Little things only extension wearers will understand...
1. They take some getting used to. Whether you get Flatlocks, clip-ins, tape-ins, Stick tip keratin bond, pre-bonded, sew-in, or a weave, the subtle feeling of having something in your hair is as annoying/similar to being subtly strangled by a turtleneck sweater.
2. Synthetic hair extensions are affordable, but can look cheap when they don't blend into your hair. Synthetic hair doesn't contain moisture like real hair does, so it won't shine naturally — instead, it has a super-shiny, unnatural sheen to it. They also don't blend in as seamlessly, can get tangled easily, and can't be styled and re-styled. But if synthetic strands is what you're looking for or if you just want to wear them for one night and don't want to break the bank buying fake hair, make sure you get a colour that matches your real hair understandably.
3. Human hair extensions can be £'s. (supply and demand from the sheer immense now popularity of extensions, and now the drop of the £ against the $ after Brexit, unfortunately pushes the price up constantly from source! Blame the celebs :-/) Since they're made of real human hair and you can do everything you can do with your own hair — like wash, dry, curl, and repeat. That said, if you're going to invest in extensions you're going to constantly wear, real Remy human hair is the way to go.
4. They require time to be fit professionally and correctly. You'll be in the salon chair for at least an 3 1/2 hours for your stylist to put in a full set of extensions.
5. You have to get a haircut to blend the extensions flawlessly. Even if they're clip-ins, if you don't get a special haircut that blends your hair with the extensions, you're going to look like you're wearing fake hair, which is not the goal
.6. You always have to do your hair. There is no such thing as a wash-and-go style when you have extensions. You're either curling your hair or straightening it to blend it all together seamlessly and to look natural.
7. You have to be super-careful when blowing out your own hair or having someone else do it. Because you can't put the same tension or pull on it that you would on natural hair, a specialist technician can always tell that your'e doing this
8. You have to be even more gentle when you brush your hair. Brushing your hair like you just don't care without extensions can cause breakage. But brushing your strands with wreckless abandon with extensions will not only cause breakage, it could possibly rip your hair right out. OUCH! again a specialist technician can always tell you're doing this too
9. You also now have to change the way you brush your hair. With extensions, the correct way of brushing your hair (from roots to ends) SMALL SECTIONS FROM BOTTOM TO TOP WITH ONLY A GENTLE BRUSH AT THE ROOTS will not only prevent the dreaded matting but will also distribute the oils from your scalp onto your strands for healthier hair and scalp. The right way is now working your way up to the extension from the ends (like you would if you have tons of tangles) to ensure you don't accidentally get your brush stuck in your new extensions and pull your bond out with your own hair OUCH!
10 .Because you're not brushing the oils from your roots to your tips, ( there's never ever going to be enough to fill those long thick locks) you now have to manually add a Quality Glamour Pure Argan and Essential oil and Glamour Keratin Spray into the extension hair, that way they don't become dry and brittle, since they won't be getting any natural oils or keratin from your scalp this is is a twice daily ritual!
11. A shower cap and dry shampoo are you new BFF. Obviously you need to keep showering regularly, but you want to try and stretch the time in between your shampoos as long as you can to keep the water-shampoo combo from breaking down the bonds from heavy sulphates in shampoos which is where the shower cap/dry shampoo combo come into play Always rinse rinse rinse rinse, patting the hair in a cupping motion into those bonds to wash away any sulphate residue which can also cause itching!.
12. They weigh on your natural hair. Not like a ton of bricks by any means, but you can definitely sense that there is something attached to your hair, which can take a little time to get used to
13. High ponytails/top knots are a thing of the past. Your extensions are placed in a way so they lie flat
so putting your hair up in a ponytail could result in the picture to the right.... EEK!:
... If you have to put up or tie back hair for work always sweep gently back over your ears and twist gently and use a hair clasp to pin up ..Voila an easy put up with no strain on your all important natural hair!
14. You now have to either braid your hair every night before you go to sleep, or wear a tied silk scarf on your head to keep your extensions from not getting twisted and pulled while you toss and turn. It turns out that while this is annoying to do, it's actually the most comfortable way to sleep, since you avoid little tiny beads or strips of tape feeling against your scalp in the night.
15. You never can seem to put in the clip-ins again as perfectly as your stylist did the first time. We will always show you how to do this correctly and in which order, but if your'e ever stuck or forget, your Glamour Technician is always there to help.,
16. Washing your hair just got challenging. Gone are the days of scrubbing your scalp vigorously and haphazardly — now, you have to be super-careful when sudsing up your strands so you don't pull on the extensions ans super duper rinsie afterwards! not forgetting the addition of the keratin and oils if you want to keep those long lush locks in tip top condition.
17. Sulphates (the main ingredient of cleansing agent in shampoos) can break down the adhesive holding the extension onto your hair, a higher grade Italian keratin can help with this as its a much harder bond that traditional keratin. Always us e a low sulphate or sulphate free, and remember it's the sulphates that make it foam up.. so don't expect this to happen with a hair extension shampoo, but it's still doing the same job so use the same amount.. don't worry you'll get used to the feeling!
18. You can't roll your hair up into a towel anymore when you get out of the shower. You don't want the extensions to get water-logged, so you need to squeeze and blot your hair with a towel (don't ruffle it around because this creates friction, and will leave your hair and extensions a knotted mess), then let it air-dry a bit (to minimize the amount of heat damage from your dryer), and then finally blow it dry bottom up on a low heat and cool shot at the roots.
19. The thought of your boyfriend running his hands through your hair sends chills up your spine. The inner workings of your hair now feels like a construction site; there are tiny pins or clips everywhere.
20. You have to embarrassingly explain your whole extension game to a newish BF. "Um, yeah, I have extensions, so you'll feel strips of tape or little nodules if you touch my head at all when we're well you know... That's totally normal — just didn't want you to freak out or anything. Also, please don't ever pull my hair. Ever."
21. As they grow out, if you don't get them done again in the amount of time your stylist tells you to, they'll be noticeable. They'll start to twist and turn, poking out of your hair, and revealing your extension secret plain as day, you will lose all that lush volume and can easily get xcaught in the brush.
22. You feel like your hair has thinned when your stylist takes out your extensions because you suddenly had a lots and lots of hair and now you suddenly don't. In all reality, you just went back to the normal amount of hair you had before, you forget just what your own hair ever felt like.
LASTLY... why oh why to we develop a sudden extension tourettes, that imense urge when someone passes a compliment on how beautiful your hair is you suddendly blurt out " Oh! theyre not mine theyre extensions :-o!! its irrestible - you make all the effort to want your hair looking as natural as possible so no one would tell then we shout it out proudly lol... go on you know you do it!! ;-)
Hope this blog as raised a few giggles