To Weave or Not to Weave?

I see and talk to many women about their hair on a very regular basis. One of the questions that comes up on a regular basis is, “Should I get extensions?”. There is really no straightforward way to answer this question without FIRST asking some questions of my own. Here are some of the questions I ask of my potential clients before WE (because I decide along with my client) decide to go with extensions AND make the decision as to which extension type will work best for the client. You should NEVER have your hair done by someone that doesn’t ask you questions. Also, before deciding on a stylist or the hair you’ll buy, get references from others and look for reviews on line.

Question #1 Tell me about your lifestyle

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While this is not exactly a question, here I don’t want the client to give a yes or no answer so we leave it open ended. I want to know what they do on a daily basis. Do you work outside of the home? Do you exercise on a daily basis? Swim? Do you have little children? Are you going on vacation? All these things can determine what hairstyle may work best for you.

Question #2 Have you ever worn extensions before?

This question helps me to decide if the client will know something about what they are getting into. The things to consider here are maintenance, cost, comfortability as well as other things. If you haven’t worn extensions before then all of these things should be clearly explained, both the good and bad sides of each. Don’t jump right into a sew-in if you hate wearing tight things on your head or you absolutely always need to get to your scalp.

Questions #3 What is your ultimate goal?

This is important in so many ways. If your goal is to avoid maintenance then you don’t want to go with a style that requires daily styling, i.e, layers that look horrible if not curled or even very kinky afro hair that has to be brushed out and wet down every day. If you are attempting to grow your hair out then you may want put all of your hair away which would require someone who really knows what they’re doing if you want it to look believable. If you want to look fabulous all the time and don’t mind a little maintenance then there’s something for your as well.

Question #4 What is your budget?

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You should always have a budget in mind when deciding to get extensions. The cost of extensions runs the gamut but you should know YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!! In my shop we charge $175 for a sew in IF you are purchasing our hair. If you decide to bring your own that’s fine too but you don’t get the discounted price of $175; it’s actually much higher. I have some clients who proclaim “You’re so expensive!!” While I have others that believe that we’re dirt cheap. I tell this story to say budgets are relative to people. I’m a firm believer that you should NEVER skimp when buying hair, if you can’t afford really good hair save up for it. In the end it’s an investment and you’ll pay much more over time (depending on your ultimate goal) if you don’t invest well upfront.

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Please, please, please choose wisely. Again, this is not where you want to skimp, it will cost you more in the long run. Get references from friends whose hair you like, search on line for reviews. Try Yelp, Facebook and Google for starters. If you talk to a stylist and they can only install one type of extension then you probably want to opt for another more diverse stylist so they will know and understand what to offer you in your particular and unique case.

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