A Guide To Buying Human Hair Extensions

There are so many possibilities these days of places you can get your hair extensions. There are so many types available and so many methods of fitting them that makes the world of hair extensions a confusing place. Every one will have varied opinions on their preferred type and source but I’ve put together a few “do’s” that I think are a good place to start especially if you’re a first timer!

Before to go ahead…

Make sure you’ve decided you’re absolutely sure you want hair extensions before buying or having them fitted. They take a lot of maintenance and going from short to long hair can be a lot of hassle for some. If you want an easy option and only want extensions for part of the time, clip ins are probably for you.

Remember in most cases you will get what you pay for

If you buy cheap hair from eBay or a foreign site your hair quality will deteriorate quickly (there are lots of reasons for this and perhaps I’ll go into this in more detail in another blog but remember there is a reason they‘re able to sell such long hair so cheap!!)

Remember the length you buy

The hair you buy will vary on the method you have your extensions fitted and will be shorter than what you order once its cut and styled. You should work out length based on how long you wish the hair to be from both the bottom of your crown and the nape of your neck. If you want your hair cut and styled to look more natural you should bare this in mind. Also, if you’re someone who likes to curl your hair bare in mind hair looks shorter when curled.

Think about why you’re getting extensions

Do you want them for length? Or do you want them for volume? If you want both, I’d go for a full head. If you just want volume I’d go for half a head. Bare this in mind when buying them – whether by strand number or by weight you need it to correspond. Two packs, 200g is more than enough for me and I always have some left over but it will vary on your natural hair. Thicker hair = more hair extensions.

Choose your colour carefully

There’s nothing worse than paying a lot of money and realising you’ve got the wrong colour and its nothing like your hair. Remember computer monitors can make colours look different. Most reputable companies will allow you to send them a photo to match the colour for you or will be able to send you a sample. PLEASE ask if you’re not sure. If they aren’t willing to supply one they’re probably not a good place to buy from.

Remember wearing hair extensions will have an effect on your own hair

It will weaken it and you have to look after both. As long as you do, you wont have any problems (I haven’t in 5 years). You must treat your extensions exactly like your own hair if you want to keep that glossy look.

Read up on the type of hair available and think about what you want. I’ll go into more detail about this at some point. There’s so many – European, Asian, Indian, Malaysian, Brazilian – the list goes on. But please think about it and think which will best match your own hair.

Consider what you are buying

Different people will have different preferences and there’s always pro’s and con’s about each. There’s always plenty of forums and online advice from people like me who have tried and tested all the methods and can offer tips on what’s best but ultimately make sure you do what’s best for you! Its you that’s wearing them!!

So those are some of the basics to consider when buying human hair extensions…. I hope this helps and makes the process slightly easier.


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