You’ve probably heard nightmare stories with hair extensions: falling out in public, causing damage, or costing thousands of dollars. Although these stories are not as frequent with improvements in hair extension technology, there is much to research. Hair extensions provide many benefits.
- Gain instant length and volume
- Add color without the use of chemicals
- Enhance your look dramatically
- Increase the amount of hair to style and work with (weddings + events)
- Avoid damaging hair if you choose the right method
- Improve your self-esteem
- Blends naturally and seamlessly with your own hair with the right application
When considering extensions two things are most important: hair quality and extension method.
In order to have a great hair extension experience, you must first get the best quality hair available, hair that doesn't mat or shed. The types of hair currently available are synthetic hair, non-Remy, low quality Remy, high quality Remy, and virgin Remy hair.
Synthetic hair: Fake, cheap, lowest quality. Made with plastic fibers (kind of like doll hair), manufactured to look like and feel human hair. If a pack of hair cost less than $50, it is not human hair.
Non-Remy Hair: Cheap human hair with cuticle not intact. This type of hair is hair swept off floors usually, mixed with animal hair. This hair is low quality and will not last more than a few weeks.
Low Quality Remy: Remy Human hair with the cuticle not intact. They appear soft, shiny, and nice, because they are coated with silicone to last for 1-3 washes. They cost around $80-100 per pack, but they do not last.
High Quality Remy: Remy Human hair with cuticle intact, which keeps your hair extensions healthy and shiny after the ponytail has been collected. High quality Remy is a little over $100 per pack and will last 5-8 months depending on care.
Virgin Remy Hair: Highest quality human hair, cuticle intact, hand selected, processed with different technology. It starts with virgin hair from healthy donors (never chemically treated in any way) and is hand selected and cut. It is then sorted, cleaned with natural gentle wash to prepare the hair. This hair will last over a year with proper care, but expect to invest.
Extension application methods have a variety of benefits and challenges. Options for extension application are: clip-in, sew-in, tape-in, fusion, and micro bead extensions. Choose a method will work for you.
Clip-Ins are temporary (like a just a few hours). This is for someone who just wants them for a one time. They are bulky and by the end of the night in the car, you will be clipping them out ASAP! They are annoying but add length for special occasions.
The sew-in application is where part of your own hair is sewn in rows towards the bottom and a hair weft is sew in. This method is painful, the hair is dirty and cannot get washed. It also itches and is really bulky. You will have a hard time wearing hair up in a high pony tail.
The tape-in method can be worn for 2-3 months, and they are reusable. Application takes 30 minutes, removal takes 15 minutes, and there is no damage or fuss. The thin tape wefts have strong adhesive. You will barely feel them and you are able to wear hair up or down, swim with them and workout with them too.
Fusion and micro bead are individual tiny pieces of hair. These methods costs thousands, takes hours, but lasts for 6 months. Many like it because they can wear the hair for months (although it can get stringy).
Hair extensions are a safe, effective at making you look and feel better. Plus, they are really fun! No matter what you decide:
- Look for a salon with stylists specially trained and certified in hair extension application and technology with top-quality brands that meet your needs.
- Avoid sacrificing quality and professional reliability for cost, scheduling convenience, or being impulsive.
- Choose a stylist who listens to hear what you want, helps you understand what to expect and how to care for your extensions, and strives to give you the best results.
Millennium has many trained and certified hair extension experts that will guide you in this process. A free consultation is the best way to get started.
Before & after hair extension looks.