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Hair Extensions

This is a wordy post, so if you're not interested in hair extensions then feel free to skip past it!

I've had a lot of questions about my hair extensions recently, so I thought I'd do a post about them. I know this isn't a hair/beauty blog, put my previous post on dyed red hair seemed to go down well, so hopefully you'll all find this one helpful too.

I bought my hair extensions because, pretty obviously, I want longer hair. I know some of you will be thinking "just grow it then", but that isn't really an option for me for three reasons. 1) My hair grows really slowly. I've tried regular trimming, and just leaving it, and it doesn't seem to grow anywhere near as quickly as other people's. 2) I don't think my hair likes growing long. This might sound a bit weird, but everyone's hair has a natural length it will reach and then fall out. Some people's hair has a shorter "longest length" than others. My hair seems to reach just under collarbone length and then refuses to get any longer. 3) My hair is in bad condition at the ends, because of bleaching it last year, so I keep having to have split ends trimmed off. SO I can't really grow my hair too easily until I've grown out all of the bleached damaged hair.

So, extensions it is. I got clip-ins because there's no way I'm spending hundreds of pounds for glued or sewed-in extensions which wreck your natural hair and don't last that long. Also clip-ins are much more versatile - it's easier to put your hair up as you can move the clips around so they can't be seen, and if I'm doing exercise etc I don't want loads of hair making me too hot and getting in the way. They are really quick and easy to put in.


Hair extension clips. Image from Google.


I bought them from Foxy Locks Extensions. Mine are the 160 gram ones. I did a lot of research, reading loads of reviews and watching dozens of youtube videos about various different brands of hair extensions, and Foxy Locks came out on top. The owner of the company, Imogen, has her own YouTube channel with loads of really good tutorials on how to clip in your extensions, how to care for them and how to style them in loads of different ways. Also, if you tweet her a picture of your hair she'll advise the best colour of extensions to get to match. This 'interactivity' with the brand is probably a big part of the reason why Foxy Locks are so popular.

I'm not going to do an in-depth review because there are loads of those out there already, and I just want to address the questions I get asked on the blog about them. The one thing I will say is that most people seem to go on about how high quality the clips are, but one of mine has broken after only a couple of months and not much use, and a couple of the others are coming un-sewn. This is relatively easy to sort out, and I'm not too bothered about it, I just thought I'd let you know.

Anyway, a couple of FAQs about my extensions:

Are they synthetic or real?
The extensions are real human hair, which I know weirds a lot of people out. It doesn't bother me though, as I know the hair has been cleaned etc. Because it's real hair, you can treat it exactly the same as your own hair, using heat styling tools etc. I've had cheaper synthetic extensions in the past, and you have to be really careful when styling them, as if you get them too hot they start to frazzle and you get a horrible burning plastic smell coming from your head!

How did I get such a good colour match?
I dyed the extensions to match my hair, with the same dye as I use normally. Another up-side of them being human hair is that you can dye them. As I have an unnatural hair colour, I knew I wasn't going to get an exact match straight off. So I ordered a similar colour to my natural hair colour (lightish mouseyish brown - I think, I haven't seen more than a few millimetres of it for years now), and dyed the extensions with the same dye I use on my own hair. The colour I ordered - number 14 Toffee Brown - was a bit lighter than my hair in the end, more blonde than brown really, so the dyed extensions are a bit lighter than my roots, but as my hair is lighter on the ends because of the bleach, my hair has a kind of ombre-d red effect anyway, so the extensions blend really well with the ends of my hair. If you want a perfect colour match through dyeing your extensions, I'd suggest taking them to a hairdresser if you can, because they'll be able to get the best results.

As I said, you can style your extensions in loads of different ways, and I'm enjoying the versatility of long hair. Here are some outfit posts where I've styled the extensions in different ways:
Side plait
Straight
Curly
Wavy
Up-do

Does anyone else wear extensions? What do you think of them? I think they're gradually moving away from their negative image (Snog Marry Avoid anyone?) and getting more "normal" shall we say. After all, loads of people (and loads of bloggers) wear fake eyelashes every day now without it being viewed as cheap-looking or OTT, so why not extensions?

7 comments

  1. ah this is very helpful. i'm right on the edge of getting them, i'm just worried about how short my hair is and that i won't get them to match my natural colour.
    i think hair extensions are completely normal, and hate that people consider them trashy even when they're well done.

    http://afluorescentadolescent.blogspot.com/ x

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  2. Thanks for this. I've wanted to try extensions, just to try something different with my hair, so this is useful to read. I guess the great thing about real hair is that you can dye it. I'll have a look into Foxy Locks.

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  3. Wow thanks for pointing me towards the site, I have been considering some kind of extensions for a while as my hair bores me! I used to have braids for a while when I was little, but nowadays I like the idea of having something I can quickly put in for a different look. I don't want them to be too long really, but I might consider these.

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  4. i've been wearing extensions for about... 5 years now? i currently have a weave instead of clips in which i prefer, although it's more expensive and a lot of up keep!

    like you. my hair just takes.. well, FOREVER, to grow, no matter what I do, so these are handy to have in the mean time :)

    this is a great little post too!
    xxx

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  5. Extensions are great! I love mine and have been wearing wigs and clip in bits and pieces for years and years. The human hair ones are just so good nowadays that you're right - it's become the norm to wear them - just like tattoos!

    L x

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  6. Ahhhh thanks for doing this, I too am close to getting them! Im just worried that you can see them if you have hair down? Cant you see the hair clips through?

    Your hair looks stunning by the way! xxxx

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  7. I'm on the verge of buying them all the time!
    I have the same problems as you with my hair just refusing to grow at all (about 2 inches in the past year, really)
    I just hate the 'oh you wear fake hair' stigma with having them when they look ratty ha, but i think you're right about them becoming an everyday thing.

    xxx

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