Trends in Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions can be Applied at Home

Ever wonder why so many celebrities have short hair one day, and suddenly in the next photo you see their hair has transformed into long, luxurious locks? The answer is hair extensions, which can add both volume and length to hair. Hair extensions cost considerably more in a salon than if you purchase them on your own. Even in a salon, the price can vary depending on the method used to attach the extensions.

The traditional method used in a hair salon is hot fusion or bonding in which hot glue is used to fuse the extensions to your natural hair. A stylist that regularly works with extensions will blend them into your hair so that no one can tell they are there. Lasting up to four months, this method averages around $300, but can be higher if you want a lot of extensions or very long ones.

More recently, cold fusion has become popular for attaching extensions. This method uses a keratin-based polymer to attach the extensions to the root of natural hair. At anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000, you are paying for a more natural feeling to your hair that can last up to six month. The price range depends how many extensions are being applied and how long you want your hair.

Used to apply extensions that cover the entire head, weaving involves braiding the extensions into the natural hair. The average cost of a weave is from $500 to $1,200 depending how much hair is used.

If you would like to skip a visit to the hair salon and save some money, clip extensions are cheap hair extensions that you can do yourself at home. The price will vary depending on the quality of hair used, with real hair costing more than the synthetic version. To apply, part a straight line in your own hair about a ½ inch from your part. Then simply open the clip on the extension and comb end of clip on to base of hair press down. Comb your hair down over the extension and gently blend hair. Hair ’n Flair Capelli di’ Coloro is an 18” extension made of human hair with a rubberized non-slip grip for attaching. Evita Six Piece Clip combines six extensions into one clip, giving more volume.

Blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can be used to style hair with extensions but should be kept on low settings.

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