Hair extensions are lengths of either real or synthetic hair that can be affixed close to the scalp through a number of ways such as braids, weaves, bonding, metal tubing, heat shrink tubing & adhesive based bonding. When done correctly, hair extensions are not noticeable…no one can tell if you’re wearing them. They can provide volume, extend hair, and add highlights or lowlights without the harshness of coloring your own hair. Some extensions can be worn continuously for up to 3 months before requiring maintenance.
Hair extensions come in many colors, textures, styles and lengths to match any hair type. Natural or human hair extensions are more expensive than synthetic hair because they can be colored, set, curled or treated. Synthetic hair will melt if exposed to the high temperatures of a curling iron or a hot blow dryer; it is used as purchased, and is generally not recommended. Synthetic extenders are available widely at department stores. Human hair extensions are generally purchased through salons that provide extensionist services. Info from WiseGeek.
Several factors have to be considered before deciding to have a hair extension. First to consider is the budget. A minimum of $2,000 should be set aside initially that depends on the type/method of hair extensions. It’s always best to get the opinions of at least 2-3 professionals on what type of hair extension process is appropriate for your kind of hairstyle & requirements before finally deciding especially because it involves investment of time & money. For the meantime, before you decide to get a hair extension, take a look at these pictures and see how hair extensions can totally change one’s look.