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Balling on a Budget: $10 Hair Extensions


Balling on a Budget: $10 Hair Extensions

We’ve all seen the beautiful Instagram bloggers with perfectly long, healthy-looking locks. How do they get their hair that long? How does it look so healthy and full? Well I hate to break it to you if you’re still not aware – but it’s all thanks to good ole hair extensions. If you’re not in the know about these over-priced bundles of fake hair, they’re most commonly purchased as long strips that have clips to attach them in at your roots for temporarily fuller and longer locks. While it may be alluring to grab some of these sets and spice up your regular hair routine, an average set of extension will cost you anywhere from 100 to 400 bucks. While this may be chump change for the bloggers we follow on Instagram, the rest of us out here are balling on a budget, so I set out to find out if I could find cheap hair extensions on Amazon that rival the clip-ins found on our feeds. Here’s a look at my $10 hair extensions.

I found these hair extensions on Amazon and was instantly skeptical about the quality of the product I was going to receive in the mail, but the reviews included thousands of women giving praise to the affordable clip-ins. After seeing so many women add instant length and volume to their locks for only ten bucks I knew I had to try it for myself. after 2-3 business days the hair arrived at my doorstep in sealed packaging, including small metal combs and spray bottles for added longevity of the extensions. I purchased them in the 18.75″ full head curly clips in the dark brown shade, and I bought two sets so that I could try and straighten one of them. My first impressions of the hair was far better than expected. It was silky, a great color match and blended well into my natural hair. I wore the first curly set to a job interview the next day and the interviewer complimented me on how healthy my hair looked! 

Next I attempted to straighten the other set. I was extremely skeptical but I followed the very detailed instruction pamphlet that it came with it to test how flexible the product really was. Following the directions, I fist washed the extensions in the sink with warm water and my usual shampoo and conditioner. I then brushed the hair as it air-dried to begin removing the curl from the extensions. After it was completely dry, I used my hair straightener on the lowest setting and straightened the hair in small sections. I was so pleased with how the extensions turned out. I wore them in my hair to the museum the next day and they looked so natural that my boyfriend didn’t even notice I had them in (kind of rude but whatever!!).

As for caring for the hair, I’ve found it to be very simple as well. I filled up the small spray bottles included in the package with water and a bit of conditioner (as directed) and I usually spray the mixture onto the extensions and brush them out before and after every wear. I’ve had them for about 3 months now and they have held up well! Overall, I think these are a fantastic option for someone who wants to try out extensions every once and awhile to change up their look without breaking the bank.

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