ALL ABOUT: MY HAIR

12 September 2016


I was never the type to write about hair as it was never a subject of interest to me, but about a year and a half ago I dove into the world of hair extensions and now I am hooked. I will be the first to admit, I didn't look after my hair very well. If any of you may remember on here I had very short hair and although I kept it trimmed and coloured, I never used to use any products and I used a lot of heat.

After months of waiting, my hair didn't seem to be growing, not that I could see anyway. I was so interested in having princess hair and watching videos of all the amazing hair tutorials online, I was so fascinated, I wanted it. I was bored of short hair. Although I will always have a love for shorter hairstyles they get very tedious. The constant styling of it, there is no 'I'm having a bad hair day, lets shove it up!" kind of deals, its a constant thing having short hair and although people say its so much easier, actually I disagree.



The journey begins with the first picture, short and red. I had this hair for roughly 3/4 years and I had a love hate relationship with it. I first saw hair extensions when a local hair extensions specialist in my area had a sponsored advert on Facebook and I was looking through some of the photos, the before and afters were incredible. I booked in for my consultation and 4 weeks later, photo number two happened.

I chose to have keratin bonded hair extensions put in, and used the hair by 'Beauty Works'. I wish I had my first set longer but having 'long' hair for the first time in years was a drastic change for me. Everything you thought you knew about your hair..gone. From brushing it to washing it and everything in between, the difference is drastic. I did experience a few days with a sore scalp and trouble sleeping, but I'm sure that was just from the extra weight and the bonds on my head, as I never experienced this with the second set. Hair extensions are a huge investment costing hundreds of pounds so the aftercare is key!

I can't stress enough the importance of a Tangle Teezer, this changed my life. Bonded extensions are very fragile and you have to use specialist products on them or they can get ruined very quick. The longevity is roughly 3-4 months, after this time I would recommend getting them reapplied. I made a huge mistake with my first set, because they were so expensive I wanted to keep them in for as long as I possibly could before I had to get them redone and the thought of being without them after all this time, I couldn't bear it. I kept mine in for much longer than I really should and looking back now I wish I didn't. Although I had long hair, the longer you keep it in, the harder it will become to maintain. Its inevitable that matting will occur in your hair as your hair grows the bonds move down and the new hair between the bond and your scalp just gets knotted. It took the hairdresser two hours to get through the matting in my hair after removing my first set and It was probably one of the most painful experiences of my life, but it was my own fault so who was I to moan?

I had my second set put in on the 26th July and I am absolutely in love with them. I went to a lady who does them from home and although this can be very risky as not everybody is honest with their skills, it was one of the best choices that I made. They are long,dark,smooth and soft... and I adore them.

Aftercare is essential and you have to use sulphate-free hair products as the chemicals in your normal shampoo and conditioner break down the bonds in the extensions and will ruin them, which isn't worth doing after spending so much money on them. Your natural hair creates its own oils so has the tendency to get greasy and of course the hair extensions do not, which means sometimes you end up unnecessarily washing your hair when really you only need to do your roots. (top wash!)

I found the brand OGX in boots when they had a deal on for 3 for £15 so I got the shampoo,conditioner and the oil. My hair has a tendency to get very dry and frizzy on the ends, its something I'm still working on. The scent of these is gorgeous! Usually shampoos without the chemicals have a really plain scent and you end up with hair smelling of nothing, when there's nothing I love more than the smell of coconut or fruit after washing my hair. After the first use of the shampoo and conditioner I noticed a huge difference with the condition of my hair and how shiny it looked!

I used to use hair oil previously but found it made my hair greasy extremely quick which is why I went for the dry oil which I had never heard of before. Its a real game changer because it seems no matter how much I use my hair doesn't get greasy any quicker than usual and it leaves you hair with the most amazing shine. The Beauty works 10 in 1 Miracle Spray is essential to me as it keeps my hair in such good condition and has so many amazing benefits to it, including protecting your hair from heat, and is created especially for use on extensions, although you can still use it on natural hair.

I will be getting my hair redone roughly about Christmas time/new year and already I'm browsing the transformation photos online, its so crazy how you can make such a huge difference in the space of a few hours, it truly blows my mind. Have any of you guys got hair extensions? If so, if you have any recommendations for products for maintaining them please list them below as I would love to try some more!





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