Hair extensions have been something I have wanted to try for many years. I could never find one that I felt totally good about becuase I had heard negative things about each brand/type until I found hand tied hair extensions. I have seen them all over the internet and everyone was raving about them so I knew these were the ones that after years or searching I wanted to try out. I researched for awhile trying to find someone in my area who was certified in doing them! That’s when I found Jill Payne at Ecclectic People! I stalked her Instagram and knew I wanted her to do my extensions! I asked Jill to type up a little bit about her to help you get an inside look at her passion and love for hair!
Hello, my name is Jill Payne. I am the owner of Eclectic People salon in Lubbock TX. I enjoy living life with
my super cute husband, Austin and my fur baby, Levi the Schnoodle. I started my career right here in West Texas and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to larger cities to learn the best techniques from the best stylists very early on in my career. Because of this I was sought out by a major haircare brand, L’ANZA Healing Haircare. In 2017 I auditioned and became an educator with L’ANZA and have been teaching all of the latest trends and techniques for the past year and a half. Doing this has let me continue to seek out the best haircare available.
To me, part of providing quality haircare is keeping the hair healthy, while still offering beautiful results. I specialize in haircolor and hair extensions. From the haircolor my salon uses to the products I recommend, it is all in an effort to take the best care of your hair possible. So, even with the hair extensions that I offer, it is also extremely important to me to keep your hair in it’s best shape! Extensions should always help you get to your healthy hair goal, not keep you from it. I believe that the extra work it takes to make sure salon services are done the right way is always worth it!
While I love traveling and learning from the best of the best, my real passion is to bring quality haircare back to West Texas.
I was born and raised here and I personally believe that we should have access to every big city amenity right here. Including the best in salon services.
This town is special to me and it means the world to me that I can play a part in helping it grow to its maximum potential.
Can’t you just feel the love and passion she has for not only West Texas and keeping people local but also the quality in her services! She wants to enhance your natural qualities in your hair and make it the best she can without damaging consequences!
I’ve had so mnay questions and comments about my hair that I figured the best way to get everything answered was to let you guys ask me questions that I would answer here so here we go!
Why did you get extensions? Is your hair thin?
No, my hair isn’t thin by any means! I actually have quite a bit of hair but it’s postpartum hair that DOES NOT GROW! It has been the same length for so long and it just keeps breaking off so I got tired of waiting! I wanted that length I’ve been dreaming of for years and I finally got it! I’m so happy with the length now and don’t see myself going without them for a good long while!
How many bundles of wefts did you get?
I have 3 big wefts in my hair! They go from one side of my head to the other and get smaller as they go up my head!
How much did it cost?
The cost varies depending on how long you get them, how many bundles and how much volume you want to achieve but for a reference they can cost between $600-$2000! I have seen from so many friends that the one thing with extensions is you are truly getting what you are paying for! If you get super cheap, they are probably going to not only look cheap but probably cause more damage that will take years to fix! Don’t take a short cut on your hair!
How often do you get trims on your hair?
Before I got extensions I am pretty much the worst at getting trims!! I feel like ill probably get trims now every time I go in to get them moved up!
How often do you wash your hair?
1x a week is my normal! Definitely no more than 2x a week unless I get spit up or some other unknown #momlife thing in it!
HOW do you have long hair with a baby?
When I’m home I usually have my hair in a high messy bun so he can’t grab it! But let’s be honest I don’t leave the house much! haha But I think it’s just one of those things you get used to! I’ve had long hair with every baby, sure it’s gonna get pulled and tangled in their sticky hands but it doesn’t make me wanna have short hair!
How long did it take?
I went on a Thursday to get my hair colored first so she could color the extensions to match perfectly! So I got my hair colored and then she colored the extensions that night to add deminsion and depth! On Friday I came back to get them put in and that took about 3 hrs! It was a vacation for me and I enjoyed it so much!
Are they hand tied or dream catchers?
Mine are the hand tied extensions! They are different from other brands because it uses larger wefts with less points of attachment to your natural hair. It uses “sewing” and one bead that goes on the under side of the weft. It is the newest method and causes minimal to no damage to your natural hair because there aren’t so many pieces attached to your natural hair.
Do you shampoo like normal?
Yes, you can use salon quality shampoo & conditioner on them just as if it were your normal hair! I love this about them! I just make sure to get under the attachment points with shampoo and rinse really well. I’ve also continued to only put conditioner from the nape of my neck down to keep the roots from getting heavy/greasy!
Can you brush them?
Yessss! I changed one thing about brushing and that’s that I do it more slowly now. I use a regular brush and never have any issues!
Are they comfortable?
With anything semi-permanent there is an adjustment period! I had a week or so where my head was tender! It didn’t cause any headaches but I had a few spots that were tighter feeling so after a week those loosened up naturally and then it feels totally normal!
How long do they last?
The hair itself can last up to a year if taken care of properly! This means brushing them, keeping them from getting tangling, using sulfate free shampoo/conditioner and just simply treating them well!
How often do you get them moved up?
It depends on the quality of upkeep and your personal hair growth but the average is between 6-8 weeks!
Can you style them like normal?
Yes! I use hairspray, serums, heat tools, etc! I am able to braid them, pull them up in a high pony tail and essentially do anything I would do with my normal hair! That was one of the main selling points for me because I wanted to be able to pull up my hair without seeing tons of beads or feeling like I was constantly worrying if people were able to see my extensions!
Are they hard to maintain?
Not in the least bit! I seriously wash my hair once a week. Curl them with my T3 iron and the curls last days! I brush them 2x a day usually, add some smoothing serum and use Lanza products to keep them looking fresh! I was honestly so nervous that I had signed up for something that was going to take me tons of time to keep up with and it has been the complete opposite!
Always sleep with it in a braid or low pony to avoid knots/tangles…or strangling your hubby! 😉
Use a heat protectant!
Use a leave in conditioner, the hair obviously isn’t connected to your roots so it doesn’t get any natural nutrients from the roots so it absorbs things you put directly on it!
Save up and invest in these because they are truly the least upkeep and from what I’ve heard and seen they cause no damage!
PRODUCTS I USE
I use this curling iron.
This smoothing serum.
This blow dryer.
I want to try these hair ties because I’ve heard great things!
All in all I have had my extensions for almost 5 weeks now and I am totally loving them! They are just what I was wanting and have been way easier to maintain that I ever thought imaginable! I hope this has given you a little insight to hand tied extensions and helped you make the choice if you’ve been on the fence about getting them! Now for the fun stuff…Jill has decided to offer $500 off for EVERYONE who mentions my blog when you book with her to get your extensions and shares this post on some social media platform! FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS YALL!! omg! This offer will be good for 1 month from today so hurry fast and contact her!
You can also like them on Facebook HERE! Thanks so much Jill for partnering with me on this post! I can’t wait to see some of you babes rocking your new hair!
This post is in collaboration with Jill Payne. All thoughts, images and opinions are that of my own!