I am obsessed with hair extensions, no really, can’t live without em. I have pretty nice hair without them, but there is just something awesome about long, full, flowwwwyyy hair. Just like a tan, extensions make everyone better. I have posted about extensions before, but I wanted to do a recap of the types of extensions, the PROs & CONs, as well as the cost comparison. There are affordable, minimal damage options out there, take my word for it I also attached a readers email with specific questions at the end if you’re looking for even more info.
Types of extensions:
1. Clip in hair extensions:
Clip in hair extensions are amazing if you want a temporary style change, they are extensions that are clipped into the hair to create a temporary hair effect, as you can easily create the length that you desire, as well as the volume with these types of hair extensions. There are a few ways to get clip in hair extensions:
A. You can have a local salon make them for you. In San Diego I can suggest Hair Unlimited in Mission Valley, they will match them exactly to your hair.
B. You can buy the hair and clips from a local hair supply store and make them yourself.
Bellami Hair Extensions- 22 inches in color Dark Brown (filter changed the color)
Leyla Milani Hair Extensions 20 inches in color Milk Chocolate
Cost: Free to insert. $100.00- $190.00 depending on the brand.
* No damage
* No cost to put them in
* Instant style change, removable when you’re done wearing them.
* You can’t wear a high pony tail, clips can show
* A bit un-comfy to sleep in, can feel like you’re sleeping with bobby pins in your hair
* You can get them wet, swim, shower but they might fall out if you’re too rough
2. Sewn in hair extensions:
A teenie tiny braid is formed using your real hair and synthetic hair, tracks of hair are then sewn onto that braid. I do like this method because it attaches sturdily with little to no damage. My girl here in San Diego, Kimberly, does an amazing job and she’s very affordable. To schedule an appointment you can call her, just let her know you’re my friend. Kimberly Adams- 858-776-0281
Cost: $25-35 per track to insert. $60.00- $150.00 cost of hair, depends on brand and amount you want. I use the Outre Euro Premium hair, 20 inches.
* Little to no damage. The only part of your real hair being effected by the extension is the row the hair is attached to. A synthetic braid is created horizontally across your head and extensions are sewn onto this braid.
* They stay on nice and snug, you can wear high pony tails, swim, shower, it’s as if it’s your own hair.
* CHEAP! I have a girl who does them SO cheap, $20.00 a track. I have 3 in so your only cost is $20 a track plus hair cost. My hair cost $80.00 so my total for the extensions was $140.00.
* Can get messy if you don’t brush your hair daily
* Some thinning can occur if you tug down too hard while you brush. The better you care for them the less damage you will have. I have had 0 damage so far but I baby them.
3. Fusion hair extensions:
These are the individual hair extensions fused on with special tools. I personally would never get these kinds because they attach to hair all over your head which means hair loss overall, vs. sewn in hair extensions you can only experience slight hair loss from the tiny braided area, not all over.
Cost: Anywhere from $500.00- $2,000.00. You must buy special fused hair, depends on brand and amount needed.
* Fuller hair all over. Good option for someone with really short hair.
* Lasts longer than most extensions, up to 3 months.
* Can style in many ways, up do’s, pony tails, however the beads do show at times.
* I always see the fusions poking through girls hair.
* EXPENSIVE! Most fused extensions are over $1,000.00
* They fall out often
* They say there is no damage, but every time you brush/style your hair, you’re pulling down on the fusion that is attached to your real hair, which causes hair loss.
* These are also near impossible to brush since you have a fusion attached to your scalp.
4. GLUE in extensions:
I do not know why anyone would glue hair onto their head, unless you don’t care about your hair what-so-ever. Sure they’re cheap, and a quick fix, but in the long run, they’re not worth it to me.
PRO: All I can think of as a pro would be that you temporarily get long hair?
* The glue that is used to apply the hair extensions is definitely going to damage your natural hair by causing breakage and split ends. It is likely that you will require a trim after you remove the hair extensions. The glue will be tugging on your real hair, causing thinning.
Overall my favorite hair extensions are sewn in hair extensions or clip in hair extensions. If you get hair extensions that damage your hair, it defeats the entire purpose of an extension… you want long hair right? Then don’t damage your real hair Hope this helped clear up any hair extension questions, email me if you have any more! Happy hair hunting
UPDATE: Email from reader-
“Hi Amanda! I love your blog and have been reading it for awhile now! I’m in S.D. and I have some questions about hair extensions. I’ve been thinking about getting them for awhile and your post has helped to push me towards taking the plunge!”
Q1. How long is your hair without extensions? I have shoulder length hair and am wondering if sewn-in is even an option for me.
A1. My hair is about 5 inches longer than my shoulders but I cut all my hair off one night years ago and regretted it. I had almost ear length hair and managed to shove extensions in. Def possible, you would just add more tracks to add fullness.
Q2. Is the process for sewn-in extensions painful? I’ve heard that the process is and just wanted to know what your experience is.
A2. It does not hurt me at all. If you are tender headed just let the person know, they know how to adjust their grasp and pull to make it ok. You do have an occasional tugging but it feels like a tug. I also have her not do mine too tight, if its too tight omg yes it hurts. Just be very vocal about your concerns. My girl Kimberly did it perfect this time, tight enough but not painful.
Q3. Do you buy your extensions at hair unlimited and then take them to your stylist or do you get them thru her?
A. I purchase my own hair at Beauty Supply Warehouse. I get the Outre brand, not the most expensive/nicest, but NEVER get the worst. Pointless, nappy hair. Mine are shiny and nice, 100% human hair and were around 80. I got 22inches.
Q4. Are you able to re-use your extensions when you get them re-done? How often do you have to replace them? How often do you get them re-done?
A4. I don’t keep mine sewn in too long, I don’t want long term damage. Usually I will wear clip ins for a few months and then sew them once every 6 months. I keep them in about 2 months, they begin to grow out and get annoying by then. You have the option of re doing them once a month if you want them tight, but I don’t want that much pulling on my hair. I wore my clip in hair extensions for about 2 months and then cut the clips off and sewed it in. you can re-use the hair as much as you like, depends on how well you take care of it. I still have extensions from a year ago, but I baby mine. So in a perfect world I would buy hair, sew it in and after 2 months take it out, give your head a break, and sew clips on to the same hair and use as needed. OR you can get it redone once more, won’t be bad for your hair, but I wouldn’t leave them in more than twice personally.
Q5. Are the extensions at hair unlimited easy to style? I bought some clip in ones that were HORRIBLE, even though they claimed they were easy to style!
A5. I love styling my hair I got a nice brand though which is important! Try the Outre brand or ask the girls for the BEST brand and they will give you their suggestions. I had good luck with Outre tho. I believe this is the exact type of Outre I use. I overly use Moraccanoil though, as well as rarely wash them, so keep them away from stinky areas. I find after you wash them they’re never really the same. Of course if you have them sewn in you have to wash them, but most the time I will wash only the top/real part of my hair to keep the extensions as untouched as possible if that makes sense.
Any other questions? hehehe