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Choosing the Right Hair Extensions


Hair extensions can be a great way to change your look, for just a day or up to several months. To select the option that works best for you, consider your budget, your lifestyle, and the level of commitment you’re willing to give to the new hairstyle. Hair extensions can add length, volume, or both to your natural hair.

If you want an exciting, dramatic change for just one day, consider clip-in extensions. Clip-ins aren’t damaging, and are meant to be removed at night. Many salons carry clip-in hair extensions, which can be colored and cut by your stylist to match your natural hair. The human hair versions look more natural than synthetic hair, which can’t be washed or styled with heated tools.

Glued-in extensions are great for weddings and other special occasions. They’re temporary, but will last for a few weeks if taken care of properly. These hairpieces are secured to the natural hair with glue, and are removed with an oil-based solvent. These are best for stronger, thicker hair that can withstand a little stress.

The most popular type of extensions are bonded hair extensions. They’re more expensive, but when properly attached, can last for up to five months. The newer cold fusion technology uses ultrasound waves and keratin polymers to attach each weft to the hair. This approach is less damaging, and is terrific for fine or already-damaged hair.

Tape-in extensions are taped to the natural hair roots and are barely visible, which makes them perfect for fine or blonde hair. Tape-ins can last for a couple months. Hair may become matted, so daily brushing is required. Another alternative, sew-in extensions, use “weaves” to add length and volume.

Hair extensions are an investment, and involve a level of commitment. Set up a consultation with your stylist before making a selection. For more information, please contact:

The Salon Professional Academy

335 Vertin Blvd, Shorewood, IL 60404