Y’all, I haven’t been in love with my hair in a long time. I’ve been every color and length under the sun, but nothing feels as good as long hair did when I was younger, it just feels more feminine to me at least. I’ve also always been on the darker side of brunette so they grey hair struggle is REAL folks!
Around December last year I cut bangs cause the Botox was wearing off, bad idea Penny, BAD IDEA! Shortly after I got myself into a “LOB” situation. My husband wasn’t a fan, and neither was I. I was determined to get lighter and blonder for the summer, that didn’t do as well as expected either, I ended up with some super light roots that just weren’t working for me and washing me out. Around January I started talking with Rose over at STYLEbar Chattanooga. She was getting certified in Natural Beaded Rows (NBR) extensions. I’ve done clip-in extensions for years but they get tiresome and heavy, so this offered an option of something a little more “permanent” but lightweight. You guys, I can not (CAN NOT) tell you how much I love my hair now.
Two weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I sat down in the chair at STYLEbar with Mack and we got to work on my mermaid / Rapunzel hair. Five hours later (which didn’t feel that long because we didn’t stop talking or laughing), I’m a freaking mermaid. Eighteen (18!) inches of hair, a tapped and toned smoky root and some serious “bronde” color later and I’m in love. My only thing I might change is getting about an inch or two trimmed off because long is well long and I want something slightly more manageable but both Mack and Rose told me I’d probably want a trim each time I come in.
Now I know what you’re thinking, extensions, isn’t that costly, isn’t it a ton of maintenance, I barely have time to shower every day. First off, I fully believe in having rituals as a woman that are temporarily high maintenance to keep you low maintenance. By this I mean that even with extensions being a high maintenance option in the every day it’s lower maintenance for me. I wash my hair once a week so showering, washing my hair, blow drying it every 2 days is out the window to a once a week 30-minute routine. My extensions hold a curl so much better now, so I can wear my hair 3 days in a row before I need to touch up anything. Second, I get it, they are costly. There is the installation, the maintenance of every 8 week move up procedure and of course the cost of the hair but it’s so worth it to have hair that you love and enjoy again. I’m also all about self-confidence and I’ve been so much more confident since adding in my extensions, I feel like “me” again, and the hair flips are for real ladies!
As far as the cost, it does vary by salon, by hair stylist, by how much hair you require and the coloring. I’d say if you want to be in the ballpark of what to spend estimate about $650-1000 for your first installation, coloring, hair order, etc. and around $150-250 for the “move up” procedure every 6-8 weeks. Go in for the free consultation to chat with the STYLEbar ladies, they are extremely educated (just got back from a trip to Laguna beach for continuing education), SO sweet and will get you the color and look you are desiring. It could be filling in your side hairs that are sparse, it could be length, it could just be adding in some volume but I can honestly say I can’t believe I waited this long to get all this hair up in my head! I mean, the before and after speaks for itself doesn’t it?! So if you’ve been thinking about extensions, drop a line to my ladies at the STYLEbar Chattanooga on Walnut Street and tell them PENNY (aka Chattanooga Housewives) sent you, they will take such good care of you that you won’t want to leave the salon!
191 Walnut St
Chattanooga, TN 37403
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**If you have any specific questions you’d like answered drop them in the comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook Me I’ll be doing a Q&A on my NBR Extensions after my 8 week touch up to let you know a little more of my thoughts, but I can’t imagine I’ll be changing my mind on loving them anytime soon.**
I am a Virginia Native, who has recently moved to the Chattanooga Area with my handsome husband and 3 gorgeous children. I am a movie lover, a motherhood advocate, an absolute introvert…but if you get the chance to know me well, I am an absolute nutcase. I am slightly OCD and love organization to the fullest extent. My planner is almost as important as my family.
I have been a self-taught Photographer and Makeup Artist for 5 years and I specialize in Lifestyle & Maternal Photography. The Blogging Industry is flooded with information, but through my site, I hope to inspire beauty, encourage easy routines, give tips and tricks that anyone can use them and share all the things I love.