With her silky brown hair and well-groomed look, event organiser Cammie Chua, 23, seems to be the consummate skilled.
What isn’t apparent is that she has hair extensions. They don’t lengthen her shoulder-length hair, however incorporate delicate highlights of sunshine brown and ash blonde.
She opted for this service at Hairdreams Couture Salon in Cuppage Road final month, as a result of it was a solution to attempt new hair colors in a conservative work atmosphere.
Her job at a company promoting luxurious vehicles requires her to make a very good first impression.
“I can’t have loud colours in my hair, I have to look natural and presentable. It’s a form of respect for our clients,” says Ms Chua, who is married to a 25-year-old govt within the automotive rental trade.
While comparatively few hairdressing salons in Singapore provide hair extensions companies, people who do are reporting an increase within the variety of purchasers looking for customised seems to be utilizing hair extensions.
Traditionally, extensions are used to elongate hair for folks who have no time or can’t be bothered to develop their tresses out.
Hair extensions involving tightly braiding sections of hair can final three months or longer, whereas extensions tightened utilizing metallic micro beads might have repositioning each three months as hair grows.
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Here are some salons that supply hair extension companies. Prices begin at a number of hundred .
Hairdreams Couture Salon 51 Cuppage Road
Tel: 6653-5500 hairdreams.com.sg
Number 76 02-21, OrchardGateway, 277 and 218 Orchard Road
Tel: 6385-6776/7576 www.sg.Number76.com
The Parlour 33 Lowland Rd
Tel: 8106-8099 theparloursg.com
Hair extensions could be product of artificial hair, pure hair or a mixture of each.
Now, extra persons are utilizing extensions to thicken hair or to experiment with hair color.
Mr Steve Koh, 29, model director at Number 76 hairdressing salon in OrchardGateway, says he has seen a rise of at the least 20 per cent within the variety of purchasers who need hair extensions.
“They don’t necessarily want to make their hair longer, they use extensions for coloured highlights so they don’t have to bleach their own hair,” he says.
At his salon, he makes use of blonde tape in pure hair extensions, which he colors with on-trend hues akin to blue, gray and purple.
Such extensions final about two months earlier than the consumer is requested to return to the salon to make sure the extensions are nonetheless in place, because the consumer’s hair has grown.
Each “bundle” of hair extension – just a little patch about 2cm broad – prices at the least $9.
The variety of hair extensions used is determined by the client’s choice relating to size, thickness or color. The technique of affixing 80 bundles of tape-in hair extensions, as an example, can take about two hours and value about $720, he provides.
Another sort of hair extensions is used at Hairdreams Couture Salon. It is product of human hair sourced from South Asia and Europe.
Hairdreams, which began partnering different salons early final 12 months to make use of its proprietary Hair Creations system in Singapore, has seen a spike of at the least 30 per cent in purchasers looking for customised hair extensions previously 12 months, says salon supervisor Yvonne Seah, 33.
Used in additional than 10 different salons right here, the Hairdreams system has a machine that affixes hair extensions utilizing a type of crystal polymer, which might final about six months.
To preserve the extensions in good situation, clients ought to keep away from utilizing shampoos or hair merchandise with alcohol or oil, which might loosen the hair extension bonds.
Hairdos involving hair extensions price a number of hundred to some thousand at Ms Seah’s salon.
“People seek thickening extensions because their hair is thinning. Or they say, ‘I want to change my look, but I don’t want a drastic change,'” she says.
In such circumstances, she would possibly advise purchasers in opposition to colouring their hair and to make use of highlighted hair extensions as an alternative.
Ms Seah, who has 17 years of hairdressing expertise, estimates that about 10 per cent of salons in Singapore provide hair extension companies.
But these hair companies are in demand due partly to the affect of social media and celebrities, and likewise because of the discreet nature of hair extensions lately.
Ms Jessi Timm, 34, director of The Parlour hairdressing salon within the Kovan space, says: “A lot of the pull has to do with Instagram, with bloggers with long, beautiful hair extensions.”
She can take two hours to place extensions in and the service may even be accomplished throughout clients’ lunch break, relying on what they need. Thickening extensions is at the moment her hottest service.
Looking as if one’s hair is pure, even with added color, is necessary to many purchasers.
Operations supervisor Ms Teo, 50, who declined to offer her full identify, just lately had black hair extensions put in for lengthening and thickening functions.
“I don’t want people to know I have extensions. My hair was thinning and I looked haggard. I want people to have the impression that I have naturally beautiful long hair,” she says.
Mr Ivan Seah, 35, a contract hairstylist primarily based at Queen’s Cut salon in Far East Plaza, says hair extensions present on the spot gratification.
“Some people don’t have hair that grows fast, but they want the length,” says Mr Seah, who doesn’t provide hair extension companies, however generally kinds and trims the hair of consumers who have had them put in.
Ms Jae Wang, 23, a buyer companies govt, didn’t wish to wait months for her hair to develop and put in lengthening hair extensions, extending her hair from mid-back to her waist late final month.
After experimenting with bleach and hues akin to turquoise and silver previously, her hair was in poor situation and a few hair even broke when she combed it after the processed remedies. She opted for hair extensions to alter her look.
Her braided hair extensions take some getting used to. For instance, she isn’t capable of comb all the way in which to the roots of her hair on account of the braids. But she is glad she has them.
“People didn’t notice until I told them I had extensions. It looks natural and long. It boosts my confidence,” she says.