One beauty truth I will put my hands up to is, I am truly rubbish at hair. My go to hair style is straight hair and if I am I feeling particularly fancy I do side swept curls, which itself ends up looking messy. Oh, I should add getting better at hair to my New Year’s resolutions! I have in the past used hair extensions, I have a set of human hair sitting in a drawer somewhere, but the concept of adding 6-8 hair pieces just seems a little exhausting and I quickly grew bored of that set. However when Stranded contacted me wondering if I would like to try their Curly Heat Resistant One Piece Clip in Extensions, I thought why not, a one piece set sounds a LOT more simpler and easier to use. I thought I would do a Stranded hair extensions review today and give you guys my first impression in case you to were stuck in a hair rut like me.
So the WAG in a bag arrived as expected, in a bag, and in a box that would easily slide through my letterbox. I opted for the Wag In A Bag Curly Heat Resistant One Piece Clip in Extension in 25 inches, as my hair is naturally around the 17-18 inch length, it just is quite thin meaning it doesn’t really ever look good. I went for the shade #1 as it was a perfect match for my hair, I have dark hair so it was an easy match. I was a little weary when I first opened it up, it just looked really shiny which is expected of synthetic hair. Unfortunately that also means that it doesn’t look real, and I thought there is no way I can wear this as it will just look to obvious. Cue a quick search on Google to find out how to make synthetic hair look more natural. The answer: baby powder, which unfortunately I don’t have at home, so I thought I would improvise and use dry shampoo. And to an extent it worked! It bought down the shine and mattified the hair piece. I think I will have to buy some baby powder to help it look even more natural as I wasn’t completely happy with the shine.
Clipping it into my hair was so easy, and trouble free. Once I secured it, the extensions felt tightly secured and actually the band and clips themselves felt really good quality. Considering that this piece was under £20, that really surprised me as I wasn’t expecting such good quality. I took pictures for you just clipped into my straight hair, without brushing through it to break up the curls, as I wanted to do a true first impressions on it. However I think it will look even better once the curls are combed through and I curl my own hair at the ends, I’ll definitely post pictures on my social media channels once I do that. Here are my social media links:
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.
As I mentioned, my natural hair is long but thin, meaning although I can plait it, there isn’t much point as the braid looks a little pathetic. I have always longed for a really nice thick braid, but not enough to sit there for a long period of time clipping in individual hair pieces. This hair piece has been a dream when it comes to braiding. I felt like Elsa from Frozen, just a dark haired Asian version. I showed my mum and she couldn’t figure out where the extensions were clipped in as it blended in with my hair seamlessly. I created a fish tail braid and I just loved how voluminous the braid turned out. The extensions were really easy to braid and I know I will use them to experiment with different hairstyles.
Overall I love the Wag In A Bag Curly clip ins, although it was a little too shiny to wear as natural extensions for my taste, I think I can work with this after I get hold of some baby powder. What I loved especially with this set of extensions, is that it makes voluminous hair do’s possible for me. I will carry on experimenting and see what other styles I can come up with. This set retails for £18.99 in a huge range of colours. You can pick it up here.
I hope you liked my Stranded hair extension review, and my thoughts on a one piece clip-in. I am nowhere near a hair expert however I loved how easy the process of using this piece was. Let me know if there are any particular styles you would like me to create or if you would like to see a video tutorial. Tanzina x