...but it's a good place to start. Admittedly I stole this saying from a famous Aussie shampoo retailer, but nevertheless it reigns very true for my life. When my hair looks good I feel good, does anyone else have this? Unfortunately I was burdened with hair that doesn't grow and after chopping it off to a bob in year 9 when my sister told me it would suit me, it has never fully come back to the long locks I once owned (something I will never forgive her for!). This has meant I have become reliant on hair extensions for the last four years of my life. Luckily I am a born and bred Birmingham girl so it's more unusual if you're not wearing them then if you are. I am going to discuss in this blog post my trials and tribulations with the product...
Here is a picture of me without hair extensions which I had to work very hard to find! I had to go as far back as 2010, but luckily for the purpose of this blog (but not for me) my hair length has not changed in the last 4 years. This is also before I discovered the eyebrow pencil.
My first experience of hair extensions came not long after this photo, even though my Mum protested and advised me not to I went ahead and had some hair extensions glued in. I brought the extensions from an afro hair specialist in Dudley town centre and had my hairdresser glue them in for me. Although at first I was proud to finally be the owner of long hair, it wasn't long before they began to look really cheap. I was also constantly having to glue pieces that were falling out as well which was an extremely messy task as the glue is jet black and smells strongly of fish. So after two months I was forced to take them out, me and my sister spent a good few hours tugging out my fake hair as gently as possible but it still managed to rip out some and the back of my hair became much shorter than the front as a result. Having glue in hair extensions does mean you have the freedom of not having to clip in your hair every day, although the damage they caused was definitely not worth it. If in the future I decide to go back to glue ins then I will deffo be going a lot more higher end. Have you ever had bad experiences with hair extensions?
After my bad experience with glue in extensions I opted for some clip in ones purchased from 'FlyGirls' and you can find their website here. Due to having red hair at the time it was difficult to find hair extensions, so my hairdresser dyed them and they turned out a really good match and worked well for nights out. However, when I decided to go back brown and dye my hair extensions brown as well the quality was lost and they ended up in a bin in Magaluff (a whole other story).
Now I am happy to say I have finally found my hair extension soul mate in Lauren Pope's range, her company is called 'Hair Rehab London' and is available here. The great thing about these hair extensions is you can find your match at home and then have them delivered directly to your door, so after a night of me dangling my hair over my laptop screen, my sister picked out my match and within a week I was wearing them. The hair extensions come in two lengths; 18" and 20". I went for the shorter length but when they arrived they were still a bit too long for my liking but cutting them down is an easy task.
Keep your eyes peeled for a future blog post where I will tell you how to create the perfect high pony with hair extensions, a tip I learnt from one of my best friends Robyn Dukes and I haven't looked back since! Have you got any hair tips you just can't live without?