Hair U Wear, the company behind Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves’ Hairdo extensions, has a line called POP (Put On Pieces). POP is a collection of clip-in hair extensions that can be used to add length, volume, texture, and/or highlights to your hair. These extensions are made of 100% human hair, so you can style them just like your own hair (blow dry, curl, straighten, etc.). The POP extensions that I own are Color Strips, which come in bright colors: purple, red, pink, gold, blue, and amethyst. Color Strips provide instant highlights or lowlights. Each one is 16″ long, and they are curly when you first remove them from the packaging.
Whenever I’m considering getting new colorful highlights on my own hair or with Hairlocs (a different type of hair extension that lasts for a few months — click here to read my Hairloc extensions review), I buy these POP Color Strips first. I get them in pairs so that I can clip one behind each ear for instant peak-a-boo highlights. Each Color Strip is $8.00 (at Ulta), so I spend $16 for 2 of one color before I get my highlights or Hairlocs.
These extensions can be used over and over again, so you’ll need to wash them to maintain them. To wash the extensions:
- Before shampooing, gently remove all tangles. If hair is excessively tangled, use a spray-on conditioner.
- Run the hair under warm water. Place a small amount of mild shampoo on your fingers, and gently work the shampoo into the hair, stroking downwards from the base to the ends. Do not twist, scrub, or rub the hair. Use the shampoo sparingly.
- When clean, rinse thoroughly under warm running water until the water runs clear. Be sure to rince until all shampoo is removed, as improper rinsing could result in damage.
- Place a small amount of conditioner in your hand. Gently work into the hair and let sit for three to five minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly in warm water.
- Gently towel blot to remove excess water.
- While still wet, use a large toothed styling comb to remove tangles. To minimize breakage, comb out the tangles in a gentle downward motion starting at the ends and working up to the base. Don’t use a bristle brush on wet hair as it may pull out or break the hair.
- Hang to air dry, set in rollers to curl overnight, or use a blow dryer on a low setting, as desired.
Comparing these Color Strips to Hairlocs, Hairlocs are $10 per extension (which is about 1/4th of the hair strands that come with one Color Strip!). I like Hairlocs because I don’t have to wash them separately from when I wash my hair in the shower, so it saves time. But these POP Color Strips are much cheaper and allow you to quickly remove and change colors everyday. These Color Strips are also great for those of you who like colorful highlights but don’t want to wear them during the work week — just pop them in on the weekends!