If you follow me on Insta, you probably already know about my new luscious locks but I’ve gotten a few questions about them so I thought I’d put together a little post and share my experience thus far + a little background as to why I took the plunge.
Fun fact: my least favorite feature and the one thing I’ve always been SO self-conscious about is my hair. I’ve always had super dry, brittle hair that I’ve never been able to grow but of course, I’ve always dreamed of having a head full of long, soft, cascading tresses like so many of the girls I went to school with *sigh*. I’ve tried taking supplements, I’ve tried different shampoos and conditioners, I’ve tried laying off on the styling, but nothing ever seemed work (I’ve literally got permanent side bangs from breakage). Over the years, I’ve learned the best ways to style my hair so that I’m at least somewhat happy with the way that it looks however; my longhair dreams have always remained.
With my wedding coming up, I decided that my short, brittle hair simply will not do and If I can’t grow it naturally, I’ll have to take drastic measures: Hair extensions. At first I was super hesitant, as I didn’t like the idea of further damaging my hair and I wasn’t sure if I was up for the maintenance. That is, until my wonderful best friend/hair guru assured me that the damage would be minimal and it would be worth it regardless if it meant that I’d actually be genuinely happy with my hair for my wedding. Sold.
They’ve been in for a little over a week now and here are my thoughts thus far:
- Having long hair is super fun. As someone who’s never been able to grow her hair out, I love having options in the morning! Wear it down, in a braid, in a cute low pony, half up half down—the possibilities are endless!
- Styling my hair is actually easier now. My new long, evenly cut hair just lays better than the awk length of my natural hair that I was always fighting to tame.
- I don’t feel compelled to wash it every single day. I used to hate going multiple days without washing my short hair because the second it started to look even a little bit greasy, it looked like crap! With the extensions, my dirty hair is much easier to conceal and with a little dry shampoo, I really don’t notice it much. *Note: You’re actually not supposed to wash them everyday.
- I have less anxiety about damaging my hair with hot tools. Now that 90% of the hair on my head isn’t even mine, there’s much less at stake (I still use a heat protecting spray though because I want the hair to last).
- They’re kind of an investment. Depending on the quality of the hair and how well you take care of them, they only have to be redone every two months or so, and the same hair can often be reused for up to a year.
- They definitely take some getting used to. My scalp was a little sensitive for the first few days because the tape kind of pulls on the hair + they can be kind of heavy.
- They can be kind of difficult to wash. You have to take your time and make sure you gently massage the shampoo around your scalp where your tape is, and you cant put any conditioner on your scalp at all. You also have to be super careful when you brush them after the shower, which can be tedious and take a bit of extra time.
- They take FOREVER to blow dry. I combat this by showering at night and blow-drying them before bed on wash days so that I don’t have to do it all in the morning before work.
- You have to sleep with a loose braid or pony every single night. They can get pretty matted and tangled if you don’t.
- They can be pretty pricy. The hair itself can be anywhere between $100-$500 depending on color, amount needed, hair type, brand, etc. + the cost of labor depending on your stylist.
- I look like Cousin It in the mornings. Holy freaking lions mane.
- There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to styling them. I was a little discouraged the first few days because I honestly had absolutely no idea what to do with all that hair, what size curling iron to work with, etc. I looked like a witch the first few days because it was super shapeless and flat due to my lack of skill LOL.
- There is a potential for hair loss when you have them removed. Having said that, it’s important to keep in mind that the only hairs in jeopardy are the ones sandwiched between the tape of the extension, AKA a tiny layer of hair underneath all of the rest of your hair. Also, you have to consider the fact that the average person sheds around 100 individual strands of hair per day so if the extension tape is keeping this hair attached to your scalp, and it comes off when you remove them after a few months, you probably would have already lost that hair anyway had they not been in.
I’m loving my new hair! Like I mentioned above, I’m definitely finding that I wash my hair WAY less, spend less time on styling, and I’m having so much fun with the length! While there are drawbacks and it can be annoying at times, I’m slowly but surely getting used to them and some of the things that I have to spend more time on are just becoming apart of my normal routine. As for whether or not I’ll continue to maintain them long after the wedding, we will have to see!
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions that I didn’t answer above, Id be happy to answer them in the comments! Happy Monday, y’all!
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