I’ve wanted a set of hair extensions for a long time and finally bought myself a set this summer. A friend of mine had bought them for herself for her wedding but couldn’t get them to match her hair colour, but wouldn’t you know, they matched mine perfectly!
Last Autumn just before Lucy was born (ok, technically I guess it was still summer) I chopped off all my hair from below my shoulders to a short pixie cut. I had logical reasoning behind the cut. I figured being a new mom, I wouldn’t want all that hair to take care of (and I have a LOT of hair). What ended up happening though was that with all the changes that come from being a new mom, I did not feel like myself at ALL. I had gained weight, pregnancy had made my skin angry, I was tired all the time and my pretty long hair was gone. To add insult to injury, my lovely hairdresser went on maternity leave as well shortly after she cut my hair off, so I bounced around from hairdresser to hairdresser until February when I decided to just grow it out.
In retrospect, it was not a good move. Pro-tip: If you are thinking about chopping your hair, wait till a few months after you have your baby to settle in to your new life.
So here I am, growing my hair out again. It was a pixie in February, and I have had it trimmed three times since then to even everything out. Because I want the look of long hair, I have come up with a few ways of wearing extensions with my bob length hair without looking like I have strange layers.
Here’s what my hair looks like before the extensions.
Here are my extensions freshly curled. I try not to curl them too often because it just dries them out too much. After wearing them I brush them lightly and store them in their box.
1. Start by pinning up the crown of your hair.
2. Spray and tease the bottom half of your hair, to keep the extensions in.
For this hairstyle, I tease the entire back and pin it up in a kind of french roll, to hide all the short hairs.
3. Pin in the extensions. Even though this style is more of an up-do, I stagger them so that there aren’t any weird gaps.
Looks cool, eh?
4. At this point, if the extensions are freshly curled, I pull them a bit and run my fingers through them so that they aren’t so Shirley Temple- ish.
5. This step probably could have (or should have) been done first. At this point I curl the top layer strategically to match the extensions. I don’t do too much, just to blend the hair.
6. Pull the hair to one side to a low side pony. It should cover up all the short stray hairs.
All done! This usually takes me about 5-10 minutes in the mornings (depending on whether or not my extensions were curled to start with). If my extensions are starting to look a little limp, I’ll opt for a braid instead of a side pony (again, I try not to curl them too much). Sometimes I will pull it back into a low loose bun as well.
This has been a great option for me as I grow my hair out! It certainly doesn’t replace having my hair long and curled, but it’s a good in-between until it’s long again.