Hair extensions cost $200 to $600 on average when applied in a salon, depending on the type and length. The cheapest are clip-in and tape-in extensions that cost $100 to $200 total. Professionally bonded cold-fusion extensions that last up to 6 months cost $1,500 to $3,000 for a full head of long hair.
All hair extensions work by attaching to your natural hair near the roots, but they attach in different ways.
The main extension types work with these application methods:
Hair extensions are worth it for people who want:
However, most hair extensions become damaged from swimming. If you love swimming, get the strongest fusion-bonded extensions and keep your hair tied up or in a swim cap for protection. Too much hair washing can also damage most extensions over time.
To know how long you should expect your hair extensions to last, consider the type:
Compare the pros and cons of each hair extension method to decide which is best for you:
Some hair extensions are bad for certain hair types. Ask your stylist at the salon which type is best for you to prevent causing hair damage, especially if you have thinning short hair. Professionally fitted hair extensions typically won't damage your hair, especially if they are well-cared for.
To prepare for your new hair extensions, follow these steps:
Use this checklist to choose the right hair extension specialist for you:
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