The Mane ATTRACTION
This month SOCIETY MARBELLA popped into Reflections Hair, Nails & Skin Care salon for a chat with two of the most talented hair stylists on the Coast, Jonathan Yeadon and Gerry Tona. We wanted to get the low-down on that must have hair trend – extensions.
Celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Yeadon, whose A-List clientele have included Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell, is loved not only for his mind-blowing colouring skills but his outrageous personality as well. Gerry Tona is known as one of the best cutters on the Coast; his precision cutting skills have Marbella socialites fighting over appointments.
You are both extremely busy already so why did you decide to get involved with hair extensions? Jonathan: We each have more than 25 years experience in hairdressing (God, that makes me feel old!) and there isn’t anything that we haven’t seen in that time, let me tell you. We are very knowledgeable about style limitations, such as bulk and length and, while we do our best to work around these factors, extensions give you the chance to rewrite any limitations. Gerry: Extensions remedy the issues that arise when hair is fine or thin. They also cover any split ends, pump up your existing hair body and add volume for that shampoo commercial look all women crave.
What are the benefits?
Jonathan: Celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham regularly surprise the world with different hairstyles, changing colour, style and even the length of their hair over the course of just a couple of days. How do they do it? This magic is made possible with the help of hair extensions and a talented stylist. There are times when you think that a hairstyle change is needed. Hair extensions are a perfect way of seeing the end result without making the full commitment. You can add colour without any damage to your hair, even a crazy bright hue, as you can easily take them out when you’re over it.
Gerry: They are not permanent. Unlike colour and cuts, extensions are reversible. Try them out, if you feel they’re not for you then remove them with no ill effect to your real hair. Turn that bob into a mane. If your existing hair is as short as three inches long you can get extensions, although the extent of your transformation may be limited if your hair is very short. You can grow your natural hair out, giving your hair a break and letting the extensions take the heat. While wearing the extensions your hair cangrow to the desired length.
Will they look natural?
Gerry: The goal with extensions is to obtain the most natural look possible. The way you cut extensions is key to this, it is all about the blending - no blunt cutting! You need to free hand, slicing to create a softer, more natural end. You can also play with the colour or length, and fill in spots that need it more than others; it’s a more accurate way to achieve the desired look.
Jonathan - I have been disguising facelift scars for years so I think I can hide extensions! My pet hate is being able to actually see the extensions or when the natural hair is too short and the extensions are too long. It actually offends me. Seriously, a mullet doesn’t look good on anyone. I am a firm believer in using more than one colour to achieve a natural effect. With Great Lengths we have more than 50 shades of 100 per cent ethically sourced human hair to match the colour of your own hair precisely.
Will they damage the natural hair?
Gerry: When applied and maintained properly, the application will not damage your hair. The skill level of the stylist is crucial for a damage free application. There is no cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all application technique, as each client has different hair conditions and desired results that must be considered. This is why we always have an in-depth consultation with the client first. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for extensions.
Jonathan: Hair extensions, when handled properly, can give amazing results, but when applied with no care for the natural hair can leave the follicles and your own hair damaged beyond repair. I have had clients come in after having extensions applied by an unqualified technician and I have been shocked at the quality of hair and placement of the extensions. It was no wonder they had been losing hair. The other key issue is the maintenance. Extensions are not hard to maintain - you just need to keep an eye on them almost like you would with colour or anything else. If I give my client a time-scale to come back for a check up with me and they don’t, l I will be straight on the phone to them! Remember - not maintaining your extensions properly will reflect badly on me, so it’s in my best interests, as well as yours, for me to make sure you look after them.
What is next for you both?
Gerry: The extensions market is evolving daily so we are constantly researching and learning about new techniques and products.
Jonathan: You would be surprised to know that even some of the top brands have let the quality of their hair vastly decrease over the past few years. We will only ever use the best products available. If a brand’s quality starts to deteriorate we will already have sourced an alternative. If you don’t keep ahead of the trends you get left behind. We will always be striving to be the best extensions technicians on the Coast, I can promise you that.
Reflexions HAIR NAILS & SKIN CARE
Centro Plaza 48, Nueva Andalucía Tel. +34 902 325 324 / 952 906 524
Testimonials: “I’d like to thank Jonathan for my hair extensions. An amazing transformation.” - Nicola Linton “I love what Gerry has done with my hair. I now have the length and volume I have always wanted and my hair looks really healthy for the first time in ages. I am so happy.” - Lola Lindsay-Murray “Jonathan is amazing! He applied my hair extensions with great skill and care - 3 colours that match my own perfectly. He has transformed my hair from medium length to very long and you wouldn’t know that it’s not mine. God I love my hair.” - Rachel Collister