If anyone knows hair extensions, it’s Hadley Yates. He’s the go-to guy for natural-looking extensions in London, working out of Hershesons Harvey Nichols salon. His clientele range from social media influencers, to beauty journalists to Arab royalty… so who better to answer your hair extension questions than Hadley.
We put the internet’s most googled hair extension queries to Hadley, so if you’re thinking about getting extensions— you might want to read this first…
Do hair extensions damage your hair?
When correctly applied by a professional, extensions should cause no damage to your hair. There are so many different types and methods to suit all hair types— meaning that a consultation is key to achieve the look you want, using the correct method to suit your hair. Extensions should be used to enhance hair— so if you have fine hair and want a thickening service, sometimes less is more for a natural look.
How long do hair extensions last for?
How long your hair extensions last depends on which kind of extensions have been used. For bonds, I’d recommend getting them changed after no longer than 4months (due to natural hair shedding around the bond and also it becomes harder to maintain with brushing and washing where they have grown down). For tapes, you want to get them re-done every 8 weeks; otherwise they’ll start to twist as they grow down the hair shaft.
How much does it cost to get hair extensions?
Getting extensions is a personalised service— so cost depends on length, amount of different colours used and the texture of the hair.
At Hershesons, we offer a filler service which starts from £325. This is a natural thickening service, whereas a full head of mermaid locks can cost up to £3000. During your consultation your stylist can advise what’s best for your hair and your budget.
Which hair extensions are best?
For me— bonds and tapes are my go to!
If I had to choose just one, then I would always go with bonds, as I find them more discreet and natural looking. I can also easily customise each bond for my client.
Can you wash your hair with extensions?
Of course! Most extensions used these days are human hair, and use a keratin bond or a medical grade tape, which allow you to wash and shampoo your hair with no problems. You should always use a sulphate free shampoo to protect them… most extension brands will have a recommended product range to use, or you can ask your stylist to recommended what they think would suit.
How do you sleep with tape-in extensions?
I would always tie your hair in a low loose ponytail at night to keep your bonds/tapes flat to your head and avoid tugging or tangling.
Can you wear a ponytail with extensions?
Yes you can, but remember extensions are attached so don’t pull too tight or wear your ponytail too high. If you want to achieve the snatched pony look, it’s better to use pieces!
Do follow the aftercare: extensions are an investment so take that extra time doing your hair and using the correct products.
Do brush everyday: extensions are human hair and they need to be cared for— they will get knotty and damaged if left unkempt.
Don’t put conditioner or oils at the root: it will weaken the bonds, which could cause shedding or the extensions falling out!
Do have fun with them: try new looks! Braids are a great way to look after them and when your remove the next day you have natural looking beach waves!
How do I prepare my hair for hair extensions?
You want your hair to be the healthiest it can be before getting an extensions treatment. Use hydrating masks— my favourite is Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. I also recommend taking supplements like biotin to promote healthy growth. Viviscal professional are a great supplement brand and they contain all the vitamins your hair needs!
Tapes vs. bonds – which should I get? What’s the difference?
Both methods are great, so it all depends on your natural hair and the look you want to achieve! Tapes are a great way of trying them out as they last 6-8 weeks and are reusable.
1. Regular brushing to keep your extensions tangle free
2. Using good quality products to keep the hair in great condition
3. Taking your time to dry and style — wet roots can cause bonds to weaken
4. Not leaving too long between your maintenance appointments
5. Keep oil and conditioners away from the bonds!
Almost Everything Cream by Hershesons is amazing you can use it for almost everything! Color Wow Dreamcoat is great for shine and keeping the hair frizz free, and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is the best at-home hair mask.