Q: There have been some negative stories in the media about the practices of some hair extension brands – how can I know which ones are right for me and the most ethical?

A: First of all it is important to check your hair extensionist is a qualified hair extensionist. Ask for their State Registration. Equally important is their extension training and reputable brands offer thorough 2 day training with certification if they pass at an acceptable level. Once you know the brand they work with you can check them out further by looking at their website showing training and the application process. This will also give you a good indication about how ethical the hair extensions are and where & how they are sourced. Most ethically sourced hair extensions come from Temples around the world and mainly Indian Temples. It is also a good idea to ask to see the extensionist’s portfolio of work to check out the transformations they have done and any customer feedback they may have on their website/social media. You can also check on the supplier’s site if this salon/extensionist is recommended. Key pointers to avoid are large bonds. Advancement in techniques means that the bonds are very small & discreet. When working the extensionist should be working neatly & methodically around your head in sections and once attached the bonds should not be pulling on your own hair or irritating. Also, try to avoid extensions that look too shiny or silky – these are full of silicone coating and will not sit well with your own hair.