10 March 2016

How-To: Up Your Hair Game in 10 Minutes Or Less

I have never really been someone who has been an expert with hair, just mastering the basic braids, top knots and ponys to get myself through on my own and relying on a salon for all my cuts and colours. I've always had long hair and have never actually tried extensions before. I have fine hair, but so much of it that I never really felt the need to add extensions and I think that I was mostly too scared to try them out for fear that I would screw it up somehow. I was recently given the opportunity to try out Irresistible Me hair extensions and finally agreed to plunge into the dark side and give these a go. Keep reading to find out how it went!

As I said, I have never really been interested in extensions so I wasn't surprised that this brand was new to me. Irresistible Me hair extensions are all made from 100% Remy Hair. They feel so real and natural to the touch. I have felt other hair extensions that my friend's have bought over the years and they have all had that fake, wig-like feel but I honestly couldn't tell the difference between the texture of these and my own hair.

According to their site, Remy Hair is considered to be the finest quality of human hair because it’s the hair collected from the donor's head and preserved to ensure all the cuticles are healthy, living, and facing in the natural growing direction. This eliminates tangling problems commonly found in non-Remy or low quality hair.

After going through the site, I ended up picking the Silky Touch Extensions in Chocolate Brown* ($199 USD) and settled on the 200g, 22 inches version. I figured if I already have long hair I may as well get dramatic extensions for those special occasions. The extensions securely attach to your hair with small snap-on clips that were sewn onto the hair extensions that clip right under your own hair. I have to admit that although the clips are easy, I did struggle with placement a little bit but I think it's important to play around and see what works for you. 

The set came with 10 pieces, and yours will vary depending on the length and weight you choose. I ended up only using the largest piece at the crown of my head and then two smaller extensions at the front of my hair on each side. You can definitely feel the added weight so I doubt you would ever put in all 10 pieces, but it's great to have variety in sizes to mix and match based on where you want to add volume and length.

Before - Regular Hair
After - Irresistible Me Extensions, 22 inches, 200g Chocolate Brown
As you can see the extensions add a whole lot of volume and a substantial amount of length to my hair. I do really like how they taper out at the bottom and this was just with a very quick 10 minute job of adding some curls to my hair using my Nume Titan 3 Curling Wand. At first, it felt odd curling the extensions but by the time I was finished I couldn't tell my hair from the extensions and curling them together definitely helps them to blend well. Although my hair has some lighter highlights peeking through, the chocolate brown really blended in nicely with my own colour.

I consulted this video to help me pick the right shade which was extremely helpful, so I'd suggest to have a look before ordering. They have a great shade range so I think there is something for everyone, and because the extensions are made from 100% natural hair, you are free to cut them or dye them or bring them into your salon so they can match them to your colour perfectly.

In terms of processing and shipping, Irresistible Me work hard to have all orders processed and shipped within 2-5 days and the order should be at your door between 8-10 working days after ordering which is pretty amazing. They ship internationally and provide an online tracking number and a signature confirmation to ensure all packages are received! Shipping is free with orders of $150 USD or more. Packages are sent via USPS, Fedex or DHL. Mine was sent via DHL and I received it in about 5 working days.

The only negatives I found from these extensions is that they did feel quite heavy and hot but keep in mind it is still quite warm and humid here in Australia. I probably would only wear these for special occasions when I am going out and want to look really glam and compliment a dramatic makeup look. I definitely felt more like a celebrity with these in and they add some confidence into your regular routine.

If you aren't happy with your extensions, Irresistible Me offer free exchanges and returns within 15 days so you can try them without having to worry (free for US customers and international customers pay the return shipping).

I would definitely give these a try if you are looking for very natural and easy to use extensions that don't require much guess work! They blend in so nicely with your own locks, and if you have a shorter do, just order a slightly shorter length than mine and you won't have any issues with blending.

Have you ever tried extensions? How did you find them?

*This product was sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. For more information please read my disclaimer.

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