I seriously am so excited to finally do this post because I get asked about my extensions all the time!! And if me wearing extensions is news to you - then sorry to burst your bubble! This mane is definitely NOT all mine although I totally wish it was :)
This is going to be about clip in extensions mainly because I hate any other kind. I have tried sew ins (my hair was literally turning into dread locks by the end - SO BAD!), beads (they hurt my head), and glue ins which I also just hated. My main reason for hating any form of extensions that stay in your hair (beads, tape, etc) is that I like to be able to braid my hair and style it tons of different ways and you just can't with them. With clip ins you can move them around and hide them so easily. I also love being able to take mine out at the end of the day and just give my head a good scratch haha. I like to also be able to wash my hair and rub my scalp and brush my scalp when I brush my hair. Any other extensions besides clip ins just truly stress me out. Not to say that you should go down that road because I know SO many people who love their tape ins and other kinds, but that is just my opinion!
I started wearing extensions when I was about 15 years old - I had no clue what I was doing and they didn't blend and just looked quite horrible. BUT over the last (almost 10 eek) years I have learns SOOO many tricks and tips that I have been wanting to share with you guys!! So I will be answering commonly asked questions I get and then I made a tutorial on how to put extensions in for basic hairstyles. Hope it helps!! xoQ: What kind of extensions do you use?A: [Updated 10/24/2016] I finally launched Barefoot Blonde Hair and I'm so excited! They are by far the best ones I have used, for a lot of reasons. I wear the 21 inch most of the time. In the photo above I am wearing my 21 inch.Q: My extensions always fall out - even when I tease my hair.. how can I keep them from falling out?A: First, it is all about the clips you use. Never use the straight prong clips, they should always be curved (see picture below). When you use the curved clips they don’t require teased hair, you will just clip them right on your hair as is. NEVER tease your hair before putting an extension in. Never never never. This is what will create bald spots. If they are not holding on your hair as is, spray some dry shampoo, wait for that to dry, and then clip it on the area you sprayed.
Q: My extensions don't blend, how can I make them blend better?
A: A few things..
1. If your hair is three or more inches different than the length of your extensions (i.e. your hair is to your boobs and your extensions for 4 inches passed your boobs), for the love, DO NOT wear your hair bone straight. There is almost NO way to have blended extensions when your hair is straight. If your natural hair has a blunt cut, DO NOT wear your hair straight. As much as it might suck to always have your hair curled, you just have to if you want to wear extensions and have them blend. If your hair is super thin or if the ends are kinda stragly (preferred for blending extensions!) then you can get away with it straight.
2. Your hair could be too thick, in which case, you might need to use two packs of extensions or have your hairdresser thin out the ends of your hair a bit (not as scary as it sounds!)
3. Go to the video I posted at the bottom of this post and go to 3:33 and see a trick for blending.
4. You may be clipping them too high, try to keep them low. I stack two and two. Go to to see how I clip in mine.
Q: How should I care for my extensions to make them last longer?
A: There are a lot of things you can do!
1. Don't sleep in them. I am not sure what it is but sleeping in them somehow ruins them! I swear sometimes I will get lazy and sleep in mine and I wake up and the ends are nasty! Again I have no idea what causes it - if its the rolling side to side or just being laid on or what but something happens and it ain't good.
2. IF you do sleep in them which I totally do a lot of times because I am l-a-z-y .. be sure to braid them alllll the way down to the very ends!
3. Don't use ANY hairspray. In fact, try not to use any product period. I often do but then again my hair is a part of my job so I don't mind getting extensions every month. When I was in college and donating plasma to pay my rent, it was a different story - so I didn't use anything on them.
4. Be gentle with them.. get a good brush. I love the Wet Brush. Don't rip through them - start at the bottom and work your way up and just be gentle!
5. RARELY wash them. See the next Q & A for more details on washing them.
6. AVOID WIND LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!! Wind trashes extensions and blows sooo much dirt into them. If you get caught in a windstorm then I give you permission to wash your extensions immediately.. but again just stay out of crazy wind and if it is windy and you are out and about just braid your hair in a super tight braid and all the way down.
7. Say no to bon fires. Just no. Well, you can say yes but don't you even think about wearing your extensions to them. They will reek of campfire and you'll be forced to wash them. Again, I personally, have found washing isn't great for them.
8. Avoid heat. Okay it is really hard to never use a curling iron or straightener but worth a try. You shouldn't ever use a blow dryer though, like ever.
HERE ARE SOME GOOD BRUSHES FOR EXTENSIONS:
Q: Should I wash my extensions? And how do I wash them?
A: Okay you guys are going to think I am disgusting but I don't wash mine! Gasp. Disgusting, I KNOW. But not really because they are not attached to your head and therefore do not produce oil. They will never be oily. Still, I know its a little gross. If I keep mine for an extended period of time (4 months) I will wash them.. like maybe once a month? Maybe even less? If you go to a bon fire or something then you obviously have to. SOOO when you do wash them....
1. Use an extension shampoo and conditioner.. I always use Cinderella Hair Shampoo and Conditioner - I have used it for yeeears and love it. I have never used anything else so I really don't have any other recommendations but I know there are others.
2. Rinse the conditioner with cool water.
3. Be gentle when brushing through them while wet.
4. Always air dry, never ever blow dry! I would always lay mine flat on the floor on a towel.. yes your husband/boyfriend/roommates will be like WTF!!%*#& when you have hair laying all over your floor but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Ya feel me?
Q: How do I find out which color to buy online?
A: AHH I so wish there was an easy answer for this!! It honestly always scares me too. I wear an 16/22 although I used to wear 18/22 and this set matches a very wide variety of blondes.. I wear it when I melt my hair, when I have a lot of low lights, when I have very few low lights, etc. and it always matches. In my opinion it is ALWAYS BETTER TO GO DARKER than lighter. Here are a few tips but it really is up to your own discretion. Check out this color matching guide I made for Barefoot Blonde Hair.
1. FOR SANDY BLONDES: This is what I consider myself. If you have low lights or any sort of dimension in your hair, always look for a set with low lights like this one.
2. FOR PLATINUM BLONDES: For you gals with platinum blonde hair (I do not consider mine platinum.) you really need to make sure you pay attention to the tone of your hair. If your hair is on the warm side (yellow/orange tones) this could be a good set for you.
3. FOR TRUE BLONDES: This is when you aren't quite platinum but you aren't sandy... you have blonde hair but no low lights. This could be the set for you.
Q: Do you wear your extensions when you work out?
A: If I am going for a quick gym visit and just lifting some weights, doing lunges, etc. then, sure, if they are already in. I definitely don't put them in to go but if I am planning to have a pretty quick work out then I don't take them out. If I am going to a spin class or doing intense cardio then I take them out! I don't sweat a lot unless I am doing intense cardio but if you sweat a lot then I wouldn't wear them period.
Q: Can I use products on my extensions?
A: It is good to never use any products on them unless they are specifically made for extensions but if you do use any make sure they don't have alcohol in them because that will dry them out quick! If I am ever doing braids or something I try to add product before putting them in. I do use products occasionally especially for my tutorials but I also get new ones quite frequently.
Q: How do I know what length of extensions to get?
A: I would say to just always get the longest ones because you can always cut them (will get into that with next question) but you obviously cannot make them longer! I have had friends who think the 21 or 22 inch will be too long for them so they get the 14 or 18 and it just doesn't make a significant difference. Especially keep in mind that you will be curling or braiding your hair and that will shrink them a lot! If your hair is extremely short then you could probably justify the 14 or 18!
Q: I need to cut my extensions, how should I go about doing that/getting that done?
A: Make an appointment with your hair stylist but don't do this at home. You can tell your hair stylist the length you are going for and if you would like any layers cut into them. She will be able to use professional tools to do this! However, if you are a hair stylist and you have a razor at home you can use that to cut them but never use sheers because it will make the ends way too blunt.
Q: Do you use hot tools on your extensions?
A: Yes I do!! I think extensions look best blended when they are braided into a style or curled. It obviously will ware them out faster but that is just kind of the name of the game.
Q: Once my extensions are curled, how can I restyle them?
A: There really isn't a specific way to do this so I will just share how I personally do it which is actually really simple - I just straighten them with a straightener. Granted, I don't have to do this very often because I rarely wear my hair straight with extensions but if I do then I just straighten them! When you curl them after a few days the curls will drop and you will have to re curl them if you don't want to add more heat to them then you could just wait it out until they flatten up a bit.
Q: Do you curl your extensions when they are attached to your head or off your head?
A: Both, but usually when they are already attached to my head! To curl them attached, you just do it like normal but you may need to be careful how much pressure you apply, obviously. If you are having trouble curling them off your head then just curl them attached.
Q: Should I get real or synthetic hair?
A: REAL. NEVER SYNTHETIC. And I will pretend no one ever asked me that, haha :)
Q: Do your extensions poke or hurt you? Aren't they uncomfortable?
A: I mean I have been wearing mine so long that I think I am just used to it, so I don't notice them one bit! After having them up in a pony for an entire day I am definitely ready to go home and take them out but I mean, its nothing terrible. You will definitely feel them and know they are there in the beginning and you'll have to get used to the feeling but trust me its worth it and it goes away!
Q: If the color doesn't match can I color them?
A: You can, and I have done it before but it really damages them so it is almost not worth it!! I would really recommend not coloring them. However if your blonde is too warm you can add purple shampoo to them and it doesn't damage them near as much as coloring them would.
Okay I think that is all the questions you guys asked!! I hope that helped! Now here is a video showing how I put them in for my various styles.. to see how I wear them with..
For hair down go to :00 For hair half up go to 2:32 For hair in a side braid go to 3:09 For a blending trick to help your extensions blend better go to 3:33 For a pony tail go to 5:15 For small braids go to 5:57