I cut 7" off my hair and decided to get it cut shoulder length. I wore it up in a bun 90% of the time and was going back into an office after 17 years at home. What I saw after the cut was I had damaged hair in the front that was struggling. My hair grows ridiculously fast but I wanted the look without the wait.
I could not explain or show you any better than this post I love. We share so many of the same thoughts. Enjoy!
Tape in favorites here https://amzn.to/2DNIcml - these are the 16" but I am now using the 14". The colors are great, they are so easy to put in and take out (be sure to buy remover and Sally's has a great one). If you try on your own, make sure you flat iron them at the glue point. They last longer and stay in place.
Clip in favorites here https://www.zalahair.com/hair-extensions/clip-in-hair-extensions/ - Take to your stylist and he/she can put them in for you and trim them so when you do at home they look natural.