Last year in November I started developing ecsema on my scalp, which is just as itchy and annoying as it sounds. I had to use medicinal shampoo, which was really smelly and made my hair quite coarse.
Because of the coarseness, and the changing of seasons, my hair started falling out. Before long my hair was quite thin and brittle. I refused to acknowledge that my hair was in a terrible state, and continued to dye it. And by ‘dye’, I mean bleach.
Bleach is the devil, guys. I don’t even know what I was thinking! But I was obsessed with having long, blonde locks. In March I decided to cut my hair much shorter, in an attempt to salvage the damage.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Healthy hair wins over long hair anyday.
Just as I thought that I’d won the hideous hair battle, another hair hurricane hit it. I was asked to help out a hairstylist with a shoot to promote her salon, but she accidentally used a broken straightener which burnt the front part of my hair.
Burned is an understatement. My hair was geskroei – it looked, and felt like someone had taken a lighter and burnt the front parts around my face.
I wasn’t pleased. In fact, I cried while washing my hair that night. The damage was really upsetting. In just a few months I’d gone from having long, luscious locks, to short, geskroeide hare.
I tried everything to save my hair – from coconut oil to really expensive hair treatments. Nothing helped.
But then, on my birthday, Hey Gorgeous sent me a shampoo and conditioner to save my hair. When I tried the shampoo it was the first time in ages that my hair felt like my hair again.
The shampoo smells so lovely – it reminds me of shampoo my mom used on our hair when we were kids. Though it’s quite liquid-y, it worked like a bomb.
Unfortunately the conditioner couldn’t save my geskroeide hare, so I was back to the drawing board.
Oneday I decided to use my mom’s L’Oréal red Elvive conditioner, and the result was remarkable. Though my hair was still crispier than a Colonel Burger – it was atleast softer and more managable.
That afternoon I went to Clicks to buy the L’Oréal Total Repair Restoring Conditioner Spray to detangle my hair before I dry it.
Once again L’Oréal proved that magic does exist, because my hair felt amazing afterwards. It’s now a month later and my hair is looking, and feeling a lot better. All thanks to these fantastic beauty brands!
But though I’d “fixed” my geskroeide hare, I still couldn’t do anything about the length I’d lost.
Then I remembered that my awesome friend, and fellow blogger, Brett Robson, uses clip-in hair extensions which look super real and fabulous.
I went on her blog and checked out her vlog where she reviewed her extensions from frontrow.co.za, and was immediately sold.
I contacted the owner, Kim Irwin, and asked her to help me choose a colour closest to my hair. She responded very quickly, and told me to opt for the Mixed Blonde, which I did.
I have so many great things to say about these clip ins, I don’t even know where to start!
1. It’s really affordable. Most extensions are R3000+. I paid R1390 for my 160gram extensions pack, which contains 8 wefts.
2. The service is impeccable! I can’t stress enough how amazing and efficient Kim and her team are. The courier sent me about 5 emails to tell me their whereabouts, and to confirm arrival.
3. There’s a big variety of hair colours, and they blend so well with your hair!
4. You can wear your extensions in a ponytail if you follow Kim’s tutorial.
5. To ensure that you choose the right colour extensions, Kim was clever enough to add a seperate, sealed pack containing one clip in extension for you to test. If this is the right colour, you may open the rest of the pack. If it isn’t, you should leave the rest of the pack as is and send it back to Frontrow, who will then refund you.
These extensions are such a fun time, and they look very high fashion! But what I love most about them is that they’re allowing me to have the best of both worlds. Somedays I can rock my shorter do, while other days I can give Rapunzel a run for her money.
I’m so glad that I discovered all of the above brands, because after my hair hurricane I am now finally content!