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Hair Extensions - Frequently Asked Questions

Human Hair Extensions - Common Questions


While human hair extensions are gaining popularity, there are still many people who have unanswered questions concerning extensions. Although you can easily remove hair extensions, they are still a financial investment that you may not want to rush into. Here are a few answers to questions that may help you to determine whether or not hair extensions are the right choice for you.

Can I curl and straighten my extensions?


Answer: This is probably one of the most common questions because anyone who regularly uses heat styling tools wants to be able to use those same tools on their human hair extensions. If you purchase human hair extensions, then you can use all of the same products on your extensions that you use on your real hair. Just keep in mind that when possible, you want to lay them out to dry instead of drying them with a hair dryer. It will help to preserve the integrity of the extensions and keep them looking healthier longer.

Can I color my human hair extensions?


Answer: You can, but it is important that you are dealing with human hair extensions. Synthetic hair is not really meant to be colored, and attempting to dye it can actually ruin the hair. Your human hair extensions, however, can easily be colored. If you decide to color your extensions, it may be a good idea to color both your hair and the extensions so you will be guaranteed a perfect match. If you don't feel comfortable coloring them yourself, you can always ask your stylist to color them for you.

How often should I wash my hair extensions?


Answer: For best results, it is a good idea to wash your extensions about once a week. You don't want to wash them too often because every time you wash and comb them, the more hair they will lose. While this isn't a problem with your real hair, keep in mind that your extensions cannot grow back like your natural hair can.

Can I use hairspray on my clip in hair extensions?


Answer: You can, but it's not recommended because if you load your extensions down with products, you will have to replace them more often. However, if you must use hair spray, consider using a lightweight hairspray that won't make your extensions dull and hard.

Can I sleep in my hair extensions?


Answer: You can sleep in your extensions if you are not able to remove them at night. However, you don't want to get into the habit of sleeping in your extensions on a regular basis because it will just cause them to wear out more quickly. However, in a pinch, it definitely won't harm your extensions if you sleep in them.

Can I get my clip in hair extensions cut and trimmed?


Answer: Yes, in fact, it is a good idea because if you get a few layers cut into your hair, it will look more natural. Just be aware that if you get your clip in hair extensions cut so they frame your face, you will need to remember where those extensions are in your hair so you can put them back in the same place each time. If you do not want to deal with that pressure, then you may want to avoid layers around your face.

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