Everything You Want to Know About Hair Extensions

April 22, 2016

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If you’re unhappy with the length or thickness of your hair, or you’re simply craving longer locks for a night, then it’s time to consider hair extensions. These days, many women desire long and voluminous hair—yet very few of us are naturally endowed with thick hair. Some women even have a difficult time getting their hair to grow past their shoulders, no matter how many vitamins and hair growth supplements they take. If this sounds like you, the good news is hair extensions are a great option for artificially adding length and/or volume to your natural hair.

By understanding the benefits of hair extensions, the options available to you, and how to properly maintain extensions, you can make a well-informed decision when it comes to your own hair!

Benefits of Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are ideal for a quick style change, but they have other beauty benefits as well:

  • Add instant length
  • Provide added volume
  • Temporary and non-damaging

Add Instant Length

Perhaps the most desired advantage of hair extensions is they allow you to add instant length to your hair without having to wait months, or even years, for natural growth. Considering the fact that the average person’s hair grows between a quarter and a half-inch per month, this is huge! Hair extensions allow you to get the length of hair you want, when you want it. This is ideal for women whose hair doesn’t naturally grow quickly, or for women whose hair tends to become damaged and break easily when it grows past a certain length. Hair extensions allow you to add length to your hair that’s healthy and shiny.

Provide Added Volume

Even women who are able to naturally grow their hair long may benefit from hair extensions. This is because extensions can add needed volume for those with naturally thin or fine hair. Now you can finally start rocking those voluminous and sexy looks, without having to worry about your hair falling limp or flat partway through the day. You can also save yourself from the hassle of having to buy and use those expensive volume-adding shampoos, conditioners, and other styling products that don’t always work as advertised.

Temporary and Non-Damaging

Finally, hair extensions are temporary, so you don’t need to make a long-term commitment to them. This allows you to easily change up your hairstyle as desired while achieving the look you want in the moment. Removing your extensions is easy and, depending on the type you end up going with, may even be possible to do on your own. When installed, cared for, and removed properly, hair extensions are totally non-damaging to your natural hair.

Types of Hair Extensions

At Primp and Blow, we’re proud to offer a variety of hair extension options for our clients to choose from. No matter what your needs, we can help you choose the solution that’s right for you.

DreamCatchers Hair Extensions

For women who are committed to the idea of wearing their extensions for a longer period of time (for up to two years in fact!), we recommend our DreamCatchers hair extensions. These non-damaging extensions are secured using innovative micro-cylinder technology, which allows them to last longer than many of the other options on the market. These are perfect for women wanting to add tons of volume and length in a way that looks totally natural.

Halo Clip-In Hair Extensions

Our Halo clip-in extensions are another popular option for women who want to be able to easily remove their extensions as desired. These extensions are made from 100 percent Remy hair and are known for being extremely soft to the touch. We offer these extensions in lengths varying from 16 inches all the way to 24 inches, so you can achieve your ideal length and volume. We also include a free consultation, installation, and styling so you can walk out of our blow dry bar feeling 100 percent confident about wearing your new extensions!

Traditional Halo Hair Extensions

If you’re looking for something a little more secure than a clip-in, but don’t want permanent extensions, Halo extensions might be the right choice for you. These extensions are secured using a patented miracle wire that allows you to effortlessly slip your extensions on in a manner that’s similar to putting on a headband. Halo extensions are available in lengths ranging from 16 to 20 inches.

Common Hair Extension Myths

Unfortunately, there are quite a few myths and misconceptions floating around out there about hair extensions. If you’ve been hesitant to explore extensions as a means of getting the long and voluminous hair you’ve always wanted, it’s time to learn the truth behind these common myths!

Myth 1: Hair Extensions Are Damaging

Many women are afraid to get hair extensions because they’ve heard they can be damaging to the hair. In reality, extensions should never cause any damage to your hair, assuming that they’re properly installed, cared for, and removed. This is why it’s extremely important to make sure you trust the professional helping you install and maintain your new extensions. Here at Primp and Blow, we take the time to consult with each of our clients to ensure they’re totally confident in maintaining and styling their new extensions before they leave!

Myth 2: Hair Extensions Are Too Expensive

Another misconception a lot of women have about hair extensions is that they’re simply not in their budget. However, with so many different options these days, finding an extension option that’s within your budget is easier than ever. In fact, you can get a great set of hair extensions at Primp and Blow for as little as $200. And while it’s true that the highest quality extensions can be on the pricier side (some costing in excess of $1,000 for a full set), we take great pride in all of the extensions we offer and only provide our clients with quality hair extension products.

Myth 3: People with Active Lifestyles Shouldn’t Get Extensions

If you lead an active lifestyle, you might think you can’t get hair extensions because they’ll never stay in place. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! For starters, you could consider opting for an extension option that’s easy to remove so you can take them out when partaking in rigorous activity. On the other hand, there are also plenty of options that can withstand even the most active of lifestyles without coming loose or falling out.

Caring for Your Hair Extensions

No matter what type of extension you’re thinking about getting, it’s important that you know how to properly maintain and care for your hair extensions. Doing so will help them last longer and keep them looking beautiful!

  • Use the right shampoo
  • Avoid tugging and pulling
  • Be careful with heat

Use the Right Shampoo

Avoid washing your extensions too frequently. And when the time comes to wash them, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo. We recommend allowing your extensions to air dry rather than blow-drying them, so it’s usually best to wash extensions overnight so that they’re dry by morning and ready for styling.

Avoid Tugging and Pulling

The right brush goes a long way when it comes to caring for your hair extensions. When brushing your extensions, avoid tugging or pulling at tangles. Instead, gently comb through them with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. You may even want to use a little bit of detangling spray to avoid damage and make the process easier.

Be Careful with Heat

When using heat to style your extensions, start by styling with the lowest heat setting to protect your hair from damage. When possible, opt for styles that don’t require heat. For example, braiding your extensions while they’re still damp is a great way to achieve loose, pretty waves without the need for heat. You can also use any number of heatless options to achieve natural-looking curls instead of busting out the curling iron. Of course, using heat isn’t prohibited (unless you have synthetic extensions, which we don’t recommend using heat with). But it’s something you’ll want to be careful of if you want your extensions to last as long as possible.

Where to Get Professional Hair Extensions

Overall, hair extensions can be the perfect option for those who want longer and more voluminous hair without the wait! If you’re interested in learning more about hair extensions or scheduling your appointment for a free consultation, reach out to the friendly professionals at Primp and Blow today!

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