Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Extensions

Written by Sierra Hamilton | Reviewed by Linda Simko Last Updated: March 16, 2024

Before buying hair extensions, you should learn as much as you can about it. Remember that they don’t come cheap. It’s not like a hair dye that you can change every few months. A hair extension is an investment and as such, careful thought must be given before making a decision.

To help you in the decision-making process, here are some commonly asked questions about hair extensions and their corresponding answers.

1. What is a Hair Extension?

Hair extensions can either be real or synthetic hair that’s designed to add thickness and length to a person’s hair. They are also known as hair weaves.

2. What are the Types of Hair Extensions?

There are several types of hair extensions and they are as follows:

Wefted – These are essentially products that have been sewn to create a bundle of permanent hair extensions. Bulk hair is fed through a machine to add stitch to the root of the hair strands and then folded over and stitched again. There are also hand wefted hair extensions which are less bulky compared to the machine wefted ones.

Bulk – These permanent hair extensions are basically loose hair that don’t have wefts. These are the best choice for those who want to use it for braiding or creating their own extensions.

Clip in – These are non-permanent hair extensions that may be made from Remy hair and non-Remy hair.

Fusion – Fusion hair extension is a technique which uses a hot tool to soften keratin tips and enable them to fuse into a portion of your hair. They are semi-permanent and you can choose from i-Tip and v-Tip.

3. How Much Do They Cost?

The cost varies depending on factors like the type of hair extension you want to buy, the length, texture, and so on. The cost generally ranges from $300 to $700 but it could go much higher.

4. How Do I Attach Them to My Hair?

For clip ins, you simply section your hair that’s in line with the earlobes and then attach as close to the roots as you can. Follow your hairline and balance them out. Always ensure that the extensions are secure. You can watch the video below to help show you how to attach hair extension to your hair.

5. What Length of Hair Extension Should I Buy?

You can choose from 20 inches and 16 inches. The length would depend on how long you want your hair to be. You can take a look on the Internet for samples and ideas.

6. How Often Should I Wash Them?

Ideally, you should wash them once a week. But if that’s not possible then at least wash them twice a month. Although hair extensions don’t get dirty easily, they still get a build up of dirt and oil and washing them can remove all these impurities and keep your hair extensions healthy and clean.

7. How Do I Care for Them?

There are essential things to remember when it comes to caring for hair extensions. First of all, don’t expose them to heat. Avoid high temperatures when blow drying, cover them when you’re outside your home or office and wear a hat or braid them when going to the beach. You should also apply leave in conditioner when you use it and brush your hair a few times everyday.

8. Where Can I Buy Hair Extensions?

You can buy these things online. They are also available at some salons in your area although for more choices and the best prices, it’s best that you order on the Internet.

9. Can I Color Them?

We don’t recommend adding hair dye to your hair. These could damage the hair. However, if you must color it, choose only darker shades. It’s best if you have a professional hairstylist do the job of coloring your hair as they have experience working with hair extensions.

10. How Do I Choose the Right Hair Extension for Me?

The choice of hair extensions depend on you. First you have to decide whether to get a permanent, semi permanent or non-permanent hair extension. You also need to choose the color, one that will suit your hair color and complexion. You should also decide between straight, wavy and curly hair extensions with consideration to your own hair. These things have to be factored in so that you can make the right decision.


  • Sierra Hamilton

    Hi, I'm Sierra Hamilton, the founder and main author of My journey began as a salon enthusiast, and over time, I came to recognize the challenges many face when comparing services and prices across different salons. Tired of the opaque pricing in the beauty world, I was inspired to launch My mission is simple: to offer a platform where visitors can access accurate and up-to-date price listings for a myriad of beauty services, streamlining the decision-making process. I'm deeply committed to ensuring everyone can make informed and confident choices about where to indulge in their next beauty treatment. Hamilton Sierra

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