For the longest time I was wanting to try hair extensions. On my wedding day, I knew I wanted full hair. I ended up getting the Halo hair extension at at salon in California. It came with a heavy price tag too. Looking back, hand tied would have been a better option. For the time being, it served its purpose. The Halo is not permanent, does not attached to your hair full time, the hair is on a clear wire and sits on top of the crown of your head. After my wedding my hair shade changed and it became a bigger pain in the a** to put in and style. There was way too much hair on the Halo and it looked unnatural.
Let’s talk hand tied extensions…
Y’all who doesn’t love and want thick and luscious hair? I am. the girl who always had thinner hair. Thick hair just wasn’t a blessing for me. That’s why they make extensions!! There’s always a silver lining. Recently, I went back and forth on getting extension. It was time to just go for it!! After pestering Britany (The House of Blonde salon owner) with questions, I just went for it. I probably drove her crazy!
I loved how natural and voluminous hand tied extensions are!! Fun fact, hand tied extensions are the best for all things styling. The options are endless. It can be styled easily in a ponytail and does not show at the root either. I can’t wait to share how I style mine….
(scroll down for the after…)
Q: How long does the installation take? What does it consist of?
A: My hair took a while because we did a highlight too. The coloring process took longer than installing the hand tied extensions. That part was pretty quick. First, they added additional color to the hair to make it blend out as my natural hair grows. After washing and drying the hair, they clamped the beads at the crown of your head and sow in the wefts. Once it’s done, they cut and style. We did cut to my natural hair length. If you want to do extensions for length they would add more hair. I only have one row for thickness.
Q: How does this method of extensions work?
Emily clasped the beads into the natural hair and then sowed the wefts in. It does not hurt and the process is pretty seamless. You can not see them once they’re in and when you put up your hair they are invisible.
Q: Where did you get your hand tied extensions done?
A: I get my hair colored at The House of Blonde. Hannah does my color and Emily did the hand tied extensions. Brittany (salon owner) was there the day we did the extensions and helped speed up the process. Before putting in the extensions we had to order the hair and color match. The day of installing the extension we did a partial baby highlight with root smug and put in the one row of hand tied extensions.
Q: What is the maintenance for hand tied extensions?
A: Every 6-8 weeks you move them up. I have my next appointment for move up and full color highlight in 6 weeks. The hair itself lasts 6-9 months. If you take good care of it, it will last. So think of it this way… a twice a year investment for fabulous hair!!
Q: What is the price for getting hand tied extensions?
A: You can expect to invest $1200+ for thickness and length. The hair lasts about 4-8 months depending on how well you take care of it. The maintenance is give or take $300. It depends on how many rows you have.
Q: How do you take care of the extensions?
You want to use salon approved products like R+Co or Olaplex.
Q: Can you take them out and reuse them?
A: Yes, as long as you take good care of the hair they will still be good. Typically you get new hair every 4-8 months. I trying to shoot for 8 or 9 months. I want it to last, I LOVE THEM!!
Q: What kind of hair products do you need to use?
A: Use salons professional hair products that your stylist suggests or has in their salon. The girls at The House of Blonde suggest using R+Co or Olaplex. I purchased Olaplex because I love the #3 hair perfector. I purchased the shampoo, conditioner and oil this go around especially for the extensions.
Q: Do they hurt when you get them? What about afterwards?
A: Only for a day or two after installation as the beads pulled on my scalp a bit. I don’t even notice them now. I thought the weight of them might give me a headache but it never did. They are weight less. At first they feel like you got beaded cornrows from Mexican lol
Q: Can you feel the extensions?
A: Since they are new, they are a tad itchy. The more I think about the “itch” the more they itch. Just like anything the more you think about it the more you feel it. All in all, you can’t feel them. They are weightless on my head.
Q: Do the little beads damage your hair? What about the beads?
A: Anything unnatural that you do to your hair can cause damage (heat styling, coloring, perms, etc.). Hand tied extensions do not use any glue or heat or tape so in my opinion they are the least damaging. It’s always good to have your stylist look at your hair to make sure your hair can handle the extensions. Personally, I would not get them if I was pregnant or continuing to lose post baby hair. Right now I have regrowth, but the fallout has stopped.
Q: How many rows and what length did you get?
A: I did these extensions for thickness. I have one row with three wefts.
Q: How often do you need to purchase new hair?
A: Just about 4-8 months you need to get new hair. Middle gage it, it’s about twice a year if you want to keep up with it. I mean once you have them you will LOVE them. So worth, I wake up with good hair.
Q: How often do you wash your hair?
A: I sweat a ton when I work out and I work out almost daily. I wash 2-3 times a week. I try to stick to every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
- You wash your hair less… it just happens where you don’t need as much washes. AMEN!
- Less styling, meaning you can go longer without having to style again.
- Hair always looks fabulous when you wake up.
- Keeps the curl super easily, and even days after.
- Confidence booster!
- They don’t pull you hair and they cause no damage to your natural hair.
- Extensions add length and extra volume.
- They look so natural.
- There’s no heat or glue when applied.
- You look glamorous ALL the time!!
- The extensions are comfortable and lightweight.
- They itch! My biggest complaint is that my head often itches and I can’t scratch underneath the beads haha. I do know, when they grow out will the itchiness will subsided.
- The washing/drying/styling process is time consuming. Beauty is pain. Kidding, yes it takes more time, you have more hair. I will say for some odd reason, with hand tied hair extensions I can go longer without washing my hair. I will wake up and it looks fabulous. The washing process can be tricky the first time. Shampooing can be hard to massage your scalp and get the top of the wefts super clean + drying and styling takes about four times longer than it did pre-extensions. Probably because I was used to not having as much hair. However, like I have said, I spend less time on my hair on a daily basis as it looks pretty good upon waking up and holds curl/style really well. I just have to touch it up a bit and I’m good to go. If you aren’t a hair perfectionist like me, you could literally wake up, brush and go without styling and be just fine! Que the “I woke up like this” caption.
- The cost and maintenance isn’t for everyone….I mean duh? just like lash extensions or nails… beauty comes with a $$
Things to Consider:
- You should use sulfate free shampoo / conditioner. I use Olaplex.
- Use a wet brush when brushing and blow drying. – Makes my life so much easier and doesn’t get caught in the beads.
- You should sleep with your hair in a loose braid or a low pony.
- You should avoid getting them wet in a pool or ocean as it can be damaging and cause a lot of tangles. Use a claw clip to help your hair from getting wet.
- It’s important to keep them brushed as they can tangle, especially around the base of the neck….but you can’t brush from the scalp, you have to be really careful to not tug at the extensions or catch your brush where they are attached. That’s where the wet brush comes in handy.
Overall, I LOVE my extension and Emily did such a good job. She is trustworthy, knows what she’s doing and is the cutest little thing. Like I said, I didn’t do any research on these and put my trust in her. So far so good. If you’re thinking about getting extension just do it… you won’t regret it. Just might be addicted after that’s all, jokes.
Here’s to waking up every day with fabulous hair!!