Something that has always had my interest for many years is semi permanent and clip in hair extensions. I feel like a lot of time hair extensions get a bad wrap for a few reasons:

1. They have been applied improperly causing extreme damage to the hair

2. The extensions applied were not the right ones for your hair type also leading to damage

3. Poor quality hair was installed

The hair industry has been around for literally thousands of years, and hair extensions and wigs have been used since the times of ancient Egypt as a sign of social status. It, much like any of the other branches of the beauty industry, are always evolving and becoming more efficient and technologically advanced. More recently clip in extensions have become the most popular as they offer a relatively commitment free way to instantly have luscious long hair. They are also more budget friendly than their more permanent counterparts.

Facebook Coverphoto Feb 2015Extensions come in literally all colours and manufacturers are constantly introducing new color combinations to fit current trends. Many companies also offer custom coloring options for an additional fee. The market for hair extensions is literally based on client requests. My personal preference is the semi permanent option of hair extensions. My reasoning for this is due to my hair type and what I’m looking to get out of the extensions:

I want long hair CONSTANTLY, I don’t want to have to worry about taking them in and out each day – it’s just not something I want to spend time doing. I have a LOT of hair – it is very thick all together but per strand is very fine. This means that my hair is more prone to damage when stress is put on smaller portions of my hair (think the clips in clip in hair extensions) and has a hard time holding in clips especially when straight. My hair is VERY curly – It has a kinky-curly or spiral curly pattern depending on the type of product I use and the level of humidity outside. ALL of these traits of my hair make semi permanent hair extensions a better option for me.

So when you’re thinking about extensions think about what you want them for. Do you want them for a special occasion and not every day? You are a clip in kind of gal! Do you want to have longer hair everyday and are able to take the extra time to baby your hair? Semi permanent options are most likely for you!

Now that you have determined which method would suit you best put your detective hat on and do your research. You need to understand what kind of additional care your extensions will require and a knowledgeable source of information regarding sourcing your hair, installation methods, and ease of removal (very, very important to know how you will be removing extensions). There are literally tons of methods to install semi permanent extensions. For example, you’ve probably heard of weaves. This is common for women of who have the luxury of having extremely strong and resilient hair. Typically speaking women of European or Caucasian heritage do not have hair strong enough hair to support the installation of a weave without experiencing quite a bit of damage. You need to understand the method in order to make an appropriate decision as to which installation method will be right for you.

Microbead extension installationGetting hair extensions can seem like a huge process but it is truly an investment. A good set of clip in extensions can be anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on the seller and extensions for semi permanent installation can cost anywhere between $60 to $170 per bundle depending on length (a full head takes 2 – 3 bundles). THEN you have to source your extension tech to install them which also garners an additional fee.

Of course, this is just a bit of introductory information as hair extensions are a vast subject. The easiest category of hair extension are clip ins and they are typically a gateway extension before people move onto more permanent methods. SO I am going to wrap up this post by giving you the buying basics for clip in extensions:

1. You Want Remy Hair Human Hair – the word remy indicates that all the strands of hair are laying in the same direction which means there is no friction between strands of hair. Strand-to-strand friction breaks down the hair making it dry and brittle and eventually leads to tangling and breakage effectively cutting the life of the hair in half. Also, make sure you are buying human hair and not synthetic hair.

2. Standard Length of Clip ins are 18″-20″ – this is about Victoria Secret length hair. Clip in’s can be trimmed and layered to your liking also so they can easily blend with your natural hair

3. Read Reviews – it’s as straight forward as it sounds. Many companies have open reviews sections for their products.

4. You Can Color Clip ins – if you can’t find your perfect color buy a shade lighter and you can color them (or have a professional do it) to match. DO NOT BLEACH YOUR EXTENSIONS.

5. Clip Quality – you want clips that are silicone lined to ensure a firm grip on your hair to keep from slipping.

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Finally to make your search here is a list of my favourite online clip in extension retailers:

My Pink Vanity (Lush Locks)

Foxy Locks

Dirty Looks

Til’ next time,
le grá go deo

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