Notice something a little different about me? If I say I've had a little help in the hair department, tabloid stories featuring transplants and Wayne Rooney might spring to mind, but luckily I've gone for something far less drastic. It's a little known fact that I'm actually no stranger to hair extensions. I had various stints in braids from the ages of 8-13 (my Cleopatra style went down a treat in Year 7) and enjoyed being able to whip by hair back and forth before Willow Smith had even been thought of. Occasionally I'd glue a few pieces in if I fancied a bit of thickness, but after a few messy attempts and feeling slightly uncertain about their stability, I hid any leftover hair in my room never to be seen again. I'd been mulling over getting clip-in extensions for a while but like most of my procrastination projects, the urgency wasn't really there. I'm happy with my hair most of the time but style-wise, I've never really gone outside of my comfort zone of three hairstyles (which is a stark contrast to how I approach what I wear). Luckily Sleek got in touch about a review a few months ago, which incidentally was the brand my hairdresser had recommended me trying when I enquired about it. After taking a bit of time to get the colour sorted (I think my hair consists of three different shades, tricky much), I finally got around to seeing how they could transform my appearance.
I was sent two packs of colour 2 Remi Touch Choice by Sleek Yaki Straight in 14" and 16" lengths, which Rachel from Sleek said would be best suited to my relaxed hair type. I know there are plenty of tutorials about installing clip-ins yourself, but being the wuss I am I asked my hairdresser to advise me on how much to put in and where best to place them. It was quite unnerving seeing them applied to my hair at first and I was worried that I wouldn't look like 'myself' and that they wouldn't blend in with my style. The journey home was a bit of an uneasy one as I tried to get used to them, though once I got home they started to grow on me (geddit) and wonder why I hadn't tried them earlier. I've got plenty of hair left over so now I have a sort of template, I'll probably make a shorter set so I don't feel too out of the ordinary when I wear them. Sleek doesn't have a transactional website but their products are available at Paks cosmetics or I'm sure you'll find them at plenty Afro-Caribbean hair shops dotted around the country. It probably wasn't the best idea to get them on the most humid day of the year and I found it somewhat confusing putting my bags on my shoulder as usually I don't have any hair to contend with, so I got a bit tangled up!
Ring - Forever 21
As this was the day of the Opening Ceremony, I decided to go for a patriotic look with another one of those magical Motel skater dresses. Unfortunately my hair appointment coincided with the last day of the torch relay, so I didn't actually get to see it in person but I'm hoping to watch one of the races or big screens and cheer on sports I don't quite understand. I'm pretty sure it's not just me whose indifference has turned to Olympic obsession and I'm feeling rather jealous of people with tickets and tweeting from the venues.
Have you ever considered hair extensions or trying a new style? It's early days at the moment and I'm still getting used to the novelty of having longer hair at times (I feel a Pinterest board coming on) and the styling potential. I feel like a slightly more glamorous version of myself, which I don't see all that often. This post by Carrie has been really useful (I think I need to get a nice box to store mine in), as well as some of Shirley's videos. This definitely won't be the last you see of my bob, as I'm not sure about wearing them full-time but hopefully this is the start of a new chapter for my hair.
Edit: I did a hair update post here, I now use a different brand!
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