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A Primer on Hair Extensions and Wigs

If Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Lea Michele can have them then why can’t you? You can wear them in various colours and textures and surprise the world with your beautiful tresses. Yes, we are talking about hair extensions and their popularity beyond the world of showbiz! They can instantly transform your appearance, give you the length that you have always wanted, add volume to your natural hair and are easy to maintain. They come in various types like clip-ins, weaves, pre-bonded, tapes and weave-ins and they each have their advantages and disadvantages.

With the exception of clip-in extensions, it is recommended that regular extensions should be installed by a certified stylist since each type of hair extension has a specific installation technique. For the most natural effect as well as the least potential damage to your own hair, it is advisable that you approach an experienced hairdresser and take his or her opinion before choosing a length and type. A good stylist would be an asset, not just in installing your new hair extensions but also in recommending after-care which would make your extensions last.

Extensions come in both synthetic and natural form, and 100% natural hair extensions are generally more expensive. They also come in various weights and a stylist can help you select the correct weight for your natural hair. Hair extensions, if made of natural human hair, can be cared for the same way as you would care for your own hair. They need to be shampooed and conditioned regularly to maintain their texture, they can be coloured or dyed like your natural hair, even ironed and permed!

Fortunately, here at Love Hair Amore, we carry multiple types of extensions and hair accessories, so you can find any type of wig, clip-in, and care tools to suit your need.

There are various ways of attaching the hair extensions and it is important that you familiarize yourself with the process. Your stylist should guide you through the steps and it generally takes 4-6 hours to professionally attach them. For the care and maintenance of the extensions, you need to visit a hair stylist every 6-8 weeks so that the extensions can be adjusted to your hair's natural growth.

Real hair extensions don’t come cheap. The initial cost can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and you also need to plan for the follow up for the duration of your extensions. It is important that you also understand how the extensions will be removed, and how much damage it would cause to your normal hair depending on attachment and removal method. Some women experienced bald spots after the extensions were removed and a good stylist should be able to guide you on dealing with this.

Please consult a hair stylist before you think about buying anything more invasive than tape-ins or clip-ins.

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