4 Hair Extension Myths Debunked
In the past, hair extensions have had some controversy and have even had a bad reputation. When I think back to the hair extensions of yesteryear, images of bleach blonde celebrities with obvious disconnected lengths of hair come to mind. Now days, hair extensions have come quite a long way and more people wear them than you'd suspect. I want to debunk some myths surrounding extensions for you so that you can make your own informed decision whether or not hair extensions are something you'd ever consider for achieving the hair of your dreams!
Myth #1: Hair extensions are for length.
The truth: just like men, women can experience thinning and hair loss as they age. Did you know that 40% of women have experienced a noticeable amount of thinning before the age of 35? Shocking, I know! I myself have recently opened up in a Facebook Live about my own struggle with hair loss and how extensions changed the game for me. There are now so many cool techniques and methods of installing extensions that can add fullness to your hair that you probably didn't even realize existed! Some people experience specific areas that are thinner than others or have gaps in their length from breakage- sometimes all it takes is a few wefts to fill the holes that can make all the difference.
Another cool thing about extensions is that they can add color without the commitment. If you've ever wanted to try a funky color, that crazy white blonde, or any other splash of color, you can add in strands just like you would with highlights. Instead of having to lighten your hair then deposit more color over it while potentially damaging it, you can pop in a few extensions that can easily be removed when you're ready for something else. This way you can have the color that you want without the risk of damage and the commitment of going through the coloring process it to get it there.
I also have a few clients who have requested hair extensions while they are growing out their hair. Extensions are a nice option for those times when you just can't seem to get your hair past your shoulders and it's stuck in the "flipping out" phase. I even like to add in a few wefts for clients who love the dramatic, long inverted bob, but just don't have the length or fullness in the front that they desire. Sometimes a few additional strands can accentuate a haircut in all the right places.
Myth #2: Hair extensions are damaging or cause breakage.
The reason why this one is false is because damage is typically caused by user error- whether that be the stylist installing them incorrectly or the wearer not taking care of them properly. I'll be honest with you, extensions do require some after care- but nothing so extreme that it couldn't easily be incorporated into your routine. It is so important to take care of your extensions even better than you would your natural hair. Taking good care of them is like insuring your investment. Failure to properly care for them can result in tangling, matting, or breakage. I have experienced this first hand myself from not taking care of them properly so I always make sure to thoroughly educate my clients on the necessary after care as well as some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way! In addition to proper care, how the extensions are placed and installed make all the difference whether or not they will damage the natural hair. Choosing the appropriate type of extensions for your lifestyle and hair type is key. Your extension stylist should specialize in the type of hair extensions that you desire and be CERTIFIED in that specific type of extension as well. A good extension specialist will also take into account how the hair will fall as it grows out and if there are any specific growth patterns to consider.
Myth #3: Hair extensions look fake.
This myth goes hand-in-hand with Myth #2. Choosing a qualified extension specialist that can help you to determine the appropriate method of hair extensions is vital. Certain types of extensions play nice with certain hair types while others do not. Your extension stylist should also advise you on how much hair to order to achieve your desired look. Not having enough wefts can be difficult to blend and can make the extensions look obvious. Extensions that are cut according to the fall of your own hair and are well blended will appear seamless so nobody has to know!
Myth #4: All extensions are created equal.
As I had mentioned before, there are many methods/types of extensions to consider when choosing which one is right for you. Equally as important is the quality of hair. You want high quality hair that is 100% human REMY hair. Remy hair means that all of the cuticles of the hair run in the same direction just as if they grew out of your scalp. This is important because this type of hair will not only last longer, but it also helps to prevent tangling and matting. Remy hair acts the most similarly to your natural hair because it is collected with all of the cuticles intact which ensures that it is healthy hair. I only use Babe Hair Extensions on my clients because I trust the quality and am certain that I am truly getting 100% real remy human hair.
Beware of non-remy hair extensions as they are the most widely sold type of hair. Non-remy hair is often disguised as remy hair and sold for a premium price. Remy hair is slightly more expensive but in a world where you get what you pay for, they are well worth the investment. Another type of hair to completely avoid all together is synthetic hair. Synthetic hair appears very shiny and smooth and will melt if exposed to hot tools. You would NEVER want to have synthetic hair installed on your head.
I hope this post helped you to discover a whole new world of possibilities that hair extensions have to offer! If you'd like to learn more feel free to leave me a comment below or send me an email with any questions you may have! The hair of your dreams is not too far out of reach!