Your ultimate hair extension guide

Hello everyone! And welcome back yet again to another blog post by little old me. It’s going to be that time of the year where the leaves turn orange and people are trading in their beach bags for backpacks. Before school starts I usually get an itch to do something drastic as a makeover. And I’ve decided to start going blonde again! I also decided that after I reach the color that I want, I’m going to invest in a new set of hair extensions/weaves, whatever you want to call it.

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I’ve tried out many different brands and methods over the years. First one I’m going to talk about is clip in extensions!

Beginning of freshman year in high school, I begged my mom to get me clip ins to make my hair longer. I was always so jealous of girls that naturally had long hair; Meanwhile, my hair only grew to a certain point and then stopped. Or I would get too fed up and keep chopping it. So it was only a matter of time until I discovered the world of deceiving hair! After months of debating my mom on whether I should have them or not, I won the battle. And off to Sally’s we went! I had your typical set of hair extensions. Clip in hair extensions come in a bundle and each bundle will tell you how many grams of hair is included within. 

I’ve tried Bellami extensions which were a 7/10 and got too tangled up easily. I’ve gotten the My Pink Vanity extensions which had A+ customer service and the extensions we’re a 9/10. I’ve tried the Luxy hair extensions which were the same sort of feel as the Bellami extensions, another 7/10. My original Sally’s I would rate as a 6/10. They were just too thin and I had to buy two sets of the bundles! Getting them was convenient though, because shopping for hair extensions is now usually done online. But color matching is a pain in the ass and I’m not even going to get to that. If you want to make sure you have the right hair color to match your own, look up the extension name and color through Instagram or Google! You also can email the company, as most of them should have a customer service rep trained to give you the best results.

Usually these bundles come in these “sizes”

  • Fine hair = 120 grams
  • Medium hair = 160 grams
  • Thick hair = 220 grams

Every company has hair thats made differently so ordering online is tough. That’s why I always recommend that if you have fine hair, you get the 160 gram set. If you have medium hair, you get the 220 gram set. It’s better to have too much than too less when it comes to extensions. If the hair extensions are looking natural and to your liking, you don’t need to add every piece of hair just because it’s there!

Another method of hair extensions that I’ve used in the past were glue ins. As beautiful and seamless as they were, the damage wasn’t worth it. It was also really expensive, priced between $1,000.oo to $2,000.00. They lasted for up to six months without any upkeep which wasn’t a good move on my part. I got these extensions for college and I guess I didn’t have the time to go to the salon ever. If you decide to do glue ins, the brand of hair that my stylist used was SoCap and I got it done at Push Salon in Manalapan New Jersey! They caused a lot of damage and hair loss but I mean… if this is the route you want to go down, I recommend this salon! They regardless did a beautiful job. This was them below!

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After I eventually had to get them out, which was a painful process, I went back to my My Pink Vanity extensions and they did the job when I wanted my long hair again. But after some time I needed a change and dyed my hair brown and got tape in extensions. Which just like the glue ins, you can buy these as well online or go through a salon and get them done. These type of extensions were permanent just like my glue ins; However, they didn’t damage my hair not even nearly as bad as my glue ins did. Tape ins are two sticky strips of hair and you sandwich them between your real hair. You can see the process of them being put on here. And this is what they looked like on me below!

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These extensions costs me $400.00 which is super cheap and only because I purchased this salon service through Groupon. I’m also unsure of what brand she used but I’m sure there are better brands than the one I got. I hear good things about Zala’s tape-in extension, as well as the Jen Atkin collection through Beauty Works. Jen Atkin does all of the Kardashians hair so if you have that extra money to spend, I would use her extensions.

I think by far the worst hair extensions I bought was this handmade Etsy headband extension. It looked like what is shown below. Don’t ask me why I thought this would feel or look natural. Despite it looking better than some other hair extensions I see walking around, it felt like it was going to fall off. And I couldn’t properly hide the wire.

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Like what even is that? I don’t know. I truly don’t know.

That was my hair extension guide and all the brands and methods I’ve used for a good while in the past. If I’m going to get hair extensions ever again, I’ll probably only get tape ins. Clip ins are annoying to put in and out and every other method is either stupid or damaging. It’s 2016, you’d think they come out with hair growth technology that can make your hair grow seven inches in five seconds. That’s all I ask for!

Thank you guys so much for reading! If you have any questions don’t be afraid to comment below! Like and follow if you want to be bffs!

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Xoxo

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6 thoughts on “Your ultimate hair extension guide

  1. Man hair extensions are so expensive. I don’t think I’ll ever get them myself because I wash my hair everyday. My country is very humid and warm, and my hair type is oily. So I can’t really go one day without washing my hair it feels too gross!

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