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Welcome to Hair Extensions 101

HAIR WHAT?

Although pixie cuts are a trend right now, I love long wavy hair; look at Blake Lively for example. Don’t have Rapunzel locks? Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to have long natural hair to get the look!  You can always get help… from hair extensions! I gathered some basic information that you should know about hair extensions and also, provide recommendations on where to make your hair purchase.

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TOP METHODS

There are several methods to add hair extensions to your hair. Some of the more popular hair extension methods that I found are fusion, tape-in, weave, and clip-in. Fusion (or bonded) hair extensions require individual keratin-tipped strands to be fused to your natural hair through heat application. Tape-in hair extensions have wefts of hair attached to small sections of your natural hair using double-sided tape. Weave (or Sew-in) hair extensions are wefts of hair woven with thread onto the rows of your natural hair braids. Clip-in hair extensions have wefts of hair clipped onto teased hair. Personally, I prefer the clip-in hair extensions because the clip-ins are affordable, less-time intensive, and not permanent… it’s just a quick and easy way to add length and volume to your hair!

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PROS & CONS

Before doing anything too hasty, look at your budget, preferences, and hair type to figure out which hair extension method is right for you. Although fusion, tape-in, and clip-in extensions can be used on almost any hair, weaves are better suited for those who have curly, kinky hair. Usually fusion extensions are the most expensive ($500 to $4,000) and it’s the most time consuming process (can go up to 3 hours); however, they last the longest (ranging from 3 to 4 months). The tape-in extension application process is usually faster (approximately 1 hour) and more affordable ($300 to $2,000); however, there is more maintenance required (every 6 to 8 weeks). On the plus side, you can reuse the tape-in hair extensions again. Similarly, weave-in extensions can be reused. It lasts approximately 3 months, can be applied in an hour or two, and costs can range from $100 to $1,000. My personal choice are clip-in extensions, and can last for a few years if you take care of them. They are probably the most affordable (ranging from $50 to $250) out of all the hair extension methods, and it doesn’t take more than 15 to 30 minutes to put the clip-ins on. Especially for Beautini’s bridal clients who are looking for the extra volume for a day or two, we almost always recommend the clips-in extensions over anything else.

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HUMAN HAIR VS SYNTHETIC HAIR

Don’t trade price over quality! The price of hair extensions will vary on the quality of the hair as well as the thickness and the length. Virgin (unprocessed) Remy human hair is the highest quality, but it can cost several hundred dollars. Synthetic hair, on the other hand, is cheaper in price ($50 to $100), but it may not blend in as well with your hair and style. You also can’t apply too much heat on synthetic hair and it can tangle very easily. Just don’t expect the synthetic hair to last for too long; remember that you get what you pay for.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

When you are purchasing your hair, make sure of two things: 1) the hair color actually matches your natural hair color and 2) the texture of the hair extensions matches your natural hair texture. Otherwise, your hair extensions won’t blend well with the rest of your hair. An option is to buy light colored extensions and then have your stylist dye it the same color of your hair.

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CUTTING & STYLING

Now you see me; now you don’t. You don’t want your extensions to be detectable, so it is crucial to blend your natural hair and the hair extensions. The best way to do this is by getting your hair cut and styled. After the extensions are added in, have your hair cut with multiple layers, so that your extensions will be integrated well with your natural hair.

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HAIR CARE

Although your hair extensions aren’t your natural locks, you still need to maintain them the way you would with your normal hair. Be extra gentle and careful when your hair is wet. Try not to yank or pull your hair with a brush. First, run your fingers through your hair. You can also use your normal hair products. The only thing I would steer clear of is oil because it can undo the roots of the extensions. Lastly, put your hair in a loose braid when you sleep to avoid tangles from forming.

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PURPOSE OF EXTENSIONS

Hair extensions are great for an extra boost in length or volume of your hair. It’s a great way to change your look before a night out or for special occasions such as weddings. Out of all the hair extension methods included, I highly recommend clip-in extensions because they are easy to use and very affordable. Specifically, for brides, clip-in extensions can help add the few inches you desired to create the perfect “I-Do” up-do.

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WHERE TO PURCHASE CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS

bellamihair.com

luxyhair.com

sallybeauty.com

ulta.com

Ricky’s NYC

Lucky Beauty Supply Inc

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X.o B.Lo


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