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13Mar 2015

Simple Tips for Making Your Hair Extensions Last Longer

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shutterstock_253575808_optInvesting in a great pair of extensions is a difficult task for many of us. But when we finally take the plunge, and make this costly purchase, we really need to take care of our investment! Hair extensions maintenance should be done often to help your extensions remain silky, shiny, and gorgeous. Whether your extensions are real or synthetic, you will have to invest in products to help them maintain their best condition. Here are some very useful tips to help you maintain your extensions:

Brush, brush, brush

This is probably the most simple step, but the most often overlooked. Brushing your hair extensions is critical for keeping them detangled and knot free. You should brush your hair at least twice a day using a brush that helps with detangling. It’s critical that you start from the bottom and work your way up to the top to help with fallout and to make sure you don’t loosen them or pull them out. If you skip brushing, the natural fallout that you experience everyday will tangle with your extensions and they will look messier and become matted.

Limit the heat

If you are anything like me, you love to curl and straighten your extensions for different looks. This does terrible damage to your extensions though. If they are real, they will start to look crunchy and the ends will start to split quickly. So, definitely try to lay off the heat. If you must use heat though, try to use ionic irons and dryers to help minimize the damage.

Wash and condition

This is probably my least favorite step because I feel like it is time consuming, but I know I must do it. Your extensions will definitely benefit from a good wash every once in awhile. Try to use paraben and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to prevent damage or buildup in your extensions. I love to use Biolage Color Last Shampoo and Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask because that is what I regularly use in my own hair and it makes it feel fantastic. Don’t forget to dry your extensions and spray them with a heat protectant before doing so.

*The Macadamia Oil Mask is about half the price on Amazon as it is in drugstores.

 

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30Sep 2014

The Best Colored Hair Clip-Ins

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Lately, I have really wanted to experiment with color in my hair!

I have always had super dark brown/black hair, which I love, but sometimes it can be pretty boring. I don’t want to dye it because I can’t have brightly colored hair at work. I’m also too afraid to do something so drastic.

Well, while I was on Pinterest the other week, I saw that Demi Lovato endorses colored hair extensions now. They are called Secret Color Hair Extensions. Of course, I ordered them! They finally arrived and I really really love them! They make me wish I could dye my hair. ):

They come in several colors and they are super easy to put in your hair. It literally takes seconds! I had to cut mine because they were too long, but now they blend perfectly.

I also bought some other colored ones from Etsy. They have the best stuff on there. I could spend ALL day looking at the beautiful items on Etsy.

Anyways, I just wanted to share how much I love colored extensions now. If you are thinking about trying them, I would definitely go with Secret Color Extensions from Demi Lovato or …… They are inexpensive and I really loved them. Plus, they look super cute!

I’d love to answer any questions, or hear what you think about either of these colored extensions.

**The two pictures on the left are Secret Color Extensions. The two pictures on the right are my clip-ins from Etsy.

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03Sep 2014

Learn How to Finally Grow Your Hair Out Fast

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8 Secrets to growing longer, stronger, and fuller hair!

  1. Stop washing your hair so much! Every other day will suffice. If you really want to grow long hair, dare to shower only 3 times a week. This will help you to maintain your hairs natural oils, which will keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. If you have very oily roots, you can fix that by simply using a dry shampoo. Make sure if you do use dry shampoo that you pick a good one!
  2. Don’t use heat! This is probably one of the most difficult tips to follow, but you will see a difference once you stop using heat on your hair. You want to let your hair air dry as often as you can. I like to braid it before I go to sleep, or spray it with Sea Salt Spray so I wake up with beachy waves the next morning. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, 4-Ounce Bottle works the best for all hair types and it smells fantastic!
  3. Get rid of your split ends! It’s super important to trim your hair when you are growing it out. You don’t want long hair that is full of split ends, you want healthy strong, and beautiful hair. So, don’t skip that 6 month trim, unless your ends are strong and healthy.
  4. Drink water! This is a very obvious tip. Keeping your body hydrated will help to hydrate your hair. Water is good for so many things! Try to drink at least 8 glasses a day and avoid beverages that will dehydrate you.
  5. Try the pill! The Biotin pill that is. Spring Valley – Biotin 5000 mcg, Super Potency, 120 Softgels is great for not only you hair, but it also promotes healthy skin and nail growth. I know many people who this has really worked for. However, if you have acne prone skin, I wouldn’t suggest it because it can cause breakouts.
  6. Let your hair down! Avoid tight ponies and buns. You don’t want rubber bands to damage your hair and ruin all the progress that you have made.
  7. Massage your scalp! This is something that I thought was ridiculous, but my hair dresser of 5 years told me that it really is true. If you massage your scalp for just a few minutes in the shower it will increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
  8. Stop dying your hair! Chemicals will ruin your hair! If you must dye it, then try using henna. It can work wonders, without killing your hair. It is also beneficial to use really good shampoos and conditioners. Try to find those without sulfates, as these can really harm your hair as well.

If all else fails and you still cannot grow long beautiful hair, then buy some extensions! Extensions look great on everyone. They come in such a wide variety of colors, that there is no way you won’t be able to find a match. I have two favorites. I like Secret Extensions as a cheaper everyday set of extensions and I like Luxy Hair as a more expensive set for special occasions.

Secret Extensions $39.99
Luxy Hair $129.95

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13Aug 2014

How to Care For Your Extensions!

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I love to wear my Secret Extensions, but sometimes they get tangled and messy because I use a lot of product on them. So, I wanted to share some tips + tricks for keeping them clean and well maintained. I would suggest washing them about every 4 to 6 weeks because they do not receive natural oils like our hair, so they will not need to be cleaned often. I clean mine about every three weeks simply because I use a ton of product on my hair.

1. Brush your hair, so that you get all of the tangles out before drying and don’t do any unnecessary damage to the hair.
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I use the Michel Mercier Detangler Brush on my Secret Extensions because I find that it does the best job. It definitely detangles the extensions, while not damaging them or ripping out any hairs. There are very rarely any hairs left in the brush at all. The blue one is for thick hair and I think it works the best on ALL hair type. I have tried the other no tangle brushes (thin and normal hair brushes) and they did not work as well for me. You should find which works best for you though!

2. Wet hair with lukewarm water and wash with a small amount of shampoo and conditioner.
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I usually fill the sink up with warm water and let them soak for a minute or so. I then wash them in shampoo and let them soak in the sink again. Then I rinse them out and add conditioner and let them sit again. After all that, I empty out the sink and run the hair under the sink water. Then I usually lay them out on a towel.

3. Let air dry and run your fingers through the extensions to keep them from being to tangled when they dry.
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I have found that it is difficult to brush these when wet. So, I would suggest never doing that because you will lose a lot of hair from your extensions! I find it best to just let them air dry. I also like to run my fingers through my Secret Extensions so that I can easily detangle them again once they dry.

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