Short hair is sassy and chic, but perhaps nothing can beat the feeling of long tresses resting fashionably on your shoulders. However, if the thought of caring for those long tresses is already giving you goosebumps, make hair extensions your BFF. The plus: when done right, it is hard to tell you are sporting one. And you get to walk away with all the compliments.
WHAT EXACTLY IS HAIR EXTENSION?
Hair extensions are groups of hair strands and are either made up of synthetic or human hair. While temporary hair extensions can be clipped onto your hair and removed as and when you please, permanent hair extensions are permanently sewn, glued or beaded onto the hair for a lasting effect.
HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
The durability of the extensions will depend largely on how well you take care of them. Temporary extensions may be clipped on and off at regular intervals to prevent them from wearing out. Permanent extensions stay as long as up to two years depending on their maintenance. However, extensions tend to become loose and displaced over a period of time due to natural hair growth. It’s a good idea to visit your salon every month or once every two months to re-attach your extensions and keep them looking as new as ever.
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY HAIR EXTENSIONS?
Human hair extensions can survive almost any hair treatment and hence, last longer depending on how you care for them. Synthetic hair extensions, on the other hand, may wear off sooner. HOW DO I APPLY? The attachments should be done according to the direction of the hair growth. So, if you part your hair to any side or maintain a pouf for your hair, then the extension should also be clipped in the direction of the natural hair growth. This ensures your hair tangles less and exhibits a natural effect.
CAN I CHECK ON QUALITY?
Getting to know the quality of extensions is quite a task and is in fact impossible. So, it is advisable to seek professional help. Get your extensions from an expert for the best deal.
SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS?
There are no side-effects. It’s a fool-proof and safe procedure to amp-up the volume or length of your hair without any surgical intervention.
WHAT IF I WANT TO GET RID OF THEM?
You can remove temporary extensions anytime depending on your mood. Where permanent extensions are concerned, you need to get it done from a professional, preferably the one who had done the extension for you. Avoid doing it yourself as you may unknowingly end up hampering your natural hair.
CAN I STILL COLOUR MY HAIR?
You can go right ahead and colour your permanent extensions if you wish to. Temporary ones are in any case available in bright and peppy shades. You can choose a different colour every day depending on your mood.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Permanent extensions are expensive and can set you back by 10,000- 65,000 depending on the type you choose. Temporary extensions are available from 200 onwards.
IS IT PAINFUL?
No. It’s a myth to say that the procedure of getting a hair extension is painful. The hair strands are sewn, pasted or applied to the hair and not the scalp, so, it is a painless process devoid of any side effects.
HAIR CARE TIPS POST A HAIR EXTENSION
• It is recommended that you pamper and care for your hair extension as you do for your natural hair. This includes shampooing at regular intervals to take off all the grime.
• Make sure to indulge in extra conditioning as extensions do not get any nourishment from the roots. So, use them generously after every wash.
• Remember to go for an oil-massage at least once a week to keep your hair healthy.
• Applying a hair masque for your coloured extensions is a good idea as it acts as a heavier and richer conditioner.
The writer is also an aesthetician and cosmetologist, and founder-director of ALPS