When you hear “hair extensions,” you probably think of women’s hair since it’s the most common. The fact is hair extensions for men are becoming more popular. Not only are extensions a boost of confidence, but just like women’s hair, it helps to dramatically change a person’s look. Here are a few tips to help you decide whether hair extensions are right for you.
Choosing the Right Extensions
The most important thing to consider is the color of the extensions. While finding an exact color match for men may be difficult, there is always the possibility of dyeing your natural color to match the extensions you choose. You can also dye your natural hair color and the extensions if you purchase high quality extensions.
If you’re using the extensions to add depth to your natural hair, you don’t have to match the colors. It’s easier to use a contrasting color if they will be used as highlights. There is also the option of brightly colored hair extensions if you want a bold look.
Maintenance and Quality
When purchasing hair extensions for men, you should be aware your extensions will require a considerable amount of maintenance. You may have to buy brushes, shampoos and conditioners designed for extensions. High quality pieces, such as those made from human hair, can be less prone to tangles and may not require as much maintenance. Lower quality extensions won’t last as long and will require more maintenance in order to keep them looking natural.
Although human hair extensions are more expensive, the cost evens out over time. If you plan on blow drying your extensions, using monofiber or thermofiber hair pieces are necessary to withstand the heat. These considerations are the same if you are planning to use a flat iron as well. Lower quality extensions will burn if you use too much heat on them.
Putting Them In
It’s a good idea to pay a professional to put your extensions in. If you’re using extensions to conceal thinning hair, permanent extensions woven directly into the hair are better than clip on extensions. Since the process of adding permanent extensions is more difficult, it is best to work with a professional. Hair extensions are not a solution for male pattern baldness, however. You need at least six inches of natural hair to attach the extensions properly.
Glue-in extensions are the most common type. Your stylist will heat the glue and then attach the extensions to the ends of your natural hair. The length of time the process takes varies, depending on how many pieces you need. It can take about an hour to glue in a full mane of hair extensions.
These are just a few suggestions when it comes to men’s hair extensions. For products needed to care for your hair extensions, weaves, or wigs, contact us. We specialize in hair care that helps keep your natural hair and hair extensions looking smooth, silky and new.