Tips on Hair Extensions: Budgeting + Expert Advice
Since I’m now closer to 30 than 20, I’ve been getting into beauty routines pretty heavily. One of my favorite beauty routines involves my hair, which hasn’t always been important to me. As a person with decently thick hair, I considered brushing it to be an extreme inconvenience. After becoming friends with a few hair professionals, I realize the sheer number of women forking out thousands of dollars for long hair. According to Morgan Preston, Extensions Expert of Neat Beat Salon, ‘only 10% of women have ‘thick hair’. The rest want thick hair.’ With that in mind, let’s dive in and review some thoughts and tips on hair extensions.
The Big Question: Do I Really Need Them?
People have been augmenting their appearance for centuries, and specifically their hair. The remains of women from ancient Egypt were discovered with hair extensions? I think I forgot that ancient societies cared about more than inventing the wheel? (Link to the article, originally posted in Live Science here.) Quite literally 3,300 years ago.. we have cases of women enhancing their locks with up to 200 pieces of extra hair. Fast forward to the 18th century were wigs were so elaborate, men wore huge powdered wigs and women quite literally built ships into their hair.
(Excuse me while I go ahead and schedule a chiropractor appointment. I have sympathy neck pain for the poor gals.)
Fast forward again to the age of Disney.. we’ve all watched the Disney princess movies that give us an absolutely unrealistic view of what our hair could/ should look like (even if you’re blessed). Jasmine and Sleeping Beauty really did it for me. I started drawing my own hair like that in family drawings as early as kindergarten, and I don’t think I’ve looked back? Hair became important.
Whether or not you really need them – totally irrelevant. If you want them – get them. Everyone is allowed a vice. (Mine is skincare for the record!)
The Cost of Hair Extensions
The biggest tips on hair extensions, from stylist Morgan Preston, ‘Be honest about your budget. Your hair will thank you in the end because you’ll take better care of it, if you budget for it.‘ So what’s an average investment for hair extensions?
Just the Hair:
Statistics say that a partial head of lower quality extensions alone can cost you between $150 to $300, while the higher-quality pieces, such as the Remy Human Hair can cost between $250-$500 for partial, and $1,000-$2,500 for full!?
Clip-Ins application is $0
Sewn-In application starts at $100 – $400 +
Tape-In application fees start from $200 – $800 +
Fushion hair application start from $350 – $1000 +
Beaded Wefts application start at $400 – $1500 +
Another consideration is the cost of hair is the sourcing of the hair. If you don’t plan to fork out $600+ for an ethically sourced full head hair, then what you get is probably not good quality or doesn’t come to you by way of ethical practices. The cost of hair extensions doesn’t just pose a potential strain financially, but also has a heavy social impact if sourced unethically.
Extensions need lots of TLC. This is a major factor to remembering in calculating costs for hair extensions. The initial investment is heavy and so are the maintenance appointments, products and styling tools.
Tips to Remember From an Extensions Specialist
When consulting with my hair guru Morgan, I wanted to know the most important questions you should be asking your stylist. Her biggest tips on hair extensions is to ask a lot of questions and make sure you understand the answers. Here are a few questions her clients don’t leave the salon without understanding:
- What type of method do you recommend for my desired look, lifestyle, and hair type?
- Where do you get the hair from?
- Is the hair the highest level of Remi?
- What is the move up maintenance? How often do I need to come back to have the extensions maintained?
- What products do I need to use?
- Are there products I can not use with the extensions?
- Where do I get the type of brush do I need to brush my hair with the extensions?
- How to properly brush extensions?
- How to wash your hair with extensions?
- Can I air dry or do I need to blow dry every time?
- How often do I need to replace the hair?
At the end of the day, extensions are the type of investment that you 100% get the experience you pay for. – Morgan Preston, Neatbeat Salon Extenions Expert
Your Beauty Budget
For gals who feel about their hair the way I feel about my skin.. hair extensions can be worth the investment. I have seen some truly desperate situations and the impact that well placed hair extensions have had on a person’s self-esteem: Priceless. The new hair made them feel beautiful again. We all deserve to feel that way. For a more in depth look at what your beauty budget would entail, please refer to these tips on hair extensions and book a consultation with your stylist.