25 has been a year of new found confidence, and a year of really coming into my own. I've found a career path that I love, I feel comfortable traveling alone, and I'm confident enough in my appearance to experiment with my look. It started with balayage hair, and the addition of eyelash extensions soon followed. So when given the chance to try out hair extensions from Irresistible Me, I jumped at the opportunity!
Up until a couple of years ago when I chopped a foot of my hair off, I had always had long hair. I had a really bad short hair cut early in middle school, and I vowed that I would never cut it again. Because of this, I've never had a reason to experiment with hair extensions. I love the idea of hair extensions because I really loved when I had crazy long mermaid hair, but I did not love the fact that it took me what felt like a lifetime just to dry it.
I will be the first to admit that I was a little overwhelmed when it came to extensions, so I enlisted back up - my hair artist, Mari Jane! I'm really excited to share Mari's wisdom with y'all!
When you go to Irresistible Me's website, you will find that there are different types of extensions to choose from. I went with the Silky Touch style of extensions. They're affordable, 100% human hair, and Irresistible Me's top seller! From there I chose my color, length, and weight.
Color - Because my hair is balayage and tends to get really light in the summer on top of that, I was really stressed about choosing a hair color. Irresistible Me has this awesome video that shows you what the colors look like. Mari and I watched the video and ultimately decided that Silky Light Brown (#6) was my best match.
Length - I knew I wanted mermaid hair, but I also wanted the extensions to look more on the natural side. I used this pin to determine the best length and ultimately decided on the 20" length.
Weight - Mari explained to me that the weight of the extensions is super important. My hair is fine, but I also have a lot of hair. If your hair isn't thick or is extremely fine, extensions that are too heavy will start to pull your hair and could even damage your hair! For reference, the weight of my extensions are 200 grams, as that is the only option for the 20" length.
Once you've ordered your gorgeous Irresistible Me extensions, and they've arrived, here are some helpful hints for styling them! Again, major kudos to Mari for teaching me all of this and making me seem smart.
Only use extensions with clean, dry hair. I hate washing my hair, and I'm really big on second day hair. However, Mari stressed the importance of only using extensions with clean, dry hair, and limiting product usage while using extensions. You can wash your extensions if they get gross, but do so sparingly.
You can reinforce the clip sections with bobby pins. The extensions that I own are clip in, and clip into my hair vertically, with the clip pointing down. You can reinforce the clipped sections by pushing a bobby pin up the clipped section (kind of like how you create an X with bobby pins to create a secure hold.) I really didn't even realize I had extensions in, with the exception of the large piece that goes on the back of your head. This is the piece that I would recommend reinforcing, because I accidentally sat on my hair in the car and pulled it a little bit. #oopsy
Style your extensions before putting them in your hair. I'll let y'all know when I figure out a hack to doing this. Haha. But the importance of styling prior to putting them in your hair is so that you're not pulling on the extensions.
It's easier to blend extensions in one length hair, cut straight across, than you think! I originally thought that I was going to need to layer the extensions, but Mari and I talked it through and decided against it for now. One thing that you can do to blend your extensions is to curl (or create waves... what's the verb for that?) your hair and extensions, then pin the front pieces of your hair back like you would for a half bun.
What I've found works well for me is "rolling" my curls into one big curl. On a normal, non-extension day, I typically curl my hair with a large barrel curling iron in the direction away from my face, which leads to my hair kind of falling into two mega curls. I do the same thing when wearing extensions, but I twist the curls together with my hands, rolling the curls and extensions together in the direction away from my face.
Store the extensions the way that you received them. When I remove the extensions, I gently brush them out with my fingers then put them back in the pouch that I received them in.
If you're intimidated, see your stylist! When my extensions arrived, I was super overwhelmed because there were 10 extensions in the box, and I had no idea what to do with them or where to start. So I set up an appointment with Mari Jane, and she walked me through the entire process of which clip went where, plus tips for how to style them, plus all of the knowledge that I have shared with y'all. (If you are in the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area and would like a referral to Mari Jane, please let me know! I'll be glad to make the connection for you, or you can contact her via Instagram!)
Totally off topic, but this outfit has become one of my favorites this summer. For casual Friday, I throw on a blazer and wear it to work, and then after work I ditch the blazer to grab drinks and see a concert downtown. I just got these heels from the NSale, and I can't wait to pair them together. This top is under $50 and so comfy.
Again, a huge thank you to Irresistible Me for gifting me these gorgeous hair extensions and to Mari of Marigold Salon and Photography for helping me out with this post!
What do y'all think? Do you wear hair extensions or have you ever considered wearing them?
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