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For about a year now I have been growing my hair in pursuit of owning the long, tumbling locks I have always dreamed of.  On my mind also, has been the idea of having hair extensions to see if I even suit long hair, and just to have the enjoyment of having it for a little while before I carry on growing it.  I spent a lot of time thinking about getting extensions, a lot of Googling and a lot of trying to find a friend, or friend of a friend that had ever had them but to no avail.  In the end I decided that I should just bite the bullet and get them done, and so yesterday I went along to the salon I'd been recommended and had them done.  I am off to a wedding on Sunday and had a vision of Taylor Swift curls that was never going to be satisfied without a bit of fakery!

I thought it might be an idea to write a little bit about my experience should anyone else be considering getting them done, and, like me, want to know a bit more about them.  


The salon I went to was the
Pretty Bitch salon in Portsmouth, who offer weave extensions for varying prices depending on the length.  I went for 14" Dream Girl (real hair) extensions which were £75 included a cut afterwards.  I really had no idea of the process behind the weaving, but what they did was make three tiny rows of plaits (like cornrows) in the middle of my scalp (underneath the hairline) and then they sew the wefts of hair extensions into the plaits.  It didn't occur to me that getting them put in would hurt, but it really did hurt.  All of the tugging on my hair in order to make the plait, and then to sew the extensions in was quite painful.  After they had been put in the stylist cut the extensions and layered them to make them look more natural.

When I got home and looked in the mirror I had a bit of a 'what have I done?' moment.  I expected them to look more natural than they did, and there really was
so much hair.  I just wasn't used to having this much hair and didn't really know what to do with it.  After a lot of messing around with it, and getting some advice from my Mum over Skype, I finally found a few styles that suited it and started to shake off the feeling that I'd made a terrible (and somewhat costly) mistake.  This came back, however, when I got into bed last night.  The rows that they sewed the extensions into were lumpy and sore and I couldn't lie comfortably on them.  Luckily I sleep mostly on my front but I still had to take some painkillers and a sleeping tablet to get off to sleep. When I woke up this morning however, they no longer hurt, so I think it was just the after pains of having my scalp tugged and pulled to get them in!

I think they will certainly take some getting used to, but overall I think I'm glad I had them done.  I have posted a few photos below of what I look like now.  I know there are mixed opinions on hair extensions, and they have a bit of a WAG/Snog Marry Avoid associated stigma but overall I'm glad I took a chance and had them done.  What do you think?






13 comments

  1. I think it looks cute.

    Honestly, I dont like the side pony tail, but maybe that's just me. The other styles look good.

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  2. Love love love them. I've also been trying to grow my hair for yonks but it's extremely flimsy/thin and i just don't think its ever destined to be naturally long. This look really suits you and from those angles you can't even tell it's extensions.

    Do you just wash/dry them the same as normal hair? £75 is quite reasonable for the cut too, how long do they last? xx

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  3. I dig the side pony tail. I love people whom have the courage to be able to be experiment with their hair.

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  4. AHHHHHHHHH I really love them on you! I often consider the idea of extensions, altho I hear they can be quite high maintainence. How do you was them?
    Well done you brave thing!
    xxxx

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  5. @ Laura B Thankyou! I worry they don't suit me but I think it's because I am not used to seeing myself with long hair, hopefully this will change! There are conflicting answers to whether you can wash them; my stylist said only wash them once or twice a month but all the other advice says you can wash them if you're really gentle with them. They should normally last about three months but because my hair is naturally quite short at the back mine may not last that long apparently.
    xxx

    @sophiewearing Thankyou sweets :) They are quite high maintenance I think but I think once you get used to incorporating things into your normal routine (like putting serum on them and plaiting your hair before bed) you would probably get used to it. Apparently if you wash them you have to be very gentle and use special shampoo but I'm just going to use normal shampoo I think and hope for the best as I don't want to spend loads of money on specialist products I'll only use for a few weeks. Thankyou for saying I was brave :) In the end I think I just got bored of thinking about getting them and had to either do it or not do it!
    xxx

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  6. Love them! :) and for £75, that is bloody brilliant. Ive had clip ins and my mum cut them into my hair, and I could dye them etc but they only lasted 5 or 6 months before they started looking awful. my mums had a full head of the glued in pieces, but they cost her hundreds of pounds. Yours look fab! and I have heard it can hurt though :( ouchy! youre gonna look absolutely lush at the wedding though missus ;) xx

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  7. i like them they look natural :) and your necklace is super cute! xo

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  9. HONESTLY NOW I AM GIVING OUT THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE WHO IS THINKING OF GETTING HAIR EXTENSIONS ESPECIALLY AT PRETTY BITCH!! GIRLS TRUST ME GO TO ELEGANCE IN PORTSMOUTH AND GET ANY HAIR EXTENSION BUT DREAMGIRL, I HAD THE WORSE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE WHICH ACTUALLY RESULTED IN ME CUTTING OUT THE DREAMGIRL EXTENSIONS AND CRYING BECAUSE MY REAL HAIR WENT WITH IT, I WENT TO ELEGANCE AND GOT £15O REMY 20" AND YEAH ITLS A LITTLE PRICEY BUT ITS WORTH IT! THE £90 I PAID AT PRETTY BITCH FOR THEM TO MATTE AND TANGLE SO BADLY AND ACTUALLY ONLY LASTED 3 WEEKS, ALSO PRETTY BITCH GAVE ME ALL THE WRONG INFORMATION ABOUT THE HAIR AND ITS WRONG GOD KNOWS WHERE THEY GOT THERE INFORMATONS! IF ANYONE IS GETTING HAIR EXTENSIONS DO NOT GO TO PRETTY BITCH AND DO NOT GET DREAMGIRL UNLESS YOU WANT TO END UP LIKE ME WHO HAS BALD PATCHS AND HAD TO WASTE £90!!!!!!!

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