I Got Hair Extensions!!!

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! Today is Parent-Teacher Conference, except this year, due to COVID, all meetings will be done via email or phone call. That also means that I don’t have to be at school until 12:00, which is nice.

If you’ve seen my Instagram over the last few days, you may have noticed something different about my appearance: I got hair extensions!

I’ve always wanted long hair, and while my hair curls and straightens easily, it’s never grown very fast or long, so my dream was never achievable.

I’ve thought about getting extensions for quite a while, but I’ve always felt like there was some kind of stigma that came with them. However, one day I decided it wouldn’t hurt to do some looking, so I went to Amazon.

After looking at several brands and reading tons of reviews, I finally decided to purchase a pair of clip-ins and went with GOO GOO Hair Extensions. All I can say is, “Oh my goodness!”

I think the pictures speak for themselves, but these extensions blend so well with my real hair.

I’ve had a few questions that I’d like to answer, in case you’re interested in trying them out, too.

What brand and color did you get?

I went with GOO GOO Hair Extensions because they had the best reviews. After looking at the color options, I decided on “Ombre Chocolate Brown to Caramel Blonde” 16 inch, BUT these extensions can be dyed to match your color.

How do you blend them with your real hair/make them look natural?

It’s really important to wash them before you wear them. While I didn’t do that at first, I have since, and it automatically makes them look and feel more natural. The first picture is my extensions without being washed, and you can tell such a difference in how voluminous they look in picture two.

Also, they seem to blend better when everything (my real hair + extensions) is curled, so I highly recommend going that route when styling them.

Additionally, I’ve discovered that focusing the extensions more on the side of my head, as opposed to exclusively in the back, makes everything more blended.

How do you wash and dry them?

Instructions are provided on how to wash them. I just used a mixing bowl and put shampoo and water in it. I lathered them up there, then rinsed them in the sink. Next, I applied conditioner, left it in for a bit, and rinsed. I squeezed as much water from them as I could with a towel and hung them on a towel rack over night.

Does the curl hold, or does the weight of the hair make it fall out faster?

They hold the curls very well. In fact, my extensions hold curls better than my real hair does!

Are they clip-in or tape-in?

I went with the clip-in route, just because tape sounded messy and slightly painful. GOO GOO also has a “halo” option that seems the most simple and might be a good option if you have thinning hair.

How easy/hard are they to put in?

While the clips do take a little bit of getting used to as far as how they feel, they’re super easy to put in and take out. It probably takes me 2-3 minutes to do this.

You simply open the clips, position them on your roots/scalp, and “pop” them down. The instructions booklet also describes how to use them.

Do they take longer to style?

They take a while to style/curl initially just because there’s so much hair. However, you don’t have to curl them everyday, so other than fixing them after they’ve been washed and dried, the styling is pretty quick.

Do you sleep/shower with them in?

I take them out at night and put them in after I shower in the mornings. While the clips aren’t bad, I’m not sure how comfortable they’d be to sleep in.

Do you think people with naturally curly hair can use them?

Depending on the size of your curling wand/iron, I think it would be fairly easy to make the extension curls match any you may have naturally. Remember, the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curls, so consider that when styling the extensions. I use a 1 in.-1/2 in. curling wand and talk about it in this post.

Again, these are an Amazon purchase, so the quality isn’t what you’d find in a salon. However, they’re a great way to try out extensions without breaking the bank.

Would you be interested in a tutorial on how I put them in and style them?

Sarah

What’s in My Makeup Bag

A few weeks ago, I did a questionnaire on Instastories about what kind of content you’d like to see from me. I got several requests to do a makeup tutorial, which is featured on my Stories today and will be saved to my Highlights.

As a companion with that post, I want to show you what’s in my makeup bag.

I discovered this bag from Laura Godfrey on Instagram. The inserts are customizable, so you can “create” a makeup bag that best fits your needs.

I also want to add, that with the exception of one product, all of my makeup is from Walmart. Drugstore brands have really stepped up their game the last few years and have some quality, affordable products.

Eyes

primer / cream base (The blue is what’s linking, but I use the tan.) / eyeshadow pallete / liquid eyeliner / waterline eyeliner / eyelash primer / mascara (This is my all time favorite.) / mascara (This is the drugstore one I’m currently using because I’m out of my favorite.) / eyebrow pencil

Face

foundation / BB cream (I wear this on the weekends and in the summer.) / concealer / setting powder / bronzer / contour pallete

Lips: chapstick / moisture lipstick

Tools: makeup sponge / eyelash curler / tinkle razor

Don’t forget to check out my makeup routine on Instastories or my Highlights to see how I use each of these products to achieve this look.

Let me know if this was helpful!

Sarah

How I Trained My Hair to Only be Washed Once a Week

Hi, all! I hope you’re having a good day. It’s Friday, so that always helps one’s outlook.

Today I’m going to share some tips on how I trained my hair to only be washed once a week. Yes, you read that right; I only wash my hair one day a week.

Here’s some background on my hair: it’s rather fine and thin and tends to grow to my shoulders and stop. I do balayage color on it and get it trimmed every 7-8 weeks. While it’s mostly naturally straight, it holds a curl pretty well, too.

Without further ado, here are some ways I’ve trained it to last longer between washes:

  1. Dry shampoo is your best friend. I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos over the years, but this one is my all time favorite. I recommend getting dry shampoo with a tint because after several days of using a white-based one, your hair will get a white sheen (which no one wants). Be warned though, when you do wash your hair, the water will look “dirty” as you rinse, but at least you’ll know when you hair is clean.

2. Curl your hair with a wand. Curled hair lasts longer between washes. Additionally, I’ve discovered that this curling wand makes my curls hold better than a standard curling iron. I usually touch up my curls every other day throughout the week, if I’m wearing my hair down.

3. Use a teasing comb/brush. Since I have thin, fine hair, I have to “fake” my volume. By spraying my roots with body building spray or hairspray and teasing them, it hides any grease that might begin to build up after a few days. This is the teasing comb I use.

4. Keep your hair as dry as possible. When showering, I wear my hair in a bun to keep it out of the water. You could also use a shower cap or headband to accomplish this. Also, if you workout (which I do), and your hair gets wet from sweat, let it air dry or blow dry it before you use dry shampoo.

5. Change your part. I’ve recently discovered that if I change my part mid-week, I can get another day in between washes.

6. Use accessories. Hair accessories are all the rage right now. I like to wear headbands, and on the weekends, I like to add a cap or fedora. This is a simple solution to hide dirty or oily hair.

7. Wear your hair up. Usually, by the end of the week, I have to wear my hair up. However, there are so many more options than just a standard ponytail. I wear a “hair piece” when my hair is getting toward the end of its “life.” This item has been a game changer for me.

8. Be patient. It takes time to train your hair to last longer between washes. For years, I washed it every other day, but after Isaac was born in 2018, I started pushing my hair to go longer between washes. I think my current record is nine days.

On Instagram, I shared a weekly “hair care” routine and showed what I do each day to prolong the life of my hair. All of those videos are saved in my Highlights, so I encourage you to check that out for more tips and demonstrations.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other tips.

Sarah