Well, hello there fellow Dolls (and potential Dolls)!
My name is Rebecca; I’m a writer and blogger from Melbourne and it’s a pleasure to e-meet you. Clare, the founder and creator of We Are Dolls, has invited me to hijack her blog for a special guest post to talk first-hand about my hair extension experience.
As I found myself, if you haven’t had extensions before and don’t know where to go and who to trust, it’s difficult when you’re just using Google to sift through an endless list of salons. How do you know if they are any good or if your money will be well spent? Well, you don’t – but it certainly helps if you can read an honest, unbiased review from someone who has recently used their services.
I personally wanted to get hair extensions as I've always loved long hair, but unfortunately, my natural hair just won't play ball. It's fine, brittle and snaps easily - not helped by years of colouring and heat styling - so it's always been difficult to get it past my shoulders. I've dabbled for years with clip-in extensions, which are great for a temporary fix, but it's hard to get them to look natural when wearing them down. Anyone that's looked into having hair extensions will know that having them installed properly in a salon costs a small fortune – both for the initial fitting and the ongoing maintenance – so that was never a possibility.
That was until I discovered We Are Dolls online, which seemed to offer professionally-installed extensions for prices that are actually realistic. The online reviews were glowing, so I decided to book in for an initial consultation.
I met with Clare and she talked very honestly about the different methods available and the upsides and pitfalls of each. I never knew there were so many ways of having them applied - beads, tapes, weaves, the list goes on! Taking into consideration my hair type and length, she recommended a micro-weave application would be the best way to go, one of the options which is least damaging to your natural hair. The process would involve an initial application then maintenance every eight weeks, during which the extensions are moved back up to the roots after the natural hair has grown.
I thought Clare’s honesty was great – she didn’t try to talk me into having something done which wasn’t right for me just to make a sale. Based on the consultation and the strength of the reviews, I took the plunge and booked myself in.
The whole process of having them installed took about an hour and a half. She began by creating the 'tracks' by weaving pieces of my own hair together and fixing them in place with small silicone lined micro beads which were clamped together. The extension strips were then hand-sewn with a needle and thread along the 'tracks'. Finally, the extensions were cut and layered and my natural hair thinned through at the ends to create a more natural blend.
And that was it! I was so pleased with the finished result. They look much more natural than clip-ins and the colour match (not easy with all the different tones in my blonde hair) is spot on. I tend to wear my hair up quite often and it looks so much nicer now with the added thickness and length. Finally – I have long hair!
I’ll be completely honest; my hair now takes longer to wash, dry and style, so that’s something to take into consideration before you commit to getting extensions. You can’t just use any old cheap products on them; you need to take extra special care to look after them and keep them nourished and tangle-free if you want them to stay looking good. I can also feel them in my hair – it’s not uncomfortable, just a slightly tight sensation – although I think this probably varies depending on which method you choose.
These factors are all things that Clare is very open about before you commit to getting your extensions. For example, as my natural hair is cut in quite a blunt bob, she warned me that I would need to commit a little extra time each day to styling in order to make it look natural. However, for me, the pluses of having extensions far outweigh these slight inconveniences so I’ll be keeping them until my natural hair – which is enjoying a welcome respite from colour and straightening – has grown.
If you too are longing for long hair, I personally couldn’t recommend Clare more highly for her experience, honesty and professionalism. Thanks for having me on the blog, Clare!
You can read more of Rebecca's blog here; http://ohsolatetotheparty.blogspot.com.au/