If you have been reading Belle Fantaisie from way back in 2008 when I first posted, you will know how much I love changing my hair. Ever since dying my hair for the first time when I was a teenager, I have loved experimenting, whether it be with length, style or colour, and as I reach the ripe old age of 23, I still love expressing my style through my hair! One thing I always regret regarding my hair, is cutting it when I have let it grow out. It always seems such a good idea at the time, but when I look back at photos of my long hair, I wish I had it back for fishtail plaits and ringlets!
Back in 2010, I tried out hair extensions for the first time. I bought a set off eBay for about £20 and although I thought they were great at the time, I realise now that they were way too thin, and I remember having to get my hair thinned out at the hairdressers each time I wanted to wear them! So, when I went blonde and my hair stopped growing because of the bleach I relentlessly kept putting onto it (my poor hair, I’m so sorry!), I decided to try hair extensions again. This time, I did a bit of research, and found a brand that featured on a lot of YouTube beauty channels – HeadKandy. I bought a pair in the lightest blonde they had and they were amazing! However, with the ever changing state of my hair, and the fact that I gave up on trying to get my hair white after numerous attempts, they didn’t get much usage. After a failed attempt to dye them brown (it was a nightmare!) I gave up on them and put them back in the box to never be used again.
Since then, I have left my hair to grow out. I still have the blonde in my hair, but it has amazingly blended into my roots somehow, so it has left me with dip dye look. When HeadKandy got in touch to ask if I wanted to review another pair of their extensions, I was wary as my hair is a mixture of colours. They were great at reassuring me that if I sent them a picture of my hair, they could advise me on what colour to get. They suggested the Melted Chocolate shade, in the 20-22 inches length, which I could then match a hair dye to. Extensions are something I had been considering for when I get married and I had planned to dye my hair a chocolate brown for the day, as I definitely wanted that mermaid, long hair, ringlet look but in a nice classic shade, for when I walk down the aisle, and this was the perfect excuse to try it out. So I gave them my address and awaited their arrival!
(This post is literally about how they look and what I think about them. There are lots and lots of YouTube tutorials on how to put them in and the best way to style them, so I will leave those bits to the experts – I’m just going to give you my opinion, from someone who just wants longer hair that will look natural!)
I was super surprised when I found the extensions had arrived a few days after chatting to HeadKandy through email – it was so quick! I instantly took out the little tester section that is kept separate from the rest of the hair, so you can check it against your own hair to make sure the shades match (amazing idea!) and took it with me to Boots to pick out a hair dye for the rest of my hair!
When I say you get a lot of hair in the pack, I mean A LOT of hair! I never thought I would find extensions thick enough to blend in with my hair, but these are brilliant, and I can get away with not using one of the sections because they are so thick! In the pack I was sent, you get 10 wefts of hair, equaling 180 grams of natural human hair. I know this might seem a little weird, and at first, it does feel strange to be wearing another persons hair on your head, but it means that the quality of the extensions are a lot better than if they were synthetic, and it also means you can wash, style and even dye them.
Before I put the extensions in, I brushed through my hair and then left it. I wanted to style my hair when they extensions were in as I find this helps to blend them in better with my natural hair. The picture on the right shows the extensions in without any styling. The colour was a pretty good match, even if the brown dye that says it permanent had faded slightly on the bleached ends. Without any blending, the hair looked pretty good!
The extensions come with ready-to-go clips, that pop open and then slide onto your hair and clip back to secure. I find back-combing and a little hairspray helps at the roots to create a kind of ‘hair-mesh’ for the clips to secure on to, especially if you have thin and shiny hair! I used my fingers to separate my hair into section along the back, adding sections of hair as I went, and then I added the side sections last. It may take a bit of practice to get them in the right positions, and depending on the thickness of your hair, you may not have to use all the sections, but when you known where each section goes, with the help of the little guide that comes with the extensions, it should only take you about 5-10 minutes to put them all in.
The one problem I always find when wearing extensions is hiding the bottom layer of my natural hair that the first section is clipped on to. My hair is really thick and always has been, so it means that this bottom section always sticks out like a sore thumb. I’ve tried to plait it underneath to hide it but it always makes the back of my head look lumpy, so I decided to take inspiration from one of my favourite hairstyles, the ‘milkmaid braid’. I simply plait the bottom section and pull it forward as I braid it, and then lift it up, leaving a section of hair at either side before pinning it on the top of my head.
I used my hair straighteners to curl the hair, starting where my natural hair ends, which helps my real hair ‘flow’ into the extensions. I know others will say it’s better to style the extensions before putting them in, but I find it a lot easier as I have always been better at styling my own hair than others! I spritzed a heat protection spray all over my hair and the extensions before styling and used a medium hold hairspray over the top to hold the curls. I do find that the curls fall out quite quickly, so if you don’t mind washing the extensions more often, because of the build up that would occur, I would suggest using a firm hold hairspray.
Overall, I would highly recommend HeadKandy if you are thinking of investing in some high quality hair extensions. They offer three different lengths in the Full Head packs and they also offer individual wefts if you just want a splash of colour or just to add thickness to your hair. The colour selection is great too and if you want some help with choosing your perfect shade, they are more than happy to look at a picture of your hair for you and give you some advice! You can also get tips and advice from their YouTube channel.
What do you think of these hair extensions and would you consider wearing them? Do you have any tips on how to put them in or style them? Please share!
Thanks to HeadKandy for sending me their products to review!