(Anytime you see this much hair in one of my pics...it's fake!)
All this time I've been putting in three rows clip-in hair extensions, then pulling my hair back into a ponytail. It seemed like it would be much easier to clip in just one ponytail and I wanted to put my theory to the test. I selected the 14" ponytail (the shortest option available) in Platinum Blonde because that color looked closest to my own hair.
Here's what my first set of extensions (left) looks like vs. the ponytail straight out of the box:
Before I even attempted to use the ponytail, I watched this YouTube Tutorial for a little help since my hair styling skills are not the best. By the time I did this on my own, I forgot her final step of wrapping a piece of the hair around the ribbon. I wish I had done that because I think it would have looked a little nicer than the ribbon looks on its own.
My real ponytail vs, Irrisistible Me 14" Ponytail Extension
About 95% of the time that I wear a ponytail extension, I throw a hat on top as well. It makes the slight color difference between my real hair and my extensions less noticeable, and it makes for a shorter styling time since I don't have to worry about keeping the rest of my hair nice and smooth or even styling my bangs. Plus, we're outdoors in the sun a lot in San Diego and I appreciate the sun protection.
Here's how the clip-in extensions look in a ponytail vs. the clip-in ponytail:
Euronext Extensions (Sally's) in True Blonde ($133) vs. Irresistible Me Ponytail ($89)
If you're follically challenged like me and have thought about getting extensions or a ponytail extension, here's my take on the pros and cons of the two options I have:
- Quality. The hair of the Irresistible Me ponytail feels softer and silkier than the Euronext extensions. It also looks thicker and prettier in my opinion.
- Price. The clip-in ponytail is less expensive than most sets of (good quality) full extensions.
- Ease of Use. Clipping one ponytail around your own ponytail is a bit easier and faster than adding multiple rows of extensions and then putting all of that into a ponytail.
- Comfort. This is much more comfortable for me to wear than full clip-ins.
- Security. I tested out my ponytail extension in a dance class. I thought it would be fun to have a nice full ponytail for some hairography. And it was! Until it fell out on the floor halfway through the first routine! (Womp womp.) Mind you, it was a pretty active class, but then I wore the ponytail hiking and it fell out in the parking lot when I was trying to adjust my hat. My clip-ins have never fallen out. There might be a trick to getting this ponytail installed more securely but I just haven't figured it out yet.
- The Ribbon. I think the purpose of the ribbon is additional security, but if that's the case it didn't do the job for me, and I found it a little fussy to get it wrapped around the ponytail and tied correctly. Like I said, I don't have the best hair skills so this might not be an issue for other people or it may get easier with practice, but that was my take after my first two uses.
FULL CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS:
- Multiple Styling Options. This isn't really a pro for me personally, but for someone new to hair extensions I can see wanting the option to experiment with other styles besides just a ponytail.
- Security. If you're performing in Cirque du Soleil anytime soon, I highly recommend going with clip-ins over a ponytail or it might fall out when you're hanging upside down from the trapeze.
- Discomfort. I am amazed that some people wear clip-ins every day because I can only tolerate them for a couple of hours. They make my head itch and hurt with all that extra weight pulling on them. Also, when you wear them with a hat (as I do), the hat compressing onto all those clips on your head is really not comfortable.
- Blending. As you can see the in the photos above, there is a clear (jagged) line between my own hair and the extensions. With the clip-in ponytail, it covers my own ponytail completely which looks much nicer in my opinion.
Several of my blogger friends have tried out the full sets of hair extensions from Irresistible Me, so if that route appeals to you a little more, I recommend checking out the reviews by any one (or all) of these ladies to help you decide!
Despite the fallout issue, I still prefer the clip-in ponytail to the full extensions because of the fact that it's more comfortable and prettier. I will keep working on my installation skills and hope I can get it to stay put a little better. If you have any great suggestions for that, please share in the comments below!