7 Things to Know Before Getting Hair Extensions

  1. There are different types of hair extensions.

Knowing the difference between types of hair extensions is essential. The way they are applied, your hair type, lifestyle, and maintenance preferences all play a factor in which type of extensions are best suited for you. Valenti offers four different types of Bellami hair extensions. K-Tips are installed by using a heating technique that safely melts the tips into your hair. I-Tips are applied with a strand-by-strand method that doesn’t use heat or glue. Weft extensions are sewn into your hair, and we also offer Tape-Ins.

  1. Don’t skip the consultation!

Our Bellami certified stylists know the ins and outs of these hair extensions. They are able to tell you which type is best for your hair, how to take care of them at home, when to schedule follow up appointments, what the cost will be, and so much more. Without knowing all of this information ahead of time and just jumping right into an appointment, you could end up regretting your decision. Knowledge is power!

  1. Extensions require special care and attention.

Hair extensions are a fun and exciting way to switch things up and require extra attention to keep hair looking its best. This includes using the right products, washing them correctly, brushing your hair carefully, always blow drying, scheduling maintenance appointments, and replacing when necessary.

  1. Never sleep with wet extensions!

Anyone who knows anything about hair extensions will tell you one of the most important things is to never go to bed with wet hair. Moving around while you sleep with wet hair will cause your natural hair and the extensions to get tangled, or even worse, matted together. Brushing out the knots in the morning will pull at your scalp and loosen the bonds. The best way to sleep with hair extensions is with dry hair, pulled back into either a low ponytail or loose french braid, and on a silk or satin pillowcase.

  1. Purchasing the right hair products is a must.

In order to provide your hair with the best care possible, you need to have an excellent hair care regimen. Honestly, you should be doing this with or without extensions! The best routine consists of sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, heat protectant, leave-in conditioner, and dry shampoo for non hair washing days. You should also be aware of the type of brush you are using. If you have straight hair, a paddle brush is best. If you have curly hair, use either a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush. The Wet Brush is amazing for all hair types and prevents you from damaging your gorgeous locks.

  1. Sunscreen can damage your extensions.

Random fact, but an important one to be aware of! SPF has the ability to stain clothes, as well as your hair extensions (especially blonde ones). Sunscreens containing the ingredients Avebenzone (Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) and Octocrylene can cause hair extensions to turn pink or orange! It is critical to avoid these ingredients and to stick with a mineral-based sunscreen. When applying, make sure your hair is pulled back and out of the way so there is no chance of transferring the product into your hair.

  1. Quality is key.

When it comes to extensions, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is an accurate depiction. Choosing high quality hair and proper installation is crucial. Using extensions that are poor quality won’t look right and it will be easy to tell that all of the hair on your head isn’t yours. The idea of hair extensions is for them to look natural and blend in with your own hair. Also, buying cheap extensions will make it harder for you to find the correct color match. As for installation, having this done by a professional should be the only option. Stylists are professionally trained and know exactly how to treat your hair. If extensions are not put in accurately, they will more than likely damage your natural hair and lead to breakage and hair loss. Yes, getting hair extensions can be a pretty penny, but it is 100% worth the money and will give you the results you are looking for.