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We Tried Kylie Jenner's Line Of $250 Hair Extensions

Six women from BuzzFeed put them to the test.

In October 2014, Kylie Jenner released a line of branded hair extensions.

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Naturally, we wanted to try them for ourselves.

Six of us tested out the extensions by wearing them for four days. The first two days we put in the extensions at home without the help of any professionals or any tutorials and wore them to work. The third day, a Friday, a professional hairstylist put the hair in and styled it for us the way someone might do for a wedding or special occasion. After that, we wore them all day Saturday and went about our usual routines.
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Six of us tested out the extensions by wearing them for four days. The first two days we put in the extensions at home without the help of any professionals or any tutorials and wore them to work. The third day, a Friday, a professional hairstylist put the hair in and styled it for us the way someone might do for a wedding or special occasion. After that, we wore them all day Saturday and went about our usual routines.

Here's what we learned:

1. You have to have a certain kind of hair to use them.

To wear the extensions, your hair must be at least six inches long and needs to match one of the 10* base color options and the single texture option. Women with any hair texture other than straight and silky (or who can't easily blow-dry their hair straight to match the texture) probably won't get the match they want.

*At the time we tried them, only four base hair colors had teal as an option; Bellami recently expanded the line and now six base hair colors are available with the teal effect.

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2. Here's what your $250 gets you:

1. Two sections of hair (called wefts) that are four clips wide2. Two hair wefts that are three clips wide3. Two hair wefts that are two clips wide4. Four hair wefts that are one clip wide5. Box that holds the hair extensions6. Kylie Kouture hair brushThe box also includes a separately packaged “tester” weft of hair, which allows you to compare the extension’s color and texture to your own hair without opening the entire package. As long as the main package of hair is unopened and unworn, you can return or exchange the extensions.
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1. Two sections of hair (called wefts) that are four clips wide

2. Two hair wefts that are three clips wide

3. Two hair wefts that are two clips wide

4. Four hair wefts that are one clip wide

5. Box that holds the hair extensions

6. Kylie Kouture hair brush

The box also includes a separately packaged “tester” weft of hair, which allows you to compare the extension’s color and texture to your own hair without opening the entire package. As long as the main package of hair is unopened and unworn, you can return or exchange the extensions.

3. What's not included in the box? Instructions.

Tester Katie had a rough time because she's a glamour n00b. Katie (pictured above): "Very far down at the bottom of the site, under color swatches of the hair, there are about 10 fine print options. Here, between 'Terms of Use' and 'Refund Policy' you will find a link for 'Fitting Your Bellami's [sic].' Finally, you have found the instructions. This consists of two parts: a video tutorial with two young women, and a set of written instructions along with illustrations that have the same '70s pencil-drawn aesthetic that will be familiar to connoisseurs of Clairol boxed hair dye or anyone who had a formative moment discovering their parents' copy of The Joy of Sex."
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Tester Katie had a rough time because she's a glamour n00b.

Katie (pictured above): "Very far down at the bottom of the site, under color swatches of the hair, there are about 10 fine print options. Here, between 'Terms of Use' and 'Refund Policy' you will find a link for 'Fitting Your Bellami's [sic].' Finally, you have found the instructions. This consists of two parts: a video tutorial with two young women, and a set of written instructions along with illustrations that have the same '70s pencil-drawn aesthetic that will be familiar to connoisseurs of Clairol boxed hair dye or anyone who had a formative moment discovering their parents' copy of The Joy of Sex."

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Which means your first attempt might look something like Jamie's first attempt:

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Jamie rushed to put the hair in the second it arrived because she was so excited/lost her shit about the idea of having long hair.

Jamie (pictured above): "I barely looked at the directions online because they weren't very helpful. It was easy and quick to section the hair, clip it in, and keep moving. It only took me about 15 minutes, but it didn't come out very well. So I took them all out and redid my entire head, which definitely came out better than the first time."

4. This is how the clips actually work.

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Rachel: "The instructions we eventually found online kept saying to snap the clips open/shut, but it wasn't clear what that meant. Finally someone figured out that the clips actually bend in the middle like those barrettes that gymnasts wear. So you bend them open, slide them down into your hair, and then snap them shut. I probably would have just slid them all in unopened if someone hadn’t shown me how to do it."

5. Kylie's extensions are 20 inches, which is long AF.

There's always the option to take the extensions to a hairdresser for a trim, but we decided to test them directly out of the box.
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There's always the option to take the extensions to a hairdresser for a trim, but we decided to test them directly out of the box.

6. The company's color-matching system is actually legit.

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To get the best hair color match, we took photos of everyone at BuzzFeed who volunteered to test them, and the photos were taken in natural light. We emailed the photos to the company; their rep sent back her best suggestions for colors for everyone. (Anyone who buys Bellami hair extensions can do this.) She also said there were two volunteers whose hair would not be a good match for any of the options — one of them has dirty blonde hair and the other has balayage highlights. We decided to take her advice and those people did not participate in testing, but otherwise we were all pretty impressed that she was able to choose the right colors from our photos.

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7. The extensions work best with thick, dark hair.

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And curling them really helps them blend with your natural hair.

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And curling them really helps them blend with your natural hair.

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And curling them really helps them blend with your natural hair.

8. The quality of the hair exceeded our expectations.

The extensions didn't shed or get tangled. And while everyone expected them to get ratty quickly, most lasted through several days of wear before they started to look gross (and they were good as new after a shampoo).And we expected the teal ones to look...cheap and tacky. But they were gorgeous IRL. BTW they are hanging over the bath just because that seemed like the best way to lay them out.
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The extensions didn't shed or get tangled. And while everyone expected them to get ratty quickly, most lasted through several days of wear before they started to look gross (and they were good as new after a shampoo).

And we expected the teal ones to look...cheap and tacky. But they were gorgeous IRL. BTW they are hanging over the bath just because that seemed like the best way to lay them out.

9. How easy they are to style depends on how good you are at doing your own hair.

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Katie (pictured right): "This is where things started to go off the rails. I am not good at styling long hair. I had very short hair for most of my late teens and twenties, and I think I sort of missed the time where you learn how to be good at blow-drying and using a curling iron. So I attempted to curl my hair using the clip-less wand (the kind that looks like a big dildo) for 10 minutes or so, and ended up with a look that can only be described as 'not-hot mess.' Rachel took pity on me and took over curling my hair for me — technically against the rules of the experiment, but the situation was so dire she knew I couldn't go back to the office otherwise. With Rachel's help, it actually looked pretty good. I was into it."

10. The extensions are pretty heavy but are surprisingly secure. (We checked.)

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Alexis (pictured above): "They felt very snug, so the clips and wefts felt solid. I wasn't aware that my hair felt very heavy while I was wearing it, but when I took the extensions off, my head felt insanely light."

Kristin: "The hair felt super heavy at first. Because I didn't know what I was doing when I put them in, toward the end of the day they started to come loose."

Sabrina: "I expected the hair to hurt or feel itchy since I have an easily irritated scalp, but it was fine. The long strands kept getting caught under my tote bag strap, but surprisingly it stayed in my head and did not get pulled out."

Jamie: "It felt like a lead blanket on my head, but in a good way; I didn't mind it. I later realized it was because I didn't actually put them in the right way. (The extensions were clipped lower on my hair and not very close to my scalp.) I did notice they started to itch by the end of the day too, but it went away shortly after."

Katie: "Overall, the level of comfort was about the same as having your hair in an updo with some bobby pins. I was a little afraid of the tracks showing through, but I think it was mostly OK. I took them out in the evening to go to the gym and shower."

Rachel: "I didn't notice them much once they were in. The only time I was really aware of them was when I wanted to flip my hair over my shoulder or move it to one side; I had to physically pick the hair up to move it because it was too heavy to just toss aside."

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11. On the third day, when we had a professional put them in for us, our hair looked SO MUCH BETTER than doing it ourselves.

After wrestling with all that hair on our own, having a team of pros help us was the Jenner-Kardashian pampering experience of our dreams. We hired a makeup stylist for the full effect and asked for two different styles of makeup and hair: Half of us went for all-out Kardashian glam, while the other half went for a "Kylie and Kendall go to Coachella" look. The results were night and day.

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Alexis: "I had a super-dramatic transformation on Day 3, and I LOVED IT. I took enough selfies to last me for the next six months. The teal hair was just the icing on the cake."

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Jamie: "I wish I could have someone professionally put them in every day."

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Sabrina: "The stylist mentioned that since I have thick hair I should start putting the extensions in higher up on my head instead of at the base of my neck like most people do, and she made a glorious fishtail braid."

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Kristin

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Kristin: "It was truly night and day. They didn’t move all day (actually, all weekend). And it was way less bumpy than when I put them in. She had them placed so well that you couldn’t really tell there were extensions in my hair."

Rachel

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Rachel: "The stylist repositioned the wefts to account for my side part, something that never would have occurred to me. Something about all the hair and accessories felt very not me (in a bad way), but as soon as I changed back into my regular clothes, put on my glasses, and kind of reshaped the teasing/curls into something that was more my style, I felt amazing."

Katie

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Katie: "I noticed when I took them out that she had done the layers differently that I had — she put the four single strips at the bottom of my head, and the two widest wefts at the top. Her method looked better from the front, but I think there was an issue where the tape was showing at the top of my head (there wasn’t much natural hair left to cover it because it was so high up). I felt like if you squinted one way, I looked really great. But if you squinted another way, I looked like a Real Housewife or MILF porn actress."

12. Mini hair elastics are a hair-extensions game changer.

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The hairstylist blew everyone's minds when she hid teeny ponytails in our hair and then clipped extensions onto the ponytails' elastics.

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It made a huge difference and meant we had a little road map for putting them back in if we took them out at night. (See exactly how to do this yourself here.)

13. If the Kylie extensions don't work for you, we recommend the ~other~ Jenner extensions.

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Our co-worker Augusta couldn't participate in the extensions testing because of her balayage highlights, but she worked with us to coordinate and produce this project. The first day with the hair, as she was telling us where we needed to be, making sure we looked our best, and generally just managing us, she reminded us of someone. So we decided to get her some Jenner "extensions" of her own. Read about Augusta's experience with Kris Jenner hair here.

14. With the clothes and makeup, you may be inspired to live that Kardashian-Jenner lifestyle.

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15. Your family, friends, and co-workers will probably be fascinated by your new hair.

Katie: "At the office the first day, no one seemed to notice. My husband was mostly baffled by how they clipped in and if it was real hair or not. (He was slightly disturbed that it was someone else’s real hair.)"Kristin: "All of my friends really liked the extensions and a few of them wanted to go buy them immediately."Sabrina: "My boyfriend couldn’t get past the fact that the extensions are made with real human hair, which led to a debate on animal vs. human by-products that I won’t get into. The other women in the office were SUPER pumped/excited." Rachel: "A lot of people weren’t 100% sure if I was wearing them or not, because they did blend really well. One co-worker accurately said, 'They’re just like…two inches too long to be believable as real.' It took my husband like 30 minutes to notice I was wearing them."Jamie: "The majority of the feedback I got was that it looked really good from the front, but from the back (where you could see where my dark roots and bleach-blonde extensions met), people just laughed." Alexis: "Walking down the street with the hair and full makeup, people were stepping aside to make way for me because I looked like a mean, hot piece of work. For once, my reflection truly showed who I am inside."
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Katie: "At the office the first day, no one seemed to notice. My husband was mostly baffled by how they clipped in and if it was real hair or not. (He was slightly disturbed that it was someone else’s real hair.)"

Kristin: "All of my friends really liked the extensions and a few of them wanted to go buy them immediately."

Sabrina: "My boyfriend couldn’t get past the fact that the extensions are made with real human hair, which led to a debate on animal vs. human by-products that I won’t get into. The other women in the office were SUPER pumped/excited."

Rachel: "A lot of people weren’t 100% sure if I was wearing them or not, because they did blend really well. One co-worker accurately said, 'They’re just like…two inches too long to be believable as real.' It took my husband like 30 minutes to notice I was wearing them."

Jamie: "The majority of the feedback I got was that it looked really good from the front, but from the back (where you could see where my dark roots and bleach-blonde extensions met), people just laughed."

Alexis: "Walking down the street with the hair and full makeup, people were stepping aside to make way for me because I looked like a mean, hot piece of work. For once, my reflection truly showed who I am inside."

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16. You're not *supposed* to sleep in them...but it's not the end of the world if you do.

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Kristin: "With the help of some dry shampoo, my style lasted all weekend long. I actually slept in the extensions until Sunday, because I knew I could never replicate how the stylist put them in."

Rachel: "I slept in about half of mine on Friday night, using the mini ponytails as a guide for where to reattach them the next day. So useful! I wrapped my hair at night like I normally do, and I think that helped keep them in good shape. I actually kept that routine up until my next blowout."

Katie: "Since I had such a bad experience trying to do it myself on Day 1, I decided to try to extend the professional job by sleeping in them. I'm sorry to admit I didn't even wash my face. (The cat-eye eyeliner the makeup artist did also stayed on perfectly; I have to find out what she used.) They still looked pretty good when I woke up. But as the day went on, they started to look a little sadder and sadder and sort of rattier. I also had a bit of a hangover from the night before, and having all these clips and bands in my hair was not helping. I was popping Advil all day to counteract the scalp tension. They were also starting to get a little hot; I desperately wanted to get the hair off my neck. That evening I went to a friend's birthday party, and I looked like a disgraced Real Housewife who was maybe kicked off after two seasons and now has her own diet cupcake-frosting line. When I took them out at the end of the night, I don't think my body has ever felt such intense pleasure. Finally running my fingers through my scalp was like getting a rim job from Jesus."

17. They can make you feel pretty fancy/badass/confident.

Alexis: "I felt cooler. Like I was secretly this really cool girl with cool friends who had cool stuff to do all the time. Look at me, I have teal in my hair and I’m so cool!" Jamie: "I was very self-conscious of the extensions the entire time I wore them; I just felt like everyone could tell they were fake because my roots were so much darker and I don’t have that much hair to cover the clips. But it also made me feel more put-together and dressed up."Sabrina: "Overall, I basically felt like I had an alter ego who’s a rich heiress, but a very worldly and cultured one who attends art gallery openings and dates drummers."Kristin: "My hair has always been a sort of security blanket for me — I’ve always loved having long hair. This took that to the extreme, so it definitely made me feel more confident."Rachel: "I felt a little embarrassed by their extreme length at times. But hair that long can add a lot of glamour to your everyday look, which I love. I’m a little embarrassed by how much I missed the length after I took them out."Katie: "I felt compelled to wear a padded bra; it just seemed appropriate to match fake with fake. I felt simultaneously skanky and cranky, which tbh is probably a pretty good mix. You now how in Pet Sematary the premise is you bury a dead person in the magic cemetery and they come back to life, but slightly fucked up and evil? Well, I felt like a movie star who was buried in the pet cemetery."
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Alexis: "I felt cooler. Like I was secretly this really cool girl with cool friends who had cool stuff to do all the time. Look at me, I have teal in my hair and I’m so cool!"

Jamie: "I was very self-conscious of the extensions the entire time I wore them; I just felt like everyone could tell they were fake because my roots were so much darker and I don’t have that much hair to cover the clips. But it also made me feel more put-together and dressed up."


Sabrina:
"Overall, I basically felt like I had an alter ego who’s a rich heiress, but a very worldly and cultured one who attends art gallery openings and dates drummers."

Kristin: "My hair has always been a sort of security blanket for me — I’ve always loved having long hair. This took that to the extreme, so it definitely made me feel more confident."

Rachel: "I felt a little embarrassed by their extreme length at times. But hair that long can add a lot of glamour to your everyday look, which I love. I’m a little embarrassed by how much I missed the length after I took them out."

Katie: "I felt compelled to wear a padded bra; it just seemed appropriate to match fake with fake. I felt simultaneously skanky and cranky, which tbh is probably a pretty good mix. You now how in Pet Sematary the premise is you bury a dead person in the magic cemetery and they come back to life, but slightly fucked up and evil? Well, I felt like a movie star who was buried in the pet cemetery."

18. BUT they may not be worth $250.

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Alexis: "The experience of wearing them is really cool, but $250 still seems like a bit much to me."

Sabrina: "At first I would have been like, no way, but after wearing them and seeing how high-quality they are, I'd say that if you go to a lot of events and want to mix up your look, it could be worth it. "

Jamie: "I've always said I'd never spend my money on extensions, but now, knowing it's not that hard to do, I could imagine doing it. But I kind of want to get the real extensions where you sew them into your hair!"

Katie: "Sure; if you wear them a few times to a fancy event, it's just like buying a fancy dress or shoes."

Kristin: "I think for the high quality and amount of hair, the price is reasonable. I am officially a Kylie Kouture Konvert."

Rachel: "At first I would have said yes... but then I recently found really great 14-inch clip-ins at a Brooklyn hair and beauty store for $60 (!!), and there were tons of other options that were way more competitively priced. (Even Bellami sells other 20-inch extensions that are considerably cheaper.) The ones I bought aren't quite as luscious as the Kylie ones, but they are pretty legit and don't come with a ton of extra wefts that we ultimately realized you don't really need. So...while they are fabulous, they are not worth $250."

19. Hair extension hangovers will never not be creepy.

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"Tumbleweaves" everywhere.

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Hairstylist: Bukky Ojeifo

Makeup Artist: Maya Calhoun

Producer: Augusta Falletta

Models:

Kristin Harris

Sabrina Majeed

Katie Notopoulos

Alexis Nedd

Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Jamie Urso

Kylie Kouture Bellami Hair Extensions were furnished to BuzzFeed Life free of charge.

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