(WellnessPursuits.com) – Hair extensions are a great way to add length, dimension, fullness, style and even a fun pop of color to your hair. Since extensions can set you back anywhere from $300 to $4,000, it’s important to know what you’re getting into first. Here are four things you should know.
1. It’s Important to Choose the Right Kind
There are three different types of hair extensions to consider. The right type for you depends on several factors, including how long you want them to last and your lifestyle.
- Clip-in hair extensions – These extensions are basically hair clips that you can clip in and remove whenever you want. This beginner-friendly option can last up to 2 years as long as you take good care of them. Clip-ins are the only temporary hair extension method.
- Bonded extensions (or glue-ins) – Keratin attachments are applied to your hair via ultrasonic sound waves. Bonded extensions last 3-5 months.
- Tape-in extensions – These extensions are attached to the roots of the hair with invisible, double-sided tape. They generally last 6-8 weeks. Tape extensions are recommended for people who change their hair color often.
2. The Type of Hair Matters
When it comes to hair extensions, you have two options: synthetic hair and human hair. Synthetic hair is generally much more affordable, but due to its shine factor, it tends to look less natural.
When choosing human hair extensions, it’s best not to opt for non-virgin hair (which has been processed or colored in the past, leaving it more damaged). Virgin hair can be colored, cut and styled the same way your own hair can. Remy hair extensions, which are collected with the root and tip traveling in the same direction to help prevent tangles, tend to hold styles better. They’re the most expensive and highest quality option on the market.
3. Hair Extensions Can Damage Your Hair
In some cases, extensions can cause stress to the hair follicles — leading to hair loss. There are a number of situations where this can happen. For example, damage may occur if extensions are applied or removed incorrectly, or if you wear hair extensions longer than they’re meant to be worn. If too much hair has been applied, it can weigh down your natural hair and result in damage.
So, how can you avoid damage? In addition to sticking to a hair extension maintenance schedule, it’s also important to go to a stylist who’s reputable and experienced. If you feel any strain or notice any hair loss, get in touch with your stylist ASAP.
4. Hair Extensions Aren’t For Everyone
Although you may have always wanted longer, fuller hair, the truth is that extensions might not be ideal for you. Changing your hair color too often or wearing updos often might be reasons to avoid them.
Extensions also require regular care. Care will depend on the type of extensions you choose, but even clip-in hair extensions need to be washed regularly. With permanent hair extensions, you should avoid sleeping with a wet head. If you’re unable or unwilling to give hair extensions the tender loving care they require, it might be best to stick to your own locks.
These are just four things to know about hair extensions. If you’re not sure if extensions are right for you or what kind you should choose, consult with a professional about your options. You’re just one step away from longer, fuller locks!
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