Lynnette Osborn of 5 Elements Salon in Fort Wayne, IN, demonstrated the difference a few hours can make in a woman’s appearance. I watched as she turned this woman’s short fine hair into a mane of luxurious long thick hair.
As you can see, Lynnette’s model – disguised for privacy - has short fine hair. She shared that her hair has never been long, not growing fast and too thin to look good with any length. Long hair has been a dream for her entire life.
To begin the application, Lynnette started in the back, applying rows of small extensions, each one bonded with a protein tip. She used a special heated tool to fuse the protein tips to her model’s own hair. She told me that the entire application is glue free, making it more secure, non-allergenic and much healthier for the model’s natural hair. “It saves the integrity of the hair and lasts longer than the glued in strips of extensions.”
These extensions are 100% human hair, so they may be tinted to match any hair color. These are a perfect match; the result of a previous client consultation and pre-tinting to achieve the natural highlighted look. Since they are human hair, it means that they behave like natural hair and look like the model’s own hair – only better. They can be shampooed and styled according to her normal routine and can last forever.
Each extension is designed to last from 4 to 6 months but with monthly upkeep and individual replacement, as needed, she can have her long thick hair as long as she wants it. On the off chance that any recipient gets tired of her luxurious thick hair, the extensions can be removed professionally, using a special solvent.
By watching Lynnette, I found that the creation of gorgeous hair requires some stamina and patience from both the hairdresser and the client. This application took about 5 hours to complete, including time out for a short lunch and stretch break. Lynnette perfected the style by trimming and shaping the bonded hair to blend with the model’s natural hair resulting in a finished look that is beautifully seamless.
Update: Four weeks after the application, I contacted Lynette's model to see how she felt about her extensions. She said that she had to get used to spending more time on her hair. It requires about 20 minutes more work in the morning. She added, with a big smile, that she would never go back. She can't imagine not having her long hair.
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