Stranded International is a British brand, proudly known for “Everyday Luxury Hair”. Specialising in human hair and heat-resistant synthetic hair extensions to naturally boost confidence.
Advocates of raising awareness for mental health, Stranded International is currently working with Manchester-based mental health charity Moodswings, to create a hair bow in the hope of raising money for their cause, and the incredible work they do.
I love the idea of an awareness bow and I can’t wait to see it finished.
Over the years, my hair has remained long, however, I tried shorter styles in my teens, but always returned to long locks. Without my long hair, I just wouldn’t be me it’s almost my comfort blanket. On days where I choose to wear it up – (not often), I feel naked and exposed, there’s nothing to hide behind.
A few years ago, I went through a phase of colouring my hair blonde from root to tip which really took its toll. I experienced a fair amount of breakage, particularly at the back and was horrified. I had to wear my hair up every day whilst waiting for it to grow to a decent length again. I remember feeling very self-conscious.
My daily walk to work took me past a car repair garage, as I walked past, one of the mechanics shouted “I prefer your hair down”. Taken aback by his cheeky remark, my confidence knocked even lower.
I preferred my hair down too but it wasn’t an option at the time. I hadn’t considered a clip in extension, but looking back, it would have been the perfect solution to camouflage the breakage while my natural hair grew back.
Hair extensions are a popular choice nowadays for many reasons. I’m clearly not in need of extra length, however, I could always use a little more volume – couldn’t we all?
The Christmas party season is fast approaching and perhaps making your entrance with voluminous hair could give you a little more confidence. I’m personally not one for all-out glamour, I can’t actually remember a time where I wore my hair up for a night out or a party. I prefer to embrace the natural appeal of loose hair.
I’m wearing the Stranded best-selling Everyday One Piece curly clip in extension.
It’s so easy to apply, simply section off the hair near the crown, place the extension close to the roots and press each clip against the head until it snaps shut. For extra security, Stranded recommend gently backcombing the root area along the parting before applying the clips. This allows a little more grip but personally, I found the extension felt really secure without backcombing. Blend your own hair into the extension by running your fingers through it, or brushing it gently.
My 18″ One Piece Curly Clip In is made from synthetic fibres and is heat-resistant up to 180 degrees. This means you’re able to straighten or curl it to suit your mood. It’s 160 grams (approx) in weight and there are thirty shades to choose from. Yes, you read that right – thirty!
My hair isn’t the easiest to colour match as I’ve allowed my natural colour to grow through for a “homegrown” balayage effect. I have a few blonde highlights running through to blend it a little, but in terms of getting the correct colour match it was really a choice between two.
Ballerina Musk is such a good match for my hair. With a blend of caramel and blonde – it’s very similar to my natural hair. You’d never know the difference!
When it comes to getting the right colour match for your extensions, you’ve got options. Choose which way works for you…
You can upload a photo of yourself. Or, email if you prefer. There’s also an option to loan a heat-resistant or human hair colour wheel and colour match yourself. (For a small fee).
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Have a browse at Stranded International.and see if you can find your match.
What do you think of extensions? have you ever been tempted? Perhaps you’ve added some extensions for your wedding day?
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