Hair Extensions are commonly used to add length, volume, colour or texture, and can completely transform an existing look. Some are worn until hair reaches a desired length whereas others may be worn continually for volume and fullness. Whatever the reason, Salon 2000 promises to supply superior quality, durable extensions and apply them using the gentlest and least damaging methods.
We currently offer hair extensions from two of the UK's most prominent 'ethical' suppliers:
Great Lengths & Hair Rehab London
These companies supply AAAAA Grade Remy hair - 100% Indian Temple Hair - also known as 'virgin' hair because it's never been coloured or chemically processed. By 'ethical' we mean that hair has been donated willingly and it's source is both legitimate and traceable. We do not add a mark-up on the hair we sell. It is sold to you for the same price we pay our suppliers.
Salon 2000 favours heat-bonded methods (although we also offer micro-ring for those who prefer this system). Polymer bonds, which closely mimic hairs' natural keratin structure are applied either as a beaded bond (like a small grain of rice) or a flat, square bond (popular on the continent). Our own experience indicates that flat bonds are often easier and more comfortable to wear as they spread tension more evenly and allow hair to lie in a more natural pattern.
The number of extensions required by each individual is dictated by the volume of their natural hair. People with thick hair can accommodate more bonds than those with thin. This may be disappointing to those with thinner hair but this is an important rule to follow to ensure a natural looking finish and avoid overloading and damaging hair roots.
After Care Requirements
Great Lengths shampoos, conditioners and brushes are very reasonably priced and maximise the life of extensions and glue bonds. We include a basic care package in our pricing.
At bedtime extensions should be loosely tied back with a soft-scrunchie or secured into a loose plait.
Shampoo gently whilst in the shower using an appropriate Great Lengths shampoo. Do not scrub at the roots as the shampoo will break down oils and dirt without any need for scrubbing.
Rinse and repeat.
Rinse again thoroughly and apply Great Lengths conditioner to mid-lengths and ends, staying clear of the glue bonds.
Wring out the ends and blot dry with a towel. Do not rub or tangle the hair.
Apply leave-in conditioner and use a wide toothed de-tangle comb to gently tease out.
Hold the comb with a loose grip to avoid snagging and begin at the tips first, working further up the hair length until just below the bonds.
Switch to a soft-padded hair extension brush for the roots.
Use lightweight styling products which shampoo out easily and always use heat protection before styling.
Blow dry or use stylers without allowing the glue bonds to be directly heated as this will cause softening and shedding.
Salon 2000 offers a free shampoo and blow dry 7-10 days after your fitting service to make sure you aren’t experiencing any problems.
Great Lengths and HairRehabLondon supply bonding material of the highest quality which is non-toxic and resistant to shedding.
What is ethical hair?
Hindu women donate their hair at holy temples and have been doing so for centuries in keeping with religious beliefs. This ritual has nothing to do with the hair extension industry and it would regardless of what happened to the hair afterwards. These women do not receive any financial reward for their donation. Temples, however, do sell on the hair to wig-makers, hair extension agents, the petrochemical industry (for filters) and to China where it is processed for amino-acids. The large sums of money they raise are pumped back into local communities to fund vital public services such as medical facilities, schools, and orphanages, etc.
Indian hair is considered amongst the finest in the world as Hindu women never dye or chemically-process their hair. It is gathered as a tied-off ponytail from each donor and subsequently goes through a series of gentle cleansing, combing and colouring processes.
Our suppliers can then provide us with a choice of over 50 base shades which, in turn, we hand-blend to perfectly match our clients' colour and create a stunningly natural finish. Pre-dyed Ombre extensions are also available and in popular demand.
Why is ethical hair expensive?
The hair extension market is awash with cheap, dubious quality hair from suppliers who have no regard for how it gets collected and in some poorer parts of the world desperate women are often coerced into giving up their hair for shockingly small sums - sometimes as low as 20p! Others may receive slightly more, but still nowhere near a fair amount considering its value on the extension market.
Investigations have proven that hair is sometimes harvested from corpses, swept up from salon floors, salvaged from rubbish tips - and even combined with animal hair! Mixed sackfuls get shipped off to factories where the protective outer cuticle layer has to be chemically stripped off to prevent tangling and it gets coated in waxy silicone which makes it appear deceptively smooth, shiny and healthy. Eventually the silicone wears off by washing, brushing and the use of heated appliances, leaving them dull and prone to breakage. Typically these extensions will consist of so many different lengths they appear wispy at the ends and uneven in volume.
Good hair extensions do cost more, for many valid reasons. Ultimately, though, they'll far outlast cheaper extensions. They'll always be more manageable, versatile and beautiful, and remain strong enough for heated appliance use.
Our advice is to buy the best hair you can afford. We do not add any mark-up on our extensions and only charge for fitting and related maintenance services.