Review: Irresistible Me Hair Extensions + How I Retouch my Lavender Hair


When Irresistible Me agreed to do a collaboration with me, I couldn't contain my excitement because I've been wanting to try their hair extensions from the first time I heard about the brand all over social media. This post will be a review with photos of the product by itself (before-and-after photos will be in a separate post) plus I'll be showing you the whole process of how I retouch my lavender locks. Read more for everything you need to know about these extensions and how I dyed them!

About the Product




Irresistible Me has two general kinds of hair extensions - Silky Touch and Royal Remy. I was offered to choose from the Silky Touch line and I ended up picking the Platinum Blonde (#613) in 24" with 200g of hair.

About Silky Touch
"Silky Touch is our best-selling line made with 100% human Remy hair. These hair extensions are amazing quality for a friendly price and can be very easily styled, cut, colored and curled to blend in your hair perfectly. The thickness of the hair decreases very slightly towards the ends just like normal hair does which will provide a completely natural look while wearing them. Offering fantastic value for the money, the Silky Touch clip in hair extensions are perfect for anybody who loves adding a bit of volume and/or length to their hair occasionally or for special events. If you’re just starting with hair extensions and you want something that’s great quality, the Silky Touch clip in hair extensions are the way to go."
 
Thoughts
The package came with 10 pieces of varying widths: 1 pc with 4 clips (7.5"), 2 pcs with 3 clips (6"), 5 pcs with 2 clips (4"), 2 pcs with 1 clip (1.2"), and 3 extra clips. That being said, it definitely comes with a lot of hair and it's great that the pieces taper towards the end because it provides a more natural look. They also feel incredibly natural because, well, they are real human hair, which also means that I need to take care of them like they're my own. I do wish that the box came with some kind of manual, but it really didn't take that much to figure out how to put them on. I just checked out a few Youtube videos and had no problem clipping them on to my hair. 
I definitely appreciate the fact that there are more than enough pieces for maximum volume especially for my kind of hair that lacks in that department. The largest piece alone can be enough for added volume because it has three layers! I'm also quite impressed with the length, which is certainly one of my favorite features because when I recently got a much-needed trim to get rid of my split ends, my hair ended up losing quite a few inches than I'm used to, so it was nice to get those extra inches back.

Dyeing the extensions/how I retouch my pastel hair
You might be wondering why I chose platinum blonde when my hair is nowhere near that color, but that's because I meant to dye it pastel to match my lavender locks and the only way to do that easily by yourself is to have the lightest base possible. Anyway, I'll just show you how I colored the extensions in a step-by-step process that's exactly the same as how I retouch my own hair after it fades to a silvery ash blonde.
The materials are pretty standard and fairly affordable: a hair coloring kit (mixing bowl, regular and long tail dye brushes, and sturdy hair clips), a hair cap & gloves (not pictured above), a huge bottle of conditioner (mine has 39 fl. oz.), and hair dye(s) of your choice (I got Violet and Silver from Pravana Chromasilk Vivids). 

I've retouched my hair by myself for at least 3 times now, so I have a pretty solid idea of the amount of dyes that I need in order to achieve the color that works for me. This part is essentially a trial-and-error process that takes a few sessions to master, so it highly depends on the lightness level of your hair and the the kind of color you want to achieve, but if your situation is anything close to mine, here's the mixture I came up with that might be a good baseline:
Conditioner + several drops of Silver
From the 39 oz. bottle of conditioner, I actually only used 1/4 of it (pretty much until it reached the rim of the mixing bowl as you can see on the first photo above), so this huge container could last for up to 4 coloring sessions if your hair is as long as mine. In the photos above, I progressively added the silver dye at about a consistent amount until the pigment actually showed up. The silver itself doesn't do much, but I find that it's quite a significant factor in the fading process. When I use the violet dye alone, my hair ends up with a pink undertone and thus fades to a pastel pink and eventually blonde, whereas when I add a good amount of silver to the violet, it has a much cooler undertone and my lavender hair ends up fading to a silvery gray and eventually a silvery ash blonde. Again, it's all up to personal preference: if you want silvery or pink hair at some point, then add some silver or simply use violet alone, respectively.
Silver + Violet = cool-toned lavender
Here, I literally added a drop of the violet dye, and as you can see, it turned completely purple, which goes to show how incredibly pigmented this one is compared to Silver. With that said, be super careful with Violet in particular because it's extremely concentrated, so always add drop-by-drop. Otherwise, you'd have to add more conditioner than necessary. 

Now that the tricky part is over, simply apply this mixture to your hair with whatever application method works for you. Personally, I prefer just applying it with my hands (with gloves) because I get too impatient with the brush especially since I have super long hair and I don't have anyone to do it for me. I usually divide my hair into four sections - two in the bottom half and two in the upper half. With the extensions, I don't really need to section them since they're already in small, separate pieces.

After getting all your hair or hair extensions completely saturated, it's important to put on a hair cap so that the heat can help the color penetrate the strands and thus process the color faster. I typically wait about 45 minutes to an hour until I wash it off (without shampooing) and that's it! It's actually a super quick and easy process more so when you've had a lot of practice! 

Here's the finished result with the hair extensions:

As for my actual hair, here's a series of shots that shows the progressive fading of the pastel color:
Freshly dyed - 3rd wash - 4th to 5th wash - 6th+ wash
Keep in mind that I only wash my hair once or twice a week to make the color last as long as possible, thus the fading often varies. Generally, the lavender typically lasts two weeks tops for me; after the 2nd wash, the violet's pretty much stripped off and it starts turning into mauve, then silver, and ultimately blonde. However, I do like keeping the silver and ash blonde hair for a while, so at this rate, I'd most likely have to retouch the lavender every month as opposed to every two weeks. No worries though - the Pravana dyes probably won't run out for years because they're so pigmented! For everything else that you need to know about my pastel hair experience, head over to this post.

I hope this review + my hair coloring tips helped! Once again, thanks so much to Irresistible Me for sending me these amazing hair extensions that I will probably wear all day every day. Look out for a follow-up post on this product in which I show before & after photos with the extensions on!

'Til my next one!
xoxo,
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