Since the beginning of time, women have taken care of their hair. The most popular hair extensions of 2005 date back to 4000-300 BCE. Egyptian women and even men are represented with various wigs and elaborate hairstyles. Hair is a contributing factor to confidence and serenity. Our culture strongly identifies femininity with thick, shiny hair. Images of full-bodied, shiny hair are remarkable with feminine attributes, sexuality, desirability and vigor. Scattered, dry, smooth hair is associated with illness, old age, and poverty.
Every generation is undergoing more and more transformations and is capitalizing on the current trends in Hair Styles. The great trend of hairstyles nowadays is in full swing in Europe and is just beginning to spread in the United States. This is the trend of hair extensions. Hair extensions involve attaching human or synthetic hair to your existing hair to create a fuller look or longer immediately. Hair extensions can add instant body, length to your look and can also help lighten hair and hair loss situations.
There are many methods of hair extensions on the market today, some good, some not very good. Mark Sharp, co-founder and creative director of Mark Glenn Hair Enhancement of London, England, and Glenn Kinsey, co-founder and general manager, have taken revolutionary steps in developing a fiber hair extension method that not only n & # 39; 39, not damage the existing hair but even improve the condition of the hair. They have transformed the lives of women who suffer from varying degrees of hair loss caused by conditions such as alopecia, trichotillomania, genetic factors, stress and post-operative trauma.
Mark Glenn Extensions, commonly referred to as MG Extensions, do not use glues, bonding solutions, threads, weaves, injections, and nothing is stuck to the head . They are tied using a very thin braid. A small section of existing hair is divided in two. The fiber hair is also split in half to make the braid and is finally wrapped around the base of the hair, protecting them. The fiber is then "sealed on itself" with the help of a heating tool (which is not hotter than a pair of curling or crimping pliers). This creates a tiny plastic seal. It is important to emphasize that during this process, your own hair is "cocooned" securely inside the fiber so that it does not come into direct contact with heat. As a result, your own hair remains in perfect condition. For hair loss or thinning problems, the extensions are applied with a non-allergic mesh and the fiber hair is woven through the mesh to create the look.
Glenn Kinsey of Mark Glenn Hair Enhancement is joining us today for a short Q & A session on fiber hair extensions.
Welcome Glenn and thank you for joining us today! We have some questions to ask you about your beautiful hair extensions.
Question: I understand that you and Mark have already worked with human hair extensions. Why did you opt for synthetic fiber extensions?
Answer: Several reasons:
1. Weight – human hair is twice the weight of fiber and therefore "heavy" on the head – at worst, this increased weight and stress on hair can cause "traction alopecia". In addition, human hair is porous – it absorbs water – which can increase the weight considerably when they are wet.
2. Entanglement – Human hair tends to "matter" and "tangling" – that's because the surface of human hair has few "spines", which look like roof tiles under a microscope. Because these "foreign" hair are not conditioned by the natural oils that condition your own hair, these "thorns" tend to "stick" and entangle with other hairs in your head. Therefore, you must use conditioners that are intensive enough to keep hair in good condition. The fiber, however, has a smooth surface and is therefore less likely to entangle.
3. Glue – human hair extensions are usually applied with glue and removed with acetone – a recipe for damage, the results of which we see regularly in our studio. Our method does not use any chemicals.
4. Color Matching – A stylist using human hair usually takes a hair sample from the client and sends it to a human hair supplier who would then choose the color closest to a specific range. In fact, we mix our hair with the customer in front of us, taking into account all the humble shadows that can exist in their hair, to obtain an absolutely perfect result
5. Ethics – There is a lot of mystery surrounding the origins of human hair used in extensions and it is very difficult to track the exact source. A common source of high quality hair is Russian women prisoners, for example
6. Look and feel – the fiber looks and looks like real hair but is much softer to the hair and is much easier to comb and take care of.
Question: What percentage of your clients get hair extensions for hair loss problems compared to fashion?
Answer: The splitting is about 50/50
Question: You have developed your own branding method (MG extensions) to apply fiber extensions. What is the peculiarity of your method compared to the other methods available? Do you intend to patent your application method?
Answer: We have an exclusive technique for working with female hair loss, for which customers visit us from all over the world. For fashion purposes, we have merged several different methods and added our own unique adaptations to create a technique that creates a beautiful look
Question: Why do you think fiber extensions are superior to human hair extensions? Could you apply human hair extensions using your method if a customer really liked human hair?
Answer: See above. Apart from the use of a clamp and a metal clamp (which is very fun with airport metal detectors and very uncomfortable when you rest your head on a pillow!) The only way to apply human hair is glue.
Question: What training and education are needed for stylists who make MG extensions?
Answer We work in teams of two people – one "advance" and one "help". Team members start as "help" and, after about 12 to 24 months, progress to a "lead". The "leads" are those who direct the work. Our training is very intensive and "on the job" to allow team members to experience the disconcerting diversity of styles and techniques, as well as the different types of hair loss that occur. they can meet.
Question: What are the legal requirements in England for making hair extensions?
Answer: Unfortunately, there are no specific legal requirements for hair extensions in addition to those for a normal hair salon.
Question: What are the minimum requirements for someone who wants hair extensions? Hair length? Stable hair loss? Have you refused customers for hair extensions and why?
Answer: We regularly reject customers no matter how much they want hair extensions, so we do not think it's going to look amazing! For fashion work, the main reason is the length of existing hair – for best results, customers' hair should be at least 4 to 6 inches long. This is because you need existing hair to hide where extensions are attached. For our customers who have hair loss, there can be a range of reasons, from hair loss to hair loss that is not "stabilized".
Question: Some hair extensionists do not recommend getting fiber extensions for aesthetic reasons. Can you describe the quality of the hair fiber, where is it made and why are these recommendations not valid?
Answer: We only use a beautiful hand-made fiber that is absolutely undetectable in relation to true appearance, touch and behavior. It's actually more expensive than some human hair! The cheap fiber is really horrible, similar to the "Barbie-doll" hair. You only tend to spot the wrong extensions – we are proud of the fact that, in general, no one even suspects our customers of having extensions and we have a large number of famous customers that in some cases even the media have not spotted their hair is not theirs!
Question: You mention on your website, http://www.markglen.com that fiber extensions do not damage your hair and may even improve the condition of your hair. Can you explain how they can improve the condition of your hair?
Answer: First of all, we do not use any chemicals. Secondly, your own hair is "cocooned" and protected inside the extension and continue to grow normally. Third, when the extensions are removed, they simply slip on your hair without leaving any mess or residue. Because your hair has been protected this way for a few months, the condition of your own hair often improves.
Question: What is the maintenance schedule for fashion fiber extensions and hair loss? What happens if you do not follow the maintenance program?
Answer: For fashion, you must remove the extensions after three months or have them removed and replaced. Initially, the extensions are attached to the base of your hair. However, your hair grows to about half an inch a month, so the extensions start to grow on your own hair. If you leave it over 3 months old, there is a risk that newly developed hair over extension will start to matter and get tangled and, in the worst case, dreadlock. For hair loss, the particular technique we use claims that customers visit us every six weeks for similar reasons – the "mesh" can start to feel a bit loose if it's gone for more than 6 weeks.
Question: If someone has very thick hair and only wants to lengthen them, why would not you apply the extensions to the ends of the hair, rather than to the roots?
Answer: Because you have seen a "bump" where the extension is attached.
Question: Can you treat fiber extensions as your own hair? IE shampoo, conditioning, curling, brushing, etc.
Answer: Yes – wash as usual, dry it, loop, condition, brush – like the real thing. And because the fiber is actually non-porous, you do not need to use expensive products on the hair, for example conditioners, as they will have no effect on the hair in extension. The only thing you need to avoid is direct and sustained heat, such as hot straighteners, etc. Rollers, etc.
Question: Are there any restrictions? Can you color or perm fiber extensions?
Answer: You can not allow extensions but you will not need them – you can get the same look by using rollers, for example. The color does not have an effect on the hair extension, again, because it is non-porous. This is fine for customers who continue to do their "roots", knowing that the color will not affect the hair's extension.
Question: On an annual basis, what would a typical customer pay for fashion extensions and hair fiber loss, including maintenance schedules? Does the majority of the costs associated with the cost of materials or manpower?
Answer: Costs vary from one head to the other and one style to the other. Since two people work at the same time on the head of a client, the cost depends mainly on the time it takes with each client. On average, a fashion customer would pay around £ 1,500 a year and a hair loss customer, about twice as much. And keep in mind that you do not need to visit a hairdresser since we take care of all this during appointments.
Question: Your hair loss fiber extensions qualify for funding medical plans in England. Did you have to go through a certification process for this funding? Have any of your clients outside of England received medical plan payments in their country?
Answer: Because of the functioning of the British health system (which is funded by the government), it depends a lot on the attitude of local health authorities other than a specific "test". Some health authorities are happy to fund their patients, while others do not, preferring the less expensive option of providing wigs. We have not yet had anybody from outside of the UK who is funded by a health plan, et cetera.
Question: Do you intend to offer stylists training outside your living room so that other salons can offer MG Extensions?
Answer: Not for the moment, although this is something we could consider in the future.
Question: Are there any reputable salons in the United States that you would recommend?
Answer: Since the majority of our techniques have been developed in-house and are therefore unique to us, it's amazing that you find someone locally who does things the same way. The fact that we currently have customers visiting from 14 different countries seems to confirm this. I wish so much that I could recommend others, but we simply have not yet met anyone who provides a similar result to a similar standard
Thank you very much Glenn for your valuable contribution! ! For more information about Mark Glenn Hair Extensions, visit their website located at http://www.markglenn.com