Other | My Hair Extension Disaster

Everyone is supposed to have at least one hair disaster in their life. If you haven't had one yet then it is definitely going to come, let me tell you. I recently had mine, and this is it. If you follow me on twitter then you may already be aware of this - I've complained about it every day since - but honestly, it is baaad.

I have always wanted hair extensions. I love scrolling through Instagram under the hair tag and seeing the long, thick, wavy hair girls have and feeling a real sense of jealousy. My hair is pretty flat and never holds a curl - you can't do anything with it. Last year I had quite long hair but because it lacked volume it just looked crap all the time so late last year I got it cut really short and for a while, I liked it. But then I saw all of the french braids and plaits on Instagram and I thought "damn, maybe I shouldn't have had it cut after all" but of course, hindsight is a marvellous thing.

Still lusting after long hair, just before I went on holiday I saw an advert on Facebook from a girl in my area offering L.A Weave hair extensions at a discounted price. She offered 100% remy hair, promised the world dream-hair wise and as she had such great reviews, I decided to bite the bullet and book with her. We stayed in touch over my holiday and worked together to find the best shade of hair to fit with my own and before I knew it, it was the day of my appointment and I was driving to meet her with my friend clinging onto the sat nav. I was so excited. I was going to get long, beautiful, voluminous hair! Only, it didn't really happen.

What are L.A Weave Hair Extensions?
"L.A weave is a technique used to make sewn tracks less visible than your ordinary braided sew-in weaves. It is secured with around 20 micro rings. Causing no stress or damage. This method allows the hair to breathe, and is much easier to shampoo and scratch, without using sharp objects that can injure the scalp. L.A weaves grow out in a downward direction, which allows your weave to continue to look natural, while your real hair is growing. With an L.A weave, your hair can be pulled in an up-do or ponytail without seeing tracks or huge lumps."

First things first: the setting. The address where I was supposed to be getting it done changed three times before the actual day. The lady who was doing it actually lives a few hours away but comes back every other weekend just to fit hair extensions and it seemed to be paying off - I was her fourth customer of the day and she had 8 people after me. So, I was sat in the garden of some random house in the middle of nowhere (which she had borrowed) getting my hair extensions fitted and at the time, it was okay. She was kind, chatty and more importantly, she seemed to know what she was doing. At no point was I given a mirror or shown what my hair looked like but I thought it was good from what I could feel and my friend said it looked nice so I took her word for it and went home. And then I looked in the mirror. I could have cried. It was awful. She didn't blend my hair in with the extensions so you could visibly see my blunt hair cut with the extensions underneath. It looked as if I had gone to Claire's Accessories and just stuck a bit of hair at the bottom of my head. It was not good. Also, the lady put the top row of hair extensions so far up my head that the sides just poked out and stuck out as they should never have been placed that high. I really could have cried when I saw it.

So, I tried to make the best of a bad situation and I curled my hair which made it better, but not enough to warrant me being happy with it. My Mum thought it was horrific and of course, Mum's know best and will tell you the honest truth so not only did I know it was bad, I also felt like I was fighting a losing battle. The lady who fitted them had not cut the hair extensions at all so the ends were all scraggly, I had bits poking out, it was uncomfortable... I lived with it for just over a week in hope it would get better (wishful thinking I know) before I decided to bite the bullet and do something I hate to do - complain. I messaged the lady on Facebook and told her how unhappy I was with not only the application and placement of the extensions but also how she hadn't blended my hair in at all. She replied back straight away saying how if I backcomb it a bit it would be alright and that when I get the extensions tightened in 6 weeks time she would replace the top row for me but there was no way I could go out in public like that for 6 weeks! Because she had applied them so badly I couldn't even put my hair up in a ponytail - or wear a hat - so I had no choice but to find a professional to fix it for me.

I managed to find a hair salon local to me who fit and work with the L.A Weave so I messaged them asking if they could help me with moving the top row of my hair extensions down, as well as blending them in to my own hair and they replied back saying they could help me but as I was unhappy with the row I could see, chances are I would be unhappy with the rows I couldn't see so I would have to get them all removed and start all over. They then asked to see a photo which I happily obligied, although I wasn't ready for their response of "OMG!!!! That is the worst I have ever seen!!!" I mean, I knew it was bad but having a professional tell me it looked shit was pretty hard to hear!

Hearing every member of staff gasp as I walked in before being pushed into a chair in order to get the hair fixed ASAP made me want to cry. Everyone gathered round to see my hair, photos were taken, whispers were shared.. Before no time they were taking them out and telling me everything the lady did wrong in the first place, such as applying them wonky, not securing them properly, applying them too high up and not even measuring them properly.. I was then asked what shampoo I had been using and I said I had been using Aussie products, which is what the lady specifically told me to buy when I was getting them fitted, to which the 3 hairdressers trying to sort out my matted, knotty extensions gasped. Did you know you aren't supposed to use sulphate on hair extensions? I didn't. Sadly Aussie hair products are crammed full with sulphate which made my hair extensions become in bad condition pretty quickly. At that point I asked if it was even worth putting them back in as I didn't want them put back in if they were in bad condition just after 1 week. I was promised they would do their best and they most definitely did!

After 4 and a half hours sat in the hair salon, I could not believe the transformation. I couldn't even believe it was the same hair put back in. They applied them properly, thinned my hair out then blended all of the hair together before curling my hair and giving me my confidence back. I was honestly so upset when I walked in and I left feeling like a different person. It's amazing how your hair can really dampen your mood. I am so, so grateful and thankful that I managed to find someone to trust with my hair from now on, and I feel so silly for falling for a silly Facebook advert. The hairdresser told me as she was trying to get the hair extensions out with a pair of pliers that if you buy cheap then you buy twice and I couldn't agree more.

Have you had a hair disaster?

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11 comments

  1. Your hair looks amazing now. I cant believe that lady thought she did a good job on your hair. I wouldve been so gutted too. I once dyed my hair at home and instead of going a bit blonder I ended up a horrible orange. haha!

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  2. wow...great job, but u know, s...happens...I am playing my own hairdresser for months now so these feeling of unhappiness come here and there but nobody else to blame...still, extensions you can always buy again :)

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  3. That before and after is just amazing! I can't believe how crooked the first lady applied the hair. Wow. I'm so glad that your hair was resolved so quickly! I'm recovering from a hair disaster at the moment, I think it'll be another 3-6 months before I'm 100% happy with my hair again unfortunately!

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  4. Oh no, there's nothing worse than a bad hair job! Thankfully you got it fixed. It looks so much better!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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  5. Your hair looks amazing now but I can't believe what a bad job the first person did!! Have you left a review on her page? xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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  6. Oh wow your hair looks great now, so much volume as well! For me I've had my fair share of hair disasters but now I always hate going to the hairdressers because the last time I did I asked for a trim and she cut off SO much of my hair. I went from having long hair so above shoulder length hair and I hated it. It was really choppy too, just to add insult to injury!

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  7. Your hair looks so lovely now!
    A few years ago I had bonded hair extensions put in and they used hot wax to put them in, which is a big no no. Anyway they did it then as soon as any heat was applied to my hair either in my hair dryer or just a very hot day in the summer the wax would start to melt!
    It was horrific, I lost so much hair trying to tear them out!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  8. Oh you poor thing! That's sounds awful. I'm so happy you were able to get this sorted. X

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  9. I guess the clue you missed was sitting in a random garden having your hair done isn't the norm., what a shame. The professionals did a great job for you though and your hair looks lovely now.

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  10. I've alway toyed with the idea of getting extensions done but this has definitely helped make that decision. Will just wait for my hair to grow naturally.

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  11. Oh I totally agree we all have been there. I had a lady come round my house to apply micro ring extensions- they were so thin you could see my hair beneath and blended terribly, this was after a consultation and I guess false advertising on her site. I took them out myself the very next day, not to mention I obviously lost some of my own hair in that process... I suppose we live and learn! x

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