Good Morning all, I'm coming at you this morning with my new longer hair! *happy dance*
I was with a friend last week and she convinced me very easily that I needed longer hair, I had been thinking about it for a while as my hair is in an 'in-between' shoulder length style which I have been HATING, and to top it off, the colour was pulling red as I had recently dyed it with a supposed 'chocolate brown' *side eye*. I was either going to chop my hair or elongate my locks and yesterday was the day. I really did enjoy having 'sew in hair extensions' in the past but needed a new method which lasted longer. I have about 5 different types of 'clip ins' at home which never get any love whatsoever, that feeling of a clip in coming out? no bueno.
I went for the 'micro bead' method which attaches the extension to your own hair via looping it through and then clamping it shut. My hairdresser which is also a close friend said that the beads vary, and she used the beads which has silicone on the inside to protect the natural hair follicle and metal on the outside to prevent rust. This type of extension is supposed to be non damaging to the hair and very long lasting if you take good care of it.
She used 100 micro bead extensions which is 3/4 of a set, they are mainly placed on the back and scattered around the sides. She also dyed my hair a dark ash brown to counteract the redness which is basically my natural hair colour so it will be pretty low maintenance! The bonds aren't visible and I can have my hair out, pulled back or even half up half down and still conceal everything.
The whole process took about half a day but it only took about an hour and a half to attach the actual microbeads which was so quick as I was expecting to sit there for hours, luckily my friend is a pro and has been doing this for years and actually training to be a teacher so it really made my mind at ease. She is a mobile hairdresser based in London so she came to my house and we was able to chill and chat and enjoy the whole process. I couldn't imagine taking Esra with me to a salon and sitting there so this way she was able to take an afternoon nap whilst we got busy. The beads are placed like brickwork and scattered so the result is natural and it all kind of blends in. I was a little worried initially as I didn't want scraggly extensions and was aiming for a natural result which is what I got. We decided not to add choppy layers for now and only added long layers at the front, we will however reevaluate soon to see if I change my mind. If you look carefully you can see some of my top layers from my natural hair are visible but you will only be able to tell if I wear my hair dead straight and I plan on wearing them wavy most of the time. I shall see how I get on, right now I can't wait for boho braids! :) However, I do think that layering it a little more will give a more voluminous effect when curled, I will do another update if I change them.
These extensions can last between 6-12months, depending on how you take care of it, this also heavily relies upon the hair, mine was 'Mixed Eastern European' hair which blends in with my own perfectly as the texture is exactly the same as mine. It also depends on how the extension is applied, like if it's positioned correctly and the correct use of beads. You also have to take very good care of it, and it's recommended you sleep with it in a braid to prevent tangling. You also have to be careful with heat damage and be careful not to apply direct heat to the bonds as the keratin will melt off. I may need to freshen it up in a couple of months but I will see how I get on depending on my regrowth. This is actually a great way to grow out my hair as I can enjoy the process along the way. As for now, apparently I should expect a week of feeling uncomfortable as I need to get used to the extra weight in my hair, but I'm sure I will be fine. They don't feel half as uncomfortable as the first day I got the sew ins done. I will definitely do an update on how I'm caring for my hair, and a full on review once I have them removed whenever that may be!
What are your thoughts on 'micro bead' hair extensions? Would you do it? I'm in LOVE, excuse me whilst I do a little dance and enjoy my hair!
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(I was not paid for this post, and I did not get this treatment for free, I paid and couldn't be happier!)