Everything You Need To Know About Getting Hair Extensions That Look Natural and Amazing.
What Types Of Hair Extensions Can You Get?
1. Temporary (take in and out each day or week)
'Temporary methods include clip-in pieces, wefts and weaves where large pieces of hair are added.'
2. Semi-Permanent (worn for 6-8 weeks)
'Semi-permanent hair extensions include tape-in pieces that last around 6-8 weeks. These are smaller sections than clip-ins and the new Invisible Tape extensions are almost completely undetectable when hair is down or worn up.'
3. Permanent (are worn continuously, for many months)
'Permanent methods are strand-by-strand meaning many small attachments are added. Examples include micro rings or micro bonds.'
How Do I Know Which Type Of Hair Extensions I Should Get?
'Temporary methods are great for occasional wear and are usually used by those who like their own hair but just want to enhance their look for the weekend, or for a special event.
Clip in hair extensions are excellent as they can be easily clipped in and styled in minutes and then removed just as easily. Permanent methods are good for those who are disappointed with their own hair and feel they need additional hair to gain extra volume, length or both on a daily basis.
'The micro ring method is the most popular method at Image because it is a re-usable method - clients can refit the same hair many times. However, the Invisible Tape hair extensions are a great option for those with fine hair that want to bulk it out on a semi-permanent basis.'
How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?
The cost of hair extensions varies so widely even just in the UK that it's difficult to know what is an appropriate price to pay.
'Permanent hair extensions cost more than temporary hair extensions as they do take time to fit. A full head of hair extensions will take 2 or 3 hours to fit, so you're paying for the labour costs. But most of the price you pay will be for the cost of the product itself - and this therefore means that it can be an expensive service.
It is worth going to a specialist salon and having some test pieces of hair fitted first, and then investing in the best quality hair you can afford up front, knowing that you can re-use the hair.
How Long Do Hair Extensions Last For?
Micro rings or the micro bonding methods last for 3-4 months before needing to be re-fitted (as they have grown 1.5 inches away from your scalp).
Clip in hair extensions are fitted in and out daily.
Other methods such as tape or weaves last 6-8 weeks.
Who Shouldn't Get Hair Extensions?
'Anyone who has active hair loss should never get hair extensions as wearing them could mask what is happening with the natural hair and delay any action taken to treat the hair loss.
'Any clients with unusually fine hair along with very sparse hair (not dense enough) should avoid using hair extensions but this is less than 1% of the female population.
'Otherwise the guidance is to match the amount of hair added with the density of the clients own hair. So, finer-haired clients should add less hair in than those with more dense hair.'
How Do You Take Care Of Hair Extensions?
Caring for hair extensions isn't difficult.
The main rules are:
1. Avoid oiliness at the roots to prevent the connections from slipping or going sticky.
2. No inverting your head upside down head or in high ponytails as this pulls on the underside of the connection.
3. No aggressive pulling.
Otherwise, washing, drying and styling hair extensions is very much the same as with your natural hair as long as they're good quality.
Common Hair Extensions Mistakes To Avoid
Poor quality hair. Some salons find it difficult to get good quality hair, even if it is expensive, it can still be over-processed and not long lasting.
Bad colour matching. Hair extensions that are pre-made in strands are generally one colour, or two colours mixed in a stripy strand, so the colour match is never going to be good enough as your natural hair is multi-tonal.
Strands too large for a small section of your hair. The strand of hair must be securely placed using an appropriate amount of the client's own hair, matching weight for weight of the clients natural hair.
Hair extensions not blended in and cut properly to create a new hair style. Inexperienced salons can just leave the extensions, but they need to be properly blended and a new haircut needs to be created.
No aftercare advice given. Most salons do not guide their clients through how to take care of their new hair extensions and get the most out of them in terms of styling. Simple routines like tying the hair in a low pony at night and drying thoroughly at the roots, can save damage to the hair, prevent matting and help the extensions last longer.