+++ Please note that I don’t use Bohyme hair anymore due to the quality not holding up to my standards. I have used Laced Hair and completely stand behind it and it’s quality for brunettes. (Blonde hair is totally different and different brands work differently with blondes) If you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me! +++
I think we all know by now that I am very open about having hair extensions. I love my hair, but I am the first to say that it isn’t real. I have had hair extensions for about 5 years now and I will honestly tell you that they are the best thing that I have done for myself. They are a little high maintenance to take care of, but they make my mornings really low maintenance. They hold a curl for days, let me have a big fat pony tail that makes it appear I have put a lot of effort into my hair when I haven’t, and make me feel really good about myself. I have tried a ton of different extension brands, installation methods, how I take care of them, etc. I have found the best of the best after trying different things for 5 years and I am so excited to share those beaded hair extensions with you!
Here is my natural hair before and after. My natural hair is really thin. Like I can use braces elastics to hold it in a pony tail thin. It doesn’t hold a curl ever so I damage it a lot when I don’t have beaded hair extensions in because I have to put heat on it all the time. It is really lifeless and doesn’t have any body. I wish I was blessed with good hair, but I wasn’t so at least I can buy it ha.
What are Hand Tied Wefts? Hand Tied Wefts are when your stylist (DON’T TRY THIS BY YOURSELF!) puts rows horizontally across your head with beads using only your natural hair. She then takes wefts of extensions and sews these beaded hair extensions to that natural row that she has created. Most people do two rows which is what I have here. We sewed in 4 wefts on my top row and 5 wefts on my bottom row. Normally people do 2-3 wefts on each row, but this girl likes her big fat pony tail and to have a lot of extension hair to hold a curl.
Make sure you are going to a trained stylist. I go to Michele at Salon Couture and she is amazing. My natural hair has never been stronger or longer even with extensions. I always get asked if my beaded hair extensions damage my hair, the answer is always that they will a little bit, however, if you go to a trained stylist then they shouldn’t do damage that you notice at all. Michele is very careful with where she places them, how she puts them in, and the product she uses. I am being completely 100% honest when I say I have never noticed any damage in my hair since going to Michele for my beaded hair extensions. If you want her info I would love to share her because she is a gem! DM me, email me, and follow her on Instagram @hairby_michele. She is located in Harrisville, Utah.
Let’s chat for a second about the brand of extensions that you choose. I have tried many different brands. The first brand I used I liked a lot, my hair (with taking care of it really carefully) lasted me about 8 months before needing to buy new. It held up really well, stayed moisturized (with taking care of it well), and lasted really good. My last brand of extensions was a little rough. It was really dry, tangled easily, and didn’t hold up well. I bought the same amount of hair as my first brand of beaded hair extensions and it only lasted me 3 months. It was a cheaper set of hair price wise, however if that is what you need to do, then I can share some tips of how I kept it looking good. I am currently trying a new brand of hair and if you are interested to know what it is or how I feel about it, feel free to email me (heybabe @ danimarieblog.com) or direct message me on Instagram.
1 – First Michele sectioned my hair off about 2/3 of the way.
2 – She starts creating her natural beaded row with beads. She will take this all the way around my head.
3 – This is what the row looks like completed.
4 – She clips the wefts to my hair in layers. This helps her make sure they are centered on my head, go far enough around my head, and are exactly how she wants them to look.
5 – This is how they look once clipped. She clips each layer individually.
6 – She sews the wefts to the row of your natural hair that she created. Then she repeats the entire process again on a portion of your hair 1/3 of the way down.
7 – She next trims and blends your extensions into your natural hair. Next, curl hair and style it.
8 – Final look from the front.
8 – Final look from the back.
Having your beaded hair extensions look natural is all dependent on your stylist. When I say you need to go to a professional I mean it. I did my own extensions when I graduated high school and it was bad… like really bad. I had bald spots, thinned my hair way out, they didn’t look natural, etc. It is worth it to find a stylist that is reasonably priced and to trust them with keeping your natural hair healthy. If you don’t keep your natural hair healthy, you won’t have any hair to attach your extensions to!
Please let me know what questions you have about extensions and I would love to answer them! I can do a full Q&A post if you would like! You tell me what you want to know!
Photos by Kelsie EmM Photography