So, today's post: How I do my hair!!!
First off let me start by saying: YES, I wear extensions, and NO, they are not permanent; I wear clip ins. I used to have the most beautiful hair ever. It was long, thick, and super healthy. Everyone (including my own friends) accused me of having extensions, but I was all natural.
Then, I cut it super short. After a month, I was over it, and my girlfriend convinced me I should get extensions sewn in "while it grew back". Great idea, I thought! It turned out to be the biggest mistake of my life. I only had them in for about 4 months, but when I took them out, all my hair went with them. I literally had bald spots. It was devastating. (DO NOT EVER GET EXTENSIONS- I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!)
|Short hair, only I DID care lol!!!|
This is my stove top on my kitchen counter lol. As you can see, I pre-curl the extensions before I clip them on. To be honest, this particular day I had an amazing hair stylist curl them for me, Etienne Ortega. He was at my house already for a photoshoot I hosted with the gorgeous Melissa Molinaro, so I made him help!! This was Melissa's finished look, as you can see it's very similar to how I rock my hair (she has tons of clip ins in also), only he does it way better:
The good thing about clip in extensions is they don't have to be curled every time (I rock mine at least 3 times before re curling), and you don't have to wash them that often either (I wash mine every 3 months or so).
It's important to note that not all hair extensions can be curled. I buy real human hair (I buy them from 'The Hair Store" on Wilshire, no particular brand, it's all the same as long as it's real hair!), that way I can style it any way I want and treat it like my own. If you buy synthetic hair, you may or may not be able to use heat products on it, be sure to read your package!
Once my clip ins are curled, I get started on my own hair. Typically, I let my hair air dry (I think the blow dryer is so damaging and use it only when I have to). I do put a bit of moose or root buster on right out of the shower (I like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam). Once it's dry, I curl it with a large barrel curling iron or hot rollers. Only the top layer of your hair is super important to curl well because the extensions will go under that and cover all the rest of your hair anyway lol. For the two front pieces of hair (aka your bang area), be sure to curl them out and away from the face, this will open the hair out of the face.
|Notice how the front two curls go away from my face rather curling into my face|
Once you have all your own hair curled (and as I said, anything other than the top layer doesn't even need to be curled that well!), put your top hair in a bun/clip, and clip in how every many hair extensions you want to wear. Once you're all done inserting them, unclip your top layer of hair, but keep it in your hand. What I do next is tease the back of that top layer of hair, and then put a little hair spray. Let it dry for a few seconds, then release the top hair to cover the extensions.
Unless someone actually touches your head and feels around in your hair, no one will know you're wearing hair extensions. Can you tell I have them on here? No, it looks completely natural and anyone that says otherwise is just a hater.
Now let me say this, I do not by any means wear clip in extensions every day. They are pulling on your hair, and they will damage your hair if you wear them too much (they'll pull your own hair out just like sewn in/glued in/etc ones do!). Try to only wear them when you want to look your best. For example, on average I only wear them 5-6 times a month.
Most of the time, I try to do less damaging hair styles, such as one of my favorites, a glamorous bun!! To see the blog post on how I create the bun look, click HERE.
You guys also asked about any hair products that are a must for me. To answer that question, basically anything that Nioxin makes. For those of you that don't know what Nioxin is, it's an amazing line of hair care products created specifically to help you grow longer, thicker hair. You can get them at salons, or any beauty supply store, such as ULTA.
I will only use Nioxin shampoo and conditioner. Period. The end. I am totally that girl that brings her own little bottles of shampoo and conditioner with her on vacations, or even to the gym etc. I haven't quite had the courage to bring it with me when I go to get a blow out or hair cut, but the good news is my besties all do hair and makeup so all that comes to me!! I love you Brandin Palestino!!
Nioxin is a bit pricey compared to drug store shampoo and conditioners (and you know I love a good bargain!), but it's so worth the money. Cheap shampoo is one thing I just can't do. Right away from your first use with Nioxin you will notice a difference. It will be cooling and tingly on your scalp, and you'll notice that less hairs fall during your shower. Number 1 is my favorite, but I've tried them all.
Nioxin also make amazing hair masques (as in conditioner masques you leave on for a few minutes in the shower), and scalp treatments that you put on your hair once you're out of the shower. I've tried all different ones and I love them all.
If you want to try Nioxin, I recommend you buy a starter kit. This includes a shampoo, conditioner and scalp treatment in small bottles. "System 1" is a great number to start with.
Well, that's pretty much my hair. I hope this post helped to answer many of the questions you guys had.