If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, it’s probably pretty apparent that I love a good hack. And while the majority of my hacks are of the home improvement variety, I also have some pretty clever beauty hacks up my sleeve.
Today, I am sharing my secret hack for achieving long and thick hair.
So before I share my secret, I wanted to give you a little context….
For years now, I have been pretty adamant about my hair care regimen- I invest in regular Olaplex treatments, restrict heat styling to only 1-2 times a week and religiously consume supplements and a diet which support healthy hair (B Vitamins including Biotin, a quality Multivitamin and a high-protein/healthy fat diet).
In terms of style preference, I have always been drawn to the whole “Victoria Secret Model” vibe – long and voluminous locks just seem to be the most flattering on me. Truth be told, I have always had pretty decent hair, but after the births of both my children, I experienced postpartum hairloss. As a result, I was forced to cut length from my typically long-ish hair .
Around this time, I was able to find a hair stylist who not only shared my “Victoria Secret hair” vision (for my Chattanooga peeps, Heather Chun at Curate StyleLoft is incredible), but who was also able to nurse my hair back to health while allowing it to grow the longest it has ever been (conservative trims…no chopping sprees !).
After two years of proper care, my hair had finally grown to pretty impressive lengths. However, the overall look was still missing the fullness and texture synonymous with the VS models. Not to mention, I wanted to experiment with a lighter hair color.
This is when my hair stylist suggested Easihair Pro tape-in hair extensions….
Being the stubborn client that I am, I had initially refused the extensions without a second thought. First of all, I assumed they would be out of my budget. Not only was cost a factor, I had heard from some friends that extensions can be uncomfortable and high-maintenance.
After a few months of hesitation, I finally decided to take the plunge. After all..if I didn’t like them, all I had to do was apply rubbing alcohol on the tape strips to remove them.
As you can see, not only did the extensions add fullness to my ‘do, but the blonde highlights at the ends of my hair(which are the extensions), are thicker and more pronounced. This type of look is hard to achieve with natural hair. Added bonus? I didn’t have to fry my real hair to achieve this balayage look.
Here is what the extensions look like…
Easihair Pro Hair Tape-In Extensions Facts:
Each pack of extensions, which comes with 12 panels, is $250 and can be re-used for an entire year. While I only used 1 pack, most people use 2 to 3 packs when simply trying to add fullness.
If you are going for length and fullness, you will probably need 5 packs. It is also worth noting that the extensions come in a variety of lengths (of course I went with the longest length which is 20in) and can only be purchased and applied by a certified Easihair Pro professional.
In terms of maintenance, the tape-in extensions will need to be removed and re-applied every 8 to 10 weeks. While they can be colored and heat-styled like normal hair, it is important to treat them with care (so that you can get the longest use from them).
Initially, one of my biggest hesitations was comfort…there was no way in hell I could keep these babies in for as long as I have if they weren’t almost undetectable.
While the very first day of having them can be slightly uncomfortable trying to sleep in (they are tightest on the scalp the first day), by the third day following application, I truly forget they are even there.
I have had the same pack of extensions for five months now, and I am still super satisfied. Not only did they allow me to achieve the look I was going for, they prevented me from bleaching and frying the ends of my hair.
For any of you in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, Heather Chun, my hairstylist at Curate StyleLoft, is a certified Easihair Pro Specialist. To look for experts in your area or to view more information on these extensions you can visit the company’s website by clicking here.
If you are looking for a little confidence boost, I highly recommend these extensions.
As mothers and caregivers, it can be easy to overlook beauty regimens and other forms of self-care, but you owe it to yourself to feel your best. You freakin’ deserve it , mama.
Now get out there and design some good vibes.