Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DIY Daenerys: A Hair Extension Story




Hair Extensions: Irresistible me//Dress: Free People//Ear Cuff: TopShop//

I Dream of Khaleesi 

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! For those of you who read about my sad hair mishap a little over a month ago, you might know that i've been a little depressed about my hair situation. I was in the process of growing my hair out but it got totally effed up and I lost about half of the volume in the process. Womp womp... It's been doing OK with deep conditioning treatments, multivitamins, and coconut oil hair masks, which has seemed to breathe life back into my otherwise thirsty, damaged locks. *Sigh*. Luckily it's growing back so quickly!

Fast forward to a week or so after the hair incident and I magically get an email from Irresistible Me who wanted to send over some clip in hair extensions. I don't think the timing could have been any more perfect since I was planning to buy extensions on my own to play around with, so this really worked out! Naturally, I got obsessed when I received them in the mail and was wearing them around the house, feeling like a disney princess or Lady Godiva. I've been DYING to do a Khaleesi photoshoot for ages, so I decided that this was a good time and went completely overboard, like I tend to do. With my new head full of hair, this gorgeous Free People dress, and pet dragon, I feel like my Daenerys dreams have finally come true! 

Before and after! 

A Quick Review on Irresistible Me Hair Extensions  

I'm a hair extension n00b and i've only ever used the ones you can get from Sally's (you might know which one's i'm talking about) and I only ever could afford the lightweight ones that I had to cut and sew clips on myself. Needless to say, I looked like the crypt keeper each time I tried to wear my sparse, rough, bargain hair. Since these are much thicker than anything i've used (literally twice as thick as my own hair) it's pretty easy to trick people into thinking that I actually grew it myself. I learned quite a few tips and tricks to getting the styling and positioning jusstt right, and don't get me wrong, it does take practice! After trying different techniques and watching a few You Tube videos (this one really helped me!), I became a master at placing and blending them in. Here are a few things you need to know if you are considering hair extensions for length, thickness, or just for fun!

  1. The color might be slightly off: My hair is almost as white as it can get, so it's hard to find extensions that are processed enough to match my hair perfectly. These had a bit of a warmer blonde tone to them and they looked fine straight out of the box, but I knew I wanted to make them look as natural as possible. I consulted my hair stylist friend who recommended a professional bleach and toner to get them looking more like my hair. It was a super easy fix, but it was a bit time consuming to wash, and dry and style them afterwards. 
  2. The texture might be slightly different than you hair: My hair is really fine, silky and straight, so these are more coarse and thick in comparison. I definitely don't notice just by looking at them, but they do feel different. A really awesome thing about the texture, however, is that they hold a curl ridiculously well. I can't ever get my hair to curl and hold it for longer than 2 minutes, but these babies practically turn into mermaid hair just by looking at a curling iron. They also hold the curl without hair spray or product. I used a 1" curling wand for mine here and brushed the curl out with a wide toothed comb for these soft, pretty waves. 
  3. Blending them with a blunt cut can be challenging: When the extensions weren't curled, you could still see the blunt edges of my hair cut peeking through. If my hair had layers, the shorter bits would just look like shorter layers to the long hair. If you have shorter hair like mine, I found that by incorporating the short pieces on top into a braid, or pinning it back in a half up do' looks pretty good! Also, by giving the hair some texture and waves, it's easier to blend your hair into it without the cut being too noticeable- much like I did! If you look really closely, you can still sort of see the shorter pieces, but overall it just looks like layers. 
All in all, i'm really impressed with these and how they looked once I style them with my hair. They were extremely fun to play around with, and I can't wait to use the individual segments to do some fun braids with next. There definitely was a little bit of a learning curve, but it's easy to get the hang of and I'm really enjoying how they make my hair look so different. I also love having the option of swapping between a short, modern lob and ridiculously long mermaid hair in 15 minutes. Plus, it's funny to freak everyone you know out when you attribute your "sudden hair growth" as a result of "miracle grow" shampoo hahaha. This joke mostly works on boys, who know nothing of extensions, FYI.





Oh I almost forgot! I wouldn't be the "Mother of Dragons" if I didn't have a dragon, now would I? As you can see, Carl is NOT enjoying himself one bit but before you feel bad for him, remember that he wakes us up every morning at 3am, screaming and running around like a crazy person. Also, in case you're wondering where this costume came from, Carl has an entire dress up trunk for special occasions such as these. :)

Let me know your thoughts on hair extensions and my hair transformation down below in the comments! I hope you're having a wonderful week everyone! Thank you so much for reading!

43 comments:

  1. your hair looks amazing both short and long, i love the double braids in the back!!

    Kierra | lavishingg.net

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    1. Thank you so much Kierra! I'm so happy you think that! I was completely inspired by Khaleesi hair, but never had enough to do it until now ;) Hope you're doing well!

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  2. He may not enjoy it, but I think your pet dragon is adorable! As is your whole Daenarys outfit. I did wear extensions when acting quite a lot, and I enjoyed the look so much I am trying to grow my hair out. Which just isn't happening, to be honest.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Haha! Oh gosh, he was SO upset and scratched the heck out of me haha. Oh no!! I feel like whenever you DONT want your hair to grow, it grows extremely fast, but when you want it to, it basically stops. Why is that? Hope you're doing well Anne!

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  3. I love your short hair, that length looks amazing on you. I actually want to cut my hair but it's really curly and it would be too much work to style it and I'm super lazy! I love hair extensions cause you can have short and long hair at the same time. These ones seem amazing and they look great on you. Lovely post and your photos are beautiful <3

    Valentina from FASHION with VALENTINA.

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    1. Thanks Valentina! :) I was sad about the cut at first but i'm finally coming around! Your hair is GORGEOUS as it is! I've always wanted long, wavy hair like yours. Oh well. I hope 2016 is treating you well so far! So happy you like how they turned out! :)

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  4. oh my, your cat is adorable and i must say clip in extensions were a total life saver when i was around 17 and i had to cut my hair into a bob because it was basically dead from all the dyeing i did. it took me two years to grow it out again but at least its happy and healthy now.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

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    1. Clip in's can be soo much fun and they're so amazing!! I just like having a lot of options because I get soo bored with my hair but I know exactly how you feel! An unexpected hair cut can be devastating. I bet you look so cute with a bob though, Elena :) Hope you're having a good week!

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  5. GORGEOUS! LOVING THE PHOTOS!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  6. these photos are beautiful!
    http://x-crossmyheart-x.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! So happy you enjoy them :)

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  7. Your hair is stunning, I'm so jealous of the colour and style!

    sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Sophie! It took a really long time for me to get it this blonde, but I like to think it was worth it! Hope 2016 is treating you well so far :)

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  8. I really love your short hair, but isn't it really fun to play with longer extensions? You look stunning, by the way (like always). And, seriously Carl looks like the perfect dragon cat...hahaha.

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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    1. It totally is!! I like the short hair too but i'm trying so hard to not heat style it, so it's sort of just... womp. Hahah And oh my gosh, you are so sweet!! And i'm so happy you like my little pissed off dragon haha :) Hope you're doing well Mallory!

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  9. Oh my gosh, your hair looks so amazing and you really do remind me of Daenerys with the dress and hairstyle! And Carl with his little dragon costume looks very cute. I was actually quite surprised when I saw the extensions looked just like your hair color, but then I read that you bleached them, haha. Still, it's good the curls held (my hair is like yours and they fall flat pretty easily). If I ever got into hair extensions again, I would definitely check these out; it looks so good on you :)

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. Awww thank you Samantha! It took some time to prep these extensions but it was totally worth it! Arghhh, don't you wish you had hair that holds a curl so bad sometimes? So glad you feel me on this! Hope you're having a good 2016 so far! :)

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  10. Nice review! Bonjour from france, *-* Sand. *-*
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  11. You're sooo gorgeous and your hair is beautiful!! I read what happened to your hair a month ago, and I'm so sorry, but your hair is so pretty even without the extensions!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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    1. You are so sweet Esther! Thank you :) Luckily, it's growing back really quickly so I'm super thankful for that! I hope you're doing well!

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  12. I just found your blog, and what can I say? I just love everything about it :) You're super gorgeous and I really like the way you write, I really enjoyed reading this review. If I had that gorgeous blonde hair I would definetely dress up like Daenerys, like pretty much all the time. Also your cute little cat with is dragon costume made my day! So cute! I loved your blog and I started to follow you on bloglovin', sending you love!

    xx Ana

    http://www.indiesuns.com

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    1. That really made my day Ana! Thank you so much! Your words mean a lot to me :) And oh god, I KNOW RIGHT?? I basically started going platinum as soon as I saw GOT for the first time. I was hooked on being Daenerys hahaha. I can't wait to check out your blog and get to know more about you :) Hope you're having a great 2016 so far!

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  13. omg first of all I am obsessed with your cat! What breed is it?
    Also those extensions look amazing on you! I also did a review of the extensions and really like them. I always forget to wear them because they are such a pain to put in.
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. Thanks Laura! Isn't he a handsome man?? Hes actually just a plain old domestic medium hair I adopted from a shelter for $25. I always joke around that I buy T-Shirts that cost more than him because that was so CHEAP for something as priceless as him! Oh my gosh, I will have to go check out your review! You know, I was pleasantly surprised and how thick and nice they were. They can be a little bit of a hassle for ladies like us with short hair, but If you curl them a bit, they blend so much easier :) Hope you're doing well Laura!!

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  14. Really you looks like an Angel!! Love your beautiful eyes and hair!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. Thanks Trang :) You are the sweetest! I hope you're having a great day!

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  15. Ohh nooo, Carl is too cute :DD I mean your dragon, that is..... :'D
    And your hair looks amazing. The last time I cut my hair short and regretted it forever, I really wanted to get hair extensions so badly. So I really feel you with this! They look amazing.
    You also reminded me how badly I want Game of Thrones to continue...eeeks so exciting!
    Hope you've had a lovely week darling <3
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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    1. Hahahah Carl the dragon! He was so pissed off at me! And your hair is sooo gorgeous, I totally feel you on that! At least when I cut mine, I didn't have much more to lose than some dry fried ends. It wasn't really doing me any favors :-/ OOOOoo I KNOW!! I can't wait for GOT to start again! I keep seeing spoilers everywhere!

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  16. Your hair looks gorgeous - you would never have guessed you were wearing extensions xx

    missmakeupmagpie.com xx

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    1. Thanks Gemma! I can't believe how well they blended in ;) Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you're having a great week so far!!

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  17. OMG you are such a beauty! Love the color of your hair with and without extensions! :)
    Totally loving your photos hun! :)

    XOXO,

    HaeMin

    HAEKUNAMATATA Blog

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    1. Thank you so much! I was just having a look at your blog as well and I'm going to have to follow you so I can read more of your makeup reviews! :) I really love what i've seen so far! Hope you're doing well!

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  18. The hair extension looks lovely on you, it blended together very well!! Love these photos and your cat if so cute!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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    1. Thanks Emily! Haha! Happy you like my miserable Dragon Cat too :) I hope you're staying warm in your cute pink cat! It's been SO COLD in Chicago lately!

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  19. Rachel, firstly, you look amazing: before AND after! Just like you, I am a hair extensions noob and yet, you styled them oh-so-great! I also got a "magical email" and babe, I can't wait to review them and take a before & after pic. Love yours so much and how you channeled your inner Mother of Dragons + Carl is the best one out there :) <3
    Fab post, hon. Will catch up with the ones I missed later on tonight woot woot. Hope your week started off great!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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    1. YESSSSS I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE!!!! I need all the deets when you get them in the mail and I'm dying to hear what you think about them!! They come with SO much hair, so i'm trying to figure out ways to use only parts of it to make braids with etc. I am so excited for you and congrats with the collab! I will keep my eyes peeled for your post :)

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  20. Those extensions look lovely, I didn't even realise they were extensions! The dress is absolutely gorgeous!! Carl is so cute with that little dragon outfit!xx

    AimeeSueXO
    Bloglovin

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    1. Thank you gorgeous! :) They blend in so well, I think I really freaked out my boyfriend when I emerged from the bathroom with these in ;D So happy you love my dragon too! I love these extensions, but now i'm addicted and want to enter the world of wigs, like you have done! I can't wait to see more pictures of it! It's so cute on you!

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  21. Girl! Your hair looks amazing with these extensions! I have always wanted to try extensions but it is hard because my hair is so fine I feel like you can always see them. You did a great job in putting these in and making them look natural! Love the look - definitely getting Khaleesi vibes here which is for sure a good thing!

    xx

    Lauren
    Blame it on Barneys
    www.blameitonbarneys.com

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy you think they look great :) We thin haired girls have it really hard. It was honestly hard to hide these clips under my thinner hair so they wouldn't show, so you have to place them really low. I was afraid I would look like Benjamin Franklin but everything seemed to work out! Hahaha. I hope you're doing well Lauren! Have a nice week!

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  22. We absolutely love your hair (with the extension and without) :) I have always wanted to try extensions because my hair is super stubborn and just won't grow a bit past my shoulders. Thank you for sharing your experience with these, they look great on you!

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  23. Nice post… Uh looks like an Angel..I like the all details and ideas and love your beautiful eyes and hair!
    FUT in Delhi

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