Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year, New Hair

One thing that you should know about me, is that I’ve always been dissatisfied with my hair. It’s extremely fine and stick straight, becomes greasy way too easily, and really doesn’t grow out well past my collarbone. It does have it’s perks: it dries quickly, it looks cute in a bob and I have zero frizz, but I’ve always pined after the long, luscious locks of my friends, co-workers and nearly every blogger I follow. To be honest, it’s been the one thing that I’d like to change about my appearance for the longest time.

Around the beginning of December, I started watching makeup and beauty tutorials on YouTube, and over the holidays, I randomly stumbled on some hair tutorials as well. Picture me surprised when nearly everyone with incredible hair started their tutorial with: “First, I clip in my hair extensions….” WHAT??! This isn't their real hair? I thought it was just little ole me who was born without incredible hair, but THIS IS THE SECRET, Y'ALL. If you were born with long, thick, beautiful hair, I am eternally jealous. But if you weren’t, you can have it too! Just like nearly every celebrity, model, or vlogger, apparently.

I’ve had hair extensions twice before for high school prom, but they were temporarily glued in, and so difficult to deal with. My feelings toward permanent hair extensions were that they were extremely expensive (think: thousands of dollars), harmful to your hair, and tons of upkeep, so it never seemed like a viable option. Spurred on by this newfound knowledge of CLIP-IN extensions, I stopped by Sally Beauty Supply over the weekend, and used their color swatches to find a set that matched my hair (I really wasn’t interested in getting my hair colored regularly to match extensions, so that was going to be a deal breaker for me – see the thousands of dollars comment above). I completely LUCKED OUT and jumped for joy in the store when the EuroNext Chestnut Brown color matched perfectly. I grabbed the shortest length -14”- since my hair is short to begin with, and checked out. I clipped them in as soon as I got home, and sent this picture to my mom:

I knew that they needed to blend into my hair better (you could still see the division between my hair and the extensions in person), so I scheduled an appointment with my local salon, and requested a haircut that would include the clip-in extensions. Turns out, my stylist uses clip-ins as well (I’m telling you: THEY ARE EVERYWHERE), and did a great job with trimming them and making them blend. My original plan was to cut them significantly so that the extensions would add thickness to my hair without creating a dramatic change in length, but my stylist convinced me to keep them long for at least a couple of weeks, and I’m so glad that she did!

They are still not perfectly blended when I wear them straight, but I hear that it’s almost impossible to make that happen when you have a big separation in length (like I do). Instead, curling them makes all the difference in the world, so I’ve been using this NuMe curling wand, and it’s been love ever since. 

I’m definitely still getting the hang of it – I never even curled my hair before this – and it's more of a commitment to get ready in the morning, but I’m hoping that I’ll get better and better at managing them, especially as my own hair grows out. If you are on the fence about getting hair extensions for yourself, I’d be happy to talk to you about all of the details if you contact me here! I’m loving the new look and hope you do too. All of my [hair] dreams have come true, which is such a great way to kick off 2015.

P.S. I can officially mark #15 off of my list. Only 50 more to go! xx

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