Let’s Talk Hair Extensions

Okay, ladies, today we’re talking hair extensions! I get asked all the time about my hair. How do I have it cut? What color does my stylist use? The funny thing is, I’m like most of us, I wish my hair was thicker, curly, etc.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen some of these pictures. There’s a back story, to my hair extensions.

Over the last few years, I have been trying to grow my hair out a little. When I was in my forties, I thought I should keep it a little shorter because I was THAT age.

When I turned 50, I got a little attitude (haha!) and decided I would do what I wanted so I started growing it out. I have fine hair, but I have a lot of it.

As I started to grow it out, the ends were thinner than I liked, especially around my face. So last year, my stylist added a few extension on the sides of my hair.

I wanted to wear them a while before I shared them because I wasn’t sure if I liked them or not. After a few months, I decided I didn’t like them because of the kind we used.

They would slide out, and when they did, they took some of my hair with them. During that time I was adding some curls to my hair, and I was using my curling iron way too hot.

While I liked the soft curls, I didn’t know I was damaging it, and it broke off in the front.

Let's Talk Hair ExtensionsLong story short, we decided to take the few extensions out and try another type. There are a ton of different kinds of extensions, and you have to find the kind that works best with your hair.

Also, customization is key. They matched the extensions to my hair color but then the stylist who does my hair color (it’s a mixture of #5 and #6), colored my extensions to get a perfect match. It takes a village people!

Okay, let’s show some before and after pictures.

Here is the front, we had to cut my hair because of the damage I did with my curling iron.

Let's Talk Hair Extensions Here’s the back. My hair has no product in it, and we just blow dried it straight.

Let's Talk Hair ExtensionsThis is the front after we placed the weft extensions and she had curled it with a curling iron.

Let's Talk Hair ExtensionsThis is the back. I kept these weft extensions longer because they’re pricey and we felt like we could always cut them shorter later.

Let's Talk Hair ExtensionsLet's Talk Hair Extensions Let's Talk Hair ExtensionsHere’s the thing, hair extensions need lots of TLC, and they have an adjustment period. They aren’t for everyone.

As far as pricing, they are different for everyone. It depends on what kind, it depends on how much you need for your hair and what your stylist charges.

It’s best if you’re interested in  hair extensions, schedule a consultation at a reputable salon. If you’re local, I go to Cha Cha’s, and Madie Culp did my extensions.

Also, I haven’t had these extensions long enough to give them two thumbs up, but I will keep you posted.

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Beauty For The Heart~~Surrendering to God isn’t giving in-it’s giving up! Giving up carrying the weight of all that’s too much for us to our God. ~Lysa Tuerkerst

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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  1. I think they look great!! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to hear your updates once you’ve worn them for a while.

  2. Your extensions look great Cyndi! Thanks for this post. My hair is fine and thin but I like wearing it long. I feel at 46 I look much younger with longer hair and my husband likes it longer as well. So, I’ve been wearing extensions for at least 10 years now. I was recently saying that I think talking about wearing them is now becoming not only popular but also acceptable. There was a time I felt I shouldn’t mention it. I’m glad more people are talking about it now..to me it’s no different than getting botox or any other beauty treatment to make yourself feel more beautiful or even wearing a certain type of clothing or accessory. I’ve changed types over the years as well and now use tape-in which is much quicker and easier to work with. I’m curious to see how you like yours after a few weeks. Blessings!

  3. I can sympathise with your hair breaking. It happened to me in September. Luckily my breakage was under the top layer of my hair. At present every morning I have 2 horns protruding from my head as the hair grows. Each morning I now have to style my hair to cover the growth.

    I am very impressed with your extensions. They look so natural

  4. Wow, Cyndi I love them! They blend in perfectly with your natural hair and you look beautiful. I saw this on your Instastories yesterday and I’m so glad you shared it on your blog. I’m 48 and my hair is about the same length yours is now. I say we wear our hair any style, length, and color we want because in our age bracket, it’s now or never! I can’t wait to see how you style your hair in the coming weeks. Love it!

  5. Your hair always looks great. Thanks for the Beauty for the Heart today. Surrendering is so hard sometimes, but so worth it.

  6. I had extensions 2 years ago and loved them. I’m actually having them put back in tomorrow. I use the kind that tape 2 pieces together with my hair in the middle, like a sandwich. They don’t damage your hair at all. I’m curious what kind you use.
    I’m 50 and they make me feel great!

  7. Your extensions look great! I was wondering if they make your hair tricky to brush. Like, do you have to be extra careful so you don’t pull on them, etc?

    I have too thick hair, and my daughter has super fine hair. She’d like to try extensions, but I do worry they will cause too much damage to her already delicate hair.

  8. Wow! Thank you for sharing so honestly about all this. It’s so easy to think that beautiful bloggers like you never have to deal with regular girl stuff like hair problems 😊.
    Extensions are so fun!

  9. Wow! They look great! And I say – it’s YOUR hair so you do what you want. Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t do it. Each person has different likes and dislikes and opinions. But in the end … you do what YOU feel is the right thing for you! 😊

    I am jealous though (in a loving way). Lol. I have very fine very thin and very straight hair. I can’t afford to wear extensions if they are going to pull out or damage what little hair I have. 😜

    Keep us posted on how they are working out for you.

    Have a blessed day! ❤️

  10. The extensions look amazing. I have talked with my stylist about them and she has said they are tricky and there are a ton to choose from. My hair style is very similar to yours and right around my face is where I have more dry ends and breakage. I have been curling my hair because it look softer and less dry. I have had more compliments on this look rather than the straight look. It must be an age thing, haha I agree, at 50 we can do what we want. Have a beautiful day!

  11. Love the extensions on you. I do have a hair question. Every time I lose any kind of weight from dieting and also because of my age. I’m 49. My hair is thin on top. Have you experienced this at all?

  12. Thanks for sharing! They look lovely on you. I have very thick hair so you got me thinking about how lucky I am to still have so much of it. I think extensions are great & if I ever decided to grow out my hair. Collar bone length is about the farthest they like to advise on petite ones to grow out but I had very long hair long ago .You probably have layers in your hair around the face to keep it fluffy – looks very pretty! Alittle tip & it may or may not work for you as not all products react the same to everyone’s hair but when I damaged mine from flat ironing one time 4 or 5 years ago I used a product stylist recommended called L”anza Trauma treatment. You can get at a beauty shop or Ulta. It made my hair come back to life & I was getting compliments on my hair in no time. I still use it sometimes. My stylist recommended I leave on for 15 or 20 minutes & then rinse out. You can add as a leave in also. I also have natural curly hair since 3 years ago which I do too with no heat except a diffuser alittle. I flip flop between the two. 🙂

  13. Love the extensions. Age appropriate and done with class. I’d like to know more about the upkeep. Do you wash your hair every day? Do you have to use a specific shampoo for extensions. Are these glued or sewn? Just love the idea. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Oh Cyndi, you are just a doll. The extensions look fabulous. That is something I need to do with my fine thin hair. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great day!

  15. Thank you for sharing this and they look amazing and if I had the money I would definitely consider adding extensions. But my daughter is a senior in college so we are going to have an expensive year ahead. Plus if I had to pics as often as you do, I would definitely do it. Like you I wanted to grow my hair a little longer because I always wore it short in my 30s and 40s and it was just easier with work and kids. But now in my 50s I have a bit more time but like you, it didn’t grow out nicely. It looked dry and thin around the hairline from years of flat irons and curling irons. So I gave it all a rest (but still colored my new growth_greys) and my stylist started using organic color and also Olaplex. And boy has that helped. Now I can see that my hair is much healthier and it’s starting to grow out more nicely. Enjoy your new locks!

  16. Your hair looks great, Cyndi! Thank you so much for this post! I love Cha Cha’s so you were definitely in good hands. My hair is also fine and naturally curly as well, so a longer length works better (due to the curls). I’ve had stylists mention extensions to me, and I’ve given them some consideration. Thanks for showing us the before and after pictures and for doing what is best for your hair at 50 or any age! That’s what we should all do! 😊

  17. I used to love your blog for fashion ideas.Now because I’m not super rich and can’t afford Botox , fillers, coolsculpting, and hair extensions, I feel frumpy and old. Your blog really emphasizes tha beauty is only for the rich.

    1. I also cannot afford (or really want) Botox, fillers, etc. And some of the fashion options styled are way out of my price range. However, I have found a lot of ideas for styling, and I try to follow those but with less expensive options (or wait for good sales). (Cyndi did style beautiful beige boots awhile back, and then she provided a much less expensive alternative. I bought those, and I get compliments on the boots every time I wear them. Everyone is amazed at how little I paid.) I hope Cyndi continues to give less expensive options for clothes. We shouldn’t have to feel frumpy and old because we cannot use or want these option. There are other ways to feel stylish. (It is a struggle, I agree with you, but I am a work in progress, even at 64.) Stay positive and do what works for you.

    2. Hi Heather, I think that a lot of the treatments that bloggers have done are free to them because they are advertising for the company. That is one of the reasons that they have a blog! Please don’t feel that you need these procedures to look and feel great.

    3. Heather, I like this blog for the inspiration of both the fashion and the faith. I use the fashion only as a guideline and find less expensive options. 🌼
      There is nothing wrong with aging gracefully & naturally. There are many over the counter products that help with aging that you can find at the store and not spend a million $. You can find budget friendly options in both beauty and fashion. 🌼
      Best wishes, Kim 💞

    4. I completely disagree Heather. I took a minute to go back through some of Cyndi’s fashion blogs…she gives excellent “substitutions” if someone is looking for a less expensive version of what she is styling. Many times she IS styling the less expensive version. A good example is Sole Society…right now several of the bags Cyndi has in her posts are on sale at very affordable prices. You have to shop sales…using her suggestions and purchasing for yourself when the time is right for you. I think you’re just having a bad day :\

    5. Heather, I kind of agree. Botox, fillers, etc…are very expensive. Most bloggers do get discounted or free services for promoting a business or product in their blog. Unless someone is wealthy this is a an indulgence that will have to end. How many retired women could afford these things? Then what? Do they slip into depression as their wrinkles and thin hair are exposed?

    6. Heather, I have to agree with you. I think Cyndi is absolutely beautiful; however, maybe not truly representing aging gracefully. Maybe I am wrong, but aging gracefully seems, to me, it would be aging naturally and doing things to naturally help our bodies without needing a discretionary income of thousands of dollars. I have been following this blog for several years, and it has become more of a luxurious advice column, at least for me. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in doing all of these things, such as extensions, Botox, fillers, buying premium clothing, etc., but it just is not within my standard of living. I would do it if I could.😊. I really do not thing it should be considered aging gracefully though. It is more like aging with help. With all of the “enhancements” available today, it is hard to know what I should look like at 53. After looking at all of the enhanced bloggers, I just feel and look like some old lady.😞. Again, I think Cyndi is beautiful, but maybe not truly representative of a natural 50 year old. I say if you can afford it, and it makes you happy, go for it. I will just keep avoiding mirrors and photos.😬

    7. Heather, I have to say I kind of agree. I have defended the blog all along, pointing out the lower cost options, and I love Cyndi’s style. But lately, instead of fun and inspiring, I find the blog just leaves me kind of sad. I feel old, poor, plain. Extensions, Botox, sculpting. Not to say Cyndi should do anything different for herself, but maybe it is just time for me to move on….

      1. Diane, you hit the nail on the head with how I’ve been feeling lately after reading this blog. I, too, would always read Cyndi’s blog daily and faithfully, and always felt inspired and uplifted. Now, it is February 21, and I’m trying to catch up with the blog because I had stopped reading it daily because of the way it left me feeling. I think it’s time for me to move on as well.

  18. I think they look fantastic! and I’m glad you didn’t go with Wayne’s suggestion of keeping them waist length – LOL. While I’m not a fan of short/styled hair, I’m also not a fan of really long hair on women 40+…mid-back is a good longer length, and even then, only if it’s really healthy. I love your hair longer than when I started following you years ago and it was in the wedge/bob – I think you look much younger with longer hair :).
    I too have fine hair but mine is fine/thin. My stylist keeps asking about extensions, BUT I’m on the fence for several reasons – the first being the cost since the ones she keeps mentioning start around $900. Secondly I’m concerned what they will do to what hair I do have. Excited to see how these work for you!!

  19. Your hair looks amazing. And thank you for styling us, yesterday I went to a Health and Wellness class for those of us 60 and older and when I went in the door the lady told me it was a 60 and older event I had to give her my drivers license, any how once I entered into the room I quickly saw why, it was the way I was dressed how you have style for us, instead of the tee shirts capris that had a elastic band and well old lady shoes. Any way I enjoyed the class and thank you for your blog

  20. I love your hair longer. Makes you look younger. The inverted bob you had was pretty but it doesn’t seem as popular as it once was. I have thin hair but also have a lot of it. I’ve been letting my hair grow from the bob I had. I love it!

  21. They look very natural. I have a friend who has worn them for years, she buys them from India, they are real hair, she wears her hair very long but she is able to pull it off when some of us can’t. They are very expensive, but hers a just a part of her and she has them year round so for her it’s an investment. Not my thing, but not everything is for everybody.

  22. Thanks for your honesty and sharing the way you do. Love that. I have fine hair, but lots of it and I wear it to the shoulders, kinda the same style and length in your pictures when you redid your blog picture. I am lucky because when wet, my hair has wave and curl and I can use the diffuser to wear it curly or use a large brush to wear it more straight. I think you need to do whatever makes you feel good about yourself. Personally I think you looked the best when you redid your blog picture and your hair was just shoulder length. If your hair is like mine, when I try to wear it longer it dries out and gets split end and just doesn’t look healthy. So while I would like to wear it below the should, I want it to look healthy also.

    Good luck with the extensions. I’ve had a coupe friends who wore them and it ruined their hair. Sounds like you are in good hands with someone that will give you the best kind for your hair.

    Look forward to hearing how this all works out for you.

  23. I LOVE your new look with the extensions! They look great! I agree that longer gives a bit of a longer vibe but your shorter length was pretty as well. It would have been fun to see a picture of the waist length that Wayne liked. 😀 Have fun with the extensions, they are gorgeous!

  24. Love the long hair!! But I really loved your short style you wore a few years ago too! You look fabulous in the y’all black boots and camel coat and animal print scarf!!! Thanks for sharing all your fashion style tips with us!! Love following you!! Have a great day!! Cold in Texas!!! Dianne

  25. Thanks for sharing Cyndi. Looking forward to hearing more once you have had some more time with them in. You look great in any length and style. I have to say I do like the shoulder length bob picture in the before picture.

  26. Well Cyndi, they look great! Are you able to put it up in a bun or ponytail? I’ve always just kind of accepted the fact that my heat styling was going to damage my hair in some way. But since hearing your story, I decided to try turning the heat down. My flat iron goes from 140° to 450°, and like you, I always just used the highest setting. Last night I tried soft curls on the lowest setting and was very pleased with the results. Today I tried straightening on the lowest temp and it still came out pretty good. So thanks for the advice that we don’t necessarily need to use the highest heat to still get good reaults.

    1. Also, can you do half up styles? I always loved your half up hairdos. And are you willing to show how it’s attached?

  27. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and lost my pretty blonde(colored) hair. It and fatigue were my major problems-thank you Lord! My new hair is dark gray and just growing back. I kind of love it. It’s baby soft. I’m looking at cute pixie cuts maybe in 3 months, but extensions might be fun! Also, I was blessed to order a wig that looks so much like my real hair-many didn’t think I ever lost my hair. Be grateful for what you have and do what sparks joy in you!!!

  28. Cyndi….you hair looks so much thicker with the extensions. Also love the Carmel highlights. BFTH is Our Family verse through all these years, we love those verses. Have an awesome day and love the hair tatorials.

  29. You always look pretty and put together!
    I have had fun with your fashion inspiration and skin care tips!
    Enjoy your hair! Wear it however it makes you feel the best. I honestly like the look of the before picture. However, at the end of the day it’s our heart and character that makes us sparkle!

  30. Well in all honesty I would not have known you were wearing extensions the last few months so It must be doing the job as it looks natural. I have hair just about the length of yours with the extensions, and it’s very thick. For that reason I do from time to time get it thinned out if not it becomes so much it ways me down. I also developed curls in my hair as I aged, must be a hormonal thing??? so I just dry it out with a big round brush and I ‘m good to go. Curls are a fun thing once and a while and definitely no straight iron. I’m trying to keep my hair as healthy as possible, to avoid what some are going through. You look great either way however when I look back at photos taken about a year and a half ago your hair and you looked great. No need to really change anything. Long hair as we age is great as long as we do it the right way.( I’m going to be 51 shortly) You look beautiful in either picture:)
    Beautiful verse one of my favorites.

  31. I saw your instagram post re: your hair yesterday and you asked for suggestions on which curling iron or brush to use. Well, here is my suggestion (see below). I have short course curly hair and this works the best on smoothing out my hair. When I had long hair I used this to smooth my hair and add some waves. I’ve been using this particular hot air styler for years. A professional hair stylist recommended this one to me over 10 years ago and it’s available on Amazon.

    BaBy liss Professional Hot Air Styler 1.25″ Ceramic Hair Brush
    by BaBy lisPRO

  32. I think hair extensions are a good idea to get that lush, full look. Your hair always looks beautiful, so keep doing whatever you’re doing.

  33. Cyndi, your hair looks great! Thank you for your openness and sharing. It’s great to see your before and afters. You look great in both, but I do really like the extensions 💕

  34. I think the extensions are darling on you! I’ve thought about getting them but not sure about investing in them. Thanks for jumping in and letting us see the process and outcome! Looking forward to your opinions after you’ve had them a while. XOXO from Texas

    1. If you want to try extensions but not on a permanent basis, I highly recommend Cashmere Hair. You can purchase a full set of real hair extensions for around $200. I have fine thin hair and have been wearing them over a year. Close friends are surprised when I tell them I am wearing extensions, they are so natural looking. They can be purchased on their website.

  35. Hair extensions make me kinda sad. My hair is the ONE thing about my appearance I actually like. It’s unusual. I’m over 40 but my hair is still long, thick, and naturally dark blonde (though I’ve started to get that touch of gray).
    That being said, there’s really nothing else about me that makes me special. Just my hair. But nowadays, anyone can just fake it with extensions. And I feel like that makes me liking my hair and counting it as a blessing just silly.
    I know it’s not a competition. Or it shouldn’t be. But maybe one person has a beautiful body, or gorgeous skin, or beautiful eyes, and the one thing, the only thing about myself worth liking, was my hair. But once extensions became popular, well, it just doesn’t matter anymore.

    On a brighter note, they do look good on you. But everything looks good on you. 😊

    1. This comment makes me so sad, but Im not surprised that people feel this way. We read Cyndi’s blog to get ideas on how to stay fashionably current, get ideas on skin care and what’s in and what’s out, etc. Please don’t beat yourself up. Women are so hard on themselves but I remember Cyndi saying in the past that we don’t see all the sad things she goes through as well and it’s easy for us to think all is perfect. Embrace you and love yourself. No one has a perfect life….

    2. I’m sure you are pretty but you really are blessed to have thick hair:) I have alopecia and use hair filler everyday. Extensions didn’t work for me because my thinness is in my crown area. I spent lots of money on them. I think they look cute on people but I just wanted to encourage you and let you know I wish I had your hair😄 I know what you mean about one thing making you feel good about yourself, mine is my eyelashes!! No hair but my natural eyelashes are a mile long haha. I hope you have a great day!! I’m finishing my degree at age 42 this semester and today is the first day of classes!! God bless!!!

  36. I love your extensions!!You look beautiful with or without them!! I am also 50, and I’m wearing my hair longer too, I’m very anxious to hear how you like them over time! I have a hair extensions halo that I wear regularly, and I love the way it looks, but it would be nice to have more permanent extensions! I mostly want them for the extra fullness all around, and length around the front. So happy you found some you are loving so far!!

  37. Cyndi,
    I like your extensions! You’re lucky to look great with both short and long hair. I, too went through damaging my hair with hot tools. I can recommend a product that really saved my hair. It looks better than ever. I don’t sell it, but it is one you have to purchase online. The reviews are mixed, but I’m telling you, it relay helped my hair with both growth and restoration. Maybe if you used it and loved it you could write about it. It’s called Monat. Check it out!

    1. My sons girlfriend just started selling that. I haven’t tried it yet but she loves it too. Thx for sharing 😊

  38. 1 Corinthians 11:15 — “But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.”
    Some of men would call this verse obscure and would advise to remain tentative; I think the verse could not be any clearer, as in crystal clear, and that I have taken it in the entire context of chapter 11. It’s either long hair or a separate head covering. Does it go against our culture? Yes – oh my goodness, YES. Is it given to us by God anyway, because He doesn’t ebb, flow, swing, and change with the culture? Yes. If NOT having long hair could even remotely be a dishonor to God, (just by chance that that verse actually means exactly what it says) Hmm…. I think I’ll keep mine.

    Congratulations on your new extensions — they are beautiful and God loves them.

  39. I think you look great no matter what. But I really want you to know that if you are feeling any pressure to look perfect because of your blog, I’m not expecting that at all. Your inner beauty shines thru and I love the way you represent yourself. And I appreciate you sharing all your beauty tips and tricks. I’m sure I could use botox, sculpting, highlights and extensions, but I’m just not there yet. I’m still trying to incorporate the basic things! 😉 I love your modest, yet elegant style and that is why I keep reading your beautiful blog. Blessings to you!

  40. Hey Cyndi,

    You are pretty either way. I have lots of hair, I’m very blessed. I laugh about it because I can wake up and not comb it and it looks good! We have to take the good with the bad!

    I just love your outfit the camel coat with the large scarf it looks really cute.

    Keep blogging love to see what looks good together. You have great ideas.

    Thank you

  41. I love the extensions! I have fine thinner hair just past the shoulders. I use the T-3 curling iron on the third setting with Chi 44 Iron Guard thermal protective spray and haven’t seen any damage yet.

  42. Your extensions are very pretty, Cyndi. I loved your hair when you used the Velcro rollers. It was longer, but not this long. In fact my hair is cut very similar to yours from a couple of years ago. ( not the inverted bob, but I also had that hair style too.)
    Thank you for sharing your new hairstyle with us!

  43. I think eventually all hair extensions kill the beautiful original hair. Just be patient and the natural hair will grow out. Of its not thick enough try using very good products that will strengthen it and also help it grow. But extensions are only temporary and distroy the original hair. This is Just what I’ve studied on this subject. Of course you look beautiful with them. 🙂

  44. Hi Cyndi, you look fabulous!! I love your extensions!! Thank you for inspiring us with your impeccable fashion sense, and thank you for your vulnerability, honesty and transparency regarding your beauty regime. You have certainly made an impact in my life, and I respect, admire, and appreciate you so much!! Thank you for helping me be a better, more put-together version of myself!! Wishing you peace and blessings, always!!

  45. Cyndi,
    I like your extensions and they look great on you. I am 65+ and I have had extensions off and on (mostly on) for the past 10 years. My daughter is a stylist, so she does it all. It is something you have to get used tobut once you do you will be hooked. Good Luck.

  46. I actually think your natural hair , even though shorter, looks really good – It doesn’t look thin at all!

    When you say hair extensions require a lot of TLC, what does that mean exactly? I’ve never tried hair extensions.

    Thank you for all your info and ideas – I find a lot of useful info from your posts

  47. Hi Cyndi,

    I think they look great on you! It looks very natural. I starting to grow my hair out but not happy with the way it looks right now, so this maybe something to look into. Thanks for sharing!!

  48. Cyndi,

    Thanks for posting about hair extensions!
    I am 61 and have decided to grow my hair out again-shoulder length. Growing your hair out is frustrating and I recently tried some extensions because I was having family photos done. I think they are a good idea especially when your in between styles.

    Are your extensions fused or semi permanent? I guess I am wondering if you take them off and on daily or if you wear them all the time?
    Thank you, I really enjoy your blog posts and scripture encouragement.


  49. I am 58 and want to grow my hair out. I do not want hair extensions. But how long is your natural hair? How did you like the weight loss program you were in?