Hair extensions are a popular and convenient way to restore life to your hair or try something new. A lot of women—and men—get extensions to cope with difficult conditions such as hair loss resulting from alopecia, age, and other health problems.
Hair extensions a convenient and effective method of altering your appearance and improving hair health because they often take the load off your natural hair when it comes to various styling and treatment methods.
However, there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding hair extensions and their use. Some of the biggest myths are:
1. Hair extensions look fake
This is a slippery slope, because while synthetic hair extensions can look kind of fake and unnaturally shiny, smooth and silky, human hair extensions and weaves blend right in. They’re easier to style and care for since we can cut and color them to give you the most natural-seeming look possible. Discuss your preferences and concerns with your stylist and find the best option within your budget—extensions are meant to enhance your hair, especially if you struggle with hair loss and hair thinning.
2. They’re heavy and wear you down
While it might be true that hair extensions feel heavy on the scalp, it isn’t that hard to manage. If placed right, and depending on the method, your extensions and weaves will not place excess weight on your scalp or your natural hair. They are lightweight and natural-looking, so you don’t have to worry about feeling weighed down excessively.
3. Your hair will get damaged in the process
Again, depending on the expertise of the stylist who installs them, or the method used, damage from hair extensions and weaves is fairly minimal. You don’t need to worry about losing excessive hair because shedding is normal, and your stylist will have the right tools, oils, and ointments for removal.
4. The maintenance is extensive and exhaustive
Of course, there’s no denying that maintenance is an essential part of getting weaves and hair extensions, but each installation can last several months. Depending on what your stylist suggests, you can find extensions that might require reinstallation, tightening, and adjustments. This is different from replacements, which can take longer.
All in all, you’ll learn how to care for them better and make them last longer too. It’s a few salon trips in the middle, and you’re pretty much good to go for the remainder of the time. Learn more about maintenance for the different types of hair weaves and extensions here.
Living with hair extensions isn’t difficult. It just takes a little guidance and some understanding—after all, we work to help you feel your best. If you’re interested in learning the correct techniques and methods for various installations, take hair weave courses or hair extension sewing course at our salon in Catonsville, MD.