I’m still a newbie when it comes to hair extensions, but thankfully I had people like @diamondsfordimes to answer the million questions I had. I wanted to try extensions for a long time and even went to a consultation before leaving Utah. Ultimately, I said no because they costed $1000, not including upkeep. Then Bellami asked if I wanted to team up with them and try extensions! I was super nervous at first, but wanted to try something fun and new! Sharing 10 things ya need to know about extensions before you head to the salon!
10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Hair Extensions
- There’s so many kinds! I-tips (microbead), tape-ins, keratin tips, and sew ins. They are all semi-permanent, meaning you have to get them professionally removed. You can also try clip ins, which you can do yourself. There’s also different hair types. You can buy curly, straight, or natural hair. I got natural, real remy extensions, so I could style it the way I wanted. Btw, your hair stylist should be able to help choose what style works best with your hair thickness and lifestyle. I did a mix of sew-ins and k-tips! Because I work out 5-6 days a week, my stylist said tape-ins wouldn’t be a good fit.
- Blunt cut = no go! Make sure your ends are feathered before you get them! Most hairstylists will cut your hair, place your extensions, then blend. However, the place I went only blended the extensions, not my natural hair. I had a blunt cut and it was really hard to get the extensions to blend-in. We had to use a TON to cover, so it wouldn’t be noticeable. This made it uncomfortable, and I ended up going back to get a few rows taken out.
- Extensions are high-maintenance. Like REALLY high-maintenance. This was the biggest surprise for me, because I didn’t believe they were that hard to maintain. I delayed washing my hair as long as I could…sometimes a full 7 days! Basically each time you wash, you HAVE to blow dry. This keeps your hair from getting damaged or ruining the extensions. You also have to style it. On the positive side, each time I styled it, it would last several days…then my hair would end up in a braid or bun with dry shampoo the rest of the week.
- Extensions are expensive. They range anywhere from $400-$2000 depending on where you live, who you go to, and how much hair you need. You’ll also spend anywhere from $50 to $300 for upkeep.
- You’ll have to visit the salon every 4 to 8 weeks. If you have microbeads or sew-ins, they’ll have to lift the extensions back up the hair so that it is repositioned to its original placement. You don’t have to get new hair though. This process just reduces matting and keeps the hair healthy. Keratin-tips or bonds don’t require this.
- They may cause some damage. I say this because, even though I had high quality extensions, I ended up applying more heat to my hair than I usually would. It didn’t stunt my hair growth (my hair grew a lot actually!) or make my hair fall out. Basically I used more heat and products on my hair and wore it in a bun a lot, which damaged the ends. The bonds, gluing, and weight can pull on your natural hair.
- Your head might itch! I was not expecting this, haha! When I got sew-ins, I thought I was going to lose my mind. My head itched like crazy. It took 2-3 weeks for the itching to go away. Then it would only itch when my hair needed to be washed.
- Plan on taking long showers! Like 30 minutes long each wash. My stylist said that even if I think my hair/extensions are clean, to wash & rinse over and over again. Basically flip your head over and get between each weft with your fingers. If you don’t, this will also make your head itch. I learned this the hard way. It’s easier to wash your hair in sections, wring it out in sections, then dry in sections. Wring it out several times! And when you think you’re done, wring it out once more.
- You can do anything you want to your extensions! Obviously be gentle with them, but you can apply heat, product, dry shampoo, and dye! You can also reuse them for 6 months to a year.
- Would I get them again?! Yes and no! It totally depends on what season of life I’m in. Am I training for a Marathon? Then, no. Did I just have a baby? Definitely no! Do I want to try them for fun and experiment with new hairstyles and have more free time? Then, yes! I LOVED the way my extensions looked. But I was also relieved today when I got them taken out and could wash my hair without all the hassle, hehe.
Bellami has kindly teamed up with me to give you 10% off their store + $5 off an installation w/ code KAIT10