Thinking about getting hair extensions, but not sure which kind to get? There really are a lot of options and it’s hard to know which one will work best for you. There are many things to consider: which ones look most natural? Which ones will last the longest? Is human hair better than synthetic? How do I care for them? Can you I color treat them? We’re going to do our best to answer these questions in our article, but if you still have questions after you’re done reading, give us a call! We’d love to discuss your specific needs and we have many hair stylist that are highly qualified in hair extensions.
Types of extensions
Here are the different types of hair extensions:
Human vs Synthetic
So this is exactly like it sounds like. Human hair extensions come from human donations. Synthetic hair extensions come from synthetic, blended materials, and do not contain human hair. Remy hair refers hair that has all cuticles intact and is running in the same direction at the time of collection. Which is nice because there is less chance of tangling (with proper care) and assures that the cuticles flow in the same direction from root to end.
Just as you would imagine, synthetic hair extensions are less expensive than human hair extensions. But, as you also may guess, they don’t last as long. So, there is the trade off of having to replace them more often. Typically, synthetic hair extensions last a few months, whereas human hair extensions, with proper care, can last up to a year or even longer.
How do you make your hair extensions last longer? It starts with care. Be sure to properly store them when they’re not in use. While there are specific hair extension storage pouches/boxes, simply storing them in a sealed container of any kind is recommended. You should wash your extensions based off of the amount of time you’re wearing them. If you wear them everyday or several times per week, then you should wash them at least once a week. Additionally, if you wear product in your extensions, you should wash that out afterward to return them to their original state. Moisture is key to extending the life of your hair extensions. Be sure to use products that are moisturizing. It’s a good idea to use a deep conditioner periodically, as well. Any products that use alcohol or sulfates will be drying--stay away from them. Once you've chosen which option best suits you and your lifestyle, your stylist will help you with guidance on care and maintance.
Not sure which type of hair extension is right for you? Talk to your hairstylist to get their expertise. We have a number of them on staff who are highly experienced. They can discuss your needs and make recommendations on which extensions to go with.