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All About Hair Extensions

Monday, October 14, 2019



OUTFIT DETAILS

TEE : Nordstrom - so cozy, wearing a medium, does have a smaller fit // VEST : Patagonia - love this vest! I have had it for two years and I wear it ALL THE TIME! Totally worth the splurge // LEGGINGS : Gap - my all time faves! Wearing a Medium // BOOTS : Ugg // BEANIE : Amazon // 

Can't believe all this pretty, Fall foliage is right in our backyard lol! The first day Liam I went to the little playground I was like wow- it's super pretty back here- so of course we opted for some pics! Haha. I would call this my winter uniform but it's only Fall, but still I have just been freezing cold with the temps dropping 20-30 degrees over night! Not to mention- it's incredibly comfortable! I have already raved and raved about these leggings here, but I can't say enough good things about this vest either- I have had it for 2 years now and it's held up amazingly!

Now for the good stuff :) EXTENSIONS! Y'all, I have never been more obsessed with my hair in my entire life- it.is.amazing. So if you haven't seen my recent hair WITHOUT extensions, this is what post baby hair loss looks like. I'm not necessarily balding anywhere- my hair has just gotten A TON thinner. It breaks super easy and is just hard to do anything with!



The first thing they do for the extensions is section off your hair and add these beads row by row! After that they do that, each weft is sewn in onto the beads! It can be a little tight after for a few days but it isn't really painful!


&. . . then you have amazing GORGEOUS hair like this!! I couldn't believe it!! They are SO lightweight and just make life and doing your hair 100% easier- unless it's wash day.






UPDATE- I FINALLY GOT HAND-TIED EXTENSIONS! YAY! I am so excited to share more about them with you guys. Hands down, my favorite type. They look amazing and are so much easier to deal with. I almost never wash my hair and it's honestly so much easier.

FAQ'S

WHERE DID YOU GET THEM DONE?

I got them put in by Hana Hill (here is her insta!) at Whitney Evans Beauty in Knox! They are absolutely amazing and have the SWEETEST staff - and also the salon is GORGEOUS!

HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?

The pricing varies based on the length of hair you are wanting to get. The initial install is $650 + the cost of the hair.

HAIR PRICING:

16 inches - $405
20 inches - $565
22 inches - $725 - mine are these!
24 inches - $850

The upkeep on hand tied extensions is usually ever 8-9 weeks to get them moved up! It is only $250 each time to get them moved up.

Obviously something like this is a HUGE investment but I think it is 100% worth it if it is something you really want to do. I ADORE them and I don't think I could live without them now. lol!

HOW MANY ROWS DO YOU HAVE?

I have 3 rows total in my head! That may seem like a lot, but they don't feel heavy at all. When I shower- they do feel heavier but I usually just tie my hair up in a t shirt when I get out so I don't feel the weight!

DO THEY HURT?

The first couple days my head was kind of sore- but just like I slept in a pony tail sore! Not bad at all.

CAN YOU WEAR YOU HAIR UP?

Yes! I can wear it in a bun, half up, however I want. You can't see them at all!

HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE TO DRY/STYLE?

I literally NEVER blow dry my hair! The only time it gets blown dry is at the salon- I just don't have the time or need- I just let my hair air dry before styling and if I'm in a rush I'll blow dry it the rest of the way after a few hours but it takes like 5 minutes. The day I wash my hair is the longest it takes to style- probably about an hour, but the next 7-9 days I just have to brush it and touch up maybe 1 or 2 curls!

WHICH ARE YOUR FAVORITE KINDS OF EXTENSIONS?

By far the hand tied! Below I go into detail about others I have tried but these are my absolute favorite!

All About Extensions

Today's post is all about all different kinds of extensions I have used and what I like and disliked about them. I have used several types of extensions, all different kinds and brands. I love having the option to change the length of my hair without cutting it or having to do something that may damage my hair. Obviously this is just my personal preference and I have nothing against people who choose a different kind than me, just sharing what works best for my routine and hair!


TYPES:

Tape-ins:
I had tape ins for about 6 weeks and I couldn’t stand them. I hated the way they felt on my hair and it was hard to brush my hair with them. I have really naturally curly hair and I felt like I could never get my hair thoroughly brushed through (once they grew out a little). I loved the way they looked though! I also didn’t like how often you would have to come back to get them moved up, etc. I felt like these were the most damaging to my hair out of all the types I have used. When they got taken out I had MILD bald spots from where they pulled and pulled on my hair.

Hand- Tied:

If you follow any big bloggers, then you have probably heard of these! A lot of them go to Chrissy in Arizona and clearly she is just amazing. There are a couple local places that have done the class and provide the service of the hand-tied extensions and honestly I want to try them SO bad. The downside is they are SO expensive. Most places start around $1,000 and they have to be moved up every 6-8 weeks. I have never had these but I hope to try them one day so I don't have to take out my hair every night lol.

UPDATE- I FINALLY GOT HAND-TIED EXTENSIONS!


Clip-ins:

I have actually used a couple of different clip in brands! The first ones I ever had were Bellami hair. I liked the way they looked and how easy they were to put in and take out. However, they didn’t last very long at all. They shed like crazy and split super easy. These were also the very first set I had- so i didn't take good care of them. They weren't 100% human hair either- so I don't recommend synthetic hair at all. They don't last! Most extensions you have to be very gentle with but these really didn’t hold up well enough to be worn every single day. I have one of their ponytail extensions too and I like it. It has held up great but I also don’t wear it everyday.


The second brand are Barefoot Blonde by Amber Fillerup! (These are the ones I wear now). First of all, if you don’t follow her, YOU HAVE TO. She has the cutest fam and is seriously like the most gorgeous girl ever and so so sweet! I got these toward the end of May and was so impressed from the start. One of the hardest parts about finding a GOOD pair of extensions is color matching. Since all extensions are so fragile, you can’t really dye them to match your hair, if you do the life of them shortens tremendously. So most of the time a stylish who is familiar with extensions will recommend  coloring your hair to match them. A service that Barefoot Blonde offers is a sample pack of extensions. You can pick 5 color choices and you pay the $5 shipping and they ship you the samples to keep and try on to figure out which colors matches the best! This is how I matched them to my hair.

Wear- Most clip-ins should last you a year or more (if you take care of them). When it comes to extensions, you really get what you pay for, so spending a little more is usually the way to go so they stay looking nice and new and they last a long time. You don't want to waste your money, they can be super pricey!

Overall, clip-ins are my fave! I love that I can take them out if I want and clip them in different ways if I want a different hairstyle. If you're interested in extensions feel free to message me with questions :) I'll be happy to answer them if I can!