New Obsession- Hand Tied Hair Extension (and hair extensions 101)

Bonded, Halo, Beads, Tape, Clip In, even the pre-made ponytail you could by at the kiosk in the mall.

When it comes to hair extensions, I have done them all. Why? I have extremely baby fine hair. I can literally put all of my hair in one of those small clear ponytail holders and wrap it around an extra time. 

I’ve tried Biotin &  hair thickening shampoos and conditioners, but nothing compares to a good set of hair extensions.

When I found out Mallory (my hair stylist and friend) was going to learn a new method of extensions in Arizona, I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait for her to come back so I could sit in her chair and experience these new beauties.


Cheers to wine in a plastic cup, good hair, and a pretty filter


Ladies and Gentleman…I present to you…

HAND TIED EXTENSIONS by Mallory Dunn at Tresses Salon.

No glue, no tabs, more natural, less damaging, and more styling options. PLUS the quality of the hair is incredible and it will last you multiple maintenance sessions.

These are less expensive than the beads or bonded WITH QUALITY HAIR, but still an investment because of the initial hair buy (remember it can be reused) and takes about 2-3 hours to have done.

Quality of hair definitely increases or decreases your price but if it’s bad hair it will look like a bad wig and you will have to replace the hair more often.

I’m not saying the other forms of extensions are bad…except the kiosk ponytails. Those are bad. You can buy good quality hair to add to your ponytail but SAY NO to the ones in the mall. I’m just saying these have been my favorite so far.

I have received so many compliments from people about my hair, even my biggest hair critics aka my husband, Jim, and my bestie, Mimi. They are the first to call me out and say when they look fake or just not great. I say that because I am a person that doesn’t care about the back of my head. If I can’t see it, I don’t care.

Honestly, it’s one of the reasons Mallory wanted to try out these extensions. She was on the hunt to find me extensions that wouldn’t show, would fall correctly, and work with my thin hair. As a 20 year hair extension junkie, I can say these are the most natural (BUT FABULOUS) looking ones I’ve had so far.

My Personal Experience with Hair Extensions

Bonded– These were my first “real extensions”. Britney Spears had Great Lengths extensions and I immediately wanted them. They lasted about 3-4 months for me before having them maintenanced. When I had them done the hair could not be reused so you had to purchase new hair every time. They looked good…but the process definitely did some damage to my hair and they took around 4 hours to put in a full head because it is individual strands of hair.

EXPENSIVE because of the amount of time it takes and having to buy new hair.

Beads– Similar to bonded extensions without the amount of damage and the hair is reusable. Instead of throwing the hair away it could be used a good 3 or 4 times without having to buy new hair. Same amount of time to put them in and will last about 3-4 months depending on how fast your hair grows.

INITIALLY EXPENSIVE because of the amount of time it takes and the initial investment in the hair. As long as you take care of the hair you can reuse it. 

Beaded extensions


Tape In– These are great if you only need pieces. I personally didn’t love a full head of taped in extensions. They didn’t work for my thin hair. Jim would always tell me he could see them through my fine hair (can’t speak to someone with thicker hair). HOWEVER, when I had just a few pieces to give the front of my hair length and fullness while I was growing out my hair a little, I loved them. This is a pic from NYE 2019 and I only had 4 little strips taped in around my face.

Not Super Expensive and only takes about 30 min to an hour to put in. 

Tape Ins (only in the front)


Halo- BY FAR THE BEST TEMPORARY FIX. Want extensions that aren’t permanent? You can toss them in and out? These are AMAZING! I will say your hair needs to be a certain length to wear these or they will look like a mullet. ALSO… IMPORTANT…once you get your Halo (you can order one from Mallory at Tresses), make sure you schedule an appt to have them colored or glossed to match your hair and cut (while on your head) to make it work with your style.

You’re looking at about $300-$400. For Semi Permanent Extensions that can be kind of expensive but the quality of hair is amazing and will last for years because you aren’t using it every day. I would say as a temporary hair solution, well worth the investment.

All of my temporary extensions in their little case

Clip Ins- If you’ve ever thought about trying extensions but dont want to make the BIG investment and aren’t sure how you would like it, this is a great GATEWAY hair piece. Clip ins are pretty inexpensive. You can get an ok quality bundle for under $100. The thing with clip ins is you have to be willing to take the time to put them in, it’s definitely recommended to get them cut by a stylist while in your hair, and you have to have friends on the look out for pieces that are showing.

Inexpensive. Time consuming when you are putting them in because you want them to look natural. 

Any and all questions you have about hair extensions, feel free to comment on this post or reach out to me on social media. I’d be happy to share my experience. Also, if you are looking for a fabulous salon, might I recommend Tresses Salon in Mt Pleasant, SC. You will love it there…not just because they do amazing hair and the girls are awesome…they also have a mascot that you wont be able to resist.

Meet Pearl.

Tresses Salon

(843) 856-2550

1140 Oakland Market Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466





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