Sometimes you just attach a bit of fake hair to your head and it encourages instant SASS. You want to just throw some serious shade, because the library is OPEN. Yes, my hair is as fake as a RuPaul drag queen, but by ‘eck does it look snazzy.
As you may (or may not) know, I’ve been an addict to hair extensions for quite some time now, Initially only popping them in with micro rings to last me Leeds Festival Weekend, I haven’t taken them out since. Well, I have, but only to change them to another set of extensions or to dye my roots.
Dirty Looks Hair Extensions are probably the best hair extensions I’ve ever tried. I’m not even exaggerating. When you open the perfectly prepared packaging, the hair itself is so silky and soft, even the cat wants to roll around in it. Not only is the hair itself superb quality, but they also have the additional bonus of coming in a range of weft sizes. Usually when you have extensions you have a single weft and they appear rather sparse until you layer them up. This means more clips attached to your head and it can get pretty uncomfortable. Dirty Looks hair extensions come in wefts of up to FOUR layers, which are attached to each other by some fancy looking crochet/lace type material. This means less clips are used to attach, yet maximum thickness in the lengths. Before now I’ve sewn layers of wefts together to get the thickness I want, but this means that the top of the weft is really thing and can look bumpy on your head (especially on days between washes), whereas the layering of Dirty Looks Quad wefts means they sit flat against your head.
Because I wear hair extensions daily, I actually carefully take the clips off and attach them to my hair using Micro Rings. You can pick these up off ebay really cheaply and they’re really simple to put in once you get the hang of it. With Dirty Looks Quad extensions I do have to put more along the top of the extensions to make sure the heaviness of the extensions doesn’t snag my own hair too much. I find them pretty comfortable to wear, but it does take quite a lot of practise at first to get them to sit right. If you want to try this technique for yourself at home you probably need to watch a lot of YouTube tutorials (like I did) and enlist a friend to help (I didn’t, this is why it took me twice as long to get it right).
From Dirty Looks I got my paws on a full set of ‘Bobby Glam’ extensions in the shade ‘California Highlighted’. I don’t know who Bobby is, or why he’s so Glam. But I’m not going to complain. I chose this shade as it has a few different tones of blonde in, which I knew would create the desired effect when I dyed them red at the top for my ombre/dip dye. I simply apply a box dye in deep red to the top of the extensions and rub it in, then brush it down in to the lengths to create a gradient effect. Then I popped on an orange toner when the extensions where attached to blend them in a bit more. I’m not going to lie, this is a really lengthy process, but worth it in the end to look so damn sassy. Because the hair extensions are so silky soft, it takes a few washes for the texture to start matching up to your real hair. In the image above they’ve literally been in a day – hence why you might notice a slight difference. To solve this, just style as usually and add some loose curls to blend them in better. You can also cut the extensions to help them blend in more.
Cutting can be quite a daunting task though, so just go slow and steady. Keep them as long as possible in case you make any slight mistakes and slice down the hair. I think that’s quite a hard one to explain, but don’t forget that most good hair dressers will cut your extensions for you for a reasonable price anyway! So give your usually one a ring and see what they say if you’re apprehensive about this part.
The Dirty Looks website and blog is packed full of useful hints and tips for getting your hair extensions looking great anyway, so pay them a visit here. After the PLETHORA of extensions I’ve been through, I can honestly say I love these the most!