What comes to mind when you hear the phrase hair extensions? Young girls? Longer locks? Hollywood? While all these can and do apply, it may surprise you to know that there are many benefits to extensions you may not be aware of, such as:
What, exactly, are hair extensions? And what are they made of?
Hair extensions, also known as hair integrations or hair weaves, are sections of hair that are affixed to existing hair to add length and fullness. They can be made of either synthetic or real human hair, though either type is applied, of course, to look and behave like the real thing.
How are extensions put in?
There’s more than one way to apply extensions. They can be clipped, taped, glued, or sewn onto your existing hair. The method is typically determined by the stylist, as well as the brand your salon uses. Ashley Sinclair, owner of East Main, uses the tape method using real hair. “They are comfortable for clients and easy on the hair,” she says.
How long does it take to get hair extensions?
Depending on the desired style and the density of your hair, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours to have your extensions put in initially. Consult your stylist for a more definitive time.
How long do extensions last?
You can expect extensions to last between six to eight weeks, depending on the style and how you care for your extensions, which brings us to the next question…
How do you care for extensions?
Just like your own hair, extensions require maintenance. Before bed, extensions should be brushed through and long extensions should be braided every night. It’s recommended not to wash them every day. No heat should be applied where the extensions attach and no oils or conditioners should be applied directly on the scalp.
What are some added benefits of hair extensions?
When it’s time for a trim, your extensions can be left in and trimmed with the rest of your hair—there’s no need to remove them. In addition, when you’re ready to move on to another style, they can be removed and used again next time you’re ready which can cut down on cost.
How much do extensions cost?
First-time application generally runs between $350-$550 which includes the cost of the hair itself, but many clients agree that the added volume and long-lasting versatility are well worth the expense.
Interested in learning more? Book a consultation with certified specialists Ashley or Tara who can answer any questions you may have.