Hair extensions tend to get a bad rep, especially when the clips peek out of the scalp, or the color doesn’t quite match the rest of the hair. These telltale signs of extensions can look fake, obvious, and even cheap. But with better quality, more natural-looking hair and innovative application methods now available, extensions can serve as a solution for some of your biggest hair concerns. The best part: When done correctly, no one has to know you’re even wearing them.
“Though it’s tempting to pop into a beauty supply store to buy clip-ins off the rack, you’ll get the most natural-looking results if you go to a professional salon that offers 100 percent human hair extensions,” says Vinitt Dessai, owner of Alchemane hair extensions. Still, extensions aren’t for everyone……
HOW DO I KNOW IF HAIR EXTENSIONS ARE RIGHT FOR ME?
You want a confidence boost. Longer, fuller, shinier locks are a sign of youth. As we age, our hair thins (though some are more genetically prone to this than others). Similar to a great blowout or a killer pair of shoes, hair extensions can give you a little pep in your step.
You want to revamp your look. Bored with your strands? Extensions allow you to experiment with color without bleaching your hair. “Clip in one pink streak for the night or try ombre without frying or permanently altering your style.
You want to grow out a bob. If you have a short cut that you’re desperate to grow out, extensions will instantly add length and ease your frustration. It’ll help get you to that ponytail stage.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK BEFORE I CHOOSE TO BUY EXTENSIONS?
Before getting extensions, choose a reputable salon. If you don’t live in a big city, it’s especially important to do your homework. Ask a ton of questions—if the salon is trustworthy, they’ll be able to answer all of them.
1. What kind of extensions do you use? The answer should be 100 percent human hair.
2. Where do you source the hair from? The best quality hair is Indian hair so be sure that the hair is sourced from India. Especially if you’re brunette and want to add volume, Indian hair is your best bet.
3. Do you use “remy hair?” Remy hair is a process in which the cuticles are kept in tact (and laid in the same direction) while the hair is collected and treated, so hair is smoother and less frizzy.