Sources of Hair for Hair Extensions

 

 

The Sources of all hair extensions are either natural, or synthetic. Natural ones come from natural human hair. This is far more expensive than synthetic, because it is in short supply. Someone had to grow their hair out, cut it, package it up for distribution, and provide it to a hair extension manufacturer or seller for resale. This makes it much more valuable than its synthetic counterpart, which can be produced on demand for a wide variety of synthetic fibers.

Years ago, the huge diffrence in quality between natural human hair and hair that was made in a factory was readily apparent; synthetic versions simply did not look “real”, even to the untrained eye.

Technology has changed over the years though, and hair extensions are no exception. Now, synthetic hair extensions are indistinguishable from real hair to all but the most trained eye. Quality has risen, while pricing has fallen. Now, sales of synthetic hair vastly exceed sales of natural hair for use in extensions.

Where to Purchase Hair Extensions

 

Where to Purchase Hair Extensions

Hair extensions can be purchased online from a variety of online hair extension retailers, but are more commonly purchased directly from hair dressers or salons that actually attach them. While lower prices for hair extensions could like be found online than would be seen in a local hair salon, purchasing the actual physical hair extension is only part of the process; it still needs to be attached to the natural hair. Since most people need a professional hair dresser or salon to integrate the hair extension with their own hair, they often purchase directly from that salon.

That’s not to say you are going to get the best price on hair extensions by purchasing from your local salon. The convenience factor of purchasing locally is nice, you can physically touch and see the hair extensions (especially important if you are trying to color match it to your own natural hair), and not having to wait or pay for shipping is certainly nice, but you probably aren’t going to save as much as you would ordering hair extensions online. The costs of keeping a brick-and-mortar local salon or hair extension store open are much higher than the costs incurred by an online extension store. Large bulk stores like you would find on eBay or Amazon are going to have a purchasing power and selection that is going to be unmatched by any local store, no matter how big the city you live in. For some, the savings outweigh the convenience, especially if they already know the exact color and model of the hair extensions they need because they have ordered previously.

What are some of your favorite places to order your hair extensions?

Hair Extensions in the News

While most of us wouldn’t consider hair extensions to be a particularly news-worthy subject, on occasion articles and stories related to hair extensions do make it into news reports and updates. For example, anybody who has complained about the high cost of many natural hair extensions can relate to the recent news story about Atlanta thieves robbing a salon for high-value hair extensions. The break-in was estimated to have netted $30,000 worth of the light, easy to carry hair extensions that were targeted. Additional robberies have been reported in Louisiana and Texas. The high value and ease of resale of most hair extensions appears to make them attractive targets for thieves, and salons with expensive hair extension inventory should be cautious.

In a surprising twist, it seems that fishermen are not too happy about the hair extension craze. Apparently, insatiable demand for feather hair extensions has resulted in a shortage of particular types of feathers that are mostly used in fishing lures, as salons and hair extension manufacturers buy up all the inventory of these feathers, resulting in high prices and shortages of these feathers. The feather hair extension has been driven partly by new American Idol Judge Steven Tyler’s new look when appearing on the popular network TV show wearing his trademark brightly-colored feather extensions.

And, lest anyone forget America’s most infamous spoiled heiress, it appears that recently Paris Hilton was sued for using a competitor’s extensions, when she was under contract to promote a different brand of hair extension.

See any other note-worthy examples of hair extensions in the news? Leave a comment and let us know.

Hair Extensions Users

The demographics of people who use hair extensions spans all races, ages, and nationalities. While the vast majority of consumers who purchase hair extensions come from the United States, extensions are also popular in the UK, Western Europe, and Asia.

Users of hair extensions are almost exclusively female. It is rare to find males who use hair extensions, and even rarer to find salons or hair extension products that cater to a male clientele. Most hair extension aficionados are women, typically with plenty of hair of their own, that simply wish to extend their hairstyle to lengths not easily attainable through natural growth. In a matter of about an hour at a hair salon, a woman can add as much hair length as she would over two years if she waited for her own hair growth. Extensions become a quick and inexpensive solution to gaining dramatic locks of hair that blend naturally with a woman’s own hair.

Among different ethnic groups, African American women represent a large percentage of women who elect to use hair extensions. For some African women, the extension is either attached directly to their natural wavy hair in a bonding process, or their natural hair is straightened first, and then a straighter-textured hair extension is attached. The natural texture, often referred to as jheri curl, is attached via a different approach than straighter hair extensions that are applied only to processed hair.

Where to Purchase Hair Extensions


Hair extensions can be purchased online from a variety of online hair extension retailers, but are more commonly purchased directly from hair dressers or salons that actually attach them. While lower prices for hair extensions could like be found online than would be seen in a local hair salon, purchasing the actual physical hair extension is only part of the process; it still needs to be attached to the natural hair. Since most people need a professional hair dresser or salon to integrate the hair extension with their own hair, they often purchase directly from that professional. In some instances, salons will only attach hair extensions that have been purchased directly from them. Whether that is so they can assure consistent quality and make sure sure the extensions are kinds that they have experience working with, or just to ensure that they make a profit on the resell of those hair extensions, may vary between different businesses.

Certain types of hair extensions, called clip-in or clip-on hair extensions, do not require a professional to attach them to existing hair. These types are much more popular to be purchased online or from a retail store, because no particular expertise of a hairdresser or salon is required to use them. These hair extensions are more commonly purchased online than those that require professional attachment. Since they can be attached by any layperson, they often do not last as long as professional-integrated hair extensions, and many people prefer not to use these types of clip-on extensions because they do not look as natural and are more easily recognized as being extensions instead of natural hair.

New Hair Extensions: Natural or Synthetic?

Hair extensions come in 2 different versions, natural (made from real human hair) and synthetic (manufactured from synthetic fibers). Each come with their own relative pros and cons.

Natural human hair comes from a donor, someone that has “cut off” their own hair. Typically it is sold to a reseller of hair extensions, one who may offer both natural and synthetic hair extensions for sale. Natural hair extensions have the obvious advantage that they are actual human hair, they look and move just like natural hair would, they can be styled using heat or chemicals and react as normal does. A disadvantage to natural hair extensions is cost; It is much more expensive to procure real human hair for use in extensions than it is to manufacture a synthetic product in a lab. It may also be difficult to correctly color match natural hair to the existing hair of the recipient, since even slight variations in color can be quite noticeable when hair is lengthened with extensions. For more information about natural types of hair extensions, visit the artificial hair integration wiki

Hair Extensions

The term “hair extensions” is used to describe any method of adding non-natural hair to a person’s own hair to make it longer. These extensions are also sometimes referred to as artificial hair integrations, or more commonly, hair weaves.The extension may be made up of human hair from another person, or artificial hair fibers that look like natural hair. The hair extensions are usually woven or otherwise attached to the natural hair to appear natural. They can be made from a variety of synthetic ingredients, which are much cheaper than actual human hair extensions, and can be dyed to mimic the user’s natural hair color.

While hair extensions can be used to conceal lost hair or thinning hair, they are separate from wigs or toupees in that they are attached to the user’s existing hair, extending its length.They are not permanent, and usually need to be maintained or replaced over time. Different methods of attaching the hair extensions, from clips to weaving and even adhesives, have different maintenance requirements. Most hair extensions are applied by trained cosmetologists.