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Are Hair Extensions Worth It?

Are Hair Extensions Worth It?

Everything You Need To Know About Hair Extensions

Did you know that most of the women you see on TV wear hair extensions? But hair extensions are not just for celebrities; plenty of women love to wear extensions in their everyday lives.

There are many types of hair extensions and for that reason, it’s important to know all about them so you can make the decision that’s right for you.

Let’s explore what hair extensions are exactly. Read on to learn more.

What Are Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions, as the name suggests, are pieces of hair that you can apply to your scalp in order to make your hair look longer than it really is. Usually, they come with a clip that you can apply close to your scalp so the extension will look like your real hair.

Some also come with tape instead of clips so they will look even more natural on your head. You can get hair extensions in any colour and texture including straight, wavy, curly, and more. They are great if you want to give yourself a new look without waiting for your hair to grow out.

The Types Of Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions made of synthetic hair are very popular because they are inexpensive and easy to use. Synthetic hair extensions are very easy to take care of as well.

On the other hand, extensions made of real hair are, of course, the most realistic. But they are also the most expensive. There are also microlink hair extensions that you can attach to your real hair via small loops.

How Do I Choose?

To choose the right kind of hair extensions for you, you will want to consider what kind of hair you have. If you have strong and thick hair, you won’t have to worry too much about damaging your hair. You will be able to use everything from tape in hair extensions, micro link extensions, and beyond.

If you have delicate hair, you will want to find the least damaging type of hair extension. This way, your real hair won’t be a mess whenever you decide to take out your hair extensions.

You will also want to consider what length you want. Different lengths can give you completely different looks, so keep that in mind when you choose.

How Long Do They Last?

The lifespan of hair extensions will depend on what kind of extensions you get. It will also depend on how well you take care of your extensions. Glue and tape-in extensions tend to last several weeks, but they may last for a shorter period of time if you aren’t careful with them.

On the other hand, micro link extensions can last several months. After this amount of time, you can look forward to replacing them with new extensions.

How Bad Are They For Your Hair?

While hair extensions can make your hair look long, shiny, and luscious, you might not be happy once you take them out and find that your real hair is damaged. No matter what kind of extension you get, there will always be some degree of damage.

In some cases, hair extensions can tug on your hair roots and even cause bald patches as a result, especially if not done properly. The most damaging hair extensions tend to be microlink extensions. The least damaging tend to be tape-in extensions since they don’t pull on your hair as much.

If you are someone with very delicate or slow-growing hair, you should avoid hair extensions.

Who Should Get Them?

If you have thin hair, hair extensions can be great to give the illusion of fullness and volume. Or, if you have short hair, you can switch to long hair in a snap once you get hair extensions.

Hair extensions are also ideal if you want to give yourself a new look for a few weeks or if you have a big event coming up. Or, if you have a long vacation, you can treat yourself to some hair extensions to last you as long as your vacation.

The After Care

The main thing you will want to avoid is over-washing your hair extensions. This can not only lead to damage to your real hair, but it may damage your extensions as well.

You shouldn’t use conditioner on the extensions or blow-dry your hair. To keep your extensions looking healthy, be sure to oil them regularly and brush them every day so they shine.

Which Shampoo to Use

You should use a gentle shampoo when you wash your hair extensions. This will ensure that your extensions will not end up frizzy or broken.

Shampoo with oil like coconut oil tends to be the best for extensions. You should also only wash your extensions twice every week.

Scalp Scrub

You still have to care for your scalp under your hair extensions. That’s what a scalp scrub is for.

A scalp scrub is typically a gritty cream. By massaging it into your scalp, you can remove any excess oil and dirt. This will ensure that your real hair stays healthy.

Drying

You should never blow-dry your hair extensions. Instead, it is best to let your extensions air-dry after patting them with a towel.

You also should not wring out your hair like an old rag. This can damage your extensions and real hair.

Detangling

By gently brushing your hair extensions, you can protect them from damage. You can also make sure that they keep their fresh and shiny look.

Brushing your hair too violently can do the opposite, so be careful. Try using a brush with soft and hard bristles for the best results.

Do I Need To Replace Them Often?

As mentioned before, extensions that use glue or tape tend to last 8 weeks or less. After a few weeks, you will want to get them replaced.

On the other hand, you can wait several months before you replace micro link extensions. However, you will need to reposition them earlier.

So, How Much Does This Cost?

Clip-in extensions are the cheapest and may be a few hundred dollars. Real hair extensions will be more expensive, around several hundred dollars.

Professional or permanent hair extensions can cost several thousand dollars, although they are typically much less. By calculating the cost of different types of hair extensions along with the look you want, you should be able to find the perfect extensions for you.

If you would like to get hair extensions, contact us here to get them done at MC Laser.