How to Buy Hair Extensions for the First Time [Complete Guide]
Whether you’ve never tried hair extensions before or have simply never bought them for yourself, buying hair extensions for the first time is daunting. You don’t want to make a mistake and end up wasting your money on bad-quality extensions that look nothing like your natural hair.
Don’t worry - with the right knowledge, you can easily buy hair extensions online and get gorgeous results. You just need to know what you should be looking for before you hit the “buy” button.
In this guide, we’ll give you our expert tips so you get the beautiful results you deserve.
What You Should Know When Buying Hair Extensions for the First Time
Materials: Synthetic vs Real Hair
There are two types of hair extensions available:
In person, the difference is usually obvious. Synthetic hair usually has an unnatural shine to it that makes it look more like dolls’ hair than anything you’d naturally find on a human head. It will also feel more coarse, is rarely suitable for dying or other chemical treatments, and doesn’t blend well with your natural hair.
While those new to hair extensions may initially feel a little strange using someone else’s hair, it’s by far the superior option. Human hair extensions are willingly given by paid donors and blend beautifully with your hair, especially if you go the extra mile to find hair that will blend well with your natural hair type.
Our human hair extensions use shed-proof technology and include cuticles, kept intact with all the hair running in the same direction to prevent tangling. All these features ensure they are designed to last.
Different Types of Hair Extensions
Now we’ve covered the materials, let’s look at the different types of hair extensions you can find. The most popular are:
Each type comes with its own pros and cons, but it largely comes down to your natural hair and lifestyle as to which will be best for you. We offer clip-ins, lace closures, full wigs, and other types of extensions, so you can find whatever you need with us.
Matching Matters: Finding Hair to Match Your Own
The hair extensions you buy should match your natural hair as closely as possible, especially where texture and thickness is concerned. We source our hair extensions from all over the world, so you’ll be able to find hair extensions that match your hair closely.
Unless you’re planning to dye your hair extensions, the extensions you buy should match your hair color as closely as possible, so it blends with your natural hair seamlessly. Note that human hair extensions can undergo any treatments you put your natural hair through, including dyes and other permanent and semi-permanent treatments.
Get a Professional Involved
If you want to use any hair extensions designed to stay in your hair long-term, you’ll need a professional hair stylist to apply them for you. Your stylist will be able to distribute them naturally through your hair and dye, cut, and style your hair with the hair extensions if desired.
How to Care for Your Hair Extensions
Looking after your hair extensions properly will ensure they look luscious for months to come. Most hair extensions need adjusting every 4-8 weeks as your natural hair grows to move them closer to the hairline. Make sure you follow the advice of your stylist about how to wash your hair, as most adhesives can be broken down by harsh shampoos. We recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo and regular deep conditioning of your hair extensions whenever you wash your hair.
Where to Buy Hair Extensions
You now know everything you need to know to buy high-quality hair extensions that will give you the luxurious, full head of hair you’re looking for. Buying hair extensions online can be difficult, so make sure you buy from a reputable brand, keeping in mind all the tips we’ve given here.
You can shop our incredible range of human hair extensions, lace closures, and full wigs in our store here, but if you’re in the Dallas area, why not come and visit us and see our products for yourself in-store? Our store is adjacent to the Galleria Mall - click here for directions.