My love for all things extensions only grows bigger and bigger by the day, which is why I was absolutely thrilled when I was asked to host the launch event for LA’s first hair extension bar: Just Extensions. The event was presented by SexyHair, an awesome hair product line that has a great selection of products that are safe to use with hair extensions, which is totally key for maximum wear. Sexy Hair’s Stylist, Laura Hickenboth, gave tips to all guests on how to maintain extensions and what products were best with each specific technique, which was incredibly informative.
Just Extensions, founded by Riqua Hailes, offers extension lovers an alternative to the long application hours and over-priced services typically associated with getting extensions. Whether you are looking to add length, volume or color, the experienced “extensionists” and licensed stylists can help you achieve the exact look that you want. Just Extensions also allows you to choose your preferred method of application, which I love, and their stylists can help guide you on the best application for you, based on your hair’s texture.
For some reason, as soon as January hits, I always seem to get in a hair funk. My friends assure me that my hair looks “fine” but I get really down on myself and end up going back to the two things that make me hair happy: perfect blonde highlights and new hair extensions.
So I went back to one of my absolute faves for highlights: George Papanikolas for Joico. I’ve already raved about him here and hereso clearly, you know I’m obsessed. George is one of the hottest and most sought after colorists in Hollywood; Instyle, Allure, and People Magazine have all recognized George as one of the countries top colorists. Using the French, freehand technique “balayage,” he creates natural-looking, sun-kissed color that looks, as George says, “like you’ve spent a summer at the beach, not three hours in the salon.”
One of the most important ingredients in George’s color blends is a foundation of healthy, shiny hair. To produce his vibrant color results, he relies on Joico’s Vero-K-Pak Color, as well as Joico’s Hair Repair System which includes Joico’s K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor to keep his cients hair in optimum condition. This award-winning hair fixer is packed with Joico’s unique Quadramine Complex, which transforms strands instantly, leaving hair stronger, glossier and easier to manage.
So touching up my color was step one (and photo one, above). Step two was filling out my fine hair with extensions. Now, my previous hair extension experience was truly epic but when I found out about Just Extensions, LA’s first extensions-only salon, I HAD to try them out. Just Extensons is a Drybar for hair extensions, if you will, and you know how much I love a dedicated salon. The best part? Aside from the excellent customer service, their extension packages are crazy affordable. I texted my friend Kristen, who is a frequent “weave” getter, and when I told her she could get a full head for $150, she replied back “a full f&*cking head for $150?!?! I’m making an appointment!” Now that’s excitment for good hair. With three signature packages that include; micro-links, braided sew-in, beaded one-step weft, and fusion techniques (all ranging from $100 – $300), there really is something for every hair type. Ugh, and guys, I TRIED out clip-ins (really, I did), but they’re just not as good! I’m sorry. This is the real deal. I sent the salon manager a recent photo and when I came in for my appointment, she had four packs of perfectly matching hair, ready to go. About two hours later, I looked like the second picture and I’m not even kidding – heads turned as I walked down the street. A true testament to GOOD HAIR.
Because you shouldn’t neglect your scalp if you want the good hair…
So can you really make your hair grow faster? I’m dying to grow mine out a few inches but it feels like it’s going to take FOREVER. Is there anything I can do to make it grow faster?
So, I’ve been working furiously on an Iceland Travel Guide from my trip last week (as well as a few other posts as well) but, in the meantime, I got the chance to grill Kardashian hair stylist Jen Atkin at the BeautyWorks clip-In class with Mane University and, of course, immediately asked her to reveal exactly how to get a few of our all-time favorite Kardashian/Jenner looks. Each reality star’s look is different but definitely achievable at home, and here’s how to do it…
The old saying is true: “if my hair looks good, I can deal with anything“…
(hint: Click “read more” to see the back of my hair)