Many women dream of having a hair change and as a hairstylist I hear those fears of ' would short hair be too much work?' or 'growing out my hair will take forever' and of course we have fear of the unknown - 'will that haircut suit me?'
Real* hair wigs are a quick alternative to any extreme hair change but if it's length you desire or added volume and body a simple hair piece can get you from va-voom to va-VA-VOOM!
Clip in hair set available for $667.99 USD at International Wigs
There are so many pre-made pieces and falls on the market but you can easily DIY and get your monies worth and more.
These are real hair wefts. This is what you want to buy. The prices vary depending on length - I have seen packages anywhere from $40 - $120+ USD; you only need one package for a head of hair.
Weft clips are what you need to sew onto the hair weft. I have seen these 2/ $5 and a package of 12 / $10. Shop around.
These are my DIY hair kit pieces.
Step 1: Get some lace and cut a 'pattern' with regular paper to the size you need for your piece. The top layer should measure from just behind your ears going ear to ear; the second piece will be less wide and so on. Note: Dollar stores sometimes have wide lace on spools.
Step 2: Sew pieces onto the lace starting from the bottom piece first. You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine
Step 3: Sew the weft clips on. Use 2-3 clips depending on the width of the piece
TIP: It's better to style, curl or straighten the hair once it is clipped into your own hair - this makes it easier to blend the hair into your own hair.
This is the lovely Liv Lo that I did hair and makeup for on an ad job (wait on those details for when the job is released)
Liv has a lovely bob that was easy to work with my clip in DIY human hair pieces.
TIP: When adding in hair pieces don't have them too close to your hair line or too close to your crown and be mindful when you put your hair up- where the hair separates you can see the tracks and that's not pretty. Oh Britney.
Alternatives to clipping in hair extensions:
Hair wefts (or tracks) can be sewn onto a braid using a special rounded needle so you don't perform a lobotomy at the same time.
Simply using eyelash glue along the tracks works beautifully as well. Try Ardell DUO Clear Eyelash Adhesive $6.99 USD at Sally Beauty
Use the same way you glue on eyelashes - allow the glue to become slightly tacky and then press onto the scalp on a clean parting. There is actual hair glue available but that is made to last 2-3 weeks and if your desire is for a photoshoot or a night out this works more on the temporary side and adheres nicely. To remove use something oily to break down the glue - ie olive oil or coconut oil.
*It is important to use real hair to have the ability to heat manipulate the hair as well as believability. There are high heat tolerant fake hair pieces but in my professional opinion they still look fake. If you are a company who makes heat tolerant fake hair and want to challenge me on that, feel free to send me some to play with.