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FAQ ABOUT HAIR EXTENSIONS

How long do extensions last?

The longevity of hair extensions can vary based on several factors. Primarily, the method of application you opt for plays a significant role in determining their lifespan. Additionally, the quality of the hair used is crucial. On average, with proper care and maintenance, extensions can last anywhere from 6 months to a year. It's essential to note that their durability is also heavily influenced by daily care routines, styling habits, and the products used. Ensuring gentle handling and following recommended care guidelines can significantly extend the life of your extensions.

To provide a more detailed breakdown based on specific methods:

  • Non-sewn Beaded Weft: These extensions, when cared for properly, can last 6 months and even longer.

  • Hair Dreams: Typically, these have a lifespan ranging from 5 to 6 months, depending on maintenance and care.

  • Locket: With optimal care, Locket extensions can last between 8 – 12 months.

How often do I have to come in for a tightening?

The frequency of tightening sessions for hair extensions largely depends on the specific method of application you've chosen. As your natural hair grows, extensions can shift, making periodic adjustments essential to maintain a seamless appearance and ensure the health of your natural hair.

  • Non-Sewn Beaded Weft: For those who opt for this method, it's recommended to schedule a tightening session every 8-9 weeks. Regular maintenance ensures that the weft remains secure and continues to blend naturally with your own hair.

  • Hair Dreams: Hair dreams extensions are designed with quality and longevity in mind, which means they don't require retightening. However, like all hair extensions, they aren't permanent. To maintain the best look and ensure the health of your natural hair, we recommend scheduling a replacement session every 5-6 months.

  • Locket: Similar to the Non-Sewn Beaded Weft, Locket extensions require a visit for tightening every 4-5 weeks. Regular maintenance ensures that the extensions remain in optimal condition and continue to blend seamlessly with your natural hair.

It's always essential to consult with your stylist and follow their recommendations, as individual hair growth rates and lifestyles can influence the exact timing for maintenance appointments.

 

What kind of hair do you use?

I proudly collaborate with esteemed companies like Hair Dreams, Perfectress, and Locket Hair. All of these brands are committed to providing premium Remy Hair, ensuring that the extensions are made of 100% genuine human hair. Notably, Perfectress stands out as a "Fair Trade" based company, emphasizing ethical sourcing and practices. They adhere to a rigorous set of ethical guidelines, ensuring that they only procure the healthiest, freshly cut, raw Remy Hair. My trust in these brands is longstanding; I've been using their products well over a decade and have consistently received high-quality hair without any issues. This commitment to quality ensures that my clients always receive the best possible extensions for their unique needs.

I have multiple colors in my hair, how does that work?

For individuals with a diverse color palette in their hair, including highlights and various shades, there's no need to worry. Many of the extensions we offer are pre-highlighted, designed specifically to cater to multi-tonal hair. In the event that your unique shade isn't readily available in pre-highlighted options, we have a solution. You can opt for a half pack of one shade and a half pack of another, allowing for a customized blend. I then employ a specialized technique to integrate these shades, ensuring they mimic a highlighted appearance seamlessly. With brands like Hair Dreams, Perfectress, and Locket in our repertoire, we have access to over 50 distinct shades. This extensive range ensures that color matching, even for the most intricate of hair colors, is not an issue in the slightest.

How long does my natural hair have to be before I can get extensions?

Ideally, your natural hair should be around 5 inches in length to achieve the best results with extensions. However, I have successfully worked with clients who have shorter hair. The key is having sufficient length, especially on the top and crown area, to ensure a seamless blend between your natural hair and the extensions. This ensures that the extensions integrate naturally, providing a cohesive and polished look. If you're uncertain about whether your current hair length is suitable for extensions, I encourage you to send a picture of your hair to me at 702-460-9745. I'll be more than happy to provide guidance and discuss the best options for you.

How do you wash your hair with extensions?

When washing hair with extensions, it's essential to maintain the integrity of the extensions and ensure their longevity.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Directional Washing: Always wash your hair by moving in a downward motion. This helps prevent tangling and ensures the extensions remain smooth and aligned with your natural hair.

  2. Lathering: Instead of bunching up your hair, let it flow naturally down your back and gently lather the shampoo. This minimizes the risk of tangling and potential damage to the extensions.

  3. Scalp Care: When massaging the shampoo into your scalp, be gentle, especially around the areas where the extensions are attached. This ensures that the bonds, whether they are glue or beads, remain secure.

  4. Conditioning: While conditioning is essential for maintaining the softness and shine of your extensions, it's crucial to avoid applying too much conditioner near the scalp. The oils in many conditioners can potentially weaken the adhesive of glued extensions.

Remember, the better you care for your extensions during washing and styling, the longer they'll retain their beauty and functionality.

If ever in doubt, don't hesitate to reach out for personalized advice or tips.

What extensions are your favorite to use?

Among the various extensions I've worked with, the Hair Dreams extensions hold a special place as my top choice due to their unparalleled quality. They seamlessly blend with any hair texture, require minimal maintenance, and I get the added bonus of using the innovative Laser beamer Nano machine for installation. Honestly, these are the only extensions I choose to use for myself.

Do they hurt?

The comfort level of hair extensions can vary based on individual scalp sensitivity. For those with particularly sensitive scalps, there might be a slight discomfort during the initial days following the application. However, when applied correctly by a seasoned extension specialist, the process and the subsequent days should be largely pain-free. The key lies in the expertise of the stylist. Before opting for extensions, it's prudent to inquire about the stylist's experience, the duration they've been offering the service, and any certifications they might hold. With my background in hair extensions dating back to the early 2000’s, I bring a wealth of experience to the table, ensuring that the process is as comfortable and seamless as possible for my clients.

I've heard extensions will break my hair off; is that true?

This is a common concern, and it's essential to differentiate between hair breakage and natural hair shedding. When extensions are removed or tightened, it's not uncommon to notice strands of hair coming off. However, this doesn't necessarily indicate breakage. In most cases, what you're seeing is the hair that you've naturally shed over time, which was trapped by the bead, glue, or tape used for the extensions.

Every individual naturally sheds between 50 and 200 hair strands daily. When extensions are in place, these shed hairs don't fall away as they typically would; instead, they remain held by the extension's application method. This accumulation can sometimes be mistaken for hair loss or damage when the extensions are adjusted or removed.

Now, addressing the broader concern: professional hair extensions, when applied correctly, should not damage your hair. It's crucial to understand that the negative reputation surrounding hair extensions often stems from instances where they were applied by individuals lacking proper training or using subpar techniques. Unfortunately, the hair industry has seen its share of professionals who offer extensions as a mere side service without the requisite expertise. This lack of specialization can lead to unsatisfactory results, which is why some people end up with less-than-ideal extensions.

It's imperative to choose a hair extension specialist who doesn't just offer the service but specializes in it. A seasoned expert will understand how different hair types respond to extensions and will ensure that the application process is tailored to your specific needs. This expertise is vital to preventing potential damage and ensuring that your extensions look natural and beautiful. Research and due diligence before choosing a stylist can make all the difference in your hair extension experience.

Do you cut the extensions after they are applied?

Absolutely. After the application of the hair extensions, it's essential to ensure they integrate seamlessly with your natural hair. To achieve this, the extensions are meticulously cut and styled. This process involves careful blending, layering, and shaping to ensure that the extensions not only match the length and style you desire but also appear indistinguishable from your natural hair. The goal is to provide you with a harmonious, voluminous, and natural-looking head of hair that feels just as good as it looks.

Will my hair continue to grow if I get hair extensions?

Certainly. Hair extensions do not hinder the natural growth of your hair. In fact, many clients find that their hair grows more freely since they often reduce the amount of heat styling and manipulation done to their natural hair when wearing extensions. However, as your natural hair grows, the position of the extensions will shift. This is why it's crucial to schedule regular maintenance appointments. These sessions ensure that the extensions remain properly positioned, preventing any potential strain or damage to your natural hair and ensuring that both your extensions and natural hair remain in optimal condition.

Can I still have my roots colored while wearing hair extensions?

Absolutely. Coloring your roots while having extensions is entirely feasible. Whether it's your regular color specialist or myself handling the coloring process, we ensure precision in our approach. We meticulously work around the points where the extensions join your natural hair, ensuring that the color is applied only to your natural strands. Special care is taken to avoid the bonds or attachment points of the extensions, ensuring that their integrity remains uncompromised. This method allows for a refreshed color touch-up without affecting the quality or appearance of your extensions.

Can I color my hair extensions?

While it might be tempting to color hair extensions for a fresh look, we generally advise against it. Hair extensions undergo a unique processing method, and many are pre-dyed, making their reaction to further coloring unpredictable. The outcome of the color might not align with your expectations due to the pre-existing treatments on the extensions. Additionally, the texture and density of hair extensions differ from those of natural hair. As a result, when dyed, they might absorb and reflect color differently, leading to potential uneven or patchy results. For the best appearance and longevity of your extensions, it's recommended to choose a shade that matches or complements your desired look from the outset.

Is it okay to go to the gym or sweat a lot with hair extensions?

Certainly. Engaging in physical activities, including intense workouts or sessions that induce sweating, is entirely compatible with hair extensions. The key lies in proper maintenance and care. By ensuring that you follow the recommended care routine for your extensions and scheduling regular appointments for adjustments or tightening, you can confidently participate in activities like gym workouts, running, or even hot yoga. I personally attend hot yoga sessions on a weekly basis and can attest to the resilience and adaptability of well-maintained extensions. Just remember to gently cleanse and dry your hair afterward to maintain the health and longevity of both your natural hair and the extensions.

Can I go swimming while wearing hair extensions?

Yes... However, there are precautions to consider. It is not recommended to frequently expose extensions to chlorinated or saltwater. That being said, if you do choose to swim, it's advisable to take some protective measures. Braiding your hair into two secure braids can help minimize tangling and potential damage from the water. This method helps keep the extensions aligned and reduces the risk of them getting matted. If you're just lounging by the pool or beach, it's best to avoid submerging your hair entirely. After swimming, it's essential to rinse your hair thoroughly to remove any chlorine or salt, followed by a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This ensures the longevity and health of both your natural hair and the extensions.

Will the hair extensions shed?

Yes, just like natural hair, it's typical for hair extensions to shed over time. A minimal amount of shedding is to be expected, especially as the extensions age. As the months progress, you might observe an increase in shedding, which is a natural part of the extension's lifecycle. Typically, by the time clients reach the 4-month mark, depending on the hair type and quality, they might start noticing more pronounced shedding. This is often a sign that the extensions are nearing the end of their optimal wear period and may soon require replacement or refreshing. It's essential to remember that shedding is a standard aspect of both natural hair and extensions, and regular maintenance can help manage and reduce excessive shedding.

What if I lose an extension strand or bead?

First and foremost, don't panic. if you notice a missing extension strand or bead. Occasional shedding or loss of individual extensions is a natural part of the wear and tear process and will not affect the overall appearance or style of your hair. Adhering to the provided home care guidelines can significantly reduce such occurrences. It's worth noting that some clients, depending on their natural hair type and daily activities, might experience more frequent losses than others.

If an extension does come loose, it's a good idea to keep it safe and bring it with you to your next maintenance appointment. I can seamlessly reattach it, ensuring the continuity of your hair's volume and length. In the event of a lost bead, using a bobby pin to secure the area temporarily can be a handy solution. This will keep the extension in place until your next visit, where I can professionally address the issue.

 

What about the cost of hair extensions and tightening?

The cost of hair extensions and their subsequent maintenance, such as tightening, can vary based on several factors. Your specific hair goals, the chosen method of extension application, the quality and length of the extensions, and the expertise of the stylist all play a role in determining the price.

For the initial appointment, which includes the hair and its application, you can expect a range that typically starts at $400 and can go up to $1800 or even more in some cases. This investment ensures you receive high-quality extensions that blend seamlessly with your natural hair and meet your desired look.

When it comes to maintenance, such as tightening, the costs can range from $100 to $250 or more. This price reflects the expertise required to adjust the extensions as your natural hair grows, ensuring they remain secure, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.

It's always a good idea to consult directly for a more precise estimate tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

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