Hair Extension Help

IMG_8130 (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 as my hair is very light at the ends. I am honestly blown away by the customer service, the quick delivery and the products themselves. The choice of shades is beyond the standard black-brown-blonde-red colours that a lot of hair extensions seem to focus on. Cliphair offers so many different tones and lengths that it really is virtually impossible not to find something to suit you.  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 as it is.

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- largely due to the quality of the clips ( 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!

Tips for more volume in hair

If you know me personally you will know from the age of 15 I was obsessed with having thick, voluminous locks. Hey I wasn’t the first person to take a backcomb into an exam for nothing . . 

I wanted to share some tips on how to create a fuller look:

  • OK, the first obvious one is backcombing or teasing the hair with a comb. If you have a middle parting an awesome trick is to place the strands of hair across the crown in a zigzag formation. The hair is able to rest on other bits of hair meaning more volume at the roots.
  • Secondly, another obvious one but kinda crucial is good hairspray. I have tried many formulas over the years and so many just make hair so sticky and just not easy to remove. However I adore Tresemme Salon Finish Volume and Lift which stays in place all day and doesn’t frizz up in damp weather or become a nightmare to brush out.
  • Sleep in velcro rollers. I do this when I want to achieve a more wavy or curly look. Sleeping in velcro rollers isn’t as uncomfortable as it sounds! It is a virtually non-damaging way to create lift in the hair that appears natural and looks fabulous when messed up with hairspray the next morning.
  • My personal favourite is using hair extensions. They are not only used for length but also thickness, I have a post on hair extensions which I will link below. Even if you want to put your hair up then hair extensions can create a fuller looking tail. The trick is to place the tracks upside down at the base of the ponytail instead of the regular positioning of tracks the correct way. I can explain this further if you have questions! Clip in hair extension talk

img_5484  Here I am wearing extensions for thickness

  • Curly hair will always look more full than straight. My hair is naturally very curly and even though I prefer it straight, if I need volume fast I always let my hair dry naturally into its curls. Texture is what gives the appearance of volume so play around with strands and if your hair is straight, a tight barrel wand will create the illusion of natural ringlets.

 As you can see, my hair looks fuller in its natural texture img_6411

  • Invest in a good shampoo and skip the conditioner! If you must use conditioner then apply to ends only! Conditioner tends to weigh the hair down and make it too silky for when you want volume. A shampoo I really love for volume is Manes and Tails as it deep-cleans the scalp to remove any build-up of product which also weighs the hair down. 
  • Dry shampoo your hair before bed. When you sleep your hair moves a lot so with the addition of a texture spray or dry shampoo then your hair is constantly ruffling up against your pillow meaning you will wake up with tousled locks. 
  • A blunt cut. My hairdresser told me a haircut that is blunt creates the illusion of thicker hair as it looks more ” chunky” all one length. I was unsure about this but after getting my hair cut I realised my hairdresser was right. This is particularly good with ladies who have fine hair like mine but one word of warning. A blunt cut makes it harder to blend hair extensions as you get that dreaded line which of course is not ideal. I usually clip the bottom of my hair up when applying extensions with a blunt cut.

These are the tricks I use for my hair and they seem to work fairly well, please let me know if you have any other tricks! I am always on the quest for volume!

Least favourite beauty products!

As a complete skin care and beauty product addict, it is fair to say I have had my fair share of beauty disappointments. If these products work for you then that is great but personally for me these products were not worth the hype at all!

  • Elvive fibrology Shampoo and Conditioner ( The blue-bottle) OK I have no idea why a shampoo claiming to create a thicker feel to the hair does the opposite. On all the times I have used this my hair felt more flat than it was to begin with. I have used this shampoo at LEAST ten times and each time my hair looks totally flat and feels like there is so much product build-up in my hair. In other words it just seems so stiff and feels kinda gross. I was so disappointed by this product as I really adore anything this brand brings out yet sorry but this product is a big fat NO.
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Uhh what is the hype over this mascara? Many beauty influencers love this affordable mascara ( with the green lid) but I do not understand why. The brush barely has any bristles on it meaning it is near impossible to coat lashes and the product feels clumpy upon application. Now, seeing as I love long spidery lashes I thought I could deal with this but it didn’t do me any favours personally because I spent so long trying to coat my lashes. I like mascaras that you can literally shove on and go but this one requires more of a technique which I clearly hadn’t mastered. 
  • Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. If you have oily skin like me just stay away! It is medium to full coverage but looked so cakey when I wore it. Then the worst thing happened . . .  MY SKIN WENT SO OILY. I am not talking about a little bit of shine I am talking about all over shine that looks like you have exercised for 2 hours without a break. This is not the look I ever want to achieve. I had spent a lot of money on this product so I was annoyed it didn’t live up to my expectations but at least I know for the future.
  • Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher. I disliked how harsh the colours looked. They just seemed overly unnatural and again I found these little blusher pots hard to blend. I like the idea of having a little compact pot of blusher but that was about all I appreciated from these blushers. Whilst they are fairly pigmented, they are not easy to buff away meaning you are left with a stark contrast on your skin. I am not really a fan of Bourjois products sorry! However I have heard their foundations are amazing? What do you guys think ?
  • Garnier Body Tonic Scrub. If you fake tan you will know how important a good scrub is to get rid of old tan. I saw this in a magazine and ran to buy it ( literally) because it was recommended by a beauty guru for pre-tanning however I really disliked this product. SO many times I was left with red skin from scrubbing too hard because this scrub felt like it did nothing. It did not leave me with soft skin and it did not remove my tan and actually you feel really sticky after using it because not all the sugar washes away so occasionally on your skin you come across areas that still have sugar granules on them. This scrub is about 7£ which I guess is ok for a body scrub but I have had more success with supermarket own brands of body scrub, especially when removing a tan. The only way I could increase my opinion of this product is if I used exfoliating gloves with it as that might create a more effective result but it is disappointing to say I was not even upset when I finished this tube in one shower as I was gaining anything from it. 

Any products you guys would never buy again? Let me know! 

Little beauty changes that make a huge difference

There are so many things I wish I had known when I was younger when it comes to beauty, and as I have gotten older I realise some small changes can completely change-up a face. I wanted to share these with you all!

  • Wax or thread any facial hair. This includes upper lip, sides, hairline and cheeks. Makeup just glides on and looks flawless instead of sitting and gathering on the small baby hairs or peach fuzz.
  • Argan oil in hair. No doubt about it, it seals any split ends and gives you incredibly soft hair. No amount of shine spray will ever give the results a little drop of argan oil can achieve.
  • Wash your face with Dove soap every night. It is called the beauty bar of soap for a reason. I wish I had done this before because I have noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin. Soap gets rid of the bacterial build up on skin too so its an all round fabulous thing to do.
  • Look after teeth! Not saying everyone should go get veneers or splash out on dentist treatments but the appearance of healthy teeth just look a lot more pleasing and boosts confidence, you can read how I whitened my teeth for only 50 £ here: Teeth whitening
  • Use a moisturizer with a hint of gradual tan. Facial moisturizers with gradual tan are so light that you need to use them for a few days to see any real colour change but this makes it ideal to use daily in order to maintain a glow. Don’t worry you won’t be left with an orange face after a few weeks as every time you exfoliate or wash the skin you wash the colour away slowly too.
  • Groomed eyebrows frame the face. Whatever you like to do to your brows, keeping them groomed is essential. It is one of the first things people notice about a face so it makes sense to look after them right? I used to get mine threaded but now I just trim them when they need to be trimmed so that I keep their natural shape.
  • Caster oil on lashes. This is something I have been doing for a while. It increases the condition of lashes in order to help them grow fuller and thicker, so far I have not seen an increase in length but my lashes are fairly long to begin with ( Thank you genes) 
  • Always have contrasting colour on the face with foundations. One tone of foundation on the skin makes it look so flat and dull, by adding a lighter concealer under the eyes you give the illusion of brightening the face and creating contrasting shades which work in your favour.
  • Cuticle oil on your nails every night. Nail care tends to be neglected in beauty regimes but the key to lush long nails is the nourishing part. You need to feed your nail bed with vitamins and minerals in order to encourage their growth. Cuticle oil is less than 5 pounds and your nails will really thank you for it.
  • Use two shades of lip colour for your lips to create a fuller look. Again, I am mentioning the power of contrasting colours. If you subtly blend together two similar, but not identical, lip shades by using the darker one starting in the middle and blending out then you create a fuller lip as the lighter shade around the edges doesn’t show a definite stop to the lip making it seem as if it continues more than it actually does then you can overdraw your lips with a new “line”. If you want to draw attention to plump lips already ( lucky people!) then use a lighter shade on the juiciest part of your lip to really highlight this area.
  • Wash your makeup brushes! Seriously, not only does it get rid of bacteria but the performance of them is so much better when brushes are clean as there is no product build up on the brush.

These little changes to your beauty regime make a huge impact. Be patient with the ones that require a longer amount of time but trust me you will see results! I wish I knew these tricks sooner!

Hair growth advice

If you have seen my other post about clip in extensions you can probably guess I want longer hair, BUT there is no way to grow hair magically overnight so time however after not being able to grow my hair for 5 years, this last year I finally noticed some growth and it was down to a few essential changes in my lifestyle and treatment of my hair.

  • Trimming hair won’t make hair grow, but it means no hair breaks which results in making it shorter! Think about it, if your hair keeps breaking any length that has grown will just snap right off which becomes a cycle, something I recently realised. It is so important to make sure split ends are snipped off once in a while I would say about every 3-4 months if you really can’t bear to have short hair like me.
  • Take Biotin tablets. This was when I really started to see growth, I actually took tablets called Hairburst which contain Biotin but I feel that Biotin in its strongest form is going to be very effective. I don’t believe in those shampoos that claim to make hair grow or those gummy bears for hair growth as upon research the gummy bears lack crucial ingredients needed for healthy hair growth.
  • Eat protein rich foods! Again another crucial one please don’t underestimate this! When I was eating eggs and chicken everyday my hair was growing so quickly, it was unbelievable. More foods rich in good fats to encourage hair growth are avocados ( I personally hate them though), chickpeas, lentils and any lean meat.
  • Massage your scalp. This is a bit of a weird one but I feel it kind of encourages the hair root to grow.
  • Sleep with your hair up. If you roll around when you sleep like me then you will realise your hair is constantly getting rubbed against the pillow which is damaging and stunts hair growth.
  • Limit heat. Another fairly obvious one but cut out the heat. Limit blowdries and heat appliances on your hair and you give your hair a chance to grow rather than cook. 
  • NO STRESS. Easier said than done but the mind is just as important for hair growth as the hair itself. Stress causes hair to thin and this can give the appearance of dull locks so give yourself some chill time now and again, your hair will thank you in the long-term.
  • Try to avoid long-term use of extensions. In my previous post I mentioned that clip ins for over 3 years on and off caused my hair to break, thin dramatically and also grow slowly. Whilst clip ins are the least damaging form of hair extensions, try to give your hair a break when you can.

In the meantime while you wait for your hair to grow, a few tricks to make your hair look longer. A low ponytail will always seem like you have longer hair as you are putting your hair up with the least amount of hair meaning more length goes into the pony and not in positioning the hair if that makes sense! Also playing around with the parting and pushing hair to one side gives a thicker look and creates longer looking hair as it is an illusion to the eye when one side has little hair and the other has longer hair. This comparison tricks the eye into thinking you have longer looking locks.

Link to my hair extension post: Hair extension post

Clip in hair extension talk

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

img_5083   (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!