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Hair extensions are far from being a pointless luxury. They are the key to improving your self-esteem, sass, and self-confidence. If time is of the essence, and you wish to rock long locks or want to fix a really bad hair day, then you might prefer paying for some quality hair extensions instead of waiting for hair miracles to happen.

The cost of hair extensions may differ considerably and the price range starts at a couple of hundred bucks to as high as a few thousand dollars. The ultimate cost will depend on numerous factors, which includes the quality and type of hair, length and amount of hair and the application method of the hair extensions. Another key consideration that you need to look at is the time required in applying for the hair extensions, and here you can expect to spend quite more if the application method is time intensive.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Hair Extensions

The price difference of hair extensions is due to more than one factor. In addition to the hair type, there are factors that impact the cost of hair extensions, and the main factors include:

1. Type of Hair

  • Clip-On-These hair extensions comprise of several hair strands, each attached individually. Typically, 3” to 4” wide pieces are applied on the back of your head in multiple layers, and a few 1” to 2” wide pieces are fixed on the sides. As is suggested by the name, every strand is attached to your natural hair with a clip. The average price of this kind of hair extension is around $80, but you can definitely find one for as low as $20.
  • Tape in -Tape-in hair extensions comprise of one-inch broad pre-taped hair wefts and thin taped wefts that basically tape in between your natural hair in sandwich-type bonds. At present day, they are the most requested type of hair extension method simply because they stay secure and discreet, appearing like your own natural hair. This method is 100% natural, requires no chemicals or tools and can last up to three months since the hair is reusable. Excluding its maintenance cost (which is very less), tape in hair extensions can cost around $500.
  • Keratin -This is perhaps the most expensive hair extension procedure, but it also requires almost zero maintenance once the extensions have been installed.

The extensions are fused into the natural hair with the help of adhesives such as glue and keratin, however, keratin is now more popular since it is safer. A hot tool is used to bond the keratin tip with every hair strand and the entire process can take up to several hours. You can also opt to have wefts bonded instead of every single strand.

Once the procedure is complete, you are good for four to five months. With proper care, keratin extensions can last even longer. Price range starts from $800 to $1400, or even more depending on the volume of your natural hair.

2. Amount of Hair

The longer and more hair you wish to wear in the form of an extension, the more you will have to pay. The ideal hair quantity will largely depend on the length and volume of your own hair. If you want to go all-out with a thick and big mane of hair, then you will definitely have to spend more than when you were just looking for a medium or shorter length hairstyle.  

3. Application Method

Another factor that largely impacts the cost of hair extension is its application method.

  • Hot Fusion Bonding –this is a more common application method that requires the use of hot glue to attach the hair extensions to your natural hair. This method can cost anywhere from $300 to $500.
  • Weave –this application method is a highly preferred one and also more time-consuming because it involves braiding the extension into your own hair. Some people opt for this method because they want to cover balding spots or areas with thinner hair. Weaves can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.
  • Cold Fusion Bonding –this application method involves the use of polymer, which is keratin-based in attaching the extension to your natural hair. This method is comparatively gentler than hot fusion bonding and it can last as long as 6 months. For this reason, the procedure is offered at much costlier prices ranging from $1,500 to $3,000.
  • Coil Hair Extensions –this method involve stringing your hair via tiny copper coils. Coil hair extensions are relatively gentler to apply and do not involve the use of any chemicals. It can cost anywhere from $750 to a couple of thousand dollars.

4. Maintenance Required

Another key aspect of hair extensions cots is associated with its maintenance and care. You might need to visit the hair salon once a month for proper upkeep and care of your hair extensions. One visit to the salon may cost you around $50 to $100. Taking good care of your new hair extensions will make sure that they last a long time and remain beautiful.

5. Color

Color is yet another factor that affects the cost of hair extensions. Black is the cheapest extension color, while other colors such as blonde, platinum, red, etc. are more expensive.

6. Hair Source

Human hair is generally sourced from China, India, Malaysia, Russia and Brazil. The hair extensions from a different region will have different price points. In addition to that, the scarcity and availability will also affect the price, for example, a light brown curly hair extension is quite rare, and therefore it will need a higher price to acquire.

As is evident, hair extensions are not cheap by any means, but they can be obtained at an affordable rate. Your preferences will play a key role in the overall cost of the hair extensions. So, be as precise as you can when deciding your budget, and don’t forget to add in the cost of proper hair extension care products.