By Steph G.
I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Barefoot Blonde Hair – I just REALLY love the product and want to tell you about it!
I wear hair extensions. Let me say it again, loudly and proudly for those sitting in the back of the house: “I Wear Hair Extensions! I’ve worn them for years!” God, that’s so freeing.
I have worn extensions for volume and for length since I was a junior in college (so, for almost 10 years now).
I started with removable clip-ins –> Moved to permanent tape-ins –> Went BARE for a couple of years when I was rocking fab pregnancy hair (thank you, prenatal vitamins…) –> Went BACK to removable clip-ins –> Upgraded said removable clip-ins
I am not an extension newbie. I’ve experimented with different types, worn them long, and worn them short for extra volume.
Having helped more than a few girls get started with hair extensions, I thought I’d answer a few of the most common questions I’ve gotten over the years.
How expensive are extensions?
That depends on what kind you get.
- Permanent extensions that you get in a salon are generally more expensive. My tape-ins would cost approximately $250-300 every 3-4 months. This is because they need to be re-done as your hair grows, and occasionally new wefts (strips of hair) needed to be ordered.
- The extensions I got from M & M beauty supply came in one very long weft of hair that I cut into smaller wefts and sewed clips into. Those cost approximately $100 and lasted about 6 months to a year. I would take them out nightly and store them.
- The seamless extensions from Barefoot Blonde Hair cost $215, came with 10 wefts in varying widths, all 21 inches long. I just purchased them, but with proper care and maintenance, I expect them to last about a year or so. I take them out nightly.
How often do you wear your extensions?
It’s a personal choice, but I wear mine every day. I like my hair better when I wear them, so why walk through life not liking my hair?? 🙂 When I wear my hair up in a sloppy bun on top of my head, I’ll use less wefts because I can achieve the desired effect with fewer clips.
Do you cut them? How do you style them?
I am comfortable cutting my own wefts. I fully believe that most girls (especially when new to the extension game) should have their wefts cut and styled professionally. Layers should be worked in. Hair that has one really short layer and one really long layer does not look natural, and everyone will be able to see that you’re wearing extensions. But to answer the question, yes my wefts are cut. I generally style them with some sort of curl or wave because it blends your natural hair with the extension hair more seamlessly.
I think I want extensions, but I don’t know where to start….
I’d recommend checking out the Barefoot Blonde Hair website and ordering some samples! They are my favorite BY FAR. If you’d prefer to go to a brick and mortar store and you’re local to Northwest Indiana, I’ve been getting my extensions from M&M beauty supply for years! There are so many different options and you’ll be able to color match there in the store.
My new (and FAVORITE) brand of removable clip-ins is by Barefoot Blonde Hair by Amber Fillerup Clark. They are AMAZING and here’s why:
- The quality is excellent.
- It’s real hair 😉
- The hair is soft
- You get quite a lot of hair for the $$
- The clips are sturdy and she includes extras
- The wefts are seamless (!!!) and blend easily with your hair
- You can have 5 samples sent to your home for FREE (just pay $5 shipping) so you can color match before you order.
- She sends her extensions to you in a gorgeous box that’s perfect for storage
How do I color match?
Compare the extensions to the ENDS of your hair – NOT THE ROOT. This is because the ends of your hair are generally lighter than the root and more visible. Look at the hair in synthetic light, natural light, and TAKE PICTURES in both!
How do I take care of them?
- Avoid products on them if you can – ESPECIALLY on the ends. Treat the ends most carefully – like delicate, vintage lace.
- Wash them once a month if necessary (they don’t get dirty like your natural hair does because they don’t produce oils)
- When you wash them, use a smoothing shampoo that is free of sulfates. I like this one! Follow with a heavy duty moisturizing conditioner (again, free of sulfates). This is my favorite….
- Brush them before & after you wear them. You don’t want them to get overly tangled because then brushing will be more difficult and lead to split ends (YIKES!!) Using a Wet Brush is great because it detangles gently. I use this detangling brush for my extensions…
- Store them well. I’ve seen girls hang them from a hanger with clips, which is good because they won’t tangle. I keep mine in the box they came in. I use a hair-tie to (lightly!) hold them together at the top towards the clips, brush them, and lay them neatly in the box to prevent tangling. Just… PLEASE don’t throw them in a drawer with all your other hair stuff!! Please! I’ll know you did it. And I’ll give you a look. You know the one.
Have you ever tried extensions or been interested in trying them? Drop a comment and let us know!