It’s not fair: celebrities seem to have a brand new ‘do every time they make public appearances, and they always seem to look flawless no matter how they wear their hair. In fact, it almost seems too good to be true. What’s their secret? Pretty much every celebrity has at one point, if not regularly, worn hair extensions to enhance her natural locks. I know what you’re thinking: “Hair extensions? Those fake, doll-hair weaves I saw everywhere ten years ago?” Not exactly.
Earlier versions of hair extensions had a reputation for looking phony, being uncomfortable and just overall being poor quality. However, the industry has advanced tremendously since the first hair extensions came onto the market, and today’s methods and materials are about as close to the real thing as you can get.
If you want to use extensions to create a red carpet look, here’s what you need to know:
As the quality of hair extensions has increased, the variety of these hair-enhancing accessories has also increased. Although this gives fashionistas tons of new style options, it can also be intimidating for someone who’s fairly new to hair extensions. Deciding which hair extensions are right for you will depend on a number of factors, such as style preference, hair color and even face shape. However, the following short and sweet tips will help you make the right choice:
· If you have a long face, avoid adding too much length
· Always choose extensions that match your hair color exactly
· Do not color your hair during the period you plan on wearing extensions
· Always blend real with artificial through teasing and styling
(For some equally helpful tips on what not to do, see this list of celebrities who didn’t get it right the first time).
Types of extensions
Most women choose one of two ways to add extensions: pay a stylist to have extensions sewn-in at a salon, or buy quality clip-in extensions and create your own look at home. There is a major difference in price between these two options, but surprisingly not a major difference in quality. You’re lucky to get out of a good salon with a hair extension bill of less than $1,500. Alternatively, clip-in styles generally run around $100 and
are much easier to apply. Not to mention, clip-ins are non-committal, so you can easily remove them when you don’t feel especially glamorous. With clip-ins, you simply add a little volume, style it with your ‘do, and you’re ready to hit the town.
Care for your new hair
Even if you choose affordable clip-in styles, you’ll want to take good care of your hair extensions to maintain the quality and lifespan of your gorgeous new locks. Simply wash your hair extensions with a mild shampoo and cold water, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Apply a leave-in conditioner and use a wide-toothed comb to work through any tangles. Let your hair extensions air-dry overnight by hanging them on a pants hanger. If you must blow-dry your extensions, make sure to keep the dryer on cool, low heat.
Hair extensions can be a dramatic solution for changing your entire look, but that doesn’t mean they have to come with a dramatic price tag. If you want celebrity-style hair that wows at your next big party or even just a fun evening out, clip-in extensions are a quick, easy and cost-effective way to give you the body and volume you’ve always wanted. Make sure to keep the tips above in mind to find the perfect fit for you.