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August 6, 2012

I Got Hair Extensions . . .

So here’s something I never thought I’d do. Aren’t hair extensions for blonde bombshells and the Kardashians?! Also: Do I really want someone else’s hair (albeit a gorgeous indian woman’s) glued to my own? But Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab of The Beauty Room in Minneapolis can be very convincing. According to my colorist (erm, extensionist?) ever girl deserves a few “key pieces.” Just a little something-something to add subtle va-va-va-volume, in my case. Despite having lots of long, fine hair, it never looks very full around my face:


So Mi Shaun ordered me some Great Lengths. They’re the best—shiny, healthy and human. They also use the most effective, professional application process. Great Lengths are attached in very small clumps of hair with keratin, which is heated using a special iron to affix the extension to your own strands. Because hair already contains keratin protein, it melds flawlessly—unlike those bulky tabs and spaghetti-like extensions that you’ve probably seen peeking out from some poor thing’s head. The result is completely natural-looking, if I do say so myself:


Hmmm? Yeah, and that’s only about 8–10 extensions on each side of my head (the Kardashians have hundreds, maybe thousands, according to Mi Shaun). It took me a few days to get used to feeling the tiny nubs when I sleep, and working around them when I blowout my hair, but have otherwise forgotten that they’re even there. Except when I admire my thicker, fuller hair. BTW–they’re completely invisible to the naked eye, even when I pull my hair back into a ponytail. The cost for key pieces or “filler” is $200–375. The good news is they last five months and don’t require any maintenance except a daily brushing!

Now I’m curious. Do any of you want extensions or already have them? Are you addicted to them?

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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