Love Island’s Hayley Hughes has caused a huge debate surrounding her hair extensions.
Eyal Booker’s partner’s bonds have been on display, and viewers have also noticed her blonde locks have started to turn green.
One social media user tweeted: “Hayley’s extensions were more shocking than Adam choosing Rosie.”
But how can hair extensions look more discreet? Celebrity stylist Noushin Arshad – who is the director of Arabella Rose – spoke exclusively to OK! Online about the false hair pieces; from how to conceal them to the aftercare.
Why are Hayley’s extensions visible?
Hayley’s hair extension bonds are more visible than others because of the hair styles she has opted for and her hair colour.
Noushin Arshad – who boasts a celebrity clientele includes Jessica Hayes and Rachel Fenton – told OK! Online: “Hayley from Love Island is struggling to conceal her hair extensions, because she is wearing her hair in a half-up, half-down style.
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“With micro-ring extensions it’s important to place them accordingly to match the hair style you regularly wear, so that you have enough hair to cover over the bonded areas.
“The colour in her root area is very dark, so the blonde extensions stand out more.”
What is the best way to conceal hair extensions?
Noushin has revealed matching the hair extension with the root helps to conceal them, as well as styling the hair subtly to ensure the bonds are not visible.
The expert said: “You can make areas like this less visible by colouring the extensions to match the root colour – thus creating a balayage effect, which is also another reason why it is very important to use real high quality human hair.”
How can you maintain hair extensions on holiday?
A mix of different elements can impact on hair extensions; from chlorine to the sun exposure.
Noushin explained: “Hair extensions can suffer due to elements such as chlorine, salt water, hard water and sun exposure, all of which can have an affect on extensions, much like real hair. The truth is there is no reason why you can’t have hair extensions on holiday as long as the advice below is followed.”
The method and type of hair extension can make a huge difference.
Noushin explained: “The single most important thing you can do is invest in high quality real human hair which is applied by a professional. If low quality hair is used, the hair will matte and tangle and be a nightmare to manage on holiday.
“Choose the correct method. We strongly recommend the micro ring method as there is very little chance of the heat, chlorine or salt water melting or breaking down the bonds, provided the correct aftercare is followed.”
Before care treatment
While the quality of the hair extension is paramount, so is the way it is taken care of.
Noushin has advised those wearing hair extensions to wet the hair before going into the pool or sea, and to lather the false hair pieces with a nutritious oil to prevent it from damage.
The expert explained: “When high quality real hair is used, there is no reason why you can not go swimming. However, we recommend you wet your hair before entering the pool or sea making it less likely to soak up chlorinated pool water.
“Another good tip is to cover the hair using either coconut, almond or Argan oil prior to swimming (avoid putting oil anywhere near the bonds). Coating your hair with oil does the job of protecting it from chlorinated water and drying sea salt. Chlorine and sea salt depletes your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry, rough and damaged.”
After care treatment
Once you have been in the pool it is advised to wash the chlorine out so to prevent the hair extension from drying out and breaking the bonds.
Noushin explained: “You MUST wash your hair as soon as possible after swimming. If you do not rinse out the the sea salt or chlorine, the chemicals will break down the bonds over time and lead to the extensions shedding and then eventually falling out. Also do not leave the hair wet for prolonged periods of time or it’ll become weakened.
“Put your hair in a manageable style which can be taken down easily once you are out of the water. We recommend a plait or a low pony, avoid a messy bun for example which will encourage the hair to matte and tangle when wet and put pressure on the roots.”
Brushing your hair when wet is usually the easiest way to brush it, but it can do the most damage, so taking care to brush hair when it is dry and with a soft brush is recommended.
Noushin added: “Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. This is always recommended as hair is most fragile when wet, but more-so when on holiday. Always use a soft bristle brush or tangle teezer and support hair from the top when brushing
“Use sulphate-free organic shampoo and conditioners and avoid using hotel shampoos as these can have harsh chemicals which break down the bonds. Also use UV heat protection sprays and leave in products.
Hayley Hughes and her fellow housemates are set for a gripping few weeks ahead as another re-coupling is due.
Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.