My hair doesn’t grow. Ok it does, but it grows slower than it breaks off from damage. I style my hair almost every day because good hair days make for good mood days, but breakage and crispy fried ends left me miserable. After trying to grow my hair out for 6 years and it never getting longer than just past shoulder length I decided to leap into hair extension world.
And I’m so glad I did.
Every day I look at my long luscious locks and feel so much more beautiful and confident. I haven’t had a bad hair day since I got these strands taped in. I don’t even have to heat style my hair most days because it’s soft and long and hides the short damaged parts. This also allows me to give my natural hair a break by only styling the tape-in pieces. Tape in hair extensions are the latest and greatest type of hair extensions on the market right now. They are more cost-effective than other varieties, lightweight, lay flat on your head, non-damaging, easy to replenish/remove - all reasons why their popularity has been spiking since 2013!
Hair extensions are one of the best things that happened to my look, but there are some things I wish I knew.
Sleeping with extensions is uncomfortable, at least for the first week or two. It felt like I was sleeping with plastic pokey rollers in and neither side I laid on was comfortable. Some say to have hair in a braid or low pony to avoid tangling, but this was too uncomfortable for me. Pre-extensions I slept in top-knot which I found to be too unbcomfortable to do with extensions in.
The way the tape-in extensions lay on your head they poke out in weird ways when trying to style hair in a high pony or top knot. And it’s a bit uncomfortable for the first week or so if you do it anyway. I'm a morning-shower person so I began showering at night if I planned to style my hair the next day. The added bonus there was it kept me cool during the hot summer nights, and pre-extensions if I slept with my hair wet I'd wake up looking like I was electrocuted while rolling around in a gutter all night - not cute! Downside is I have read that you're not supposed to sleep with your hair wet to preserve the quality of the hair.
I knew it was going to be expensive, but when you take a good hard look at the numbers it’s shocking to see I spent the same amount on hair extensions that I could have spent on an all-inclusive week vacation in Cabo. Even so, the happiness I get every day from them lasts much longer than a week!
There are other minor annoyances like the scalp can get itchy, sometimes (but not often) the tape part will show through and long hair gets hot, but when all is said and done I love my extensions and will continue to refresh them for many months. If you're going headed in my same direction I definitely recommend tape in hair extensions!
If you’re local to San Diego I recommend Sam at Hyde & Edwards Salon & Spa in Little Italy. She is amazing!