Our trip to France, Summer 2016, is over and a lot has been happening. I’ve got reviews and musings and news to write about.
Another hair post.
Um. I don’t quite know what the reason is, but I’ve been losing more and more hair. The bald spots are larger and creeping from the back of my head to the front.
Ugh. I can’t believe I’m actually posting this. But this is me! This is my hair before dying and adding products to hide the loss! Don’t judge. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful either!
It isn’t my thyroid. It isn’t a hormonal thing. It just is. And I’m not the only woman suffering from this uncommonly common issue of hair loss.
The thing is—nobody really talks about it. And I don’t know if older women bloggers have this issue because I’ve never seen this mentioned in-depth in any of their blogs.
Am I the only blogger stupid enough to expose myself like this? I sure hope not!
I dyed my hair last weekend because, not only did the roots need touching up but the dark dye helps to disguise the issue somewhat.
I’m not kidding. This is AFTER I dyed my hair, but compared to the pic on top. A bit of baldy is covered.
Although my Toppik is still working, I’m using more and more of it these days. That means spending more and more money. Luckily the hair that I still have is thick and coarse.
And I’m frustrated. When we were away and at the pool, you have NO idea how badly I wanted to dive into the water from the top of the diving board. If I had a full head of hair, I would have been diving all day. I was so jealous of all those jumping into the water from high above!
When we were at the beach, I was lucky that I was able to swim out far into the water and not manage to get my hair wet. Those little tiny French waves also helped. The harsh and huge waves here in the Atlantic Ocean are a no-no- for my hair.
I’m also obsessed with other women’s hair. I’m constantly studying the backs of their heads to see if I can find tell-tale signs of loss.
And although I have a few wigs, I hesitate to wear them on a regular basis because my head gets hot. The wigs move around. Some of them look a bit wiggy in the front.
It’s hard to come to terms with this and even harder to show photos as I’ve done. But—I’ve always been up front and honest with you. Honesty and being real are important to me. And hopefully, if I can make just one of my reader friends say “Wow. I’m going through that too”. “I thought I was the only one” and feel a bit better, then I’ve done my job. I gotta keep it real!
I don’t know which is more frustrating. The fact that the hair on top of my head is falling out while I notice hairs on my chin growing like little dark weeds. Ugh!
Anyway, I have been very fortunate to have another solution to my issue.
Madison, at Irresistible Me Clip-in hair extensions sent me a beautiful gift. Hair Extensions. And I received them a couple of days after our return from France.
The packaging alone is incredible. No cutting back on making sure your hair is being taken care of here!
I took the sample right out of the little package and tried my new hair on…
The sample. Left, my hair is full of Toppik, but you CAN see the bald on my head. Right, the small sample covered my spot. This is good. Oh. This is VERY good!
I’ll tell you—these extensions are fantastic and I’ve been wearing a couple of them on a daily basis. The great thing is that they blend so well that none of my co-workers were able to tell I had any bit of fake hair on my head.
Oh. And I also want to tell you that you know full well I won’t praise anything I receive that doesn’t live up to my expectations.
These extensions from Irresistible Me are fantastic and completely lived up to the highest expectations!!!!
Hair extensions can be a confidence builder for older women who are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair and don’t want to or don’t have to go full-on wig yet. Actually, they are more than a “beauty” item. They are little wonders of self-esteem.
After corresponding which weight and which length would be the best for me, Madison suggested the Silky Touch Remy hair, 200G, 16″ extensions. The color sent to me was Jet Black. And the set contained ten extensions of various widths.
The price point for these extensions varies with width and length–but they are incredibly affordable and during sales, the price point is even better!
So let’s start at the beginning.
The extensions were sent via FedEx when we were away. And I have to say there were no issues with delivery. I went on the FedEx website to “delay” the delivery until we arrived back home. I received them on Tuesday, July 5th!
The Packaging: is stellar. The extensions come in a box. This box is heavy and sturdy and will hold up forever.
The opened box was pictured a few paragraphs above. This is the box closed. The cardboard is heavy and the quality of the box is very sturdy and good
This photo stinks but this is the edge of the box. The bottom of the box has a slit so that the top edge of the box closes shut very securely. This is great for travel and storage at home.
Inside this box, the extensions are packaged in a “double” two-compartment zippered plastic bag. Again, the packaging is incredibly sturdy.
The extensions come in a two-compartment plastic bag…
In the smaller of the two compartments is a sample of the extensions. Instructions state to open this compartment first. The sample extension is for you to feel and to see. This way you can see if the color matches your hair and see if the length and any other factors you are seeking fit your needs or wants.
The instructions for the smaller of the two compartments. This is foolproof and kudos to Irresistible Me for being so concise and direct!
The seal which is placed on top of the zippered compartments.
As long as the larger compartment is untouched and unopened, you can either send the extensions back or move forward to open the remaining extensions.
I have to tell you, that sample was enough for me to make my judgement! I was 100% pleased.
As an aside, I took each of the extensions, placed them in plastic, zippered bags and labeled how many clips was on each extension. It just makes it easier for lazy people like me. They all fit perfectly into the box too!
The set of extensions also comes with extra clips.
But, how would I fare with the rest of the extensions? Come and see!
The extensions: Take a look at the various extensions. They are very well-constructed. The wefts are super-strong and the clips are sewn in well enough so that they aren’t going anywhere except in your hair!
I measured the extension for you. I’m so in love with the quality of the hair.
The wefts are incredibly strong and the clips are sewn in so tightly that they won’t be going anywhere except where they need to go!
The color was spot on as was the natural wave..
Again, the quality is outstanding.
The clips are also very easy to snap open and shut. They really hold on to the hair that you clip them onto and stay put. All day.
And when you unclip the extensions, you don’t take your natural hair with them. I’m probably a bit gentler in unclipping because I don’t have a lot of hair in spots. But, I’m still able to keep these babies in my hair.
The only items are needed to help put the extensions in are a comb with a long handle to separate your natural hair evenly and a twirly-do (Don’t ask. It’s what my sister Theresa called hair ties when we were kids—the name stuck) to keep hair out of the way while clipping the extensions in.
The only tools needed are these and your hands.
OK. This is my hair earlier today. I have Toppik residue, but since I only wash my hair once a week….You can still see the spots where I have no hair.
OK. So this is me without the extensions. My hair is still thick, but it is thinning on the top and at the back. (Do you like my lipgloss? I put it on especially for you!) I’m still cross-eyed..
I first clipped the four-clip extension in the back of my head below the crown. This was for added volume more than length. I covered the top of the extension with my natural hair then proceeded to place another three-clip extension on top of that.
See where I added the four-clip extension? Right under my royal baldness. If you look closely, you can see the weft which I covered up..
Now I added the second extension….
Look! All covered up!
The back of my head looks great. Where’s the bald??
Then, I placed a one-clip extension on each side of the front of my hair where I’m getting a bit of a receding hairline.
Ohhhh…my hairline is receding..
No problem. I got ya covered!
Other side. Can’t tell I have the little one-clip extensions in. Can ya?
Just for “ha-ha’s”, I decided to place a two-clip extension in the front top of my crown. As you can see, the weft is visible. Had my hair been thicker, I would have been able to hide it. However, since my hair is thinning, it’s best to use a headband to cover.
I tried an extension in the very front but the weft was too obvious. So I covered with a headband.
I cannot say enough about these extensions. The Silky Touch Remy human hair extensions blended so well with my own hair. The texture of the human hair also blended in remarkably well with my coarse hair. The length was perfect and the volume added was subtle yet my hair looked thicker.
And here I am with the four extensions (I took the top front one out). My hair looks a hint thicker and the top of my head doesn’t look as thin as it really is. I’m very happy…
Is this not amazing at how NATURAL these extensions are? They truly are irresistible! Hey younger women–you got some serious competition with this older lady!
For my particular thinning/loss issue, the two-clip and one-clip extensions were the perfect solution for every day wear. In fact, on a couple of instances, they blended in so well that I forgot I had them in and slept with them and wore them the next day! I know. But that is actually a testament as to how wonderful these extensions are.
My only bit of “constructive criticism” is that if you need to add an extension to the top front of your crown for thinning or loss, the weft is really thick and can only be hidden by a headband. WAIT!!!! Special Announcement! I swear, between the time that I received the extensions to now, the company came out with a tape-in extension that is perfect for thinning hair. OMG! Bonaparte presently has me on a “no-buy”. How can I order these without him knowing or seeing a bill? I’ll have to ask Santa Claus to bring these to me! I’m really excited about these tape-ins!
My other constructive criticism would be to incorporate older women into the Irresistible Me website. These extensions, along with the other hair products can work wonders for older women. Please don’t dismiss us the way other companies do—I’m begging you! The older woman is a great demographic! (I’m now coveting the ponytail too. This old lady needs to get that!)
Oh..and to prove the thickness of the extensions, the photo on the left is my hair piled up in a twirly-do without the extensions. The photo on the right shows my hair with extensions piled on top of my head in a twirly-do! Look how thick!
Jeez. It’s bad enough I post pics of my baldness but this double chin is the limit. Do any of you know of a plastic surgeon who can take away my saggy chin? Anyway, here’s a pic of the extensions wrapped in a twirly-do from the side. Looks like my own hair!
That’s the only criticism I can think of. These extensions are perfect. I wish I worked for Irresistible Me—their product is irresistible! What more can I say??
You know, ageing is tough sometimes. Not only do we have to deal with changes in our skin like wrinkles and that crepe paper look, but many of us lose that luxurious head of hair that we had in our youth and up to our forties.
And there really aren’t a lot of solutions. Many companies try to take advantage by promoting “hair growth” solutions that simply do not work for most people.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten to the point of tears because I can’t go swimming anymore. Or because I see my hair loss getting worse and there is nothing that’ll bring my hair back. And let’s not even mention Bonaparte’s constant fussing with my hair to cover my “spots”. At least he fusses over me with love!
I’m self-conscious. My self-esteem drops. I don’t feel good about my looks. But these extensions add that extra “oomph” to make me feel better. And the fact that they now have tape-in extensions puts me over the moon with joy!
So thank you Madison. Thanks to you and Irresistible Me, I’m feeling a bit more irresistible!
I even managed to put a full face of make up on to match my irresistible hair! Not bad for 61–right?
Really ladies. If you have any questions, please please comment. It would be great to get a conversation going about this issue. I want to know who else is having this issue of thinning hair/loss?
Today’ song can only be Mr. Robert Palmer. Simply Irresistible!