When I started camming I had about bra length hair. Very thin and very fragile. I had always hated my thin fragile hair and wanted to try hair extensions but never had the guts (I was afraid I would be judged because of them – women can be harsh!), a reason to or the means. Once camming started to really take off for me I decided fuck it, why not. I have nothing to lose (except a few hundred dollars) and if I hated them, I would just remove them. The constant blowdrying, brushing, and curling of my natural hair started causing a LOT of damage and I felt like if I let things keep going the way they were I would have to start cutting it off incrementally due to damage anyway.
My first experience with hair extensions was an impromptu decision to go into Sally Beauty and “see what they had” – AKA, I come out broke with a ton of beauty supplies that will take me fucking YEARS to go through (I have a bad habit with that store, they need an SBS Anonymous group). I bought 2 packs of the Satin Strands iTip extensions in 22″ length, a package of their (waaayy too small for their iTips) micro links and this hook like tool. I used a pair of pliers from around the house to crimp the beads down onto the tip of the extension.
I spent 6 hours of my Thanksgiving Day installing the mother fuckers….. UGH!
I have to admit – even though I did a shitty job the first time, and it was obvious I was wearing poorly installed extensions I noticed an increase in my income almost right away. It wasn’t crazy big but it was noticeable and I started getting compliments on my hair.
I decided to spend some cash and buy twice as many of the Satin Strands extensions and then have them professionally installed. HUGE mistake! I paid almost $400 for the install at a “professional – LOL” salon and $200+ for the hair and thennnnn….. My hair looked great until I started to itch like crazy and figured out what was up. The stylist apparently didn’t sanitize her tools and gave me fucking lice. Once I removed the extensions I was able to see how much of my hair she had ripped out while installing them. I went from bra strap length hair to not even shoulder length almost GONE hair. I was practically bald, I’m not kidding 🙁 After crying for HOURS about this and $600+ down the drain I had to just figure out how to do it by myself.
I decided I needed to find thicker strands that blended together beautifully and find hair that held up well to washing, blow drying and styling that would hopefully be easier to install. After spending (no joke!) a few HOURS on Amazon I ran across these! ZOMG! When they came in and I opened the package I was INSTANTLY in LOVE! They were 3 times thicker than the Satin Strands and were thick all the way to the bottom! They were CHEAPER, AND they matched my hair color almost perfectly! Hooray!
Installation was super easy (took me 3 hours for a whole head) with these new extensions, a good tool and the correct size of micro links. The hair looked more natural, felt stronger and held up better than the Satin Strands hair. They were easy to maintain and the glue on the tip wore out before the hair did! Awesome! I only had to move them up every 3-4 weeks and they looked great! A full reinstall was needed every 6-8 weeks but ONLY because the glue on the itip would get gummy, the hair was still in phenomenal condition.
So, basically I was able to save HUNDREDS of dollars a month by figuring out how to do this myself. The process definitely required a lot of patience but it paid off in the end 🙂