So when I died my hair from blonde to brown, I thought that I’d get some hair extensions because before I started dying my hair it used to be really long and brown, and I miss it. Lesson being, don’t buy box dyes when you’re 15. I’d used clip in extensions before and thought I’d up my game and get some bonds or something but being realistic, in London can afford that? Absolutely not. Clip ins it was. But to be fair, I thought may aswell start with clip ins and take it from there.
CHOOSING THE BRAND
I didn’t want clip in extensions that would look like rats tails after a month so I researched into many different brands. I chose Hair Rehab London because I was stalking Lauren Pope’s (the founder of the brand and TOWIE star) Instagram and I didn’t even realise that her hair was all extensions and sometimes clip ins, they look INCRED. So I looked on the Hair Rehab website and made sure they were real hair and how good the quality was etc. They have a really strong FAQ section which lit answered my questions which is so good if you’re a first time buyer (I’m making this sound like you’re buying a house). They’ve also got a mix of synthetic and real hair, for mine I wanted real.
CHOOSING THE COLOUR
Buying extensions online was tricky because I wanted the get the right colour match, but Hair Rehab had an amazing colour match tool where you simply just upload a photo of your hair and you guide the colour swatches next to it to find your shade. If you get stuck on that, you can email them a few selfies of your hair and they can match you up for you.
So I went for 16″ extensions, but they were out of stock so the customer service team emailed me straight away the next morning asking if I wanted to wait until they were back in stock or if I wanted 20″ at no extra cost. If you’ve read my last post then you’ll know how analytical I am about customer service. I decided to go for the 20″ because I was going to get them cut anyway.
(My hair before my extensions)
WHEN THEY ARRIVED
When they arrived the colour was absolutely spot on, I received 4x one clip strips, 1x 2 clip strips and 2x 3 clip strips. This is the perfect amount of not more for my hair. If you have really really thick hair then you may want to order 2 packs. However they were waaaaayyy too long. 20″ is longer than I thought. Luckily my BFF is a hairdresser so I took them to her and she cut them into my hair for me and shaped them etc. I fully recommend that you do this with extensions as it makes them look way more natural. I got quite a lot cut off them, we just did it inch by inch until we found the perfect length.
When they were cut into my hair they were obviously straight, and they looked so realistic it was CRAY. They added nice healthy thickness and length which was just what I wanted. When wearing them straight, I usually straighten my hair and extensions separately and then place the extensions in my hair and briefly run through them with straightners to smooth out the ends.
They look so good when curled. I place them into my hair first and curl my hair and extensions together. I just feel like they look more natural this way because the curls form together more. Although it’s completely up to you and you can curl your hair separately and then place the pieces in. I just use my curling wand to curl them. Sometimes if I’ve just washed my hair and it’s that annoying smooth texture where it lit won’t do anything, I just spray my roots with dry shampoo to add texture giving the clips something to grip on to.
I don’t wear my extensions everyday, only about 2-3 times a week. Therefore I wash them about every 2 weeks or whenever I feel like they need washing. I use my usual shampoo and I only condition the ends, however I do use a conditioning treatment on the ends which I just leave in. Never blow dry them! Leave them to dry au naturale. If anyone’s got any tips on maintaining and treating extensions, let me know!