Before You Get Cheap Hair Extensions, Read This

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Selena Gomez talks with The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM's SiriusXM Hits 1 at Peninsula Hotel on February 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Selena Gomez talks with The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM’s SiriusXM Hits 1 at Peninsula Hotel on February 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

On the red carpet, celebrities like Selena Gomez and Beyoncé have shoulder-grazing lobs one day and long, luxurious strands by the time they hit the next carpet. These stars don’t have super genes; rather, they turn to extensions to switch up their length whenever they feel like changing their look. Luckily, cheap hair extensions aren’t just for the red carpet and you can easily achieve your own mane transformation with a little help from your own glossy set. Tempted yet to add some length to your strands? We spoke with Lisa Richards, Co-Founder and Managing Director of RPZL Hair Extension And Blow-Out Bar in N.Y.C. to get all of the vital information you need.

Do Your Research

Choosing the right stylist to help you achieve your ideal length is essential if you want the final look to truly blend with your natural hair. Richards recommends matching with a stylist by asking what methods of cheap hair extensions they’re trained in, and discussing your lifestyle to distinguish what type of extensions will be best suited for your desired look, and how dedicated you’ll be to extension upkeep.

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Pick a Method That Will Work Best with Your Hair

Whether you’re looking for a temporary length fix or a long-term commitment, your hair’s texture comes into play in what method of extensions your stylist will recommend. “Our Headmasters at RPZL offer the best way to pick the right color and texture for your hair: that’s to match the human hair extensions to the color at the end of your hair. This way, when the extensions are applied, there is a seamless transition from the roots downward, and the extensions blend nicely with your hair, giving you a natural look,” says Richards.

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Three popular methods of extensions include: clip-ins which are the most non-committal option and can easily be taken on or off depending on your mood; tape-ins, which are connected by clamping your own hair between wide bonds that look like Sellotape; and keratin-bonded, which fuses the extension to your hair with keratin bonds using a little heat tool or ultrasound technology.

Maintaining your hair’s health is a top priority. If your hair is chemically relaxed or natural, Richards says she suggests clip-in extensions using 100% Virgin Remy hair (non-chemically treated hair), and if you’re active or like to wear your hair in various styles like high-ponytails and braids, she suggests keratin-bonded extensions because they’re the most flexible.

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Consider Your Extension Purchase as an Investment

For the best results, don’t try to get a bargain when shopping for your extensions, and look for quality over the best price. “Top quality extensions are made from 100% Virgin Remy Hair. This means that the cuticle of the hair is all in the same direction,” says Richards. “These types of extensions are like your own hair, and can hold shape, volume and even texture. You can even curl, color, and use a flatiron too! You can also run your fingers through the extension and see little to no shedding. Extensions that are not high quality become brittle and not shiny (especially after the first wash) rather quickly.”

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Make a Regular Upkeep Routine

When you leave the salon, your extensions will look flawless. Keep your new locks fresh by properly maintaining them once you get home. Clip-ins are low maintenance and require minimal upkeep. To keep these strands in shape, remove them and gently comb out tangles before washing them with a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner like L’Oréal Paris EverPure Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, Rosemary Juniper ($6 each; drugstore.com). To dry, blot them with a towel to remove excess water and let the extensions air dry.

If you decide on tape-on or keratin-bonded locks, these methods require slightly more work. Wash hair only using sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo concentrating on the roots, and condition only from the mid-lengths to the ends. Make sure your hair is 80% dry by patting it with a towel, before embarking on your array of heat styling tools. Also, be sure to keep your tools away from the tape and keratin bonds. As tempting as it might be so shower and hit the lights, sleeping on wet hair with these extensions in is a major no-no. Make sure your hair is completely dry before your head hits your pillow, and braid it into pigtails to prevent tangles.

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Pay Attention To How The Hair Feels

“You should not feel the hair once it’s in,” says Richards. If any section of your hair is causing you pain or discomfort once a stylist has put in your extensions, you should return to the salon to make sure the strands are in properly. If you have clip-ins, try unclipping the section and moving it slightly to grab more of your own hair, and re-clip.

Know When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

As much as you’ll love your new length, you’re going to have to part with your extensions at some point. Luckily, clip-ins can last up to two years if you take care of them properly. Tape-on strands last six to eight weeks, and keratin-bonded extensions can stay in for up to three months. While clip-ons can easily be removed at home, Richards says you should never try to take out tape-on or keratin-bonded extensions yourself, and to visit the salon that put them in to get the hair properly removed.

What you need to know about human hair extensions

Oz Beauty Expert, Bonnie Gillies opens her little black beauty book and answers every question you’ve ever had about hair extensions… but were too afraid to ask.

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Bonnie before and after hair extensions.

After 2 years of patiently waiting for my hair to grow back I finally have great looking, long luscious hair.

But there’s a secret I’m going to let you in on, at least 50% of it is fake.

You’ve probably all heard about my pastel pink hair disaster and how it ruined my hair… and for 2 years since then, I’ve been waiting patiently for my hair to grow back. The last 6 months my hair has all finally reached shoulder length and is now looking much better, but it’s safe to say for a good 18 months I had really shitty hair.

To cut a long story short, my hair all snapped off in a matter of months as a result of heavy bleaching, so for a couple of years I’ve been growing it all back.

The thing is, no one ever knew what a state my hair was actually in. Although my hair was about 3 inches long all over, and looking terribly mullet-esque, I had it perfectly disguised with a head full of strategically placed extensions.

My hairdresser worked some serious magic, and kept my hair looking in reasonable condition (when it actually wasn’t) by giving me a head full of tape-in extensions to make it look longer, and thicker.

I used to wonder what came over Britney Spears that time she shaved off her hair…bBut now I know, because I’ve been there.

Severe chemically damaged hair…

And there’s nothing you can do to stop it snapping off.

Without my hairdresser I believe 100% that I would have done a Britney and shaved it all off!

But the point of my story is about the cheap human hair extensions and how they enabled me to completely disguise my terribly damaged hair.

Hair extensions when used in the right way can make your hair look and feel amazing.

They can disguise damage, disguise scarring or thinning, or they can just be used to have luscious hair.

Hair extensions do get a bit of a bad rap sometimes. We’ve all seen those girls who clearly have shoulder length hair and have wacked in extensions down to their waist with no effort, blending or colour matching. The result looks very artificial.

Hair extensions should be custom fit every time, no matter whether they’re clip-ins, tape-ins, or bonded extensions. This means they need to be coloured to match your hair, applied, then cut and blended into your natural hair style.

Because of my work as a hair and make-up artist in the fashion and film industry, I can also tell you that nearly every star you see on TV has a head full of extensions. Even the ones you’d never expect! A good set of extensions should be completely natural looking and discreet.

Over the last 2 years I like to think I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to hair extensions. I’ve used them all… clip-ins, hair pieces, fake ponytails, tape-ins and I currently have a head full of bonded extensions, and this is what you need to know if you’re considering a set.

Tape-in hair extensions

As I mentioned I had a head full of tape-in extensions for at least 18 months. Tape-ins use a glue tape to bond them to the roots of your hair. They are semi-permanent, they look great, and are reasonably priced. They last about 8 weeks before they can be removed and re-applied. You get at least 6 months use out of one set of tape-ins.

The only down side of tape extensions is that it’s really hard to tie your hair back in to a ponytail without them poking out. Each tape extension is about 2 inches wide and taped to the roots of your hair.

Tape-ins must be colour matched and cut to suit your style.

I wore Show Pony tape-in extensions for nearly 2 years. They were great, they didn’t damage my hair, and they were extremely good quality.

How many you need depends on how much thickness you already have. I only ever had a half head of tape-in extensions at any one time.

Show Pony tape-ins cost around $450 for a half head and $900 for a full head. They can be reused multiple times which is great for the bank balance!

In Sydney Juliana Marcs salon in Double Bay stocks Show Pony.

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Clip-in hair extensions

Clip-ins are non-permanent, you wear them once and take them out at the end of the day.

For me when I needed a more permanent solution clip-ins weren’t the best option. They are however a great solution for anyone who wants to bust out some glam locks for the occasional party or event.

Clip-ins also need to be colour matched and cut to suit your hair otherwise you run the risk of them looking unnatural.

Quality is paramount when purchasing clip-in extensions, avoid buying cheap ones off ebay and opt for a reputable brand of high quality hair. A good set should cost roughly around the $300 mark.

Clips-ins can be easily washed, and they can be coloured if you decide to change your hair colour.

I recommend clip-ins from Hair Secrets, I’ve had a set from them for the past few years and they are amazing quality, the best I’ve seen.

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Bonded hair extensions

Although now days my hair is in very good condition and is naturally shiny and healthy at shoulder length, I have Great Lengths bonded extensions in…. And I bloody LOVE them! \

They give me 2 inches of extra length and a whole lot of extra volume.

I don’t need extensions anymore, but I’ve come this far and I felt like having long luscious hair for a change… It’s been ages, so why not!

They instantly made me feel like a movie star.

Bonded hair extensions do have a reputation for damaging the hair, so it was with careful consideration that I chose to use Great Lengths. Great Lengths use a keratin bond to adhere the extensions to the hair. Keratin is the same substance your hair is actually made from, so it’s very gentle and doesn’t damage the hair at all, even when being removed.

The best thing about bonded extensions is that the bonds are tiny, and barely visible. You can easily tie your hair up in a ponytail without them being seen.

They last 3-4 months before it’s recommended they be removed and replaced.

Bonded hair extensions are by far my favourite type of extension, because of how invisible and versatile they are. I really struggled not being able to put my hair in a high pony when I had tape extensions, but with these it’s fine!

A full set of Great Lengths Extensions will cost anywhere from $950- $1500.

In Sydney Bauhaus Hair in Waterloo stock Great Lengths extensions.

Barefoot Blonde Hair Delivers Pinterest Worthy Extensions UK

— The beauty influencer Amber Fillerup Clark, better known as Barefoot Blonde, has turned her blog into a brand.

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Clip in hair extensions from Barefoot Blonde Hair.

Amber Fillerup Clark, aka Barefoot Blonde, has served up #hairinspo for six years digitally, and now she’s letting her fans act on that inspiration with a new line of hair extensions.

The beauty influencer with a popular blog and 1.3 million Instagram followers is introducing 20 shades of 21-inch, 160-gram clip-in extensions priced at $194.99 each on Nov. 25. The range is the start of a broader brand concentrating on extensions and extension maintenance.

Developed over two years, Fillerup Clark had several objectives in mind when producing Barefoot Blonde Hair’s handmade clip in hair extensions: she sought to make them affordable yet high-quality, look natural, last at least four months to a year and stay put. They contain remy hair, which is considered the best human hair available, and latex-lined clips.

“There are a few things I always hated about the extensions I wore. For instance, if I would go to sleep in them, they would feel ratty when I woke up,” said Fillerup Clark, who’s been using extensions for a decade. “I love that ours stay really silky and soft for a long time as long as you treat them right, just like you would your normal hair.”

To make the extensions appear natural, Barefoot Blonde Hair avoids excessive shine. “A lot of the extensions out there are so shiny. People’s hair isn’t that shiny naturally, and you want them to match your natural texture as much as possible,” explained Fillerup Clark. “When they are too shiny, they look synthetic. I want them to have the right amount of shine.”

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Barefoot Blonde Hair offers clip in hair extensions.

The volume of the hair in the extensions was also important. Most hair extensions uk, Fillerup Clark detailed, tend to be thick on top and thin toward the end. “That isn’t helpful at all because no one needs thickness on top. You mainly need it on bottom,” she said. “So, I wanted to make sure the thickness was there from top to bottom.”

Available only on the web for now, Fillerup Clark is considering retail distribution in the future, but is waiting to be certain her brand and its products are on solid footing before stretching into stores. “We want to have a year of sales, and get an idea of how well they sell and hear customer feedback. I think people are going to love them, but I want to make sure [I know] if people have an issue with packaging or anything else we need to change,” she said. She added a shampoo for women wearing extensions could be in the offing.

Extensions have played a prominent role in Fillerup Clark’s rise. “When I would use clip in hair extensions to make my braids bigger and fuller, my pictures went viral on Pinterest,” she recounted. “People were like, ‘How the heck does she get her braids so big?’ People were interested in the fact my braids looked different, and that’s what started the whole hair phenomenon on my blog.”

Today, Fillerup Clark’s multifaceted blog and social-media feed document her beauty, fashion and lifestyle choices, and feature a multitude of images of her family, including husband David, daughter Rosie and son Atticus. Although it’s catapulted Barefoot Blonde Hair, she doesn’t plan on continuing the online journaling forever.

“I definitely still want to keep blogging for another few years to push the hair extension brand and to build that up more, but, ultimately, I want to be a mom and take care of my kids full-time,” said Fillerup Clark. “Ideally, at some point, I will blog less and less, and just do hair extensions.”

The early response to the extensions has been encouraging. During a three-day pre-sale event in October, the clip-in extensions sold out quickly, and Barefoot Blonde Hair generated nearly $100,000 in retail sales and drew 50,000 unique visitors to its web site. For its first year on the market, Fillerup Clark’s goal for the brand is to register $1 million in retail sales.

Here’s What 100 Layers of UK Hair Extensions Looks Like

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A bit Hermione Granger, no?

We’ve seen everything from nail polish and eyelashes, to foundation and fake tan. But when it comes to the “100 Layers” challenge, there’s one beauty frontier that’s yet to be conquered — hair.

Naturally, there’s a YouTube star ready to step up to the challenge. Kayley Melissa, creator of many cute hair tutorials, decided that the world needed to see what 100 layers of uk hair extensions looked like.

With over 4 pounds of hair at her disposal, Kayley made sure to attach the 100 extensions onto each other, rather than onto her own hair.

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“I’m genuinely concerned that if I put them in the way you’re supposed to, it would rip all of my hair out because these are really heavy,” she says.

Her video has gone viral, with more than 1.7 million views on YouTube, and in it, Kayley gives frank advice to viewers about the crazy style. “I don’t know if anyone’s going to ask me if this is actually good for your extensions or your hair, but the answer is ‘no.’”

At the 75-hair-extensions mark, Kayley does a little spin and admits she feels exactly like Hermione in Harry Potter — well, before she figured out the true magic of the de-frizz.

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With all 100 extensions in, Kayley’s a “mountain of hair,” but then, it’s time to play with her new locks. Somehow, pulling off the most epic bun ever — which she admits is “like a tumor the size of my head” — Kayley then styles an enormous fishtail braid.

Watch the video, below.

UK Hair Extensions Labeled ‘100 Percent Human’ Contain Synthetic & Animal Hair

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Whether it’s for vanity or necessity, more and more women are choosing to wear hair pieces and extensions. But some in the industry are now coming under fire for “hair deception.”

CBS2’s Kristine Johnson investigated the controversy.

The popular beauty trend of longer, thicker, and more luxurious hair in mere minutes is now coming under scrutiny for having a very ugly side.

“People have no clue what they’re really buying,” Spencer Kobren, President of the American Hair Loss Association, said.

He explained that despite being a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, there are absolutely no regulations when it comes to the sale, importation or labeling of hair used in extensions and wigs.

“Anybody can make any claim,” Kobren said.

CBS2 bought three sets of hair extensions from three different manufacturers and sent them to an independent lab for testing. All three labeled 100 percent human hair actually contained a mix of synthetic hair.

“It can melt and singe, there’s PVC and plastics in synthetic hair,” Lisa Abbey, of beauty brand Flygirl, said.

One set of extensions even contained hair from a yak.

“It’s going to be a lot less expensive for them to mix human hair with animal hair,” Kobren said.

While it won’t harm you, experts say you’re not getting what you pay for and this hair will tangle and fray after just one or two wears.

“There are reports that some hair has been sourced from Russian prisons,” Brett Butcher, of Great Lengths, said.

Butcher, spokesperson for one of largest hair extension companies, says there have even been reports that some imported hair is being taken against the donor’s will.

“This is the reason why we started setting fair standards which is a guarantee that hair is ethically sourced and traceable,” Butcher said.

Courtney Adeleye, with the hair care company Mane Choice, said the industry needs to be regulated.

“It’s a little bit of the wild, wild west right now,” she said. “I can’t use the word organic and not have organic ingredients in my product. I think it should be the same standard for people who sell hair.”

“When you lay it down, it should lay flat,” Abbey said.

Abbey suggests reading the reviews of a company before you buy, especially off the internet. She also highly recommends consulting with a trained cosmetologist before getting extensions.

“It’s really important to know what you’re buying, where you’re buying it from,” she added.

Are UK Hair Extensions Hindering Black Hair?

For many years now, black hair has been hot-combed, relaxed and weaved into submission to conform to the smooth and shiny manes that we see in the media. Even today, black and mixed race girls are conditioned to believe that their hair is unacceptable or unprofessional in its natural form.

Hair extensions have long been an essential tool in disguising anything natural and over the years has led to some serious repercussions in how we view black hair. Lace weaves and weaving in particular are popular methods as they have the ability to completely transform the entire head into a smooth, silky style.

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Weaves are somewhat of a taboo subject and the hair struggles of afro hair is something often not talked about and it’s certainly not polite to ask! But could a more positive natural hair image encourage less of a reliance on the weave?

When we see natural hair, it is still often seen as more of a statement and draws out a national debate. It is perhaps even seen as being rebellious or political and goes against the straight hair standard we are so conditioned to seeing.

Solangle Knowles, who is widely known to embrace her natural locks, has been brutally mocked and criticised for embracing her ‘unkempt hair’. Responding to an interview with Essence magazine about her haircare secrets, many people voiced their disgust online with one person actually comparing her look with that of a homeless person.

The Mirror even jumped upon Beyonce’s mum Tina Knowles when she popped out one day with her curls brushed out.

An incredible way to talk about black hair in this day and age. Even four-year-old Blue Ivy Carter has put the internet into a frenzy about her hair with people criticising Beyonce for leaving it in its natural state. With such a public backlash over something as simple as showing off your hair, cheap hair extensions have offered a shield of protection against criticism for young black women, despite the potential long-term dangers of continuous usage.

Full head weaves take a very long time to do, can often be pulled very tight and can have a detrimental effect on the hair follicles over time, especially around the hairline. Traction alopecia is the more extreme but very possible form of hair loss when you are heavily reliant on very tight, heavy weaves.

Back in 2012, Naomi Campbell shocked us when pictures surfaced from her holiday in Ibiza, that revealed a severely receding hairline. Her many years as a model and an ultra-reliance on tightly-woven hair extensions uk, have caused unfortunate irreversible damage that no longer gives her the option of a natural hairstyle.

In the late 80s and early 90s of Campbell’s career, it would have been absolutely out of the question to see any evidence of her natural hair. Her model superstardom would most certainly have been cut very short without hair extensions to give her the super long, silky hair she is most commonly photographed with.

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As the natural hair debate continues, extensions are used now by both black and white women to transform their hair instantly into something longer, thicker, even curlier now. When used in moderation they don’t cause any serious long-term damage and can simply serve as an enhancement into your natural hair.

Hair extensions are here to stay but with the growing support of the natural hair movement, it will encourage black and mixed race girls to embrace (and most importantly love) the hair they were born with. Eventually the sight of an afro won’t cause people to think it’s revolutionary or some sort of protest and learn to admire black women for the variety of hairstyles their hair has to offer.

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