Review : Dirty Looks Head Kandy Hair Extensions

Monday, 14 April 2014

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Even though my hair is pretty long to begin with, it's always nice to have a little bit of a helping hand when it comes to adding a bit more body and lenght. We can backcomb, use volumising spray etc but nothing beats using a set of extensions to give you that extra oomph!
When I was contacted by Dirty Looks shortly after having my hair dyed a little lighter, I happily accepted their offer to review a set of their Head Kandy full head clip in extensions*. What makes this particular set different than the usual full head sets is that it contains one quad weft. This particular weft includes 4 wefts of hair sewn onto flat mesh. This means you get more hair with less clips. It's something you could even wear on it's own for a little bit of added thickness if you don't feel like wearing the entire set at one go.

Getting matched up for my shade was very easy. I simply sent the girls at Dirty Looks a photograph of my hair and their senior stylist colour matched for me. In this case she suggested 'Butterscotch Blonde' which is a great match! When you have highlighted hair it's a little harder to determine what shade is correct for you as you have so many different shades running through. Luckily Dirty Looks have a good variety of lighter shades as well as dark solid colours, so you are bound to find a shade to suit you.

To follow on with the topic of colour matching, the extensions arrive in a bag with two compartments. One is sealed then the other containing just one weft of hair is not. This is to help you determine if the correct shade and length has been sent to you. So you can check it with the single weft, then if you are happy you can unseal the left hand side and start using your extensions. Once you have opened the left hand side you will not be able to return the extensions for hygiene reasons. So always remember to test out the single weft first!  - There are instructions about this on the reverse of the bag, so you shouldn't miss it!
Like most hair extension sets, they come in a varity of different lengths/grams. I have the 16"-18" set which is 160g of hair. The Dirty Looks hair extensions are made from 100% Remy Hair, so you can use heat tools on them. I always use a heat protectant when styling my hair, be it straightening or curling. You should make sure you do this in particular when you are using extensions as it helps keep them in good condition, so will last longer!
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In total you receive 8 large wefts of hair with multiple clips and then 2 single clip pieces. 160g of hair is a lot so you don't necessarily need to wear them all at once if you don't want to. If you look to the left of  the quad weft at the very top you can see the amount of hair you get in that one piece. It's a fair bit! You can actually buy a quad weft on it's own if you are looking to only add a little bit of extra volume and length to your hair.
Each weft is numbered, making it easy to follow the step by step instructions you get in the booklet with your extensions, so you know where to put each piece for a natural look.  If  for whatever reason you don't have the booklet the same instructions can be found online on the Dirty Looks website. Depending on what works for you there are endless combinations  to use for your perfect look. One tip which I think is really handy, is to clip in the top/front wefts in at an angle to create more of a feathered look.
As you can see from the images above, these particular hair extensions add a little bit of length and give me the appearance of thicker locks, and you can see the colour match is perfect. . This is them put in from the packet and then I ran the straighteners through quickly to ensure it all blended. I like how they look like this as they were relatively quick to put in, so would be perfect for the days when I need to rush in the mornings. I know I wont have to worry about having to do anything with them, I can just clip them in and go! I haven't had a chance to try out my curling tongs with them yet, but I'm sure with this amount of thickeness my larger barrel curling tong from babyliss, will give me waves even the Kardashians would be proud of! I will have to do a follow up post with ways I have tried styling them.

Overall I am really pleased with the Dirty Looks Head Kandy Hair extensions. They are good value for money at £69.99 for a full head set. The service from the brand themselves has been brilliant. They were always quick to respond to any queries I had when it came to the colour match and length of my extensions. As I gradually get blonder throughout the year, I'm confident that they will be able to assist me in getting the perfect shade for my hair!

Have you tried these extensions from Dirty Looks?  Like I said previously, If you would like to see a follow up post showing the different hairstyles I can create with them in let me know in the comments!

Much love,