Buying Hair Extensions for the First Time: Here are Five Things You Need to Know

Many women turn to hair extensions to add variety and colour to their hair without committing to the permanence of hair dye or a new cut. Hair extensions can also be an excellent way to add length and volume to shorter hairstyles, to try out an entirely new hair texture or colour, and much more.

When applying hair extensions for the first time, consumers can choose from strand-by-strand extensions, partial or full weaves, or even simple clip-in extensions. By understanding the different types of extensions and why each one would be appropriate, women can find the perfect hair extension to enhance their look.

  1. What type of extensions should you get?

Clip-ins are the most temporary but can be done at home without the help of a stylist. You can get tape-ins, which are probably the best option, as those are pretty easy to put in, and also stay in — if the quality is good — for up to three months. There’s another option, which is the halo extensions. Those cost about $300 and basically are similar to a headband, or elastic, with hair attached that you can place over your head and then take off whenever you don’t want it on. That’s less permanent too, though.

  1. How do I buy my extensions?

The first time you get extensions, you should buy a full pack of the tape-in Jadore Hair extensions, which translates to one pack per hair, and 24 pieces of hair throughout your hair. It just depends though, because if you have thick long hair, you’ll probably need more. 100% human virgin hair is a great option which is a bit different from Remy hair — Remy means that the extensions were made from virgin human hair, but also have been treated. Probably with Keratin, to keep the hair in good shape.

  1. Can I do tape-ins at home?

Not really. You need a little bit of heat and a little bit of knowledge to put them in right. It takes around one hour or so to get all of the tape-ins applied to the hair as well.

  1. What kind of maintenance do hair extensions require?

You will also need to be careful that you accidentally don’t pull the extensions out, so try to be cautious when styling your hair. Make sure that you go to sleep with your extensions in a loose, low ponytail, to ensure that they are all kept together — avoid braiding your extensions for bedtime. When you’re washing your hair, its best to focus on scrubbing your scalp with shampoo, but make sure that you don’t get too much product on your scalp. If there’s any oil that’s left on the tape-ins, they’ll probably slide out.

  1. What else should I expect?

Generally, your extensions should change in quality over time. To maintain them for as long as possible, you need to brush your hair regularly because if you get the extensions tangled, they can be challenging to fix.