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Factors to Consider

Factors to Consider Before Getting Hair Extensions

People say that changing your hair can be a drastic life decision especially after certain events in your life. Some people cut their hair, process it chemically and even dye their hair to a completely different color to make this change. Hair changes, however, are not only specific to drastic changes. They are also careful decisions that one has made before finally taking the leap. Getting hair extensions is the same thing.

The temporary and semi-permanent nature of extensions allows you to make decisions within a short period of time. If you end up not liking the extensions, you can change them in the near future or even have them uninstalled immediately. While this sounds like a liberal way of living, it can cost you a lot of money since extensions are not cheap. Before you embark on getting hair extensions, you will need to consider the following factors:


Would you like to change your hair color or do you want to retain the one that you currently have? If you want extensions that add length and volume but want to retain your hair color, you would need to get extensions that match your hair. To pick out the perfect color, you would need to go to a shop that has natural lighting in order to perfectly match the color. If you are getting the hair from an online store, this might be difficult. You can only pick the color closest to your hair color and hope that they will look matched in person as well.

On the other hand, if you want a completely different color, you can pick the extensions that match what you want. For these, you would need to consider sew-in extensions if you do not want to change the color of your natural hair as well. If you plan on changing your natural hair color as well, then you can dye your hair and use the extensions of the same color to add length and volume to your look.


Lifestyle determines the type of extensions that you will get. For example, if you like to do hot yoga and other activities that will leave your scalp sweaty, it is best to avoid micro link extensions or tape-in extensions. The sweat from your scalp will loosen the tape over time. It will also cause the micro links to slide further down your hair. It can be embarrassing for your extensions to fall out while you are in public. With this example, your lifestyle will reduce the lifespan of the extensions after they are installed by your stylist. You would have to go to the hair salon for your extensions to be tightened. This costs more money and will thus set you back financially in the end.

If you match your lifestyle with the type of extensions you get and the mode of installation, they will last much longer and therefore serve you better.


Like every other product purchase or service, you need to consider the budget to work with before you get hair extensions. If you have a lot of money to spend, you will be exposed to more options. You would be able to get high quality or even virgin Remy hair which also lasts longer, looks better and provides more options when it comes to styling. With a lot to spend on hair extensions, you can also opt for the longer lasting, semi-permanent modes of application such as fusion bonding and micro link beads. You will be exposed to fewer options, lower quality or hair and other modes of installation such as tape-in and sew-in extensions if you do not have a lot of money to spend.

If you would still like high quality extensions and installation, the best way is to save up and get the extensions once you can afford them. You do not want to compromise on quality because of urgency. You can still wait and end up with something beautiful in the end.


It is advisable to consider these and other factors before you get your extensions. The process of research, reading reviews and finding out what is available will help to inform your decision. You are therefore less likely to end up with extensions that you do not like and waste your money by starting the process all over again in a bid to find the best extensions. It also does not hurt to get a second opinion from your friend, hairstylist or an assistant for in-store purchases.