So, it’s no secret that I have not been blessed by the hair gods. I have very fine hair and not very much of it, so having long, amazing hair has always been my dream. After taking what seems like millions of Biotin pills and my hair growing longer but not thicker, I decided to try extensions.
Initially, I tried the individual beads hair extension technique and I really loved it. However, when I started losing my hair after having Diego, I decided to take them out and give my hair a break. After a couple of sad months without having extensions, I met Tara, the owner of Hainsworth and Co, an AZ-based salon. She started doing my hair and we decided to put extensions in using a new technique that would not be hard on my hair. She specializes in natural beaded weft extensions, so I decided to give them a try and have been in love ever since!
Take a look at the video below to find out how the process works, how long it takes, and how to properly take care of your extensions. I also had Tara answer a couple of common questions about the process in an interview below the video. Check it out!
Q+A with Tara of Hainsworth and Co
If you’re anything like me, I like to do my research before starting any new beauty treatment, haha! So to help you out, I’ve asked Tara to answer some common questions regarding hair extensions.
What are hair extensions?
Hair extensions extend your natural length and create fullness in your hair by adding hair to your hair. There are many different types of hair (ex. 100% human hair, Remy hair, synthetic hair, wigs, I-tips, wefts, hand-tied wefts etc.) and many different methods to be used when adding it to your hair (ex. hand-tied, natural beaded wefts, tape ins, keratin bonded etc.)
Why are they safe to use?
They CAN be … there are many things you need to consider before choosing the method you want to try, as well as the stylist you want to have install them and help you care for them. The method needs to be a good fit for your type of hair… something that will cause the least amount of stress to your hair. But I can not stress to you enough that the stylist you hire to install them needs to be an even better fit. Someone who will teach you how to care for them and be safe with the hair that’s attached to them.
Who are hair extensions for?
- Someone who is looking to invest in their hair
- Someone looking for more length and fullness
- Someone who may want to elevate their color
- Someone who is willing and capable of listening to instructions
- Someone who is willing to put a little extra time into their hair
What’s the best way to care for your hair extensions? Is it safe to use heat on them?
There are SO many tricks. To name a few:
- Only do heat styling ONCE a wash cycle
- Sleeping with your hair in a loose braid
- Sleeping on a silk pillowcase
- Regularly check in with your stylists as well as never miss a tightening appointment
What brand of hair extensions is the best?
There are many brands. Honestly, quality is everything. I never recommend going cheap for this service/hair. Whoever you choose to hire for your extensions will make sure to use a type of hair that they trust. If you trust them then you should trust the hair they use. (Never bring your own hair from Sally’s). If they have you buy your own hair, I’d be inclined to encourage you to find a new stylist. (That’s my personal opinion though). Just remember it’s more about the stylist than the hair itself.
What are some products you’d recommend to use with these extensions?
I’m obsessed with UNITE, it’s all I use in the salon and our customers are so happy with the help they provide. 7 Seconds Leave in Detangler, Smooth & Shine, U-Oil. These are the 3 products I send my extension customers home with. They are key and a must.
You can shop Tara’s favorite products in the picture below.
P.S. If you have tried any other techniques that you love, let me know in the comments below!