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Facts About Hair Extensions

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author image Debby Mayne
Debby Mayne started writing professionally in 1992. Her work has appeared in regional parenting magazines and she has been managing editor of the magazine, "Coping with Cancer." She was also fashion product information writer for HSN. During college, Mayne worked as an instructor at a fitness center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in health, PE and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hair extensions come in all price ranges, depending on the quality of hair, whether it's synthetic or real, the length and many other factors. Most hair professionals prefer natural over synthetic because it looks better, and it can be styled with blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons. Synthetic hair may not hold up to all the heat from styling appliances. Although you can apply some extensions at home, using a professional stylist to put them in will generally produce better results. They are either glued or fused to the hair, close to the scalp.

How Long Do They Last?

The hair extensions are attached to your natural hair, which sheds. As the connection thins out, it becomes weaker. According to CyberMane.com, consider removing them after eight weeks to prevent damaging your own hair.

How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?

The price of hair extensions varies, based on the type of hair, the length and the stylist who applies them. You'll pay less for synthetic than natural. The price may vary from a couple hundred dollars to thousands. You'll also need to factor in the upkeep, which may run from $20 to $60 dollars over the life of the extensions.

Will Hair Extensions Damage the Hair?

Anything attached to the hair can damage it, including hair extensions. Learn how to properly care of the extensions, including how to brush them, how often to shampoo and how to moisturize. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase creates less friction than cotton or linen, extending the life of your extensions.

Can the Extension be Colored?

Most real hair starts out dark but is stripped and colored to the desired shade. Because the hair has already been through the chemical coloring process, it is difficult to add or change color later. It may resist color, damage the bond attachment or break down, causing the hair to fall out.

What Are the Differences Between Real and Synthetic Hair Extensions?

Real hair looks more natural and can be styled like your own hair. Synthetic hair extensions may look like plastic and have an unnatural sheen. Adding heat is likely to damage synthetic hair extensions. One of the synthetic types of hair, Thermofibre, has a silkier feel, and you can use heat styling appliances without damaging it.

How to Maintain Hair Extensions

Only wash your hair when absolutely necessary, and never sleep on wet hair. Gently brush and braid your hair before going to bed to prevent your hair extensions from getting tangled. Use heat styling tools carefully, even with natural hair. If you want to dye your hair, go to a professional who specializes in hair extensions.

Types of Hair Extensions

Fusion hair extensions are the most popular in most salons. They are fused to the hair, one strand at a time. Weaving is attached to the hair in individual rows and can be reused. The micro ring method is attached by small rings that need to be tightened occasionally. Clip-in extensions are temporary and may be removed regularly. Clip-ins come out more easily and may fall out during sports and swimming, but work well for special occasions.

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