I have been wearing hair extensions 2015, and have learned a lot throughout the years! We have gone through such a revolution when it comes to fake hair, and I have loved every minute of it. Wigs & extensions have starting to become normalized, and while I have 0 experience with full wigs, I have tried out a few types of hair extensions.
In 2015, I chopped my hair to be shoulder length. It was one of those big life-change times when I just wanted to make a big appearance change to make how I was feeling. For the second time in my life, I felt terrible after the hair cut. This was when I purchased my first type of extension: Clip In's:
Clip-In's are a great choice when you want to switch up your look temporarily. It takes a lot of effort to make them look natural with your hair, but it's definitely possible. I got tired of wearing them daily, and that's when I started looking into other options. The next I chose was Bead Extensions:
Bead Extensions were short-lived for me. While they might work for some people, I really didn't like the fact that I couldn't wear my hair up (There are so many beads and they are very apparent in any non-down hair style). These are probably the extensions that blend the absolute best with your natural hair when it's worn down, but you have to be a lot more creative with other styles. I also happened to need to go to another salon the second time I got them moved up, and they didn't have the right sized beads so the hair all fell out within a week. Make sure you find someone great with the right products, and keep going back to them for this type!
The last type I tried (and my current type) are Tape-In Extensions!
These are my favorite, because they are easy to style with, you can choose where they are placed on your head, you can choose to use however many you want, and they are safe for your hair! These work the best for me, and I will definitely be using these for a long time. They come in lots of lengths, but I use 5 packs of 24in hair (mine come in 5 pairs/pack). They last me about 6-8 months. I also have gone to the same person for the last 3 years, but I would trust most salons that offer this service to move my extensions up.
Tape-In Hair Care:
Wash hair less then 3x/week.
Use lots of conditioner on the bottom half (never on scalp)
Find a good hair mask & use it on the bottom half of your hair when it starts feeling dry
Test using purple shampoo before using it all over to avoid dying extensions purple
Find a great dry shampoo for off days to avoid over-washing!
I hope this was helpful! Let me know what types of extensions you use, or if you want more content like this! :)