I first tried Hairlocs Hair Extensions in the beginning of January 2010, and I’ve been happy with the quality of the extensions overall. I went to the salon once in the past 5 months to move the extensions back up near the roots of my hair, but other than that these extensions have held up and retained the funky colors I wanted (which usually wash out in 1 to 2 weeks if I colored my actual hair).
You can also apply heat to these extensions — on the left I used my CHI 1″ Flat Iron to make my hair extra straight, and on the right I curled my hair using my Enzo Milano Curling Iron (see my review):
You can swim/sauna, exercise, color/perm/relax your hair, wear your hair up in various styles, and use all hot tools without damaging these extensions!
If you plan to try Hairloc extensions, here are the Do’s and Don’ts to make your extensions last as long as possible:
- Secure the hair with one hand while brushing.
- Always brush the ends first.
- Brush the scalp to keep the extensions clean at the roots.
- Brush the hair before washing or having any chemical service.
- Condition from the ponytail down.
- Use spray conditioners only on the ends to keep them silky.
- Go to bed with wet hair.
- Brush/comb when hair is wet.
- Condition the scalp with heavy conditioners.
- Brush upside down.
- Wash upside down (avoid using a circular motion to lather hair).
- Attempt to maintain your extensions yourself.
Here’s a closeup of the extension (which I’m holding upright) and how it holds onto my hair:
I took this picture last week — the day before I went to the salon to get them removed, since I wanted a new look for my graduation this Friday.
When I first got the extensions in, the strands that the extensions were connected to felt tight, like bobby pins tugging a bit on my hair. It took about 2 to 3 days for the tightness to wear off, and ever since then the extensions felt like they were part of my hair. I just had to get used to the placement of the beads, so that I remembered to avoid them as I brushed my hair.
In terms of cost, I paid $10 per extension, and I got 7 extensions in the “peek-a-boo” area (near the back of my ears) on each side plus 2 close to the top front of my hair. These can get pricey when you add a lot of them to your hair, but these are especially great for blue/red/purple/pink/etc. colors because they last a really long time with just a little fading over the course of the 5 months I’ve had them on. An added bonus is that you don’t have to spend hours at the salon to get colors in your hair — each extension took about 30 seconds to attach using a bead (no heat or glue required).
I highly recommend Hairloc extensions for those of you who want to add some color (or volume) to your hair without damaging it.