It might sound strange to hear, but a woman’s hair is her best accessory. The way a woman wears her hair shapes her face and can influence her overall look. I have relaxed hair and have worn it the same way for the past eight years, and I finally decided that it was time for a change. I wanted to do something different, but not too drastic. I also wanted to protect and maintain my own hair, which is long and healthy (and I’ve worked hard to keep it that way). In the end, I decided to get hair extensions. Hair extensions would allow me to have a versatile look while protecting my own hair and giving it a break from the daily stress we put on our hair from brushing it to styling it. Deciding to get hair extensions was certainly not a kneejerk decision. I spent several months pondering the decision, but more importantly, I also spent that time doing my research. I wanted to make sure that I knew all there was to know about hair extensions, as well as the pros and cons. In the end, I was happy with my decision, and I want to share some advice to other women who are on the fence about whether or not to get extensions.
The most important step is to do your homework. Research every question you might have, and don’t feel shy to call or go to a hair salon in person and ask for a consultation. Choosing the right salon is also one of the hardest parts, especially if you do not personally know anyone in your area that can recommend a salon. Search for salons that do hair extensions and read as many reviews as possible. Granted, you should take the reviews with a grain of salt, but they are better than not having any feedback to rely on. Visit the websites of all of the salons you come across and view their photo gallery. Pictures of the work the salon does can be the greatest testimonial you will find.
The next thing you need to consider is the type of hair you want to purchase. Human hair is the best kind because it can handle just about anything you would want to do to it whether it is straightening, curling, or washing it. Human hair can be very expensive, but you want to ensure that you buy nothing but the best for your hair, especially if you are trying to maintain a natural look. Also, human hair will last longer, so you will not need to buy new hair every time you have your extensions reinstalled. Certain brands are better than others, but do your own searching around and see what type of hair is recommended for your hair type and texture. If possible, buy hair that already comes in the color of your natural hair and does not need to be dyed. My own hair receives many compliments, and I wanted to maintain somewhat of a natural look, so I decided to go with a length that was only slightly longer than my real hair. Too many times women think that getting hair extensions is their chance to be Rapunzel. Avoid looking too artificial and stick to a length that is reasonable and manageable.
Many women forget that hair is a living and breathing thing that needs to be looked after. Don’t think that because you have hair extensions you can forget about your real hair underneath. It is recommended that you remove the extensions every 6-8 weeks in order to treat your own hair to a wash and deep conditioning. Also, you need to wash your extensions, especially if they are human hair. Treat the extensions as if they were your own hair. Get a wash and shampoo every 2-3 weeks.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
Tip #1: Avoid getting your hair underneath the extensions wet. If you do, dry it thoroughly with a blow dryer.
Tip #2: Consider leaving some of your hair out to blend with the extensions. Leaving some hair out in the front, in the back, and along the sides will give you a more versatile look and will allow you to be able to put your hair up as well.
Tip #3: If you are satisfied with the initial installation, stick to one stylist. All hair salons and stylists have different methods of doing things, especially when it comes to how they install hair extensions. In order to be sure that you maintain a consistent look, stick to one stylist once you are satisfied with the hairstyle.
Tip #4: Have a professional or someone with experience remove your hair extensions. You could end up cutting your own hair if you are not careful when removing them. It might be worth it to pay the few extra dollars to have the stylist remove them for you.
Tip #5: Have fun with the extensions and experiment with different styles. One of the benefits of hair extensions is that you can now enjoy a fuller look and have the chance to do things with your hair you might not have been able to do before. Don’t be afraid to try out new hairstyles.