Those of you that read the blog will know that I am a massive fan of big luscious hair. The bigger and thicker the hair the better. So last February when I got my Great Lengths hair extensions removed, I was beyond devastated. I knew it would be at least 3 months before I could get another set of extensions in, as I wanted to wait until closer to the wedding to make sure my new extensions were lovely and fresh. However, here’s the thing, I couldn’t be without a thick mane. I felt bald!!! While my hair was in excellent condition after the removal of my Great Lengths, in a moment of madness I decided to try a little bit of a long bob. What was I thinking!! So the hunt began for affordable clip in hair extensions.
Bonded hair extensions are not for everyone. While I absolutely adore them, they can be expensive, a lot of maintenance and not everyone wants to have hair applied that will last up to 6 months. I had previously bought clip in extensions from the shops on Moore street for around €40, but after a few wears they went to absolute rubbish. It’s true what they say, you get what you pay for. This time I wanted real hair extensions that would last, and look natural.
It was Lisa from Zinc, who is doing my wedding hair, that put me onto to Halo extensions. I actually can’t believe I am only telling you about these now. I have used them quite a bit for the last 3 months, so I should probably have let you in on them sooner!! Halo hair extensions use 100% human hair. Kinda sounds a little creepy doesn’t it? The extensions are applied to the hair using a halo type wire. I have included a video below to show you just how they are applied. The positioning of the wire secures the hair onto the head. While the wire secures the hair to the head, personally I found it to be a little on the loose side. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t going to budge anywhere, but I prefer something a little tighter to the head. I ended up getting clips from hairspray and sewing them onto the top of the extensions. It’s just a personal choice to want things tighter.
When I decided to go with Halo extensions, I went to Zinc and got colour matched. Lisa then had my extensions within 2 days. She showed me how to apply them and then cut them into a style to frame my face. I was absolutely chuffed with them. One thing I would say, if you prefer to wear your hair straight, unless your hair is the same length as they extensions you can see the mix of your own hair and the extensions, but once curled or even given a kink, they look seamless.
I can honestly say, these really got me out of a hole, while I waited to get my Gold Fever extensions in. As they last for years, I will absolutely be coming back to these in between my bonded extensions. The quality of the hair is fantastic and when washed and dried correctly they can last for a very long time. Will they stop me getting Gold Fever extensions in again. No, but they are a seriously high quality alternative for when I am in-between sets or for anyone who is looking for hair that they can take in and out again.
If you’re in the market for clip ins, I highly suggest that you give Lisa in Zinc a call and arrange a free consultation. Prices start at €140 for shorter styles up to €180 for seriously long hair!!! You can contact Lisa on her Facebook page here .