Hair Fillers: The 2016 Way to Fake Thicker Hair

Hannah Almassi

Let’s be clear: Hair fillers are essentially hair extensions. But before you recoil in horror that we’d recommend revisiting that ubiquitous, stripy-haired, now-trashy look from the noughties, please know that the 2.0 version is a very different thing indeed. From the improved application of the actual extensions to your core purpose for even wanting them, Daniel Hersheson salon—and namely the hair-filling guru and stylist Hadley Yates—are on a mission to change your mind.

The promise is quite simple: more volume. Hair fillers are introduced for the purpose of filling out and boosting the overall bounciness and thickness of your barnet. This dream proposition made me—a girl with self-confessed #flathairproblems—a key candidate for trying them out. 

I’m not the only one who is intrigued to experiment: Girls have been practically queuing around the block for a bit of Hadley’s magic. His diary is chock-full and has been booked back-to-back since Daniel Hersheson introduced the technique into the Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, salon in April. Demand has been extraordinary and although this will be partly in correlation with the busy social season of weddings and parties, the result is so natural I can see why word is spreading. I’ve never had so many freakishly, unexpectedly good hair days. Compliments have been coming thick and fast but without a single perceptive person guessing that there’s an actual difference. Like all discerning girls will tell you, this the end goal for any treatment.

So, what are the facts and realities of you getting this for yourself? Keep scrolling to find out…

What exactly are hair fillers?

Fillers are strands of hair extensions that are colour-matched to your own hair. They are bonded one centimetre from the root using keratin glue. Rather than having these extensions all over, they are used to fill in areas where you are follically challenged.

How do I look after them?

I’ve dyed my hair once, fear blow-dries and only remember to get my hair cut when it’s absolutely necessary and usually on a whim. I’m about as low maintenance as you can get before doing nothing. As you can imagine, my first question was about the upkeep of such a thing. Good news: There’s very little you need to think about. Be careful to not lather the hair extensions attachment in excess amounts of hair oil or oil-based shampoos and conditioners. And don’t go trying to comb or brush through the bonds. That’s it.

Will they ruin your existing hair and scalp?

We can remember, all too clearly, how hair extensions wrecked the hair of many girls’ first time around. Nowadays a finer amount of hair is applied to your own strands, meaning it weighs less and doesn’t pull on your follicles in the same way. I won’t lie, the actual bonds literally feel strange to touch, but I only have a handful of them concentrated at the front of my hairline to add volume in a specific area, so they aren’t all over your head.

I don’t want that sticky-out look. Do these give you triangle hair?

No. Another update is that hair fillers are put on a slight angle to move forward and fall around your face, rather that jut out to the side.

Can I get them for length as well?

Of course! Hadley is there to listen to your wants and needs, identify the areas of your hair that could benefit and you go from there. For me, with a difficult balliage ’do, the fillers were dyed in an entirely multifaceted way to match my hair perfectly.

How long do they last?

You’re looking at about three to four months, depending on how quickly your hair grows. I’m yet to go back and have them taken out back at the salon, but I'm two months in and they’re still looking good (if I do say so myself). Having a break from thinking about adding in volumising products and/or burning myself on a daily basis with a styling wand has been something I could get used to…

Hair fillers at Daniel Hersheson is an express service that takes an hour, costs £250 and lasts for three months. Consultation needed/hair colour-matched. Gold Fever Hair Extensions use Indian Ritual Hair that is 100% ethical and traceable.

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