So that you want to search out the correct hair extensions… well, here’s a comprehensive guide to selecting the right hair extensions for you, how to make sure you don’t waste money ordering extensions of low quality, that simply will not last you more than a month, how that can assist you not to buy extensions that may damage your hair at the root, resulting in alopecia, and the way to buy that ultimate set of extensions that will help you to instantly achieve volume, length or that celebrity style. This article focuses on clip-in hair extensions, and explains why I favor them over pre-bonded and micro-loop extensions.
Clip-in hair extensions are an important investment. The fantastic thing about hair extensions on the whole is that they instantly allow you to vary your look and achieve styles that you simply couldn’t without waiting months on your hair to grow, in order for you length; but if you want additional volume or to recreate the Kardashian/Cheryl Cole or many other celebrity looks, the extensions really is the only way. Do not be fooled, almost all celebrities wear extensions! So why clip-in’s? Well, clip in hair extensions are quick to use over permanent solutions and if you buy a good weight of hair, they offer your roots a much needed rest if you taken them out, which permanent extensions don’t do, and so they costs between £50-100 for a very good set (more on price later – you get what you pay for!).
A great weight for extensions is 120g of hair, and that is ideal for 90% of individuals out there, maybe 140-160g if you have very thick hair – anymore than 160g and you’re a much increased risk of alopecia. I might strongly advise anyone buying to ignore all websites, salons, and stores offering greater than 160g, as yes this will give you extra thickness, all too often an unnatural looking thickness way beyond the degrees of even Kim Kardashian), but the risk of alopecia may be very high. A UK company offers 215g set of extensions, but this weight will pull more on the roots of the hair and also will look too thick. Why do you think top stylists use comb cutting scissors to thin your hair on the salon, to cut back the load and allow for a more luxurious and volumised style, so why add 215g of hair back in, stressing the roots and undoing all of the good work your (since you are reading this, probably expensive) haircut. Also, bear in mind a full head of bonded extensions, or micro loop extensions would use about 100-200 pieces of hair which weigh 0.8g of hair per piece, which is roughly 80-160g of hair.
Next, we come to the standard of the hair. That is a tough one. Almost all suppliers will claim that they offer “the most effective” hair available, but this isn’t the case. I suggest that if you’d like durable stitching (so your hair does not shed), very soft hair that holds a curl, and does not matte, I would recommend spending about £90-100, but you must expect them to last 12+ months, in the event you look after them. Extensions that cost lower than this may have been made with less care, use poor quality hair, or both! There can be little point in buying these for £40-50 if they last you 3 months, as that will mean £160-200 for 12 months – or you would spend £90-100!
In terms of caring for your extensions, that’s quit simple. ALWAYS use heat protecting spray! It will stop the hair from drying out and becoming ratty. Next, wash the hair as necessary, i.e. when there’s a build up of products, mousse/hairspray/argan oil/seasalt spray/etc. Allow your hair to dry naturally when washing. Once a month use a deep conditioning hair mask to add back oils and moisture back into the hair (sounds obvious, but extensions won’t get these replaced naturally like your personal hair does). For extra shine, use argan oil. Be careful not to over do it though, as you’ll find yourself with a greasy set of extensions that need washing!