10 Things you should know about hair extensions
When you feel like a change of hairstyle, but you can’t wait for your hair to grow, then hair extensions are an easy way to instantly add length and volume to your hair. These days, hair extensions are being used by everyone, not just the celebrities; they are easy to use, affordable, and trust us, you really can’t see the join! In fact, that girl with the beautiful, long, flowing locks that you were admiring yesterday could well have been using hair extensions. If you have considered using hair extensions, then here are ten things that you should know.
1. Real human hair or synthetic hair?
The key to great looking hair extensions is that they should look perfectly natural and blend in with your own hair. The best type of hair to buy is natural, real human hair, because synthetic hair doesn’t last as along and it gets easily damaged by heat when you are styling it. Human hair is more expensive than synthetic hair, but it will definitely look a lot better and last for much longer.
2. What hair extension method to chose?
There are lots of different types of hair extension methods, and the one you choose will depend on personal preference, your hair type and how much you want to spend. Clip-in extensions will work with any type of hair, weaves are usually best for curly hair. Fusion extensions cost the most and will take the longest amount of time to put in, but they will last for up to four months.
3. You will get what you pay for
With hair extensions, you really do get what you pay for. If you just want to try out a new style or wear extensions for a special occasion, then, synthetic hair will be the best and cheapest option. If you want to leave your extensions in for a long time and be able to treat them just as though they were your own hair, then you will need to pay the extra for real human hair extensions.
4. Make sure that your stylist had experience with hair extensions
Check with a stylist and make sure that they have had experience with hair extensions, before you go ahead and accept their advice. Not all stylists are used to fitting and styling hair extensions, so they may not be able to fit them properly, nor will they be able to properly advise you on the best types of extensions for you.
5. Permanent hair extensions can seriously damage your hair
When you chose to go for permanent hair extensions, keep in mind that, potentially, it can damage your hair, cause headaches, patchy hair loss, baldness or scalp bleeding, especially if they are left in for a long time. That’s why it is important that you go to follow up appointments with your stylist and you take good care of extensions. Hair extensions need to be treated in the same careful way as you would treat your own hair. If you don’t want to take any risks of damaging your hair, then we recommend you to try clip-in hair extensions that you can place and remove any time you want.
6. Cutting and styling hair extensions
The best hair extensions should blend in perfectly with your natural hair, and the best way to do that is to have your hair cut once the extensions are in. You can also colour extensions, curl them, wash them and style them. Good hair extensions should last you a good few months and you will be able to style them just as you would your own hair.
7. What is Remy hair?
One of the terms that you will come across, if you are new to hair extensions, is Remy hair, which is considered to be the finest type of human hair that you can buy. Remy hair is aligned perfectly and the cuticles are left intact, making the hair look one hundred percent natural in appearance.
8. Don’t buy your hair from a salon
Most salons add a hefty mark-up on the price they charge for hair, so you would be much better off buying your hair from a wig supplier or a beauty shop. You can buy hair online, but many people prefer to be able to look, touch and feel the hair, before they part with any of their money. Buying hair online would be fine for clip-in hair extensions, but for something that will be more permanent, you might prefer to go in person to a store.
9. Try clip-in extensions first
If you want to try something a little less permanent, then clip-in extensions are the best option. As the name suggests, they clip into your natural hair and you can take them out again when you want to. They can feel a little bit heavy and you shouldn’t wear them to bed, but if you take care of clip-in extensions, they can last for quite a long time.
10. Fusion and weave hair extensions
For longer lasting hair extensions that you can leave all the time, you can try fusion extensions or sew-in extensions. With fusion extensions, the new hair is bonded to your natural hair with a keratin tip. With weave or sew-in extensions, the hair is sewn into a tightly woven braid of your own hair.