HOW LONG DO HAIR EXTENSIONS LAST?
How long hair extensions last really depends on your lifestyle & the way that you take care of your hair. While hair extensions can last up to 5 months for people who strictly follow the care guidelines most of the time they need to be replaced after 3 months. The longer you leave your extensions in the more you neglect your hair while your extensions are in the bigger the chance you have of creating tangles when you finally do remove them.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF HAIR EXTENSIONS
WASHING: BEFORE you wash your hair be sure to brush gently with wide tooth comb to remove all tangles. When you have extensions ALWAYS Wash your hair going in a downward motion. SLOWLY wet your hair when washing, when water is added to dry hair it will swell up causing it to tangle. Hair extensions tangle when they get dirty or sweat builds up so to make your extensions last as long as possible wash & dry your hair no less than every other day.
STYLING: ONLY use a soft bristle brushes or a hair pic when styling extensions. ALWAYS brush in a downward motion by starting at the tips and gently work your way up to the scalp. To make your extensions last quickly brush your hair twice a day. HEAT IS YOUR #1 ENEMY, the more often you use heat to style your hair the shorter your hair extensions will last. Even when youd dont have extensions it is best to let your hair dry naturally or blow dry without heat.
EXERCISE: It is best for the extensions if you keep them out of the pool. Chlorine and salt water cause the hair to tangle and mat up. If you are going to swim wear a cap or wet your hair slowly as you get in. When exercising at the gym wear your hair up or in a ponytail where there is not a lot of hair movement around the scalp. This will keep the hair from tangling.
SLEEPING: NEVER sleep on wet hair, make sure your hair is COMPLETELY dry before you go to bed. Make sure all holding products (gel, mousse, hairspray) have been rinsed from the hair before sleeping. It is best with your hair in a low pony tail or braid because tossing & turning in the night can cause the extensions to tangle.
HAIR CARE PRODUCTS: Use a good leave in conditioner to keep your hair soft & manageable. Use conditioner & other leave in products sparingly as they can build up over time & cause tangling. ALWAYS avoid hair products that contain alcohol, they dry out your scalp.
HAIR TREATMENTS: NEVER perm, color or perfrom any other chemical process on your own. Certain store bought cosmetic products damage the extensions & bonds so be sure to only get products I recommend you when wearing extensions.
HOW HAIR EXTENSIONS ARE APPLIED
Applying your extensions will take roughly 2 hours. After reviewing MANY different types of extensions I found that the keratin extensions are best for not only keeping the hair in place, but minimizing damage to the follicles. I apply a natural keratin adhesive to the extensions & place them in multiple rows around your head. This application method is absolutley painless & once your extensions are ready to be removed you simply make an appointment & I apply a solution that removes the bonds.
HOW MUCH DO HAIR EXTENSIONS COST
While other stylist charge up to $3,000 for extensions I try to keep my prices realistic & affordable for my clients. My extensions cost $250 to be applied + the cost of hair. Usually the cost of hair is $200-300 depending on length and how many bundles your hair needs.
With proper care your extensions will last up to 4 months but most clients have them redone every 3 months.
HISTORY OF HAIR EXTENSIONS
3400 B.C. – Egyptian invented hair extensions that were worn by men & women who would use beeswax to apply the hair. Long hair symbolized power and also helped them avoid lice.
1800’s - Fake hair was not popular for women as extensions were expensive & took 12 hours to apply
1870’s - Victorian hair extensions came onto the scene & were a fashion must for the upper class.
1920′s - Hair Extensions became less popular as less hair rather than more was considered “in”.
1940′s - Media & the birth of celebrities spurred huge interest in hair extensions for women
1960’s - Asian countries learned to manufacture human hair extensions to be sold all over the world.
1970’s - Clip in & Weave in extensions gain popularity among women in America
1980’s - Specialized synthetic glues are developed as, “glue in”, extensions gain popularity
1990′s - Extensions become a lot more affordable to everyone, not just the rich and famous.
2000’s - Victoria Beckham & Other celebrities are credited for extensions fast rise in popularity. This came to light when celebrities would one day have short hair & the next day have long hair thank to hair extensions.