Hello loves! As you all probably know, I have been partnering up with Hair System Extension for some time now. My first go around, I was a little intimidated to do anything drastic so I opted for some clip-ins that matched my original hair color to try them out. You can find my original post here and see what we did and how we styled it. . At then end of this post, I will explains some of the pro’s and con’s of them and how much I enjoyed using them for the past few months. Overall I felt like they worked really well with my hair and system and were very easy to use.
One of the con’s that I will explain later was that I wanted the fullness that the extensions provided me at all times. Since I would clip them in only when I got dressed up or had a shoot… grocery store runs and nail appointments just had my hair feeling so flat and dull looking. Yes, I know I could have just put them in while doing my basic errands but it felt unnecessary to not go through the whole process of putting on makeup on too.
To combat that frustration, I partnered up with Hair System Extensions again and opted for a tape-in type, which would let me have the volume I desired all day long. I even decided to play with the color a little bit too. You can see the result and the rest of the process below.
Photography by: Luccia Lowenthal
So as you can see right above, this is my hair without any extensions added. No clip-ins, tape-ins, nada. Obviously not horrible but to be honest, just kind of blah. I love having a shorter cut for it is more manageable for every day and for working out as well but it just NEEDS something right?!
Introducing the tape-ins… the ones we selected were an ombre brown to blonde color. Although most people would have added color to their base as well, I am really concerned with coloring my hair and damaging my fragile strands. I really care about the health of my hair and this is such an easy way to add color to your look without potentially adding damage too. I know many types of hair don’t react too negatively to colors, dye, and or bleach but mine would have just turn to straw.
After a quick wash and blow dry, Jorge began his work and started applying the tape-ins one by one. He really had to make sure to position it correctly and securely so the color was consistent and blended properly throughout. The tape-ins are exactly how they sound, two hair pieces with a sliver or tape on each one that are sandwiched around a small piece of your own hair. They are quite easy to remove by a professional but also hold in place for weeks through washing and styling.
Once we had them in place only leaving the top of the head without any added pieces, Jorge started to cut the hair to match the length that I already have. I have to admit that the color was so pretty that I was tempted to keep my hair long because you could full grasp the beautiful color that way. In the end, I knew that it would have added a burden to me for I don’t like styling long hair and cut it short as originally planned.
Although the hair color we added is beautiful, my base was not the same color as the hair being put in so Jorge had to really make sure to blend it as much as possible and he did a great job. After the cut, he then curled it into my favorite beachy wave style.
Below you can find the finalized result. It was truly different from anything I have done before and I put no color whats so ever on my own hair to get this end result. It’s always so much fun to play with extensions because you can give yourself a totally new identity without sacrificing the health of your hair.
***You might note that my hair on my recent blog posts and social media platforms is of a darker hue. Although I thought the color was beautiful, it was a little bit of an extreme change for me right off the bat. Still wanting a change but wanting a toned down version, I went back to Jolure salon and Jorge added a toner to slightly darken the lightest blonde. I think it would not have been such an extreme for me if my base was a lighter shade. A brown base versus black, which is what I have, made it hard for me to feel 100% comfortable with the change. This is why you should always go to a good stylist who knows color and that is exactly what Jorge is, an amazing artist and color guru. He had realized that I might have felt this way and let me know that toning down was an option if I wanted it. The next day he applied a toner to the hair to darken the strands enough to match my base but also have some blonde pieces left. Thank you Jorge foe everything you have done to make this look perfect for me and my everyday lifestyle.
As promised, here is a little comparison between the clips-ins and tape ins if you’re new to them:
Pro’s of the clip-ins:
- They are easy to apply yourself. I never teased my hair when applying these, I placed them right where I wanted them and clipped them in and they felt really secure. Cannot speak on other brands that have clip-ins extension but the clips held really well.
- They are easy to wash, since I can just take them right out of my hair. I just washed them in a sink or basin.
- The hair holds up really well and can be straightened, curled, etc. It is 100% virgin human hair and blended so well with my hair type. You could not tell when I was wearing them vs. when I wasn’t unless you were basing your conclusion off of volume only.
- I had the convenience of not having additional weight in my hair while washing or working out. Since I sweat when I work out, I was able to keep the hair cleaner longer by just leaving it at home.
Con’s of the clip in’s:
- I only had volume in my hair some of the time for I only wore the hair when I had an event, dinner plans, or a shoot. Other than that it felt unnecessary or too “extra” (even for me) to wear it every day without out completing the look with full glam, makeup etc.
- The hair is not able to be dyed if you want to change it up. I did try to lighten the hair before opting for the color with tape-ins and the hair barely lifts in color. If you need to alter the color in some way, purchase the color that you need.
- Wearing up-do’s are difficult with them in for the hair faces in only one direction. I would either turn the clip backwards or up facing the crown of my head but it is more difficult to just put your hair in a no fuss ponytail or bun.
Pro’s of the tape-ins:
- I have beautiful volume and/or length at all times. I love that when I wake up, I don’t have to do a thing. I go to the store, I get my errands done and I don’t feel so basic. It feels like it is apart of me and I don’t have to worry about having to put them in.
- These also are very manageable for the can be curled, straightened, blow dried etc.
- It is incredibly easy to put your hair in an updo. The tape-in’s don’t have a single direction to which they can be applied so they can flip into a ponytail or bun with ease.
- The hair can be used up to 3 additional times with the application of new tape. You do not have to purchase new hair when redoing your hair after too much growth or lost pieces.
Con’s of the clip ins:
- You have to be careful when washing them. I was instructed to not put conditioner or oil on my roots, which you should never really do anyway cause it’s a volume killer but was also not instructed to wash my roots too hard. When wet, the added hair adds a ton of weight and dry time to my wash day regimen. I also love to use deep conditioners every time I wash my hair and I was afraid to use one in fear that it would loosen the bond of the tape so I am not sure if my hair is getting the conditioning that it needs.
- You cannot reapply the hair on your own if it falls out. I was very careful but the first wash I did on my own (I wash my hair once a week) left me minus three hair pieces that came out during the washing and blow drying process. Most of them stayed in tact but you have to be so careful not to pull to hard when blowdrying or wash them to thoroughly when cleansing. As I mentioned in one of the pro’s before, I was told by Jorge not to throw away any lost pieces. Just bring them back to the salon and have them reapplied. It just sucks to have that additional extra step.
- Not sure if this is a problem or just a concern but since I sweat while working out, I am nervous that my sweat could loosen the bonds of the tape. I haven’t had any issues yet but since I work out about 5-6 days a week (including a hot yoga class once a week) I get nervous that it will speed up the process of loosing pieces.
Overall I do think that the tape-ins serve my life better overall. I love having volume and color at all times and not looking different every day depending on if I have my hair in or not. If you’re going for a more temporary solution, I loved my clips-ins and they served me greatly. I still have them just in case I ever change my mind and the hair is still in perfect condition. Hair System Extensions really knows their market well and has some amazing high quality products and hair solution.
Special thanks to Hair System Extensions and Jolure Beauty Atelier for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.