Hair Extension Price & Comparison

Choosing a method can be overwhelming but according to Hair Extension Magazine, here’s a guide to compare and price the different types available today.

Hair Extension Methods

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Hair extensions are the most luxurious salon service available.  In our humble opinion, most people don’t appreciate the privilege to add length, volume or even chemical-free highlights with hair extensions within minutes to under an hour.

Choosing a hair extension method can be overwhelming, as there are so many different options available on the market.  Choosing a method that works best for you depends on several factors, including hair type, lifestyle, and budget. 

Hair extension methods can be broken down into four different attachments; strand by strand, weft, clip extensions, and micro-link skin weft.  Below you will find more information for the different methods, including, budget, pros, cons, and recommended maintenance.

Here is a helpful budget key to keep in mind while comparing methods:
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STRAND BY STRAND

Strand by strand technique is where extensions with a glue bond are attached to small pieces of your hair using warm or cold application techniques.  Strands of about 20 to 30 individual hairs can be attached with either a glue application point or with a micro link.  Most companies that offer a bonded strand by strand refer to this method as a keratin bond.

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Hot Fusion or Keratin Bond:

Keratin U-tip bonds lined with silicone are attached to the hair using a heating element.  Your hair is placed between the U-tip and sealed with a hot extension tool that melts the bond to your hair.  The silicone lining of the U-tip creates a barrier to protect your natural hair.  The bonds are attached close to the root, leaving some space to allow natural movement of your hair.  

Budget: $$$$ – $$$$$:  

The cost for strand by strand hair extensions depends on the brand, how many strands are added, and in which city they’re applied. 

Pros:

+ Most suitable for coarse, thick hair.
+ Hair extensions can last up to six months with proper maintenance, making this type of application the most durable.

Cons:

+ One of the timeliest methods of hair extensions, with a national average application time of around 6-8 hours, whereas experienced hairdressers can complete in 2-3 hours.
+ Heat is required for an application, which can not only be tough on the stylist’s hands but can lead to damage to the client’s hair.
+ Not reusable, although some companies can send the hair back, and certain manufacturers will reapply the glue.
+ Application requires the use of a special tool used for clamping, and the constant squeezing motion is not ergonomic for the stylist.
+ Wearers often complain of a headache several days after application. You may also experience discomfort or an itchy scalp within the first couple weeks after application. 
+ Although this method is durable and long-lasting, 80% of hair extension damage occurs after 8 weeks of wear.
+ Application requires a high learning curve for stylists, which may result in hair damage and breakage if not applied properly.

Maintenance:

Avoid any oil-based products or over-styling.

 

Cold Fusion, Micro-Links or I-tip: 

Hair extension method where small sections of your hair are pulled through a small bead or lock and clamped shut with a special tool.  Reputable companies use copper cylinders lined with silicone to protect your natural hair. 

Budget: $$$$ – $$$$$:

The cost for strand by strand hair extensions depends on the brand, how many strands are added, and in which city they’re applied. 

Pros:

+ Since the extensions are individual strands, the hair moves a little more naturally.
+ The application uses no heat or glue and can last up six months.
+ Hair is reusable, and any extensions that may have slid down or off can be fixed in about an hour by an experienced technician.

Cons:

+ One of the timeliest method of hair extensions, with a national average application time of 4-6 hours, whereas experienced stylists can complete in 2-3 hours.
+ Beads or locks can be visible if not placed appropriately and will slip more easily than any other method.
+ Wearers often complain of a headache several days after application. You may also experience discomfort or an itchy scalp within the first couple weeks after application. 
+ Not suitable for thin, fine hair as the bonds can be visible through the hair.
+ Due to the long application time spent behind the chair, stylists result in lost service and retail revenue.
+ Application requires a high learning curve for a successful application and removal of this method, and if done incorrectly can cause hair breakage and damage.
+ Application requires the use of a special tool used for clamping, and the constant squeezing motion is not ergonomic for the stylist.

Maintenance: 

Avoid use of oils or silicone-based products near the attachment.

 

WEFT HAIR EXTENSIONS

A weft of hair about 2-4 inches wide is applied to the hair in rows, rather than as individual strands.  Wefts can be applied using tape-in, glue-in, or sew-in/braided method.

Tape in Extensions:  

Tape in hair extensions is the newest method of extensions available.  They are applied using either double or single-sided polyurethane tape.  With double-sided tape, the weft is applied to the hair after the backing has been removed from one side.  The weft and the attached hair are pulled upwards, and another weft is applied to the other side of the tape to “sandwich” the hair.  Clients with extremely thin hair, especially around the temples and side of the head, may require a single panel applied with single-sided tape.   

Budget:  $ – $$$$: 

The cost for tape in extension can vary depending on the brand, type of hair, stylist’s application fee and number of boxes or panels of hair.

Pros:

+ Fastest method of application. Volume applications take 20-30 minutes and full-length application 45-60 minutes.
+ No heat or tools required for an application.
+ Panels lay flat on the head, virtually undetectable. Suitable for thin, fine hair.
+ The safest method of hair extensions available, as the weight of the panel is spread out over a larger area, causing no damage to the client’s hair.
+ Reusable method of extensions, lasts between 6-8 weeks.

Cons:

+ You can’t wash your hair or excessively sweat for 24-48 hours after application as the bond needs time to cure and adhere properly to the hair.
+ The use of any silicone or oil based products directly on the adhesive may cause the panels to slip.

Maintenance: 

Avoid any silicone or oil-based products at the root of the hair.  Brush hair daily from root to tip.  Style hair as normal.

 

Glue-in:  

Short-term hair extension method, where glue is applied to the base of the weft and attached to the hair.  Wefts will only stay in the hair for a few days and can be removed using an oil-based solvent.

Budget:  $ – $$: 

The cost for glue in extensions depends on the cost of the hair and stylist’s application fee.

 Pros:

+ Suitable for someone looking to have extensions for a short amount of time without having to take the extensions in and out before bedtime.
+ The least expensive form of hair extensions.

Cons:

+ Glue can cause damage to the hair if applied or removed incorrectly.
+ The weight of thick wefts can cause headaches or even tension alopecia.
+ If the glue is applied to the scalp during application, the hair follicles can clog and cause bacterial scalp infections.
+ Can only be used temporarily.
+ Limited styling options.

Maintenance: 

Hair must be reapplied every few days or after you shower.

 

Sew-in or braided:  

Commonly known as a weave, sew-in or braided extensions are ideal for coarse, curly or thick hair.  The client’s hair is braided to create a base for the extensions, and then the wefts are sewn into the braids using a needle and thread.

Budget:  $ – $$:

The cost for sew in or braided extensions depends on the cost of the hair and stylist’s application fee.

Pros:

+ Oil or silicone-based products may be used at the scalp as slipping will not occur unless the braids become loose.
+ Most suitable for thick, coarse hair.
+ No heat or glue is required for an application.

Cons:

+ The application can take several hours.
+ If the hair extensions are not washed regularly, bacteria can build up and cause infection.
+ Extensions may be uncomfortable and cause headaches after an application.
+ Limited hair styling options.
+ Tight braids can cause tension or traction alopecia.

Maintenance: 

Wash hair regularly. Avoid over styling, as this can cause the braids to come loose.  Shampoo, blow-dry curl or straighten as you would with your normal hair.  

CLIP-IN

Clip in hair extensions is a temporary hair extension method, where wefts of hair are applied using small pressure sensitive clips.  Clip in hair extensions is a great option for those who are not ready to commit to wearing extensions on a daily basis.

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Clip-ins & Other Temporary Extensions:  

Most suitable for special occasions or events when extensions can be removed before bedtime.  If you prefer to not wear clip-ins, there are also hairpieces available that are attached using an undetectable wire.  These clip-less extensions are often referred to as halo hair extensions.

Budget:  $ – $$: 

The cost for clip in extensions depends on the type of hair as well as the brand.

Pros:

+ Greater versatility by having the option to put in and take out the hair on a daily basis.
+ Non-commitment means you have the ability to change your hair color or style often.
+ Hair can be taken in and out by the hair wearer, without having to go to a licensed cosmetologist.

Cons:

+ Clip in hair extensions cannot be worn by hair wearers for long periods of time and must be removed before bedtime.
+ Not ideal for thin, fine hair as clips and base could be too bulky or heavy for the hair wearer.
+ Unless used with proper care and maintenance, hair only lasts for a few months

Maintenance:

Wash hair extensions as infrequently as possible and apply a deep conditioner if the hair becomes dry or dull.  Use a wide tooth comb or Loop brush to comb extensions.

 

MICRO-LINK SKIN WEFT

A unique method of hair extensions where your hair is pulled through silicone lined micro-link skin wefts and clamped shut with a closing tool.  

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Micro-Link Skin Weft:

The only patented brand available on the market today is Klix Hair Extensions.

Budget: $$-$$$

The cost depends on how many wefts are added.

Pros:

+ Quick application time – 60 minutes or less.
+ Micro-links lined with silicone, which cushion your hair and help to prevent breakage.
+ Application requires no heat, tape, or glue.
+ Wefts can be cut to customize an application for client’s preference.

Cons:

+ Wefts may be too bulky for thin, fine hair.
+ You may feel discomfort within first few days of an application due to the attachment.  Mostly if you’re new to hair extensions.
+ Not able to put hair into a high ponytail.
+ Application requires the use of a special tool used for clamping, and the constant squeezing motion is not ergonomic for the stylist.

Maintenance:

Avoid any oil-based products or over-styling.

 


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