I really didn’t like that short hair cut – it was pretty triangular and unflattering – and I’ve always been curious about hair extensions. They’re pretty costly and probably a big decision for many woman, so I thought I’d share a bit in case anyone else is in the market. Here’s what I’ve learned:
YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A LOT OF HAIR. Be prepared to sit on your hair. Be prepared to get tangled up in it while you sleep, especially if you toss and turn a lot like I do. I’ve started sleeping with it in a braid to keep it out of the way and tangle-free.
YOU’LL GET ASKED ABOUT IT A BUNCH FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS. There’s no way to hide that you magically got super long hair overnight. Lots of people will make jokes like, “Oh your hair grows so fast!”
IT MAY NOT MATCH YOUR HAIR. Color-wise, my extensions match perfectly. However, the extensions aren’t necessarily the same. The products that I was using on my hair make my extensions feel a little dry, and the stuff that makes them feel silky smooth make my natural hair a little greasy. It might take some time to find the right balance of products.
YOU’VE STILL GOT SHORT HAIR. I’ve been wearing my hair wavy, half because I sleep with it in a braid and wake up with the awesome waves pictured above, and half because it helps camouflage the area where my natural hair stops and gives way to all extensions. It’s a little harder to hide when I wear it straight.
YOU’VE GOT TO BE GENTLE. I have Hot Heads extensions, which are kind of taped into your hair. I was trying to detangle one night and accidentally pulled one out. The selfies that followed were great Reddit fodder.