I mentioned a few weeks ago that I recently got hair extensions and thought I would talk about them today in case anyone was wondering.
Getting hair extensions was not a spontaneous decision. It is something that I have thought about doing for years. I have always been self conscious about my hair. I didn’t even grow any hair until I was two years old and since then it’s always been very fine, blonde, and short.
Oddly enough, my hairline starts higher up on the back of my head than most people so that accounts for having less hair also. My hair grows really slow and uneven and it’s gotten a lot finer over the years.
I even had blood tests done to make sure there wasn’t a medical reason but all my bloodwork came back normal.
I’ve never been good about styling my hair. A hair straighter is about the extent of my abilities and I gave up even trying to use a curling iron because sadly, I don’t have any hair skills.
I wore clip-in hair extension on my wedding day and I loved them but due to my non-existent hair skills, I was never able to clip them in myself.
I was recently looking for a new salon and saw one of my friends check-in to a local salon on Facebook. I asked her if she recommended them and she said she loved her stylist and gave me her name (thanks, Stacey!). From there, I made an appointment with Dawn at Sorelle Salon for highlights and a hair cut.
I immediately loved Dawn. She was super nice but was also honest about everything she did. Yes, hair color is damaging. Yes, she would only take half an inch off my ends even though I needed at least two inches off. You could tell she loved her job and was very knowledgeable.
At that time we just worked out a plan to get my hair in better shape and healthier. I’m not the best at getting my hair cut when I should which is worse for my ends so I made an appointment to get it trimmed about six weeks later.
At that appointment, I mentioned hair extensions, and I made a consultation appointment for them. The hair salon I go to only works with Tony Odisho keratin fusion hair extensions. My stylist color matched my hair and went over the process and how to take care of them.
There are many different types of hair extensions but the ones I got, keratin fusion, are bonded to my actual hair using a fusion tool. The stylist bonded each small bundle of hair onto my own hair one at a time. Each package contains 25 bundles of hair. I needed about 4 packages to do my whole head which is 100 bundles of hair.
The whole process took about two and half hours. At first, I wasn’t sure of the length I wanted to get them. I originally was doing it more for volume but when I saw how long they were when the stylist initially put them in, I loved the length. I keep the length and the stylist just cut a couple inches off the bottom. Since I couldn’t really put too many extensions around my face since my hair is too fine, she layered the front so they blended well together.
I really love my hair extensions but they are very costly and require a lot of maintenance. The extensions last about 5-6 months if they’re properly taken care of but once they come out, the hair is done. You can’t re-use the hair which is the downside of keratin bond extensions. However, I think my stylist did a great job and they look great. To me, they were definitely worth every penny. And I’d do it again.
Price-wise, they cost a lot. Each pack of hair was $160. I needed four pack for my head. This price includes the stylist putting them in. You can probably find different or cheaper extensions out there but I really like and trust my stylist and think she did a great job.
I got so many compliments on my hair which was nice, but I just felt better about myself. I didn’t feel so self conscious about my hair and actually liked the way it looked for once.
Danny loved them when I got home from the hair salon and when I sent my dad a picture, he didn’t even believe it was me!
The downside is that they are high maintenance. They tangle easy so they have to be brushed often with a special hair extension brush. The hair extension is bonded about a quarter of an inch down my hair from my scalp so that tiny piece of hair can’t get tangled or it ruins them.
I sleep with my hair in a loose side braid at night so it doesn’t get too tangled.
Washing and blowing drying my hair now takes forever. I guess the good thing about fine hair is that I could blow dry it in less than five minutes. I can only use sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoo and conditioner. I just bought the Tony Odisho shampoo, conditioner, and brush from my salon since it was easier.
I wear it down when I’m going out or working but most of the time I just wear it back in a low bun especially when I’m working out. I can’t wear it up too high or you’d be able to see the extension bond.
I’ve only worn it straight once. I normally use a curling wand to curl it because to me it looks more natural.
So overall, I love my hair extensions. Yes, they are pricey and require more work than I’m used to but for me those things are worth it. I’d rather pay money and do a little more work on my hair than go back to my regular hair.
Yay for hair extensions! Have a great day!