I Tried Hair Extensions For the First Time, And…

After a brief hiatus and some medical-related to-dos, I’ve returned to the blogging world. Sorry for the wait (I’m going to politely assume you were anxiously awaiting the next post). I’m back with more than I left with: new hair. Literally speaking.

I went to my go-to stylist and best friend Alex Denaro a few weeks ago, hair in desperate need of some TLC. I’ve been blonde (or going blonde) for a little over a year now, and it was time for a change. I also wasn’t happy with the length of my hair. Last February, I had to make some tough life decisions, which also caused me to spontaneously chop my hair to my shoulders and dye it black. Edgy. Needless to say, it’s still growing back and only just reached a length below my boobs when pin-straight. Ugh.

P.S. Yes, Alex was able to dye my jet-black hair to an ashy blonde. He’s a magician.

He suggested extensions. I refused them for a while. My hair can grow pretty long, pretty quickly by itself. However, June was the month I caved. We went darker and added three rows of weft extensions.

If at this point, you’re asking yourself, “How often does this girl change her hair color,” I’ll humor you: in the past four years, I’ve gone from brown, to red-brown, to blonde highlights, to brown, to black, to purple (yes, purple), to brown, to blonde highlights, to jet-black, to blonde and back to brown (present day). I’m a Gemini. Enough said.

Alex chose weft extensions because this won’t be a forever thing for me – my hair grows on its own, and eventually, they can be removed quickly and without hassle. I also hate sitting still in the chair for too long, like a child, and weft extensions only take about 45 minutes to an hour to apply, versus the three-and-beyond hours it takes to apply something like k-tips.

Life with extensions hasn’t been much different than life without. My head was a little itchy at first, and it took some getting used to, but a few days passed and it was as if I had them all my life. They’re extremely comfortable and easy to maintain. You can brush right over them (and should brush right over them) with a Wet Brush, and wash your hair the same way you would without. Blow-drying time is about the same as well – then again, I’m used to dealing with my own thick hair, so this was no different for me. Keep this in mind if you don’t like spending too much time on styling your hair!

Speaking of styling, I typically blow out my hair straight, but I can’t help but curl my hair more often than I used to. I can do both easily, but curls have been my go-to since they were applied.

Tying up my hair in a ponytail for kickboxing also isn’t a problem – you don’t see the extensions at all!

Extensions that don’t spill your secrets… goals.

I’m going on a month of having these and overall, it’s been a very positive experience. I’d recommend to anyone who wants to add thickness or length to their hair, and, obviously, I recommend Alex wholeheartedly for any and all of your hair needs. He’s located in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. I linked his site at the beginning of this post, and you can check out his Instagram here.

In the time it took to write this post, I’ve spilled tea all over my counter and was chased by a water bug that found its way into my apartment. I drowned the monster in Windex through the blurriness of my own tears. Mondays.

-D

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