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Hair Woes

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I’ve been known among my friends and around here for a while for my long, mermaid-like locks, but since having a baby my hair has been totally out of whack. I’ve managed to make it work, but in the past couple of months the ends seem so sad and dry, and—possibly due to hair breakage—my hair is ultimately shorter than it used to be (much to my dismay). While I LOVE the idea of a long bob, and possibly will go that route eventually, I’m not quite ready to part with the idea of ultra long hair. Thus, I took a page from Amber Fillerup Clark’s book and decided to take the plunge on clip-in hair extensions to play around with. Because, how fun is that?!

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, this isn’t surprising news to you, but I thought I’d take a minute to share a few details you may be wondering about…

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Brand

For my first-ever set of clip-in extensions, I decided to try out Luxy Hair. I’ve been following them on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for a while, and they seemed high quality for a reasonable price.

Color

I ended up choosing the dirty blonde shade, which looked the closest to my highlighted hair color. I briefly considered the ombre blonde, but was worried that the dark part of it would be too dark and not blend well with my natural base color. Ultimately the dirty blonde color blends perfectly with my hair the way it’s currently colored.

Length & Weight

I got the 20 inch, 220g set, and it is SO MUCH HAIR. I’ve only been wearing half of it (two three-clip wefts, one four-clip weft and two one-clip wefts), and figure as the wefts I wear get towards the end of their life I at least will have some other hair to work with. If you’re on the fence about which weight to get, I feel like the 160g is more than sufficient unless you have super thick hair or short hair that would be harder to blend.

I don’t plan on wearing these extensions every day, but I love the ability to change it up if I want! I have just been wearing them with my hair down or half up since I got them, but am starting to dabble in braids, which I think is really the biggest advantage of extensions.

Overall Feel

I definitely can feel the extensions when they’re in, but not in a bad way. It’s sort of like how your head feels when you have bobby pins in for a hairstyle. Since my hair is sort of fine, I have to be strategic about where I place the wefts so you can’t see the clips, but now that I’ve been doing it for a few days I feel confident in my process. It’s important to try different positions for the wefts to see what works best for you, and also for the specific hairstyle you’re doing.

On a separate but similar note, let’s chat healthy hair tips in the comments, shall we? I realize I’ve gotten too confident in my long locks and am sort of paying the price for over-styling it (and probably eating less nutritiously!) for the past couple of years. Let’s discuss…

P.S. If you decide to try these for yourself, you can get $5 off with the code NATALIE5 ;)

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Caitlin
    April 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    My hair has freaked after my third baby, and he turned one in January! I have been looking to your blog and Instagram posts for inspiration–you gracefully made it through the postpartum hair loss and “baby bang” stage and I feel your hair just gets better and better!!
    I suffered from so much hair loss after my third that I chopped it into a lob and loved it but then really wanted curtain bangs and couldn’t wait and I didn’t love the way they complimented the lob–so I’ve been growing out painfully ever since! Now I’m at a point where I need to decide if I abandon my long hair dreams and get a simple lob or if I keep trying for mermaid hair…
    I try to use sulfate free products but have to admit I love the slip and clean feeling of freshly cleaned hair–and unfortunately for me sulfate free doesn’t seem to do that for me. I have found that a shower head water filter makes a big difference in the look and feel of my hair!
    I think yours is gorgeous–any length! You seem to have really come into your own and found what works for you beauty wise since having Jack! You’re a beauty!(inside and out :) )

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    Lisa
    April 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Evening Primrose is said to be an all-natural option for thinning hair and is known to show results in 6-8 weeks. Not sure if you have this problem, but I know you lean towards all-natural options!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009ET4JA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0009ET4JA&linkCode=as2&tag=ablablo-20&linkId=3QCJWE5V22L37GEV

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    Jennifer H
    April 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I had postpartum hair loss with my first that led me to chop my hair into a lob– but I totally miss long hair. Mine has always been on the normal to thin side so when I lost some hair it wasn’t working for long length. I’m super interested in trying extensions but don’t like things that are too high maintenance! Seems like you don’t either though! I’m about to have my second baby and I’m going to start using cedarwood essential oil in my shampoo and see if that makes any difference with hair loss this time around. I only wash it twice a week too so I try to keep it healthy, but I do blow-dry it after each wash.

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      Natalie Borton
      April 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Interesting about the essential oil idea—I’ve never heard of that. Definitely let me know if it ends up helping!

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    Lecca
    April 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Where is that dress from! SO stinking cute!

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    Kimberly
    April 19, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I went through a hormonal change from going off of the pill and it caused me to lose so much hair! I took a collagen and biotin supplement per the recommendation of a Whole Foods associate. It helped tremendously! I now have a ton of new growth coming in which I’m so thankful for (although it is annoying in it’s own right…talk about frizz central!). I’ve also heard the MegaFoods hair, skin, and nails supplement works great.

    Keep us posted on anything you try!

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