A few of you have asked about my hair extensions in the comment box so I thought I'd show you the pictures from when it was first done. Basically the hair type I had (it's all gone now, my head feels awfully light... ) is called Russian Virgin Hair. What this means is that it is hair that has never been treated eg. coloured. And yes, it really was cut off from someone else's head! Better not think about it too much if you're going to have them done... The good thing about this hair type is that it looks and feels completely natural. Your Stylist will colour it to match your hair rather than you choosing from different colour options. In the above picture you can see "my" hair before it was attached.
And this is what the back of my skull looked like during the process. Basically strands of hair are glued to the roots of your own hair. There are apparently other methods to attach hair extensions too but glueing is what my Stylist uses. Guess how long it took to do mine...? SEVEN hours! Ha! My bottom was a bit numb when it was finished. As far as I understand it will normally take about half of that. I happen to have a lot of my own hair plus an unusually large space to attach it to (read: a big head) that it was the biggest extension job my Hairdresser had ever done. On top of that my hair was so short and badly cut that to cover the last layer of my own hair she had to put extensions unusually high towards the top of my head.
Getting there... (This phase really doesn't look very pretty does it!?) By the way the story behind me wanting to have hair extensions was that I had a "trim" in France last summer... The Hairdresser didn't really speak English, I don't speak many words of French and the result was something that nearly brought me to tears. Short and butchered describes it well. Lessons learned: do NOT have a hair cut by someone you don't have a common language with and do NOT not look up from your phone the entire duration of the "trim".
All ready! The extensions were put in early September and I only had them removed on Friday. I did have them untangled once in between plus additional strands put in once too. I now need to get used to living with a lot less hair before I decide whether to have extensions one more time until my own hair has reached the length and shape I'm happy with.
Any Londoners out there who fancy extensions I recommend Ruth (07973 402 188) who did mine. She is mobile so will come to you.