We know what many think, hair extensions cost a lot, thousands! False! Most have a preconceived notion that hair extensions are either cheap and look fake or are extremely expensive and costs thousands. The good news is that, there is a middle ground when it comes to hair extensions, affordable hair extensions that look good and last. And no, we are not talking about temporary clip in hair extensions, we are talking about hair extensions that you can workout with, have blown out, wear up in a ponytail! There is a new method out there that is semi-permanent, non-damaging, and affordable. Hair extensions are life changing, they add volume, length, and give you fuller hair an instant. Most women want to try hair extensions at least once, and some can’t live without them. If you have short of fine hair, you may really want hair extensions. For some, having fuller and longer hair is something they have always wanted and they will get it at any cost. But how much do hair extensions costs? Hair extensions pricing will vary by the quality of hair, type of hair extension method, and where you have them applied.
- FUSION KERATIN
- NANO RING
- MICRO RING
- TAPED WEFT
Shrink-links are small tubes with a keratin coating inside the tube, they work by heating the tube with a special tool and they shrink when the heat is applied. To start with I take a small section of your natural hair and thread the shrink link onto it, I then take the pre bonded extension hair and slide that into the shrink link then apply the heat tool to the shrink-link, this then shrinks around all of the hair to form a small bond. This bond is water sealed and therefore has great lasting power. Shrink-links are a great way to install the extensions as you have little shedding and usually you will require little, if any maintenance for the 12 weeks. This is my personal preference in applying the extensions as I feel that this is the best and most problem free technique, I also have the shrink-link method in my own hair.
The K Fusion Keratin treatment is the much talked about, less radical alternative to the Brazilian blow dry. Whilst the Brazilian blow dry, which famously ruined Jennifer Aniston’s hair and forced her to cut it short, uses a combination of formaldehyde and keratin, K Fusion is free from formaldehyde and therefore is much gentler on hair, and is also suitable for pregnant women and those who have undergone chemotherapy.
The nano ring is the smallest and most innovative way to apply hair extensions currently on the market. These extensions are very comfortable, and the rings are so tiny, they are almost impossible to detect, even when you are wearing your hair up in a ponytail. If you are a DIYer like I am, this is a dream come true. The nano ring is applied in the same fashion as its predecessor, the micro ring, and there are many informational videos and how-tos on the Internet available for both. However, this is a DIY project for two—I do recommend getting help with applying the rings to the back of your hair. The nano rings are so tiny, you can barely feel them in your fingers, which makes application without looking difficult.
The nano ring can only be used to attach nano-tip extensions to your hair; the regular I-tip hair extensions are too big and will not thread through the nano ring. At the end of each hair extension is a tiny wire. This is different than the tip of an I-tip hair extension, which uses a keratin bonding agent to glue the hair together; because of the wire, nano-tip extensions both are lighter and allow your hair more freedom of movement. You attach the extension by threading both the tiny wire and the hair it will be attached to through the nano ring (donot worry, there is a bead application tool that makes this easy), then clamping the two together using pliers to crimp the nano ring.
Kicking off with our rundown of different types of hair extensions are the micro link hair extensions, also known as micro bead and loop hair extensions, too. These hair extensions are applied by looping the extensions through natural hair and clamping it down with a pair of pliers and a metal bead to finish. One advantage or disadvantage (whichever way you look at it), is that the extensions can move up or slip down the hair shaft- great for those who don’t mind moving them up, however, not so great for those who find this extremely annoying! One major con about these hair extensions though, is that they can result in hair breakage. That’s because the heat from applying the metal rings can reflect onto the hair and cause it to burn and break.
Tape hair extensions are semi-permanent extensions and their main appeal is that they are quick and easy to fit in. The extensions are pre-taped and then sandwiched on either side of your own hair. These types of hair extensions can last anywhere from six to twelve weeks. While they’re easy to maintain and are pretty easy to put in, they are usually low quality hair extensions, plus, they can make tying your hair up a bother!.
The sew-in method has been popular for a while. It started in the African American market and then women of other ethnicities starting wearing it too. This method can be worn for 3-4 months, is less damaging, and doesnot cost as much as fusion/micro hair extensions. This method gained popularity when women wanted more than clip extensions. They wanted hair they could have installed all the time without clipping hair in and out everyday. However, the method doesnot allow your own hair to breathe. Also, if you have a sensitive scalp this method is not for you. They place a braid or two at the back of your head to Sew-In the hair weft. That then stays in for months at a time. That hair in the back cannot be washed for months at a time. Also, finding someone to sew-in your weft extensions is hard to find. When you do find them, I have found they charge a couple hundred. If you are going to pay a couple hundred you might as well check out the method below.