In recent years, women have been more upfront about using hair extensions or wigs. Even celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have shamelessly admitted to owning multiple wigs or using extensions to create their coveted looks.
But hair extensions have become more popular than ever because not only does it give you the opportunity to add some volume but it also allows you to add length to what you’re currently have.
Fashion bloggers like Mia Mia Mine, has even done a tutorial on how to put in hair extensions.
So, I’m sure many of you have heard at least one of the following horror stories when it comes to hair extensions:
- hair extensions falling out in public
- hair extensions even causing damage to your natural hair
- or hair extensions costing thousands of dollars.
Forget what you’ve heard.
Let’s go over the pros and cons with hair extensions and whether they may be the right fit for you.
What Extensions Are Known To Do:
- add length
- add volume
- add color dimension (highlights or ombre)
Note: If you have long hair, you can still use hair extensions for volume or even EXTRA length!
Invest In Your Hair
For the absolute best results, you will want to invest a couple hundred dollars for quality hair. The hair you purchase should last a couple of years and should not mat, shed or look cheap.
Types of Hair Quality
- Synthetic Hair – Also known as doll hair and is not the hair you want. This hair is fake, cheap, and considered the lowest quality. Synthetic is made up of plastic fibers which is made to look like and feel human hair. This hair should not be heated as it can melt.
- Non-Remy – This hair is low quality, cheap, and will definitely not last more than a few weeks. Non-remy hair is typically mixed with animal hair, the cuticle is not in tact, and this hair mats after the first wash.
- Low Quality Remy – Remy Human typically appears soft and shiny because due to the silcone coats applied to the hair. The silicone however, will only last anywhere from 1-3 washes. This kind of hair usually costs around $80-100 per pack. While they might seem like a great investment, this option isn’t going to last as it’s considered “cheap” remy hair. Also the cuticle is not intact.
- High Quality Remy – This is where you can consider your purchase an investment. The cutocle is intact and is what keeps the hair extensions looking healthy and shiny. You can expect this hair to cost over $100 per pack but will definitely last.
- Virgin Remy Hair – This is the highest quality you can get. This hair has the cuticle intact, is hand selected, and is processed with different technology to keep quality high. Virgin hair is more expensive because it is uncommon and it takes more work to process this hair. You can expect this hair to last for about a year or more, depending on how you handle and care for it. Virgin hair comes from healthy donors who have never chemically treated their hair in any way.
Hair Extension Application Type:
- Clip-in – This is for someone who just wants them for a one time special occasions. You can take these out at the end of the night.
- Sew-in – Your own hair is sown in rows towards the bottom and a hair weft is sew in. With this method you cannot wear your hair up, cannot wash, and is typically very bulky.
- Tape-in – You can wear this method for 2-3 months and are reusable. Application process takes about 30 minutes and the removal process can take up to 15 minutes. With this process thin tape wefts are used with a strong adhesive. With this method you are able to wear hair up or down, swim with them and workout.
- Fusion & Micro Bead Extensions – Both cost thousands of dollars and the process can take hours since these are individual pieces of hair. These methods can last for 6 months or so.
When deciding on what type of application you want, decide on a method that is fitting to your lifestyle.
Positives to wearing hair extensions:
- adds length
- add volume
- can add color without using chemicals
- enhances your look
- the right method will not damage your hair
- blends naturally with your own hair
- with the right application, no one will know you are wear extensions
Negatives to wearing hair extensions:
- can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a $1k plus for installing, cutting and maintaining
- depending on the method, you cannot just throw your hair up and go – you have to take care of your hair
- more hair to manage/style
- if you’re new to hair extensions, it will take a bit to get use to
- head will leave feel heavier for 1-3 days but eventually goes away