I often natter on about hair extensions and I get tweets and emails asking me about them....cue blog post!
I have been wearing extensions for about 5 years. I buy 100% human hair that can be styled and washed as normal.
It comes in one big long strip like this....
haha camera cord!
I then cut the length I want and double it over to make it thicker...
The ones I use were expensive when I bought them, about £5 for a pair, but I have used these constantly since as they are such good quality. Most of the paint has come off from use and washing, but all the other clips I have come across since that are cheaper, just dont feel as secure as I like. When sewing on your clips, make sure you put them at the end of the strip. That way, the hair will be secure to your head and not flap out to reveal your secret! You can buy the hair with clips aready attached but I find the hair thinner than I would like and the clips not amazing quality. Thats just my persnal preference.
I make 2 main strips, one for just under my ears, one just over. Then 2 side strips, one slightly bigger than the other as I have a thinner side because of my side partin :) To secure them in my hair, I take a little section abou hair an inch thick, twist it and slide the clip in, the click to close. You can just click it in, but I like it really secure.
I clip these in and I'm ready to go...
NYPD hoodie... :)
I style mine with waves or curls. I love using them as it instantly gives me a new look and all the heat in styling is on the ends of the hair...which isnt mine :) I wave the ends with a cinical wand them spritz some hairspray. This can be brushed out. I wash mine whenever they need it but between washes I freshen them up with Umberto Gianini Beauty Makeover spray which I love. Each time I change my hair colour, I buy new hair. Each set costs me around £20 depending on the length. I have used most expensive brands costing around £60-80 but they were exactly the same quality as the ones I use now. It pays to shop around and to go to specialist hair shops which are likely to charge trade prices. I do take good care of them as I dont want to end up wearing a birds nest. I store them in a laundry type bag which lets them breathe but not get damaged. You know the little ones you get to put socks in?...yep, classy!
As much as I would love semi perm ones, I find the clips so easy to put in and take out again. So one those days when you just want your hair up, you can without investing in a snake charmer to put tonnes of hair up! Once my hair gets to a decent length, I think I will still use extensions for the thickness factor.
Do you wear extensions? Clips or glue?
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back to you :)