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Hair Extensions 101: What You Need to Know

Hair extensions, the instant way to get longer locks, have become one of the most popular beauty treatments available today.

If you’re considering them for the very first time, you probably have a few questions.

Hair extension FAQs

  1. What hair extension options do I have?

If you’re looking for a hair extension that can be added at home without the help of a hair stylist, clip-in extensions are your best option. Tape-in extensions are high quality, easy to put in and will last you up to 3 months. Finally, halo extensions, which are similar to a headband, cost around $300 and can be attached or removed at any time.

  1. Where do I buy hair extensions?

Clip-in and halo extensions are fairly easy to come across but if you will be buying tape-in extensions, there are some extra things to consider. If you have really thick hair, you will need to buy more extensions. It’s also important to look at the kind of the hair you’re purchasing. 100% Human virgin hair is always better, which means the extensions haven’t been treated. The term ‘Remy hair’ refers to extensions that have been treated with a substance such as Keratin.

  1. Is it not possible for me to apply tape-in extensions at home?

This is really not advisable because you will need to know how to apply them correctly and have experience doing so if you want your extensions to last and look natural. Using a professional stylist will save you a lot of time and frustration.

  1. What do I need to know about maintaining my extensions?

EH Hair & Extensions recommends being extra careful when styling your hair so that you don’t end up pulling your extensions out. It also helps to sleep with the extensions in a low and loose ponytail in order to keep them in one place. When you’re washing your hair, don’t get too much product on your scalp as this could cause the tape-in extensions to slide out.

  1. Are there specific products that I should use to maintain my extensions?

It’s best to stick to a clarifying shampoo with a pH of 7 or more, which will help clarify your hair as much as possible. It’s also recommended that you use conditioner as sparingly as possible to stop your extensions from sliding out.

  1. Is there anything else that I should know?

Prepare yourself for the fact that the quality of your extensions will change over time. The more you wash them, the more texture they will get. It’s also important to brush your hair daily because tangled extensions are a nightmare to try and fix. If you’re looking to experiment with a new hair colour without having to commit, hair extensions are a great way to do that.

Overall, hair extensions are an easy way to get more length and try out a new look without having to wait for your hair to grow or committing to a new style indefinitely.