I’ve always wanted to try the ombre trend, but after my sister had a literal hair-breaking-disaster when she highlighted her relaxed hair, I decided that bleach and I will never be friends. Then I started thinking… what if I bleached extensions instead? I recently had the opportunity to try out Knappy Hair Extensions, what better time to try out a lil’ ombre?
Since my hair is between 14 & 16 inches long, I opted for the 20″ Knatural Coarse clip-in extensions ($260) – I wanted them to match my relaxed hair texture, and also be long enough so that the ombre could blend up into my natural hair color. To be completely honest with you, I got a little bleach-happy and had a mini-breakdown when I saw how light they had become, but was able to use brown hair dye to bring them back down to normal levels & save the video. Learn from my mistakes:
- Use a measuring cup or whatever and get the mixing ratio right! I eyeballed it when I mixed the developer & powder together, and think I made the mixture too strong.
- I opted to not cover the extensions in foil, just a layer on bottom. This way I could see how much the hair was lightening and run screaming to the bathroom when I realized it was getting too light.
- Wear gloves. I didn’t, but you should. Safety first kids.
- Speaking of safety, turn off any fans or air conditioners in the room. Powdered bleach in your eyes isn’t fun!
- As you bleach, the lightening you see is deceptive. The hair will actually turn out a little lighter once you wash & dry them, so keep that in mind.
Overall, I’m very happy with them. I bleached the hair twice and dyed it once, and it’s still as gorgeous & shiny as it was out of the package! Other things I loved:
- These extensions have blunt ends vs naturally tapered ends like other brands have. I prefer blunt ends, and loved that I didn’t have to take them to a salon to get trimmed! Bonus!
- They smelled so. frickin. GOOD out of the package! No weird chemical/corn chip/whatever smell.
- They’re shiny (in a natural way), and match my texture really well. If I wanted to airdry my hair and use these to have a huge, crazy, lion-style mane, I totally could.
- They straighten out really nicely!
$4.50 | Diane Tint Brush (probably less expensive at your local beauty supply store)
$4.50 | Clairol Professional Creme Developer (40 Volume)
$3.50 | Clairol Professional BW2 Powder Lightener
$20 | MAC Paint Pot in “Layin’ Low”
Sephora Foundation brush*
$32 | Mac 224 Blending Brush
$10 | MAC “Woodwinked” Eyeshadow
$5 | NYX “Underneath it All” Eyeshadow
$4.50 | NYX Wonder Pencil in “Medium”
$25 | Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in “Blacquer”
$23 | Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara *Totally said this was by Benefit in the video, but it’s TOO FACED! #Embarrassing
$5 | NYX “Cupcake” Butter Gloss
*Came as part of a set, similar here