Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Hair Care: Micro Ring Hair Extensions

Hi Lovelies,

This week is super busy for me, not only did I have my birthday celebrations, but we're going to see Lady Gaga Monster Ball Concert live at Soccer City this Friday!!

I am absolutely in love with my hair extensions!  I've had them in for just over a week, and I thought this is the perfect time to share with you all my tips and tricks that I have learned so far.  I told my husband the other day that I don't want to be without hair extensions again, I feel so pretty and feminine.  If you missed it, my micro ring (bead/link) hair extensions is from Cliphair Ltd.

My thoughts after having them in for one day:

My hairdresser advised that I wash my hair the day after she applied them, which I did.  Unfortunately I used the wrong products, and I ended up with straw-like hair ... so not cute!  I had slept perfectly fine the previous night and the little beads doesn't hurt or anything, although you do feel them it's not painful (but after a day or two you won't even notice them anymore).  After washing them with the wrong products, I blow-dried my hair, it felt funny, and I definitely felt a weight throughout the day, especially in the neck area it felt quite heavy {by the second day I couldn't feel it anymore, so give it a day or so just to get used to it ~ a week later I don't even feel that I'm wearing extensions at all}.  It also didn't feel like mine yet, if that makes any sense, but I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that my hair felt brassy, which I'm not used to as my own hair is very healthy and shiny.

It is probably something I should've done before using the products, but that night I had a squizz at the ingredients, and all of the products I used that morning had a combination of alcohol and sulfate in them, which is the worst thing to use on hair extensions.  I then found a savour in a bottle of serum I had bought ages ago, and immediately after applying this to my hair, it felt soft and flowy. 

Products not good for hair extensions:


Approved products for Hair Extensions:






I'm not a hair expert, so I cant give you all of the scientific facts, but all I know is when you have hair extensions, look for shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate free, you will also notice in the ingredients list that there is only one small component of alcohol, whereas with other products there will be various components of alcohol in which is not good.  Also note that the first ingredients mentioned are the highest ingredients used in the product, so the further down the list the less of that specific ingredient is used.

Shampoo and Conditioner:  Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Sulfate Free Infused with Keratin {Available at Dischem stores}:

I am absolutely in love with this!  I have felt such a difference in my hair, even the hair extensions are unbelievably soft, and this will definitely be a staple in my beauty cabinet from now one.

Hair-Care Routine:

1.  I wash my hair with the Marc Anthony shampoo and conditioner every three days, I've been told and have read on a couple of sites that you should try and wash your hair as little as possible.  Lightly rub your scalp and work downwards, be gentle and don't rub your hair together too hard, keep working in a downwards motion.  Also leave your conditioner in for longer than you usually would, and it's highly recommended that you wash your hair in the shower, as this helps with the downwards motion.

2.  Try and let your hair air-dry as much as possible, here's a forewarning, your hair will take really long to dry!  What I do is once I get home I wash my hair so it has a couple of hours to dry naturally, never go to sleep with wet hair!  If you do need to blow dry it, use it on the lowest heat setting possible. 

3.  Generally I'll advise to add about 40 - 60 minutes to do your hair, especially if you blow-dry it immediately, trust me, it takes a lot longer to dry and style!  Yes, it's a high maintenance style but totally worth it.

4.  I use Kair Leave-in-Conditioner morning and night, when it's wet and at night before I braid my hair to go to sleep.  I also always use the Tresemme Heat Defence spray before putting any heat on my hair.  I prefer my hair curled, so I'll quickly curl it the morning, sometimes just loose beachy waves, and once dry, I use a teeny bit of Kair strengthening silicone serum.  The serum is wonderful to use anytime you feel your hair is a bit dry, or just need that extra bit of moisture.

5.  I suggest sleeping with your hair in two braids on each side, or in a ponytail, before braiding I spray leave-in-conditioner, brush and then braid.

6.  As I only wash my hair every third day, I adore Batiste dry shampoo, not only does it give you that fresh clean feel and smell, but it gives amazing volume.  Basically I only curl my hair the first day, the second day it's already curled and with the braids looks really lovely and beachy, the third day I'll wear half-up, or in a high messy bun, but the dry shampoo is an absolute must.

7.  Brush, brush and brush GENTLY!  The brush and comb have been approved by my hairdresser, you have to brush at least morning and night to ensure you get rid of any knots or tangles.  Easy does it!  I split my hair in two, so basically as you would to make two braids.  Starting from the tips of your hair brush out, and work upwards,  Be gentle so don't pull or tug.  You can even take your hand to hold your scalp area, then gently and lightly brush over the micro rings/beads.  I used to be so scared but I realised they're quite tough.  For wet hair, never brush with a hair brush but use a wide tooth comb!  You do get special brushes for hair extensions, so if you're a bit scared or unsure I'd say invest in one of them to make it easier for you,

Overall I am over the moon and so happy with my hair!  I feel that now that I've learned how to manage them, I enjoy it so much.  It feels and looks like my own hair, in fact it might even be softer than my own, you can do anything with it as you would with your own hair, just a little bit of extra care goes a long way.  And you should have a good hair care routine anyway.

If you have any other questions pretties, let me know and I'll gladly try to help where I can.

UPDATE:
Just to let you know that I have not lost any strands of hair extensions, nothing has come out, and my hairdresser did advise that I may lose one or two even from the first wash, but nothing ~ so these seem to really be holding super well.

Have a fabulous week!

Love,
xoxo


33 comments:

  1. A year ago I was obsessed with hair extensions and I was considering to have put in micro ring hair extensions, but I ended up buying clip in hair extensions. Now those are siting in a box somewhere as I decided to grow my hair naturally. I would like to see a post after a while of having them in and after you decide to take them off :)
    xxo
    Cristina
    www.cbeautybox.com

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    1. Don't worry, I also got clip-ins but used them twice only. I will definitely do an updated post and also one once I've taken it out, so please check back :-) PS Thanks for leaving a comment xo

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  2. Such an informative post! I've learnt a lot about how I can wash my own hair better lol :) Going to start actually checking the ingredients I'm putting on my hair... Now I know the reason why some shampoos dry my hair out! Going to buy try the Marc Anthony shampoo and conditioner... Love anything with argan oil, sounds lush!
    x

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    1. Ahh you're so sweet, thank you so much! I know, it's something I haven't really thought of before now, and now I'm thinking if it's so bad for hair extensions, it can't be that good for your own hair. The Marc Anthony shampoo & conditioner is lovely, and it's also not too expensive, and it's very concentrated so you don't have to use a lot, even with this super long hair. :) xo

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  3. I came across your amazing blog and I'd like us to remain in touch! How'd you like to follow each other?

    Love Nyt,
    from
    BIG hair LOUD mouth

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  4. This post is really awesome, as I had also purchased the clip in extentions... I love Moroccan oil but cant find it anywhere?

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    1. Hey doll are you loving your clip ins? Where are you based I'll try and find a place you can buy it from if you want? I know it's not Moroccan oil but heat up a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, be careful when it's hot and use as a hair mask/treatment :) xo

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  5. Great post! I love extensions but they do not last long than I expected. I will def follow these tips. And by the way, great hair care routine. Looks like you are using great products for your hair.

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  6. Thanks for this post it can help my hair extensions caring. :)

    http://mybeautymart.com/en/101-remy-hair

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  7. I just have my hair extensions like two days ago but I am quite confused on which shampoo, conditioners etc. to use. I came across your blog and obviously got some tips on it. I think I will try these. Hope it will do good on my hair. :D

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    1. So glad I could help :-) using the right products on your hair will help make them feel like your own, look for sulfate free shampoo, always use shampoo + conditioner, plus leave-in conditioner, heat protectant and serum. Enjoy your lovely swishy hair :-)

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  8. Are these products for sale? I've been planning to buy conditioners for my hair extension. I am not satisfied with the previous products I bought, just a waste of money I say. Kindly pm me the prices if it is for sale.


    Thanks,
    Shirley

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    1. Hi Shirley, unfortunately these are not for sale it's for personal use :)

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  9. They are a type of human hair extensions that are attached to clients’ natural hair without the use of glue, heat or any harsh chemicals. These are attached using a aluminum alloy micro-ring that is safely fastened to customers natural hair. These hair extensions are designed to enhance clients’ natural hair by adding volume, high or lowlights (without the use of chemicals) and length.

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    1. Errm okay clearly I blogged about micro-ring extensions here and you didn't read it :/

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  10. As long as you are using the correct products and taking care of your hair extensions properly, you should be able to wear extensions for years and years. You may have to get longer ones as your hair grows longer.

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    1. Okay, but you're pushing by saying one can wear it for years and years. That's not true.

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  11. I just got tape in extensions about a month ago. I have multi colored blonde hair, and the stylist matched colors perfectly! She used like 5 different shades. I loved my hair when I left the salon, but I am a little disappointed that the lady who put them in did not tell me how to properly care for them. (They were 1100 US $, so not cheap). I was told that I could wash, condition, blow dry, and iron like normal. That is so far from the truth. And I found out the hard way. My hair looked like dry horse hair a few times after washing. I've found, with better products (thank you for suggesting, I plan to try some of your recomendations) my hair is turning out better. However, I feel like I can't blow dry it AND flat iron it. Actually, I feel like I can't blow dry it at all. It comes out very frizzy. So I have been letting it air dry, then running the iron through. The only problem with this is it takes 7-8 hours to naturally dry my hair, so I have to prep well in advance.

    I'm a mom to 4 children so I don't know how practical this is for me, but when they look good, I feel amazing, and younger. I just wish there was a speedier way for me to make them look as good as they did when I left the stylist.

    One thing I've considered (but the $$ is always a factor) is getting a weekly blow dry by a professional, and then just washing it once by myself during the week.

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    1. Hey doll ~ Ai I'm so sorry to hear! And shame on your hairstylist, you spent a lot of money, clearly they don't care about you as the customer. You absolutely cannot treat your own hair and hair extensions the same. I know about the drying time, that's why I used to get home, take a shower, and by that evening when I'd go to bed it would be about 80 % dry, it does take forever but you see the difference though. Wow you're a hero, 4 kids, I take my hat off to you! It's important as a woman AND as a mom to feel beautiful, we deserve it! That sounds like a good idea ... keep me posted, I'd like to hear if it's gotten any easier? x x

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  12. Will people be able to see if I am wearing hair extensions? hair extensions

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    1. If you're talking about these ones? When an experienced stylist put them in then no, they manipulate your hair so even when you tie it up, people won't be able to see :) x

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  13. Are hair extensions comfortable?

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  14. Hi!! I love your this blog and i read it just in time!
    I have been researching hair extensions for about a month now and i have been going to different salons to see what they do. I plan to get it since my hair is pathetically thin at the moment. I am really excited although it is very expensive for hair. i NEVER realized what a popular thing hair extensions were! Anyway, i was initially set on tape extensions but on saturday i went to see a lady who convinced me that micro rings were better? I am so confused now and i dont know what to choose. I dont want to make the wrong choice!

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  15. Thanks for the fantastic post! This information is really good and thanks a ton for sharing it :-) I m looking forward desperately for the next post of yours..

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  16. It is good to do some reputed products, particularly those that square measure being suggested by somebody you recognize virtually. In my opinion, only those Hair care products are worth trying which are made from natural ingredients.
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  17. I'm getting my micro loop extensions tomorrow and was a bit confused to which products to use. This blog answered all my questions! So helpful. Thank you so much!

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