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In thinking hair extensions are just wrong?

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sweetkitty Wed 29-Feb-12 13:31:16

SIL texted me catch up text and 18 year old neices news was that she has new hair 20 inches. She's been having hair extensions for a year odds now.

I just think its well minging to pay someone £250 to glue some poor girls hair to your head. They don't even look that nice I think they always look fake, then there's the whole thing about some poor wee girl in Eastern Europe being paid about 10p for their hair.

Then there's the special shampoo and having to get them redone every 4 months that's a grand a year on hair!! And they ruin your hair and you get bald patches where the glue has been.

SIL pays for them as DNeice is 18 left school at 15 and has never had a job. But that's a whole other thread. Apparently she won't go out unless her hair is nice. Personally I think she would look better I'd she scrapped the pile of foundation off, fake eyelashes, tan and fake hair but it's the look right?!

Anyway why would anyone have hair extensions? Grow your hair or get a decent wig!!

valiumredhead Wed 29-Feb-12 13:33:50

I agree YANBU, they never look good imo you only had ego look at Roxie's hair on EE as a prime example grin

Trills Wed 29-Feb-12 13:35:09

YABU to say they are "just wrong".

YANBU to say you don't like them.

"They always look fake" is self-fulfilling, if they look real they you won't know they are there so won't add them to your sample of "hair extensions I have seen".

valiumredhead Wed 29-Feb-12 13:36:04

But they are just wrong, very wrong grin

sweetkitty Wed 29-Feb-12 13:39:06

But even slebs with their infinite money and time to spend with top class hairdressers look naff.

StrawberrytallCAKE Wed 29-Feb-12 13:40:15

Yabu. It is a personal choice.

ElizaDooFuckAll Wed 29-Feb-12 13:40:15

I think that young girls these days are all too often caught up in all the fakery. It is a lot of money for a beauty treatment for someone so young and yes, pretty often they can look a tad terrible.

But no, they don't always look fake as Trills is right, you won't notice the fantasticly coloured and shaped ones. I wear 2 layers of a hair weft coloured and cut to suit my hair, as I lost an awful lot of hair last year due to illness and they make me feel more confident in my appearance.

No one has ever noticed they are there.

tigermoll Wed 29-Feb-12 13:40:32

If people want to glue a stranger's hair onto their head, then that's their business. It's weird and grim, and I would never do it, but that's true of a lot of things, like false nails (and ditto long, painted nails), fake tan, fake boobs and botox.

mojitomania Wed 29-Feb-12 13:42:05

Always wondered how you wash it and dry it properly, or is that a bloody silly question. Doesn't it get all knotty?

valiumredhead Wed 29-Feb-12 13:42:11

Sorry Eliza that must've been shit sad x

To clarify, I am talking about the blonde ones that look like Rod Stewart dragged through a hedge backwards.

ElizaDooFuckAll Wed 29-Feb-12 13:45:39

Thanks Valium, all if fine now. Still a tad bald though !!

I think they look worst when they are really light blonde or black and are overly long, you know, down at the bum and hanging round the belly button. If they are just glued or sewn in and not cut up to look nice, yes they can look fecking awful.

To wash mine, I don't need special shampoo, I just have to not rub my hair around too much when washing or yes it will tangle badly, and I just have to take care not to stick my hair brush in the stitched on bits or I'd rip em all out!

vitaminC Wed 29-Feb-12 13:48:15

YABU with the sweeping generalisations about hair extensions
But YANBU to dislike your neice's obsession with her appearance and fake looks!

FWIW, I have extremely thin, fine, straight hair and I already spend a fair amount of money on shampoos and vitamin supplements to try to make it less limp! If I could afford it, I would love to get a few layers of natural-looking extensions to thicken it up a bit!

TinyPants Wed 29-Feb-12 13:54:46

YABU. My friend has beautiful hair, shoulder-length, thick and shiny and I was genuinely shocked when she told me it was extensions. I have seen some bad ones though.

sweetkitty Wed 29-Feb-12 13:58:02

I can understand having hair extensions if you have lost your own hair through illness.

I do think it's wrong I remember reading somewhere the poor girls are payed next to nothing for their hair too yet it's sold on for £££s.

Clytaemnestra Wed 29-Feb-12 14:24:49

"Always wondered how you wash it and dry it properly, or is that a bloody silly question. Doesn't it get all knotty?"

Depends which kind you have. I had the Dome monofibre ones years ago, heat sealed in, and you used to wash them with normal shampoo, bit of fabric conditioner and then blow dry them straight.

When I had the human hair ones you did wash them as usual, but there were loads of shampoos you couldn't use as it damaged the bond. Getting all knotty depended on the quality of the hair and the colour you want - if you want blonde you either pay through the nose for actual blonde hair (I think it's usually russian), or you're going to get bleached within an inch of it's life hair (asian usually) that has had silicon or similar sprayed on it so it looks lovely and shiny for a week then goes horrible.

ifancyashandy Wed 29-Feb-12 14:32:36

Meh. I had them when I was growing out short hair. They were bob length and matched my natural colour. Looked way better than growing out a mop.
No-one could tell.

Not a massive fan of the looooooong ones but that's personal taste.

Each to their own.

Birdsgottafly Wed 29-Feb-12 14:47:17

I agree that they don't always look false.

My eldest DD will sometimes wear a wig to go out in. But it isn't 'easy' to wear.

My middle DD wears clipin hair extensions and ties her hair up and they blend in.

She has PCOS and her hair has suffered because of this. She wants the new type glue in extensions, i am just researching this type for her. Nothing willmake her hair thicken up, except her hormones equalling out and then it probably won't right itself.

She doesn't do tan or eyelashes, they aren't compulsary.

Mind your own business, you don't have to look in her direction if you don't like what you are looking at or to put it another way fuck the fuck off

wimblehorse Wed 29-Feb-12 14:54:03

Was going to say "yes I think they're hideous" but I am regretting having my hair cropped (I don't look all elfin and pixie-like, just same as I used to but with boy hair). Now I'm wondering if I could fake a chin-length bob. ifancyashandy how long does it have to be to have them and are they ridiculously pricey?

sweetkitty Wed 29-Feb-12 16:41:02

Brilliant I've been told to fuck the fuck off been a long time since that's happened on MN.

Well I don't really give a shit they are still horrid.

ifancyashandy Wed 29-Feb-12 18:22:13

Wimple, it had definitely reached the 'Oh, she's growing her hair' stage (ie, it looked a mess and was neither long or short.)

Took HOURS (about 6) and cost about £500. But this was about 10 years ago when they were very new & I went to Antenna, which was the only place in London that did them then.

Sandalwood Wed 29-Feb-12 21:40:37

I think synthetic's okay - I don't care if hair looks natural or not, it can be letterbox red and look good.

But I am squeamish about real, human, hair extensions.

What's 'wrong' is that blond hair Clytaemnestra says you pay "through the nose" for is forcibly taken from psychiatric patients in Russia.

Ruinith Sat 03-May-14 22:37:15

Oh and most hair purchased in salons or direct from suppliers comes with a certificate of authenticity and ethics trading standards. If you go to the right places you will receive high quality hair which has been fairly sourced.

PrimalLass Sun 04-May-14 14:07:21

I would love them. I want Lea Michele hair. No £500 to pay for it sadly.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 04-May-14 14:13:29

So you bumped a two year old thread to advertise yourself? Niiiice.

cookoos Sun 04-May-14 14:27:48

i wear extensions. i have stupidly fine hair (not balding or anything just cant do alot with it as its very fly away) i use microloops & do them myself, doesnt cost alot, just 2 layers the same length as my own, just past shoulders light brown hair. nobody can tell. i dont really like 18"/20" long extensions but its personal choice.

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