You’ve seen them on the runways, on television, at special events. Celebrities are sporting them including everyone from Paris Hilton to Jessica Simpson. What are they? They’re the ultimate, super quick way to get long hair. Hair extensions!
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hair extension? Could they be for you?
Hair extension can add instant volume and length to your hair without the long arduous months of growing out your hair. They can be alot of fun and a great way to get a special look for an important occasion. It’s gratifying to be able to quickly and easily change your look so dramatically. To go from short hair to long hair in a matter of hours, it the ultimate thrill!
Although hair extensions can certainly make having longer hair easier, they do have their disadvantages including:
Hair extensions can be quite expensive depending on where you to go get them, how they’re attached and what type of hair is used. A reputable hair salon will charge a significant amount for hair extensions since they’ve had to put their staff through extensive training.
2. Adjusting to your new long hair can be a challenge.
When you transform your shorter hair into long hair, you’re going to have more upkeep. Long hair extensions require gentle combing, deep conditioning, and special care to prevent tangles. You may find all of this maintenance to be time intensive. Some of these problems can be avoided by using good hair for your hair extensions. Some of the cheaper hair is coated with silicone which will eventually wash off and leave your hair dry and difficult to style.
3. The removal process is time intensive.
If you decide you want your hair extensions removed, the process can take up to 4 hours, depending on the amount of hair you’ve added. When you consider most hair extensions only last for four months before the bond between extension and natural hair starts to weaken, you’ve set yourself up for some time intensive maintenance.
4. Hair extensions may damage your natural hair.
Some people who get heavy hair extensions experience some thinning of their natural hair due to the extra pull the hair extension creates on their scalp. Also, the glue used to attach the extension to the natural hair can cause your natural hair to split and break. For this reason, you’ll probably need to get a good trim after removing hair extensions. Damage to hair should really be minimal if the hair extensions are applied properly, although permanent hair loss has occurred in some cases.
Are the advantages of a whole new look and the ability to sport long beautiful hair worth the disadvantages? Only you can answer that question with the help of your hairdresser. Be sure to find a reputable hairdresser who’s experienced in the art of working with hair extensions before even considering this process. If done properly, hair extensions can be a versatile addition to your look!