Throughout the seven hours in the chair I was made to feel utterly comfortable and at ease, being fed coffee and snacks throughout the day while I read many magazines. What was utterly inspiring during my day in the salon was the number of women sat around me having similar treatments, but having hardly any hair on their heads - women of all ages came in and confidently sat in the chair to have extensions replaced or added, some to often non-existent wispy pieces of hair that were the result of illness or disorder. I expected them to feel self-conscious or uneasy, but the Lucinda Ellery salon obviously puts them so at ease that they feel comfortable enough to be completely and utterly stripped bare. I found the whole process of getting extensions put in quite therapeutic and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. The length of hair put in was 20 inches, with originally the plan being to chop quite a lot off to leave me with about 16 inches of hair - however, once in the chair with long flowing locks that remind you of The Little Mermaid, it's hard to part with them. I had a little trim and the hair around my face was shaped to leave it more natural looking and blended with my original style, as well as a little curl being put in to provide volume and full hair-swishing ability. Not only did I feel like a princess, the comments I got immediately after made me feel like one too. Having extensions is fantastic, but hard work and not quite what I expected - you have to use a particular shampoo, conditioner and brush, adjust your styling habits and learn to live with what feels about a tonne of hair on your head. It took me about a week to get used to washing, styling and wearing such a huge amount of additional hair, but now I've got the process down I utterly adore my new barnet.
The extensions last up to three months and need to be washed regularly to stop the natural oil your hair produces from causing the bonds to slip. When applying conditioner you have to only coat the lower hair, rather than going anywhere near the root, and use a natural bristle brush so the bonds aren't broken while brushing from the root down. It takes me now a good hour to dry and style my hair, which is the biggest difference to my routine - being prepared and washing before bed has become my mantra, which is a big change from basically going from bed to door in 45mins. A lot of the hair does malt as you wash, style and brush it, so after a couple of weeks it feels much lighter on your head and easy to manage; for the first few days I was so overwhelmed I didn't know what to do with this mass of hair I'd suddenly accumulated, and started to regret having it done. However, after a couple of days of learning how to handle it and get into the swing of styling, it becomes as much a part of you as your own hair. (I will be writing another post of my top tips and lessons from having extensions, so stay tuned for that!) The cost of having this done is huge, so it's a decision that won't come lightly: my extensions would have set me back £980, which includes the full consultation and support service, as well as a check up and any touch-ups or re-bonding of lost hair that may be required. You may be able to get extensions a lot cheaper elsewhere, but what you get with Lucinda Ellery is the trusted service and support that's second to none - they make you feel completely at home and welcome you like I've never experienced before. The hair is hand blended and matched perfectly, and the overall cost is down to the expertise and time it takes to attach each of the 140 sections applied to an average head. If you're going to have something done, you may as well do it properly! Lucinda is always personally on hand to answer questions or help you along your journey, especially if you're visiting for something to re-instate your confidence and provide a new outlook on life. I had hair added purely out of curioisty and for vanity reasons, but Lucinda provides something almost beyond value to hundreds of women every year - their feminity and their confidence. I can't recommend her and her experts enough.
Find out more about Lucinda in my previous posts, or visit her website here.