So I spent a lot of unnecessary angst trying to decide whether or not to invest in some good clip-in hair extensions. I miss my long hair a lot – but I do remember how difficult it was to look after on a daily basis. And now that I have a little terror running around the house – I can only imagine how impracticable long hair would be all the time. So some clip-in extensions seemed like a great compromise.
I’ve bought cheap clip-ins before. Generally they’ve been plastic-y, a little too shiny and easy to spot a mile off. They also malt more than my natural hair… And that’s just not something my robot vacuum can handle right now. So, I knew, if I was going to do it, I wanted to get some really beautiful extensions – and the recommendations came in thick and fast for Zala.
Do you know how many times I’ve been mid-style, arms aching from holding them above my head in an attempt to Ghd curl my hair and thought, God I wish I could take my hair off my head and style it. Countless, countless times. It’s a pretty regular daydream of mine. Well, now I kinda can! Zala hair extensions are human hair – so they can be curled, straightened, braided, washed, dyed, toned and styled just like your own hair.
One of the things that had me stumped was working out the right colour to order. I saw on the Zala website they have a service where you can upload some pictures and they email you ack a recommendation, so I did that and within a few short hours – Zala let me know that Caramel #10 was my best match. I excitedly looked for pictures on the website and was pretty disheartened – no way was that my colour! With the knowledge that there’s a great returns policy I decided to just order them and see what happened. Low and behold – they are pretty darn perfect. I haven’t even toned or dyed them at all. This is straight out of the box, and onto my head. Colour me impressed! (Apparently Caramel #10 coloured)
I have very blonde ballyage ends so I wasn’t expecting to be able to get such a great match – and something will still need to be done by my hairdresser – either adding some lighter highlights to the extensions or toning down my ends – to get a truly natural flow. I’ve pulled them to the surface in the above picture to demonstrate what I mean.
I love that they feel like real hair and are thick all the way to the end. It feels like the healthy, long, thick hair that 22year-old-me used to have. During my recovery and pregnancy, and even post pregnancy, I’ve lost more than half of my hair. I was lucky to have relatively thin hair, but a lot of it. Like A LOT. Like hairdressers used to take breaks when blow drying my hair to rest their arms – there was that much of it. I was lucky, as now, despite loosing so much hair – I still have a thin, but decent coverage. Given that, I ordered a 5 piece set. If I hadn’t lost all my hair – I could have gone for a 9 piece with no issues – but I wouldn’t be able to hide all those clips in my current coverage. The 5 piece set is perfect for my hair (I ordered 20in length).
They are easy to put in and feel secure while I am wearing them. A total win in my books! I purchased the storage as an additional extra and I would absolutely recommend it! If I didn’t have that, I have no idea how I would store them. I also got the brush, which is pretty good, and some spare clips (which may come in handy at a later date!).
Note: I have no affiliation with Zala Hair Extensions. I paid for my extensions like any other customer and decided to review them as when I was looking there wasn’t anyone like ‘me’ who had reviewed them. I’m a first time hair extension reviewer – so if you want to know something and I didn’t include it – ask me below!