Getting the Valentine’s Day look

It’s officially the month of love, so ladies, it’s time to start planning your look for that special someone on February 14th. Will you be the lady in red? Perhaps you’re going for the traditional little black dress? However you dress to impress, your hairstyle can truly make or break your look. But don’t fear, we have been on the search for the hottest Valentine’s Day hairstyles so you don’t have to. Whatever your length, whatever your hair colour, we’re sure you’ll find one you love!

Braiding hair

Fishtail Braid

This super cute hairstyle will make heads turn when you arrive at your date! A beautiful twist on the traditional plait, this hairstyle does requires long locks to fulfill its full beautiful potential.

How to:

  • Step 1 – Tie your hair in a ponytail and then split into two section
  • Step 2 – Grab the small section of hair from the underside of the right section
  • Step 3 – Pull this small section of hair over the large right section towards the middle of the two large sections
  • Step 4 – Connect the small section to the large left section and hold tight
  • Step 5 – Now grab a small section of hair from the underside of the left section, pull it over towards the middle and connect with the large right section
  • Step 6 – Keep alternating sides and repeating the process until you reach the bottom of your hair
  • Step 7 – Tie with a hairband and loosen the fishtail slightly for a more natural look

There you have it, 7 steps to a stunning hairstyle. Give it a go and rock your locks this Valentine’s Day!

Fishtail braid

Top Knot

The more casual approach to hairstyling, if your Valentine’s Day plans are throughout the whole day or just a lunchtime affair, this is the perfect hairstyle for you. Although this style works more easily on women with long hair, it is achievable for those who have mid to shoulder length hair too!

How to:

  • Step 1 – Pull the top half of your hair away from the rest of your head
  • Step 2 – Tie this hair into a messy bun with a hairband and secure with hair clips if necessary
  • Step 3 – To add that extra wow factor, add some beach waves to the the rest of your hair with a curler or tongs and spray with hairspray to set

That’s it! Now go and show off your tousled waves and messy top knot to the world!

Topknot

The Twist Hairdo

This awesome hairdo is perfect for ladies with shoulder length or shorter hair (but can also look great on long hair too) and it’s oh so simply to create! If you’re after a natural and elegant style on Valentine’s Day, this hairstyle is a must.

How to:

  • Step 1- Part your hair down the middle
  • Step 2 – Pick up a section of hair from the front right (however large you want, but we would suggest around 3-inches) and comb
  • Step 3 – Twist the hair and pin at the back
  • Step 4 – Repeat the same on the left hand side
  • Step 5 – Hold the two twists in one hand and remove the clips with the other, and tie the two twists together with a hairband.

Voila! A cute and easy hairstyle for your date.

The Twist

Triple Twist Buns

This might well be our favourite hairstyle yet, and can work on any length hair from shoulder onward! Flourishing with unique style, this trendy look will make you the star of the show on Valentine’s Day.

How to:

  • Step 1 – Divide your hair into 3 equal sections and tie each into a low ponytail with a hairband.
  • Step 2 – Take the first ponytail and twist it around itself to form a small bun. Pin this into place with a hair slide
  • Step 3 – Repeat this with the remaining two ponytails
  • Step 4 – Spritz on some hairspray to keep your look in place

Who knew a gorgeous look could be made so easily? Give it a try and the results will speak for themselves!

Triple Twist

Extensions

If you’re looking for some added volume, or want your locks to be long and full this Valentine’s Day, extensions are a fantastic way to give you your dream look!

Here at Lucinda Ellery, we offer 3 different types of human hair extensions – Euro Grade, Brazilian Virgin and Russian Virgin – to give you the very best results. By matching them to your existing colour, no-one will believe that it isn’t your real hair!

Book your FREE consultation to discuss how you can be everyone’s hair goals this Valentine’s Day by popping us a message on Facebook.

The Lucinda Ellery Team x

New year, New Hair: Invest in hair extensions

What are your new year’s resolutions? Some of you may be hitting the gym, or promising yourselves you’re finally going to learn French. But at Lucinda Ellery we believe the most important resolution to make is to work on your confidence, and we have a way to make it a little easier for you. We’re sure you’re aware of the power hair has; a bad hair day can leave you feeling a bit deflated. On the other hand a good hair day can give you that extra boost of confidence – and that’s where we step in, with Lucinda Ellery hair extensions, you can have a good hair day every day.

Lucinda Ellery Hair Extensions are an investment with the profit being; looking great, feeling amazing and causing everyone around you a lot of hair envy. Be careful you don’t listen to the myths about hair extensions, book in a free consultation with us and discover exactly what we can offer. We will find out together the best way to give you the hair you’ve always dreamed of.

Here’s a few reasons why hair extensions are a definite yes:

Length

Woman with long, brown and curled extensions in her hair
A lot of our clients visit our studios and express frustration that their hair doesn’t grow. Our hair extensions are the solution, they’re custom made so that you can finally have your desired length! You can trust that we will make them blend into your natural hair perfectly. If you never tell, people will never know!

Volume

Woman with short, blonde and curled hair extensions
Maybe for you it isn’t about length. Sometimes all you want is a little bit of ‘oomph’ with a boost in volume. With our hair extensions you’ll be sure to have people comment on how thick and healthy your locks look.

Colour

Woman with brown curly hair holding it up
Dying your hair can seem like somewhat of a life altering risk. If you’re looking to experiment with different colours in your hair, or a new hair style completely, hair extensions can take away the risk. We’ll work together to find out how to give you that “new year, new me” change you’ve been craving – but without risking your hair’s natural beauty.

No Damage

Woman with long curly blonde hair standing in front of a pink wall
You’ve hit the jackpot! You can change your hair to however you like and you won’t even damage your natural hair. At Lucinda Ellery hair safety is of paramount importance. Why should looking amazing come with a price? We have been providing top quality hair extensions since 1984 so we know a thing or two about it. Whether your hair is thin, thick, short or long. We can have it looking fabulous!

Never underestimate the power of good hair. Book in for a free consultation now and we’ll have a chat about how we can make 2019 the year you had amazing hair!

Christmas Party Hair Inspiration

Cracking Christmas Party Hair

party hair

It isn’t all about the dress at the upcoming festive party. It’s just as much about the hairstyle as the outfit – but where do you start? With thousands of hairstyles to choose from, we’re bringing you our top four ideas for cracking Christmas party hair.

The Only Way Is Up

updo

An updo is the new curl and has stamped its mark on 2018 trends. There is nothing more sophisticated than a classy top knot to crank up the Christmas glam. Whether you’re opting for a messy bun, a sleek ponytail or maybe a fishtail plait, make sure you give it a trial run the night before to avoid any last minute hair panics. If you struggle to get the length for a look like this, then contact us about extensions. We can add length and volume to your hair for those perfect party looks.

The Bigger The Better

long thick hair

If you want to make a statement at an upcoming gathering, then the bigger the hair the better. Add some serious volume to your locks using straighteners, rollers, a curling iron or giving it a bit of a backcomb and adding a spritz of hairspray. Extensions are a great alternative for adding some serious volume to your natural hair, and no matter what type you go for, we can guarantee you’ll have big, bouncy hair in no time.

Sleek and Stylish

sleek shiny hair

There is nothing more elegant than a sleek and straight style, taking it right back to basics. Wash your hair as normal using a leave-in conditioner afterwards, dry your hair as normal using a large flat paddle brush to get the hair as straight as possible, tie up your hair and straighten as normal and top it all off with some shine serum.

Just Rolled Out of Bed

casual look

Perfect for shorter styles and those among us who are strapped for time, the straight out of bed look has been rocked on the red carpet by stars like Lily Collins, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Mila Kunis. Add in some loose curls with a pair of straighteners, leave to cool and brush out to leave you with a gentle bend. Add some extra va-va-voom with some dry shampoo at the roots, because who doesn’t love volume?

No matter what style you’re opting for, we’re sure your Christmas party hair is going to impress. If you’re looking for some extra wow-factor, then get in touch about adding extensions – with added length and volume, you’re going to be able to create stunning looks in no time. Book a consultation now, and give yourself an early present.

Hair Extension Myths: Fact vs Fiction

It’s a common misconception that hair extensions are bad for your hair, but these ideas are mostly based on extreme examples and media scare stories. Whether you’re looking to get hair extensions and are worried about the side effects, have had a bad experience before, or you are a first time hair extension user, we aim to give you a run down of all the facts that totally put those myths to bed!

selection of hair extensions arranged side-by-side

#1 Hair Extensions Will Leave Your Hair Damaged and Broken

Anyone who says that hair extensions damage your hair have clearly has never visited a Lucinda Ellery Studio, because this is totally FALSE! Otherwise why would so many women come back to us again and again?

This sort of story often comes from papparazi pictures of models who are constantly in the limelight and whose hair is being continually reshaped, coloured and re-styled, with extensions taken in and out, for the demands of the next photoshoot or catwalk appearance. Their hair is often under stress and it’s surprising that it survives without more damage. However this is not typical of most women, who have no such pressures and are wearing their extensions for their own satisfaction and can take time to look after them.

The facts are that if your extensions are chosen to match your hair type and fitted correctly there is no reason that they would damage your natural hair. Each of our application methods have been refined and developed in-house to ensure you are being fitted with the best extension type for your hair needs. Our technicians take the safety of your hair very seriously, offering you a free consultation and free test extensions to make sure that your hair is suitable for them, as well as a comprehensive guarantee period while you’re wearing the extensions.

back and side view of model wearing long hair extensions

#2 Hair Extensions Won’t Blend In

Weve all seen those £5 hair extensions that you can get online and gasped at the thought of how bad they will look once applied, – they look artificial and they’re mostly a single colour with little blending so they stand out like a sore thumb. But don’t worry, that is not the case with our high quality hair extensions.

Our ranges are custom made for you. We will closely colour match your new extensions to the colours and shades of your natural hair, allowing them to seamlessly blend in – with no fear of the dreaded ‘I can see your extensions’ comments. Depending on the style you choose we can blend the hair to achieve highlights or lowlights, so that the end result has the same depth and look as a totally natural head of hair. Now, we think you can pop that myth in the hypothetical trash!

selecting extensions during colour matching

#3 I Can’t Treat My Extensions Normally

We’ve developed our fitted extensions so that you can treat them the same as you would your natural hair, meaning that this common misconception doesn’t have to be a worry anymore. You can shower, swim, head out in the rain and use heat exactly as you would normally.

Our decades of experience have also shown us that there are certain products on the market that will enhance your extensions more than others and we offer excellent aftercare information explaining how to look after your new hair to keep it looking soft and lustrous.

hair care products

With those misconceptions out of the way, you can see that there’s no reason not to have the hair of your dreams, so why not book in to come and see us and we can show you the possibilities. We offer no-obligation FREE consultations where we can talk about your hair goals and discuss the options we have for you. Choose your style and colour, then come back at a later date and have your wonderful new locks fitted. If you have any other extension concerns, don’t hesitate to pop us a message or call one of our studios for a chat.

3 Reasons Why You Should Choose Hair Extensions

It’s a phrase we hear often: ‘I wish I had longer hair’. Thanks to the help of hair extensions, we can make that wish come true.
Is it worth taking the plunge? Will it look natural? Yes, and yes. We’re going to take you through the top three reasons we think hair extensions are the best option for you, other than that we think they look totally beaut.

extensions creating long soft curls

Grow baby, grow

Struggling to get your hair to grow past a certain point, no matter how gentle and caring you are? We know how you feel. We have various ranges of extensions that enable your hair to grow naturally whilst giving you the length you desire, totally damage free.

Maybe you have instant regret after getting that short crop cut that you saw in a magazine last month – it happens to the best of us! Extensions can be a simple solution to your hair regrets and can also be an excuse to try out something new. The fact they are super safe and still allow your hair to grow normally is what makes them one of the best options for you.

horrified to have hair cut short

Cracking colour choices

The chance to try out different colours without damaging your natural hair is one of our favourite benefits of extensions. When you come in for an initial consultation, we will run through the fitting process and discuss what colour you would like your extensions to be, giving you the opportunity for your inner hair diva to run free. Add some highlights, balayage, or go for a totally new colour. Simple, easy to apply and no worries about long term colour commitments. If you don’t like the results, you can have them taken out – easy peasy!

Coloured hair is the perfect candidate for sassy updos and intricate, detailed styles. Give braids, plaits, low ponytails and messy buns a go – the hair reigns are now in your hands.

hair for adding volume

Plump it up

If anyone tells you they haven’t dreamt of having voluminous hair at least once, we think they must be lying. In our eyes, the bigger the better (although some could say we’re biased). One thing that extensions are awesome for is giving you volume and adding that extra ‘oomph’ you’ve been craving. Go from thin to thick in a matter of hours, with results that last for months.

To add some serious drama to your look, you could opt for both length and volume. When you come in for your initial consultation, colour, style, length and volume can all be discussed.

long voluminous curls

Now we’ve persuaded you to consider hair extensions, head over to our Instagram page to see some of our real life transformations. Alternatively, you can pop in to one of our salons and chat to our hair fairies about your options. You won’t regret it!

Lots of love, the Lucinda Ellery Team x

3 style tips we’ve learned from Love lsland

Much to many husbands and boyfriends despair, Love Island has consumed our lives for the last 7 weeks, and we’re not ashamed, it’s a total, guilty pleasure! Other than having to find something else to binge watch at 9pm now, there is something we can take away from the show, some awesome styling tips straight from the islanders themselves! From fashion trends to hair hacks and makeup revolutions, what have we learned over the last month and a half, other than that we LOVE Jack and Dani? Let us tell you!

hair equipment

Blow dry it baby!

Your hairdryer is your new best friend! Whether you’re looking to add some extra volume to your hair, blow dry your eyelashes or cool the armpits (thank you Jack) then the hair dryer is where it’s at! Alexandra’s voluminous waves and Megan’s short above the shoulder do gave us all the feels this season, and looks like this can be created when drying your own hair. Get yourself a barrel brush and a powerful hair dryer for natural wavy locks that any islander would be envious of!

After 49 episodes it has become very apparent that beach waves, bed hair and the messier the better is the way forward in the summer months, and we’re definitely not complaining. With extensions like ours fitted, effort can be as minimal as possible (round of applause).

Hun buns galore

We all love an updo and this years Love Island saw them in abundance. From Laura’s messy buns to Kaz and Georgia’s slicked look, a bun can take any look from 0 – 100 in a matter of seconds, and what’s even better is they’re so easy, especially with our extensions (hint hint)

A half up half down look seemed to be the chosen hairstyle for Laura and Georgia throughout the series and something we LOVE! Awesomely easy with a touch of edgy chic, we think the girls rocked this look and we’re sure we’ll see it rubbing off on the covers of magazines and Instagram pages for the next couple of months.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Who doesn’t love a great hair accessory? Kaz taught us that you cannot go on holiday without a obligatory headband and the brighter the better! Accessorize a simple look to turn the heat up to 10!

Love Island group

Turning up the heat

As the heat may have risen in the villa among some contestants, the heat in Majorca was always consistent. How did they keep their hair looking so sleek in temperatures that would make any hair frazzle? Keeping your hair conditioned in hot temperatures can be a task, but an abundance of heat protection, a lot of conditioner and a gentle touch can all make things a lot easier. Humidity can kill your hair, and especially with extensions, damage is something you want to try and avoid at all costs, for your natural hair as much as your extensions.

Did you notice all the islanders using one beauty product? This years cast we’re obsessed with Invisibobbles, the perfect alternative to a normal hairband when you’re wanting to cut back on damage and something we would highly recommend if you’re wanting to keep your extensions in the best condition, so thank you islanders!

One of the Love Island girls

Love Island taught us a lot of things this year, other than that it is now totally a guilty pleasure for most of the UK, it taught us a lot about current and upcoming hair trends. Long hair is top on the style list right now and what a lot of the islanders rocked throughout the summer, thus giving you the perfect opportunity to jump on the bandwagon and get your very own luscious locks with our extensions. Secondly we learnt that looking after your hair in the heat is key, and very doable with the right care. We’re on hand to keep your hair looking 100% at all times, and now is the perfect opportunity to come and visit us! Get yourself a consultation booked in over on our website and let out hair fairies work their magic!