Hair Extension Methods

Summary: The method of attaching hair extensions is a big, if not the biggest factor, that would determine the overall cost of your hair extension. In most cases, the cost of the extension method is bigger than the cost of the hair itself. That is why proper planning is needed before you buying your hair extension. The article discusses the different methods of attaching hair extensions including their corresponding costs, which would help the reader decide which method is best for them and their budget.

Different Methods of Attaching Hair Extensions

Artificial hair integrations or what is more commonly known as hair extensions is becoming more and more popular nowadays. It is a method of adding commercial hair to natural hair. People want to have hair extensions for different reasons. Some use hair extensions to hide thinning areas or conceal hair loss in concentrated areas of their head. Others just can’t wait for their hair to grow long while some people just want a fast way to add volume and style to their hair.

Hair extensions are made from a variety of synthetic fibres or human hair. Synthetic hair is less expensive than human hair but it cannot withstand hot temperature therefore styling such as curling and straightening would not be a good option. On the other hand, styling with human hair extension is doable.

There is an array of method used in attaching hair extensions. The methods vary as well as the price depending on the technique used to attach commercial hair to yours. These different methods of attaching extensions and their respective prices are discussed below.

Fusion bonding – It is the process of attaching hair extensions close to the scalp with the use of glue or protein bond. It utilizes one of the two methods of attaching; the hot fusion or the cold fusion bonding.

Hot Fusion Bonding is the traditional and the most common method used. It uses hot glue in attaching extensions to your hair. This method is less expensive and the price may vary from $300 to $500.

Cold Fusion Bonding uses keratin-based polymer to attach extensions to the hair root. This is a new method, and since it does not use heat it is gentler and is recommended for thin and fine hair. Compared to hot fusion, this method is far more costly. The price is around $1000 or more.

Weave – is another method in attaching hair extensions where extensions are weaved or braided to your hair. Several techniques are available to choose from. You can opt for Cornrow track which is the oldest and most used weaving technique; or try Track method or the most popular technique which is the Invisible braids. Price of this method may vary from $1,200 to about $1,500.

Clip-on extension – is a temporary method you can use when you only want to add volume to portions of your hair. The extensions have small metallic cylinders at each base which hold the extensions in place. This is by far the cheapest method ever. You can avail of an extension for as low as $20 or a clip-on kit for $250.

Prices of these different methods vary depending on how long your hair is and how thick you want it to be. For a 20” length, prices may vary from $700 for 100-strand extension to $1,050 for 150 strands. Weaves price vary depending on the length and packs of hair needed too. Prices can be as low as $200 to $450 for shorter and thinner weaves and can escalate to $500 to $1,500 for longer and thicker weaves. You can also opt for synthetic hair extensions; they are cheaper than human hair extensions.

You must take note that prices of extensions differ. The longer the extension is, the more expensive it is and the more strands of hair used, the more expensive the cost gets.

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