before and after pictures
I have to admit it – I was one of those people who really frowned upon the thought of getting hair extensions. It seems like such a defeat. Like you’re waiving the white flag and giving up on having older, healthy hair. But once I did my research and vetted the process, I was up for the transformation. This is what I am doing to solve my thinning hair problems immediately – I got hair extensions! Let me tell you about my experience at the Michael Flores Salon.
I spent most of my life thinking hair extensions were only used to add length. Though I’d seen them on many TV shows and on celebrities walking the red carpet, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the real reason they’re so popular is because they add fullness, volume, and, depending on what you want, dimensions of color — in other words, everything a blonde gal at this age could dream of.
I mentioned on social media that I was attacking this hair problem with two solutions. You already know that I am taking Nutrafol to thicken and strengthen by own hair. I detailed all the reasons why in the this blog post with Dr. Lori Stetler (YES, you can still get 15% OFF). But as we discussed, you need to be committed to taking Nutrafol for at least 6 months before really seeing a difference in your hair. That’s because its working from the inside out. I’ve been on it for one month and see a tremendous difference in my nails. The are growing much faster and are much stronger – so I know it is working. But my hair is still thin at the bottom and I wanted to solve that problem immediately. The second treatment solution – hair extensions!
I interviewed and had several consultations with amazing stylist at various salons before landing at the Michael Flores Salon. One of the main reasons is that he is a certified Great Lengths hair extensions specialist. I knew that I wanted a permanent solution so clip-ins were out of the question for me. I don’t have time to do those myself. I also researched tape-in hair extensions but decided that those were not for me as well. From what I can tell, they seem to be a bit harder on your hair. Since I want to have thick, healthy hair at all times, I wanted the extensions that looked the most natural and were going to be the least damaging to my hair.
I went in for an initial complimentary consultation with Michael Flores himself. He did a full hair assessment to help figure out what was going on with my thinning hair. I’ve mentioned before that in addition to this hair assessment, I had already been to my internist for full blood work (no, it’s not a thyroid problem) and then to my dermatologist for a consultation (long term solution – Nutrafol). All three agreed that this was stress related and should, in time, resolve itself. However, in one full year, most people will have 6 inches of new growth. I decided that to resolve the thin hair issue NOW, we would add hair extensions for fullness and volume. Please note, I wasn’t interested in having long hair extensions put in although I gained about 2 inches in this process. I really just wanted to add volume, which I naturally used to have. Once you agree on how much hair is needed and your desired outcomes, Michael places an order for your extensions and you appointment is set.
The actual hair extension appointment goes something like this. Michael’s assistant Ruby will wash your hair with a cleansing shampoo that strips out all solvents, products, oil and residue. She then blows out your hair and you start the extension process with 100% clean, dry hair. As you can see in the pictures above, Michael works his magic by using the Great Lengths thermal process to roll on the strands individually. This keratin heat process allows the strands to bond to your own hair with the least amount of damage. Your extensions blend beautifully while growing out with your own hair. Extensions will last approximately 8 weeks and then you will start the process all over. This process is the least damaging to your own hair.
Will I keep this up forever? Time will tell. I am committed to the process until my own hair fills in. We took all the pictures with my iPhone as the extension procedure was happening. I also shot a very informal video (below) as the extensions were being put in. I believe I was at the salon for 3 hours that day. The first time I washed and dried my hair at home I was a bit nervous but quickly realized that it’s not any different from your own hair. You can still use the same hair care products you were using. It’s helpful to know that you have to be a bit gentle when brushing through your hair.
The verdict? I absolutely LOVE them! My hair styles so easily and you should see how thick my ponytail is. If you are interested in getting hair extensions, I highly recommend having a complementary consultation with Michael and his assistant Ruby at the Michael Flores Salon. Thicker hair is youthful hair and we all want that!
The Michael Flores Salon | (214) 573-2626 | 1618 Main Street – Floor 6, Dallas, Texas
xoxo – Tanya
P.S. I’ve had these extensions in since October 22 and not one person has asked me about it. I would say that means everyone thinks I have simply grown out my own hair. PERFECT!