Clip-In Hair Extensions from Japan: Formspring.me Question

Priscilla-brand Clip-In Curly Wigpiece

from Formspring.me:

Hi there, I have been reading your blog for a while now and quick question. I don’t read or speak Japanese but think I might like a clip in ‘curly’ extension if it is indeed curly. Checked site mentioned but very lost. Any ideas for my language barrier?

Did you know you can access Rakuten.com in English? (If that’s the site you were referring to…) Or try reading the site through Google Translate? (http://translate.google.com/)

However the wig pieces appear in the photos is how they look straight out of the package; there usually isn’t any false advertising when it comes to stuff from Japan (probably because consumers won’t tolerate it!). I personally love the Priscilla brand because I find it’s high-quality, usually heat-tolerant, and I found one of their colors is a perfect match for my natural color. If you’re looking for the clip-in curly extensions, they’re called “Eriashi Wig” (エリ足ウィッグ) or “Mecha Raku Ekusute” (めちゃ楽エクステ) but I don’t see any available that are reaaaallly curly, so I’m not sure just how curly you’re looking for.  Wigland (http://www.rakuten.co.jp/wigland/) is my fave one-stop shop for all my hair-pieces; maybe you could browse around in there to see if you see anything you like? (English interface: http://search.borderless.rakuten.com/borderless/search.action?l=en&sid=wigland&tl=0&p=1&vm=2&f=0&sm=0&k=&fs=1)

Good luck!
xoxox
Carly

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Bling Strands: Chic or Cheap?

The new wave of extensions for 2009: shiny, holographic Bling Strands that add a metallic sparkle to your hairstyle.Very simply tied on to your hair at the root (the same as your average hair extensions), Bling Strands come in 15 colors and cost about $2 – $4 a strand for a salon to add them to your hairstyle. Find a list of participating salons here. (The average hairstyle uses about 10-15 strands, just to give you an idea of the cost involved.) They last about 4 weeks (depending on how often you shed hairs), can be shampooed and styled with regular products, and can be blow-dried, curled, and flatironed as long as you follow the directions.
Find out more about the product on their website.
It seems a good idea in theory, and maybe more geared to cheerleaders or people performing onstage – not the average woman. I’m not sure about you, but to me, on the elderly lady they make her look like she’s trying out for the Ice Capades. The only style I really like is the punky one with the woman who has the coppery color in her bangs – the rest remind me too much of some limited-edition Bratz doll or something. (I think I’d be digging them much more if the strands were purely metallic, not holographic-print.)
What do you guys think? Chic – or cheap?

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