I am so excited to finally be getting this post up! The number one question that I get asked all the time is: “Is that all your hair?”
Before I get into it, I want to give you a little background on my hair extension journey. About 9 years ago I got a bad haircut. I always had very long, thick, curly hair. I went to a new hairdresser for a “trim”. Well, next thing I knew I was looking in the mirror wondering where all my hair went. My hair was almost down to my butt before I sat down in that chair and now it was above my shoulders. I cried for DAYS (I know, very dramatic) but because my hair is so curly, if it’s short it ends up looking like an afro. Not a good look for me. So I needed to do something. Now this was before I watched Youtube tutorials or knew anything about what type of extensions were out there. I walked into Sally Beauty Supply one day and saw their Euronext clip-in extensions. I decided to give them a try. The minute I put them in I was obsessed, and that’s where my journey began. I loved how they instantly made my hair longer, almost effortlessly, without causing damage to my natural hair. I used Euronext extensions for about two years until I switched to SKR Hair. While Euronext was good quality, I wanted extensions that were thicker and that would blend well with my natural hair. I did some research and same across SKR Hair. They are more expensive than Euronext, but much thicker. When purchasing extensions, you want to pay attention to the length and weight. For example, the Euronext Hair I used was 18″ long and 70 grams. The SKR hair I used was 20″ long and 185 grams. I stuck with the SKR hair for a few years and to this day I still love them, they are great quality. The only issue I had was that they seemed thinner at the ends.
When I started wedding planning I knew that I wanted to wear my hair down, with even more volume. That’s when I came across Bombay Hair. I fell in love with these and they are the only brand I use now. They are the same thickness from top to bottom and have minimal shedding. There are a couple brands I tried where the hair starts out great but after you brush or wash them the hair starts falling out in clumps! I haven’t had that issue with Bombay Hair. All extensions will shed but it should be minimal. Bombay Hair is 100% Indian Remy hair, so it’s top quality. Because it is real human hair, you can wash it and style it just as you do your own hair.
I use the 20″ clip in extensions in the shade “Black Beauty”. The set comes with 10 wefts total:
1 x 8″ weft
1 x 7″ weft
2 x 6″ wefts
2 x 4″ wefts
4 x 1.5″ wefts
(The 4 x 1.5″ wefts are not pictured. They each have one clip.)
I want my hair to be as thick as possible, but it’s hard to fit all the clips in my head. A little trick I learned is to clip two wefts together before clipping them in your head. I clip the two 2-clip wefts together and the two 3-clip wefts together like this:
Now I only have 4 wefts to clip in my head as opposed to 6. I don’t use the 1.5″ wefts that have only one clip. They are for the sides of your head to help blend everything together. My hair is much longer than it used to be so I just feel that I don’t need them anymore. It only takes me two minutes to put my extensions in everyday. I’ve been doing this for a while, so for beginners it may take a little longer. I start by sectioning my hair off at the nape of my neck, and clipping in the 2-clip weft. Then I section off my hair right at my ears and clip in the 3-clip weft. Next section is right above my ears which is wear I put in the 4-clip 7″ weft, and last section is the 4-clip 8″ weft. This may sound like a lot right now but I promise you that it will become second nature once you get the hang of it.
One of the best things about these extensions is that when you curl them, they last for days. You can just clip them in and go! I also use the Bombay Hair 5-in-1 curling wand. the barrel sizes are: 32mm, 25mm, 13-25 mm (reverse), 19mm, and Pearl/Bubble. The barrels are all made from tourmaline infused with ceramic which help eliminate frizz.
Some other FAQ’s:
- How often do you wash them? – Because hair extensions don’t have the natural oils that our own hair has, they dry out quicker. The more often you wash them, the faster they will dry out. I only wash mine every few months.
- Do they hurt? – The clips will feel a little strange the first few times you wear them and will probably feel heavy. Now I barley even feel them.
- How long do they last? – This all depends on how well you take care of them. Always brush them before you go to bed, and try not to use a lot of product in them. I just ordered a new set, but I have had my current set for almost a year.
- How do you know what color to order? – If your unsure which color will best match you hair, you can send Bombay Hair an Email with a picture of you hair in natural sunlight and they will tell you which color will be best. You can also dye these extensions. My hair color is between the shade “Black Beauty” and Jet Black”, so I buy “Black Beauty” and dye them a little darker and it ends up perfectly matching.
I also wanted to give a brief a overview on how I take care of my natural hair. Healthy hair starts from the inside out, so it’s important to eat healthy and drink a lot of water. You can also take natural supplements like biotin and fish oil to help make your hair grow healthy and strong. I take these biotin supplements once a day:
If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw this picture I posted a couple weeks ago after a keratin treatment:
I get this treatment done once or twice a year at Luxe Salon and Spa in Rochester. If your in the area, definitely check it out. Tiffany Perkins does amazing work! As I mentioned, my hair is very curly and frizzy. To make it the way I want I have to blow dry it straight, use my flat iron on the baby curls near my face, and then go through it with my curling wand. This process takes forever. Not to mention, all the heat causes damage to the hair. The keratin treatment leaves my hair super soft and shiny, and not pin straight but wavy so it still has body. I can wash my hair at night, sleep on it (I usually put it in a braid) then when I wake up its dry and I don’t have to do much to it besides run the curling wand through it quick. This treatment saves me SO much time and I also feel like it has made my hair grow faster because I’m not using as much heat on it.
I get my hair colored a couple shades darker than my natural color, which is an ashy brown. I get the roots touched up every four weeks, and a full color every few months. My hairstylist is Jack Kelsch at Envy Salon in Geneseo. He is hands down the best, I don’t know what I’d do without him!
I always use a sulfate and sodium chloride free shampoo and conditioner. Because I get keratin treatments and get my hair colored, I want to make sure I’m using products that won’t strip my hair. This shampoo and conditioner line by L’Oreal is my favorite, and you can get it right at Walmart or your local drug store:
I like to use as little product in my hair as possible because I like to wash my hair as little as possible (anyone else with me on this?) so I don’t use a lot of product because it makes my hair greasy quicker. I put about a quarter size of Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine leave-in conditioner in my hair after I wash it:
I also use Organix Argan Oil on the ends of my hair:
I love this stuff. It makes your hair shiny and smooth but not frizzy, and it smells delightful!
I know this post was super long but it was meant to be informative, so I hope this answered most of the questions you guys had! I’d be happy to answer any more questions, just post a comment below. I’ll link all the products again as well.
We’re leaving for our honeymoon very early tomorrow morning. Our flight leaves at 6:00 AM! My birthday is also tomorrow, so I’m really excited to be spending it in a place I’ve never been with Oren. I will share some pictures as soon as possible. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks so much for reading!