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Are Hair Extensions Worth It?

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 at 1:00PM

picture of back of woman with long blonde hair almost to her belt

Are hair extensions worth it? In Jamie's case, absolutely!

Spending most of my day in the gym as a personal trainer, my hair is in a pony 80 percent of the time. As a result, my daily pony caused hair breakage. In addition, my hair was damaged from my own coloring mistakes and the overuse of my straightener. So last week, I giddyup'd to my stylist/extensionist, Indianapolis-based Kimberly Clark, who has been applying extensions for 17 years.

Since there are many methods of applying hair extensions (and many types of hair extensions), after my consult with Kimberly, we chose 100 percent human hair and the hot fusion method for the most natural look.

Adhesive-Based Fusion is arguably the best because the adhesives can withstand both heat and chemical treatments. The adhesive remover that is used to remove the hair extensions dries the bonding agent to a powdery substance (rather than dissolving it through messy oil and heat).

After applying the 22-inch extensions, Kimberly cut my hair into layers. The result added the volume and length I was seeking. Because the extensions are human hair, I can wear my hair straight or wavy.

picture of Jamie Temple and her roommate

The maintenance is similar to my normal routine, except I do not lather the hair or put conditioner near the bond. Using a loop brush is also more gentle on the extensions.

The decision to get hair extensions represents a substantial amount of time, up to five hours sitting in a salon chair, and a substantial financial commitment of up to $2,000 initially and continued upkeep, so you should give this considerable thought.

The results should last from three to six months. At that time, I will gallop my long and voluminous pony tail over to Kimbery's salon and have my extensions removed and new ones added -- I hope, because I love them!

Now, if only my roomie (shown on left-hand side of picture above) and I could find an intelligent, compassionate, and handsome stallion..."she said laughing."

Have you had extensions, and if so, would you get them again?



posted by MizFit
Thu, 07/24/2008 - 6:30am

when I have a moment Ill be back as I have a FUNNY STORY about my extensions circa 1994 (read: when it was less done on Caucasian hair and my fab hair woman had no idea what she was doing Eye-wink)Miz.

posted by haireality
Fri, 07/25/2008 - 4:22pm

I love hair extensions! I will add your stylist to my directory:

posted by sarahPUFFY
Sat, 08/02/2008 - 11:42pm

I do my own extensions at home with hair glue, and have been for about 3 years so far. I planned on making my own clip ins [so easy and cheap], so I could easily care for my real hair. Because during summer, glued in extensions + humid weather = hell. Pure, sticky hell. ;-; !!!!

posted by Sammygirl
Mon, 08/25/2008 - 11:01am

Hair extensions have literally changed my life. I used to have no confidence and didn't feel sexy at all. I used to buy middle of the road extensions, I recently purchased Indian Hair from and have really noticed a difference! The hair looks and feels so natural! The only part that sucks is the installation, but it's really worth it in my opinion.

posted by hiccup
Mon, 09/22/2008 - 1:44pm

I just had hair extensions removed yesterday after having them for about two months. I loved how they looked, hated how they felt (hair felt a bit scratch against my skin), and was surprised at how many fell out in such a short period of time (about 25). I also did not like the amount of 'shedding' which I suppose is typical of long hair. I miss having extra volume and lenght, and am glad I had them in, but would not do it again. I am looking for temporary extensions now. Anyone have any recommendations? The one's offered at the Paul LaBreque Salon in NYC, which is where I had my extensions done, are $25.00 per inch (width not length). I would rather just order them on line.

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