Review: Irresistible Me Silky Touch Hair Extensions
A few years ago, my hair was long. As in, down to my back bra strap, long enough for any fancy braid you’d care to make a youtube tutorial for. And for whatever reason – probably just because I was restless and needed a change – I cut it all off. I feel like it wasn’t wasted, at least – since it wasn’t chemically processed, I had a pretty decent-sized ponytail to ship over to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which makes and donates wigs for women with cancer. And I’ve kept it pretty short ever since then – but now I’m ready to have long hair again. Even though my hair grows pretty quickly, it’s not moving nearly fast enough in my opinion, so I jumped at the offer to try out Irresistible Me hair extensions. After emailing back and forth a bit with customer service to pick a length and weight, I ended up choosing their Silky Touch extensions in 16″, 200g natural black.
Shipping & packaging
The extensions ship from China, so I expected to have a little bit of a wait for them. I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived in under a week – my Sephora orders don’t even come in that fast! The cardboard box they came in fared pretty well, though a couple of the corners split. I went ahead and reinforced them with tape since I wanted to save the box for storage. Once you get into the box, they have a pretty clever idea – there are two compartments in the zip bag. Most of the hair is in the larger one, and there’s a security seal on it. The other side contains a single small weft, and you can use that to check the texture and color match. Returns are only allowed if the seal on the larger compartment isn’t broken. I’m not sure if all brands do this (these are my first extensions), but I think it’s a pretty smart way to allow returns without hemorrhaging money. It’s great for us too, because really, who has a use for hair that’s the wrong color? Speaking of which….
The extensions are available in a pretty impressive range of shades – everything from platinum blonde to red to jet black. I picked Natural Black, which looked like the closest to my natural hair color – and I was right! My hair has a few natural highlights in it, from being outside and whatnot (do they make hair sunscreen?), but other than that it’s just about a perfect match. The only possible complaint I have with the color is there are a few gray hairs in each weft – not really enough to be noticeable when you’re wearing them, and probably not many more than I have in my real hair, but I could see how some lucky person who doesn’t have their own gray hairs yet might not want them in their clip-ins.
The hairy details
My first reaction when I started pulling the wefts out of the zipper bag was “oh wow, that’s a lot of hair.” And it seriously is – I got the 200g weight, which is the thickest option, and it’s probably got twice as much hair in it as my scalp does. My dream of having thick hair is finally fulfilled! In fact, there’s so much of it that sometimes I leave out a couple of the two-clip wefts; I probably could have gotten away with the 140g. All that hair is divided up in to ten wefts of different sizes, so you can place them strategically around your head. Each one has between one and four clips, depending on the width. Attaching them is super easy – bend the clip to pop it open, slide it into your hair (you’ll want to part your hair horizontally first), and bend it again to snap it closed. As long as I slide the comb in snug to my scalp I don’t have any issues with them trying to fall out. The extensions also come with two spare combs, just in case you break one.
The texture of the hair is just a little bit coarser than my hair, which is pretty fine. Still, by looking you can’t tell what’s my hair and what’s the extension, so I’m fine with the slight texture difference. If I planned to wear them every day, I’d probably pick their Royal Remy extensions instead, since they’re supposed to be made of finer hair. Unfortunately using them means I have to straighten my hair first, so these are more of a special-occasion thing for me.
Styling was a little bit of a learning curve; even though I got one of the shorter lengths, there’s still a pretty significant difference between my hair and the extensions, which makes it a bit harder to blend my hair in. I’ve had the best results when I blow-dry my hair straight(ish), and then use a curling iron to curl it along with the extensions. It holds a curl pretty well (hairspray is necessary), and there’s only been a bit of shedding. The hair is sewn into the weft, so you will lose a strand here and there the same as you do with your real hair.
For funsies, here are some comparisons to my real hair-
Regular, curly hair:
My hair, but styled straight:
And finally – with the extensions in and slightly curled:
Quite the difference, wouldn’t you say?
It’s also worth noting that right now they’re doing a Labor Day sale – $10 off $100/$20 off $150/$40 off $200.
In Short: I’m really pleased with these and love how they look – I wouldn’t hesitate a bit to try other products from the brand.
Irresistible Me Clip-In Hair Extensions ($130 for the 16″ 200g set) is available at irresistibleme.com
Products in this post were provided by the company for consideration. As always, the opinions are mine, alllllll mine.