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed

Trichotillomania (pronounced /ˌtrɪkəˌtɪləˈmniə/ TRIK-ə-TIL-ə-MAY-NEE, also known as trichotillosis or hair pulling disorder) is an impulse disorder characterised by the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one’s own hair leading to noticeable hair loss and balding, distress, and social or functional impairment. It appears in the ICD chapter 5 on Mental and behavioral disorders and is often chronic and difficult to treat.

Trichotillomania may be present in infants, but the mis conception that the peak age of onset is 9 to 13 understated to say the least.  It is estimated that 3.4 % of women suffer this and around 1.5% men.

Crowning Glory hair extension technique

Crowning Glory hair extension technique

It may be triggered by depression or stress. Owing to social implications the disorder is often unreported and it is difficult to accurately predict. Common areas for hair to be pulled out are the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, legs, arms, hands, nose and the pubic areas.

I have been involved in the hair extension sector for over 30 years.  I have seen clients attend my salon and whilst waiting to get their hair extensions put in I have witnessed them pulling their hair out.

Often these clients are unaware that they have a disorder are sometime highly strung or very nervous.

So what are the symptons?

People who suffer from trichotillomania are said to often pull only one hair at a time and these hair pull episodes can last for hours at a time. Trichotillomania can go into remission-like states where the individual may not experience the urge to “pull” for days, weeks, months, and even years.

I had a client who would bit by bit feel the urge to snip of single hair strands at a time and could not stop snipping with her very small scissors.  It was vital for her to have these scissors at hand at all times.

Individuals with trichotillomania exhibit hair of differing lengths; some are broken hairs with blunt ends, some new growth with tapered ends, some broken mid-shaft, or some uneven stubble. Scaling on the scalp is not present, overall hair density is normal, and a hair pull test is negative (the hair does not pull out easily). Hair is often pulled out leaving an unusual shape. Individuals with trichotillomania may be secretive or shameful of the hair pulling behavior.

Hook & Latch Technique No glue, threads or cornrows.

Hook & Latch Technique No glue, threads or cornrows.

An additional psychological effect can be low self-esteem, often associated with being shunned by peers and the fear of socialising due to appearance and negative attention they may receive.

Some people with trichotillomania wear hats, wigs, false eyelashes, eyebrow pencil, or style their hair in an effort to disguise the probem. There seems to be a strong stress-related component and some individuals with trichotillomania may feel they are the only person with this problem due to the low rates of reporting.

Hair dressers are usually the first to work with clients who may have this problem, and whilst washing, blow drying and back combing with hair spray or using big rollers under a hair dryer to add volume, this does not assist the client in the long term.

Hair enhancement (hair extensions) techniques have come a long way.  Techniques such as Crowning glory, Hair to skin, lace wigs, the net weave and the hook and latch can provide instant gratification.

During this process I have also witnessed the clients change of habit in pulling out their hair because they pay much more attention to not pulling out their hair extensions.

Habit reversal Training can help.

Whilst I agree that certain Habit reversal training (HRT) has the highest rate of success in treating trichotillomania. HRT has been shown to be a successful adjunct to medication as a way to treat trichotillomania. With HRT, the individual is trained to learn to recognise their impulse to pull and also teach them to redirect this impulse. I believe that hair extensions speed up this process because the suffer has a completely different mindset to the hair that has been added to help disguise their problem whilst giving the appearance of a lovely healthy head of hair.

Net Weave Hair enhancement technique

Net Weave Hair enhancement technique

Any hair enhancement technique should be light, non intrusive, well blended and easy to manage.  One of the most effective techniques could be the Hook and Latch hair extension technique.  However if the client has damaged the hair line, the most effective system would be a lace wig applied without using any bonding agents.

The Hair Extension Training Academy offer five hair enhancement techniques designed to work with clients who suffer from alopechia, trichotillomania, hair loss due to medication or severe thinning hair.

Try out our 1 day hook and latch hair extension technique course and you can see for yourself the benefits to the client.

1 day hair extension course for just 150.00 UK

AVPT Attracted Dozens of Enquiries from Prestigious Beauty Academies in a Successful Exhibit at This Year’s Wales Hair & Beauty Show


H&BWales before&after No2AVPT attracted dozens of enquiries from prestigious beauty academies in a successful exhibit at this year’s Wales Hair & Beauty Show.

by Arub Masoodi BA (Hons)
Public Relations (Social Media Focus) Intern,
AVPT Global Ltd

Diane Shawe CEO, Georgina Marumahoko head of hair & beauty department, and their team at AVPT Global exhibited at the Wales Hair & Beauty show in its second year running. The show allows a platform for hair, beauty, and holistic professionals to network and bring top brands and innovations from the industry together to help grow business. It took place in City Hall Cardiff, Wales on 30th June.

The Wales Hair & Beauty Show, after having a successful first show in 2012, will now be an annual show bringing the leading names in hair and beauty together in a cost effective manner to showcase their ideas, network, and grow their businesses by connecting with experts in the field.

At the show, AVPT showcased their skills and knowledge, attracting a number of enquiries ranging from people looking to start a business, possible collaborations, or those who are already in business and looking to expand.
Emily, who won a free makeover worth £400 from Georgina, couldn’t believe how different she looked.

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Diane Shawe, CEO & founder of AVPT Global, spoke on how to set up and run a profitable hair extensions business.

H&BWales Diane Shawe presents

After attending the show, Georgina stated this was an exciting time for the quickly growing hair industry as she saw how much of an increasing awareness and strong interest there is in hair extensions.

AVPT attracted well over 35 enquiries from prestigious companies such as Bath Academy of Media Makeup (BAMM) and Coleg Gwent inviting many new and exciting possibilities!

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