big hair

I Heart Big Hair.

I’m a Pintrest nut. When I want to find inspiration, or just space out on cuteness, I’ll start a board on a new obsession and pin it up. Lately it’s been big hair. I have no idea why, but I’m totally into it right now. Oh wait I know why. Because big hair is AWESOME.

It could be because we always want what we can’t have. I have baby hair, really soft (good thing) but really fine (grrrr) hair. I wear clip-in hair extensions a lot- a few wefts for shoots, and usually one weft in the back when I’m having a crap hair day. I used to wear them daily, but I think it’s good to give your hair a break from the teasing. Extensions in general are AWESOME, but even the crimp-ins can ruin your real hair. Clip-ins give you versatility with zero commitment, whether you’re doing a shoot, or just need some beauty back up. Here are the kind I use.

My giant hair after a skincare shoot. :)

My giant hair after a skincare shoot. 🙂


  • Always buy human hair. Synthetic hair looks synthetic and you can’t curl it, straighten it, or dye it. I’ll dye my set to match my natural  (dyed  darker) brown hair. Because it’s summer, I’ve let my hair go light, so now they add some lowlights in the back. Coolio.
  • If you’re like me and don’t want a dramatic change,have your set trimmed to about the length of your hair. Mine are about an inch longer than my actual hair, so when I bend the ends with my flat iron it all blends together. I like mine to actually look like my hair- so if I don’t wear them I don’t look crazy-different. But for shoots? Bigger is better.
  • Obviously you can go from short to long at a pro-shop and have a full set of crimps done. That runs about 1500.00 USD and takes about four hours, not to mention the maintenence. Clip-in hair extension are less than 100.00 USD and take about twenty seconds to put in, and I don’t have to sleep on a head of crimps or worry about working out or swimming and my hair fall out.
  • Learn how to put them in right. It takes a little practice, but it’s not hard. Here’s a good tutorial, I’d add if you have fine hair, you might want to lightly tease the anchor spots a bit, and hair spray. Actually…every hair stylist I know does this.
  • Do the maintenance. Human clip-ins need to be washed every couple of uses and carefully stored so they don’t get all gnarly. I usually wrap mine in a scarf because  it’s impossible to put them back in the plastic case they come in.




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