Pros & Cons of Keratin Hair Extensions

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Keratin hair extensions are becoming quite popular across the country. In fact, major metropolitan areas in the country have salons that offer keratin hair extensions to their customers as a part of their services. Extensions are mostly used in two ways. Some hair extensions are clipped or glued to your natural hair, while others are sewn into your scalp by braiding the natural hair to the scalp. It would help if you had an idea of the advantages and disadvantages of keratin hair extensions before deciding to invest in such a product.

Pro – Instant Gratification

Instant gratification is the most important advantage of investing in a keratin hair extension. That means you don’t have to wait for months and months for your hair to regrow. Your hair becomes long in an instance with a quality extension. 

Con – Damage To Your Scalp

Your scalp can support a lot of hair since it is quite resilient. Since it takes several months for the hair to grow, your scalp has enough time to adjust to accept the added weight due to hair growth. But when the scalp has an instant expansion of hair through a hair extension, it pulls on your scalp – causing damage and irritation to it. On the other hand, an extension can damage your hair, too – which may depend on how you attach the extension to the natural hair. A tight braid will break the roots of the hair. The glue may weaken the hair or burn it. When natural hair oils get trapped in the braid, you will experience scalp irritations such as dandruff and other problems.

Pro – Versatility

A keratin hair extension comes in different lengths, colors, and textures. If you have straight hair, you can try an extension with curly hair. On the other hand, if you have short hair, you may opt for an extension with long hair. You may choose any color or texture combinations to choose the occasion.

Con – Cost

A good keratin hair extension is not cheap. A quality extension is natural-looking and comes with the least amount of damage. But such an extension is not cheap. You may have to approach a professional stylist for such an extension. In fact, a keratin extension may cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a thousand dollars. The product’s cost may depend on the method of attachment, market in the area, and how much hair you require.

Pro – Low Maintenance

A quality extension will easily last for more than three months. You can style your hair just as you need it with such as a keratin extension. In some cases, the extension might be easier to style than your natural hair.

Con – Time

It may take a couple of hours to apply extensions, depending on the length and number of extensions you need. You may have to hold your head in an awkward position, spending hours in a salon to apply for an extension most of the time.