A couple of months ago I wrote an article ‘Hair Extensions – Not Just for Kardashians’. It was all about my experience with my new cold fusion reusable hair extensions. I have had hair extensions three times in my life.
The first two times I used the heat fusion (or bonded) kind I came out of them like a champ. My hair had grown longer and healthier since the extensions had protected them from a good part of the heat damage that is usually caused by styling.
It was a happy transition putting them in as well as taking them out. Good times.
Why I Chose Cold Fusion Hair Extensions
This past time though, I decided to try the less expensive, reusable cold fusion variety. All the girls at my blow dry bar used them and they looked great.
The girl that put them on me even convinced me that the cold fusion were healthier since there is no actual bonding to your hair and the removal process leaves your hair follicle unscathed.
Between that, the fact that they were about half the price as the heat fusion, and that you could use them for two years as opposed to the 5 months or so with the heat fusion, I figured it was worth a shot. Sigh…
How it Went Down
The brand I used were called DreamCatchers. I had a minor incident when they were put in. I was only adding a couple handfuls to add thickness to my ends because I wasn’t ready to go shorter and my ends were thinner than I like them.
The extensions came 14″ long so, after they were put in, it was necessary to trim the extensions down to the same length as my hair
Somehow, during the cutting process, the tween who put them in managed to cut my hair a couple inches shorter than it was when I walke in! I wasn’t a happy camper. I didn’t want shorter hair – that was the whole point! But that’s neither here nor there.
Two hundred fifty dollars worth of extra extensions, the financial savings was gone but at leas I had the longer hair I wanted.
Upon leaving Miss Thang gave me a special brush called the Wet Brush and told me to carry it around in my purse and brush it often in order to keep the hair looking real, not all matted like barbie doll hair.
Cold Fusion Hair Extension Maintenance
I’m not sure if it was because the hair was so heavy, or that it’s just the nature of the beast, but I ended up having to go back a lot more often than expected because they had to be tightened every other week or else they slid down an inch from the root.
Ms. Ditz actually tried to tell me it was due to new growth! Honey, if my hair grew that fast I wouldn’t need hair extensions to begin with!
So, I them tightened four times, each time every coil was moved up and tightened around my hair with a clamp. Took about an hour and $65 each time.
The Aftermath of my Hair Extensions
After realizing that these reusable hair extensions were super high maintenance as well as expensive to keep up, I had them removed. I mean who has the time to get them tightened every couple of weeks, or the money to pay $65 each time!
After they were removed I thought I was going to faint. I had no hair left! I mean seriously, there were chunks missing and the ends were way thinner than they were to start out. I thought my hair was falling out. I took a shower and I had less hair than I’d ever had in my life, and by the look on my husband’s face, I wasn’t imagining it.
And no ladies, it wasn’t that it simply felt thinner after removing all that extra hair. It was crazy thinner.
My Hair Before Hair Extensions
My Hair After Removing the Hair Extensions
Oh the breakage! The combinations of excessive brushing, frequent tightening and the sheer weight of it, broke a whole section of hair off my head.
First of all, frequent hair brushing pulls your hair out from the follicles and breaks off any weak ends. A hundred strokes a day my a** ! I learned this the hard way.
Second, every time I had them tightened the coil would break pieces of hair and even pull some out by the roots.
Girls, I pulled out the pre-natal vitamins, ordered some Reserveage Keratin Booster with Biotin and Resveratrol that I read is the gold standard supplement for thickening your hair, and even chunked out $280 for the HairMax LaserComb in the hopes of growing some hair back or at least avoiding even more loss.
I wasn’t thinking clearly. I mean in hindsight that would be quite a coincidence that right after removing my hair extensions I also start losing hair from hormonal changes, but, having been blessed with lots of hair all of my life, I wasn’t prepared to add fine, thin hair to my list of pre-menopausal maladies so I panicked a bit.
A week or so later, I went to get my roots done and my hair dresser informed me that chunks of my hair were broken at the roots.
Who know that finding out my hair had broken off could bring such joy?
So, there you have it. As you can guess, I wouldn’t recommend the cold fusion extensions. But the heat fusion bonded ones I would definitely do again. In the meantime I’m all about getting back to where I started before the whole traumatic ordeal.
One good thing came out of it though. I’m using the HairMax LaserComb on my hubby for his thinning hair. I’ll let you know how that goes!
I also switched to the ColorProof Baobab Heal & Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. They run about $54 together but you only have to use a teeny bit for lots of suds. Lasts forever. I’m addicted to the stuff – I even take it to the blow dry bar with me!
I also make sure to put Olaplex 3 on my hair about a half an hour before I get to the dry bar ( I don’t do my hair at home or else I would use it after my conditioner and wait 30 minutes before rinsing). That stuff is genius.
However, in order for my broken pieces to catch up with the rest of my hair, I had to keep trimming my ends. But, once the broken hair grew about shoulder length, I threw in some tape-in hair extensions to add a little length.
As you can imagine, it took a LOT of trust for me to try them but they looked great, and when I took them out my hair stayed intact! NO damage! There are a lot of brands out there though, and they all use different glues. I used the Easihair brand and you can read about my experience here.