Hair Extensions | The 10 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid


Hair extensions look fantastic…when done correctly.

There are so many mistakes people make, no matter what sort of extensions they decide to wear. We’re going to go through 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid when wearing hair extensions. These tips focus on both permanent and clip in hair extensions.

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Model: Audrey Giambattista

1.      Bad Quality

Great hair is in high demand. It’s why you have to pay so much for it. This isn’t always the case, though. Budget extensions do exist and they do give you a high level of quality.

You don’t always get what you pay for with extensions. See what other wearers have to say. You’ll find many of them can create awesome looks and you’d never suspect that they’d only paid a few dollars for it.

It doesn’t mean purchase the cheapest ones you can find. Quality must always come first.

2.      “Oh I Do Extensions Too”

Just because clip in hair extensions you can do at home are available doesn’t mean anyone can fit them. The same goes for permanent extensions.

If you’re visiting a stylist, ask them how often they install extensions. Someone who isn’t experienced will do a poor job. Sloppy application always shows through. It’s a professional job, so make sure you’re working with an experienced professional.

Think about it. A stylist who’s inexperienced may as well be handing the work over to you instead.

3.      Take the Time

In the furor of preparing for a big party, women might decide to apply their extensions quickly. This is a huge mistake. It takes time and effort to clip in your extensions and make them look great.

Always take the time to fit your extensions properly. Tricks like using larger extensions to cover lots of ground quickly don’t work. All they do is make them look incredibly fake.

4.      Strand to Strand

When we say someone has black hair this doesn’t mean they always have black hair. Colors differ ever so slightly from strand to strand. This can be influenced by anything from sun exposure to the type of shampoo you use.

Your goal is to make the added hair blend in with your natural hair. Take the time to get a professional’s opinion. Let them evaluate your hair and pick an appropriate extension. You might pay more, but you won’t regret it.

5.      Layers and Clipping

Always layer your hair before adding in the clips. Temporary extensions work well, but if everyone can see the clip you’re doing it wrong.

By adding layers through parting and teasing, you provide a little hidey hole for the clip to disappear. Even if people know you’re wearing extensions, you shouldn’t show it off.

Get a good teasing comb to create better layers. Practice with it when you get out of the shower. Most teasing combs cost less than ten dollars.

6.      Styling When Dry

Dry hair isn’t suitable for styling in any way. Look at hair wax and hair gel. It’s much easier to change your hair (and make it stick) when it’s wet, right?

Always style your hair when wet because it’s more malleable. With extensions, you want to prevent breakage. Hair is much more prone to breakage when dry.

We recommend changing your hair extensions after you get out of the shower. Don’t dry your hair with a hair dryer.

Heat will only make breakage more likely. Allow yourself enough time for your hair to air dry.

7.      Too Long Too Heavy

Some people don’t have strong hair. It doesn’t mean they can’t wear extensions, but it does mean they have to tread carefully.

Let’s take a look at an example.

Someone has always had short hair and they want to increase the length. Extensions look like a good idea. Yet if it’s more than 14 inches long, the extensions are too heavy. They’re liable to breakage and tearing.

In the worst case scenario, your entire hair weft might just fall off. Imagine the humiliation of this happening in the middle of a busy nightclub.

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8.      Hair Odor

Scalps start to smell sooner or later. To solve the problem with natural hair, it’s a matter of washing it. A common misconception is that hair odor doesn’t transfer to extensions.

Whether you’re wearing clip in hair extensions or a permanent full head extension, odor transfers itself. Odor happens because of all the sweat and grease that builds up under our hair.

Always consult the care guide for your extensions. A professional salon will always supply you with some aid for taking good care of your extensions, including washing them.

This is why we always say it’s important to choose a good salon.

9.      It Takes Time

So many clients initially underestimate how much time and care it takes to maintain extensions. Celebrities wear them all the time. You’d be a fool to believe they don’t have an army of stylists maintaining them, however.

Always ask questions about how much care you need to take. You might find the boost to your looks isn’t worth the time you have to spend on maintenance.

Think about the type of person you are. Are you someone who’s likely to get lazy on something like this?

10.  Permanent Does Mean Permanent

Many women who think about wearing extensions for the first time instantly want permanent. It’s the same scenario as people who get tattoos on a whim. Permanent means permanent.

When we say permanent, we don’t mean you have to live with them for life. You can remove them. It’s damaging to remove permanent extensions, though, and your hair will need time to recover.

We recommend opting for permanent extensions after at least a year of wearing temporary ones. This gives you the time to get used to all the necessary care requirements.

It’s also a way of retaining your freedom. You can’t go for a short hair style if you have permanent extensions. Most of us change styles all the time, so stick with temporary extensions for now.

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