3 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing Hair Extensions

Looking to get longer hair without the wait time of growing it out? Before you make any decisions about getting extensions, here are 3 things you need to know before choosing hair extensions.

1. The Different Types of Hair Extensions:

Tape in hair extensions – these extensions are either glued or taped onto your hair. They are best for one-time occasions where you want to have a longer hairstyle. They have a shorter application time of around 2 hours and can be taken out and reapplied easily. Typically, tape-in extensions are made of real hair and last for a little longer than a month.

Weave hair extensions – typically a hairdresser will braid hair and sew it down. Then these extensions are sewn into the braids. This type of extension requires more upkeep and it is important to make sure that your scalp is often moisturized. The weave extensions can stay in for a maximum of 4 months.  Here is how they are put into your hair.

Clip in extensions – these extensions are used for occasional hairstyles when you want to quickly add length to your hair. Simply clip them into your part and use them to lengthen and add volume to the hair. High quality extensions will allow you to keep these in your hair for up to 6 months and you are even able to sleep in them!

2. Hair extensions effect on natural hair

If your extensions are too heavy or too tightly applied, then it can cause breakage on the hair. This added stress on the natural hair can cause hair loss so it is important to apply the right amount and type of extensions for your hair type.

3. What are hair extensions are made of?

Higher quality extensions are often made of real hair. They are then dyed to come in a variety of different colors. They are considered to look more natural and are more easier to customize to match a person’s hair color. Synthetic hair extensions are made of different synthetic fibers and often cost less. Synthetic hair extensions are better for people that wash their hair daily because it causes less damage to the extensions over time. A pitfall for these extensions are that they are said to look less natural and cannot be dyed. Moreover, users of synthetic extensions often complain about their extensions becoming tangled.

Now that you know a few things about the process and background of hair extensions, schedule your appointment with a trusted hairstylist or order extensions online!

Caring for Your Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can totally change the way you look, but hair extensions do need special care.  Washing them is a bit different from the way you normally look after your hair.  Hair extensions take a long time to put in and they can be rather pricey so you should know all about caring for your hair extensions before making the investment.

Types of Extensions

There are three different types of hair extensions that you can get, first there are weaves.  Weaves are for people that want to add more volume to their hair.  Clip-in extensions have very small sections that are clipped in with the rest of your hair.  Lastly there are keratin extensions which are glued to your natural hair very close to the root.

Washing Your Hair

No matter what types of extensions you are using be prepared to use product in your hair, you’re going to need a good shampoo, conditioner and a moisturizers.  You will want to get the kind that is specifically made for extensions.  Clip-in extensions are easier to wash than a weave, all you need to do is remove them and wash your hair normally, if your clip-ins need to be washed you can do that separately. Use lukewarm water, water that is too hot can damage your extensions and cold water won’t clean your hair.  When you wash clip-in extensions make sure to wash them in a clean sink so they don’t pick up the dirt from the sink.

Washing weave extensions is a lot more work, the first thing you want to do is to pre-treat your hair with a good moisturizer.  This will prevent your extensions from drying out.  Wash your hair with shampoo to clean your hair and your scalp.  Don’t apply shampoo without moisturizing first or you can end up stripping your extensions.

Listen to the Pros

When you got your hair extensions put in at the salon, the hairdresser probably gave you some instructions on how to look after your extensions.  They may even have gone so far as to recommend the right shampoos and conditioners to use on your extensions.  Listen to them, they know what they are talking about this do this everyday. They have seen firsthand clients coming in with a mess because they didn’t look after their extensions properly.  Don’t waste all that time and money getting your extensions put in if you aren’t prepared to look after them.