I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. When it is long I want it short, when it is short I want it long. Not surprisingly, several of my friends have this problem as well and I actually think it is very common among women.
So, a few months ago I came up with a solution and decided to do some research on how much do hair extensions cost. What I found was the cost of hair extensions varies greatly depending on the type of extensions you get as well as the place you choose to have put the extensions in.
Hair extensions can be a great way to add length as well as volume to your hair. The thing about hair extensions is that most of them don’t run very cheap, but even if you are on a budget you do have some options. You may not be able to get professional hair extensions done every 4 months but you may be surpised at what extensions you can afford.
How Much Do Clip In Hair Extensions Cost?
If you are a woman on a budget and you want the option of having long hair one day and short hair the next, try clip in hair extensions. You can put these hair extensions in yourself and you don’t have to pay the extra charge to go to a salon to put them in. Also, clip in hair extensions are the most temporary extensions because they simply clip right in your hair at the scalp and can easily be taken out.
You can find clip in hair extension kits from anywhere from $20 to $300. The cheaper the kit the less quality of hair you are going to get. You may find that you may only be able to get one or two wears out of a cheap clip in hair extension kit before the extension no longer look nice.
Click here for some clip in hair extension options if you are interested in buying these. You can see that they greatly range in price. One of the most popular lines of clip in hair extensions would have to be the ones by Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves, which you can find here.
Hot Fusion or Bonded Hair Extensions
Hot fusion or bonding is the most popular type of hair extensions that you will find at a hair salon. Hot glue is used by a trained professional hair stylist to attach the hair extension to the root of your natural hair. You definitely want to make sure you are going to a qualified hair stylist who has plenty of experience because you can get burned by the glue and the extensions can also be visible if not done right.
The average cost of hair extensions for this type of treatment is approximately $300. This all depends on the quality of hair extensions that are being used, how many extensions you are getting put in and how much the salon charges. A higher end salon may cost you closer to $800 while a smaller or lower end salon may only cost you $175. Most hot bonded hair extensions last around 4 months.
Cold Fusion Hair Extensions
A newer technique for applying hair extensions is called cold fusion. A lot of salons are now adopting these types of extensions because they are gentler on you natural hair. This technique uses a keratin-based polymer or glue to attach the extension to the root of the natural hair.
Since this is a newer technique and it simply doesn’t use your average hair glue, these extensions cost quite a bit more. The average cost of hair extensions for cold fusion is approximately $2000 and can run you up to $4000. Again this all depends on how many extensions you have put in as well as the salon you go to. These extensions last up to 6 months.
A weave is slightly different than your average hair extensions. With a weave the hair extension is braided into the natural hair at the root. Most of the time a weave covers the whole head rather than just 10 hair extensions placed randomly on the head.
Depending on the type of hair you use for the weave and how much hair has to be used a weave can cost you approximately $400 – $1200.
Now that you have a better idea on how much do hair extensions cost, this should give you a better idea of what you can afford and what you may have to save up for. For me, clip in hair extensions do a good enough job but I wouldn’t mind getting professional hair extensions in as well just to mix things up a bit.
Have you gotten hair extensions in before? How much did your hair extensions cost?