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The hair extensions plunge

Looking for longer and thicker locks, quickly, Muddy steps into unknown territory ...and loves the result

This is a post about trying out hair extensions, but first let’s see how I got to trying out something that for me ranked up there with tattooing my forehead.

I was on the look-out for a cool hair salon that could do me some copper hair! I have a kinda love affair with most red hues, they make hair so shiny, healthy-looking and glossy. Copper hues generally go well with light complexions and blue eyes, and when I’m not spray tanning my face, I’m definitely on the pale side. Inspired by 2017 celeb copper-red bonces like Emma Stone and Christina Hendricks, I looked around to see where I could take the plunge (I’ve had it go disastrously wrong before). Katie Louise was recommended to me by a friend who I trust (and I like nothing more than a recommendation, especially when my hair’s at stake, which is why I guess you lot read Muddy)!

Near Booth lane in Northampton, I rocked up outside a parade of shops and was welcomed by a smiling Katie who has reassuringly luscious locks. The shop was pristine, and although Katie had kept it free for just me and her (and Grand Muddy as we were off to another appointment), she often has more than five girls working in there. It was all very relaxed and Katie listened patiently while I explained what I wanted (blathering on for ages as I do). The consultation is a big part of the service here, and Katie pointed out what would work and what wouldn’t, and I got the feeling that she definitely knew what she was doing (whilst also making me a lemon-green tea). As I’m wont to do, I showed Katie a photo, and she set to work to recreate the copper hues I was after. She was quick, friendly and efficient and I was done in less than an hour and a half (some salons I’ve been in for three hours, so this was a big plus point).

As you can see, she absolutely nailed the colour, I was super thrilled, and it was only as I lamented the difference in thickness of mine to the picture that she said she could help; cue the chat about extensions…I’ve always had a few worries about extensions though. Firstly that they’d make me look a bit WAG like, and secondly, that they’d annoy the hell out of me!

Also, I was worried they’d bugger my hair up, but Katie assured me that wouldn’t be the case with Nano hair extensions. These bad boys have proven to be the most popular and quickest of the ring application methods and the Nano ring is the smallest ring yet and is applied in seconds! If you’re looking for high quality real hair extensions, but are concerned about the damage they can do to your hair, these are the perfect solution, no glue, heat or braiding used. I was sold, hook (see what I did there), line and sinker, and I returned a couple of weeks later for D Day (or E Day).

As you can see, my hair is a wee bit, baby wispy. It’s never been thick, but the last few years have definitely seen it become thinner (age, hormones and all the other brilliant stuff that happens as the years roll on ; ) Katie picked out a mix of browns, coppers and blondes and set to work, seamlessly putting them into my hair. A couple of copies of Hello and a green tea later and I was done (around an hour tops), and voila, lustrous locks for the first time in years

There was no WAG look whatsoever and it felt really full, even though I’d had the minimum extensions of sides and lower neck. I hadn’t really gone for length, more thickness, but as some of the extensions were a touch longer than my own hair, it did take it over the shoulder length. I didn’t really notice the beads in my hair until I went to comb it; and that was where there was a bit of a change from my normal haphazard dragging-a-brush through my barnet. You have to be a bit more delicate, and Katie suggested using a tangle-teaser style brush. It’s been over three weeks since I had them done, and I’ve pulled two out, but that was before I’d gotten used to the more gentler touch required. Also, it’s a bit strange when you first lie down, but considering I’m someone who doesn’t like false nails/eyelashes anything really, I got used to them really quickly and don’t notice them when I go to bed now.

As you can see, they’re wearing well and the colour is holding up nicely too. Katie Louise is a great little salon that does a job equal to some of the big town centre salons at a fraction of the price. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back, and might even go up to a half head of extensions…because I’m worth it *shakes hair wildly like she’s just stepped out of a salon – which of course she had ; )

Full head of foils around £45, ombre £30 – £60, extension packages from £135 upwards.

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