Okay, so I told you I’d follow up with my extensions and, they’re in! And let me go on record as saying I think I’m really liking them. Okay, so I wore my hair in a pony tail for the first week, but there’s a reason. Here’s a little insider “extension speak” that I’ve learned along the way.
First of all, the latest technique of applying extensions is taping. I really like it and my early impression is that they’re a lot less stressful on your hair. The extensions comes in strips. The stylist cuts smaller sections – the length depends on where she places it on your head. Remember the thinning sides I told you about?…well, the ones we used there are much shorter, and the ones that are placed along the crown and back, are longer.
Okay, once the pieces are cut, she applies a thin piece of tape along the top seam. Now imagine how your hair is sectioned off for highlighting or color weaving…it’s essentially the same process. The stylist sections off a portion of your hair about the same width of the extension and then places it under your hair pushing it close to the scalp with the long thin handle of a fine tooth comb. She then places another thin strip of tape over your hair, essentially taping the two sections of hair (yours and the extension) together.
What I really love about these is that they’re relatively easy to take off and reapply as your hair grows out.
Now, here’s the reason for the pony tail. Once the extensions are in, you need to wash your hair a couple of times to bulk it up. Makes sense. The new hair is layered in between sections of your real hair and it needs those washing to ‘blend” together. After the two-three washings, I went back in to get it cut and styled. This is when it’s textured and layered in a way that blends with your real hair. I did that on Friday and really liked the results when she styled it. But I got a little hair envy when I saw the salon owner’s long, soft, wavy hair (Shelly from Blue H2O is the one who encouraged me to get the extensions after I admired hers.) Anyway, Let me go on record saying the Bible speaks a lot about envy and I really should have paid a lot more attention to that lesson in Sunday School. After asking my stylist to curl my hair, it turned out a little too much like Tammy Wynette. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll Stand By My Man any day of the week, but Tam’s hair is more than I could handle, so I put it back in a pony again for Friday’s newscast. As if thinning hair doesn’t make a girl (I’d say “woman” but you’ll get my point) feel old enough, my hair stylist had no idea who Tammy Wynette even was!
Okay, so today was the big on-air reveal. Long hair – no pony tail. I really do like it – a lot, actually – but I’m thinking I need another inch lopped off the bottom. The jury is still out on that, but keep watching and you’ll see what the verdict is. Feel free to weigh in!