How awesome is today's technology that if you want long hair you can have it pretty much straight away, provided you have the time and money.
I have had hair extensions for years now and pretty much tried every type under the sun. They have certainly come a long way over the years, with new products launching all the time.
If you are thinking about getting hair extensions, here are a few of things to consider.
Who is going to do them?
This is very important you want to make sure that the stylist doing them knows what they are doing, we have seen plenty of ads on gumtree and ebay with people offering their services, we are not saying that they don't know what they are doing but make sure whoever is touching your hair is certified to do so. A bad set of extensions can lead to hair breakage and a lot out of pocket expenses.
Some common questions to ask your stylist are:
- How long have you been doing extensions for?
- Who did you train with?
- What type of hair are you using?
- What do you think would suit me?
You should know pretty quick with those four questions whether or not the stylist knows what they are talking about. If they can't answer those questions I would book in elsewhere.
Are extensions going to fit into your everyday lifestyle for example if you swim every morning and have to shampoo your hair everyday then extensions might not be for you.
You have to be real about what will work with you hair, if you turn up to your salon visit with a pixie cut and expect Jennifer Lopez hair, you may be disappointed. Be prepared to listen to the advice your stylist gives you, your hair will be better for it in the long run.
Types Of Hair
We recommend that you stay away from synthetic hair, and yep some stylists do use it, this will just end up a matted mess we have see it happen before.
Work out what you are wanting the extensions for, is it for length, fullness or both. You may need more hair if you are going for fullness or if you want extra long hair.
Russian hair is probably one of the best hair types you can use it is also the most expensive, there are other 100% human hair extensions which are awesome, which we will get to soon.
Do you want bonded, mico beads, tape ins or weaves, there are endless ways to add length and fullness to your hair, make sure your stylist educates you with what will be best for your lifestyle, if you wear your hair up a lot then you may need micro beads instead of tapes etc.
Hair extensions really need to be looked after well, you will need a shampoo and conditioner without sulphates or alcohol. You will also need a hair extension brush that won't pull on the extensions.
Depending on your stylist you may need a 2 week follow up appointment, you will also need to rebook for 4 - 6 weekly maintenance, where your stylist will move your extensions up onto the new hair that has gown.
These are five of our favourite extension brands, the quality of the hair is amazing and highly recommend you seek out a salon that stocks these next time you are getting extensions.
Image source Zala
Zala has a great range of clip in and tape extensions, we use this brand frequently and the hair quality is beautiful and soft.
Image Source great Lengths.
Great Lengths is still the only hair extension company that sources and processes its own hair. You wont be disappointed with this luxury hair brand.
Image source Medusa
Medusa hair quality is amazing and has a great range of ombre colours.
Image source Wasp
We love Wasp Designer Strips “Fine Line” range. This gentle hair extension system is currently taking the hairdressing industry by storm.
Cleopatra Hair Extensions have supplied Clip In Hair Extensions, Easy Loop Hair Extensions, Micro Bead Hair Extensions and an entire range of other products to thousands of customers within Australia and Overseas for many years. 100% Remy hair!
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