(Hair extensions firmly clipped in here)
I have been wearing hair extensions for the longest time, so I feel I defo can give an insight! Whilst my hair is not that much shorter than my extensions, I like them for volume and for a little length. Truthfully I have had the same hair extension set for 2 years because I have looked after them well and the quality is wonderful! I got mine from Cliphair.co.uk and my shade is chocolate-brown although I did have to dye them to get them to match better. I am wearing two head sets but my mum kindly sewed them on to one track so that it would be less clips!
One thing I would suggest to make hair extensions last is to avoid putting a lot of product on them such as hairspray as this requires you to wash them more often and then when you straighten them the hair kind of burns. I also try to make sure I leave the extensions to air dry as much as possible before I switch to a hair dryer. I see a lot of people use shampoo specifically for hair extensions but after looking at the ingredients I feel baby shampoo is gentle enough for hair extensions and costs just a few pounds so it saves you serious money.
After I remove my hair extensions I always brush them and store them in a loose bag so that they are not tangled when I next wear them. It gives me anxiety seeing so many women just throw their hair extensions on their desk in a massive clump! It goes without saying, you get what you pay for. I always make sure I buy human hair because it lasts so much longer and looks much more real. Human hair can be pricey but Cliphair regularly do discounts and offers as well as incredibly affordable prices.
If in doubt of your shade, always get lighter! This way you can dye them easier as it is always easier to go from light shades to dark rather than dark hair dye to light. I was really impressed with Vidal Sassoon Hair dye as it was strong enough to dye hair extensions and there was very little colour transfer, in fact virtually none. I did have to use around 4 boxes of hair dye though . . . Truthfully it was hard to get even distribution of hair dye on to the hair extensions but I would gently massage the dye into the hair and kind of rub it so that there was no patchy areas.
I think so many girls get worried the clips are going to show when wearing hair extensions and my advice would be to put as many clips as you can at the bottom of your hair and work your way up with less clips. The bottom of the head isn’t going to be visible unless you are constantly doing hand stands or something! Also in all my years wearing hair extentions I have never experienced any hair extentions falling out unexpectedly ( touch wood haha)
I would like to point out, whilst clip in hair extensions are one of the less damaging forms of extensions they do still cause damage over long-periods of time and can lead to a stop in hair growth as I experienced a few years ago. I recommend taking Biotin tablets and fish oil to promote hair growth and give your hair a break from time to time from extensions!
Hope some of this info was useful! Has anyone tried vixen and blush clip in extensions by the way? I would love to try out the Russian quality of the hair but wanna know if anyone has tried it? Sadly I wasn’t blessed with the Russian hair genes of my mum and sister. . .
This wasn’t sponsored or anything! I genuinely love Cliphair extensions seeing as I have tried so many in the past!
Ever since I cut my hair into a short bob at the age of 16 I have worn hair extensions. I am 21 now and my hair is still just bra strap length but it is slowly growing thank God
(This is with hair extensions)
However seeing as I was known for my hair extension use I wanted to just talk a little about how I made my hair extensions look like my real hair, trust me nobody ever even thought I was wearing hair extensions.I wore clip in double wefted hair extensions from a U.K website called Cliphair. My extensions are human hair and I normally wear two packs of hair extensions as I like that really thick and big hair look! Honestly I have tried so many clip in hair extension brands and Cliphair is just so affordably brilliant I have been a regular customer for 3 years now. Sure I would love to try more expensive hair extensions but it just isn’t realistic for a student lol
There are a lot of things I have learnt from hair extensions though, nobody wants hair extensions that look like they are fake! ( I prefer human hair as sorry but synthetic hair never looks real) I have never tried sew ins or bonded hair extensions as I do believe clip ins are the most gentle on the hair however I must say that long-term use of them did significantly thin my hair and slow down growth. I WISH I KNEW THIS BEFORE SO WARNING YOU ALL OUT THERE. It’s the extra weight on the head and the pressure on the roots that over time can cause to damage of the hair.
However besides that, as clip ins are not permanent they are a great way to change-up your look by adding volume or cheating those princess locks you’ve always dreamed of having. Without a doubt the most important thing is getting the shade down, to make hair extensions look undetectable the shade needs to match your hair colour down to a T. My shade is medium chocolate-brown ( usually a #4) but the tone was so wrong for me. I feel that over the years Cliphair have changed their brown shades so the tones were not the same as I was used to say 2 years ago. I had to dye my hair extensions to ensure a perfect match and I am so glad I did. I used a standard box hair dye and had to use around 4 boxes to cover the entire head of extensions.
Next I think the placement of extensions are so important. Clip in extensions usually come with different track lengths so small blending pieces are often provided. It is such a myth that you should use these pieces for the front of your hair as I place these pieces at the nape of my neck so there is more to blend with my actual hair and the longer tracks. Always leave a significant amount of hair at the top of your head to cover all the clips, I know what it feels like to go out with not enough hair covering the clips and it is solved by just placing the clips lower down!
Looking after hair extensions is absolutely crucial! Don’t leave them lying around on the floor in tangles, brush them and put them in a box. Don’t shower with them, wash them separately and try not to load too much product on to them as it makes the clip ins stiff and hard to style. It is also important to not sleep in clip ins as all that tossing and turning weakens not only your hair but also means the clips can break quicker and this is not what you want as then you have to sew them back on.
The thing with hair extensions is that it is usually going to behave differently to the texture of your real hair. In rain my extensions stay perfect but my hair frizzes so much meaning it starts to separate my hair and the clip ins making it look fake, one way to avoid this is to get the extensions cut specifically to blend with your hair. A good hairdresser will be able to almost style the hair extensions into your hair so that when it rains or when it is a bad hair day, the extensions would still look like part of your hair.
Have you guys ever tried bonded hair extensions or tape extensions? I get so worried that the hair pieces are gonna fall out randomly during the day!