There are many different types of hair extension systems out there, the first step would be to choose a system that will work best for you. Some things to take into account would be how much money you want to spend, how much time you are willing to spend applying and maintaining the extensions and whether or not you want a temporary option that you can take in and out or a more permanent option that can last up to six months.
What Type of Hair is Best for You?
After you decide on what method will work best for you the next thing to consider is what type of hair you want to use. Just like your own hair, extensions have many different textures, lengths, and densities. There are also synthetic extensions, which are made from plastic. Synthetic hair is much cheaper than human hair, but they are not a good fit for women who are looking for permanent hair extension options that look natural. Synthetic hair extension is not able to style with hot tools, because they will melt. Also, the texture does not feel natural and can be easily detected.
How Long Do You Want to Go?
Think back to why you want to get extensions in the first place. Do you want it for length, volume, or both? This will determine how much hair you will need and ultimately affect pricing. There are air extensions that range from 16 inches, which would be a little past your shoulders, and up to 24 inches, which would be past your waist. The volume of your extensions will depend on how many ounces you purchase, most women get between 4 and 6 ounces of hair. This would also be a good time to decide whether or not you want to change your color. The price of your hair extensions will ultimately depend on how long and voluminous your hair is and how long you want it to be.
What Type of Lifestyle Do You Have?
Are you an athlete, work out a lot, surf or just constantly active? These are all things you should consider when getting your hair extensions. Depending on how much you are washing your extensions, either after swimming or working up a sweat, you will want to take preventative measures to ensure that the extension hair lasts as long as possible.
Extension DO’s and Don’ts
- Treat your extensions with care
- Tie hair in a low ponytail or loose braid at night to avoid tangles and matting
- Dry extensions thoroughly after washing
- Detangle starting at the ends working upwards; press your hand on the roots as you’re doing this to ensure you aren’t tugging on the extension
- Use a heat-protectant on before blow-drying to protect your investment
- Shampoo and condition your extensions with sulfate and paraben-free products
- Sleep on wet extensions
- Use hair oils near the roots which will cause extensions or tape to slip or get sticky
- Remove extensions on your own (unless they are clip-ins), see a professional
- Wear extensions longer than recommended and expect your natural hair to remain healthy
- Use your regular hairbrush to comb through extensions (a detangling, nylon-bristle or wig/extension brush is gentler on strands).
Natural vs Synthetic Hair Extensions
One of the first questions many people ask is which one will last longer? With proper care and protection, the Human Hair extensions will last around a year whereas the Synthetic will only last a few months. With knowing how long they will last; many people wonder which is easier to care for to keep them in prime shape for the length of their life. Synthetic hair is definitely the easier type to maintain because you do not have to frequently wash them but when you do all you need is a little wash, dry, and shake them out.
A major difference between synthetic and human hair is the feel and quality of the hair itself. Human hair has an amazing feel and looks so natural people will mistake it for your own hair. It also has so many textures and shades in each piece that there is always a color to match perfectly to your biological hair. This is a huge advantage when purchasing human hair extensions. Synthetic extensions can look natural, with the right shade and installation, they will blend in seamlessly, but natural hair extensions just have a different feel and look to them, synthetic hair is known to have more of a shine and a fiber feel.
Can everyone wear hair extensions?
With all of the variations in extensions available today, there’s something for everyone. Whether it is using a couple of pieces around the face to add a pop of color, mixing some pieces into your existing hair length to add body and volume, or installing a complete set for instant longer locks! Women with blunt cuts might need to work a little harder to create the perfect blend. Clip-ins offer a much more flexible approach to decide on what is just right for you.
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