Everyone wants to be perfect in today’s world. We live in a world where the first criteria for being perfect starts with one being having perfect looks. Looks matter a lot both in terms of making impressions and boosting confidence in you.
We all have seen celebrities walking on the red carpet with looks that can mesmerize anyone watching them live or on a streaming platform. How do you think these celebrities get a mermaid look overnight?
Notice their hair properly. It is so well-arranged, straight from a fairyland. Here’s the secret behind it: Hair Extensions.
From having a bad reputation in the makeup world to the global hair extensions market expected to garner a value of approximately USD 1.2 billion by the end of 2024 according to a research, hair extensions have come a long way.
If you are also planning to get hair extensions, here are a few things you must know:
1. Analyse your Lifestyle
Not all types of hair extensions are the same. They all vary on different bases and must be chosen based on your lifestyle.
If you are a beginner, you can go for entry-level – the gateway drug, since they are user-friendly. Barrettes attached with hair can be clipped in or out as per one’s wishes in this type of extension.
The tape extensions are the second type of extensions that stay put with strong, invisible bi-adhesive premium tape that is undetectable at a normal touch and lasts up to eight weeks. This is preferred most by those who want to change their color more often.
The keratin extensions are of the third type that is attached using a high-tech process that binds them with sound activation. It lasts up to three months or more. This is a more preferable extension type if you are into a lot of hot yoga.
2. Right Colour Match
Choosing the right color match is really important. If you off by even one shade, it can immediately reflect as false to others.
If you need accuracy while selecting the right color, remember to match your color with the ends of the locks and not the roots, and pick the color which is the most prominent and similar to your natural hair.
3. Quality is a Must
Always remember, while going for hair extensions, quality should always be on the top of your head. Make sure you do comprehensive research and pick the best in your budget.
The most affordable ones are the synthetic extensions with the downside of getting tangled up easily and having a super high shine which obviously gives them an unnatural look.
The highest quality ones are the Remy extensions that are very close to your real hair. It allows them to hold styles and textures the same way and will not shed as easily as the other cheaper options.
The main idea of having hair extensions is that no one must be able to identify that you are wearing those extensions. So, the key to having a natural-looking extension is ensuring that the hair cuticles are all facing the same way to avoid tangles and matting. Go for a silicone cushion on the clips if applied for clip-ins to avoid tangles and breaking.
4. Maintenance work is Essential
Just like your real hair, hair extensions also require maintenance in the form of regular washing. Regular maintenance varies for different types of extensions.
Clip-ins require a wash every six to eight times after you wear them depending on how long you are using them. A little bath in the sink and then drying them with a towel should be enough. Using shampoo and conditioner that is free of sulfates and parabens is essential.
A gentle shampoo focusing on the roots is preferred for tape-on and keratin extensions with conditioning only from the mid-length of the hair. Use heat styling tools only after mostly drying them and avoid using them directly on the tape-on and keratin bonds.
Avoid going to sleep with wet hair.
Until now, we discussed the key-things that you must know before getting hair extensions. But, how can we wrap this think-piece without citing some amazing reasons to get hair extensions today. So here, we go!
7 Reasons why you must get Hair Extensions, Today!
1. Adds instant volume and length
Do you absolutely hate your short hair? Well, it takes around a year for your hair to grow 6 inches approx, but with hair extensions, it is more like an instant solution. Infact, not just length, hair extensions can also add the missing volume to your hair. Long and voluminous hair has always been a dream but only until hair extensions did not exist. Because, now it is a reality!
2. Easy to maintain
We discussed the maintenance of hair extensions in the first part of this article and if you think it’s excruciating pain. It isn’t. They certainly require maintenance, but the process to do so is really easy. Plus, some hair experts say that maintaining hair extensions is way easier than maintaining your original hair. Further, even if you fail to maintain them, was it really a loss? Considering you still have your original hair intact and you can get another set of hair extensions anytime you want?
3. The freedom to experiment
We all have a hair product on our wishlist that we planned to buy but didn’t because we were scared of the damage it might cause in the long run. Simply put, you cannot be as experimental you wish to be with your normal hair because there is always a risk of hair damage and hair loss. But hair extensions free you from these boundaries. So, use all the hair products you ever wished to, color it as many times you want, curl, straighten or style your hair as you feel like – because hey, you have got nothing to lose!
4. No more bad hair days
Bad hair days are real and so are bad haircuts. We all know it. When the stylist messes your hair cut, all you want to do is flee and hide in a corner until your hair grows back. Well, not anymore. Now that you have hair extensions, you can still have your desired look all while your original hair is still growing.
5. Color, highlight, or style – do whatever you want!
I personally love to flaunt blonde hair on some days, and golden on others, but the thought of potential damage to my original hair always prevented me from doing it. Now with hair extensions, the fear is long gone. Well, isn’t life too short to not ever have crazy hair? At least once? Add colors or highlighters, do whatever you want, without worrying about your scalp and natural hair.
6. Get all the special looks
For special occasions and big days, hair extensions are a must for me. They should be for you as well. Imagine, your engagement is scheduled next month, and your hair isn’t of the optimum length you want it to be. Now what? Do you attend your big day without the perfect look? No, absolutely not. Get hair extensions and style the way you want. Don’t worry, you are not the first one to do so. Ever wondered how your favorite celebrity manages to have perfect hair, all throughout the year, despite various looks and hairstyles? Well, I am sure you have guessed the secret by now.
7. Being trendy has never been easier
A trend won’t last for long, but at the same time, your hair can’t magically grow until your knees or reach your ears. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play in the trend. You can, even without damaging your hair. All you need to do is, get yourself the right hair extensions. You have to attend multiple occasions on the same day? You want to be the spotlight of the evening get-together? Style, color, or cut your hair extensions the way you want.
Before you go…
Now that you also know the extraordinary benefits of hair extensions, you must have understood, I personally prefer hair extensions very much and recommend them to everyone who loves to experiment with their hair
Along with some tips and precautions, you really can have the perfect hair. But still, if you are second-guessing your decision, my suggestion is that you must try it once. If it fails to satisfy your expectations, just dump it – either way, you have nothing to lose!
Over to you…
So, these were the few things you must know before you get hair extensions. Now that you know all of it, what’s the wait worth for, beautiful? Go make that head-turn count! 😉
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