My hair is a unique color. Red, obviously, but it’s hard to match. Not quite auburn, not quite copper, definitely not fire engine red. It gets these amazingly mysterious hot pink highlights naturally in the evening summer sun. In the winter it almost looks brown, but not. Because of all of these things my hair does, I don’t color it. I tried. I failed. Now I just accept it as this ever-changing color. It does what it wants.
Two years ago I got frustrated and chopped it all off. I went from well below the shoulder length, to chin length. I loved it for all of two days and then hated it. I googled, researched, and finally found my now “can’t live without” hairdresser Lien from Lavish Beauty Salon in Lakewood. She introduced me to hair extensions and I haven’t looked back. I’m addicted.
I was worried the colors wouldn’t match my crazy color changing hair, but Lien is a miracle worker and came up with the perfect blend of extensions that not one person has noticed/commented that it isn’t my real hair. Now I’m even experimenting with fun colors thrown in as well!
I do tape-in extensions and only go back to get re-tapes every 6 weeks or so and a new full set of hair (yes it’s human hair, no I don’t ask how or where it comes from. *shudder*) once year or more if I want to change up length or color.
For longer hair
I mean, obviously that’s what most people use extensions for. But it’s a great way to go from one shocking length to another without waiting for it to grow out. That “in between” hair length can make or break a girl. You get so fed up with it not being long enough that you decide to chop it again and have to start all over. Extensions are a great way to go from super short to super long, super quick.
For fuller hair
Three kids later and I’m literally pulling my hair out with these boys. Besides that, age, hormones, stress and other factors can be contributing to hair loss so even if you don’t want extra length, you can get extensions to make your hair fuller. I do this now that my natural hair has grown back out to the same length as the extensions. It just creates a nice full base to then style, curl, straighten, etc and have that “movie star” look.
Fun colors and styles
I love to change up my look often. Super tight rocker curls, stick straight boho hair, beachy waves… I feel like my hair is my best accessory, so why not show it off. I love to have fun with different styling products as well and fell in love with curling wands. A fun way to use one tool and get a few different looks. I use small sections of hair to create tight rocker chic curls, or larger sections to create big loose waves.
So now you know about the benefits of extensions (and you should totally go to my girl Lien because she’s the best in Denver and all of Colorado!) and curling wands but which wand is best?
NuMe contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to try their products. Previously I was using whatever wand was on sale at whatever discount store I was at when I thought about needing one. NuMe has a few different sizes of wands and I blindly picked one and mostly because it came in a gorgeous turquoise color. You can tell my shopping style is “um… that one! I guess? Okay! Sweet, ring it up.”
Now I have to say, when using any curling wand, USE THE GLOVE. They all come with a heat glove so you don’t burn your hand and I never used to use it. Thinking “Whatever, it’s not cute. It’s awkward. It gets in the way.” NO. Don’t do what I did. I have so many burns on my hands and wrists from various styling products they almost look like tattoos at this point. USE THE GLOVE. I now… use the glove. I’m a believer. My skin thanks me.
The NuMe curling wand can get very, very, very hot. Up to 450 degrees. Because of this, you can curl your hair really quickly. I did random sections of loose curls and got all of my long hair (with extensions!) done in about 15 minutes. I quickly wrapped and held for 5 seconds, repeat all around. If I have more time, I will do more uniform sections of hair at a lower heat and hold for longer for a softer look. But, the wand is great for touchups too. Day 2 hair is a breeze to quickly re-curl sections to look fresh as well.
So now… the good stuff. How do you get a NuMe curling wand? I have an affiliate link (because mama has to pay for these extensions somehow!) for you. You can save some $$ and get some amazing products. NuMe also has hair dryers and straighteners. This is a crazy amazing coupon guys. Like, I’ve never seen this big of a sale on this awesome of a product and I’m not just saying that because they gave me one to review. 70% OFF ANY Curling Wand + Free Shipping. YOU GUYS.
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And if you’ve gotten this far into the post, I thank you. Applaud you really, for reading over 1000 words about hair extensions and curling wands. You are clearly my type of people.
disclosure: Affiliate links are used in this post. I received a free NuMe curling wand as part of my review. My pics aren’t the best because it’s really, really hard to take pics of your own hair and I’m not the kind of blogger who will invest hours on having someone else do a photoshoot of my hair. I mean really, who has that kind of time?