Are You Wearing Hair Extensions?
So you’re wishing for Rapunzel…but did you know that sh!t ain’t real? This fairytale sweetheart was probably spending years up in her tower sewing extensions into her hair for her getaway. Modern day Rapunzel’s are no such thing… we’re all faking it a little ’til we’re makin’ it and if fake (or real-fake) hair is what it takes, then put in those hair extensions girl.
Before you clip, sew or bond them in, why don’t you see if you’re someone who really needs extensions and school yourself on which one is best for you. Show the beauty store consultant that you know what’s up and you don’t fool around when it comes to your soon-to-be long locks.
DO I NEED HAIR EXTENSIONS?
After seeing your bestie last night with a fabulous mane thanks to her hair extensions, you may be wondering if you need them yourself. Or do you want them? Every PowerB!tch works her tresses and you can #werkit too with a little finessing. I know you want them but first let’s determine if you need them. You probably need hair extensions if you…
…have fine hair. Even if your hair is silky smooth and shines bright like a diamond, nothing can conceal that it’s fine. Extensions help add that thickness you’ve been dying for and all by clipping in a few strands of hair. If your hair is too fine though, it might be obvious that you have in extensions and you don’t want to take it the wrong way.
…want longer hair. Duh. If you recently cut your hair and cry yourself to sleep in regret every night, perk up, because hair extensions are your rainbows and unicorns right now. They can add as much or as little length as you want.
…want to try something new. If you are thinking ombre or a new hair style but aren’t ready to commit (it is a commitment after all… even if it’s temporary, right?) then bring out your Xena, warrior princess, or Atlanta Housewife all by adding a few extensions.
WAIT, HOW MANY TYPES ARE THERE?
Yeah. Hair extensions are the real deal. Walk into a store and you’ll see walls lined with hair so put your thinking cap on because it’s time to go through what’s what to help you choose what’s best for you.
These are the easiest type of hair extensions to put in. I mean, if you can’t get these in then girl, you need to get your sh!t together. On the plus side: they’re easy to, “install,” and on the down side is they can look kind of fake. When it comes to clip-ins, choose real over synthetic.
This is like literally gluing hair to your hair. Little keratin bonds on the tip of the extensions are fused to your hair with a little hot tool. These need significant upkeep in that you need to watch what you use on them, otherwise not much maintenance is required. They can last months as long as you avoid conditioners, oils, heat and other things that can loosen the keratin bond.
Keratin bonds are best if you’re a busy woman on the go and taking on the world. Not much maintenance but you just need to watch what you do with them.
Weaves, or sewn-ins are best for you gals who have thick or coarse hair that can handle having hair sewn into a really, really tightly braided section of your hair. It can be painful to get these extensions sewn into your hair, so take that into consideration, but other than that, they’re a fool proof way to fake natural hair.
These need FAR more upkeep than keratin bonded extensions, though. You need to go to the salon every six months to make sure the hair is still sewn in correctly, because they might need some tightening. Get it right, get it tight!
These are best for you PowerB!tches who have the time to take care of your weave…like ladies who lunch and what not.
So, Weave It or Leave It?
If you can afford the best of the best, go for it. There’s nothing worse than fake looking ratty hair getting tangled in your natural hair for a hot mess on your head. If you can’t get your hands on the real thing, just be patient with your hair! It will grow back and all will be right in the world.