For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved having thick, long hair. Naturally, my hair is thick and curly but not quite as long as I’d like it to be. For absolute years, I’d had issues trying to find a perfect colour match for clip in extensions for my natural red hair, and was often told I’d have to dye extensions or clip in pieces in order to achieve anything like the natural colour. It wasn’t really something I wanted to mess about with after purchasing the hair and I worried incase I couldn’t get the colour quite right and would have wasted time and money.
While I was at university, I started to experiment with different hair colours and ended up colouring my hair a reddy/plum shade. I loved it and could find extensions to match pretty easily, but after a while, I longed for my natural colour back. After graduation, a horrific hair mishap got me at the hands of a professional salon. A colour stripper was left on my hair for way too long and ended up causing irrepairable damage. Pieces of my hair broke away and I was left with frazzled locks which wouldn’t even take a colour to cover up the horrible, straw-like tone which remained. I was absolutely devastated. That devastated in fact, that I turned to wearing wigs. Not everybody will know this, not even some of my close friends and former work colleagues, but for a very long time, that long, healthy hair I was sporting was actually a very realistic, and very expensive wig.
For quite a while, I was happy with this. I was so worried to wear my natural hair and wanted to give my damaged locks the time they needed to repair without the use of heat or the stress of styling, but after over a year, I decided enough was enough and that it was about time that I got my confidence back and started to show my natural hair once again. I tried it out several times a week and was pleasantly surprised when nobody questioned me about it. I can’t tell you how hard it was to leave the house without the wig to hide behind. It sounds silly now, but at the time, it was an absolutely huge deal and one which caused me a lot of anxiety and upset. After a little while, I was wearing my hair completely naturally and something magical happened – I started to get complimented on it! People actually asked me what dye I used to get the colour and I was proud to say it was all natural after several years growing out the damage and letting my natural hair shine through. People even started complimenting me on my natural curls – something I was bullied about for years at school. Curly, red hair seems to be a natural target for the bullies but trust me, it’s pretty en-vogue these days. Anyway, I was absolutely thrilled. After years of heartache, tears and a complete dip in confidence, I was finally getting back on track with my troublesome tresses.
Just recently, I came across a fabulous site named Clip Hair and thought I’d like to try out their ponytail extensions. I sent in a photograph in order to get a colour match and their friendly, efficient team got right back to me with a suggested match.
My hair arrived on Wednesday and oh my goodness, I love it! The colour that I was matched to was number 30, Light Auburn and the ponytail I chose was Remy hair in a straight style which reaches a beautifully long 20 inches. It’s also 70g which means it’s luxuriously thick too. The ponytail attaches with a single clip and a wrap around ribbon for extra security and sits over your natural ponytail hiding your natural hair underneath.
After years of hair trouble with colour matches, lack of confidence and wearing uncomfortable wigs, I have finally found a beautiful hairpiece that allows me to enhance my natural hair rather than hide it. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is and how nice it is to not have to go through the process of fixing a wig on every day and worrying each time there was a slight breeze in the air. Try going to a windy seaside pier in your wig and you’ll know what true fear is….
Thank you Clip Hair for the amazingly accurate colour match, excellent service and fast delivery. I can’t wait to wear my new ponytail with confidence.
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