Hair Extensions: Do You Know Which Is Right For You?
I’m going to get right to the point. If you are interested in hair extensions, do you know which ones are right for you? If you didn’t know there are sooooo many different types of hair extensions and the best type for your depends on many factors. For instance, what kind of hair texture you have, your lifestyle, and the upkeep. If you are curious about hair extenions at all, this is for you. Your welcome. Trust me.
Why, oh why, are there so many types?
Hair extensions are a lot like desserts, there are plenty of choices, but not all of them are good for you. Okay maybe not the best analogy, but you get the point. Everyone is different and not every extension will be the best fit for you.
To give you a quick rundown, here are the different types and who they are suited for:
Clip-in hair extensions
By far the simplest and quickest of the options. Clip-ins are best for a night out to add a little extra volume. These are not ones that you could wash and blow dry in your head. Instead you would have to wash, and blow dry them separately then could put them in and style to blend with the rest of your hair.
Clip-ins are also the one of the cheaper options, and often run around $50 – $100.
Tape-in hair extensions
Tape in hair extensions are when sections of the hair extensions are attached to small sections of the natural hair using double sided tape. These last usually up to a few weeks (6-8) and you can wash and style your hair all as one. The application process is usually about an hour and price wise start at $300+
Sew-in hair extensions
Sew-in hair extensions are no joke. They are the most painful process and this is the process of getting a weave. Your hair is braided in rows and then the extensions are woven with thread onto the braids. These are the cheapeast option starting at $100 per application and the hair can be reused. To have sew-in hair extensions, your hair needs to have a really strong texture to handle the braiding and weaving without breaking.
Fusion & pre-bonded hair extensions
By far one of the longest processes of the extension options, fusion hair extenions involves keratin tipped strands that are fused to your natural hair using heat. The process takes up to 3 hours and starts at $500 + for an application, but also lasts 3-4 months so it’s worth it. Though you can’t reuse the hair again.
Real vs. Synthetic?
Now onto the other debate on hair extensions. Real hair vs. synthetic hair.
- Is legitimately real hair and will blend well
- Can vary price wise based on dyed, vs. virign (non dyed) hair
- All the hair runs in the same direction
- Can be styled like real hair (using heat tools, etc.)
- Can cost up to several hundred dollars per bunch
- A cheaper option $50 -$100
- Won’t blend as well with your natural hair, and can get tangled easily
- Can’t be styled with heat tools
- Good for trying out lengths, bangs, etc .
Okay, but which do I choose?
Well for the most part, choosing the type of hair extensions for you depends on your lifestyle. Do you want to have them for awhile and to add length and thickness while looking natural? Or do you want to have length and thickness, but doesn’t need to be in for a long time. It’s totally up to you and your budget. Though I would say that real hair is a much better choice overall, as it will always look natural and blends much better. No one will know you have extensions in.
So there you have a quick run down of hair extensions! If you have any other questions, be sure to drop us a line and we’d be happy to answer!