Well, after months of messing up, I finally achieved a look similar to what I wanted in the very beginning. Welcome to the finale of my three part series of Quarantine Hair! Did you see the disaster that occurred in part one? Or how I felt about using oVertone in part two?
Seeking Professional Help
Even though I had finally gotten my hair to a decent place, I still wasn’t satisfied. I kept daydreaming of silver hair. There had to be a way to get there. I couldn’t just give up.
So, I finally got on the phone, hit up my hairstylist, and we set up an appointment. The first appointment was to discuss my options and get a game plan in order. With where I was and what I’d put my hair through these past few months, I knew that it was going to be a process.
Cut it off
My hair was a ratty 20″ long. To get it even and healthy looking, I had to say goodbye to a good 4-5″ and I was okay with that. After all I had put my hair through, this was the mercy it needed. The plus side: my hair naturally grows quickly. So with the first visit that is where we started, with a quick cut and overall color.
We went with a cool toned, dark brown. I had light hair for so long, that this transformation alone was stunning. It totally has me wanting to go the opposite direction and continue on this dark haired lady path. I have to be honest with myself and realize that I look better and feel so much more confident whenever my hair is dark. As much as I’d love to make blonde work, it will never make me feel the way a good dark tone does.
My stylist and I both agreed, my hair could not be put through any more bleaching. So if I was going to achieve the look I desired, we were going to have to go with extensions. Now, I have tried several different kinds of extensions in the past – clip ins, tape ins, I was no stranger to this alternative method. What Ceara (my beautiful and talented stylist – I will leave all of her contact info below for anyone in the Kansas City area to look her up!) specializes in is Great Lengths extensions, a keratin bond extension. This type of extension causes little to no damage to your natural hair. A small keratin bond is attached to your natural hair making them almost undetectable. They come in a variety of colors and lengths. And guess what color they offered? You guessed it! Silver.
Now these are not cheap extensions. I did pay up for these but they last anywhere from 3-6 months without touch up. As I am writing this, it has been 12 weeks and they are holding strong and still look amazing.
So I placed my order, booked my application appointment, and was ready for step two of this transformation. The application process was relatively quick and painless; if you consider a couple hours quick. As each strand was placed, I was seeing my vision come to life. I couldn’t be more happy than with what Ceara was able to achieve with the hot mess she was presented. A true visionary and artist!
Maintenance, Two Week Check Up, and Final Thoughts
As with anything, there is some maintenance involved with this type of extension. Brushing them out frequently, using a quality shampoo and conditioner, sleeping in a bun or braid are all things recommended while rocking these beauties. I was provided with a small bottle of shampoo and conditioner and also a product called “Anti-Tap Water” that you spray in your hair right after your shower and then blow dry your hair. It is recommended to dry the bonds immediately after you shower and this spray in product protects and strengthens the bonds to withstand the heat.
I was scheduled a complimentary two week check up and style to see how the extensions were holding up and to make sure no adjustments needed to be made. We actually ended up cutting a little bit more off the ends and shaping it into more of a lob (long bob) shape. But overall I was, and still am extremely happy with the results!
Will I continue to use these Great Lengths extensions? I do think they are a wonderful option if you cannot color or grow out your hair naturally. They’re a little on the expensive side upfront but if you consider not having to pay for maintenance in between for six months then I would say that it is worth it. Now that I’m on a dark hair kick, I don’t know if I will continue on this silver hair path. But I will probably only ever use this method if considering extensions again.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever used extensions? What kind? Please feel free to comment down below and let me know what you think! Also, please check out all the information on Ceara Layne Creations down below if you are in the Kansas City area! Tell her Kelsey sent you! You won’t be disappointed!
All photos credit to Ceara Layne Creations LLC
Life is hectic. No matter what you do. For me, well, I’m a mom of two young boys living in the countryside, working a full-time job, married to my best friend, and might be slightly makeup obsessed. I’m here to share my experiences, my fears, my dreams, and what little tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.