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4 Key Things to Know Before You Get Hair Extensions

4 Key Things to Know Before You Get Hair Extensions

Rachel Koontz
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This blog post is the modern woman’s handbook to stunning hair, where we’ll help you elevate your beauty game and learn the 4 top things you need to know before you get hair extensions. 


Hair extensions are your ticket to gorgeous, voluminous locks that turn heads wherever you go… and they don’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. Yes, there are a few steps you need to check off the list before you’ll be ready for install day.


From choosing the perfect type to maintaining your extensions like a pro, we've got you covered. Let's dive into the ultimate guide for achieving stunning hair!

Things to Know Before You Get Extensions

1. Decide Which Type of Hair Extension is Best for Your Hair

The world of hair extensions offers a variety of options, each tailored to different hair types and desires. Whether you're after added length, volume, or a bit of both, the key is finding the type that suits you best. Before trying them, one of the things you need to know before you get hair extensions is what method to use.


Here are some things to consider.


Long-Term vs. Temporary: Decide if you're looking for a short-term change or a more long-term solution.  


Activity Level: Consider your daily activities and hobbies. Do you change your hairstyle often and need the freedom to put your hair up? Want to be able to take the extensions out if you sweat or swim?


Maintenance Time: Different types require varying levels of care. Semi-permanent methods like tape-ins or fusion require more upkeep, such as regular salon appointments for adjustments. Clip-ins or halos can be easier to manage on your own.


Hair Health: If your natural hair is damaged or thin, it's important to choose extensions that won't further strain your hair. With Tape-Ins, the weight of the hair is distributed evenly, making it a great fit for thin or damaged hair. 


Budget: Hair extensions vary in price, depending on the type, quality and amount of hair. Consider your budget and be ready to ask your stylist for different options.


Comfort: Extensions can feel different on your scalp and can take some getting used to. Consider your comfort level and whether certain methods might feel more comfortable than others.


Clip-Ins and Halos for Flexibility
: If you're a go-getter who loves versatility, clip-ins and halos might be your match made in heaven. Easy to apply and remove, they're perfect for special occasions or those days when you want a hair transformation without the commitment.


Tape-Ins for Seamless Elegance
: For a more permanent solution, consider tape-ins. These lay flat against your head and blend seamlessly with your natural hair, giving you a natural look and feel.


Hybrid Weft Extensions for Long-Lasting Volume
: If you're looking for durability, sew-in are a fantastic choice. A professional stylist will weave them into your hair for a long-lasting, natural look that can endure various styles.


Beaded Extensions for Flexible Hair Styling
: If you like being able to wear your hair up, down, or style it in a lot of different ways, I-Links and Flat-Tips are the way to go. These long-lasting, super comfortable extensions can move in any direction, just like your natural hair strands do, so whether you put your hair in a pony or leave it down, the attachment points won’t show at all.

2. When and How to Find a Stylist

Finding the right stylist is essential and one of the most important things you need to know before you get hair extensions. Here's how to make it happen:

Research and Recommendations: Browse online reviews, Instagram portfolios, and ask friends for recommendations. A skilled stylist with expertise can help you find the best extensions for your hair and answer any questions you may have.


Consultation is Key
: Schedule a consultation to discuss your hair goals, options, and maintenance. This is your chance to ask questions and make sure you're on the same page with your stylist.


Timing Matters
: Consider scheduling your appointment well in advance of any special events. This gives you time to adjust to your new look and make any adjustments if needed.


Here are some questions to ask your stylist or potential stylist:

  • Which types do you offer, and which one would best suit my hair type and goals?

  • Can you explain the pros and cons of each type in terms of comfort, durability, and maintenance?

  • Can you show me examples of your previous work? Do you have a portfolio or photos?

  • How long have you been working with hair extensions, and do you have any specialized training?

  • What kind of maintenance routine will be required for the type I'm considering?

  • How often will I need to come in for adjustments or maintenance appointments?

  • What is the overall cost of the extensions, including installation and any subsequent appointments?

  • Are there any additional fees or hidden costs I should be aware of?

  • Do you blend the hair in and do custom coloring if needed so the extensions will look natural?

  • How long will the initial installation appointment take, and when can I schedule it?

  • Do I need to book future appointments in advance, and how flexible are your scheduling options?

  • What aftercare advice do you provide to ensure the longevity of the extensions?

  • Can you offer styling tips and recommendations for products that are safe for extensions?

  • Do you offer any guarantees or warranties on the quality of the extensions and the installation?

  • What steps will you take if I'm not satisfied with the results?

  • Can you provide references or testimonials from clients who have had extensions installed by you?

  • Do you have online reviews or a social media presence where I can learn more about your services?

3. How to Find Your Perfect Color Match

The goal is a seamless blend between your natural hair and your extensions. One of the things you need to know before you get hair extensions is what shades match your natural color best. Here's how to nail that perfect color match:


Use Our Virtual Color Match Tool:
simply upload a selfie or take a quick photo on your phone. Be sure to use an image where you’re in natural light with your hair pulled completely forward. Then, let our AI tool do all the work! We’ll quickly give you the top 3 shades that best match your hair along with a link to shop them. 


Match with Your Ends:
Choose extensions that match the color of your ends rather than your roots. This helps blend your extensions with your natural hair more seamlessly.


Use Color Rings
: Our color ring offers a comprehensive variety of all the swatches of hair colors that you can hold against your own hair to find the closest match.

4. Caring for Your Extensions So They Last a Long Time

Your extensions are an investment, and with proper care, they'll keep you looking fabulous for months:

Gentle Washing: Use sulfate-free and alcohol-free products to wash your extensions. Gently detangle them with a wide-tooth comb before washing to prevent tangling.

Hydrate and Nourish: Just like your natural hair, extensions need hydration. Use a leave-in conditioner to keep them soft and manageable.

Styling Savvy: When using heat tools, always apply a heat protectant to prevent damage. Opt for low heat settings to prolong the life of your extensions.

Nighttime TLC: Before bed, braid or tie your extensions in a loose ponytail to prevent tangling while you sleep. Always sleep with dry hair.


With these key tips in your arsenal you'll discover all the
things you need to know before you get hair extensions. You will be ready to embrace the world of hair extensions with confidence and style. Get ready to unleash your inner goddess and rock stunning locks that are bound to make you feel like the modern woman you truly are!

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i Tilt your head slightly forward
i Ensure your clothing contrasts with your hair color
i Wear your hair straight for best results
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Avoid harsh sunlight on your hair and face

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i Pull your hair to the front and avoid tucking it behind your ears
i Natural lighting is best, ideally in front of a window
i Tilt your head slightly forward
i Ensure your clothing contrasts with your hair color
i Wear your hair straight for best results
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Avoid harsh sunlight on your hair and face
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METHOD
LENGTHS
PER PACK
AVERAGE WEIGHT
MAINTENANCE
MAIN BENIFITS
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Tape In

Tape-IN

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Adhesive
LENGTHS
12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, 22”, 26”, 30”
PER PACK
10 Single Wefts
AVERAGE WEIGHT
15g - 40g
MAINTENANCE
Every 4-8 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Fastest install
  • Stylist preferred
  • No tools needed
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $55 per pack
Hybrid Weft

Hybrid Weft

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Sew-In
LENGTHS
18”, 22”
PER PACK
1 Single Weft
AVERAGE WEIGHT
60g - 120g
MAINTENANCE
Every 6-10 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Most innovative
  • Machine + Hand
  • Tied Weft design
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $160 per pack
Kera Link

Kera-Link

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Keratin Bond
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 22”
PER PACK
20 Single Strands
AVERAGE WEIGHT
14g - 20g
MAINTENANCE
Every 12-16 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Longest-lasting
  • Customizable
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $50 per pack
I-link

I-Link

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Beaded
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 22”
PER PACK
20 Single Strands
AVERAGE WEIGHT
14g - 20g
MAINTENANCE
Every 6-10 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Heat resistant
  • 360 movement
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $50 per pack
Flat-Tip

Flat-Tip

APPLICATION
via Certified Stylist
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Beaded
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 22”
PER PACK
20 Single Strands
AVERAGE WEIGHT
14g - 20g
MAINTENANCE
Every 6-10 Weeks
MAIN BENEFITS
  • Heat resistant
  • 360 movement
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $50 per pack
Clip-in

Clip-in

APPLICATION
Do it yourself
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Clips
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 20”
PER PACK
10 Single Wefts
AVERAGE WEIGHT
  • Deluxe 140g - 160g
  • Regular 120g
MAINTENANCE
None required
MAIN BENEFITS
  • At-home application
  • Instant length & volume in a snap
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $129 per full set
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Halo™

APPLICATION
Do it yourself
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Halo™
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 20”
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1 Single Wefts
AVERAGE WEIGHT
  • Deluxe 145g - 165g
  • Regular 105g
MAINTENANCE
None required
MAIN BENEFITS
  • At home application
  • Instant length & volume in a seconds
PRICE RANGE
Starting from $154 per full set