Hair Extensions Pros and Cons

Since the day Eve lured Adam to give a bite on the apple in the Eden garden, men have not been able to hold themselves from giving in to the captivating charms of women.  In this context, it is worth mentioning that the locks or tresses of the fairer sex have always had an overarching role to play in the game of courtship. The history of mankind is replete with folklores and legends surrounding a woman’s tresses that have kept men spellbound for ages.

Therefore it’d neither be out of place nor an exaggeration to suggest that just as clothes make a man (apart from physique, of course), long and flowing locks of hair can add to a woman’s beauty and overall appeal. Though every woman is not blessed with abundant mane, one can more than make up for it by opting for the right kind of hairstyle.

So, if you already have a thick coat of hair on your head, you have the liberty to choose from a wide range of avant garde hairstyles and settle for the one that meets your tastes and preferences. But this is not to imply that you’re handicapped in your choice of hairdos if you have short hair. Enter hair extensions.

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Defining Hair Extensions

Hair extensions also known as weaves, is the technique of adding natural human hair or synthetic hair to one’s scalp to add to the length of the original strands of hair and making them appear longer. Every woman dreams of having long and overflowing tresses of hair as it can make her look more beautiful not only in her own eyes but in the eyes of all beholders.

A woman with long hair can give boost her attractiveness if she goes for a hairstyle that is in sync with her looks. But the downside of it all is that it might take a considerable length of time to grow the locks to a desired length. Then again, you’d be required to take good care of your mane if you want to retain their lustrousness and texture for long times to come.

Going for a hair extension can take care of the downsides of having long tufts of hair. On one hand you won’t need to wait for months to sport extended tresses as you can go for an instant fix and that too in accordance with your hair’s color and quality. On the other hand, since hair extensions serve as appendages (not being a part of your natural hair strand) to your curl, you won’t need to be as meticulous with their maintenance as you would with your original hair.

A hair extension is very much like getting a suntan which makes you look and feel better. You can pick from a plethora of hair extension jobs many of which are not only within your means but also cause negligible damage to your hair. Although you’d be saving a lot of money if you opt for a DIY (do-it-yourself job), it is always a wiser choice to settle for a professional hairstylist as far as a hair extension procedure is concerned. If you go for weaving your hair yourself, you might be damaging it irreparably that’ll negate all your monetary gains.

Types of Hair Extensions

Basically, there are two distinct types of hair extension treatments that are available across an eclectic array of beauty parlors, and hair salons and with self established hair stylists and beauticians. These are natural and artificial hair extensions where human hair (collected from other individuals) and synthetic fibers (that have been chemically processed) are used respectively.

Different procedures of hair extensions with each type are in vogue today but hair integration jobs where original human hair is used tend to be more costly because of the superior quality of the hair. There are many techniques or styles of hair extensions like clip-on extensions, bonding, fusion, micro loop, netting, lace fronts, and tracking. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks. Before you can make an appointment for a hair extension session, consult an experienced beautician or a hair stylist for the procedure that’d be your best fit.

Pros and Cons of Hair Extensions            

The Pros

ü  Possibly the best advantage associated with a hair extension arrangement is that you can go for the process of your choice almost instantly instead of waiting endlessly for your hair to grow to your shoulder’s length. 

ü  Hair extensions do away with the regrets and frustrations of having to cut down or trim your hair that you’ve grown over the months with extreme care. With a hair extension job you’d just need to choose the right method that suits your temperament.

ü  It might get tedious to keep on flaunting the same hairstyle after a while. However, you always have the choice of switching over to another style for a change as there are so many techniques to choose from.

ü  If you have short, crispy hair, a hair extension process can go a long way in adding to the thickness and silkiness of your hair apart from increasing its length. Hair extensions procedures are also perfect for those with thinning hair.

ü  Maintenance of the additional crop of hair is not a problem at all as you can wash and cleanse them in a manner that is similar to taking care of your natural hair.

ü  You can experiment with different colors without getting unnecessarily worked up with inflicting damage to your original hair as many natural or herbal products are available.

Cons

  • The major disadvantage that can discourage you from going for a hair extension is the cost of treatment. Even a single session of weaving, bonding or hair fusion can set you back by nothing less than $2,000. Although cheaper options are available but opting for the same can be detrimental for your hair. Your outgo will also depend on the style you choose and the place where you decide to get it done.
  • A single sitting can take upto 8-9 hours, the length of the hair and the extension process being applied being the primary factors that can affect the duration. Sitting it out in the salon with your head held back or forward at different times can be backbreaking.
  • Going for frequent hair extensions with the objective of showing a different style every few months will certainly bring about some amount of damage or harm to your hair despite your taking all precautions. While numerous processes are used to affix the hair like thermal heating, braiding or knotting, your original hair might get permanently damage from its root or base.

In conclusion it can be said that you should settle for an extension that your hair can tolerate. Selecting a skilled hairstylist who’s known for giving perfect hair extensions and popular with his or her clients is essential. The use of soft brushes and light shampoos for cleansing your crop is important as well for proper maintenance. Always soak and clean your locks under running cold water.

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