(From Amy Robach, Anchor MSNBC)
As soon as I was approached by Today show producers to get hair extensions for a piece on the growing popularity of extensions... I was excited! WATCH VIDEO It's funny because everyone seemed so nervous for me, like I was jumping out of a plane without a parachute!
Yes, I've seen the photos of a bald Britney Spears and the reports she had bad hair extensions, but I figured worst-case scenario I'd end up with a short bob for the summer. However, my experience has truly been best-case scenario. My hair is much thicker, a little longer, and so much fun to style. I lost a lot of hair following the birth of my second baby and I feel like I have my hair back from my college days, even a little more than I ever had.
My fear is that when they take these extensions out in a couple of months, I will fall into deep depression when I see how thin my real hair actually is, now that I'm used to all of these luxurious locks.
At work, most people initially didn't know I had extensions put in and I received a ton of compliments... "Your hair looks great today," etc. When I told them the hair wasn't technically mine, they were shocked. It truly looks natural and I don't think anyone would be able to tell that I had extensions, unless I told them.
Now to the process itself. It took awhile, about 3 and a half hours. And yes, my head was sore for several days. It also took some time getting used to sleeping with them. The new hair is fused with a carotene substance (not glue) to strands of your own hair and there is a hardened bond that you can feel if you put your hand up to your head. The hair, by the way, comes from India and perhaps more notably from living people. It's also very expensive... Here in New York City the starting price for a full head of extensions is $1500. A habit a bit too pricey for me to keep up, so in a couple of months, I'll be back to my less glamorous do!