Ever considered wearing a wig or hair extensions? Gone are the days when wigs and hairpieces were style pieces that we’d prefer to keep hidden! It’s hard to name an A-lister these days who hasn’t experimented with hair extensions or wigs! Hair extensions are not just used to make your hair longer, you can also use them to add volume and thickness too. What with the average British woman spending at least £756 on her hair each year, perhaps it is time to reconsider wigs and hair extensions – which certainly sound more manageable!
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How to Choose the Right Hair Piece for You
There are three main types of hair pieces, 1) hair extensions, 2) wigs, and 3) clip-on ponytails and smaller hairpieces.
Hair extensions can be glued in, clipped in or woven into the natural hair. Hair extensions are a popular option for lengthening and thickening your hair. They are readily available at a range of price points, meaning that they suit all budgets. Clip-in hair extensions are perhaps the easiest and lowest maintenance option to experiment with first. With a decent pair of scissors, you can adjust the length of the extensions yourself and you can keep them looking well groomed with a simple detangling comb!
Wigs are perfect for those who want to completely transform the look of their natural hair. If you would like to wear a high maintenance, perfectly styled hair do then trying out a wig might be best for you. It is best to invest a little bit more money when purchasing a wig. Anything too inexpensive will look poor quality and noticeably fake – unless that’s the look you’re after…?! But if you want your wig to look like your real hair rather than a comical Halloween costume, invest in a good quality product that will stand the test of time. Care for your wig by combing through it with a wide-tooth comb, using a conditioner (if recommended) and using soft hair rollers to style your wig and give it a little bit of natural volume when needed.
Clip-on hairpieces, such as ponytails, fringes and other small hair enhancing pieces are the easiest and least expensive way of getting started with hairpieces. They also hold the reputation as being the least intimidating. It is quick and easy to insert a clip-on ponytail or faux fringe as and when you choose. Application time is minimal and at most, all you need to care for your hairpieces are hair grips and maybe a little hairspray to keep your hairdo in place!
How to Choose the Right Hair Extensions
When I bought my first ever pair of hair extensions about fifteen years ago, I didn’t really understand anything about them and I didn’t know what to look out for when choosing them. I didn’t understand anything about selecting the right weight or tapering. There are now so many brands out there offering a wide range of affordable, high quality hair extensions. While it is great that you can find a set of custom-made extensions to suit your preferences, the choice can be slightly overwhelming.
When choosing the right hair extensions, there are three important factors to consider: colour, length and thickness. Colour is of course important because you want your extensions to blend in well with your natural hair. Luckily, most good hair extension companies now offer a range of shades and styles, from platinum blondes to rose golds, and even ombre and highlights.
Although many people choose to have hair extensions because they want longer, thicker hair, not everybody wants extremely long tresses. In some cases, you may be charged more for longer lengths, so also bear this in mind when choosing your extensions. Some people use hair extensions as a way of adding thickness rather than length. If you have particularly fine or wavy hair, extensions can be a great way to add weight to your hair and make it sit better. This is actually a common practice among those who opt for cropped or bob haircuts. The hair extensions are used to add thickness to the ends to keep it full, straight and sleek! You can always cut your hair extensions or add layers to them if they don’t come in the style you want. If you’re not confident to do this yourself then ask your hairdresser to cut them for you.
Finally, you should carefully consider the weight of the hair extensions. In the early days, this is where I went wrong on many occasions! Choosing the right thickness will help your hair extensions to look more natural, especially if you’re looking to add extra length.
Which Weight Should I Choose for My Hair Extensions?
Have you ever noticed how some hair extensions look noticeably fake by the way they taper towards the ends? They appear full and voluminous from the roots to mid-lengths but then look very thin at the bottom? This is because the hair extensions are too thin. If you’ve looked at purchasing a set of hair extensions then you may have noticed that the weight of the pack is listed in the product description.
The weight of a full head of extensions typically varies between 100 grams and 400 grams. To ensure that your hair extensions look high quality and natural, try to find a set where the hair is a similar density from the top to the bottom of the weft. For those of you with thin hair, a 100g-200g pack would be suitable for your hair type. If your natural hair is thin to medium then 200-250g would suffice. And for anyone who has medium to thick hair, a pack of hair extensions weighing between 300g-450g would be most suitable. Of course, if you have any questions, it is best to contact the individual hair brand for personalised advice.
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