I remember the first time I ever got hair extensions. I was 17 years old and I’d scrimped and saved to get them done at a local salon. It took over 6 hours to get them installed, and when all was said and done, I absolutely hated them.
My hair was cut quite short at the time, and I’d had 18 inch fusion extensions applied– not really the best option for fine hair, but unfortunately, the stylist didn’t care enough to tell me that. So I basically looked like I had a weird mullet until I finally got them removed a few months later.
Since then, I’ve experimented with many extension styles. On my wedding day, I wore a sew-in/weave. My hair looked amazing, but it was super painful and I ended up with horrible matting afterwards. A few years later I tried tape-in extensions and loved them, despite my poor choice of quality hair. Those came out pretty quickly (literally- they fell out in the shower because they were cheap and improperly applied).
Right after that I got pregnant with my first son, and that’s when I discovered clip-ins: super easy, but definitely not mom-friendly. And after having my second kiddo? Ain’t nobody got time to spend 15 minutes just getting those suckers clipped in. Plus, wearing them every day was actually really damaging my own hair.
So, in an effort to cut back on my getting ready time plus still feel somewhat put together, I decided to try tape-ins again. I’d heard great things about Bombay Hair, so I was thrilled when they agreed to partner with me on this post.
But first, here is my sad, fried, and extension-less hair BEFORE…
… and AFTER!
Y’all, let me just say- the rumors were TRUE. I’ve had them in for a month now, and they are the softest, most real feeling extensions I’ve ever tried ( Lord knows, I’ve tried so many). I absolutely love these Bombay Hair extensions! Not only do they blend in seamlessly with my hair, but they’re sleek and don’t frizz like so many others. Because no, all hair extensions are NOT created equal.
So, are you thinking about getting extensions? Regardless of the style you choose, here are FIVE tips to get you started:
- Choose the right type of extensions for your lifestyle. Are you wanting something low committment to jazz up date nights? Then you can get away with clip-ins. Looking for something more semi-permanent, but struggle with fine/thin hair like me? Tape-ins will be your best friend. Is your hair naturally thick, but you’re looking to add length? Sew-ins, Fusion or Micro Beads could work for you. Bombay Hair carries all of these in multiple lengths and colors!
- Choose a quality brand. I cannot state it enough: quality, quality, quality. Do NOT cheap out when it comes to hair extensions, and here’s why. Cheap hair is poorly made, which means that it will frizz, break and someday sooner than later you may find yourself staring at a couple wefts on the shower floor. Read the reviews, ask friends you know have experience with extensions (like your truly 😉 ), and when it doubt, you can always count on Bombay!
- Choose a licensed and experienced stylist. I get it; hair services can add up quickly, so it’s tempting to look for ways to cut corners. But half of the success of your extensions literally depends on the skill of the person installing them. So no, don’t put them in yourself and don’t see someone who doesn’t regularly install extensions. Take it from someone who’s learned this the hard way. Gigi at Siren Salon does a fantastic job!
- Stock up on the right haircare products. Extensions require a little extra love, but don’t let that scare you away. If someone like me- who didn’t learn to braid until recently- can do it, so can you! My must haves include a sulfate free shampoo, deep conditioner, thermal heat protectant spray, leave-in conditioner and a hair oil. Remember that your extensions don’t receive natural oils like your own hair does, so it’s super important to keep them from drying out.
- Sleep with your hair braided or pulled back in a ponytail. Sounds kind of silly and insignificant, right? But I promise you won’t want to skip this easy step. Again, since your extensions don’t receive the natural oils your real hair does, it’s a lot easier for them to tangle. Braiding them or pulling them back into a loose pony helps prevent this and ultimately contributes to your extensions lasting a long time.
And there you have it! Not too overwhelming, right? All it really takes is a little research and TLC. If you have any tips you feel I’ve missed or want to share your experience with hair extensions, let me know in the comments.