Why do I need a consultation?
Each look is custom. There is no "one size fits all" method of hair extensions! Hair color, texture, number of strands, and length desired as well as length you currently have are just a few of the important factors in creating your custom look. The consultation was created to explain the options available as well as give me the chance to provide information about hair extensions, pricing or any questions you may have.
How much do hair extensions cost?
Hair extension pricing is determined in a comprehensive consultation where we look at the best hair extension options for you. You will receive a customized estimate based on your own needs and wishes. Since custom packages can range between $900 - $4000 (including hair), a consultation will provide you with all the information needed to make the best decision of what will work for your hair needs. It also gives me the opportunity to create a quotation to clearly reflect what we have agreed upon. Remember in order for us to be lucky enough to wear hair extensions, someone had to grow their hair and part with it, ususally being sold after YEARS of taking the upmost care of it! That is not free!
How does getting hair extensions work?
How long do hair extensions last?
What is remy hair? Are all hair extensions made with remy hair?
If my hair is damaged from color, can I have hair extensions put in?
Can I have hair like the stars in Hollywood?
This is probably the question I hear most, and YES you can. Stars like the Kardashians may have unlimited funds to spend on their hair but to achieve their looks you don't have to do the same. NOT all hair stylists are certified or trained in hair extensions. Where stylists differ is in the education and quality of hair they choose (or their salon chooses) to use, as well as the techniques and skill level they have in applying the hair extensions. Some stylists have a natural "feel" for placement that comes with lots of experience, while others simply have watched a YouTube video and consider themselves "hair extension experts" or "hair extension masters"(no such titles exist in the industry). Make sure you have free consultations with different stylists and research the best you can to avoid the emotional toll of having your hair ruined by someone who doesn't have proper training.
How long will it take?
A normal full head application will take approximately 4-6 hours and includes preparing your natural hair as well as the hair extension cut/style. Thinning and or balding hair is going to take much longer to achieve the desired style as the work is more labor intensive and precise. A consultation will give me a chance to better estimate exact length of the application.
I color my hair, can I still have hair extensions?
Of course! Your regrowth can be colored while extensions are installed. Depending on your desired look, you can add strands of highlights/lowlights for added dimension. Your natural hair color has as many as 7 different tones in it, so you will want to have at least 3 colors chosen when adding extensions to make them look as blended and natural as possible. If you use only one color it has the effect of looking fake like a wig. I offer a full range of services to compliment your custom hair extensions including Brazilian Blowout and Olaplex treatments!
I've heard extensions are "glued on" - that sounds scary!
Yes, that WOULD sound scary! Unfortunately I see women everyday who have tried this themselves with hair and some sort of heated tool that they've bought at a local beauty supply store, even women that have used hot glue guns and destroyed their hair! The truth is there only 5 hair extension companies in the world that don't use glue to attach their hair strands! The only thing you ever want applied for any type of fusion hair extensions is keratin.
When glue is "melted" with high heat then pressed and squeezed onto your own hair this method is typically how stylists are taught and it's known as fusion. First of all, I only use Keratin for my bonds, this is a synthetic keratin, a protein similar to the one found in our body (including hair, skin and nails) so it mimics natural hair and allows the bond to expand and contract with your own hair (such as when your hair gets wet and expands). If a hair extensionist has had education or certification at all they will NOT "melt" the keratin to your hair! The main difference in the method I have created for myself and my clients involves "softening" the Keratin then rolling the bonds around the outside of your hair, THIS does not penetrate it or infuse the bond with your own hair, meaning it will come out when needed!
Is fusion method damaging?
There is a lot of information out there about hair extensions, and most of it comes from stylists using only 1 type of extension method. The most important thing I tell my clients is if done properly, NO hair extensions should EVER cause damage! The only way your hair will suffer damage would be improper application or having wrong method applied for your hair type. Fusion is the technique used and you cant use just anything for fusion extensions. The ONLY thing that should be used in trditional fusion or cold fusion is a keratin tipped extension. 90% of the extensions out there claim to use keratin but in actualality use glue! The cheaper the hair the cheaper the attachment.
What is cold fusion?
Several of the big hair extension companies have made claims that the new Cold Fusion method is healthier for your hair. Cold fusion relating to bonds, is Ultrasonic waves or friction that creates HEAT. The 2nd type of extensions referred to as cold fusion (aka micro rings) are metal knickel and or aluminum rings that hold small sections of your own hair as well as the tipped extension hair, they are then clamped flat onto your hair. In other words true "Cold Fusion" simply doesnt exist!
Does the removal process harm your hair?
No. Unlike other methods that tell you to saturate the hair with a solvent, that usually consists of rubbing alcohol or acetone (used in nail polish remover) and using pliers to pry apart the bond, then comb remaining residue out. The problem with this is when your hair is wet it is in the weakest state, so crunching with pliers on your wet bonds and pulling apart sticky bond residue when your hair is wet will absolutely cause damage. The removal process I use involves no solutions or harsh chemicals. Using special tools, I crack the bond, turning it into powder. The hair extension then slides right off with NO damage! You can reapply a set of extensions immediately after removal of the older set as your hair will only be healthier every set of extensions you get, theres no need to take a break from your extensions!
How do I care for my extensions?
Have fun and invent your own look with the full, thick, long hair you've always wanted. Style and be creative with curling irons and flat irons just as you would with your own hair. The most important things are brushing and utilizing the proper styling products such as a heat protection. You will brush your hair as usual only you will use a SPECIAL extension (boars head bristle) brush and you will want to brush your hair several times a day, from root to tip to ensure the health of your natural hair as well as your extensions.
You will want to wash your hair no more than 3 times per week (unless your hair/scalp is very oily) and be careful to keep conditioner off the bonds. Too much conditioner can weaken the bonds and how long they last. At your appointment to have your new hair extensions applied, we will discuss all of the recommended products needed for the maintenance of your extensions as well as giving you all the tips that took me YEARS to figure out.. You can let me know what products you are using now, and as long as they are professional salon products we can discuss how to implement them into your hair extension maintenance routine.