If I could have anything in the world more than a boyfriend, a dog, or a strong sense of self-worth it would be Kim Kardashians hair extensions.
WAIT, DONT LEAVE YET. Let me explain. It all started when I was 13 years old.
It was a cloudy afternoon back in 2001 2 p.m. to be exact( just go with it) when I decided to look my prepubescent face in the mirror and say, You know what, youre ugly as hell. But I think we can fix this.
I pulled out a pair of scissors from my desk drawer and decided to cut off approximately seven inches of my hair. It was freeing at the time and I genuinely guessed a shorter do would construct me look like Lizzie McGuire in Season 1 without the crimp. CLASSIC MISTAKE.
I instantly regretted the move, andstraightened my hair to try and salvage any duration that was left. It was in that moment I felt a true, intimate connection deeper than Ive ever felt with a man to my hair straightener. I needed it, I wanted it, but I wasnt aware how much it would ruin my life.
Haha, sounds like my ex.* High five*( I dream about you every night)
Fast forward 11 years and here we are! Its me, you guys a 24 -year-old celebrity editor who expends nine hours a day stalking the Kardashians.Kourtney, Kim, Khlo, Kylie, Kendall, and even Rob give me life when I need to feel better about my own. I LOVE THEM ALL.
Obviously, Kim is the OG, so we have to talk about her first. That womans hair is so luscious, I have dreamings about running my thumbs through it on the reg.( Too much? My b .)
Shes always switching up her appear and isnt afraid to rock hair extensions even if it requires 50 million dollars and frequent visits to the salon. GIRLS DEDICATED AF!
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Since I was 13, Ive desperately tried to grow my hair back, but it merely wont get to the duration it used to be. Its frizzy and injury, and Im also emphasized, so who are likely to doesnt assistance. IVE TRIED EVERYTHING: avocado masks, apple cider vinegar, vitamins, oils, crying alone in the bathroom.
But one thing Ive never tried before is tape-in hair extensions with Paul Labrecque. Yup, if you havent heard about Paul and his salon, then you better take a seat.
Paul Labrecque Salon& Spa was founded in 1988 by Paul himself. His boutique started on the Upper West Side of NYC and had now been expanded into three full service salon& spas in Manhattan, and one in downtown Philadelphia.
Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa
This quote by Paul literally sums it up 😛 TAGEND
My passion is inducing my clients seem and feel their best. It is what I love to do building people are certain, beautiful, sexy and full of life.
Honestly, how could you not be sold? Paul is an expert when it comes to hair extensions and celebrity-inspired styles.Thats why I knew he was the only person who could do this task right. If Paul couldnt save my hair , no one could.
I first arrived to the salon a week before my scheduled appointment for a hair consultation. Paul and I briefly discussed why I wanted extensions, so I told him it was for a few inches of duration and a whole lot of volume.
( Make me prettier, Paul. Please, I need you .)
Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa
A consultation is important and honestly, mandatory for anyone who wants hair extensions, so your stylist can color-match you and also know how much hair to order.
During your consultation, I do a colouring match. The extensions are only good as the match of their hair coloring and they should never run darker than the hair at the end, especially in todays style. The notion is the brown[ my hair color] should be a slightly lighter color.
He shared with me all the possible styles that can come from adding extensions: You can highlight, change the color, and genuinely do anything.
We can also give you ombre extensions if you didnt want to ombre your hair because you didnt want chemicals on your hair, I can order you ombre extensions that will ombre your hair for you. So, a lot of celebrities because they dont wishes to put bleach go light or dark[ and] a lot of it is done with extensions.
After our short chat, I left the salon already feeling like Kim Kardashians twin. A week afterward, I returned to the salon and was ready to have the outer match the in. He he he. Im garbage, I know.
Paul told me I would be get surgical videotape extensions, which happen to be his all-time fave compared to micro-beads, proteinpolymers, and sew-in extensions( a weave ).
For my hair specifically, surgical tape extensions were the best alternative because they lie flat on the head and, according to Paul, wont injury the hair as much as beads.
The metal beadings have a glue inside of the metal like an epoxy. You squeeze it and the epoxy lets go and holds to the hair, and because it winds onto the hair It makes a pretty bad knottage in the hair[ thats] hard to get out, but they last about three months. People suppose the beadings are healthier but theyre not, theres something in them to induce them stay on.
Surgical tape extensions, on the other hand, last 10 weeks and have an easier removal process because there is less knotting. Theyre also more secure. Paul explained,
Its the kind of tape they use for a meander on your body to hold the meander closed. It doesnt let moisture in. You get it wet and it wont open up, theres no chance of it opening.
Sounds legit to me. Paul, I know we just gratified, but I trust you with my life.
The next step was straightening my hair to help it blend with the new extensions. Once my head was lookin shiny and sleek, Paul and his assistant attached small batches of the hair extensions( about an inch broad) to my head.
Heres how it runs: Each segment has a double-sided adhesive thats used to attach the bond to your natural hair. Your real hair lies right between two of the add-on pieces, so the extensions blend in perfectly.
Heres a close up pic, just so you can see what I mean.
It was a super easy, super painless procedure that took a little over an hour. THATS IT. I candidly didnt even feel them touching my head.
Once each strand was attached and in place, Paul curled my hair utilizing a Good Hair Day( ghd) iron. LADIES, if theres one thing you need keep in your closet, its this.
ghd Professional Classic 1 Styler, $101.19, Amazon
Paul explained the iron is the perfect tool for celebrities because it can straighten or curl your hair all in one 😛 TAGEND
It straightens[ and] it curls only by bending it, so I can get a nice curl on the hair If I pull straight, I make it straight but the minute I wrap the hair around the iron, I make it curl kind of like how scissors go down a ribbon.
Celebrities love to use it because they love to have one thing they do everything with when they travelling, and it does wonders with extensions. Merely move slow, you wont see where 1 ends and one begins.
Im not trying to exaggerate, but I actually looked like a model. Kim Kardashian, is that you ?!
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( Also, these pics were taken 2 week after I got the extensions. THEYRE STILL GOING STRONG, YOU GUYS .)
If youve ever been concerned about adding heat to extensions, dont be. Anything you can do to regular hair, you can do to these babes. Theyre real human hair, so curl dat ish up!
I then asked Paul to give me his best haircare tips-off for extensions, and he laid them on me.
First, never let the hair knot. Be sure to brush your extensions and make sure they dont tangle. Ive had my extensions for almost two weeks now and I havent had any issues.
The second tip-off is to style your natural hair and the extensions together. If you want to curl your hair, take a piece of both. Dont treat them separately. As Paul puts it, You want them to infuse together so theyll looking very real.
The third tip is to only run four to five inches longer, MAX. Paul says you dont even have to go longer with extensions you can get them cut to the same duration as your normal hair and only have them added for thickness.
However, if you choose to go longer than Pauls recommendation, he alerts the extensions might not mix as well and seem less natural. Pauls a pro, you guys. LISTEN TO PAUL.
Now, Im not gonna lie: Extensions are a lot of fund, but there are affordable alternativies. For people who cant spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on their hair, Paul recommends Halo hair extensions.
Heres how Paul tells it works 😛 TAGEND
I can put an extension on you and cut it into your haircut so everyday it falls into the same place and it will be perfect[ The Halo extension] is put on with fishing string because theres absolutelyno damage, and you take it off to sleep.
Theres no hidden cost. Extensions, maybe you can afford them once, but theres a cost every five[ to ten] weeks. You come in for coloring because its still custom. You have to look for a salon that represents Halo and you go in for a color match and I match your coloring. Its very imporant with these, the colour must match identically.
Paul tells the Halo does have limited coloring options, but his salon specializes in making custom colours for clients. Prices range from $199.99 to $500 depending on duration, color, cut, thickness, and style.
Before I left the salon and proved off my new locks to every random human I passed on the street, Paul also showed me the Angelic Hair In An Instant ponytail Halo.
Yeah, you want to know how Ariana Grande gets so much hair swinging from that pony? Well, its a hair extension.
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The ponytail Haloruns for $270 and Im buying it instantly. LOOK AT HOW MUCH HAIR YOU GET. Ima look like Ariana Grande and the Mac Millers of the world are gonna hit. me. up.
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So, should be used get hair extensions? HELL YES. Im obsessed.
Tape-in extensions are low-maintenance, wont injury your hair and looking unbelievably natural. Legit no one knows Im walking around with human hair videotapeed to my head. Its genius!
You can also hit up Paul Labrecque Salon& Spa for other services including facial and body treatments, spa packages, wax and hair removal, fingernails, makeup, and more.
Thanks again, Paul. I is to be able to look in the mirror and not hate my life.
PS. This isnt the first time Ive tried to be like the Kardashians. Check out my other experiments below.
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I Took Kylie Jenners Favorite Vitamins For 3 Months And My Hair Grew 6 Inches
I Tried Kylie Jenners Face Wash For 3 Weeks And My Skin Looks Better Than Ever
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