The theory behind the Butterfly Effect is that something as small as a butterfly flapping it’s wings is enough to cause a ripple effect that could change major events in history. Forget butterflies, I altered history big time flipping around my new long hair on Saturday afternoon! Friday I’m a short hair gal. Saturday I’m a long hair gal. It’s pretty weird I’m not going to lie.
The hair on my head is Russian I’m told, and the method used to apply was Extend Tubes. A tiny piece of my hair and the extension get threaded through a little silicone tube that looks like a bead. The bead then gets squished, thus holding the hair and extension together. I felt like I cheated the universe. In 3 hours I had hair that would have taken me 3 years to grow. Then my new hair got caught in my seat belt and I realized, like with superpowers, with long hair comes great responsibility.
The first night, NO SLEEP! Those little extensions hurt like a son of a bitch. It felt like a hundred tiny ponytails that you can’t take out. And since they were all over my head I had to sleep on my stomach…. face down. Starfish float (face down). I tried to put my head on the pillow but it felt like I was lying on one of those beaded seat covers taxi drivers use.
Woke up day two, and looked like an extra from FuBar. My short hair has separated from the long hair creating a super rocker dude effect. I panic, fluff it up, and curl the ends. Go for breakfast that morning and a woman compliments me on my beautiful hair. Because I am me and always have to “tell it like it is,” I enthusiastically reply, “Why thank you! It’s fake… and Russian!”
My partner at Society Finch, Nicole, has also gone for extensions. Like animals in the wild we are adapting to our LA environment. We are merely fitting in with “the locals”.
It’s a choose your own adventure in the wild world of weaves, and Nicole has opted for clip ins. Nic’s hair is longer and more suited to clips ins. With that bit of extra length, she can wear clip ins and not look like a cracked out drag queen. (P.S. there is a cracked out drag queen named Sharone who frequents our local library. Literacy is for everyone!)
The great thing about clip ins, is that Nic can remove her extensions when going back east, avoiding the statement, “LA has changed you.” FYI she wants you to know LA HAS changed her. In her words “I no longer look sad and pale, and guess where I was this morning? The mutha fuckin’ beach y’all!”