Ready to delve into the world of hair extensions but feel it is a little out of your comfort zone? Look no further, as our ultimate guide to hair extensions can help.
Firstly, why choose to get hair extensions in the first place? If we were to ask most people – additional length is what often springs to mind first. After all, many of us can relate to the frustration of hair that stubbornly refuses to grow beyond a certain point.
However, that is not just the only advantage of adding extensions to your tresses. If, for example, you have fine hair that sits limply on your shoulders, then hair extensions can inject instant volume. What’s more, hair naturally thins as we age – so extensions can help to give an extra boost in confidence.
Another plus point could be the desire to experiment with a new style or colour that isn’t permanent and avoid using heat or chemicals on your natural hair.
From the different types of hair extensions available to average prices and finding the right colour, our ultimate guide to hair extensions will have you striding into your salon consultation with a little knowledge and inspiration under your belt.
Types of Hair Extensions
Clip-On Hair Extensions
Clip-on hair extensions are incredibly easy to use and clip directly into natural hair, instantly transforming your look. Whether you are yearning for long, loose curls, a high-power ponytail or want to experiment with a fringe – there are a wide variety of styles to choose from. Clip-on hair extensions are generally cheaper than professional hair extensions and are quicker to apply and remove. Their temporary nature also means you do not need to commit to them long-term either.
On the flip side, they cannot be slept in and need removing when you wash your hair. Clip-on extensions might cause discomfort and damage to your natural hair if worn for long periods in the same area of your head. They also can’t be customised and blended with other colours like other semi-permanent alternatives. However, if you have a special occasion or just want to dip your toe in hair extensions for the first time – it is easy to see their appeal.
Average price: £200
Tape-On Hair Extensions
Tape-on hair extensions are lightweight and applied directly to hair using specially formulated glue. They can last up to eight weeks and be reapplied up to three times. These semi-permanent hair extensions are particularly popular for those with naturally thin hair as they tend to blend more seamlessly than thicker clip-on alternatives.
Tape-on extensions do not cause damage to your real hair either and are a good way of experimenting with colour without the use of chemicals. Disadvantages include discomfort and the extensions potentially falling out if not applied correctly. So, for best results, tape-on hair extensions should be applied and maintained by a trained technician.
Average price: £400
Weave Hair Extensions
Usually applied by a weave specialist, weaves involve the braiding of natural hair, with welts of pre-braided extensions sewn onto the ends. The main advantage of weave extensions are that they look very natural, are incredibly versatile and easy to style. They do not require much in terms of day-to-day upkeep, though they generally require maintenance at a salon every few weeks. Weaves can also be delicate and prone to breaking but wearing a silk hair wrap at night can prevent snags and keep them looking their best.
Average price: £350
Micro Ring Hair Extensions
Micro ring hair extensions are attached to individual strands of hair using small copper rings. These style of hair extensions are very similar to nano extensions – which are made with smaller metal rings. The main advantage is that they can last up to four months After which the rings will need to be retightened.
Micro rings can also blend in seamlessly with natural hair and be customised perfectly to your desired style. Be mindful that they are considered a permanent type of hair extension and you can expect on average a 4-hour appointment to have them professionally applied.
Average price: £280
Fusion Hair Extensions
Fusion hair extensions, also known as bonded hair extensions, are infused with keratin and applied to individual strands of hair using a heat gun. They are professionally applied in-salon and can last up to 6 months. Fusion hair extensions are incredibly popular – not least as the strands can be customised to create highlights. The extensions require next to no maintenance either and can be washed and styled the same way as natural hair. However, it is important to take care when using heat styling tools, as these can weaken the keratin bonding over time.
Get beautiful bespoke hair extensions at Jaxs Salon
We hope our guide to hair extensions has given you the confidence to take the plunge and invest in your own hair extensions for the first time. Jaxs Hair Salon is a proud ambassador for the BeautyWorks and Easilocks hair extension range and would be delighted to welcome you to our salon for a free consultation.
*Examples of prices depend on the length of the extensions and the quality of the hair (natural/synthetic). Single hairpieces i.e. ponytails, will typically cost less than full-length extensions.