I was recently having lunch with Karen Marie Shelton, CEO and Founder of HairBoutique.com. At the lunch were several members of the HairBoutique.com team celebrating a recent hard won victory for the site. Karen believes in constant bonding with her team and I was lucky to be invited.
During the yummy Tex/Mex lunch at a famous Dallas restaurant, the team started talking about hair extensions. One of the team members had been wearing the hot new Ken Paves clip-in extensions and loved them. But she wanted a more permanent solution. The team asked Karen to explain some general hair extensions tips.
I grabbed my pen and between eating a beef Chimi managed to write down the following tips for consumers considering hair extensions:
Do Your Homework
Karen explained that for the uninformed consumer hair extensions can be very confusing. Although complicated, Karen explained that the some of the key principles about hair extensions include:
1. Type of hair extensions: Very Temporary (Clip or snap on with lasts a matter of hours), Semi-permanent (4-8 weeks) or long term (months with required maintenance). 2. Type and quality of hair used - human or synthetic 3. Origin of hair (Indian, Asian, South American, European other than Indian) 4. Type of attachment method (hand tied, braided/woven, hot or cold fusion, ring, bead or similar attachments. 5. Expected lifespan of the hair and attachment method. 6. Whether hair can be reused after the initial application. 7. Maintenance requirements. 8. Removal procedures.
Depending on the type of extension, hair used and the method of application will determine the cost. Many clip-in or snap-on like those from Ken Paves can be applied at home with minimal help, if any. Any other type of extensions require application from a trained professional.
Some quality of human hair is top shelf and is thus the most expensive. Application methods also determine cost. Hand tied extensions take many hours compared to fusion and thus cost more for the manual labor involved.
Before you rush into any type of hair extension system other than the clip-on or snap-ons which are relatively inexpensive, especially the synthetic version, consider the following tips:
These tips are no guarantee that you will be 100% satisfied with your extensions but it will help with some issues that may occur.
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- Revised Publication Date: 03/09/10
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