Hair Extensions

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated October 21, 2016)

I remember playing make-believe when I was I child, and all I wanted was to have beautiful, long hair that cascaded down my back. I mean, what little girl doesn't want flowing hair? The reality is, however, that most of us don't have hair like Disney Princesses. But let's get real, most of us would still like hair like that. What do you do when you're an adult and can't put skirts on your head to pretend that you really do have long hair? The answer is hair extensions.

If you're like me, hair extensions are a little overwhelming, because you don't want your extensions to actually look like hair extensions. You want your hair to look real, even if it isn't. So where do you start? How much does it cost? Should you even bother getting hair extensions? These are all valid questions that can be easily answered.

Sure you may have decided that you want hair extensions, but now you need to decide what kinds of hair extensions you want, because you have many, many options: weaves, clip-in, real hair extensions, pony tail extensions, smaller hair pieces, and full-out wigs. What route should you take? The process of deciding can be overwhelming, but just take a step back and evaluate what you want your hair to look like and go from there. If you need to, spend a few minutes talking to your hair stylist about how you should go about deciding what hair extensions are best for you. He or she probably has a more in-depth knowledge about hair extensions than you could find elsewhere. He or she also probably has a hair extension preference, and if they don't put in hair extensions themselves, may be able to recommend a quality professional.

The prices for hair extensions vary depending on the quality and type of the extension. For example an extension made out of real human hair would be markedly more expensive than a piece made of synthetic material. And a longer extension would cost more than a shorter extension. If you want the best deal, you should also shop around salons scoping out prices to make sure you're not getting ripped off. In the hair industry, many salons overcharge; many stylists and salons offer the same quality of products and services at more affordable prices. To give yourself the best deal, make sure that you do your homework.

Hair extensions can really give you a fun and different look, and if you shop around and get to know the market better, you'll be able to find extensions that are of the quality you want and at the price you can afford. Good luck!

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