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What You Should Know Before Getting Hair Extensions

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So, you've fallen in love with the long hair that swarmed the runways from Milan to New York, huh? Well, you're not alone. This fall, long hair is all the rage in the beauty and fashion worlds. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to naturally embrace the look. But why does that have to stand in the way? Instead of getting bummed about your hair's inability to grow past a certain point, maybe it's time to start thinking about extensions.


While some people think that extensions are reserved for celebrities and models, you'd be surprised to know just how many people actually emphasize their hair with a little extra help. Now, before you go running to the nearest mall to pick up those clip-ins you saw last week, take a breath, sit down and scroll through what you should know before getting hair extensions thanks to L'Oréal Professionnel expert and Artist, Pepper Pastor. By the end of this post you'll be able to select the best extensions for your hair type and lifestyle. Ready? Let's dive in!

Which Hair Extensions are Right for Me?

Believe it or not, hair extensions are not one size fits all. With five different options, you can easily find the right type for your hair's needs and desires.. Here's what you need to know about each:

  • Clip-in extensions: These feature wefts of hair sewn securely onto clips which are placed strategically throughout the hair for temporary use. These tend to be the most economical. So, if you're looking to perk up your 'do for a big event, these might be your best bet.


  • Beaded extensions: Extensions and your natural hair are clamped together between a small bead. These tend to last four-six weeks, so they're best for someone looking to maintain their new thicker, fuller, longer look.


  • Bonded extensions: Keratin bonds at the end of the extensions are heated and fused to the hair. These tend to last the longest: a few months. So, if you decide to rock these extensions, just make sure you're ready to commit.


  • Tape-in extensions: Extensions that are applied using a double-sided tape close to the scalp. Since these are inserted using tape, keep in mind that they're loosened by excess sweat and showering too often. A blow-dryer will become your new best friend.


  • Sewn-in or braided extensions: These extensions feature your natural hair being braided at the scalp, where additional hair is then sewn into those braids.


What Type of Hair Should I Choose?

Beyond the technique used to apply your hair extensions, you also need to consider your natural hair texture so that you know what type of hair to opt for. When it comes to extensions, you can get human or synthetic hair. If you go with human hair, you can choose from European hair, which tends to be best for fine hair types; whereas Indian hair is ideal for thicker, darker hair.


What Type of Maintenance Can I Expect?

So, here's the kicker. Extensions, as beautiful as they are, require extra care to keep them looking their best. Depending on the technique used to insert your extensions, you can expect different steps to maintain them. The most sensitive extensions are clip-ins, because they can easily clip out of hair, and tape-in extensions which can loosen. Obviously, you need to wash your extensions, but with tape-ins, you also need to dry them immediately to ensure their shelf life. Regardless of the type of extensions you get, you need to prepare for additional grooming.


So, if you're committed to brushing your hair multiple times a day, braiding it each night (even after a long night out with your gal pals), and washing it with nourishing formulas, then you might just be ready to make the transition to longer, fuller hair. To be sure, consult your L'Oréal Professionnel stylist to assess your hair and what's best for you.


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