Are Hair Extensions a Good Option?

February 24, 2019

Are Hair Extensions a Good Option?

Hair extensions are a great way to transform your hair into a more appealing look. They are great for adding volume and/or length, and can also be used as a protective style. When it comes to deciding whether or not you should get extensions, there are things to consider. In this article, I will give you advice on how to determine if hair extensions are a good option for you.

 

Determine your Hair Type  It is important that you know what your hair type is. Knowing your type will make it easier for you when selecting which hair extension is best for you. To learn how to figure out what your hair type is, please refer to my article: Discover your Hair Type.

 

Understand your Hair Needs  Once you understand what your hair type is, you should figure out what your needs are. Do you want to install hair extensions because your hair is thinning and you need volume? Do you want a longer length, or are you simply looking to have a temporary change of hair color?  Once you figure this part out, you can continue on with the next step.

 

Prepare for you Install Preparation is key to figuring out what the best options are for you. There are several things you should consider when deciding. For more information on this, please read my article: 4 Steps to Prepare for your Hair Extensions.

 

Maintain your natural hair So you’ve decided that hair extensions are the perfect option for your needs. Now you must understand how to care for them. Below, is an outline of proper maintenance according to the hair extension you choose:

 

  • Clip-in: These should only be worn daily and taken out every night as sleeping with clip-in extensions can cause your hair to tangle. The good part about removing them at night means easy access to wash your hair as needed.

 

  • Glue-in and Tape-in: These extensions can last up to three weeks. You should consider removing once you see your hair start to rise at the roots. You may wash your hair with dry shampooing while these hair extensions are installed.

 

  • Sew-in: The sew-in extensions can last in your hair from four to six weeks. You can use dry shampoo to wash your natural hair while wearing these. You can also wash your hair with shampoo, but be aware of the fact that this can cause mold to grow if you do not dry it properly.

 

  • FusionThese extensions are the most durable and can last you up to eight weeks. You can wash your hair with these but I recommend using a co-wash instead of a shampoo. Also, be advised to not follow the wash with any conditioners, as doing so will loosen the glue bonds.

 

 

For more information on how to care for your faux tresses, see my articles: How to Care for your Hair Extensions in Warm Weatherand How to Care for your Hair Extensions in Cold Weather.


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