When I discovered hair extensions, there wasn’t much to choose from.
This was the 1980’s.
When I was 17, I first discovered a long wavy ponytail on a banana clip. Maybe you remember those? (If you’re my age, you might.) ;-)
And yes, it looked a little not-so real. And the buff boy in his own banana apparel at a male dance show I was at (I’m sure I was 18 by this point) gave it a little tug because he knew it was fake and found it his place to say something...
How lucky am I he didn’t pull it right off my head!
How embarrassing that could have been...
But even so, on the bright side, (there’s always a bright side to everything, yes?)
...it would play a critical part in my life, in my tale of hair adventures.
How about you?
Are you wearing noticeable hair extensions? Or do you worry about noticeable hair extensions?
You’ll be glad that I had that embarrassing moment with an (almost) naked dude (they call it a banana hammock, that piece of apparel he was wearing, funny and coincidental, right?) because, unbeknownst to me at the time, it helped me to know what I wanted when I created my own hair extension decades later.
Because, you for sure weren’t going to see my product in the hair...
You wouldn’t notice it, let alone anyone else noticing it, half naked or not.
My hair extension would be discreet, well blended.
It would LOOK like natural hair that is growing from your head.
No guy was going to see it, feel it, be bothered by it. That was a RULE.
Did you think hair extensions are just for Hollywood? For celebrities? Strippers? Glamour girls?
Nope. They are for everyone.
And anyone who is like me and is frustrated with thin, limp, broken, over-processed and generally yucky-looking hair.
I’m just like you in that way. My hair was processed, because I love to change the color, which caused it to become weak and break. Over a long period of doing this, the hair gets shorter and shorter. And you don’t think there is a way to fix it. Maybe you think you have to go and cut it all off and start from scratch?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. That there is a better way with better results.
And guys hate short hair on girls.
So. Just. Don’t. Do. It.
(Cut it, that is.)
Okay then, we look for another solution.
And, like me, you go looking for a hair extensions.
And maybe you start online.
Probably, you start online.
Or with someone you know who says, “I know someone, go here.”
And then you go to the salon and the stylist starts peddling whatever method she is trained in, whatever that salon is selling at the time. Sometimes they get on fads and you’re left to wonder what do I get? Tapes, fusion, link… And you just get whatever because, after all, they are the experts, right? Not you.
And really, you just get so excited you don’t even think to ask, what happens next? How do they come out?
And then, many weeks or months pass and you’re trying to take these things out and the stylist is pouring acetone all over your head. And it doesn’t feel good, all the pulling and she has the music just cranked in the salon because here’s something you might not have expected…
She’s back there…
And instead of de-tanging your hair from the glue they put in many months ago, she’s doing a little “snip, snip” with the scissors.
I’ve heard the cold and calculated, heart-less confessions myself. Cutting out an extension because “they don’t have a choice.”
Oh no, no, no. Not happening with my hair!
Because none of this takes place with ManeMaxx®.
It isn’t glue. And you don’t need or use chemicals to remove it from the hair.
So why ManeMaxx® then?
Because I know you need it.
Just like I did.
And here’s how I came to figure that out…
I did that same thing you did.
I went to the local salon and just had whatever they were putting in and I was really lucky. Because there wasn’t glue or metal or really harmful things in the hair extensions they put in my hair.
There was only a pretty big bill.
Well, big for a divorced momma with 3 kids at home.
And in a failing economy with a business in the housing market, ugh.
So, after a while, I could barely pay my light bill let alone a luxury bill like the salon.
And here’s the sucky part, too: Once you solve a problem (like having short, broken, thin hair) and then later, have to go back to that problem, you’re almost worse off…
Because now you know the feeling of fixing it. How good it feels to solve a problem that's nagged at you for a very long time.
For me, when I had no hope for my hair it was tolerable. It’s one of those things you just think “must be.”
But now, I’ve learned about the fix, experienced it first-hand, felt great, and was very happy with what I saw when I looked in the mirror.
And I can’t keep getting them now? I just have to go back to the way things were, you say?
I was a big baby about it and became desperate to fix my hair again. There was a lot I was giving up in this terrible economy episode and the thing that really bummed me out was my hair. (I had the love and my family, and little else--including lack of money--seemed to bother me.)
So here I am spending all my free time trying to figure out what to use. Researching methods and techniques, reading all about why girls hated one thing or another about the hair extension they happened to be using at the time…
And the thing is, when you’re looking through all these techniques, you’re head is spinning with questions like, “why is someone using glue in their hair?” or "why are they slathering awful smelling and burning chemicals all over their head?"
And, why would girls suffer being poked by metal links? Or, letting them slice their hair from the root?
I sort-of never figured that out except for the fact we are really desperate for the amazing results hair extensions give us so we are willing to give up something to get that.
Except, I can’t see how giving up more hair for hair is even a good result. (It’s maybe how I feel about slot machines. You just keep putting money to get money out but, statistically, most times end up with less money and still, people keep filling those machines… Don’t do this either. Spend your money on something better for you, like your hair -- LOL) :-)
Okay, so I’m not a scientist. And I don’t think any of those other "hair extension inventors" are either…
Because all this stuff they’re using, I see, comes from the garage. Glue, metal cylinders with pliers, fishing string…
That’s all garage stuff, really.
Can there be a better way?
A logical way?
A way that will not be futile and work against you by causing you to lose your hair because you added hair?
Of course. You wouldn’t be asking otherwise, right? (See! You are so smart and oh so savvy!)