I took my hair extensions out today! Micro-ring extensions are easy to remove yourself with a pair of pliers, you just squeeze open the metal clasps and pull them out. There was a bit of resistance with a couple of them, I’m not sure why. I think it was because the stylist threaded too much hair through a few of the rings, so it was kind of jammed onto my hair whether the ring was open or not and I had to put some brute force into loosening it.
I felt bald afterwards! Going from having so much hair that I couldn’t wrap my fist around my ponytail, to having so little hair that I can grasp it all between my thumb and forefinger is quite a change. My natural hair is really thin.
When I washed my hair for the first time, the bath was full of hair. I was just pulling it out in massive clumps, even my husband was freaking out. My hair felt so thin and sparse. We thought the extensions had caused some sort of damage that would render me bald. I eventually realized that…
1) Having hair extensions in for three months meant that my hair (which was clamped to the extensions) was not being shed normally. On average, you lose up to 100 strands of hair per day. I don’t know if that translates to me having 9000 strands of hair trapped in the microrings waiting to fall out, but it totally looked that way in the bathroom.
2) It’s all perception. Since December, I’ve been carrying around a full head of human hair attached to my head, hair which was much thicker than my natural hair Obviously the loss of that hair would be a significantly noticeable loss in terms of volume.
So, I’m not really going bald. Phew. But where the extensions had grown out, my hair had become quite matted and tangled. I’m actually glad I took them out now, because if I didn’t, I probably would have had some irreparable damage to my hair due to the matting. So I used Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo followed by the Kerastase Resistance Bain de Force shampoo and conditioner to get rid of all the gross build-up at my roots that could never be washed out properly with the extensions in. Now my hair feels healthy and clean as a whistle for the first time in months!
It’s funny, I’d wanted hair extensions for such a long time but now I’m pretty relieved that they’re out. Next time around, I would try European hair instead of Indian hair, or at least source the Indian hair from a different place. The hair that was used for me was too thick and heavy for my natural hair (which I think contributed to the huge amount of hair loss) and I found it quite wiry and difficult to maintain. I actually have a feeling that I was sold Chinese hair and not genuine “Remy Indian” hair at all, because “thick and wiry” are not qualities that should describe Indian hair. It looked like trash if it wasn’t blowdried and styled every day. Please note that I am not implying that natural Chinese hair is thick/wiry/”trash”…it’s not! But Chinese hair extensions are known for being highly processed and once the silicone layer is gone, you’re left with wiry, tangly hair that has been chemically stripped of cuticle layers. I would also only get a half-head (or even a 1/4 head) of extensions because I really do not need a full head. I’d give the same advice to anyone with particularly fine hair. A full head was just too much hair for me to deal with!