There is so much choice when deciding what hair extensions to buy, making a decision on the best product for you can be overwhelming. To keep things simple and to help you make the right decision, consider CHUQ:
1. Colour Choice
2. Hair Quality
1. Colour choice: There is nothing worse than ordering extensions and receiving a colour you weren't expecting. So make sure the online seller can provide you with a colour chart to help you make the best selection. But remember that it is almost impossible to replicate the actual colours on a computer monitor. So what looks good on the screen may not be ideal when you receive it. Therefore, try to organise a sample of hair from the supplier so that you can make sure the colour is what you expect.
If you can't find the exact colour you need, keep in mind that you can always dye extensions if they are 100% human hair. If you decide to go for this option, try to select an extension colour that is lighter than the final required. You can then dye the extensions to the required darker shade. Lightening extensions is harsher on the hair and will potentially cause more damage.
2. Hair Quality: This is such an important consideration when purchasing extensions. Hair quality can vary greatly, with the best lasting 12 months and poor quality lasting just a few days. First, ensure you are buying remy hair. This has been arranged so that all the cuticles are facing the same direction. By using this product, the hair is much less likely to tangle than non-remy hair. Non-remy will quickly tangle becoming matted and unmanageable. The end result is that you'll need to remove the extensions (not ideal!).
If money is no object, then look to purchase virgin hair which hasn't been treated with any chemicals. This can last up to 12 months, is easy to manage and looks fantastic. For many, the virgin price tag is too extreme and not really worth it considering most of us like to change our style every few months. For those that don't purchase virgin hair, make sure you chose remy hair.
There are three main types: Indian, European and Chinese. As a general rule, Indian hair is thicker than European but thinner that Chinese hair. So if you have thin hair, its best to steer clear of Chinese hair. Conversely, those with thick hair would probably be best to avoid European hair. A good medium is Indian hair as it is still of good quality and would suit most types of hair.
3. Use: What are you getting extensions for and what type of lifestyle do you lead? If you want extensions for a school formal, wedding, or have a big night out planned, then clip on extensions may be the best option for you. These can be added in just a few minutes and tend to be cheaper than adding permanent extensions. Also, if you lead an active lifestyle and often partake in activities such as swimming, you may be best to chose clip on extensions so they can be removed and won't get damaged.
For many, the chore of adding and removing clip ons can be too much. If this sounds like you, and you want to wear extensions every day, then go for permanent extensions. There are many different methods and discussing each would require a whole separate article! One caution though, if you have extremely damaged hair, or hair that breaks very easily, clip on extensions are recommended as they are much less likely to cause damage. It is best to discuss this with your hair extension provider to make sure yours is suitable for permanent extensions.
4. Quantity: You will often hear a hair dresser say "you'll need 200 extensions for your type". However, you need to remember that extensions come in a range of weights. The common weights are 0.5g, 0.7g, 0.8g and 1.0g strands. So if you get advice regarding how many extensions you need, make sure you find out what weight extension they are referring to. As a general rule, if you have short or very thick hair, you'll need a lot more extensions than someone with fine or long just wanting a bit of extra volume. If you can, send a picture of yours to the website you are looking to purchase the extensions from. They should be able to provide advice on how many extensions are required.
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