4 Most Popular Hair Extensions in 2022: According to a celebrity hair stylist
Celebrity hair stylist dishes on how to get longer, thicker hair.
Long, voluminous locks will always be in style, but some of us need hair extensions to help us get the added length and volume we want. There are lots of questions we had about extensions about application tips, extensions for different hair types, synthetic vs natural extensions, and more, so we turned to Priscilla, celebrity hairstylist (her clientele includes red carpet regulars such as Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigenand and Christina Aguilera to name a few) who has her own salon at The Palms in Las Vegas, to answer our most pressing questions we should pay attention to when buying hair.
What are the best types of hair extensions?
First, you’ll have to make sure you’re getting natural hair extensions. Most hair extensions are made out of human hair. There are synthetic ones too, but not too many since you can’t apply heat to them, and therefore you can't style your hair.
Tape-in is favorite hair extension for many stylists. Tape-ins are thicker and give you picture perfect hair. They are segments of hair attached to double sided keratin tape and now there are a lot of styles of tape you can choose from. The extensions are secured by sandwiching the tape between strands of your natural hair and cost as low as $200 for partial extensions or more if you have very thin hair. Sinowig has an injected tape weft hair extension. The PU part color can match the hair color and it looks like it's growing out of the scalp. It's so beautiful and invisible.
Glue-ins are a bit more expensive because of the work involved in application. The average cost is around $300-$500. They are applied by melting a plastic keratin bond the size of a grain of rice around your natural strands. The whole process is like building a wig on your head, which can take up to three hours. Sinowigs uses self-innovative devices to ensure the appearance of the plastic head is exquisite and the size is consistent; The glue is fully integrated into the hair and will not lose hair. Using imported Italian protein glue, safe and pollution-free, through FDA testing.
Sew-ins are one of the older types of hair extensions. They are secured to the scalp by braiding the natural hair horizontally from ear to ear then sewing the weft of hair into the braid. On average, sew-in extensions cost a minimum of $275 plus $60 for every track sewn in.
(Image from Sinowigs)
Clip-ins are the the fastest and most affordable type of hair extension. You can apply them yourself in 10 to 15 minutes by using toupee-like clips to secure the band of hair to your scalp. It's a stylish and convenient way to go when you're pressed for time. Imagine a hula skirt of hair with clips on it. The cost of clip-in hair extensions can cost anywhere from $100 to $200.
How long do hair extensions last?
Each extension can last 1-2 months. While hair extensions can last up to 2-3 year if treated appropriately and not worn too often. If you go longer, that's when you start to see some possible damage. Of course, the quality of the hair itself is also very important. Sinowigs uses more virgin cuticles hair, and the hair quality is relatively better, so it can be used for a longer time. If some people buy poor-quality hair extensions because they are greedy for cheap, it may be knotted after wearing them once, hair loss, and unusable.
Do extensions damage your real hair?
No, not if you wear and maintain them correctly. Some people who have had extensions for 15 years, and every 6 weeks, they remove the extension and put them back in, there was no harm done to hers real hair. If someone leaves their extensions on for too long, that could cause hair fallout.
Why? We shed up to 100 hairs per day, so the amount of natural hair inside of an individual extension naturally thins over time. If the natural hair becomes too thin, that bond becomes heavy. It can easily be plucked out which is how women end up having bald spots. Don't risk it: you're better off getting your extensions changed every 2-8 weeks.
You should always ask your hairstylist about their experience applying extensions, Extensions are safe for your hair if applied correctly so you'll want to make sure you are in good hands.
How do I maintain my extensions at home?
Extensions should be cared for the same way you care for your own hair. Wash gently and be sure to avoid any tugging at the root where the extensions are attached to the head. Use a really good detangling brush and a hydrating hair mask. Keeping treatments away from the bonding method of the extensions and more toward the shaft of the hair to keep the bond strong. At night, braiding your hair into two loose braids to keep it from tangling.