Hair! Glorious Hair!
During my journey with hair extensions, I had two different hair brands on my head. I decided to do a review on the hair for both brands, in case anyone is looking for feedback on the actual product
Please note – hair care for both brands is virtually the same.
1) be gentle
2) don’t yank or pull your hair too much
3) be careful with pulled back hair styles such as ponytails
4) don’t use shampoos or conditioners with sulfates or alcohol or oil
5) don’t blast your tapes with heat – it will melt your glue
6) listen to all advice your hair care professional will give you
Something else to keep in my mind, your hair will look different based on how your stylist installs them. Everyone has a different technique on how they place the tapes on the head. This is a large investment for you, so please pick a qualified stylist. Also, be prepared to spend a lot of time in her/his chair because your maintenance appointments will run 2-3 hours depending on what other services you are having. So, I hope you really like your stylist 🙂
Quick plug – If you are in the Northwest Chicago/Suburban area, my friend Elyse did my extensions both times. She’s an amazing stylist and I would recommend her to anyone wanting awesome, funky, edgy, beautiful, and healthy hair. Here is her website.
On to the hair review –
In the picture above, I am wearing Hotheads Extensions.
Hair Texture. – Even though this hair was slightly frizzy, I liked it because it was a perfect match for my own slightly frizzy hair. One of my favorite ways of wearing these extensions was just wash and go. They dried in waves and blended perfectly with my own waves. Overall, I thought it felt finer and softer than Babe brand I had later (that review will be posted soon)
Stylability – I found these extensions held a curl a lot longer and curled better. My curls were much tighter and would last 3 days with minimal fuss in the mornings.
Color deposit on the hair – Even though we color matched and dyed the extension to match my hair color, the extensions had a slightly pinkier shade than my own hair.
Shedding – Wow, these things shed SO MUCH. I clogged so many drains, Drano loved me. There was long red hair all over the house, it was rather annoying. Also, with so much shedding, the thickness of my hair was visibly affected. After about 3 months, my hair looked much thinner.
Knot creation on hair at tapes – this goes along with the shedding, the hair tangles around itself, causing knots. Knots all the time.
Hair appearance start to finish – When it was time to replace this hair, you could really tell. The bottom of my hair was really scraggly. It looked DONE.
Would I get this brand again?
Maybe, especially if they fixed the shedding problem. I’m saying this because I happen to like the hair texture since it matched my hair. If you are pretty smooth hair, you would be screaming in frustration with these.
I hope I preemptively answered any questions you lovelies may have. If you are looking for a review on the extension experience itself, click here.