Hair Extensions are one of the fastest growing services in the beauty business.
Here are some common questions that women may have about hair extensions:
How much do hair extensions cost?
What are the different types of hair extensions?
How long do hair extensions last?
How do you take care of hair extensions?
Can hair extensions damage natural hair?
How do you style hair extensions?
Can hair extensions be dyed?
How do you remove hair extensions?
Can anyone get hair extensions?
How do you choose the right hair extensions for your hair?
1. How much do hair extensions cost?
The cost of hair extensions can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of hair used, the length and thickness of the extensions, and the method of application. Here is a rough price range for different types of salon quality hair extensions:
Synthetic hair extensions: $700+ (heat safe)
Human hair extensions (machine wefts): $700+
Human hair extensions (hand-tied wefts): $700+
Human hair extensions (tape-ins): $700+
Human hair extensions (microbeads): $700+
Human hair extensions (fusion): $700+
Keep in mind that these prices are just estimates, and the actual cost of hair extensions may be higher or lower depending on where you live and where your stylist purchases the hair extensions. It's always a good idea to ask questions about the longevity of the hair, sourcing and remy ratio.
2. What are the different types of hair extensions?
There are several different types of hair extensions, including:
Clip-in extensions: These are temporary hair extensions that can be easily attached and removed by the wearer. They are a good option for people who want to try out extensions without committing to a more permanent method.
Tape-in extensions: These extensions are applied by sandwiching a small section of natural hair between two pieces of hair that have been coated with a special adhesive. They are a quick and easy way to add length or volume, but they need to be reapplied every 6-8 weeks.
Fusion extensions: Also known as "bonded" extensions, these are applied by attaching the extension hair to small sections of natural hair using heat or a special bonding agent. Fusion extensions can last for several months, but they can be damaging to the natural hair if they are not applied or removed properly. Shrink link hair extensions fall into this category.
Micro-bead extensions: These extensions are applied by attaching small beads to small sections of natural hair, and then threading the extension hair through the beads. Micro-bead extensions are lightweight and comfortable to wear, but they need to be tightened every 4-6 weeks to prevent the beads from slipping.
Sew-in extensions: Also known as "weave" extensions, these are applied by sewing the extension hair onto cornrow braids that have been created in the natural hair. Sew-in extensions can be created using either machine wefts or hand-tied wefts, and they can last for several weeks or months depending on how well they are maintained. Beaded Row Extensions fall under this category.
Halo extensions: These are temporary hair extensions that are attached to a transparent wire that can be worn around the head like a halo. Halo extensions are easy to put on and take off, and they are a good option for people who want a quick and easy way to change their look.
3. How long do hair extensions last?
The lifespan of hair extensions depends on the type of extensions and how well they are cared for. Here is a rough guide to how long different types of hair extensions may last:
Clip-in extensions: These are temporary extensions that can be worn for a few hours at a time and then removed. They can last for several months or longer if they are well cared for.
Tape-in extensions: These extensions typically last for 6-8 weeks before they need to be reapplied.
Fusion extensions: These extensions can last for 3-4 months before they need to be removed and replaced.
Microbead extensions: These extensions can last for 4-6 weeks before they need to be tightened or replaced.
Sew-in extensions: These extensions can last for 4-12 weeks depending on how well they are maintained.
Halo extensions: These are temporary extensions that can be worn for a few hours at a time and then removed. They can last for several months or longer if they are well cared for.
It's important to note that the lifespan of hair extensions can be affected by factors such as the quality of the hair, the wear and tear of daily styling, and the natural rate of hair growth. Proper care and maintenance, including regular shampooing, conditioning, and styling, can help to extend the life of hair extensions.
4. How do you take care of hair extensions?
Here are some tips for taking care of hair extensions:
Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to clean your extensions. Sulfates can strip the hair of its natural oils, which can cause the extensions to dry out and become damaged.
Brush your extensions regularly to prevent tangles and knots. Use a wide-tooth comb only on wet hair or a brush specifically designed for use on extensions to gently detangle the hair. Brush from the bottom up.
Avoid using heat styling tools on your extensions. If you must use heat, use a heat protectant spray and keep the heat setting on low.
Sleep with your hair in a loose braid or ponytail to prevent tangles and knots. Never go to bed with wet hair.
Avoid using products that contain alcohol, as it can dry out the hair and cause the extensions to become damaged. Alcohol is super drying...
Avoid using too much product on your extensions, as it can weigh them down and cause them to become greasy.
Get your extensions re-tightened or re-applied as needed, depending on the type of extensions you have.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your hair extensions looking healthy and beautiful.
5. Can hair extensions damage your natural hair?!
Such a good question! First make sure you're going to a reputable salon that has experience and NOT stolen, altered photos.
Hair extensions can potentially damage natural hair if they are not applied, maintained, or removed properly. Some of the ways that extensions can damage natural hair include:
Pulling on the hair: If the extensions are applied too tightly or are not properly secured, they can put too much tension on the natural hair, which can cause breakage or damage.
Using heat or chemicals: Some methods of applying extensions, such as fusion or micro-beads, may involve the use of heat or chemicals, which can damage the natural hair if not used correctly.
Lack of proper care: Neglecting to care for the extensions and natural hair properly, such as not brushing or washing them regularly, can lead to tangles, knots, and damage.
Improper removal: Removing extensions improperly, such as by pulling or cutting them out, can damage the natural hair.
To minimize the risk of damage, it's important to choose high-quality extensions, have them applied by a professional, and follow proper care and maintenance instructions. If you are concerned about the potential for damage, you may want to consider temporary or clip-in extensions, which are less likely to cause damage to the natural hair.
Blog post part 2 to be posted next week!
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