Extension Leads

Make the most of your hair this summer (yes, we’re tentatively suggesting that summer might finally be on its way) by adding a little extra oomph. Hairdressers are using extensions in innovative new ways to give hair miraculously undetectable structure (in make-up terms, consider these treatments to be the primer that you’d apply first to maximise the benefits of whatever you use next). Michaeljohn have created their Foundation Blow Dry (£200, 25 Albemarle Street W1), where 25 extensions are attached to the lower layers of hair to give a volume boost that will provide hair with the base it needs to hold tousled summer waves. For show-stopping style, Hari’s Hair & Beauty have launched their Glamour Red-Carpet Hair Booking (£150, 305 Brompton Road SW3), using semi-permanent extensions (the glue lasts up to four days), for a full-bodied up-do that is photo shoot-worthy, or at least ideal for the up-coming summer wedding season. Inanch’s Holiday Hair extensions (from £200, 220 Great Portland Street W1), have been made with beach frolicking in mind and are strong enough to withstand oils, sea salt and chlorine and so will last a full three months.

Purple Reigns

Seldom has the synergy between fashion and fragrance been as strong as it is this spring/summer, thanks to a new trend in both arenas for the colour purple. On the runways, Burberry’s classic trenches were reinvented in lilac, while Versace and Dior both showed sumptuous purple gowns. In fragrance, purple is a scarcely-used shade, but inexplicably this year, even fragrances with scents that aren’t centred around purplish flowers like lilacs and violets are being sold in gleamingly purple bottles, from the rose-basedStella McCartney Sheer, £36.50 to Prada’s newInfusion de Tuberose, £48 and Nina Ricci’s new gardenia scent, Le Paradis de Nina, £34.
Intriguingly, the colour works particularly well for modern bottles like Shiseido’s Zen Purple, £56, a clean blend of tuberose, jasmine and lily of the valley, and Versace Versus, £41, an invigorating mix of star apple, orange blossom and centifolia rose. Purple reigns.

via Extension Leads: spring/summer 2010 beauty trend ( UK).

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