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How do you choose the best hair extensions?

Choosing hair extensions can be an absolute minefield – besides choosing what colour and length – you need to think about the bond and the material. The better quality you buy the longer they will last and the more realistic they’ll look.

After all, that is the point of hair extensions.

Natural Human Hair vs Synthetic

When looking for the best hair to purchase, check the material - is it natural human hair or synthetic. You may be uncomfortable using human hair, if that’s the case, synthetic is your go to. However, synthetic hair can't withstand any heat at all, whereas the human hair can still be us heat for styling

Our advice would be to ask the origin of the hair and where they source it from.

Online vs In-Store

Of course buying in store is preferable when purchasing hair extensions, you can touch and feel the product to see the quality as well as look at colours. However, in-store isn’t always possible. Reputable brands always try to emulate an in-store experience online with colour charts and are often able to help over email, social media or live chat. When shopping for hair extensions in store or online, always make sure you ask lots of questions to ensure you’re really purchasing the right hair for you.

Clip-In vs Tape

If you are looking for a quick hair extension system with no long-term bonding, then you have found it. Clip-in hair extensions are easy to attach and can be perfectly matched with your own hair. They give you longer hair, lowlights, highlights or added volume. All clip–in hair extensions come in one or multiple pieces (wefts) of various widths.

Tape-in hair extensions are thin tape wefts, 2-inch wide pre-taped hair wefts, that get “taped-in” in between your own hair in “sandwich” like bonds. This method requires no tools or chemicals. The hair is reusable. It takes less than an hour to apply an entire head with zero damage.

Whatever type of hair extensions you choose, remember to familiarise yourself with the products beforehand. Also, try to go for the best quality you can afford. It will pay off in a long term. After all, it’s your hair you’re investing in.

In summary, choose the best hair that you can reasonably afford. There’s no point going all out and purchasing super expensive hair that looks great and salon fresh when you first have the hair fitted but you can’t afford the maintenance and after care. You’ll soon be without your extensions and trust us, once you have extensions you’ll not want to go without. Our advice, always seek out a professional to fit them – after all we’ve not got eyes in the back of our head to fit them properly!