Another trend we aren’t seeing go away anytime soon is high waisted swimsuits. While they aren’t optimal for tan line purposes, they sure are cute! I own my fair share of them and quite a few of my favorites are from Amazon believe it or not. So if you are wanting to try out this trend and not spend $100+, check out my favorite finds below! My favorite places to shop for this trend are Amazon, Target, Aerie, and Red Dress Boutique.
For the last couple of years designer dupes have been all of the rage. I personally own a few myself because why buy the real deal when you can get the same look for less? That being said I’ve been known to splurge a time or two on designer items because I like nice things if/when I can afford them. And after all the real deal is going to have more meaning and last a lot longer.
Disclaimer: I am not saying that designer dupes are right or wrong. I am simply providing the service of uncovering them. Also know that not every dupe is a hidden gem. Please do your own research and read reviews on the quality and also about the credibility of each Amazon seller before purchasing.
If you have a specific designer item that you have been eyeing but can’t seem to pull the trigger on, leave it in the comments below and I’ll try to find a dupe for it! Please keep in mind that Amazon recently released a new project that they are working on called Project Zero that will be working to remove counterfeit items from Amazon. This means goodbye to a lot of these items above. I’m not sure when this will go into effect but you can read more about it here.
If you liked this post and want to see more save vs splurge items, whether that be designer dupes, clothing, make up, skin care, etc, let me know in the comments as well as what you would like to see next! See below for some more of my Amazon finds and if you have one you have found and would like to add, please leave it in the comments so others can enjoy!
I got Natural Beaded Row (NBRs) extensions originally founded and created by Danielle of DKW Styling. You can learn more about this kind of extension method here.
WHAT LENGTH ARE THEY?
I got the 18 inch hair but you are able to get 18 or 22 inch. Once they are installed, your stylist will custom color and cut the hair to any length that you desire so that your new hair and real hair blend naturally.
HOW ARE THEY ATTACHED TO YOUR HEAD?
I got two rows of hand tied hair. Each row has multiple pieces of hair attached to it so even if you get one row you would be adding a significant amount of hair. They are attached with a bead and string to create a track along your scalp and then the row of hair is sewn to that track. Since I have two rows in my hair, I have two tracks.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THEM?
The initial install can take up to 6 hours. This is because they will need to color your hair, custom color the extensions, install the extensions, blend the two and style your new do!
HOW MUCH DOES THE HAIR COST?
They are an investment. That being said, the cost really is dependent on the person and look you are wanting to achieve. Cost is determined by several factors the main two being desired length and volume. If you just want volume, this is much cheaper! But once you start adding length, this is where it gets more and more expensive because you have to add considerably more hair so that the hair does not look stringy. Since I wanted to add volume and length to my hair, my service fell under the most expensive package which is upwards of $2k.
HOW MUCH IS THE MAINTENANCE?
You have to go into the salon every 6-8 weeks to have the wefts moved up. This process is much less lengthy than the initial install. It can cost anywhere from $500-$800 each time you have them moved up which covers tightening, color, and style.
CAN YOU BRUSH YOUR HAIR?
Yes! You do have to be a little careful at the root of your hair where the extensions are attached but other than that you can brush your hair like normal! I use a wet brush.
DO THEY DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?
NBR extensions are supposed to be the “best” type of extension to minimize hair loss. While you will always have some natural breakage and fall out with extensions, NBRs are the best type because they have the least amount of contact points on your head. The more contact points, the more damaging. Since these are only attached with minimal beads, they are proven to be less damaging than other types of extensions that have considerably more contact points such as beaded, fusion or even tape in extensions. As I have them for longer, I will keep you all posted on this one!
CAN YOU SWIM WITH THEM?
Yes! You can swim, workout and all that jazz just like you normally would. The only thing to be weary of is getting sunscreen on the extension hair as it can distort the color.
WHERE DID YOU GET THEM DONE?
I go to Amanda at Amanda K Styling for my extensions and color and cannot recommend her enough! Not only does she do amazing work, her salon is beautiful and all of the girls that work there are so much fun! You’ll want to return before the 6-8 mark just to hang out for the day:) If you are interested in getting your hair done at Amanda K Styling, your phone consultation is FREE, but they do require a non-refundable booking deposit of $500 to book an appointment. Your deposit goes towards the price of your first visit.
Amanda K. Styling Salon 23907 Gosling Dr. Spring, Tx 77389
The hair lasts 4-6 months but depending on how well you take care of it could last longer. You are looking to make the initial investment of $1.5k-$2k twice a year.
This was one thing I wasn’t prepared for. With previous types of hair extensions I had no problems with them hurting or itching. That was not the case with these. Since I got two rows, my head definitely felt heavier than normal. I had a headache for the first couple of days. Sleeping the first night was a struggle. And they itched like crazy for weeks. All of these things are considered to be normal as your scalp/head is getting used to the new weight and hair.
You can wash, dry, brush and style your hair pretty much the exact same way as without extensions. Washing does take a little more precision to get the roots clean but nothing out of the ordinary. The best part of these extensions has been how much longer I can go without washing my hair! I can go around a week before really needing to wash my hair. even before the NBRs, I swore by my silk pillowcase and dry shampoo to prolong my hair washes. I went from having to wash my hair every 4 days to going upwards of 9 days with these extensions.
It does take a long time to dry and style the extensions. You are looking at anywhere between 2-4 hours total depending on the volume/length of your hair. I tend to let my hair air dry for an hour or so before blow drying the rest. This will significantly speed up the amount of time under the heat of the dryer. I usually pick one day a week where I know I don’t need to be anywhere (ex: Sunday afternoon) and wash/style for the week.
You should be able to style your hair any way you want for the most part and not have them show: ponytails, braids, up dos, half up-half down, etc. The only issue you will run into is that you can’t do pigtails or any type of hair do that would require you to part your hair down the middle. Since the rows of hair lay flat across your head they will slightly show if you part your hair down the middle of your head.
Something amazing to note is that the extension hair holds a curl SO wellI. I usually can get away with curling my hair once for the entire week with very minimal touch ups throughout the week. So while it does take quite a bit more time to wash and style your hair it does last so much longer than normal! Another thing to note is that it makes basically every hair style look SO much better. Braids are bigger and better, ponytails are fuller and overall your locks are much more voluminous. If you want to play around with hair accessories I have some of my favorites linked here.
I use all of my same products to wash and style my hair as I did before having extensions. Click through below to see the products that I use to style my hair. I have found that the extension hair is a little more textured than my natural hair so I have added in a heat protectant and deep conditioner.
I am in LOVE with my new hair. If you have always wanted long, luscious locks, this is your best bet. For those that are maybe thinking about getting hair extensions, this would be my advice for you. If you are just wanting extensions for a one time event (for ex: wedding, prom, etc), a more affordable and less permanent option like clip ins would probably be best for you. If you aren’t ready to make the monetary commitment to NBR hair extensions, then tape in extensions might be a good route for you. And lastly, if you are wanting a more permanent option, I cannot say enough good things about my NBR hair extensions. While they are pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. For the amount of overall length and volume I wanted, NBRs were what worked best for me and I am SO happy with the outcome!
If there are any other questions that you would like answered about my hair extensions, please leave them below in the comments and I will answer them there!
One of my personal favorite trends as of recently has been hair accessories. Hair scarves started making their way into the scene last year and now you can add hair clips to that trend list too. Pearl clips, name clips, round clips, square clips, they are all trending! See below for a round up of some of my favorite hair accessories.
I’ve been on a jumpsuit kick lately and by lately I mean pretty much since they became a thing. My love for jumpsuits run deep. The whole getting naked thing when you pee really doesn’t bother me. BUT if it does, I have the “jumpsuit” for you! This jumpsuit is actually a matching two piece set that looks like it is connected but really isn’t. And if you weren’t already sold, it has an elastic waist, stretchy top AND it’s just $12 TOTAL.
You ladies have been loving my Walmart finds which has made me hit up Walmart that much more. After finding this steal of a jumpsuit, I went on the hunt for more! I found 20 jumpsuits under $20 that I think all of you will love and linked them below. Some are even dressy enough for a cocktail party or wedding guest attire! PRO TIP: I usually search in the juniors section on walmart.com because the selection is usually cuter (in my opinion) and cheaper! Sizing wise: most of the styles come in sizes S-XL and I’d say they run pretty true to size.
Want to complete your look? Walmart also has a great selection of accessories that won’t break the bank. My leather sandals are under $30, come in 3 colors and are so comfortable! My straw bag is a designer dupe and is just $20. I’ve gone ahead and linked some of my favorite accessories below!
And if you are impressed with these Walmart finds, check out two of my other recent Walmart blog posts: