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For a number of years I have gone through a number of different hairstyles and hair colours which resulted in having to have a great length of my hair being cut off as it was over processed and I certainly paid the price for it.
Needless to say I didn't appreciate the fact that my hair was no longer past my shoulders and resembled a grown-out bob so I resorted to purchasing some clip in extensions for the first time ever.
I went to my local sallys hair and beauty wholesalers where they sold a number of different brands - however the american dream extensions had a larger selection and were currently on a 3 for 2 offer as well as VAT free, so it was perfect timing in regards to saving some pennies, however at sallys they usually retail at about £16 for just one row of hair, which seems a bit extortionate after finding incredible deals on ebay and amazon (On ebay I am now able to purchase a full head of double wefted extensions for only £40, which equates to about 9 different sized pieces so it is much better value)
I wouldn't recommend these to someone who is conscious about how much they are spending and have a budget to stick to, but I would most certainly recommend them to anyone in regards to the quality. The hair is sleek, smooth, tangle free and do not shed for a good 2 - 3 months, and at the time I wore these, they would be clipped into my hair every single day where i'd be back combing, brushing, plaiting, curling, straightening and even dying them. They are pretty durable but of course if you wear extensions as much as I have - then they will last around 4 months before they start to thin out and/or become dry.
You can however buy leave in conditioners and protectors to help nourish the hair and extend the life of them, of course it all varies on how often you wear them and what you do with them. Every day use lessens their life span so for those who are looking for a full head of hair I wouldn't really recommend buying a bulk load of these as there are better offers out there that give you more for your money. But for those looking for only a few to add some length rather than volume, or want some extra pieces to either replace or enhance the current extensions you own then these are ideal.
Depending on how large your sallys wholesalers is you can find either the entire range of colours or just the natural / most popular shades, however on request they will be able to order them in for you, but it's genuinely probably quicker and easier (and cheaper no doubt) to find them online. They have only recently introduced a number of artificial and bright colours that weren't previously available a few years ago, probably due to the influx of celebrities sporting bright hair - evidently leading to trend setting and therefore bright extensions being vastly available!
But for those who can't find your ideal colour, you can dye over some of the lighter colours, however you can't lighten them with bleach, it is absolutely impossible and the colour does not budge at all - I promise you now it would be a waste of time and money trying to bleach colour out of them, so make sure you like what you buy or make sure you can afford some new ones if you get bored of them.
The clips are small (also known as micro clips) which are more secure in my opinion and are much more subtle than the larger extension clips you can get. This is my favourite aspect of the american dream extensions as they never budged and I didn't find myself having to click them back into my roots whereas wider toothed clips become loose really easy.
I use clip in extensions to add a splash of colour to my hair.
I bought a few of these streaks from Amazon.co.uk.
The extensions are easy to use. Simply separate a piece of hair with a comb and back comb the hair whilst creating a suitable sized gap for the extension itself. The extension simply clips in to your hair and it mixes in well with your natural hair colour. The extensions were a little thinner than I first anticipated. They sometimes become a little too thin after a while as one or two of the hairs fall out at a time when I style them.
I style them as they are made of 100% human hair so you can colour them, curl them, wash them and straighten them just as you would with normal hair. The extensions are easy to wash but I would recommend using a SMALL blob of shampoo as rinsing them damages them a little.
They're easy to insert (see above) and they're easy to remove to. Simply snap the clip and remove them from your hair. Store them somewhere safe so they won't become damaged and/ or tangled. The extensions are good quality and they do last a good while as long as you look after them.
You can also choose streaks in your natural colour to make your hair appear longer. However as they extensions are so thin you will need a fair amount of streaks to make your hair appear fuller and/ or longer.
Right, So I've been wearing clip ins for say about 5 years now... I have tried several brands, but always find myself coming back to American Dream Clip-Ins... their 12" wide QuickFix clip=ins are the best,\ most affordable clip ins - my other extensions ive worn have ruined, tangled and never felt as smooth as the american dream ones... I bought some just now from The Great Hair Sale website - i just bought 4 packs of the 18 inch long american dream clip ins for only £20 - really really good deal - they only have certain colours, but they have got quite a good variety and i was able to get my regular colour - i suggest people to check the site out... it really is amazingly cheap.
I bought American Dream blonde hair extensions from salon services about 2 months ago. I had previously purchased brown hair extensions from salon services when my hair was darker.
I got quite a good deal, it was buy 2, get one free and I also got the maintanance spray half price.
At first I was not really impressed with them at all, they were very thin compared to the brown ones I had purchased before, although I'm not sure what brand they were, the girl in the shop had told me they matched my hair but when I took them home and put them in, the match wasn't really that great and my own hair was too thick at the top, which I asked her about before I bought them.
A friend who works in a different salon services store suggested I put one of my brown ones in with the blonde and it matched a lot better and also made it a bit thicker.
I then took them to the hairdresser who cut them for me, as they can be quite straggly when you first buy them, and showed me how to put them in properly, it made a massive difference!! Now I love wearing them.
I would recommend them but make sure you get enough that matches the thickness of your hair and take them to the hairdressers as it makes a difference getting the ends taken off and being shown how to put them in properly.
The maintanance spray is a must as it keeps them soft and shiny especially if you use straightners or anything hot on them.