Since I decided to go for an extreme chop, when I was a teenager, never again my hair got that “almost at the waist” length again.
In reality, for most of my life, that wasn’t really something I was thinking about. When I was in my late teens and twenties, short hair, mushroom style, was all the rage. That’s fine, you can judge me. You should.
When I moved to London, my hair was somewhat way below the bra line in a straight, all round length.
A bad DIY dye job, followed by an even worse DIY hair cut led to a just below the shoulder fix.
That, however, wasn’t the worse hair disaster. Trying to save some money, I went to a student hair academy, and, as I should know, the “just a trim” doesn’t quite fly in these scenarios and I got the worse layering job in the history of hairs. I promise.
After a whole month I had to pay £100 to get it fixed at the much higher expense of having what was left of my length disappear. Had to cut it just below the ear, in an asymmetrical bob, which luckily for me, was in.
From there it started. I was longing for long, luscious tresses and decided to experiment with hair extensions.
Being the chicken I am, I went for clip-ins. Had various incarnations and nowadays, I buy hair, cut and sew my own clips.
Until Irresistible Me sent me this luscious, fabulous Royal Remy set. This is their most deluxe natural hair extensions; the thickness of the hair is the same from top to bottom, giving it that luscious look.
I love the packaging. The pouch with the separate test hair is a good reassurance that you will be able to see if the selected colour is indeed a good match.
Providing you don’t break the seal, you can return your hair. In my case, the match was great so I went in to rip it in excitement (and didn’t even photograph before!).
A shame the pouch is not made of a more durable plastic to be re-usable; I usually keep my extensions in bikini pouches.
My hair is not very short (currently past the bra line, around 18in), but lacks in volume and body.
The hair is of great quality and the pack of 200g comes with 10 pieces (!) (1 x 4 clips, 2 x 3 clips, 5 x 2 clips and 2 x 2 clips).
The colour, medium brown (#4), is a great match for my natural colour.
The hair blends well, even though I feel it’s slightly thicker in texture than mine. In fact, it blends so well that the lovely Jamie from Beauty Rocks could not believe it was not my own hair, even in broad daylight.
Overall, the finishing on the piece is great. The clips are small but efficient and the larger piece has a neat netting.
It was lovely that they have videos on the site to help you choose your colour.
Shipping was relatively quick, especially considering the company is in the US, but the hair is order made in China.
Very easy to style and take to heat and products quite well, although I tend to not use a lot, to preserve the extensions. What I use a lot is hair oil, especially when putting it away. Lately, the Got2b Oil-licious is my favourite!
The hair doesn’t tangle too much and when it does, it is easy to detangle. The bulk of the volume is on the main piece, which goes at the widest part of the head and ends just before the ears.
It washed very well, not a lot of fall, and upon scrunching and drying naturally, it took the most beautiful waves, as seen above, which makes the look even more natural.
If I am honest, to create a natural look for my, I don’t need more than 5 pieces. I tend to go for that, and that’s what you see on these images. even though it’s not quite like my style, maybe one day I will go all in.
Still, I got so many compliments on my “great hair”…
The Irresistible Me Royal Remy hair extensions cost US$299 for 22in (mine) and at the moment it is on sale for US$224, and these guys deliver worldwide.
I am truly in love. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”. Well, now I can.