Hair Extensions with fine hair… too dangerous?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I have pretty fine hair, but my hair pro had still suggested we could give extensions a try if we needed them to achieve the style I’d had in mind.  In the end, we didn’t need extra hair 🙂 but maybe you could ask your normal stylist or some wedding hair pros to see what they think?

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

The sew in/glue in extensions are not great for your hair. No extensions really are. Well, at least any that don’t look weird. The clip kinds usually look really strange and/or unrealistic. If you get the sew in kind and want minimal damage, have them removed ASAP after the wedding. (I don’t mean like, that night, but after honeymoon, etc). The thing that damages your hair the most about sewn in ones is having your hair tightly braided if it’s thin. The extensions could pull and that hurts the poor little hairs.

I might be totally off base and paranoid, but this is just what I’ve known via several friends.

(Plus I’ve seen those whiners on America’s Next Top Model cry like babies while getting it done).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I also have fine hair and used extensions. I wanted an updo with a big bun so my stylist pulled my real hair into a ponytail and then wrapped the extensions around the pony. She used bobby pins to hold it on. Then she covered up the pins by curling all the hair and pinning it up into a big bun all around. It looked fantastic and you would never ever be able to tell that I had extensions in.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m in your exact situation.  I ended up going with the clip in kind for a couple of reasons.  #1- with fine hair, my hair person said that she’d have to braid in extensions REALLY tight to be sure they’d hold, which could damage my hair.  #2- the glue in extensions would only last until I washed my hair again- so pretty expensive for a one time use.  #3- with my clip ins, I can use them multiple times (I’ve already used them for my engagement photo session and will be using them again for my bridal portrait and the big day). #4- a professional can make them work well without showing-  I think the key is to have small ones made by a pro rather than buying those pre-made one-piece versions (Jessica Simpson kind, etc).  Nothing against them for people with regular hair- but the great thing about mine (there are about 7 of them ranging from 2-4 inches across) is that they can be put in at varying lengths, so that they look like layers, and in various areas of your hair- which makes them look more natural  Hope this helps!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had the sew in ones and they don’t work on Caucasian hair very well. They are designed for ethnic hair and Caucasian hair won’t hold the braid as well because it isn’t textured enough. Everytime I washed my hair with the extensions in, the braids got looser. After a week they looked terrible. I wouldn’t reccomend them at all.

 

I did have a great experience with the clim in ones though.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I had pin-in extensions in my wedding do–which was a loose chignon. They looked great and you couldn’t see the extensions at all (and my hair is straight, fine and ‘caucasion’). Just be sure to buy the extensions made from real hair. It is nicer and your stylist can curl it or straighten it or whatever with it. I got my real hair ones from Sally’s for about $10. Worth it.

 

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Yeah, if you want a good example of what extensions can do to caucasian hair, look at Ms. Britney Spears…

http://images.teamsugar.com/files/users/4/47293/48_2007/weave.JPG

http://kkmillet.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/wgw_britney_spears_2251.jpg

Though homegirl’s so cracked out that she probably didn’t do a good job maintaining them. :p

Post # 11
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Honey bee

I’m curious to know that as well because I have fine hair and the looks I would like to try would have to be done with extentions. I don’t like how it looks on its own because it doesn’t have body or hold curl or anything of that nature. I could be totally wrong but from what I understand, the information as to whether it can be done or not depends on how skilled the hairdresser is at working with them. My sister is a former hairdresser and when she was in school, they did demo classes using sewn-in hair extentions several times during the course and interestingly it was always on a Caucasian student with fine hair. From what she mentioned that the instructors said, there wasn’t any damage done, nor did it look weird at any point.  I’ve read on other wedding boards about people who have fine hair and have used them and love them. So obviously everyone has different reactions to them. Nothing wrong with that since that’s a fact of life no matter what you’re testing out.

@fiftyfoot – I wouldn’t imagine that Britney is able to take care of herself without help, much less her hair or anyone else for that matter, so I wouldn’t consider it to be fair to compare her to a normal human being who actually takes care of themselves.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

Mrs. Champagne posted a bit on extensions – you should check them out!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

When my girlfriend went through hairdressing school I volunteered to become her dummy for doing the sew-in extensions. I too have fine hair, although lots of it! The braids or extension didn’t damage my hair at all but they were so super itchy the whole time and my real hair was so gross when I took them out because you can’t really properly wash them when it’s in cornrows. That being said, it was so nice to have super long thick hair for a few months, but they were a lot of work to keep them looking nice. I haven’t tried the clip-in type but know a few girls who swear by them, so I think that will probably be the route I go on the wedding day.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

i had the braid/sewn in kind and they were great.  they lasted for months and what’s more, i worked at a haircare company and the stylists there were shocked when i told them i had extensions – they were that well done.  it does hurt a little to get them put in and they can get itchy but you get used to it.  i felt like a rockstar and would love to have them again but i suspect they are not a good idea for fine hair all the time.

do not get the kind that are glued/bonded to your hair – my hairdresser is really an expert on this (plus he does hair for ads every big hair company you can think of) and he told me they would be too heavy for my fine hair. 

if you want to make the trip to NYC you can pm me i’ll give you the info for my guy. 

 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had semi-permanent extensions put in a while back. I have black hair and really wanted red streaks, but didn’t want to bleach my hair to dye it red. At any rate, my hairdresser does these clip on type of hair extensions, but each tiny group is attached separately, and they stay in until she takes them out (mine lasted three months and looked great the whole time). Each group of strands is attached to a group of strands of your hair with these tiny metal clips (almost like crimp beads if you do jewelry) that come in different colors so they blend in with your hair. No damage to my hair at all, and they looked great. They can also be added for length/thickness – I’ve seen some incredible pictures. Here is my hairdresser’s site with some more info and pics (sorry about the background graphic – wait for the pics to load)

I think they are called Great Lengths.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’d recommend Karmin Easy Clips 🙂

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