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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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26Sep 2014

The 5 Best Tips for Wearing Hair Extensions

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Tease Your Way to the Top!

Extensions are the easiest option when it comes to adding volume. You simply put them in and head out the door. But in order to get that much needed extra volume on top, you will definitely need a teasing comb. It’s a good idea to tease the back of your head and also wear you are going to lay the headband. This will make your hair less smooth, so the extensions stay in place for all day wear. It will also help to cover the headband, so no one knows your secret!

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Make it Match!

To make your extensions blend in better, add a little shine serum to your hair before applying the strands. This will make your hair look super soft and silky, which will match the extensions perfectly! I really like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. It penetrates deep into the hair, makes it smooth, and cuts down on drying time.

 

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Turn Them Upside Down!

If you are using extensions with clips, then place them n the direction your hair will be going. If you’ll be rocking a ponytail or updo, then place the clips upward. They will go the same way as the hair then and look super natural. It will feel weird and look weird if you place them the other way. My favorite clip-in extensions are from Luxy Hair. They feel natural and are so smooth and silky.

 

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Length is Crucial!

Make sure your extensions are only slightly longer then your hair or at the same level. If they are too long, they don’t look good. You have to blend them well to have longer extensions. You could try layering them yourself or even go into a salon and they will do it for you. I like cutting them myself because I know what looks best in my hair and don’t have to worry about someone else cutting them too short.

 

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Go Au Naturale!

On a more day to day basis, you can still wear extensions for a relaxed look. Make sure you wet them the night before and let them air dry. This will get rid of some of the shine, and give you a more natural look. You can also use foam rollers to give a nice lose wave to the extensions for a more natural beachy look.

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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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29Aug 2014

How to Get Perfectly Wavy Hair in No Time

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How to Get Perfectly Wavy Hair in No Time

If you have tried endlessly to achieve curly hair, but your hair is just too naturally straight, then you need to read this! We have all tried to make wavy hair work, but for most of us, it either turns into total frizz or pin straight. Instead of continuing to wear stick-straight ponies and tight buns, you need to try these tips to get some waves — and keep them!

Once you try it, you won’t being seeing anything but waves for awhile!

Use the diffuser: You know that weirdly shaped contraption that comes in the box with your blowdryer? Well, it really does have a purpose! (I didn’t know it’s purpose until college…so don’t feel bad). While you are about halfway through blowdrying your hair, toss your head upside down. You can then use the diffuser prongs side up to almost scrunch your hair. Then just continue to dry your whole head this way.

Mousse Mousse Mousse: Many of us have all these hair products that we NEVER use. Why? I have no idea! Maybe we just like to know that they are there when we need them. Anyway, you can finally use it! There is almost no chance of your hair curling or waving if you don’t use mousse. Before using the diffuser, or ANY heat tool, apply mousse. I like to use TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse, 8.1 oz. It comes in a purple and black bottle and it’s also in my favorite products post!

Sleep in braids: There is no better way to achieve waves than by NOT using heat. Braid your hair at night before you go to bed. Before braiding spray your hair with sea salt wave spray and by morning you will have perfect wavy hair in no time. This works best when hair is dirty!

Use someone else’s hair: You can easily get wavy hair from extensions. They come wavy or you can make them wavy yourself. It’s much easier to curl hair that is right in front of you then hair that is on the back of your head!

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27Aug 2014

Secret Extensions Ombre Hair!

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I love love love my Secret Extensions! When I first ordered, I got a color that perfectly matches my hair because I wanted to make sure that they matched and that I liked them. I finally received them and they were perfect. I ordered the Brown-Black Secret Extensions because I thought that they would match best…which they did!

They took awhile to ship to me which was kind of annoying, but that was the only real issue I had. When I got them, they were wrapped in adorable packaging and they were exactly what I was expecting.

After getting that pair, I saw this picture of a girl with ombre ones and I had to try it!! I purchased just a few shades lighter and it turned out perfectly! I didn’t want to dye it, so ombre extensions were the perfect idea. I will definitely post pictures soon when my new camera comes so that everyone can see what they look like!

They come in so many colors that I know you will be able to find your perfect shade! Mine was pretty easy though because my hair is so dark. I would definitely suggest purchasing if you have always wanted to try extensions, but thought they were to expensive. These are great quality for a great price.

Learn More About Secret Extensions Here! 

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21Aug 2014

My Secret Extensions Review

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Secret Hair Extensions Reviews

I love my Secret Extensions! When I first saw them on TV, I thought that I would definitely give them a try because I have always wanted extensions and these ones are pretty inexpensive. I waited about two weeks for them to get to me and I was so happy the day they got there.

First of all, the packaging is super cute and they are wrapped up well to make sure they get to you safely. They are so soft and smooth!

Now, I have to point out that these are synthetic hair and that I would love to have real ones. However, these felt just like the real thing. You can straighten Secret Extensions and you can curl them! You can even use all sorts of hair products on them.

Here is a tutorial I have on How-to Care For Secret Extensions as well.

I’d definitely recommend them and have even purchased some as gifts for my friends. I think they match super closely to almost every hair color. I’d love to hear what you guys think of them, so please comment below with questions, tips, or experiences.

You can purchase Secret Extensions Here!

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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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