I always had long hair growing up. The one and only reason I had long hair was because my mum wasn't allowed long hair when she was growing up. Because that totally makes sense, right? She was also a hairdresser (before I was born), so she always cut my hair and I didn't go to anyone else until I was 18 or so. I don't have a lot of pictures showing my hair, but it was always so long that I had to lift it up to sit down.
One day, I got a really big knot in the back of my hair. I thought it would be totally okay to just cut it out and my mum would never notice. Obviously, she noticed, and cut all my hair off in an attempt to fix it. I cried for days, even though it was my fault.
I did try growing it in my early twenties, and even though it looked okay in photos and I got compliments on it all the time, in reality it was stringy and scraggly. It also started to change colour underneath all my 'streaks' (oh my god, do you remember those? ouch!), so I had to start dyeing it more and it looked yellow rather than the pretty natural blonde from my childhood.
Anywho. When I moved here in 2012, I got it cut 'short' and shortly after dyed it brown. I can't tell you how scared I was when I did that. So much of who I was - to myself and others, especially my family - was tied to my long blonde hair. I needn't have worried though because a) my best friend / stylist is amazing, and b) I've never missed it. Of course, I would love effortlessly gorgeous long hair, but my hair is not gorgeous when it's long. I have much better control over it when it's shorter, it's so much easier to manage. I think I look much better with brown hair (though everyone I know in Oz would not agree with that), not to mention I don't have to dye it every 3 weeks to cover my roots.
What I wouldn't give to have thick, voluminous hair though. I am sure Kate Middleton wears extensions, but who cares. Who wouldn't want her hair?
Can we just talk about how perfect her hair looks even in a ponytail?!
Sorry. I got distracted by her fabulous hair. Moving on.
When Irresistible Me reached out and asked if I would be interested in trying some hair extensions, you better believe I squealed like the child I am.
Because I was more interested in volume than length, I went with the 16" (which is the 2nd 'shortest' option), 200g in the colour Medium Brown. It seriously matches my hair perfectly, in my non-hairdresser opinion.
It comes with 10 pieces:
1 x 4 clips
2 x 3 clips
5 x 2 clips
2 x 1 clip
I have worn hair extensions before but I have never put them in myself, so it definitely took a little trial and error, a lot of youtube videos and several texts to my hairdresser bestie for assistance. You don't even want to know what I was getting wrong, it was really stupid.
First, lets look at my super boring thin hair.
Just in case it doesn't look thin to you, I want to note that I brought all my hair forward in the front picture, and threw it all back in the back picture. So looks might be deceiving, but believe me - my hair is so thin that Kate Middleton has more hair in her bangs than I have on my whole head. That is, until I put the hair extensions in...
In some of the photos, the extensions look darker than my hair, and in others they match perfectly. I really don't think you can tell in real life.
and just in case you forgot what my thin boring hair looks like, here's another side by side.
Woah. Seriously. It's amazing what thick, glorious hair will do to your ego, you guys. So you agree? You think you're really pretty? No, but my hair definitely is.
I wanted to see if I could do anything else with the hair extensions in. I'm not great with hair, but I wanted to mix it up a bit if I'm actually going to wear them in real life.
One thing I was slightly disappointed with was I didn't get a glorious Kate Middleton ponytail. It just did not work. It was too heavy and my hair elastic was no match for all that hair.
Bummer. But then I thought.. maybe it would work with less clips? So I took them all out, and then put only 4 back in. I put them as close to the top of my head as possible. I was only doing this for a ponytail, but I discovered if I wanted to wear it out with less clips, it looked a lot more realistic, but still thick and long. It took me less than 5 minutes, so it's quite tempting to do this shorter version more often. I used 1 x 4 clip, 1 x 3 clips and 2 x 1 clip. I put the 1's on the side on an angle so it didn't hurt when I pulled my hair into a pony.
The ponytail, unfortunately, still wasn't as glorious as Kate's, but it was better than my normal ponytail and I'm sure I could have made it prettier but I was about paparazzi-d out, and my neighbours were giving me weird looks.
I got my Kate twirl down though.
Overall, I think that hair extensions aren't something you just buy on a whim, but if you are interested or are going to buy them anyway, I highly recommend Irresistible Me.
Before I said yes, I did lots of research, read lots of blogs and watched lots of youtube videos, and tons of people (who know more about hair than I do) recommend them. I always wanted to try hair extensions for volume, but didn't even know where to start and what was worth it, and what wasn't. I am so happy with these hair extensions and I will definitely be using them in real life. Thank you Irresistible Me!
But only because she knows she still has the prettiest hair in our house. It's cool. I agree.
What do you think about hair extensions? Have you ever tried them? Or are you lucky enough to have gorgeous thick long hair naturally?