IMG_7750-3Need more sleep, That One Blonde ChickThat One Blonde Chick + Hair and make up by Steph

 

Q: What brand of hair extensions do you wear? 

A: I have tried so many brands right now I’m wearing Laced hair 120 Grams and I’m planning on sticking with this brand for the long haul! You can order online or if you are an SLC local you can head in to their store! PS I didn’t have to color these at all they were a perfect match for my color right out of the package I wear the 20 inch #16/22 Buttercream.

Other brands I recommend are Sally’s beauty supply these are less expensive but still good quality if you are interested in giving clip ins a try but don’t wanna spend an arm and a leg these are a great option. The sets aren’t enough hair for me so I usually end up needing 2 bags of hair.

Another Brand I like is Bellami Hair 220 Grams these come with TONS of hair if you have thin to medium thickish hair these would be perfect! Although I did have to add lowlights to these myself cause they were one solid color. Natural hair has dimension so they didn’t match! I ordered the Ash blonde.

Q: How do you get them to match your hair color? 

A: Depending on what brand you get some companies will send you a swatch so you can match your hair to. If they have a store in your area you can go in and they will help you pick the color that is right for you. However thats not always an option so if you are guessing or choosing a color on line always choose the lighter color. You CAN make them darker i.e. add lowlights or even all over color them. You CANNOT make them lighter. we tried to lighten my nieces once and the bleach just melted them. it was tragic!!

Q: How often do you get new extensions/ How often do you wash them?

A: About every 6 months. I wear my extensions often like about 5 times a week. I use heat tools on them all the time. I try and protect them by using a brush that is gentle on them I love the Wet brush it’s a game changer!

I pretty much never any circumstances wash them. You may think that super gross but they doing get oily or smelly like your real hair. When the hair is brand new it is so smooth because they coat in in something (I have no idea, probably magic) and the more often you wash them it takes off this coating and it stops being silky and looks like matted dog hair! If I ever do need to wash them I do it in the sink and use cold water (to keep the cuticle closed) and only condition and DONT brush them when they are wet it breaks them off like crazy. I just lay mine out flat on a towel and let them dry over night. then brush them out and style as usual.

Q: Do you have a problem with the clips breaking your hair off or pulling hair out?

A: No, personally I don’t. Lots of my friends and family have had that problem though. There are two kinds of clips the straight prong and the curvy prongs. The straight clips will not stay in your hair very well and you will most likely have to back comb your hair to get the to stay in. This is so bad for your hair and will break your hair off like a pice of a kit kat bar!! DON’T mmmk? Just don’t! We like our clips just like we like our ladies CURVY! Another tip for helping your hair not break off. When you brush your extensions while you have them clipped in is to hold on you base of where they are clipped so there won’t be tension and yanking at where the clip is clipped at your hair. clip ins

Top: BAD // Bottom: GOOD

Q: How do you keep your extensions from showing?

A: Make sure you aren’t placing them too high on the scalp. keep them low enough so you have plenty of hair on your top layer to cover them all. A little back combing of the top layer doesnt hurt either. I demonstrate this in the video. I use lots of texture spray  that keeps my hair from splitting and separating in all the wrong places if you know what I mean. This is a great tip if you have really Thin hair Texture spray is way different that hair spray. Its not as stiff and it helps your hair seem thicker. I love Fave4 texture takeover SO MUCH! Every person on the planet needs it! Ps the smell is heavenly!

Q: What is the easiest hairstyle with extensions?

I Think down and wavy or half up are the easiest. Half up helps hide all your short layers. Wearing your hair straight with extensions can we tricky and can be a dead giveaway that you have extensions especially if you have several inches between your real hair and the length of the extensions. I’ve linked you up to a few of my fav simple hairstyles with extensions. Mermaid waves using NUME wandFrench braid Pompadour , 2 minute half up twists, Easy half top knot

Other random tips I have learned (the hard way) over the years: 

+Don’t sleep in them. It straight up destroys them and is uncomfy and you will wake up so snarly you will have to rip through them with a brush. I used to sleep in mine when I was in hair school and hanging out with Todd till literally 6am and trying to save time on getting ready in the morning. It was just a bad idea.

+Don’t wear them to a campfire, Just like anything else they will take on the smokey smell. You will be forced to wash them and it just accelerates the wearing out process. Hint if you accidentally do wear them to an impromptu s’more sesh put your hair in a ziplock bag and freeze it for 2 days. It really works!

+Wind is your worst enemy. It will snarl them up in the worst way! I always try and keep an elastic in my purse in case I find myslef in a windy situation and Ill throw it in a quick side braid all the way to the ends. Also wind from behind will totally show everyone that your wearing extensions. if you have no other option face the wind head on ladies.

+Never wear them swimming or hot tubbing. Especially for us blondies! Remember how I said we tried to lighten my nieces hair and it melted? We were trying to bleach out the green that was left behind by chlorine. Chlorine is bad news for hair period especially for extensions.

+Always buy real remy hair. This seems pretty obvious. Remy means that all the hair cuticles are going the same way. That helps the hair stay smooth. If the cuticles aren’t going the same way you will have an eagles nest sitting on your head. Ps you can’t use heat tools on not real hair and fake hair is just yucky.

+When your hair is new you should head to your fav hair dresser and she will help you trim them up and layer them so they just blend into your hair flawlessly!

+Try and use as little product in them as possible. Since they don’t get washed very often (or ever) product will build up and make them snarled and crappy and tangly and super hard to brush through. None of those sound like someone anyone would want! Try and just keep all the sprays on your natural hair.

I made a step by step tutorial on how I clip in my hair when I am wearing my hair down and for when I want to wear my hair in a high ponytail. That seemed to be my most popular question. Rightly so, its pretty tricky!! I hope you learned something new from this post! If I left anything out and you still have burning questions leave a comment!

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Christine