It’s no secret I’ve always wanted thicker hair. It’s been mentioned right here once or twice; as someone ‘blessed’ with poker straight, super fine locks, that kind of luxurious, bountiful, bouncy barnet has always eluded me. I’ve tried extensions once and while I loved the look, the keratin bonds were uncomfortable and hard to get used, thus I’ve since resorted to a veritable wardrobe of pouffing products to help me achieve my dream locks.
That is until now. Marble Arch’s Beauty & Melody
might just be the salon you never knew you needed. The bright, airy space - resplendent with a baby grand piano at its heart - is something of a hidden gem when it comes to extensions. They specialise in luxurious Russian tape extensions, a secret weapon in the fight against fine hair. Available in a spectrum of colours to achieve the perfect match, these magical little tapes sit flat to the head, trapping your own hair in between them, meaning you avoid the uncomfortable pulling sensation felt with bonds or rings. They look and feel natural whilst being virtually undetectable; they sound too good to be true.
Booking in for a consultation with the wonderfully animated Aussie Mel, she talked me through the process and we matched up my perfect colour, aiming for a slightly lighter shade on top to blend with my slowly growing out blonder tones. 48 hours later and I was back in the chair on a Friday evening. My hair was washed and blow dried, and the extensions taped in before being trimmed to fit in with my existing style. We plumped for a similar length to my own, given the aim of the game was maximising on volume rather than length (it’s already fairly mermaid-esque…) and I was completely gobsmacked at how utterly perfect the colour match was. Start to finish the entire process took a little over an hour and the insertion itself was over in a flash.
The extensions have made an enormous difference, not only visually, but in the way they hold a style, the fact that the added thickness means I can get away with less regular hair washing and the added confidence they’ve added. There’s a really risk I may become addicted and given that the hair itself can last up to two years if you look after it properly it could be a long-term love. It’s a fair investment price wise; they start at £300, going up to £795 for a full head of 26 inch locks, plus half as much again to remove and reinsert which is recommended around the eight week mark. Having said that, the extra spring it’s given to my step is worth its weight in gold.
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