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I have been anxiously awaiting the day I could write a blog post on my all time favorite beauty must-have.. HAIR EXTENSIONS!! I’ve been wearing extentions for as long as I can remember. It all started during my freshman year of college when (for 20 seconds) I thought I would look good with short hair ( insert a dramatic breakdown by me here). Lets face it, I will never be one of those people who can pull off a cute bob or short hair cut. In my opinion, very few people can…Shoutout to my girl KPR who is one of the few people I know who looks amazing with any hair length! After my short hair meltdown was over, I did some research and bought my very first pair of hair extensions. I have come an extremely long way from that initial set of glue in (yes, I said glue) hair extensions. Today I am here to tell you all about a brand I am OBSESSED with, tired once after college and never strayed away from. Keep reading for: how-to instructions, what brand I use, different types of extensions and some helpful FAQ’s. Enjoy!
Simple 3-Step Hair Extension How To:
Step #1.) Ordering: Head to www.bellamihair.com and select your favorite style and shade of extensions. If you need help selecting which color would blend best with your hair feel free to email me ( email@example.com) a photo of your hair and I’d be happy to make some recommendations. You can also email Bellami directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and someone will respond to you within 24 hours! Helpful Tip: Check out other customers photos they’ve tagged on Bellami’s Instagram page, this will give you a good idea of what color may be best for you.
Step #2.) Receiving: Within a few days you will receive your neatly packaged Bellami’s. One of the biggest perks to this brand of hair extentions is that your package comes with a tester. You will receive a sealed package on the top, but on the bottom is a tester piece of hair you can remove and clip in to test with your real hair. This helps you ensure the color blends well with your natural hair color and texture. If it is not a match, no worries! You can send the package back to Bellami and try again. Please note: The top of the package has a seal that must remain intact if you are going to return or exchange your Bellami’s. The tester piece must be enclosed in your return as well. Bellami’s also now come with a case and hanger to help store your extensions and keep them neat and clean when not in use.
Step #3.) “Installing” your extensions: All Bellami’s are clip-in’s. This is especially great for people like me who typically only wear them for special occasions or to give your hair more body (more on why I wear them later on). All Bellami’s come with multiple strands (wefts) of hair. Some have 4 clips across, 3, 2 & single clips. For me in particular I only ever wear one 3 clip strand as my hair is naturally really long.
3a&b.) Separate and section your hair: If you want to put in multiple extension pieces ( ex: good for people who want to gain thickness and length) to start off you will want to section off your head starting from the bottom up. Use a tail comb or your index finger to divide ( horizontally part ) your hair, at the lower back of the head i.e. right below the ear. Keep in mind this will be the longest strand of hair and its the lowest on your head.
3c&d.) Clip up your hair / prep for the first weft of hair: Clip your remaining hair on top of your head, this will give you a clean line to work with. Next, take your first weft from the package, be sure to pick one that is long enough from ear to ear that it can sit along the back of your hairline. Then open up all the clips so they are ready to grab onto the hair and start to be installed.
3e&f.) Placement & Creating the Next Part: For this step you’ll want to take one of the wider hair wefts, open the clips and insert the opened clip to your actual hair right below where the part is. Once the clip has your hair gripped, snap the clip onto your hair to shut. Repeat this with all remaining clips across the hairline.
3g&h.) Placing the remaining wefts & checking for gaps: Insert the remaining wefts in the same nature as explained above. Repeat the process with a new parting above each weft of extension. You then want to take your finger and run it across the weft to ensure no gaps are present and that the weft is sitting completely flush against your head.
3i&j.) Side pieces & removal: Each set comes with a few 1-clip pieces. These particular pieces are used for the sides of your head and help frame your face. I’ve never used them but I know a lot of people who have multiple layers in there hair find it helpful to balance everything out. To remove your clip-in’s just gently snap open all the clips and lift up and away from your hair. Never try to remove a weft without opening all the clips, this will help avoid your pulling at your own hair.
What Brand I Use: Bellami
Color & Set I Use: I recently made my ombre a bit darker so I’ve been trying out the Burciaga Blends Ombre in #2/8 , 20inches, 200 grams. The color doesn’t match my hair exactly, but the top layers of my natural hair hides that part of the extension. Types of Extensions: Their are many different types of extensions. Which method you go with is really up to personal preference, hair type and what look you are trying to achieve. Some last longer than others, some are more damaging, more costly and some in my opinion shouldn’t even be on the market. I have tried most all of them and rated them below in the order I would recommend them. Please note: these are my opinions alone and may vary from your personal preference.
Clip-In: This is my favorite method of extensions for a few reasons.
*Can be put in and removed very easily
*Non-damaging to your natural hair
*They look the most natural ( no one ever has asked if I have them)
*Can be cut, styled, blow dry, straightened, curled, get wet, withstand heat, braided..you name it!
*100% human hair ( Bellami brand )
*Gives your head a breather when you take them off at the end of the day
*1 set can last you a year or more depending on how well you care for your Bellami’s ( I’ve had the same set for a year and a half )..well worth the $100-230 range they go for.
Bonded: This is the next most efficient hair extension method but it is a process! Bonding your hair extensions is fusing individual pieces of hair to your natural hair using heat. This can be damaging to your hair but this method also allows the bonds to grow with your hair. The more grown out your hair is the more you will notice the bond. Using this method is good if you pull up your hair a lot or if your traveling and dont want the hassle of clipping in and out your extensions. This method takes hours to do and lasts a few months depending on the rate of your hair growth and how well you maintain the bonds. This method is also very expensive and can cost thousands.
Sewn: I’ve had this done twice in the past and would not recommend it. It is extremely time consuming and very damaging to your natural hair. The way it works is the stylist braids your natural hair across horizontally in many sections, takes a piece of the extension and threads them together. This method in my experience is not work trying. After about a week your head hurts, you feel dirty as even if you wash your hair the braids make it so you dont feel clean & you just feel gross as you cant itch your scalp or put your hand through your hair. Costs: $500-$2100 + the cost of hair.
Tape: I have never tried these so I really cant speak on them, but they are very popular with celebrities. (Also quite costly.)
Glue: HOT.MESS. I wish I had a photo of my freshman year of college hair glue disaster. They are the cheapest method but defiantly not recommended. The name says it all, you are using hair glue to pretty much stick the hair wefts to your scalp. Not only is this not letting your hair or scalp breath but it is messy and very damaging.
Why do I wear hair extensions when my hair is already long?!?!: My hair is naturally almost as long as the 20inch hair extensions I use. The main reason I use them on occasion is for thickness. My hair has become much thinner over the years due to all the heat and color I’ve put on it. I use to be very blonde and ever since I dyed my hair back to my natural darker brown shade, my hair breaks very easily and has become a lot thinner. Adding just the one weft I use creates so much more texture and thickness to my hair. By no means do I need to wear them, but I’ve always found playing with hair and different styles to be so fun!
Can you wash them: Yes, Bellami’s can be washed and styled as needed/desired.
How long do they last: Like I mentioned above, I’ve owned my set for a year and a half and have only washed them once and that was recently. I like to keep a few pieces designated for different hair styles: I keep some straight, some curled and some for up-do’s and braids – this helps prevent excess wear and tear on them.
Why do I love the Bellami Brand so much?!?!: Not only have I found they have the best customer service, but they have a variety of hair, colors and styles. The quality of hair they carry is beyond anything else I’ve ever tried.. what you see is what you get.
*Please email me (email@example.com) if you are thinking about purchasing and I will pass along a $5 coupon code towards your set of Bellami’s*
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have the best hair day EVER!
*this post is not sponsored by Bellami, all opinions are my own*
Photos By: Michelle Girard Photography & Me