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What To Look For When Buying Hair Extensions
Mia Santini July 21st 2023

What To Look For When Buying Hair Extensions

 It’s essential to choose hair extensions that best match your hair goals and blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Our ultimate guide explains everything you need to know before investing in your hair future!

If your hair is in need of a major upgrade, buying hair extensions will be your best-kept secret! Think about it, if you’re struggling to grow your hair to the length you want or using all the volumizing products out there but getting nowhere, hair extensions are an easy and quick fix. How to know what kind of hair extensions to get can be daunting if you've never tried the different types of hair extensions available to you.  

We’re here to help make buying hair extensions a breeze, so you know what hair extension type, length, and color are right for you. It’s essential to choose hair extensions that best match your hair goals and blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Our ultimate guide explains everything you need to know before investing in your hair future!

Hair Extension Type

If you’re still Googling “how to know what kind of hair extensions to get,” you can stop here! Buying hair extensions is easy once you know all the different types of hair extensions, so you can narrow it down to what works best for you!

Here are some of the most common hair extension types:

Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions (like our Clip It) easily clip right into your natural hair when you want to switch up your look. 

Band-Style Hair Extensions

Band-style hair extensions (like our Band It) use a flexible elastic band that sits at the crown of your head with small clips to secure it in place. 

Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in extensions (like our Tape It) are a semi-permanent option that uses hair tape to adhere to your natural hair.

Weft Hair Extensions

Weft extensions are either hand-tied or machine-tied and are applied by various methods, including sew-in, braided, or beaded row. 

Hair Extension Length

When buying hair extensions, choosing the right length is important to ensure they blend evenly with your natural hair. Using measuring tape will give you the most accurate idea of where the hair extensions will sit. Start measuring from the top of your ear and down the length of your hair. As a general rule, it’s best to keep your hair extensions 3 to 4 inches longer than your current length. 

You might be asking yourself, “how many hair extensions do I need?” if you’re doing our Clip It or Band It, most baddies are good with ordering one set each (Clip It comes with 7 pieces in one set, and Band It is one-piece.) For Tape It, we recommend 4 to 6 packs for a full head of hair. If you really want to pump up the length, you may want to order additional packs so you can create more volume to blend for a more natural look. 

Hair Extension Color 

For the final step in buying hair extensions, it’s time to pick out a shade that works best with your natural hair color. It’s crucial to get the closest color match for your natural hair. Otherwise, it might be obvious that you’re wearing them when they don’t blend well. Trying to color match on a computer screen can be difficult, because of this, we have Swatch It individual color swatches of our hair extensions to get that perfect match (if you’re a stylist, check out our Swatch Ring!)

But how do you know which color swatches to order? Our super easy color match quiz will help you find your three best matches! If you’re using tape-in extensions, try out different similar shades that you can blend into your hair for added dimension. You can also dye your hair extensions if you want a custom color, but we’d advise booking an appointment with a salon professional for the best results.  

Quality of Hair Extensions

 Always go with quality hair extensions! Hair extensions can be made with either synthetic or real human hair. In terms of quality, human hair will always be the best choice. They last longer than synthetic and look more natural. Our Wicked Roots Hair extensions are all made with 100% Remy human hair (read more about why Remy reigns supreme here!) If you’re wondering, “how often do hair extensions need to be replaced?” with proper hair extension care, our Remy human hair extensions will last one to two years!

Make Buying Hair Extensions Easy with Wicked Roots Hair

We hope we’ve answered all of your questions about buying hair extensions, but if you need help choosing a hair extensions type, finding the right length, matching your hair color, or anything in between, contact us at info@wickedrootshair.com. We’re here to help you find the perfect hair extensions to reach your hair goals! And if you aren’t already, make sure to follow us on Instagram @wickedrootshair for more hair tips and inspo. 

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