The beauty of the social media age is that we’re always finding beautiful photos that give us hair inspiration, and we can always count on Insta-models and beauty bloggers to show off their gorgeous new hairstyles for us to try to duplicate. There is a downside though because no matter how hard we try our hair never seems to look as great as our hair idols.
High-quality hair extensions can provide you with thicker, longer hair and even give you a quick colour change-up, but the question is, are they really worth all of the effort, money and time?
Turn that bob into a mane!
If your natural hair is as little as three inches long, you can still get hair extensions, although the extent of your transformation may be limited if your hair is too short. Hair extensions can be woven in, glued in, braided in or clipped in. You can also add colour or highlights with shades that range from mild to dramatic. The process is 100% pain-free, and you shouldn’t experience any discomfort whatsoever!
What to avoid in hair extensions
Ensure that you avoid hairpieces and extensions that are heavier than your natural hair. If the extensions are too heavy, they will become damaged and eventually break off — thus your hair needs to be long and healthy so that it can withstand the pressure.
How much are hair extensions?
Good quality 100% Remy hair extensions are more expensive than synthetic ones. Depending on how many wefts you get, how you have them attached and the grade of hair you use, the cost can range from a few hundred all the way up to the thousands — and that’s not including maintenance. You will also need to invest in time, often four to six hours for the first application.
Always ask your hair stylist where the extensions come from; most hairstylist use Jadore hair supplies Australia, who have an extensive range of high-quality 100% Remy hair extensions. You should also ask how your extensions will be removed and if they will cause any damage to your natural hair.
Another important question to ask is, do extensions require a lot of time commitment and maintenance? The answer is no, not really, people just need to keep an eye on them — almost like you would with colour or anything else.
Caring for your hair extensions
Here are some specific tips to help you care for your extensions:
- You can handle Remy extensions just like handle your natural hair, just more gently.
- Use a loop brush, so you don’t damage the new hair or the bond.
- A gentle shampoo is recommended, and use cool water to help minimise tangles.
- Reduce tangling by using a light conditioner.
- To avoid knots and bed-head always sleep with your hair in a braid or ponytail.