There is a wealth of information on the Internet concerning hair extensions, but not all of it is true. Sometimes the information is exaggerated, other times it is more than just a little misleading - it can be completely false.
|Note the bald patches|
after removing extensions
But, it happens time and time again. You read a story about someone who finds a great price on hair extensions, then gets them installed, only to find out that it was a huge mistake. Not because they had hair extensions, but because they had extensions that were not top quality, using methods that can be problematic, and more importantly, installed by uncertified, unqualified or inexperienced stylists.
Just this week an interesting story of a British actress named Jodie made the news. Her case was newsworthy because the hair extensions she had put in caused extreme damage to her hair. The photo above shows the actress after she had to remove the hair extensions herself.
|Jodie was left with short, thinned hair and bald patches|
I could get technical with all of the specific differences that determines the "quality" of hair, but we'll cover that in another article. The point that I'd like for everyone considering hair extensions to get is that this is an investment in you. Don't take short-cuts or do it solely based on price or you may end up with a look that is far worse than the one you are unsatisfied with now.
You need tips in finding the best hair extensions, and don't want to fall for misleading claims. So what do you look for? Beware of claims like these:
- Name-brand such as Great Lengths, Hairdreams or So-Cap are not the best
- Name-brands use bonds that are not Keratin-based (a protein found in hair)
- Glue is the best method
- Prices are good because they get hair from a local beauty supply store
- They send you to purchase your own hair
- You can get a head full of quality hair extensions for under $500
- Claim training and/or certification without naming the companies certified by
- Has your hair in stock already (hair should be custom ordered for each person)
- Clip-in extensions are the only "safe" method
- Synthetic hair can look just as good as 100% human hair
- There is no maintenance needed for their hair extensions
- Tape is a good method of applying hair extensions
- You can wear your extensions for a year or more
- Micro-rings can't damage your hair
- You need to change your extensions every 1-3 months
Yes, quality hair extensions do cost more than those you purchase from a beauty supply store. And, the professionals installing them usually charge more than a stylist who doesn't use quality extensions. You need to ask yourself whether you feel comfortable taking the risk with hair and stylists who are questionable.
Do you feel saving a few dollars is worth the possibility of ending up with an experience like Jodie? Read all the details on Jodie's bad hair extensions and let me know what you think!
RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Daily Mall - Actress left with matted hair after "dodgy" hair extensions
Extensions of Yourself - Facts About Hair Extensions
Extensions of Yourself - The Hair
Extensions of Yourself - What's Best