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progress: Snow White // Irresistible Me extensions

Snow White hair

Irresistible Me sent me these extensions free of charge. All opinions, hair-styling, and Disney obsessions are my own. 

No, I haven’t finished Cinderella. And no, this string of Disney-based cosplays was not intentional. What happened was I was innocently browsing cosplay forums while binge-watching Once Upon A Time, when I came across a thread talking about the screen accurate fabric (Robert Allen’s Diamond Tuft in white) for Snow’s outfit from Season 2. Screen-accurate is just about my favorite phrase, so I did a little more digging. It turns out it’s sold out in most upholstery stores, but there was ONE listing on eBay for one last yard. And they mentioned that if no one ordered samples, the last yard would actually be 1 3/8 yards. (Actually I just checked and as of right now there’s one yard available at this eBay shop if anyone’s looking for it!)

Anyway, before I knew what had happened I had bought the fabric. And then a package of gunmetal beads. It all happened so quickly.


Andd this is what I have so far:

The bodice is pretty much done. I used McCall’s 6819, which was pretty spot on, although I did do a bit of tweaking in the neckline area. I’m tempted to rip out the binding and curve the neckline in a little more but I haven’t decided. The arm bits are also done except for some binding, and then I’ll need to add more grommets for the lower armband thing.

The skirt is cut out and sewn together, but while the fabric itself is perfect, I keep feeling like the color is completely off. It should be darker and more gray. I haven’t attached it yet because I might try dyeing it. Then there are the pants/leggings, which I’m still missing one fabric for. I think I’m going to try to find a thick ribbed knit for the back bits and I magically found the perfect suede-y material for the fronts. It’s satin-y on the back and suede-ish on the front. No idea what it is but it’s perfect (other than being the tiniest bit too dark.)

Also on the agenda is to NOT get distracted by the gorgeous cloak she wears in that one episode with Red. Or Red’s outfits. And hair. Especially the red streak.

And that brings me to my other point. A few weeks ago I had Snow White hair. A few weeks ago I didn’t even need extension or a wig or anything at all because my hair was down to my waist. To be fair, it was not in good shape and desperately in need of a trim.

It did NOT however, need 8″ hacked off. (I’m glaring at my sister through the computer screen right now.) I feel like a shorn sheep.

IMG_9848Here’s the before. I forgot to take one until after I’d finished all the Snow hair-do photos so this one’s a cell phone pic. Wherps.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that I was completely thrilled when Irresistible Me contacted me about reviewing a set of their hair extensions because Snow White has long flowing tresses and I currently most definitely do not.

This is what Snow’s hair looks like. 

Since her hair goes down to her waist and is curly, I decided to go with the 24″ Silky Touch hair extensions in Chocolate Brown, which turned out to be the perfect length and exact color of my hair. And holy crap these are nice. I have one set of hair extensions (just one big 4 clip chunk) that I got at a discount bridal supply shop in Taiwan. These extensions make those ones feel like a loofah. To be fair, the Silky Touch ones are real human hair while the Taiwan ones are very fake, but the difference in quality is pretty astounding. The only slightly annoying thing is that I couldn’t figure out a way to browse the Irresistible Me site without making an account, which is just kind of a pain.

IMG_9849My set came with one big 4-clip piece, two 3-clip pieces, five 2-clip pieces, and two 1-clip pieces.

Another awesome thing is that the 200g of hair that comes in this set is divided into different sizes so you can distribute them around your head for a more natural look. That was especially helpful in styling Snow White’s hair since her hair is half up and braided, so I could stick a couple clips up top to fatten up the braid and then place the rest of them below for length and volume. I also LOVE that you can style these with heat. The other set I bought comes pre-curled, but it always looks more natural when you can style extensions with your own hair to get the same texture.

Snow White hair

To do Snow White’s hair, I started with a middle part and put my extensions in. Then curled it for volume and texture and brushed out the curls a bit.

I then French braided either side toward the back of my head, stopping when I had about the top third of my hair braided. I then tied both braids together and flipped the resulting ponytail back up through the loop made by the braids. Then I just fluffed everything to adjust it and pinned it in place.

Snow White hair

Here’s a side by side comparison:

IMG_9848Snow White hair

The moral of the story is that I absolutely love these extensions. Plus, I can even wear them in public since they match my hair (unlike my gorgeous blonde Ella/Elsa wigs that would probably weird out my friends if I wore out). I forgot to take a photo but the first time I put these in I braided my hair just to see what it’d look like and I had a legit fat Elsa braid. It was awesome.

Anyway, up next is the belt, which I found a gorgeous sparkly home dec fabric for, and then the pants. And a million more grommets.

But yay! I can have mermaid hair again!

Henna for your hairs

In college I used to dye my hair regularly in my dorm. I got bored easily and it was so easy and fun. There may have been a phase involving hot pink streaks which may have coincided with my last passport photos. Yikes!

Eventually I got tired of raggedy hair and missed that textured look of natural hair with natural highlights and I stopped dyeing it.

And then after some random interwebs browsing, I stumbled across the concept of using henna to dye hair. I’d only ever heard of using it for henna tattoos.

Anyway, I was hooked on this idea and did all kinds of research and this past weekend I finally grew the balls to try it!

This is what my hair looked like before. I really have no idea how to described my natural hair color. Sometimes it looks super dark, sometimes it could pass for light brown. Sometimes there are strands of red or blonde.


I bought a pound of henna from this Etsy shop. A lot of people also recommend purchasing from this shop.

I got most of my information from hennaforhair.com, but it was still kind of confusing. A lot of people recommend using something acidic to maximize the dye release; lemon juice, vinegar, or black tea were popular. Then there’s a whole other school of people who say that acids break down the cell walls of the dye molecules so you should use something neutral. And then there’s the people that say you should let the dye cure for 8-12 hours versus the people who claim 1-2 hours is more than enough. And if that’s not enough, some people say you’re supposed to mix it with boiling water, while others insist this destroys the dye molecules.

I decided to go with a strongly brewed chamomile tea mixed with room temperature water to become lukewarm.

There are five teabags in that mug.

I mixed the henna until it was about Greek yogurt consistency but I think in retrospect it probably should’ve been a little thinner. It kept clumping off. I let it sit for about an hour and a half and then put a glop on my palm, let it sit for 30 seconds, and then washed it off. It stained my palm orange so I decided we were good to go!


The next part was tricky and a huge mess so I kept the camera away.

I sectioned my hair into four sections, put on an old shirt, and started smearing henna onto my hair. I didn’t have a paintbrush or anything handy so I kind of kneaded it in to make sure it was getting to all hairs. I also forgot to find gloves so my hands are still slightly orange. I recommend gloves. -stares-

Once my whole head was covered (and magnificently heavy), I put a plastic bag over the whole thing, tucked the ends in to make sure no henna would leak out, covered the whole thing with a towel, and then wobbled over to my bed where I accidentally passed out for two hours. In my defense, it was surprisingly relaxing!

In the end, I left it in for about three and a half hours. Washing it out was a bit of an ordeal but I ended up dousing my head with conditioner (no shampoo!) and it all washed out easy peasy after that.

And this is sort of what it looks like!


Keep in mind, henna coats your hair, so it adds a red tinge to whatever color is currently on your head. It won’t lighten it!

And this is what it looks like in the light!


Plus my hair feels super nice and silky now! And a lot of my split ends are gone!

I haven’t taken pictures yet, but it looks so cool in direct sunlight!

Some tips:

-Henna needs time to oxidize so give it about two days to deepen in color. Don’t shampoo your hair in this time!

-Make sure you’re getting 100% natural henna, without weird chemicals. If you were to dye your hair after henna those chemicals could react with the dye and melt your hair!

-Henna is a plant. It stains things red. There is no such thing as black henna or blonde henna. (For black or golden coloring, look into indigo or cassia, but again these are plants that stain. They won’t lighten!)

-Henna sort of smells like hay, which some people love and others hate. You can add essential oils to your dye to lessen or change up the smell a little if you want. Mine was fine while on my head but after it washed out my hair sort of smelled like celery. I’ve washed it once since and the smell is slowly going away.

-Mixed henna can be frozen and stored for up to two months (I think. Possibly longer.). This is great if you mix too much because you can use the extra to touch up your roots when they grow in!

-Gloves! I’m not kidding.

Anyways, I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to dye their hair without chemicals. And if you decide to try it, let me know! I’d love to see the results!