I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I regularly wear hair extensions. I always have. And just to clear the air, it’s not because I hate my natural hair, or because I think straight hair is prettier, it’s really because I’m quite lazy and choosing weaves and wigs is easier than combing through afro hair every day. I’m terrible at styling too.
I still look after my natural hair because I like to wear it every now and then, but in reality: it’s quicker to plonk a wig on your head or wake up with a weave. I’m fond of wigs more, because it makes it easier to switch up your hairstyle and play around with colours without causing extra damage and stress to your hair. There are that many options with black/afro hair: natural, relaxed, weaves, frontals, wigs, braids and every other protective hairstyle under the sun. When my next pay cheque arrives, I’m looking into a wig with a fringe as something new. All in the fun of experimenting!
Over time, wigs and weaves start to get a little raggedy and shabby. They get shorter over time, as you’re constantly combing and so they shed, but there’s no root for new hair to grow. Eventually you have to buy a new one and it can get pretty expensive.
A new hair experiment I considered this week is adding new extensions to my current extensions to create some more length without having to invest in a new wig or get my entire head redone. It may sound kinda odd, but it 100% worked in my favour and it might be my new favourite thing to do.
I absolutely love having long hair, and it’s something I had all the time in my younger years. When I was a teen, I would have 22” hair with 250% density and play around with it constantly. Because my natural hair is 4c and very short, I’ve always had this dream of having crazy long hair.
Nowadays, I have shoulder length, 14-16” hair because I like the mature look it brings. But, on special occasions or nights out, I do always think it would be more fun to have longer hair and a new style. That’s why extensions exist right?
Rubin Extensions is an online hair store that offers a wide range of extensions made of real human hair. I got the chance to try their clip-in extensions as part of my little experiment, and I really liked how well it worked.
When it came to picking which hair I wanted, I obviously needed something as close as possible to the colour of extensions I already have. I wasn’t sure what to go with, but Rubin were happy to help and based on photos of the hair I have, they chose the right colour. When I buy wigs online, I always go for a most natural black. Jet black sometimes looks false, and I don’t suit hair that’s too light.
I’ve used clip-ins against my natural hair before, but never with a straighter style. So this time, I’m choosing a messy look, just to see how well they blend into my hair. I want my hair to look as natural as possible, rather than dead straight or perfectly curled. My everyday look is a natural wave, so the Rubin hair was easy to style this way too.
The clips are easy to use, you just push them open and the combs attach really easily to the tracks built into the extensions I already have. I imagine the same applied to adding them to natural hair, the grip is comfortable.
The quality of the hair was actually better that the wig I’m currently wearing, so I tried to keep them looking naturally messy and slightly wavy so it’s easier to disguise. It just flows! It’s the kind of hair that you pull out of the box and just want to continually stroke because it’s so soft and silky. I’m jealous of anyone who naturally has hair this nice! The hair isn’t too dense or heavy, so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a whole animal on your head, but the new length is definitely noticeable. You do have the option to pick different volumes if you’re on the hunt for some extra thickness as well as length.
The colour is spot on too! I’m impressed with how close in colour the extensions really are. There’s a few colours online, so I may continue this experiment further and try some fun colours.
Looking after your extensions is important too. I wash my wig regularly, as well as the tracks of weave I have saved up so they stay fresh. Rubin Extensions kindly gifted me their shampoo, conditioner, spray formula and serum fluid to try out. I’ve never used product designed especially for extension hair, and they worked an absolute treat. They brought my old wigs back to life!
The shampoo and conditioner clean and soften the hair really well, always a bonus. I absolutely loved the spray formula which completely recuperates worn hair. A common problem with extensions is them getting matted, tangled or just musty. You gotta treat them right! The spray formula relieves this completely, and the serum adds a little extra shine, without the hair getting oily and greasy. There’s nothing I hate more than having dry extensions, but also hair that’s too greasy and difficult to fix. The serum gives you a happy medium.
Clipping extensions onto other extensions is something completely new to me, but I’m happy with the outcome – it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I think the clips gripping really well helps, but also the quality of the hair is so soft and well-kept, the blend was effortless.
The hair is definitely 100% natural, which you can feel in the quality. When buying hair online, you sometimes receive something completely different to what’s advertised, but Rubin gave me some gorgeous virgin remy. You pay for the quality, and it’s worth the investment.
I’ve always loved playing around with extensions, and since my teenage years of box braids and weaves, experimenting is part of the fun. It’s like a new personality with each look. This one makes me want to constantly flip my hair around and wear sunglasses inside. You know what I mean? I don’t own a huge collection of wigs, so adding more extensions is a really nice way to spice up my everyday look.
I think the idea of bringing old hair back to life by mixing it with new hair is so much more fun that having to buy an entirely new wig or pay to have your hair re-done. Now I can stick with my short hair for day-to-day life, but create a whole new look with clip-ins.