So my hair has always been on the fine side. Not fine like “Hey gurl, you so fine!” but fine as in thin in texture. Like baby hair. And it has always taken a whole lotta time to grow it out (See visual chart below). It’s probably unrealistic for me to have really long hair, because it’s so fine that anything longer than shoulder-length, my hair becomes very flat without volume. I know the current trend is all about pixie-cut but long hair still is one of the definitive feminine qualities for me. A girl can always dream of having long, silky hair that seems to float weightlessly whenever you toss your head back, like what you see in shampoo commercials, right? After sitting on the decision for two years-ish, a couple weeks ago I went ahead and tried on hair extensions for the first time at Milly’s Hair Lashes Nails. I am most impressed by the fact that it took just a little under two hours to manually install attach 300 clustered strands via the braiding method and the process was hardly uncomfortable. The staff at Milly’s did an outstanding job! I also like that this is not a permanent makeover and the extensions can be taken out anytime without damaging my own natural hair.
The journey which began in 2007 – long, short, bangs, no bangs, blonde highlights, jet black, purple, red, chestnut brown, auburn, burgundy, gold chunky highlights, eggplant purple, stick straight, curly, wavy, and so on and so forth. The one common factor? Flatness. I used to think that this must be an Asian thing, but I was wrong. It’s just me. D’oh! -__-
Posing with Winter, who did my hair extensions at Milly’s Hair Lashes Nails – Far East Plaza.
（哇～ look at Winter’s beautiful wavy hair!）
Milly’s Hair Lashes Nails – Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road #03-129
I am happy to say that my hair’s pretty va-va-voom now, it’s longer and much shinier than my natural hair. Most importantly: VOLUME! My hair’s bouncy with big waves, whoohoooo~ “Venus Waves” (ビイナス ウエーブ), as the Japanese calls it. Or “Wavy Curls” (波浪捲), as the Taiwanese calls it. After getting hair extensions, first thing my gal pal, who hasn’t seen me in three months, said was, “Whoa, your hair got very long!”. The hair extension has turned out to be most useful in the winter time, as it was adequately long and thick enough to be wrapped around my neck like a scarf, if needed be. Puwahahahaha! But no, of course I haven’t done so. The hair has definitely kept me warm around the neck while I was waiting for the bus in sub-zero temperatures though, that much I’ll say.
As far as maintenance goes, I was informed that the hair extensions can last up to 6 months and there isn’t really any special care whatsoever to take note of. Just shampoo, condition, blowdry, style as usual. And as time passes, the attached extensions will shift downwards accordingly following the natural growth pattern of my own hair. Easy-peasy. Except that I realize now I’m way too lazy to be shampooing this much hair (uhm, volume… d’oh) and then styling the waves, so I’ve been going out for ‘sai tau’ (洗頭 ie. geting a wash-and-blowout) at the salon. :] Indulgent indeed.
I am hooked by Cool Hair Salon (40th Ave, 3rd floor, Flushing, NY; Sorry I dun have the exact address, just go to 40th Ave and look up, you’ll see the awning with salon nameˇ). For only $10, you get deep cleansing shampoo, scalp massage, shoulder + neck + arm + hand massage, blowout (any style you wish). The whole session can last about two hours and in the last ten days, I’ve already gone thrice. Excessive? Nahhh. :X As the L’Oreal ad goes: Because I’m worth it. *Muwahahaha, j/k* :X In all seriousness, I am blown away -pardon the pun- by how extremely affordable it is to ‘sai tau’ at Cool. I feel super bad for leaving a standard tip of 20% so I’ve given more. Everyone reading this and who are in NY MUST check this salon out.
SAI TAU: Before and After
BEFORE (This shall be my default lazy day hairdo.)
COOL HAIR SALON
135-31 40th Road # 3A
Flushing, NY 11354
ˇ(Thanks to SS for the address. They also do hair extensions, btw.)
The other day, I was at the mall browsing some clothes when suddenly I heard a female voice from behind my big hair and me exclaiming “I love your hair!”. So I turned around and was about to say thank you for the compliment, but I ended up frozen on the spot because I was staring straight at this woman with what can only be best described as a ventriloquist puppet face. I KID YOU NOT @_@!!! The woman looked like she came straight out of a horror movie – like Bride of Chucky or something. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was exactly wrong with her face, maybe it was the painted-on butterfly-antenna high-arched eyebrows (?), her plastic-looking smile (?!) or the glassy ‘crazy-person’ eyes with bulging eyeballs (?!?). Either way it stopped me dead on my tracks and it took me a second or two before I regained composure and stammered “T-T-Th-Thank you”. I also tried my best to contort my face and squeeze out an awkward plastic smile (to match hers).
A compliment is still a compliment and I graciously accept. But still… I didn’t expect it coming from someone with a marionette face. :X I totally didn’t have enough time to react with courtesy.
Sorry I digressed. The point is, this hair makeover has gotten me plenty of compliments – including from this strange-looking woman. :P So yeay hair extensions!