1. Consider your lifestyle. There are several different methods of hair extensions and they typically start off with “The entry level—the gateway drug—clip-ins.” These are most popular with beginners since they’re so user-friendly. Essentially barrettes with hair attached, they can be clipped in or out whenever you’d like. Re-usable for up to one year and if bought from Studio She, they can be colored if needed. The second option is tape extensions; those are held in place with strong, invisible bi-adhesive premium tape aka toupee tape, that’s undetectable to the touch; they last for up to eight weeks and are re-suable. The third choice is keratin bonding. They’re attached with a synthetic keratin that is flax box bonded around the natural hair; they last for three months or more. The third is Natural Beaded Row Weft Extensions which are trending right now. They are attached with minimal points of contact and the hair is re-usable. Maintenance is required every 6-8 weeks. Basically if you are someone that works out a lot I wouldn't suggest tape hair extensions. Or if you can't commit to maintenance then I would highly suggest keratin bonds and depending on the density of your hair they may need to be cut down into micro minis. Each client is unique and every set of extensions needs to work into the lives of the person wearing them.
2. Get the right color match. A definite sign that your extensions are extensions is when the color is off. I've noticed women color matching to their roots which doesn't make any sense. Color matching is done comparing the color ring to the ends of the natural hair. I have several tips and tricks that I use during the consultation that creates the perfect blend.
3. Splurge on quality. Asian hair is the most affordable, but they typically are coated in silicone to hide the caustic soda damage. In time that hair will start to knot and tangle. Remy extensions are the highest quality. They’re the closest to your real hair, so they’ll hold styles and texture the same way and won’t shed as much as the cheaper options. Although it's difficult to maintain 100% Remy hair, by working with larger brands that have guarantees you are assured that the hair will be of best quality. There is a big difference between budget extensions and extensions that will blend perfectly with your own hair. It's worth the investment. You get what you pay for!
4. Do maintenance work. Use a gentle shampoo for tape-on and keratin extensions, focusing on the roots, and condition only from the mid-length of the hair down. Protect your extensions by brushing before you wash and allowing the hair to air dry 60% before using a comb or brush. Always be sure the hair is 100% dry before using a curling or flat iron. Also don’t go to bed with wet hair—make sure your hair is totally dry before you hit the pillow.
5. Know when to let go. Listen to your stylist and her advice as to when it's time to replace your extensions. When people say extensions damage your hair, that’s because they weren’t professionally removed, they went to bed with wet hair, didn't brush enough etc. etc.. You have to maintain within the time frames. For example you can’t take extensions that were meant for six weeks and wear them for three months. Another way to avoid damage is making sure they’re not too heavy. Trust that when we say we can only double and length and double in volume that there is a reason.