Everything You Need to Know About Hair Extensions
I have legit had every type of hair extension you could ever imagine. Over the years I’ve done wefts sewn in, wefts with beads, tape in extensions and individuals. I love playing around with different looks so they make it super easy to feel like a whole new person! Sometimes I want that romantic long soft curls vibe and other times I want to be short and sassy. I also love that extensions make it super easy to change your color with way less damage. For instance, when I went platinum blonde last year I wore tape in extensions and my root was still dark! I barely colored my own hair but achieved a whole new look!
In this post I want to answer some common questions we get all the time about hair extensions so here we go
Q: Who does your hair extensions?
A: Priscilla Valles – she is @priscillavalles on Instagram. She does a ton of celebrities from Kylie Jenner to Christina Aguliera. She is a total expert and there is no one else I would trust with my hair.
Q: What type of extensions do you have?
A: I have individual extensions with keratin bonds on Russian hair. I love them because out of all of the extensions I have tried, they are the least damaging on my hair and look the most like my hair. They don’t look bulky and the texture is great because it is real hair.
Q: How long do they last?
A: They last anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. I usually get mine redone every 6 weeks. Whenever you ask other people in the industry they will tell you longer, some even say up to a year to try and lure you in under the pretense of saving money. However, leaving grown out hair pulling on your own hair after 8 weeks will only cause damage and hair loss. I strongly suggest getting your extensions redone or tightened, depending on the type you have, at least every eight weeks
Q: Will they damage my hair?
A: I would be lying to you all if I said that extensions don’t damage your hair. Of course, putting any type of weight on your hair may cause it to break. However some types are worse than others, and depending on your hair type (thick, thin, coarse, curly etc) some extensions may be better than others. The most important thing is to take care of them by brushing them every morning and night and securing your hair before workouts and bedtime to avoid damage as much as possible.
Q: How much do they cost?
A: Depending on how much hair you use, they can cost anywhere from $2000-$4000. If you do tape in extensions or wefts it’s more cost effective because you can reuse the hair!
Q: What should I do when I’m sleeping or working out?
A: Make sure to braid your extensions or put them in a low tight bun when you are sleeping or working out, this way they are not pulling or causing any unnecessary tension on your scalp.
Q: How do I take care of my extensions?
A: Make sure to wash your hair 2-4 times per week. Always dry your hair after you wash because you don’t want your extensions to knot. Don’t put the conditioner too close to the root because you don’t want it do get on the bonds and make them slip. I like to use the Olaplex Number 3 mask on mine to keep the hair soft, and keep my own hair healthy as well! I also like the Wella fusion plex mask a couple times per week to maintain optimum hair health.
When brushing your hair, brush from the bottom to the top holding on to a big section. Try not to brush over the roots of where the extensions are attached. My favorite brush to use is the Shiela Stotts extension brush. It feels amazing on the scalp and is safe for the bonds.
Once your hair is dry you can totally flat iron or curl and style your hair however you want! Here are some of my favorite irons and products that are amazing whether or not you have extensions
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