I’ve never had long hair but always wanted it. It’s like my hair reached a certain length and just stopped there! I’m sure I’m not the only one? Just before lockdown, after giving it a lot of thought, I decided to get extensions. Then, you know, covid happened and the first thing I did after lockdown was put them in. I had been wanting them for months!
Come September, only 3 months after I put them in, I have removed them, and this is why.
What type of extensions did I have?
First things first, I’m not dissatisfied with the quality of the extensions or the work of my hair stylist. They were both fabulous! I got Remi Cachet Elegance Ultra Tips from Additional Lengths, 4 packs of the colour 55/60 – Light Ash Blonde/Platinum Blonde and one pack of T6/60 – Medium Chestnut Brown/Platinum Blonde to blend in with my root blend. Both in 20″. The colours are stunning and fit my hair perfectly! In total, we used all 5 packs which is 125 strands for a full head. A lot, I know!
If you take good care of your hair, you can have the extensions for up to 1 year. I was determined to keep mine for that long! Depending on how quickly your hair grows, you will need to re-fit them every 3 months, but like I said, with the same hair.
So why did I remove them after just 3 months?
For me, there are several reasons for why extensions just aren’t for me right now, and I’m going to try to break it down for you:
- Extensions need a lot of attention. To make them last as long as possible, they really do! You shouldn’t wash your hair too often (1-2 times per week), ensure you use sulphate free hair products, apply oil on the lengths regularly as the extensions don’t get natural oils from your scalp and can thus dry out, not pull them when brushing, ensure they don’t get tangled, you can’t use oil or a scalp scrub as the bonds might loosen, dry your hair after a shower, sleep with your hair in a plait.. you get the point!
- They’re heavy. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I found them quite heavy – especially when working out! I felt like my hair was constantly pulling when working out, especially when doing HIIT.
- Visible bonds. I really struggled with ensuring the bonds weren’t visible. I like having my hair up in a high pony fairly often, but I never got the hang of doing this without showing my bonds. Maybe it takes practice, but it’s such an important thing for me! I also stressed about them being visible when I had my hair down, especially if it was windy (not unusual in London, is it..)
- Itchiness. Finally, the main thing for me – they’re itchy. Maybe this type of extensions just isn’t for me, but I found them so itchy and irritating on my scalp after a while. I also struggled with the fact that I couldn’t wash my scalp properly, so I felt like I never properly washed my hair! They also tended to get really knotty at the back of my head around the bonds, and it was a real struggle getting those knots out.
Overall, I’m really glad I gave it a go. My curiosity would’ve gotten the best of me eventually anyways! I really loved the result and having long hair, but in the end, it just isn’t for me right now. My stylist says my hair is in good condition, and I’m glad that the extensions didn’t damage my hair in any way and I’ll always have the option of putting them in again should I change my mind.