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You Can Get Separation Anxiety from Taking Out Your Hair Extensions

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Extensions may seem like just another accessory - you put them in for awhile, have fun, get bored, take them out. But beauty blogger Amber Katz dealt with a major case of separation anxiety when she removed her extensions and quickly found out she wasn't the only one who compared losing her extensions to having a ghost limb.

"Get clip-ins to get over the crack addiction that is the weave." - Ted Gibson

"When I had my Great Lengths taken out I felt like I was going from a Range Rover to a Honda Civic." - Andrea Lavinthal

"UGH. I love how the long full hair brings all the boys to my yard immediately upon first glance when I'm wearing them! However when I take em out I'm always happy to be able to feel, touch and style my real hair again so there's no true devastation. I just like how they make me feel instantly sexy." - Andrea Arterbery
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