Hair extensions are the miracle workers of the hairstyle world. They can make thin, limp, or short hair look long, thick, and luscious. These hair accessories have become very popular over the years. Many celebrities and fashion-conscious individuals wear them on a regular basis.
At Hair 2.0, we always encourage people to experiment with their hair, especially if the experimentation gives them a boost of confidence. If you intend to add extensions to your hair, it's a good idea to understand all the factors involved. Here's a brief look at what you need to know about these extensions:
1. Different Types of Extensions
Extensions come in different forms and styles. It is important to understand these different types to determine which option is ideal for you. Here's a look at the type of extensions available today:
- Clip In – Clip-ins are a great choice for beginners as they easily snap into place and can be removed at home. There's a slight learning curve involved as you figure out how to place these extensions in your hair. Some people get them done by professionals for the first few time before they learn how to attach them at home.
- Tape In – Tape-in extensions require professional handling and is semi-permanent. Once put in place, tap-ins can last for 6 to 8 weeks, especially if they're maintained well. The extension is attached to the hair using a discreet double sided tape that easily blends in with your normal hair.
- Bonded Keratin – This is a much more durable extension style and can last for 3 to 5 months if maintained well. These extensions are also the more discreet, which makes them ideal for people who want natural looking hair at all times. The extension is attached with the help of a keratin glue, which is softened with the help of UV light instead of heat, which reduces damage to the hair.
If you're trying this out for the first time, we recommend clip-in extensions. They're the most affordable and they will come off in a short period of time. If you want to wear your hair up, swim regularly, or if you work out often, consider bonded keratin.
2. Are Extensions the Right Choice For You?
Extensions do cause some strain and damage, especially if they're not maintained well. People with problems like alopecia or psoriasis should avoid extensions entirely and consider wigs. Wigs are gentler on natural hair and scalp, and they're very customizable. It's important to consider your lifestyle carefully before opting for extensions. If you're too busy to maintain them, like to chair or color your hair often or like to tie the hair up often, extensions might not be the best choice.
3. Getting The Right Extensions
As extensions have a significant impact on your lifestyle, it is important to choose the right one. There are several factors to consider while choosing the extension and here are some of them:
- Color – Extensions come in a wide range of colors ranging from gentle brown to neon green. While it is possible to find extensions that are an exact match to your current hair color, there are exceptions. If you don't find a match, go with a shade darker because that will blend in better with your hair.
- Texture – Extensions come with different textures as well. Some are sleek, shiny, and straight. Others are dense, curly, and bouncy. Choose extensions that are the closest match to your hair texture for the most natural effect.
- Real Hair – Synthetic hair is more difficult to manage and doesn't blend in well with natural human hair. Even good-quality synthetic hair will have an artificial shine that will stand out. If you have the option, always choose responsibly sourced human hair.
If you're not certain, consult with a professional hairstylist before choosing an extension. They will recommend the right color, texture, and style after considering your requirements.
3. Expense Involved
Extensions are expensive and the cost can range anywhere from $300 to $2,000, especially if you choose good-quality human hair. You won't have to buy new extensions all the time, but eventually, they will have to be replaced. Everything from the first application to regular maintenance can be expensive and time-consuming.
If you're worried about thinning hair on your head, we at Hair 2.0 recommend our natural keratin fiber solution. Want to know more? Contact our customer care for queries or browse through our website for information on different products.