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For the past three years, I've been getting eyelash extensions. Having long, dark lashes has always been important to me — without them, I look like a boiled egg.
My natural lashes are long but lack in color so they can be kind of hard to see. SO ever since high school, I've loved mascara, that was until I tried eyelash extensions anyway.
Eyelash extensions beat mascara hands down! I've taken extension breaks before and I always miss them SO MUCH. My once loved mascara was no more — I would countdown the days till I could lose that junk and get back to my eyelash extensions. This new love made me wonder if I'd feel the same way about hair extensions.
Amazing Beauty Remy Pure Virgin Hair Extensions
Enter in Amazing Beauty Hair Extensions. These guys only offer the best hair on the market — 100% remy pure virgin hair! If you're a newbie like me, you are probably wondering what ‘remy pure virgin hair' means. Before diving in and letting my husband play hairdresser I did some research on hair extensions.
Apparently, hair extensions can come remy, non-remy, and virgin.
Virgin hair is 100% human hair that has never been chemically processed, often collected from one donor's ponytail.
With remy hair, all cuticles are intact and flow in the same direction making it tangle less and blend better with your own hair. Typically, hair is collected from several donors.
Where as with non-remy hair, cuticles can flow in all directions or some manufacturers completely strip the cuticles. This makes the hair impossible to color or treat with heat. This hair is often collected from the floors of salons and many donors.
You can tell based on these descriptions which would be best, right?
SO ‘remy pure virgin hair' means you're getting 100% human hair that has never been chemically processed and is from one donor. And, the cuticles are all flowing in one direction.
I tried out the 18 inch Amazing Beauty's medium brown tape in hair extensions with golden brown highlights. I've always wanted highlights but have never had them professionally done before. One time my husband did a ‘highlight kit' for me at home, but that's it.
These extensions feel just like my own hair to the touch. And visually, look striped. Sections of medium brown and golden brown repeat through each weft — four or five times.
Just looking at the extensions, you wondering how in the world is this going to blend into my hair? I'm going to look like a zebra. Trust me, I had these thoughts, but they quickly disappeared once my hair was done.
A Little About My Hair Type
Before (the day before) installing my remy pure virgin hair extensions, we dyed my hair a light ash brown. Otherwise, I would have had a reddish gray mess to deal with — something no one wants to see. Although no matter what color I dye my hair it always looks kind of red in sunlight as you can see.
Light ash brown blended very nicely with these extensions!
I've always been told by stylists that my hair is fine but I have a lot of it. As far as length, it's about 3-4 inches below my collar bone.
Wondering what a weft is?
A hair weft is each individual hair extension. One pack of my hair extensions had 20 wefts in it. These wefts are tape in extensions so literally, you remove a sticker and stick the thing to your hair.
The day of installing my extensions, I made sure my hair was clean, dry, and not conditioned. I read how conditioner may lessen the tape bonds and I figured better be safe than sorry.
Installing Tape In Hair Extensions
In a nutshell, installing tape in remy pure virgin hair extensions goes like this. Starting at the nape of your neck, section off your hair making a straight line across (he tried and got better with each section).
Then sandwich a small section of that hair between two wefts. In the first section, you'll probably have two or three weft sandwiches (4-6 wefts total). You don't want to go too close to your hairline, otherwise, you will feel a pull (which I did). My husband is far from a hairdresser so the extensions made my scalp sore after a day or so.
Also, make sure you don't place any weft too close to the edges or they might be seen if you put your hair up.
Then you section off your hair again making a straight line and repeat the process, increasing the number of weft sandwiches as you go.
I (okay, my husband) used a total of 40 wefts in my hair, but to be honest I probably at least needed another 10-20 wefts to have a complete look. Since we were newbies, we weren't exactly counting as we went (stupid us). This left practically nothing for the sides of my head. Oops.
However, despite our stupidity it still turned out pretty well, I think. When the hair is straight you definitely can tell something weird is going on with my hair, but curled — it looks AMAZING.
Why I Love Amazing Beauty Remy Pure Virgin Hair Tape In Extensions
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This experience has made me rethink all those gorgeous hair shots on Instagram. They totally have to be wearing extensions, right? I could never have my natural hair look this good!
These hair extensions are great! You can do everything you would with your natural hair — wash, dry, swim, color, style — just don't go crazy with oils or conditioning products near the tape. Otherwise, they can come loose. I absolutely love the look!