Preparing For Hair Extensions

February 11, 2011  |  

While wearing hair extensions seems like an easy way to get longer or fuller tresses without much effort, it’s not that simple. Once you have made the choice to wear weave, it is important to take time to research the type and texture, to prepare your own hair and, if you aren’t skilled yourself, finding the right stylist to hook you up. While a well-done head of extenstions can be fierce and fabulous, few things are more aesthetically unfortunate than a bad weave.

Select Your Style

Hair extensions can be pricey; if you can’t afford to purchase high quality pieces, then don’t plan to wear your hair for too long. It doesn’t take much time for synthetic or lower quality human hair to start tangling in matting. If you want a natural looking head of hair, choose a color that is as close as possible to your own hair (if it will be visible). If hair extensions are new territory for you, don’t ask the girl at the beauty shop to help you unless she is also wearing a good looking set; instead, find a friend or neighbor who always has her weave looking ‘right’.

Cleanse Your Real Hair

Use a clarifying shampoo to get your real hair squeaky clean; if your scalp or hair is dirty, you can end up with a nasty mildew smell after a few days with your new extensions. Check with your stylist to see if she expects you to come to the shop pre-washed or if it will be done on the premises.

Find The Right Stylist

A lot of stylists do hair extensions…but not all stylists can do hair extensions. Get a recommendation from someone who is known for wearing great weaves; if that fails, search the web for reviews. Many Black hair magazines feature the work of local stylists (and almost exclusively those who work with weaves). A good rule of thumb: if you haven’t seen a stylist’s work, she probably shouldn’t be the one you trust to apply your hair extensions.

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