Are you ready to try hair extensions but not sure where to start? Finding the perfect hair extension method and brand can seem very intimidating. However, we have laid out everything you need to make the right choice!
What Should You Consider When Choosing a Hair Extension Method?
+ The health of your hair – whether you are a suitable client for hair extensions.
+ Hair type and texture – some methods are more suitable for thin, fine hair or more coarse hair.
Clip in hair extensions is a temporary hair extension method, where wefts of hair are applied using small pressure sensitive clips. These are a great option for those who are not ready to commit to wearing extensions on a daily basis
Pros & Cons
Most suitable for special occasions or events as the extensions can and will need to be removed before bedtime.
Budget: $150 – $600
The cost for clip in extensions depends on the type of hair, the brand the length and the weight of the hair.
Wash hair extensions only when needed and apply a deep conditioner if the hair becomes dry or dull. Use a wide tooth comb or Loop brush to comb extensions. Brush before storing and store in a dark place, as prolonged exposure to light will fade the color.
Commonly known as a weave, sew-in or braided extensions are ideal for coarse or thick hair. The client’s hair is braided to create a base for the extensions, and then wefts are sewn into the braids using a needle and thread. This method is commonly associated with ethnic hair wearers.
Pros & Cons
Ideal for coarse or thick hair, braids are used as a base for the extensions and sewn in using a needle and thread. Although no heat or glue is used for application, the tight braids over time may cause hair loss. The first few days after application, clients may be uncomfortable and even experience headaches. You will need to wash your hair regularly to prevent bacteria from forming throughout the braids.
Budget: $250 – $2,000
The cost for sew in or braided extensions depends on the cost of the hair and stylist’s application fee.
Wash hair only as needed to prevent the braids from loosening up. Avoid over styling, as this can cause the braids to come loose. Shampoo, blow-dry curl or straighten as you would with your normal hair for best results.
Short-term hair extension method, where glue is applied to the base of the weft and attached to the hair. Wefts will only stay in the hair for a few days and can be removed using an oil-based solvent.
Pros & Cons
A short-term method of hair extensions where the weft of hair is applied using glue. Hair will only last until the next time you shower, which isn’t a good option for those looking for a more semi-permanent method. If the hair is not applied correctly, the adhesive may cause damage to the natural hair. However, if you’re looking for a one-time use for a special occasion, then this option may be suitable for you.
Budget: $250 – $600
The cost for glue in extensions depends on the cost of the hair and stylist’s application fee.
Hair must be reapplied every few weeks.
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