My name’s Mitra and I’m a hair extension addict.
There. I’ve said it. I’ve always been a lover of long, flowing, princess-esque hair. Ever since I was a little girl subtly brainwashed by the lengthly flowing manes of Disney damsels in distress (hey, Rupunzel had it going on), I wanted fabulous locks of loveliness – all the way down to my waist. The natural look can sod off.
Sadly, for mysteriously unknown reasons, my own hair would stop growing once it reached just beyond my shoulders, and it wasn’t as thick and full as I wanted, so one day I treated myself to a full head of luscious extensions and never looked back.
Since that first moment of Pantene-style hair swishing in the mirror after I admired my newly attached tresses, I was addicted.
That was 10 years ago and since then I’ve tried all kinds of extension attachment methods and types of hair. Some were a bit dodge and some were fabulous but I had never tried tape extensions, yet have always been intrigued.
A good old fashioned weave has always been my extension attachment method of choice, yet I would always flinch when a loved one would stroke my head and feel the neatly platted rows discreetly hidden under the top layer of my hair.
So, when chic London salon, Beauty and Melody in Marble Arch invited me to try their full head of tape extensions using the finest quality Russian hair I accepted gleefully.
The salon is conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from Marble Arch and is chic and minimalist in design. Minutes upon entering, I was welcomed with piping hot herbal tea and naughty sweet treats as my hair extension technician Mel got to work immediately on my limp locks.
I was surprised at how quickly the whole process was – to attach each of the tape extensions took roughly just under an hour, and when the look was complete, I was in awe of the results.
My hair looked thicker and fuller than ever, yet with no heavy feeling or scalp tightness. And the best part – no tell tale bulky extension bonds or weave rows when I stroked my hand over my head. The extensions feel virtually undetectable and I can put my hair up and style it in all manner of ways without the dreaded fear of extension exposure – ain’t no body got time for that.
I was told by the lovely Mel that I will need to come back to re-attach the extensions in 3 – 4 months and to use a non-sulphate shampoo and conditioner for maintenance,
After Mel expertly curled my hair in minutes with a nifty ghd straightening iron, I was ready to prance off glamorously into the night like a modern version of Rupunzel – minus the irritating man trying to climb up my hair.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Hair (see what I did there). xxx