Beauty Cheat: Hair Extensions

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EN:

I just returned from Pop Academy. I keep my hair close to my face, to taste it's delicious smell. It's unraveling down, covering my thin collarbones. With the gentleness of a snow flake, it follows my neck line. It's blond, it's platinum and it's perfumed .. and it's not real, yes, they're hair extensions.

Today I want to talk about them.

I, for one, was always asking myself "what would it be like?", "How does it feel?" or "Wait a sec', how do you even sleep with those ?!". Well, I waited a few weeks before writing this article, willing to be able to give you really relevant answers..

Shortly before Christmas I had made the decision. I wanted a change, remember? And I saw this one as a challenge.

 

Today I know exactly what I got myself into.

Let me show you..

RO:

Abia m-am intors de la Pop. Imi tin parul langa fata ca sa-i simt mirosul. Imi coboara in jos, acoperindu-mi claviculele. Se aseaza ca un fulg pe linia decolteului. E blond si platinat, si e parfumat.. si e o iluzie, da, sunt extensii.

Azi vreau sa vorbim despre ele.

Eu, una, ma intrebam mereu "oare cum ar fi?", "cum se simte?" sau "stai asa, tu chiar dormi cu ele?!". Ei bine, am asteptat sa treaca cateva saptamani bune inainte sa va scriu articolul, voind sa va dau raspunsuri cat mai aproape de adevar..

Cu scurt timp inainte de craciun luasem decizia. Voiam o schimbare! ai stii? Iar asta, asta o vedeam ca pe o provocare.

 

Azi stiu exact in ce m-am bagat.

Hai sa vezi..

It's a hectic day at the salon, at the Pop Academy. I already dyed my hair and Johnny took care of my extensions. Everything is ready.

While Erica is preparing my braids, I laugh with the rest of the gang. All the people in the academy pass on to my seat to see what's going on..

E o zi agitata la salon, la Pop Academy. Parul l-am vopsit deja si de extensii s-a ocupat Ioana. Totul e pregatit.

In timp ce Erica imi pregateste impletiturile, eu rad cu restul gastii. Toata academia trece pe la scaunul meu sa vada ce se intampla..

All you need to know

Why I wanted extensions?

I never questioned my love for short haircuts (you must have guessed), nor have I ever really gone bored of them. The truth is, that I will probably always come back to a bob, sooner or later. But now I'm looking for the term of comparison that I'm desperately missing.

Then I realized that it would take years until it would grow up to a length that I can "play" with. Impatience took the lead and almost without realizing, I had Ioana order my extensions.

What kind did I chose?

Although there are removable extensions with clips, I opted for the rigid, sewn ones. The possibility of moving them around may sound good in theory, but I didn't liked the idea of having long hair one day andshort the other. I wanted a change, not a special occasion styling. Besides, knowing I'm always on the run, I was convinced that I would hardly ever get out of my comfort zone and put them on.

So, I was saying there are clip -on extensions, sewn ones, like mine, with keratin (glued) or with micro-rings (image). I chose the option that seemed the least damaging for my hair.

How to attach them?

Extensions come in strips of different sizes for different areas of the head. (The space over the neck is narrower than the one between your ears, for example)

On the scalp, strands are braided very, very thin. On the braid, the band that holds the hair extension together is tightly sewn.

It is a meticulous process for the stylist and can get mildly painful for you.

In the first phase, the hair will be tense, for the braiding must be very tight. Just think it has to carry the weight of the extension on a long-term.

Over time, hair grows and the braid will grow further from the scalp, which will descend the extensions too. The chances of your extensions' strip, micro-ring or keratin being visible will gradually increase because of this. Therefore, as a rule, extensions should be lifted (or changed) every 3 months.

How do they feel?

On the first day you are ridiculously excited. You won'tlet the mirror out of your hand nor can you stop twisting that strand around your finger. It's like a miracle! Then, after several hours, the weight of the extensions gives in. On the 2nd day you get a little paranoid and start having a headache. You can't get a good night sleep, as usual, knowing that there's these little things between you and the pillow.

BUT on the 3rd day you already forgot all about that! You nap as sweet as always and the pressure fades. Your hair loosens up.

How do they behave?

Although they're made out of natural hair, they never will be identical to your real hair, so get rid of this illusion.

They may look the same, they may even be inseparable and perfectly homogenized visually, but the extension tangles up easily and needs special attention. On the other hand, if you want them curly or straight, the extension will always obey. They can give the hair structure, volume, density, a hint of color and length.

When washing:

You're doomed! They're tangled to death!

When blow drying:

Same thing.

 

... but in the end, when your curls still look glamorous after 9 whole hours on the dance floor, in the heat of the moment, then you know it was worth it. The sensation itself is delightful. It's not necessarily the extension that changes everything, but the feeling you have wearing them. It's a different kind of sensuality and sex appeal that they offer you. Don't ask me why, I was totally against them myself before.. but now when I see how others look at me, I do realize that all them knots that seemed completely disastrous and all my lost patience is rewarded.

De ce mi-am dorit extensii?

Nu s-a pus niciodata problema ca nu mi-ar placea tunsorile scurte, (stii bine!) nici ca m-as fi plictisit cu adevarat de ele. Probabil voi ajunge mereu inapoi la o varianta sau alta de bob. Acum aveam insa nevoie de termenul de comparatie.

Apoi mi-am dat seama ca ar dura ani buni de zile pana mi-ar creste la o lungime cu care chiar ma pot "juca". Nerabdarea mi-a luat-o inainte si aproape fara sa-mi dau seama imi comandase Ioana deja extensiile.

De care am ales?

Desi exista varianta detasabila, cu clipsuri, am optat pentru cea rigida, cusuta. Chiar daca posibilitatea de a le misca suna bine in teorie, nu mi-a placut ideea de a avea o zi par lung, iar a 2-a scurt. Voiam o schimbare, nu o frizura de ocazie. Pe langa asta, stiind ca mai mereu sunt pe fuga, eram convinsa ca din comoditate nu le-as fi pus aproape niciodata.

Va spuneam ca sunt extensii cu clipsuri, cusute, ca ale mele, cu cheratina (lipite) sau cu micro-ring (imagine). Am ales optiunea care mi-se parea cea mai putin daunatoare parului meu.

Cum se ataseaza?

Extensiile vin in fasii de diferite marimi, pentru diferite zone ale capului. ( zona peste ceafa fiind mai ingusta decat cea dintre urechi, spre exemplu )

Pe scalp, se impletesc in spic suvite foarte, foarte subtiri din parul propriu, de care se coase banda, care tine parul extensiei impreuna.

E un proces meticulos pentru stilist si poate fi usor dureros pentru tine.

In prima faza, parul va fi tensionat pentru ca impletitura trebuie sa fie realizata strans. Gandeste-te ca trebuie sa sustina greutatea extensiei pe termen lung.

In timp, parul creste, iar impletitura se va indeparta tot mai tare de scalp, ceea ce va cobora si extensia. Sansele de a se face vizibile benzile, microringurile sau cheratina cresc treptat din aceasta cauza. De aceea, de regula, extensiile trebuie mutate (sau schimbate) o data la cel mult 3 luni.

Cum se simt?

Prima zi esti entuziasata pana la ridicol. Nu lasi oglinda din mana, nici suvita pe care o tot intorci in jurul degetului. E un miracol! Apoi, peste cateva ore bune, incepi se resimti greutatea extensiilor. A 2-a zi devi putin paranoica si te doare capul. Nu te odihnesti ca deobicei, stiind ca stau intre tine si perna.

DAR in a 3-a zi ai uitat de toate! Somnul e la fel de dulce ca totdeauna, iar sentimentul de presiune te lasa, parul se relaxeaza.

Cum se comporta?

Desi sunt din par natural, niciodata nu vor fi identice cu parul tau, asa ca scapa de iluzia asta.

Pot arata la fel, pot fi inseparabile si perfect omogenizate vizual, dar extensia se incalceste mai usor si are nevoie de atentie speciala. Pe de alta parte, fie daca vrei bucle sau par lins, extensia te va asculta mereu. Iti poate oferi structura parului, volum, densitate, un ton de culoare si lungime.

La spalat:

Ai dat de dracu! Se incalcesc din greu.

La uscat:

La fel.

 

...dar la sfarsit, cand buclele tale nu se lasa nici dupa 9 ore pe ringul de dans, in caldura momentului, atunci stii ca a meritat. Senzatia in sine e cu adevart incantatoare. Nu e neaparat extensia care schimba totul, ci sentimentul pe care il ai purtandu-le. E un alt fel de senzualitate si sex apeal care ti-l ofera. Nu ma intreba de ce, mult timp am fost cu totul impotriva lor.. dar acum, cand observ privirile celor din jur, realizez ca toate nodurile nedescalcibile si rabdare consumata a fost rasplatita.

SUMMARY!

Get yourself some extensions, if..

  • if you're creative and like styling your hair
  • if it's very thin
  • if you want longer hair    
  • If you want different color stripes, but don't want to deteriorate your your hair
  • If you simply want a change of shape and going shorter is not an option.

Don't go for it, if..

  • you lack the patience to untangle them
  • you have loads of hair ( the difference will be too obvious )
  • you have a hair style shorter than neck-length
  • you lack the time to style it (at least once every three days)
  • you're a guy (hahaha)

And if you're undecided, there is always the clip-on! Wear them once, twice, consider if you like them or not, and if you do, you can take down the clips and sew them on. It's that easy!

REZUMAT!

Pune-ti extensii, daca..

  • obisnuiesti sa-ti aranjezi creativ parul
  • ti-e foarte rar
  • il vrei mai lung
  • vrei suvite de alta culoare, dar nu vrei sa-ti deteriorezi parul tau
  • pur si simplu iti doresti o schimbare de forma, iar mai scurt nu e o optiune.

Nu indrazni, daca..

  • nu ai rabdare sa il descalcesti
  • ai par deosebit de des ( discrepanta va fi mare intre fasiile relativ subtiri si parul tau )
  • ti-e mai scurt de nivelul cefei
  • nu ai timp sa-l aranjezi (macar o data la doua - trei zile)
  • esti baiat (hahaha)

Iar daca esti indecisa, exista mereu cele clip-on! Le porti o data, de doua ori, te intrebi daca-ti plac, iar daca da, le poti da jos clipsul si sa le coase de par.

 


P.S.

Pentru cei activi in domeniul infrumusetarii si cei pasionati de beauty, va invit la un eveniment must-see.

Gasiti atat un seminar si un show organizat de Pop Academy, cat si un targ de produse profesionale, in 1 Martie, la Sala Polivalenta.

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