Jennifer Aniston - one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with an estimated fortune of $110 million - will always be remembered for two things: her portrayal of the lovable Rachel Green in US hit series, Friends, and for sporting one of the most iconic hairstyles of all time.
The extraordinary ‘Rachel’ hairstyle was a hit worldwide, with women dashing to their hairdressers clutching cherished magazine-torn pictures of Jen in pursuit of a similar style. Now, twenty years after the launch of Friends, Jennifer’s hair is still a subject of wonder and admiration, analysed and reviewed from root to tip by fans and the media across the globe.
With the upcoming UK release of Jennifer’s new drama, Cake which debuted last year at the Toronto Film Festival, her hair is once again a subject of fascination in the media - however, this time for a very different reason.
At the start of last year, Jennifer Aniston took the plunge and had her locks cut into a stylish, chic bob, but was reported to have disliked the new look. She then opted for hair extensions to recreate her classic hairstyle, only to remove them a week later.
The hair extension dilemma
Back in 2011, Jennifer Aniston spoke with InStyle Magazine about her continuous battle with hair extensions, stating “My real hair was getting thinned out again from all the extensions. It was starting to look fake.”.
So why did she opt for hair extensions again last year? According to RadarOnline, she felt that her shorter bob made her look older, and instead of waiting for her hair to grow back, Jennifer reignited her love-hate relationship with hair extensions.
Hair loss, thinning, and even shortening and cutting hair can have a major psychological impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and it is not uncommon for women to grow their hair long or use extensions to achieve a more youthful look.
While quality hair extensions can offer a quick fix for achieving longer hair, poorly applied extensions can severely damage hair, including traction alopecia where the hair is ripped out causing small bald spots, hair thinning and damaged roots. Most hair extensions are fixed to hair with glue, and when the weight of the hair extensions is too heavy, it causes too much tension. With the extensions pulling at the hair roots, it’s not unusual for the glue to break off which, in turn, damages the hair.
Can KeraStraight help hair damaged by hair extensions?
In one word: yes! KeraStraight offer a range of products which can be used to repair and soothe hair damaged by extensions.
Our KeraStraight Moisture Boost treatment is a firm favourite for clients with dry, damaged hair following the removal of hair extensions. It is also a popular choice with salon experts during Extension Maintenance Sessions, where stylists check that extensions are sitting correctly, and that the hair is being properly treated and maintained.
When hair is badly damaged by extensions and in desperate need of TLC, we always recommend our full KeraStraight service to help rebuild the protein of the hair. This service transforms weak and broken hair into strong, healthy hair that is easy to manage, which all of our clients love!
For those still suffering the side effects of hair extensions long after their removal, KeraStraight also offers superb aftercare treatment. Our experts recommend treating your hair once a week to a top up Protein Mask, and styling your hair with KeraStraight Rescue Crème and Ultimate Oil. Don’t forget to also use the KeraStraight Heat Protection Spray when using straightening irons, hair dryers, and any other heated styling tools.
Avoid extensions and use KeraStraight for longer, stronger hair
We all know that waiting for hair to grow can be frustrating - especially if we don’t quite feel ourselves with a shorter style. Some hair types that are damaged and weak at the ends makes growing hair a challenge too. While hair extensions may seem a quick fix, strengthening your hair with KeraStraight is always the best option for hair in the long run, keeping ends strong, moisturised, and healthy.
If you’re looking to grow your hair and avoid split, dry ends this spring, KeraStraight can help rebuild your hair’s natural proteins, seal split ends and leave your hair silky, moisturised and strong.
Alternatively, if you still want extensions, but have a few concerns about your hair’s condition, we’d recommend having a KeraStraight treatment first. This way, your extensions can be applied onto the healthiest, strongest hair possible.