From the moment I realised that I had alopecia, all I wanted to do was hide it from the world. I didn’t want a single person to know that I was losing my hair.
The main way I used to disguise my patches was with extensions. I’ve worn so many different types, colours, lengths, styles and thicknesses, more than most girls will probably wear in their lives!
A quick word of advice though, please don’t make the mistake I did and wear them everyday. I can’t prove it, but I think that having weaves in my hair for years has probably made my condition worse. If not worse, it certainly hasn’t helped it. If you can stick to just wearing extensions on occasions then I really would recommend it.
There was a time in my life where I wouldn’t leave the house without some form of extension in my hair. I was terrified that the wind would blow and everyone would see my patches. I want to share my opinions and experiences with you all, and hopefully be able to help answer some of your questions.
Below are photos of some of the different extensions that I’ve used over the last 8 years to hide my alopecia. (Sorry for the vanity!)
For those of you that don’t know how they work; they are sewn into small plaits that are put in along your hair, and IT HURTS! There is constant pulling and tugging on your hair and strain on it for the duration of the time that you are wearing them. Although I wore them myself for more than 3 years, I really wouldn’t recommend it. The confidence that I had was brilliant but the damage it did to what hair I did have left was shocking (sometimes they had to be cut out, taking some of my natural hair with it!) It also became extremely difficult for my hair dresser to be able to fit once my patches got bigger, as there was less hair for her to plait.
Also, when it got to the point that I couldn’t have them anymore it was a real shock to the system going without them, and my self confidence plummeted!
I would say that clip in hair extensions are the simplest type to use (and probably the type that most girls have used nowadays anyway.)
I’ve used clip ins for a very long time too as not only do they help with hiding, they also made my hair a lot thicker which gave me a real confidence boost.
One thing that I like about clip extensions is that you can let your natural hair rest as you don’t have to wear them all the time, especially when sleeping.
I’ve worn so many different brands of clip in extensions I’ve lost count, and have spent well over a thousand pounds over the years. But I would definitely say that they are worth wearing on the odd occasion.
Halo extensions are the kindest form for your hair, as they don’t involve clipping, plaiting, sewing or gluing. They are almost like a wig on a string. As you would imagine an angels ‘halo’ 😇
The best way I found was to tie my hair into a ponytail on top of my hair, place the halo on and then let the pony tail down. By doing it this way it meant that I could re-adjust the halo without having to tug at sections of my hair to put it on top.
They didn’t feel as secure as the other types that I’ve tried but they definitely are better for your hair. And I never felt that they were going to come loose.
If any of you girls are looking for a cover up for your patches I would highly recommend these extensions.
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Going from not leaving the house without extensions in, I am so pleased that I can now share this photo with you all. My confidence has grown and I am now trying styles that I am happy to go out in public with. For the first time in years I’m rocking the French plaits, and I have to say – I LOVE THEM! ❤️
If you have tried any of the extensions that I have, or even any others I would love to hear from you. Head over to my ‘Contact Me’ page to get in touch.
Thank you for reading ❤️
(Please note that the images I have used as examples of the extensions types are NOT of me)