Vixen & Blush Micro Ring Hair Extensions // My Experience

I’ve wanted hair extensions my whole life, they’re a bit of an investment but what I was most concerned about is the fact they could potentially ruin my hair in the long run. I have never really wanted very long hair but instead was looking for a little extra volume although a bit of length would be a plus. I’ve tried clip-ins which I do think are great but they don’t recommend you wear them daily and it seems a little strange to have very long hair one day and short the next.

I asked everyone I knew that had tried some sort of hair extensions and spent hours on Google but I was never given a concrete answer and everyone was telling me different things. Would it ruin my hair? Was I really choosing the best option? It seemed that everyone favourited what they used and were shocked that you would even consider something else.

In the end I came to the conclusion that they all have their pro’s and con’s, at the end of the day you are attaching something to your hair for a prolonged amount of time which could cause some damage but I was always told that as long as you were careful enough they could cause no damage at all.

I was then recommend to try Vixen and Blush a small salon that does just hair extensions, I’d seen some of their previous work which looked great and very natural so I went for it (with a little more Googling, naturally.)

I went for a free consultation a few weeks before at their salon in Vauxhall, we discussed which hair would work best for me, what sort of length I wanted, what I wanted the end result to be like and most importantly they made sure my hair could handle the weight. What surprised me the most on this day was the amount of rules (but more on that later).

I went in for my three hour session a few weeks later and had about a 3/4 head installed (I feel like I should be talking about a kitchen or a computer software.) I took my laptop but the girls there are all so lovely the time really flew by. They custom blend each section of hair to match (or be slightly different if you wish) your own colour, they then apply them with a tiny hoop and use a plier to flatten the hoop and secure them in place. They then cut into the extensions to the length I wanted and blended them in with my natural hair so that it all looked real. They used Russian hair on me and used slightly smaller hoops towards the top of my head as my hair is a little thinner. I tend to run my hands through the top of my hair so we also decided that they wouldn’t really work all the way up to the top.

Once it was in done and styled they went over the do’s and don’t. The main ones were; don’t flip your head upside down (especially the beginning as the hair is quite tight), don’t tie it in a high/tight ponytale, sleep with it tied up, no conditioner in the roots, keep roots clean and no salt sprays. For me the biggest shock was no turning your head upside down and no high ponytales as this means I couldn’t put my hair in a turban after the bath and no more messy buns.

Before and After
The first few days were okay, I wasn’t overly happy leaving the salon but that was simply because they dry your natural hair really flat. Once I got to do it all myself I was really happy as I was able to add the volume. I was told they are really tight and painful but I would say they just feel a little strange at first and you can feel a slight pulling however I didn’t even have any troubles sleeping at all.

I reached about the end of week two and I was ready to get rid of them, it was a really busy week and I was just struggling with the change in drying time which had basically doubled but now two months in I am so glad I didn’t. After that I got use to them, it doesn’t take quite as long to dry as I know what I am doing and I’m so use to them I am worried about getting them out!

Since getting them I am always on the look out to see who else has them and I always ask about them. These are by far the best I have seen (and I have seen some awful ones!) as they are really neatly applied, with even pressure on the hair and the rings are also smaller than most others I have seen.

I am so glad I went to Vixen & Blush and wouldn’t go anywhere else for Micro rings, I feel that because they only do extensions that is where their expertise and passion lies. They know exactly what they are doing and seem very happy to correct any problems you may have (sometimes you may need a ring removed after the first week because it’s too visible/uncomfortable)

So the big question would I get them again?
In short, yes. I absolutely love them and have been getting lots of compliments on my hair and no one has ever suspected it to be fake. They last about three months which means I will be getting mine out in February and I actually think I’ll miss them. I think I will remove them for a few months just to have short hair for a little bit. I’d highly recommend Vixen & Blush and although it may be a little out of the way (currently in Vauxhall but opening in Shoreditch soon) it really is worth making the effort to get there. If you’re still not completely sure I’d at least book in for a consolation with the lovely girls.

For more info/prices check out the Vixen and Blush Website and Twitter page. I have also included a video I though you might find interesting but let me know if you have any questions below.

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  1. 3rd January 2014 / 6:26 pm

    These look absolutely gorgeous! I have such thin/ flat hair that I never thought I'd be able to get anything like this done, but now I think I might have to! I don't know if I could manage not tying it up high/ in a bun and sleeping on it up though x

    • 4th January 2014 / 2:24 pm

      Its much easier than you think, let me know if you decide to get them xx

  2. 3rd January 2014 / 7:14 pm

    These are gorgeous, I'd love extensions but always worry they'll look fake. I'm actually going to talk to my hairdresser about them when I go in feburary. Lovely post Sabrina!

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

    • 4th January 2014 / 2:21 pm

      You should, now days a good hairdresser can make them look real xx

    • 4th January 2014 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Haha you get use to it quickly I thinkX

  3. 3rd January 2014 / 8:10 pm

    These look really nice. I used to have really long hair for over 10 years and at it's longest point it was down to around waist length. A couple of years ago I had it all cut off to shoulder length and although I love it and it now annoys me if it gets too long I do occasionally miss my long hair.

    I would possibly consider hair extensions if I could afford them to have my long hair back for a while but I'd be scared about combing my hair right after having them as I'm sure I'd forget about the bonds x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    • 4th January 2014 / 2:06 pm

      I can brush my hair pretty much like normal and you can get it pretty long. XX

  4. 3rd January 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous and thick, I really love them. I don't think I could cope with putting not being able to tie my hair up in a top knot though- this is how I have it most days. Although if mine looked like yours I don't think I would want to tie it up.

    Poppy | far away

    • 4th January 2014 / 2:04 pm

      You really do get use to it though, I struggled for about a week and then I got use to and now I could do it if I wanted to as they're lose enough.

  5. 4th January 2014 / 12:39 am

    They look absolutely amazing on you!! I wish I could afford hair extensions, my hair is long enough, it just feels so fine and limp, so some added hair would make a great difference! I'd be so scared about ruining them though as I'm pretty rough with my hair 🙁 xx

    • 4th January 2014 / 2:00 pm

      I think you become a little more careful with your hair when you have them in. They're a great option if you can afford them, if not I'd recommend regular hair cuts really helps hair to not look limp X

    • 4th January 2014 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks, big voluminous hair has always been the aim haha X

  6. 4th January 2014 / 5:10 am

    Wow! You look gorgeous. There is clearly a transformation and I find your new look to be amazingly pretty. The salon really knows what their customers wants and what look will satisfy them. 🙂

    • 4th January 2014 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks, I do think they're really good! X

  7. 4th January 2014 / 6:36 am

    Looks lovely! 🙂 xx

  8. 4th January 2014 / 3:03 pm

    They look amazing and look like your actually hair. I have never considered extensions since I have such long hair but maybe in the future. Glad you are so happy with them and got used to them finally.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

    • 9th January 2014 / 11:05 am

      I'll do another update post extensions

  9. 6th January 2014 / 8:44 am

    Wow! I can not believe it,you are amazing with the hair extensions!!!!

  10. 18th April 2014 / 8:25 pm

    i think the results are wonderfull, great job 🙂 you look adorable by the way ^^

  11. 8th June 2014 / 9:20 am

    So gorgeous! Am in dire need of extensions and am seriously considering Vixen and Blush. In your before and after, is the before photo before you styled the extensions or before the extensions were put in? Thanks!

  12. 9th October 2016 / 9:37 am

    How many hours it takes?

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