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First Time Getting Hair Extensions? Everything You Need to Know

First Time Getting Hair Extensions? Everything You Need to Know

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If it's your first time getting hair extensions, this post is for you! We're breaking down the essentials to ensure you're well-prepared for your hair journey and transformation.

What to Expect When You Get Hair Extensions

So, you're thinking about diving into the world of hair extensions, but the sheer excitement might come bundled with a side of stress, am I right? Take a deep breath and relax because you've just landed in the ultimate guide for first-timers. We get it – the options, the terminology, the whole process can be a bit overwhelming, but fear not! Consider us your hair extension BFF, here to hold your hand (virtually, of course) and walk you through the fabulous journey that awaits. 

Key Terms to Know About Hair Extensions

Remy Hair: Remy hair refers to high-quality, human hair where the cuticles are intact and aligned in the same direction. This ensures a natural look and smooth texture. Remy hair is considered the highest quality extensions because it reduces tangling and maintains a seamless blend with your natural hair. If hair is virgin Remy, it has an even higher quality grade. Virgin hair refers to hair that has never been chemically treated, dyed, or processed. It's in its natural state, offering a higher quality and longevity. Virgin hair extensions provide a more authentic and customizable experience, allowing you to color or style them to your liking.

To learn more about hair quality, read our post on Remy human hair extensions

Extension Methods: Extension methods refer to the techniques used to attach hair extensions to your natural hair. Common methods include tape in, fusion (also called kera-Link or bonded), weft (also called sew-in, hand-tied or hybrid weft), clip in, halo, or micro-link (also called beaded, I-Link, Flat-Tip). Understanding these methods helps you choose the one that best suits your preferences and lifestyle. Clip ins and halos are considered temporary and can be installed on your own from home, whereas the other methods are considered semi-permanent and must be installed by a professional hair stylist who is certified in hair extensions. 

Want to compare all of the hair extension methods? Check out our comparison guide or read our post on which extension method is right for you

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Your Extensions Journey from Consultation to Purchase to Installation

Step 1: Consultation

It's your first time getting hair extensions—exciting! Begin your journey with a consultation where you and your stylist will dive into your hair goals, maintenance routine, and lifestyle. Whether you're into Tape-In, Hybrid Weft, Beaded, Kera-Link, Clip-Ins, or Halos, your stylist will guide you to the perfect method tailored just for you.

Step 2: Color Match

The magic begins with a flawless color match! Your stylist will find 2-3 shades to seamlessly blend with your natural hair, creating the look you desire. Explore Rooted, Ombre, or Balayage for extra color dimension. If your stylist doesn't have a DBH color ring, we'll send you 3 swatches to compare—just pay for shipping!

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Step 3: Place Your Order

Once your colors are selected, it's time to place your order! Work with your stylist to determine the right amount of hair needed—better to have too much than not enough. Pro tip: Get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $175 and explore ShopPay for convenient payments.

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Step 4: Installation

The big day has arrived! Your salon appointment will typically last 1-3 hours, so come prepared. Arrive with clean, dry hair, or confirm if your stylist includes a clarifying shampoo and blowdry. Take a moment to see, feel, and touch your extensions to ensure they're exactly what you ordered. Don't forget to bring snacks and wear comfy clothes—you might be at the salon for a while during a full-head install.

Learn how to keep your extensions looking flawless with our maintenance tips!

More Things to Consider When It's Your First Time Getting Hair Extensions

Choosing the Right Length and Texture

When it's your first time getting hair extensions, consider the length and texture that will seamlessly blend with your natural locks. Textures include straight, wavy and curly, and lengths range from 12" to 26". Understanding your preferred length and texture will help you achieve the look you desire.

Understanding Hair Extension Care

Maintenance is key and when you're new to getting extensions, you've got to learn some new hair care routines. Proper care not only prolongs the lifespan of your extensions but also keeps them looking as stunning as the day you got them. Read our ultimate guide to maintaining hair extensions for all the best expert tips. 

Why Shop with Us? The Donna Bella Hair® Difference

Wondering why Donna Bella Hair® is your go-to for extensions? We believe hair extensions are for everyone, using only high-quality, 100% Remy human hair for all pro methods. Trusted by stylists globally, our ethically sourced hair extensions ensures you not only look good but feel good too. Enjoy same-day shipping and secure shopping 24/7.

If this is your first time getting hair extensions, we hope this blog post has helped you make a more informed decision. If you have questions, contact us, we'd love to help! 

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APPLICATION
QUALITY
METHOD
LENGTHS
PER PACK
AVERAGE WEIGHT
MAINTENANCE
MAIN BENIFITS
PRICE RANGE
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
Halo™

Halo™

APPLICATION
Do it yourself
QUALITY
100% Remy Human Hair
METHOD
Halo™
LENGTHS
16”, 18”, 20”
PER PACK
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