Whatever the case, hair extensions can help you achieve it, but you’ll probably need to know a few things before you decide whether they’re right for your particular needs. What should you know about hair extensions in London?
How Long Do They Last?
The question of how long hair extensions last is not easily answered, as it really depends on the type of extensions you have. Permanent hair extensions (those that are designed to be applied and stay in place for some time, rather than being removed in a short period) can last for up to eight weeks or so. Note that some permanent extensions can last up to five months (bonded extensions). Others will last longer, but they are not permanent, and are only worn for short periods.
There are two primary types of hair extensions in London – those made with synthetic materials, and those made with natural human hair. Human hair extensions are the best option, as they look the most natural and are preferred by professional stylists, but they’re also the most expensive. Synthetic extensions are cheaper, but can often appear like fake hair and are easily spotted.
Permanent or Clip-In?
As mentioned, there are both permanent and temporary hair extensions available. Permanent ones come in several different types. Bonded extensions are the least easy to notice, and look the most natural. They’re fused to your actual hair using heat. Tape-in extensions are attached at the roots of your own hair with, you guessed it, tape. Weave or sewn extensions are woven into your own hair after it has been braided.
Clip-in hair extensions are cheaper than permanent ones, but are only designed for very short wearing periods. For instance, you’d put them in when you go out for the evening and then take them out when you return home. They’re much more affordable than permanent extensions, too, and will last for up to two years. With that being said, they don’t always look as natural as permanent extensions and must be colour matched very carefully to your own hair.
Are Hair Extensions Right for You?
While hair extensions sound like a great way to add beauty, volume, length and style to your hair, they’re not for everyone. First, they can be very expensive. Second, they can cause damage to your hair. If they are not professionally installed by an expert in hair extensions in London, there’s a good chance that they’ll cause damage, up to and including pulling hair out at the root. Extensions might also not be a good idea if you’re particularly physically active, like to change your hair colour frequently, or prefer to wear your hair up rather than down.
Yes, you will need to care for your hair extensions while you wear them. The most important thing is to prevent the extensions from becoming tangled. When sleeping, this is best done by braiding your hair loosely. You should also use a misting moisturiser conditioner several times per day to keep them soft and untangled. And, remember, extensions will take a longer period of time to dry, and synthetic hair can be damaged by high levels of heat, so plan your toilette accordingly.
When it comes to hair extensions in London, it really is important to work with a professional to ensure that you’re getting high-quality extensions that are a perfect match for your own hair.