Luscious locks run more than skin deep Angela Michael, owner of 4 Your Hair Extensions, with client Veronica Emmanuels  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star) | Order this photo The vibe at 4 Your Hair Extensions, which has been on Queen St. W. just past Brock St. for 13 years now, is remarkably chill given it’s where radical transformations take place. pre bonded hairDr. Phil plays on the TV, babies get jiggled and cooed over, and the walls are lined with rows and rows of possibility: long, shiny, “virgin” Remy hair, in neat cellophane packets co-ordinated by shade — a promise of good hair days for all eternity. Virgin Remy, the Holy Grail of fake hair is the most important factor of the booming extension trend, and this is the best place in town to get the guaranteed quality locks. The hipsters who have colonized deepest Parkdale have finally caught up to Angela Michael and her staff of four at 4 Your. Women who want to up the wow factor are trekking to the shop for fake tresses that offer instant volume and Kardashian lengths. A few blocks east at Trinity Bellwoods is a newer entrant into the hair extension stakes: Locks and Mane, which began as a pop-up at now closed Flirty Girl Fitness on King St. W. It opened on Queen at Crawford Sts. this past July. Owner Jennifer Parrott, whose background is in fashion marketing, was herself a longtime extension fan. “My hair is naturally thin,” she says, running her hands through an extravagance of waist-length, wavy blond hair, bolstered with what she calls a double-dose of extensions. She also uses Remyhair from India, packed specially for her salon’s proprietary silicone-beading “installation” method in which chunks of supplementary hair are attached to a silicon bead that snaps closed onto client’s own hair. Adding hair extensions at Locks and Mane salon on Queen St. W. at Crawford St.

Virgin Remy refers to Indian temple hair, which means that no colour, chemicals or hot tongs have ever touched the fabulous lengths, which can flow 26 inches in length. At its peak, as at 4 Your salon, it comes from a single head of hair donated as sacrificial ritual and sold by the temple to profit the community. It is then dyed into a rainbow of options and packaged into 110 gram hanks, ready to be sewn, or clipped, or otherwise integrated into a client’s own hair. The word Remy comes from the French remis, a form of remettre, which translates as “to put back.” This means that it is cut from a single donor, and the cuticle (microscopic scales along the shaft) all run in the same direction. Hair gets tangled and matted if the cuticle is not aligned, or culled from multiple donors. Synthetic hair? Forget about it, it quickly transforms into a nest. remy hair extensionsBeyond the famous double-K family, this is indeed a trend driven by celebrities who use Instagram to flaunt fresh ‘dos that defy the parameters of normal hair growth cycles: from Beyoncé to Rihanna, from Oprah to Eva Longoria, and from Jessica Simpson to Sarah Jessica Parker via Liz Hurley, hair extensions are all the rage. What used to be a secret is now something to brag openly about. Michael was early on the trend and over the past decade made multiple trips to India to set up her personal pipeline to virgin Remy hair directly from (secret and closely guarded) official agents, who have purchased the ponytails from Hindu temples where hair is ritually sacrificed. The donor makes the offering in hopes of gaining favour from the deities. And the temple then uses the hair trade funds for the community. Michael wanted to be certain of the provenance and ensure her supply of highest quality hairpieces. India is the most highly sought after source. But there is a lot of dodgy hair and misrepresentation in the extension world: Victoria Beckham made waves in British tabloids by joking that her extensions likely came from Russian prisoners. And with the global market estimated at $985 million (U.S.), growing at approximately 40 per cent per year, there is much motivation to pass off lesser quality hair as the good stuff in online trade.

Before and after photos from Locks and Mane hair extension salon on Queen St. W. A package of Michael’s custom-branded hair (she sells on her site hairextensioncenter.com) costs between $163 and $239 each, depending on length and texture. Charges are by the hour for creating anchor braids or sewing the hair into a weave; a full head of extra-long semi-permanent extensions can run in the $700 to $1,500 range. Options for attachment are broad, but Michael never uses adhesives: You can have the hair sewn into braids or onto netting (also called a lace closure), or simply use pre-fab clips of hair anchored into braids that Michael’s team weaves in horizontally underneath your natural hair. perruques cheveux naturelsBorn in Ethiopia, Michael moved first to Italy, and then she trained in hair (and the art of weaving, which tends to be passed down from master to apprentice) in New York City. When she opened the salon, the Drake was just opening on the other side of the bridge and business was local. Today, Michael’s clientele comes from all over the city, and as far afield as Detroit and New York; it also spans a broad range of cultures. Similarly, Parrott’s clientele at Locks and Mane isn’t what she expected. “We thought it would be the young and hip locals, aged 18 to 35. But it is broader than that: We have girls in for their proms, women in their 50s and 60s who want more volume and oomph. Doctors, lawyers, call girls. It is so widespread.” For the record, Locks has had one male client to date, a gentleman with shaved sides who wanted to supplement his ponytail. Parrott says she intends to head to India to work with suppliers herself, after the upcoming birth of her second child. Quality matters, she agrees, “and there is a lot of extremely dodgy stuff out there on the Internet.” 4 Your Hair Extensions salon at Queen St. W.  (Andrew Francis Wallace)

Her concept is to mainstream the extension experience: “I picked a sweet spot for price point — $195 for 16 inches and $235 for 18 inches. That adds up to about 110 grams of hair, which is all most people need. But the real key is speed: We are selling a lunchtime fix.” The process takes an hour, and lasts two to three months. If you don’t like it, Parrott guarantees you can come back in the first two weeks and have the hair turned into clip-ins. These are strips of Remy hair sewn onto a custom comb-fastener that the client can integrate into her hair herself in a temporary fashion. Locks’ silicone bead attachments are snapped into place in small chunks, integrated into the client’s own hair from ear to ear in a horizontal fashion. Her team of technicians (many of whom were originally trained in the U.K., which Parrott sought out because “hair extension culture over there is way, way ahead”) can complete the process in just one hour; or an hour-and-a-half if they are removing old extensions first. Her website, currently in the works, will feature a colour-match tool to help customers choose shades to order for home custom clip-ins. Locks features 14 blond tones. Specialty fashion colours can be custom dyed. Longer, thicker, supplemented hair may be new to the broader world, but weaves and extensions have been a part of black culture for decades. Take a look at Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair from 2009 to get a handle on how important and deeply felt the rituals are, as well as the emotions underlying the desire for long, straight, full hair. perruques cheveuxFake hair across the board is a really big thing right now. “Only about 20 per cent of the hair on the scene is real. People really don’t realize the extent of the extensions out there,” says professional society observer Shinan Govani. “People who are otherwise world-weary and skeptical about people’s ages, marriages, and how much money they have in the bank, are often much too willing to accept hair as advertised. For both yummy mummies and socialites alike, putting on hair is equivalent to putting on a bracelet.” 4 Your Hair Extensions salon has been on Queen St. W. for more than a decade.  (Andrew Francis Wallace) There is also a serious side to the business, one that Michael finds her most powerful motivation. Customers come to Michael to problem solve. Parkdale resident Helen Gray sought Michael’s intervention and is now a faithful regular. “The first time I got a lace closure, because I had had a terrible year, an iron deficiency, my hair was falling out and I felt pretty bad about myself. Angela summoned massive lustrous waves of hair from what was over-processed and broken.” Gray says that the feeling she gets from just being at 4 Your salon is deeper than hair roots: “You see tired women come in, they have their hair supplemented and they are totally brightened up, beautiful, happy.” Gray’s weave lasts six to eight weeks, and the hair can be reused for up to six months.

Michael herself wears clip-ins. She demonstrates how easy it is to add and remove clips into a line of hidden horizontal braids close to her scalp, covered by her own hair, taking her from shoulder-length to a thick mane tumbling nearly to her waist. “This is my joy. Making people feel confident and beautiful.” A few blocks to the east, Parrott echoes the sentiment. “Literally, everyone you see out there with really great hair has extensions in right now. They are an instant confidence boost. A transformation.” Extensions lace front wigs1. Cookie Lyons, the grand dame ex-con matriarch of the runaway TV smash soaper Empire (played by Taraji P. Henderson), is a memorable character who works her hairdresser hard. The hairstyles — from prim topknot to waist-length side ponytail, to natural waves, to an Old Hollywood glam swoop — require extension ingenuinity. Taraji P. Henson as Cookie in Empire. 2. Beyoncé, known for her playful Instagram sleight of hand, titillated fans with the pixie crop heard around the known universe back in 2013. She debuted the extreme cut and then the star was snapped by paparazzi just a week later with a bob. She is known for switching up her longer, lusher stage looks with the help of an extension team. Beyonce Knowles.  (Al Bello)

3. Rihanna is one of the stars most open about her usage and devotion to the variety of looks you can get with hair extensions, weaves and wigs. Her haircolour is constantly changing, from red to black, to blue to ombre. Her hair length jumps back and forth from closely shorn crop to waist-length, from curly to straight and back again. Rihanna  (GABRIEL BOUYS) cosplay wigs4. Kim Kardashian famously added masses of clip-in extensions for her May 2014 Paris wedding-a-ganza to Kanye. She had cropped her hair to a more fashionable long bob as she emerged as a Vogue cover-girl/fashion plate, but for her third walk down the aisle she went to the max with volume and length and a retro ’60s style teased skyward from the crown. TV personality Kim Kardashian.  (Alberto E. Rodriguez) 5. When Victoria Beckham was just a Spice Girl and not yet Mrs. B the fashion designer, Posh had a chin-length bob so precise it could cut glass. These days the mother of four is constantly mixing up her look and length with extensions. She is so open about their use that she Instagrams selfies from the hair chair while being supplemented.

Enfermedad de Crohn – El Dieta Que me Curo

No escribo el Espanol muy bien pero ahi va! Espero que le asista a alguien.Yo juego “ofensa” y “defensa” dietéticas en mi combate contra los síntomas de Crohn. Ahora yo le diré exactamente lo que hago y por qué. Permita primero discutir un fondo pequeño.Nuestros tractos digestivos son como jardines; mucho bueno crece ahi de material ahí adentro pero las hierbas pueden tomar si nosotros no estamos consciente. Mucho del material que comemos en la dieta moderna alimenta realmente las “hierbas” y los favorece a tomar. ¿Qué!? Sacudir yo sé, pero esto es la verdad que necesité para aprender antes que podría mejorarme.

Cuándo el equilibrio de flora digestiva buena cambia a favor del malo, nuestra salud será impresionada negativamente. Los efectos pueden ser tan templados como gas e hinchar, o como ellos muchos más graves (y con el tiempo puede conseguir peor). Hay varias maneras de mantener etiquetas en el equilibrio de flora intestinal incluyendo:

1) Mira la piel – acné es uno de los primeros signos de un aparato digestivo desequilibrado. En mi caso yo conseguiré acné dentro de horas de comer demasiado azúcar.

2) Gas e hinchando – Si usted consigue gas después de comer ciertos alimentos, esto es a menudo una señal de alerta que algo está equivocada. Ciertas verduras como frijoles, gas de causa porque ellos son duros digerir para cualquiera tan asfixía con gas de por sí no garantiza hay un problema pero es algo ser consciente de.

3) Acidez – otra vez, éstos son cosas de ser conscientes de, especialmente si ellos suceden regularmente. Yo no compro a tomar justo antiácidos para aliviar síntomas – quiero saber POR QUE hay indigestión entonces ataca la causa primordial para evitar jamás teniendo indigestión otra vez.

4) Frecuenta diarrea – Cualquiera puede conseguir diarrea una vez en un gran mientras pero cada día o varios días no son normales y pueden ser un signo de flora digestiva buena ser agobiado por malo.

5) Nivel energético – bacterias Malas roban literalmente la vida fuera de nosotros como un vampiro. Mire su nivel energético como un signo de desequilibrio. Es un parásito. ¡Luego yo le diré acerca de la solución auténtica que refleja las historias acerca de cómo combatir vampiros – Ajo!

OFENSA
¿Así, cómo hago juego ofensa contra los síntomas de Crohn? En esencia yo agrego cosas a mi dieta que matan hierbas (metafóricamente por supuesto). La flora intestinal mala (bacterias malas por ahí llamadas) adora los trastos que son vendidos por la tele por embaladores – dulces, refrescos, el pan, las galletas, las pastas, la pizza, las pastillas, etc, etc. En resumen, si es horneado o lo es embalado es probablemente malo para las bacterias buenas y bueno para las hierbas. ¿Por qué? La respuesta corta es nuestros cuerpos no son diseñados para ello.

Sobre el curso de muchas decenas de miles de años hemos tenido muy poco en la manera de azúcar de otra manera que frutas y quizá un poco de miel ocasionalmente. Nosotros también no tuvimos granos refinados hechos en panes hasta que MUY recientemente hablando históricamente. En su mayor parte, nosotros vivimos en dietas sencillas que consisten en verduras, las frutas, las carne, las tuercas, la lechería (en algunas sociedades) y otros alimentos “enteros”. Los “nuevos” trastos embalados que comemos de tiende hoy inclinar nuestro equilibrio ácido/alcalino natural de cuerpo al fin ácido de la escala y alimenta las bacterias malas a costa del bueno. La ofensa que juego agrega alimentos y suplementos que los malos bacterias odion y las bacterias buenas quieren (o toleran por lo menos). Por ejemplo:

El ajo – yo por la presente prometo repetir 100s de veces en este blog que el ajo es una de las mejores cosas en el mundo para jugar ofensa contra la enfermedad de Crohn. Ajo preferiblemente fresco y crudo. No cocinado ni puso en una píldora. Yo como una mitad de un clavo cada día seguido por una bebida de jugo. Corto de este tambien como varias formas de ajo en pildora tambien pero crudo es mejor. Las bacterias malas ODIAN el ambiente que el ajo fuerte y amargo crea en el intestino y se muere. ¡Si! Las bacterias malas ADORAN un intestino lleno de pan, de las galletas, y de refresco azucarada. Yo también, pero para mí la elección fue porquerías y muerte or comida buena y ajo y VIDA. Escogí la vida y ajo. ¿No estoy seguro que la elección es para usted – porquerías y ______ or Vida? ¿Cual es el valor a usted? ¿Tiene el ajo un sabor fuerte? Sí. Y que? Otra vez, para mí nosotros hablamos la vida y la muerte tan yo no gimoteo acerca de sabores.

Las Hierbas amargas – Otro de mis instrumentos ofensivos predilectos es una hierba de Sudamérica llamó la Una de Gato. Lea acerca de ello aquí – http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncaria_tomentosa es amarga y las bacterias malas en el intestino odian el ambiente amargo que crea y se mueren. ¡Yeeehaaaw!

El yogur – Todos saben que ese yogur es cultivado leche y eso “cultivó” medios que tiene viviendo “material” en ello. “culturas activas” es lo que el paquete siempre dice. Comiendo en esencia yogur bueno es como el mandar refuerzos en su aparato digestivo para ayudar sus bacterias buenas. Usted agrega material más bueno. Ahora, aquí está la advertencia, no todo yogur es igual. GRAN CANTIDAD de Yogur es poco más que porquerías embalaron como alimento sano. Evite el material nacionalmente anunciado usual de mucha azúcar con sabores franceses falsos. Busque yogur SIMPLE (o por lo menos yogur con muy poco azúcar – azúcares naturales como miel, el jugo de frutas, la fruta, etc.) eso es orgánico, y tiene más que sólo un o dos culturas vivas. Uno de las marcas que compro es el Río de Azúcar hecho aquí en Wisconsin. Tambien me gustan yogures de cabra y kefir. Más fácil de digerir para algunas personas que productos lácteos de vaca.

Sé que para algunos, productos lácteos les irrita su Crohn. Entraré en la importancia de hacer una dieta de eliminación para averiguar luego precisamente los alimentos que le dañan. pero si usted es justo lactosa intolerante aquí está una punta; muchas personas asumen que porque ellos son lactosa intolerantes, ellos no pueden comer yogur. Esto no es necesariamente verdadero. Cultivar de yogur crea la enzima de lactase y ayuda a digerir la lactosa. Trátelo y vea. También trate yogur de cabra.

DEFENSA
¿Cómo juego yo defensa? Como los alimentos que nuestros cuerpos fueron diseñados para comer y comimos hasta lo muy reciente (vea Jordan Rubin La Dieta Del Creador). Yo como mucho y soy nunca hambriento. Anunciaré algunas recetas exactas pronto pero para ahora permiteme listar los alimentos claves en su forma simplificada

Las verduras – yo no como ningún grano. Sugiero que usted hace una dieta de eliminación para averiguar exactamente lo que usted puede y no puede comer. Algunas personas pueden comer arroz integral pero no trigo ni avena, etc. Puedo comer casi todas las otras verduras pero papas blancas son marginales y necesito para comerlas en cantidades muy pequeñas. Los camotes y las batatas son mejores. De otra manera que el mundo vegetal es fantastico para mi.

Las frutas – otra vez, casi todas frutas trabajan para mí menos necesita comer plátanos en la moderación – quizás alguna una semana y mitad a la vez. Los plátanos son muy feculentos y, como usted puede reunir de mi necesidad de eliminar todos granos y papas blancas, yo tengo un problema con todo material feculento incluso si sea si gluten. Otra cosa para tener presente es que la mayoría de las frutas son altas en el azúcar – moderación.

Carne – Para mí, la carne de vaca en la moderación no es un problema. He oído de muchas personas con Crohn para quien es; otra vez, sólo tanteo dirá. Escuche su cuerpo.

Pesque – trato y tengo pez una vez a la semana.

El puerco – Mmmmm. El puerco para mí es bueno en todas formas. Las salchichas del verano (a menudo una combinación de carne de vaca y puerco), bratwurst, el jamón, el embutido de hígado, el tocino, lomo de puerco. Todo bueno. Esté seguro que usted compra salchichas de tiendas o carnicerías buenas que no agregan pan trozos u otras “masillas”.

Pavo/pollo – Para personas que tienen problema con las carne más campechanas, el pavo es una gran elección. Entre las carnes blancas y oscuras es muy versátil. Me gusta comprar los pollos de rotisserie disponibles calientes y listos para ir en muchas tiendas buenas.

Los Alimentos de la lechería – Queso, el yogur, kefir, la mantequilla

Los huevos – como huevos y frijoles refritos para se desayuna por lo menos dos o tres veces una semana. Cuándo yo estuve en mis tiempos más enfermos el huevo guardó mi vida. Ponia un huevo y lo vertería en un tazón de caldo hirviente de caldo do pollo entonces permitió que lo refrescar y comerlo como sopa. ¡Delicioso y nutritivo!

Las tuercas – tuercas Crudas son mejores – los busca en la sección de bulto de su tienda de ultramarinos natural como Alimentos Enteros. Hago bien con anarcados crudos, con los pistachos, y con los manís en la moderación.

¿Cuándo yo digo a personas que yo no como granos de cualquier tipo, su reacción típica (después de que aprender lo que granos sean – ellos preguntan generalmente una serie de preguntas que muestra que ellos no saben acerca del alimento que ellos comen – “usted significa como pizza”? Sí, masa de pizza es pan hecha del trigo. ¿”Usted significa quiere panes”? Sí, el trigo. ¿”Es arroz un grano”? Sí. ¿”Que tal harina de avena”? Sí, todos granos significan todos). ¡La próxima respuesta típica es uno de compasión – “Ah mi cielos, yo nunca podría hacer eso! ¡Yo me moriría sin mi pizza y barquillos”! Bien, trata morir de ellos primero y ve cómo que trabaja para usted yo digo. El punto del encima de lista pequeña es de mostrar por qué yo no necesito compasión. Como y como bien. ¡Soy alimentado bien y vivo sin dolor y sufrimiento algún síntoma digestivo – lo de que debe quejarse! Estoy seguro que usted resolverá una gran dieta para usted, con mucho sabo y no le hará enfermo.

3 Comments

  • Hanna

    March 12, 2010

    muchas gracias por compartir tu experiencia =)

  • kefaofs

    March 21, 2010

    que son "tuercas",gracias

  • John

    July 1, 2010

    Padezco Crohn desde hace dieciséis años y jamás he tenido un ingreso al hospital. Tu dieta no me parece muy adecuada, sobre todo en lo que se refiere a embutidos, que son pésimos para la salud. Hipócrates, padre de la Medicina, ya decía que hay que hacer del alimento la mejor medicina. Lo que falta a tu estudio empírico es el lado teórico. A esto te informo que las bacterias se alimentan fundamentalmente de azúcares, y esa es la razón por la que, si las matas de hambre, te dejan de molestar. Te faltó decir que hay que tomar mucha agua, para limpiar el tubo digestivo, y que en la medida en que consumas medicamentos inmunosupresores, la respuesta de tu organismo cada vez va a ser peor, y te llevará tarde que temprano al cáncer colónico, pues hay una relación muy interesante entre bacterias y cáncer. El ajo es un bactericida natural y lo mismo es la cebolla.

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Luscious locks run more than skin deep Angela Michael, owner of 4 Your Hair Extensions, with client Veronica Emmanuels  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star) | Order this photo The vibe at 4 Your Hair Extensions, which has been on Queen St. W. just past Brock St. for 13 years now, is remarkably chill given it’s where radical transformations take place. pre bonded hairDr. Phil plays on the TV, babies get jiggled and cooed over, and the walls are lined with rows and rows of possibility: long, shiny, “virgin” Remy hair, in neat cellophane packets co-ordinated by shade — a promise of good hair days for all eternity. Virgin Remy, the Holy Grail of fake hair is the most important factor of the booming extension trend, and this is the best place in town to get the guaranteed quality locks. The hipsters who have colonized deepest Parkdale have finally caught up to Angela Michael and her staff of four at 4 Your. Women who want to up the wow factor are trekking to the shop for fake tresses that offer instant volume and Kardashian lengths. A few blocks east at Trinity Bellwoods is a newer entrant into the hair extension stakes: Locks and Mane, which began as a pop-up at now closed Flirty Girl Fitness on King St. W. It opened on Queen at Crawford Sts. this past July. Owner Jennifer Parrott, whose background is in fashion marketing, was herself a longtime extension fan. “My hair is naturally thin,” she says, running her hands through an extravagance of waist-length, wavy blond hair, bolstered with what she calls a double-dose of extensions. She also uses Remyhair from India, packed specially for her salon’s proprietary silicone-beading “installation” method in which chunks of supplementary hair are attached to a silicon bead that snaps closed onto client’s own hair. Adding hair extensions at Locks and Mane salon on Queen St. W. at Crawford St.

Virgin Remy refers to Indian temple hair, which means that no colour, chemicals or hot tongs have ever touched the fabulous lengths, which can flow 26 inches in length. At its peak, as at 4 Your salon, it comes from a single head of hair donated as sacrificial ritual and sold by the temple to profit the community. It is then dyed into a rainbow of options and packaged into 110 gram hanks, ready to be sewn, or clipped, or otherwise integrated into a client’s own hair. The word Remy comes from the French remis, a form of remettre, which translates as “to put back.” This means that it is cut from a single donor, and the cuticle (microscopic scales along the shaft) all run in the same direction. Hair gets tangled and matted if the cuticle is not aligned, or culled from multiple donors. Synthetic hair? Forget about it, it quickly transforms into a nest. remy hair extensionsBeyond the famous double-K family, this is indeed a trend driven by celebrities who use Instagram to flaunt fresh ‘dos that defy the parameters of normal hair growth cycles: from Beyoncé to Rihanna, from Oprah to Eva Longoria, and from Jessica Simpson to Sarah Jessica Parker via Liz Hurley, hair extensions are all the rage. What used to be a secret is now something to brag openly about. Michael was early on the trend and over the past decade made multiple trips to India to set up her personal pipeline to virgin Remy hair directly from (secret and closely guarded) official agents, who have purchased the ponytails from Hindu temples where hair is ritually sacrificed. The donor makes the offering in hopes of gaining favour from the deities. And the temple then uses the hair trade funds for the community. Michael wanted to be certain of the provenance and ensure her supply of highest quality hairpieces. India is the most highly sought after source. But there is a lot of dodgy hair and misrepresentation in the extension world: Victoria Beckham made waves in British tabloids by joking that her extensions likely came from Russian prisoners. And with the global market estimated at $985 million (U.S.), growing at approximately 40 per cent per year, there is much motivation to pass off lesser quality hair as the good stuff in online trade.

Before and after photos from Locks and Mane hair extension salon on Queen St. W. A package of Michael’s custom-branded hair (she sells on her site hairextensioncenter.com) costs between $163 and $239 each, depending on length and texture. Charges are by the hour for creating anchor braids or sewing the hair into a weave; a full head of extra-long semi-permanent extensions can run in the $700 to $1,500 range. Options for attachment are broad, but Michael never uses adhesives: You can have the hair sewn into braids or onto netting (also called a lace closure), or simply use pre-fab clips of hair anchored into braids that Michael’s team weaves in horizontally underneath your natural hair. perruques cheveux naturelsBorn in Ethiopia, Michael moved first to Italy, and then she trained in hair (and the art of weaving, which tends to be passed down from master to apprentice) in New York City. When she opened the salon, the Drake was just opening on the other side of the bridge and business was local. Today, Michael’s clientele comes from all over the city, and as far afield as Detroit and New York; it also spans a broad range of cultures. Similarly, Parrott’s clientele at Locks and Mane isn’t what she expected. “We thought it would be the young and hip locals, aged 18 to 35. But it is broader than that: We have girls in for their proms, women in their 50s and 60s who want more volume and oomph. Doctors, lawyers, call girls. It is so widespread.” For the record, Locks has had one male client to date, a gentleman with shaved sides who wanted to supplement his ponytail. Parrott says she intends to head to India to work with suppliers herself, after the upcoming birth of her second child. Quality matters, she agrees, “and there is a lot of extremely dodgy stuff out there on the Internet.” 4 Your Hair Extensions salon at Queen St. W.  (Andrew Francis Wallace)

Her concept is to mainstream the extension experience: “I picked a sweet spot for price point — $195 for 16 inches and $235 for 18 inches. That adds up to about 110 grams of hair, which is all most people need. But the real key is speed: We are selling a lunchtime fix.” The process takes an hour, and lasts two to three months. If you don’t like it, Parrott guarantees you can come back in the first two weeks and have the hair turned into clip-ins. These are strips of Remy hair sewn onto a custom comb-fastener that the client can integrate into her hair herself in a temporary fashion. Locks’ silicone bead attachments are snapped into place in small chunks, integrated into the client’s own hair from ear to ear in a horizontal fashion. Her team of technicians (many of whom were originally trained in the U.K., which Parrott sought out because “hair extension culture over there is way, way ahead”) can complete the process in just one hour; or an hour-and-a-half if they are removing old extensions first. Her website, currently in the works, will feature a colour-match tool to help customers choose shades to order for home custom clip-ins. Locks features 14 blond tones. Specialty fashion colours can be custom dyed. Longer, thicker, supplemented hair may be new to the broader world, but weaves and extensions have been a part of black culture for decades. Take a look at Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair from 2009 to get a handle on how important and deeply felt the rituals are, as well as the emotions underlying the desire for long, straight, full hair. perruques cheveuxFake hair across the board is a really big thing right now. “Only about 20 per cent of the hair on the scene is real. People really don’t realize the extent of the extensions out there,” says professional society observer Shinan Govani. “People who are otherwise world-weary and skeptical about people’s ages, marriages, and how much money they have in the bank, are often much too willing to accept hair as advertised. For both yummy mummies and socialites alike, putting on hair is equivalent to putting on a bracelet.” 4 Your Hair Extensions salon has been on Queen St. W. for more than a decade.  (Andrew Francis Wallace) There is also a serious side to the business, one that Michael finds her most powerful motivation. Customers come to Michael to problem solve. Parkdale resident Helen Gray sought Michael’s intervention and is now a faithful regular. “The first time I got a lace closure, because I had had a terrible year, an iron deficiency, my hair was falling out and I felt pretty bad about myself. Angela summoned massive lustrous waves of hair from what was over-processed and broken.” Gray says that the feeling she gets from just being at 4 Your salon is deeper than hair roots: “You see tired women come in, they have their hair supplemented and they are totally brightened up, beautiful, happy.” Gray’s weave lasts six to eight weeks, and the hair can be reused for up to six months.

Michael herself wears clip-ins. She demonstrates how easy it is to add and remove clips into a line of hidden horizontal braids close to her scalp, covered by her own hair, taking her from shoulder-length to a thick mane tumbling nearly to her waist. “This is my joy. Making people feel confident and beautiful.” A few blocks to the east, Parrott echoes the sentiment. “Literally, everyone you see out there with really great hair has extensions in right now. They are an instant confidence boost. A transformation.” Extensions lace front wigs1. Cookie Lyons, the grand dame ex-con matriarch of the runaway TV smash soaper Empire (played by Taraji P. Henderson), is a memorable character who works her hairdresser hard. The hairstyles — from prim topknot to waist-length side ponytail, to natural waves, to an Old Hollywood glam swoop — require extension ingenuinity. Taraji P. Henson as Cookie in Empire. 2. Beyoncé, known for her playful Instagram sleight of hand, titillated fans with the pixie crop heard around the known universe back in 2013. She debuted the extreme cut and then the star was snapped by paparazzi just a week later with a bob. She is known for switching up her longer, lusher stage looks with the help of an extension team. Beyonce Knowles.  (Al Bello)

3. Rihanna is one of the stars most open about her usage and devotion to the variety of looks you can get with hair extensions, weaves and wigs. Her haircolour is constantly changing, from red to black, to blue to ombre. Her hair length jumps back and forth from closely shorn crop to waist-length, from curly to straight and back again. Rihanna  (GABRIEL BOUYS) cosplay wigs4. Kim Kardashian famously added masses of clip-in extensions for her May 2014 Paris wedding-a-ganza to Kanye. She had cropped her hair to a more fashionable long bob as she emerged as a Vogue cover-girl/fashion plate, but for her third walk down the aisle she went to the max with volume and length and a retro ’60s style teased skyward from the crown. TV personality Kim Kardashian.  (Alberto E. Rodriguez) 5. When Victoria Beckham was just a Spice Girl and not yet Mrs. B the fashion designer, Posh had a chin-length bob so precise it could cut glass. These days the mother of four is constantly mixing up her look and length with extensions. She is so open about their use that she Instagrams selfies from the hair chair while being supplemented.