What to Look For When Buying Hair Extensions

How To Buy and Maintain Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are perfect for the holidays. They are one of the tools you have in your toolbox to help you switch up your look and take on a new identity. Changing up your color can have a big impact on the way you look to the outside world, but if you want to completely alter your appearance, hair extensions offer a virtually unforgettable experience that's sure to get your noticed.

If not taken care of properly, however, hair extensions can take you on a journey may regret. Fear not! With a little education and help from the experts, you'll have an amazing weave you'll be proud to call your very own.

Basics. Think all hair extensions are created equally? Think again! The menu of options available is vast, and the different types are well-suited for specific hair types and styles. You'll want to make sure you schedule an initial consultation with your stylist, but before you even head to the chair, have an idea of the final look you're trying to achieve. This will help your stylist understand the best faux tresses will meet your needs.

Quality isn't something you want to skimp on when it comes to your hair extensions. You may choose to go with synthetic or human hair, each of which has pros and cons that should be examined as compared with your unique self.

  • Synthetic hair is an artificially manufactured synthetic product. Synthetic hair, when made well, can look perfectly real, and it's typically less expensive than its human hair counterpart. With that, though, it tends to have less long-term durability. If you're considering synthetic hair, be sure to have your stylist test you for allergic reactions before you commit to the whole process.
  • Human hair is also called virgin hair. This hair can be heat styled and colored because it's human hair, but you'll want to be sure to work with a reputable business when purchasing these tresses.

Types. There are many ways in which hair extensions can be attached.

  • Clip-on and temporary glue-on bonded extensions are intended for short-term use. Clip-ons are meant to last for the day while glue-on bonded extensions can last up to a week.
  • Long-term bonded, sew-in, and tape-in extensions offer longer usability. These methods require application by a trained professional, and you'll typically need a stylist to remove them for you, too.


Paying attention to your hair extensions and keeping up with a regular maintenance routine will be vital to the look of your hair and the health of the scalp underneath.

  • Cover your 'do with a silk bonnet or use silk pillowcases to help prevent breakage.
  • Find the right tension. If your weave is too tight, it has the potential to cause long-term damage.
  • Breathe between weaves. Let your hair down between 'dos for a week or two.

At Shaggin Salon, we have several stylists who are specially trained in the art of hair extensions. Take moment to browse our staff bios, and let us know if we can answer any questions!