I get to do some hilarious things as a beauty editor, and when people offer me the chance to change my look, even for a moment, I’m always game. As someone who’s made the choice to stop chemically relaxing my naturally wavy/kinky hair, I’m currently struggling with how to style it, the speed in which it grows, and how to handle the “meantime” while it figures out what it will look like. So, when I get invites that offer a blowout and pain-free hair extensions coupled with some face time with world-renowned hair expert, author and Bravo TV personality Tabatha Coffey, I’m not only there, I arrive early with coffee in hand and I’m ready to rock.
And so, let’s talk about my most recent adventure in beauty, LUXHAIR HOW by Tabatha Coffey Circle Extensions.
The first thing you need to know about them is that they’re not like the hair extensions you hear about on television. You don’t sew them in like a weave, they’re not bonded in with heat and they’re not permanent at all. Nope, these are long tracks of Keralon Light heat-resistant synthetic hair that are suspended via a flexible wire, like a headband. They’re also resistant to heat tools up to 320 degrees, so feel free to flat iron, curling wand or hot roller away.
You slip the band over your head with the hair trailing down the back of your head (if you put it in front, you’d look like a member of ZZ Top and that is NOT a look I think you want,) then simply slide the band over your face and onto the middle of your head, like a headband. Brush your own hair over it and suddenly you have extra volume, tons of length and it could pass for your own hair. I mean, a LONGER version of your hair, but it passes as your hair.
I had to get a blowout since my hair texture doesn’t mimic the Caucasian silkiness of the strands, so after some fabulous smoothing at the hands of a stylist (and the seriously amazing work of my current hair color goddess, Rachel Bodt of Cutler Salons,) the medium brown extensions matched perfectly, and I received two bands of weave-y goodness to mimic the thickness of my hair (my hair is fine, but there’s a LOT of it.)
So, here I am post-blowout before the circle extensions went in…
….and here I am right after they were placed. Ta-da! #longhairdontcare
Tabatha’s right-hand man Robert gave me a side-swept ponytail, and I was off and about my day with amazing hair that SHOCKED EVERYONE that saw me the rest of that afternoon. It’s official: I’m someone who’s really meant to have long hair.
Personally, I love having these as an option. Trust me, no one is happier to take a temporary shortcut to long length than me. I mean, I really love having Hollywood Hair on demand. I can stop through Drybar, and a quick session with Zoe means I can slip these in and suddenly have ridiculously long hair.
It’s super fun to play with the idea of what my hair will look like in a couple of years. So, don’t be surprised if you see me slip these in for outfit photos or events every once in a while. I’m learning to play with wigs and the like, not because I don’t like my own hair, but because it’s FUN.
**Give them a try and see what you think. You can even slip one or two of them in and have your hairdresser cut them to add volume to your own current hairstyle. You don’t even have to make as dramatic a change as I did. Here’s a link to more information. They retail between $79-$99, and they’re worth every moment of fun you’re going to have with them.
** I’ve just been informed by the brand that these are coming out in November. Apologize that wasn’t clear to me at the event, but on the bright side, you can order them closer to the holiday season! Plan those festive looks accordingly, ladies!