Friday, 18 May 2012

Hair Extensions 101

Paris Hilton short to long hair (Taken from web)
Do you remember the days when we would look at our favourite celebrities in awe as they went from short to long hair in the matter of days.  There was a time when transforming locks of hair from short to long was only for the rich and famous.  Now it has become much more affordable and mainstream.  You can bet that someone in your circle is faking their 'Rapunzel' hair!  Would you do it?

There are many things to think about when considering making the instant switch from short hair to long.  For most people, the first question is "How much will it cost"?  While extensions can start out at anywhere from $500-$2000+, it is important to dig deeper than just the initial cost.  Some extensions are only good for a one time use.  Others can be re-used for 3-4 applications, saving you money in the end.

Brook Burke (Charvet) in Hotheads Hair Extensions (Taken from web)

Although it may seem like your hairstylist is gauging your wallet, it is important to realize that in general, at least half of what you pay for your hair extensions, covers the cost of the actual hair itself (which is not something that can be mass-produced!).  Also, your stylist has likely invested a fair bit of money to become properly trained in the application of hair extensions.  On that note, if you plan on investing in long hair, be sure to find someone who is certified; not all hairstylist are certified in this service. 

It is also important to enquire about what is involved in the care of your hair extensions.  I often tell clients that hair extensions are really only for the "vain-at-heart".  And I mean that in the nicest way possible.  Hair extensions are generally not for the "wash-and-go" client.  On the other hand if you are accustomed to blow drying your hair and touching up with an iron, hair extensions would be within your comfort zone.  I myself tend to flip flop, which is why  I only occasionally commit to hair extensions!

Jordin Sparks (Taken from web)
SJP (Taken from web)
There are many different reasons to consider hair extensions.  Although adding length is the most common reason, there are also many other uses for these fake tresses.  Many people with fine sparse hair appreciate the fullness that hair extensions give them.  They can also be used to bulk up an up-do or to add splashes of colour.  Other people use them only it certain areas of their mane that are thinner, or to facilitate a grow out faze.  It is definitely a service that is customised to each client individually.

Just like any other product available to consumers, there are several different types of hair extensions available.  You can choose from sewn in weaves, bonded, clip-ins, and a myriad of others.  I myself, only use the tape in ones ( Hotheads Hair Extensions), which seem to offer the best re-usability, and do the least amount of damage to the hair.

Hotheads Hair Extensions sit flat against the head (Taken from web)

If you are thinking of trying hair extensions, be sure to book a consultation with your stylist so you can discuss any questions you may have.  I welcome your questions here as well!

Below is some of my most recent work with hair extensions.

Rachel A. in Hotheads Hair Extensions

Jennifer T. in Hotheads Hair Extensions

Soo L. in Hotheads Snappies


  1. I am in favor of those extensions which are made only for one time use because these extensions are cost effective and need no care.

    Xtras Online

  2. Hair extensions come with a lot of uses. The biggest factor is to make your hair appear longer. Girls with short hair, who want to add length to their hair, can add wigs to achieve those results. If you already have long hair, you might want some extensions to add body. Not every girl is fortunate to have full, voluminous hair, and it can be added with Wigs for sale. Hair extensions also can be used for people who have long hair, and want to rock a short hairstyle. Lastly, if you want some added highlights or a few crazy colors in your hair, but do not want to damage your hair by bleaching and dyeing your hair, then extensions like those from abHair will give you what you want without the damage.