Constantly changing up the style, colour, and length of your hair is super tempting – but in theory, it’s easier said than done. These days hair extensions are the ultimate hair accessory, they allow you to change up your look in a matter of minutes without crazy damage to your natural hair…or major regret after chopping 20cm off to sport that textured ‘lob’ that everyone is loving at the moment (been there, done that).
For years the universe taunted with me hair that wouldn’t grow past my shoulders, this was back when I was a blonde gal. The bleach and highlighting completely ruined my hair, and my tresses were so dry & damaged, I just couldn’t get them to grow past the length of a long bob. I eventually decided to ‘invest’ in some hair extensions when I got married in 2012 (this was my last year as a blonde), but as it turns out I was taken for a bit of a ride. The lady who did my bridal hair and makeup sourced the hair extensions for me, and I ended up paying R1500,00 for 3 wefts (2 x 1-clip wefts, and 1 x 3-clip weft). This was before I knew anything about hair extensions (and before I was a beauty blogger) – so I thought that was the going rate for this type of thing. Boy, was I wrong… The extensions were poor quality and they looked like they were sewn together by hand (not in a good way). The strands felt plastic-y to the touch (I’m convinced they were synthetic, even though I was assured they were remy hair) and the ends were extremely tapered, so they looked very unnatural once I clipped them into my hair. I was so disappointed, but I didn’t know any better…so I bit my tongue. Fortunately I opted for an updo for the wedding, so the extensions added a bit of volume to my side bun…but that was about it.
And that’s the reason why I haven’t featured hair extensions on the blog, because I’ve always had this idea stuck in my head that all extensions look & feel like the ones I had for the wedding. Let me rephrase that – I’ve always thought hair extensions that are available in South Africa are probably all low in quality. I’ll admit – I was so wrong, and I’ll happily eat humble pie.
I was just too hesitant to invest in extensions from just any South African hair extensions brand – I was willing to pay good money for good quality extensions, but I had high expectations. I wanted something very specific: Soft, glossy 100% human hair extensions that are full at the root and taper just a little bit at the ends. I didn’t want thin, scraggly looking extensions – I wanted something that looked as natural as possible but still gave me the volume and length I wanted. In 2013 I went back to being a brunette (best decision I ever made!), and since then my hair has slowly but surely started growing longer and longer. My hair is still quite weak (I’m not getting any younger), but it’s at a length now that I am happy with. Here’s the problem, I want volume. I want thick, glossy, and voluminous hair – like a Disney Princess.
I’ve been watching beauty-related videos on YouTube for the past 8+ years, and I remember at one stage every beauty vlogger featured Bellami hair extensions. The extensions looked absolutely stunning – they’re were full, glossy and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Unfortunately at that stage Bellami didn’t ship to South Africa (they still don’t) – so for years I wasn’t able to get my hands on top quality extensions.
That was until I discovered Clipinhair Extensions.
A few months ago, Clipinhair reached out to me and asked if I was interested in testing out one of their new 220g hair extensions sets. As most of you already know, I’m someone who wants to try pretty much ALL beauty-related items. So, I jumped at the chance! Clipinhair also offered to give my blog readers a special discount code, to save R250,00 on any Clipinhair online order. I will share the discount code a bit later down in the blog post, plus I also indicate it on the screen in the video.
Please note: The discount code is NOT an affiliate code, I make absolutely NO money from any sales generated.
In today’s video, I show you what is included in the Clipinhair delivery box, what the extensions look like, what I love about them, plus a demo on how I like to clip in my extensions – AND as a bonus I show you how I like to style my extensions as well. I highly recommend you check out the video, because I also share some nifty little tips & tricks during the demo.
You can watch my video by clicking on the image below, it will take you through to the video on YouTube. Please give the video a ‘thumbs up’ if you enjoyed it, and share on your social media platforms if you think it’s something that might interest your friends or family.
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R250PinkPeonies will give you R250,00 off your online order (the code is case sensitive, so make sure you use the correct upper and lower case letters).
Please note: The discount code is only valid for 1 month i.e. until the 19th of October 2016.
♥ There is a wide variety of hair colours available – you’re guaranteed to find a set that matches your hair! Whether you currently have a balayage, or perhaps your hair is a beautiful shade of pink – Clipinhair has something for you (check out all their clip-in extensions here).
♥ You can choose between straight or wavy sets (the wavy set will stay wavy permanently, even after you wash them). If you have naturally wavy hair, then I would suggest you choose a wavy set. If you straighten your hair (or have naturally straight hair), then rather choose the straight set. You can always add curls / waves using a heat styling tool, like I did in the video.
♥ There are 3 weights available – 120g | 160g | 220g.
♥ The length of all the hair extensions (whether you choose the 120g, 160g or 220g set) is 50cm.
♥ Pricing for a set of hair extensions starts at R1550,00.
♥ Standard colours available: Platinum Blonde, Sunny Platinum, Beach Blonde, Strawberry Blonde, Honey Blonde, Sunkissed Blonde, Toffee Blonde, Vibrant Auburn, Chestnut Brown, Chocolate Brown, Dark Brown, Off Black, Jet Black, Silver.
♥ Ombre colours available: Toffee, Chestnut, Silver, Grey, Dusty Pink, Royal Blue, Purple, Teal, and Pink.
REVIEW OF CLIPINHAIR EXTENSIONS:
The Clipinhair extensions are produced with 100% remy human hair.
What is remy hair? It’s considered to be the finest quality of human hair because the cuticles are kept intact and not stripped, this means they are completely natural in appearance. Preserving the hair’s cuticles ensures that the hair remains soft, shiny, and free of tangles throughout its lifetime.
Because the extensions are made of 100% remy hair, they will naturally blend with your own hair and can be washed and heat styled, just like your natural hair.
Each set has gone through its own colouring process already – you can dye the extensions darker, but they cannot be bleached. I like that you can email Clipinhair a photo of your hair, and they will recommend a set that will match your hair as close as possible – that’s what I did, and they matched the shade ‘Dark Brown’ to my hair colour. It turned out to be a perfect match! I highly recommend you do this if you intend on placing an order, rather make sure you have the closest colour match from the start because colouring the extensions yourself (or even having them professionally coloured) will shorten the lifespan of your extensions.
I like that you get several hair pieces / wefts, because that means the weight is distributed evenly across your head making them relatively weightless. My 220g set contains 8 wefts (I added a breakdown of how many clips there are on each weft in the video), and although I used all 8 in the video – you are more than welcome to customise the number of wefts you use. We all have different head sizes and hair types – so there is no one right way to do it. Play around with the wefts and figure out how many wefts feel the most comfortable, and what sequence works best for you. My hair is quite thin at the top of my head – so I like to focus most of the extension wefts on the lower part of my head to make sure they aren’t visible at the top.
I love these extensions – they’re thick, soft, silky and super glossy too (in the most natural way possible)! In my opinion, the best hair extensions are the ones that no one comments on because they blend in seamlessly. That’s exactly what I love about my Clipinhair extensions – they add volume and length, but still look like my real hair. As mentioned in the video, the clips are really high quality – they glide through the hair without poking or hurting my scalp, plus they have a silicone strip to prevent them from sliding out.
Hair extensions help to create the most swoon-worthy, and Pinterest-esque braids – in the past I was never able to wear side braids because they weren’t thick enough. Now I can create the most beautiful fishtail braids, side buns, and updos because I have so much more hair to work with. If you have a wedding or special occasion coming up, then I highly recommend you invest in a set of good quality hair extensions.
Here’s what I love most about hair extensions: They give you options. You can change the length or colour of your hair, and at the end of the day, you can remove them with just a clip! It’s so nice to have versatility with my hair – I’m actually considering cutting my hair this Summer (I’m dying for a cut like this one), and with hair extensions I have the option to sport shorter textured waves one day and long, mermaid tresses the next.
I actually filmed another hair style (a special braid that looks like something from Pinterest, but it’s super quick and easy) as part of this video, but I ended up not featuring it because it just added too much time to the video (plus the angle I was filming it at was wrong). I’ll definitely show you different hairstyles using the extensions in upcoming videos – I’m thinking of adding short hairstyle ‘looks’ whenever I film a ‘Get Ready With Me’ video.
HAIR EXTENSIONS TIPS & TRICKS:
♥ Before you purchase a set of hair extensions, make sure to match the thickness of the extensions to the texture of your natural hair. If you have thin / fine hair, try the 120g set, it will blend in beautifully with your fine hair, give volume and length, while maintaining a very natural looking effect. If you have medium to thick hair, go for the 160g / 220g set.
♥ If you have short to medium length hair, your extensions will look way more believable if you get your hair stylist to cut and layer them for you. This way they will blend into (and complement) your existing hairstyle.
♥ Don’t sleep with your hair extensions in your hair, remove them before you go to bed and store them in the box they came in or hang them up with this hanger.
♥ If you’re planning on wearing your hair up and want to add volume to your updo or ponytail, place the clip-in extension upside down against your roots (and underneath a layer of hair so you can’t see it). That way the hair extension is facing in the right direction.
♥ If you have fine hair, you need to be a bit more careful that the top of the extensions aren’t peeking through your natural hair (especially at the top of your head). Tease the section of hair just above the clip and just below it, this will add more coverage and will also give you some extra hold (so the extensions won’t slide down the lengths of your hair).
♥ You don’t need to apply a hair product like hairspray in order for your extensions to keep their style (curls, waves etc), I have found hair extensions tend to keep a certain hairstyle for waaaaay longer than normal hair. Because of this, your won’t have to worry about product buildup.
♥ Don’t wash your hair extensions regularly – yes, you read right: DON’T wash them regularly. I have only washed the set I featured in the video twice, and I’ve had it for about 2,5 to 3 months (I wear extensions 2 to 3 times per week). Obviously if you wear your extensions every single day, and you use various different hair styling products on them (heat protectant, hairspray, and hair oil), then you might have to wash them more often. But definitely not every time you wash your own hair, not even once a week. Remember: Even though these extensions are made of 100% remy hair, they still need to be handled with TLC. Extensions don’t get the same amount of nourishment & natural oils from your scalp like your normal hair does, so you need to be gentle with the wefts and you try to put nourishment back into the hair each time you wash the extensions.
♥ Since these hair extensions are made of 100% human hair, they can start to look damaged IF you heat style them regularly and / or don’t take care of them. You want to protect your investment, and make your extensions last for as long as possible – so ease up on the heat styling (extensions hold a curl for a lot longer than normal hair anyway), and always use a thermal protecting spray before you start styling them with a hot tool.
HOW TO WASH YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS:
♥ Don’t waste time washing each weft separately. Start by taking all your wefts (all the extension pieces) and wrap them around each other, so that all the clips are bundled together. You should have something that resembles a ponytail.
♥ Then take a hair tie / hair band and wrap it around the entire bundle of extensions (like you would do with a ponytail).
♥ Next step is to wet your little ponytail of extensions – I prefer to not get the top part of the extensions wet every single time I wash them, just because that’s where they’re sewn together. I also don’t like getting the clips wet too often.
♥ Then you can start washing the extensions using your favourite shampoo, but remember to be gentle. Rinse with warm water, and then I like to shampoo again (but that’s just personal preference), and rinse again. Try to use a sulphate-free shampoo (I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, sulphates tend to dry out hair) and use a hydrating conditioner or hair treatment. I like to leave the conditioner / hair treatment mask on the extensions for 5 to 10 minutes to make sure they get all the nourishment they need. Then rinse the conditioner out, and make sure you rinse very well because they can feel a bit waxy (once dry) if you don’t get it all out.
♥ Next I like to lay the extensions down on a clean towel, and squeeze the moisture out using the towel. Don’t rub the extensions as this might damage them or cause knots / tangles.
♥ Every now and again I like to spray a tiny bit of leave-in conditioner (like this one or this one) on the wet extensions for extra hydration, then go in with a Tangle Teezer (I mention in the video why it’s important to use a Tangle Teezer, and not a normal hair brush) and gently brush through the damp extensions.
♥ You can either leave the extensions to dry on the towel, or hang them up to air dry (but make sure they’re out of direct sunlight). Don’t use a hairdryer to dry your extensions (unless you need to wear them immediately), as you’re just adding unnecessary heat.
♥ Remember: ONLY wash your hair extensions when they look like they absolutely need it, this will prolong lifespan of your extensions.
I hope you enjoyed watching the video!
P.S. The video and this blog post are NOT sponsored – juuuuuust in case you were wondering.