Tuesday, 30 June 2015

bouncy hair with Dirtylooks HK hair extensions and Sleep In Rollers



I've worn HK hair extensions since they were known as Headkandy and sold on their own site by the same name. In the last few years they've moved over to dirtylooks.com but the quality hasn't changed, they're the nicest extensions I've ever worn and are lovely and thick.

As my hair is naturally so thick I have buy two sets at a time; what I'm wearing at the moment is just under two, as I cut the ones I was wearing at the top of my head to blend in with my layers, and they're too short now that my hair is finally growing. My hair is naturally just past my shoulders, and I wear the 16-18in extensions. 

I can't wear extensions straight because they don't blend well with my natural hair if it's humid and starts going a  bit frizzy, but I was getting bored of just wearing them waved with a wand all the time, so I dug out my Sleep in Rollers and thought I'd give them a try.

There's two ways I use them on my extensions, and I love both effects.


Method 1 - Rolling ahead of time


The first way is to split the extensions up in the order they go into my head, with 2-3 in each pile. Then I comb them through, section into roller-sized bits (2ish inches) and dampen them with a little water, spray with a bit of Bedhead Queen for a Day spray (thickens and helps to hold the waves/curls), roll a roller up them and then secure with 2 bobby pins, one on each side of the roller. As you can see above, I use a mix of big and small rollers, small ones on the bottom few extensions as well as the top layer, and the bigger ones throughout the mid sections. I do it like this because the smaller curls hold better and the bigger ones give more bounce and I like that combo, but I've tried it a few ways and all work well, dependent on the look you're going for. 

small rollers on the left, big on the right

Once all the extensions are rollered (not a word, don't care), I blast them with the hair dryer (gently on low speed but high heat, don't want them coming undone) and then set them aside until I'm ready to wear them. This is a great way of preparing your hair well before an event, to save time. When I am ready for them, I blast them with the dryer again and let them cool down before unrolling and brushing each section separately and then putting in as normal.

Method 2 - Rolling while wearing


The other way I use them (as seen in the delightful photo above) by plonking all the extensions in my head as normal, and then using my trusty waving wand to curl large sections at a time, then whilst still hot wrapping that section round the roller, securing and then once my whole head is done I do my makeup etc, and then take them out before I go out. 


This is the full set once curled (and worn)

The only real difference between the two methods is that the first takes time up front and the curls are slightly bouncier and more wavy and glamorous, and the second is good if you haven't had time to prepare ahead but have 20 minutes or so to do your hair. The curls in the second method don't seem to last as long (because the rollers are in for less time, I imagine) but the curls are more 'curly', if that makes sense. The second method would also obviously work for extensions that you can't remove from your head with ease (aka any type other than clip ins)



Do you wear extensions or have you ever done so? Have you ever tried using rollers in them, or your real hair? Do you prefer big, bouncy hair or a more sleek look? 

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37 comments:

  1. The finished result of this looks so good! I love big bouncy hair! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Thanks my love! It takes a bit of effort but I don't like just using my waving wand any more! x

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  2. Oh woww! Your hair looks super nice and has great volume in the extensions. Ive never tried these but they look great if you loner hair x

    Leanne's Lifestyle Blog

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    1. They're great; I've worn them constantly since I discovered them years ago! x

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  3. Your hair looks stunning, so bouncy! :D

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  4. These look amazing! I haven't worn extensions for years but I'm so tempted to go back to them. I miss the length and thickness that give my hair although I don't miss them in this heat! Great review and pics :) xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
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    1. I've tried to stop so many times but I don't really feel confident without them any more. You're right, though, they're a nightmare in this heat! x

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  5. I love rollers, they make hair look amazing but I can just never be bothered! Your hair looks amazing xx

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    1. I'm actually really glad I tried them with the extensions as I wasted so much on two packs, they make my real hair look rubbish because it's so short and thick! x

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  6. gorgeous! looks professionally done! keep telling myself to get rollers and forgetting. thanks for the reminder! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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    1. Thanks! Haha I went into a shop with my rollers in yesterday and the lady behind the counter looked slightly confused before asking if I'd just come from the hairdressers! Yeah try them, they're great and fairly fuss free because you can use them up front! x

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  7. Love the roller<3 you look amazing<3
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    1. Thanks! I've just followed you :) x

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  8. I've never worn extensions just cause I have a fear of hair falling off my head while I'm eating or something... Hahaha x)
    But these look sooo good on you! :)

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    Xoxo Jessy

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    1. Haha they stay in pretty well! Although I have had moments where I've been brushing them and one just comes off on the brush, terrifying those around me! x

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  9. Very lovely!

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  10. I've already considered getting extensions quite often but I've never actually done it ^.^''
    Your hair looks amazing, though! I really like the bouncy look ☺

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    1. I'd recommend them! They are addictive, though!

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  11. I would never have guessed that you were wearing extensions from your pictures; it looks so natural! I've never used extensions before, but maybe I'll start experimenting with them. I love growing my hair out really long and then cutting it to shoulder-length (or even shorter). The transformation is so much fun, but sometimes I miss my long hair :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Aww thanks! That's the look I'm going for ;) If you like the transformation between short and long then I'd definitely go for it! x

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  12. I've tried wearing extensions before but I'm so useless at them and I can't make them look good on myself aha! Yours look great curly!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I struggled at first, too. You can get them cut at a hairdresser's but I tend to just trim the top ones so they blend in a bit better :)

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  13. I love the volume the extensions and rollers give you! Seriously need to look into one or the other, my hair is flat as a pancake!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  14. Your hair looks amazing!
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    Laura xx

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  15. Wow your hair looks gorgeous, and so bouncy xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  16. Jealous of your hair! Oh and your eyebrows look amazing! x http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Well, it's not entirely MY hair (although I do own it)! Thank you, though! And I'm glad you appreciate my brows, it's taken a while to get here! x

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  17. Wow your hair looks soo good, I'm itching to get extensions but not sure if I should or not, I want to grow my hair, but they don't seem to grow past a certain length so annoying...

    Beautydetour

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  18. your hair looks so good!


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