Are hair extensions worth it?

 Hi friends! Sorry I’m later posting today. It’s one of those days where technology hates me… and I regret not using my external hard drive more often. Derppppp.

I thought it would be fun to switch things up around here with a more beauty-ish type post. When I first got my clip-in extensions -shortly after chopping off all of my hair a couple of years ago- many of you asked for a post about hair extensions. Since I love doing hair posts (check out this one for the waterfall braid and this one on my favorite curling iron) I was super excited about this one 🙂

As you guys know, I got some hair extensions for the photo shoot for the book.


(Photo: James Patrick)

My hair was in a weird in-between stage after cutting it, and to be honest, I was feeling really blah. I wasn’t able to do much with my hair -it’s was a bun almost every day- I thought it would be nice to look like myself in the photos and get some extensions.

I LOVE them. Unlike the eyelash extension hack job of 2014, the hair extension foray was been quite successful, and were especially amazing as I grew my hair back out. 😉 I didn’t end up wearing them too often, but were a lot of fun for nights when we went out and I wanted a little extra pizazz.

I’m thankful that madre is a stylist and helped pick out the perfect match for my hair (for my natural color; I got highlights back in January) and taught me how to put them in.

The deets on the extensions:

They’re real, human hair (which yes, was a little freaky to think about).. It’s obviously more natural looking than synthetic hair and a little more expensive. One pack is about $100-120 at Sally’s, and they were on sale when we got them (Ladies’ night! 10% off). I ended up getting two packs since my hair is insanely thick, and I had a little extra that I didn’t use. The extensions are clip-in, so I can easily attach them before going out and remove them to work out, sleep, live. The cost for extensions ranges from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the quality you buy. 

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 My mom also does the glue extensions, where each strand is fused to your own hair using a special tool. We decided not to go this route since the hair can become heavy and break off, and I liked the ability to remove the clip-in extensions. 

Another option is to get extensions that are sewn into your hair. One of my good friends got this type, and they looked AWESOME, but she said she wishes she could take them out sometimes (like during workouts or at night to go to sleep) and that it’s obvious when she needs to get them redone. There are pros and cons to every type. 

The prep:

Madre washed the extensions with shampoo and conditioner to see their natural curl. They were perfectly wavy, so she made some finger curls for be beachy waves and let them air dry. I styled my hair as usual using a large-barrel curling iron and went to the salon so madre could attach them and teach me how to use them along the way.

Some tools and tips:

-Always hold the extensions by the clip part of the extension. Avoid touching the extensions too much. You can attach them, style them, and then try to leave them alone. It will keep the hair looking fresh and tamed longer. You can also wash the extensions with shampoo and conditioner, but avoid doing it too often.

-To store the extensions, make some finger curls with each piece so each one looks like a circle. Wrap in a towel, or you can get one of these silk extension holders.

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-Get help matching your natural hair color and if possible, have a stylist put them in for you the first time. It’s worth it! The 18 inch extensions were slightly too long, so madre was able to cut and texturize them to make them even more natural-looking.

How to put them in: 

(My hair is as long as the extensions now, but wanted to do a little how-to for ya. Not a super drastic before and after, but you get the idea) 🙂  

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(15 week baby bumpin!)

Have you tried hair extensions before? Would you? Which celebrity has your favorite hair? I always adore Jessica Alba’s hair style and color. She also *almost* convinces me to lob it again, but alas, not right now. 



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  1. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on April 23, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    This was really interesting to read about! I chopped off my hair once and donated it to an organization and I always wondered what it would be like for someone to be wearing my hair! Thanks for an inside scoop. 🙂

  2. Heather @ Life In Leggings on April 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I love hair extensions! As a dancer, I’ve tried several different types and shades. My favorite are the clip-ins, since you can decide when you wear them and when you don’t! Plus, you don’t have to wash them too often unless you’re getting them sweaty. I have a set of clip-ins now while (like you) I’m patiently waiting for my hair to grow out, but I actually had bead extensions before that. They weren’t sewn into my hair or glued, but each extension piece had a strand of beads my stylist put my hair through and tightened. I had to get them re-done about every month or so, but I loved that they weren’t damaging to my hair. Great post! 🙂

  3. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Cool, Gina! I didn’t know you had or used extensions, but I love the look of them. I would definitely be interested in getting some one day to give me a chunk of thick hair! Doesn’t sound too scary at all. 🙂

  4. Maria on April 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Those look really great. My hair is insanely curly so I can’t even imagine finding hair extensions to match my natural hair, but perhaps when I straighten it? I’m trying to grow it out, but I feel like it just gets to a certain point and then stops :-/ Unfortunately I have to wear it up everyday for work.

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I always wondered how hair extensions worked. By the way, you had me fooled into thinking it was all your hair!

  6. Sarah F on April 24, 2015 at 1:03 am

    This was a great read- thanks for the information! I recently cut about 8 inches of my hair off, and I miss my long hair sooo much. Definitely curious about looking into extensions for a change up occasionally.

  7. Julie VerHage on April 24, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I love that I’m not the only one that had to buy 2 packs at Sally due to ridiculously thick hair! I agree, definitely worth the $200ish, not sure if I would pay a ton for the glue in ones.

  8. on April 24, 2015 at 3:42 am

    I got clip in extensions for my wedding but haven’t used them since. I always want to but just didnt really know how haha! I should try them soon since I loved them for my wedding and kept them in for the day after too.

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Extensions look so natural on you!! I would love to try them but am terrified of mine looking fake because I have thin hair and am nervous you’d be able to tell the difference in the hair. Thanks for the tip to go to a stylist for help picking out the right kind and shade. I would definitely need the help!

  10. Nikki on April 24, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I had bellargo hair extensions for years. Anybody interested type that into google. Best extensions but pricey because they last!

  11. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on April 24, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I would love to get extensions since my hair is ridiculously thin but only if someone else were to put them in. I am notoriously lazy about doing my hair and if I can’t get it done in a couple minutes then I prob won’t do it haha.

  12. Annalisa on April 24, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’ve always wanted to try extensions but it totally freaks me out thinking about having human hair other than my own in my head. I’d definitely do clipins as I would never get to the salon that often to have them tightened. I’ve heard about “laced hair extensions” and they are supposed to be amazing. One day maybe!

  13. Alex @ True Femme on April 24, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I’ve never tried extensions before but I know people who have and they look awesome! My hair right now is the longest it’s ever been so I don’t really need them…but what I do need is a good hair mask to repair some damage thanks to coloring and heat styling 🙂

  14. Johnny Shi on May 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    It is interesting how much influence your hair can have on your appearance. My friend cut her hair really short for a friend who had cancer. It is taking a long time for her to grow it back . I am sure she would love you hear your opinion on hair extensions. Thanks for sharing.

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