We?ve long been curious about hair extensions, knowing that the red carpet manes we admire are often as artificially augmented as the starlets? figures. But since we?d heard the process was time-consuming, costly and even potentially damaging, we stayed away.
But now we?ve met Riqua Hailes, the proprietress of Just Extensions. We walked into her chandelier-hung, bright white space on La Brea and learned that we could have a new look in as little as 90 minutes. Her salon follows the blow-dry-bar model, accepting both appointments and walk-ins with a set number of service packages starting as low as $100 for the labor only. The human-hair extensions themselves--processed to match many hues--cost extra, beginning at $100; clip-in extensions are $60.
As an ?extensions virgin? we tried low-impact braidless sew-ins: Our stylist tightened metal rings near our roots, then sewed wefts of hair onto the rings. After little more than an hour, our thinning mid-neck-length locks spilled thick beneath our shoulders in a shade selected from the Just Extensions stock to perfectly match our own. While sleeping on the beaded handiwork takes some getting used to, it?s a great look we?ll opt for when we want extra bang(s) for our glamour buck.
Just Extensions, 358 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-413-2434 or justextensionshair.com