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Zoe Tries, Tests, Photographs And Videos Tatiana Hair Extensions

The two words ‘hair extensions’ can stir up a whole lot of mistrust in people, but does it truly look like I have extensions in the photo below? Be honest!

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Recently I was invited to the Tatiana Hair Extensions Annual Anniversary Party, where I met the gorgeous Tatiana Karelina. At the event, my hair was in such a state that I had to wear it up in a high bun (using a bun ring for extra volume) . I was so jealous of Tatiana’s long curly locks and the hair of Tatiana’s other VIP customers including TV star Imogen Thomas and TOWIE’s Jessica Wright (below with Tatiana).

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I like to experiment with new beauty treatments and try what the celebs do to see whether it will work for the rest of us…it’s all very well styling celebrities as they start off well-groomed but this is an honest photo to show what I look like before I’ve styled my hair. No, I didn’t get electrocuted by my toaster, this frizzy mane is all mine (sadly).

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So what actually happens when you visit the Tatiana Hair Extensions salon? For a quick overview of the process, check out this video. It seriously was that quick. To go from frizz to fabulous took approx two hours, which is very quick compared to hair extensions I’ve had done in the past.

Let me explain…where Tatiana Hair Extensions differs from some other salons is that you get a bespoke service. This starts from the moment you walk through the door and realise that this isn’t decorated like an ordinary salon. The interior is truly gorgeous with gold tables, antique mirrors, a cushioned wall, quirky glassware, two resident chiuhaha dogs and a captivating artwork of Marilyn Monroe, the original glamour girl herself.

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And look at how they serve tea…

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Where this attention to detail comes in really handy is at the start when Tatiana and her team take time to analyse your hair to work out what type of hair to put in. ‘The reason some extensions are bad is because you can spot where they start and where someone’s own hair ends,’ Tatiana told me. ‘If I put straight hair in yours then you’d be able to spot it but if we put in extensions that have a natural wave it will blend to your own hair more easily.’

Tatiana also gave me a choice of colour. She suggested going a bit lighter for summer with some highlights of caramel to make the overall effect ‘more expensive.’ How fabulous! And you can really see the colour at the end when it’s straight…

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Even the bonding method at the salon is bespoke. This is how the extensions attach to your hair, which may be by Keratin Glue, a weft or micro-rings (which is what I had last time). I definitely prefer rings to glue as the glue starts to flake after a few months making it look like you have dandruff! However, at Tatiana’s I learned it was possible to improve on micro-rings even more…with Tatiana’s bespoke micro-rings. They’re made from silicone rather than copper and her ones are super light and thin. They’re so flat you hardly notice them, whereas the copper ones can stick out when you put your hair up into a ponytail you would never ever ever ever see these.

I had nearly a full head of high quality Russian hair put into my hair using silicon micro rings and the photo below shows the process of what happened.

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After the initial consultation in my frizzy state (top left), the extensions are put in row by row.  The hair is straightened and then it is cut to blend into my own hair (top right). This process is very important and an extra touch done by the Tatiana team to make sure nobody can tell the extra hair is not naturally your own. Confident that it looks natural, you can then style the hair however you want as it is high quality human hair sourced from the local collectors in Russia to ensure that there is great value all round. I decided to go for some voluminous curls, which the Tatiana team did using GHDs (below left). And then for the finishing touch, I also got a braid (below right) which shows again how the Tatiana process is bespoke and unique to my needs. Not many places would bother to plait it for you after doing extensions!

A full price-list is available on the Tatiana Extensions website but why I think it is especially good value is because the hair is such good quality you can use it again and just go back to fix the bonds without attaching new hair. If you buy cheap extensions they fall out regularly and it gets matted so you have to buy new hair every three months. Tatiana’s hair could last you for years!

Now check out the plait in the photo below.

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Not only is Tatiana an expert at hair extensions, she is full of ideas about to style long hair as well. Her Twitter @TatianaHairExts has a different tip each day and there is even an iPad App (FREE!!) so you can see if long hair would suit you.

Next week, I’ll do a separate blog post showing you how you can get that plait step by step so watch this space! But I’ll leave you with another before and after photo. On the left is Tatiana and I at the party, when I was forced to wear my hair up. On the right is Tatiana and I in her salon with my gorgeous, natural looking hair extensions.

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Later that night, I put the same dress on and went dancing – and the man in the photo below never guessed that I had extensions!

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