Hello my beautiful friends!

I am sorry I have been so quiet lately, but I recently found out I am pregnant with twins and between all the morning sickness, have found very little time to share with you on my blog. However, I recently installed permanent extensions in my hair (The Tape-in ones) and I thought it would be a great time and opportunity to share my experience with you, so you know what to expect if you do decide to go the permanent extensions route.

As most of you know I recently cut my hair shorter than it’s ever been before. This is my before photo.

This is my hair with Tape in extensions in 50cm.

I decided to put the tape in extensions, because I found that since I cut my hair short, I really hadn’t been making the effort I needed to put my clip-ins on. Although it was still possible, I found it was so much more challenging to blend them in, than when I had long hair. My previous 5 minutes to gorgeous hair, had become 25 minutes, with my new bob style. The tape in extensions were beautiful and soft and if you need some, I can definitely recommend you to the right person.

However, going to bed with them and the uncomfortable sleep and then waking up the next morning things were slightly different. I think because my hair is so short, for some reason after sleeping on the hair, it looked a little bit like I had a mullet when I woke up, which I didn't enjoy very much. Naturally, I didn't take a picture of myself looking like this LOL. Now I could deal with the mullet, because all you have to do is wash and style your hair again, right? Well, I didn’t realise what a blessing short hair really was, until I had to dry an additional 200grams of 50cm long hair extensions. It took me 45minutes just to dry them with a hairdryer and then begins the straightening another 40 minutes, because like most extensions they are slightly wavy, which is fine to wear naturally if your own hair is healthy and a bit longer, but in my bleach damaged, short hair, this was not really an option. Then you have to curl the ends of the hair, because when your hair is very short and dead straight, the extensions don’t look very natural – This is the same with clip-ins. I also didn’t like how flat my hair looked after styling with the permanent extensions, it seemed impossible to get volume at the roots. Maybe because of the bonds, or heaviness of the tapes? Maybe because I am not a hairstylist? With clip-in extensions, you can style your own hair first and create volume at the roots and around the face before clipping them in. Then I realised aaahhh… With my clip-ins I only had to style my own short hair which took 20 minutes and then put my clip-ins in, already styled from the previous time I wore them. The only thing I really had to make sure of with my clip-ins, is that I wore them wavy, so they looked natural while my hair was so short. I removed my tape-in extensions 2 weeks after they were installed, as I couldn’t handle the high maintenance of them.

This is a picture of me with my FrontRow Clip-ins in:

So let me make it simple and give you a comparison between FrontRow clip-ins and more permanent extensions:

Permanent Hair Extensions

Cost: R8000 + 6 weekly maintenance of R1500 Time to install: 45 minutes

Time To Style: 2 hours

Sleeping: Can sleep in them, Must braid hair

Swimming: Can swim in them, Must Braid Hair

Washing: Every 3rd day

Amount Shampoo and Conditioner Used: A crap load

The Look: Very natural when styled

DIY: Can’t install yourself

Damage to own hair: Some hair loss

Colour Match: Can mix colours

Lifespan (Worn Daily): 8 months High Ponytail: Possible, but challenging to hide tapes

Clip-in Hair Extensions

Cost: From R1590 for a full head .

Time to install: 5 minutes.

Time To Style: 30 minutes.

Sleeping: Can’t sleep with them in.

Swimming: Can’t swim with them in.

Washing: Every 10 – 20 wears.

Amount Shampoo and Conditioner Used: Hardly any.

The Look: Very natural when styled.

DIY: Easy to install yourself with some practice.

Damage to own hair: No damage at all.

Colour Match: Only available colours.

Lifespan (Worn Daily): 6 months.

High Ponytail: Possible.

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