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Extensions or Wigs: Which is the Better Choice?

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Depending on the look you’re trying to achieve, wigs and/or extensions can be a great addition to your hair styling arsenal. So if you’re new to wigs and weft hair or if you’re just thinking of branching out of your comfort zone, we have 4 areas to consider when deciding which to pick: What are the benefits, proper application, concerns and the cost? 

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EXTENSIONS/WEFT HAIR

Benefits:

  1. Love your hair but wish it had higher density? Extensions can give you instant volumecreating a look that is fuller.
  2. If length is what you’re after, extensions give you long locks just like you’ve been dreaming about.
  3. Human hair extensions can be styled and colored just like your own hair. You can also add extensions to give your hair highlights without committing to permanent color.

Application:

  1. Hair extensions can be sewn-in which will involve having your own hair braided
  2. Extensions can be glued-in which takes a little less time than a sew-in.
  3. For the easiest installation and removal, extensions can be attached by a comb or clip.

Cautions:

  1. Seek a professional who is well trained in the installation, maintenance and removal of extensions.
  2. Choose quality human hair that will last.
  3. Be VERY serious about your maintenance plan and be sure you understand how to care for your hair and extensions BEFORE having them installed. Hair that is too tight or mistreated will result in damages that you don’t want.

Cost:

Depending on the look you’re going for, you may need 2-3 bundles of hair and each bundle can cost anywhere from $75 or more. The cost to have the hair installed can also cost upwards of $200.

WIGS

Benefits:

  1. Style versatility is one of the biggest benefits of wearing a wig. For example, with soft yaki hair, you can wear it straight, curly or wavy.
  2. Wigs come with so many cap variations! Glueless, full lace, lace front, semi-full, u-part: Whichever look you’re trying to achieve you can find a cap designed to easily give you a natural appearance.
  3. While you can have your wig sewn-in or glued on for extended wear that is an option and not a requirement. One big benefit of wigs is that you can remove it whenever you want and maintain daily care of your own natural hair.

Application:

  1. You can secure your wig using the combs or clips along with an adjustable straptypically found in most lace wigs.
  2. For additional security, your wig can be secured using glue or tape.
  3. Wigs can also be sewn-in for long term wear.

Cautions:

  1. Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to select wig glue. If you feel even the slightest discomfort from an adhesive, remove it immediately.
  2. Improper adhesive removal is behind many concerns regarding hair loss around the hairline. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you use a product meant specifically for wig glue removal BEFORE you remove your wig and wash your hair. Adding water to glue will cause the glue to expand and become incredibly difficult to remove. Removing glue doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes understanding how to do it and a little patience.
  3. Regular hair maintenance will allow you to keep your wig for a long time. If you find a product isn’t helping you achieve the desired softness or manageability you’re looking for – stop using it! Continuing to use a product or adhere to a care method that’s not working will only ruin your unit.

Cost:

The cost for a wig is determined by the cap type, hair type and density and length, with prices ranging from $175 on into the thousands! Virgin hair is more expensive than remy human hair and a 12 inch wig is definitely going to cost less than a 24 inch wig.

Ultimately it’s a matter of individual preference whether you chose a wig or extensions. One option really isn’t better than the other. They both offer significant convenience with a fair amount of caution and can be within the same price range. Have you found one experience to be better than the other? Tell us about it below. Also be sure to check out what NOT to do if you decide on a full lace wig!

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