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Want long flowing hair but don't want to wait it out, read this...

As you glance across virtually every print medium such as newspapers, magazines and catalogs, there seems to be one thing in common as far as hair styles is concerned. Long hair is everywhere. So what are you supposed to do if you don't have long hair and you really want it? Well, let's see, human hair grows about ½" per month, so if your hair is at ear level, that would be almost two years to wait for that 'hair cascading down your back' look. And of course by the time you grow your hair out, the short hair styles will be in.

"Don't limit yourself to just adding length to your hair. Hair extensions offer a simple solution to fine hair and can add a little pizzazz to thick, curly or wavy hair in any color or style."

In today's society, two-year waits are OUT and immediate results are IN. The beauty industry recognized the demand for instant long natural looking hair and thus today's hottest trend was born--Human Hair Extensions! Hair extensions are not only for lengthening your hair...

"Any hair type can support hair extensions" as long as your hair is 3-4 inches in length. You have many options of how to wear and style your hair with hair extensions, some examples include sleek and straight hair, vivacious ringlets and striking color enhancements with the use of different highlighted and lowlighted hair extensions.

One of Ashley's hair extension clients, Shayne Lamas (www.lamasrichie.com), says she wanted to get hair extensions because she was ready for a change and wanted Ashley to re-invent her look by adding thickness and length to her thinning hair with European Hair Extensions. She was absolutely amazed at the results. "I came to Ashley's Extension Studio looking one way, and came out looking totally different", says, Lamas. Lamas has had her hair extensions for about 3 months now, with absolutely no issues and no complaints. She maintains the hair extensions with Ashley's recommended shampoo and moisturizing conditioner and uses hair dryers and curling irons with no problems. Lamas concludes,"Hair Extensions are worth the time and money, when you can get fabulous-looking long hair instantly".

Hair extensions are a huge self-esteem booster because they give women the opportunity to get the long hair style look without the long wait.

Some women are concerned or have heard that hair extensions can cause damage to their natural hair, or even loss of hair. The ExtenTube application method Ashley uses does not create any damage to the natural hair since it is the only technique (aside from weaving), in which glue or other chemicals are not required.

So where do you start if you are thinking of getting hair extensions? You must research the different types of hair used for hair extensions, the different types of attachment methods, any maintenance schedules and of course the cost.

There are a lot of different types of hair that are used for hair extensions. There is human hair and synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is commonly used to add the high fashion colors, such as pinks and blues. Generally speaking, if you are going for the natural, it grew out of my head, look you should go with human hair. Human hair comes in many different textures and grades. The human hair must be strong and healthy to produce extensions that will last and wear without tangling or drying. European human hair is well- known as quality human hair used for extensions.

If you are looking for a hair extensionist to do hair extensions and they don't have the proper training, you could be very disappointed with the results.

After you have your hair extensions in place, you will need to schedule regular maintenance visits to check your extensions. How often you need to go back will depend on the type of hair and the method of attachment that was used. As your hair grows out, some of the hair extensions will need to be removed and replaced or touched up.

On a day-to-day basis you should treat your human hair extensions as you would long hair. Brush, shampoo, condition and moisturize on a regular basis. You can also use hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons on most types of human hair extensions. Color treatments can be done on the hair extensions, but you should consult with your hair stylist before considering this. Monthly color touch-ups to your roots will not be a problem, as the hair extensions will not be touched.

Although it doesn't hurt physically to get hair extensions, it may hurt you financially. There really is no way around this factor. To get good hair extensions on your whole head, you will need quality human hair, an experienced extensionist and about 3-7 hours of time. The ticket price can vary from $150-$2000 depending on what you are having done and what salon you go to. Adding a few highlights or lowlight hair extensions can be quite less as the time and amount of hair needed is less.

In short, here are ten tips to follow after you have decided you want to get hair extensions and have selected your hair extension artist.

  1. After selecting an extensionist, schedule an initial consultation to discuss what you would like to have done and any concerns that you have.

  2. Ask about what hair extension experience your stylist has.

  3. Make sure the extensionist listens and understands your needs and concerns. Does he/she communicate well with you?

  4. The hair extensionist should ask you about your lifestyle, health, hobbies and your normal hair routine

  5. An analysis of your scalp and hair should be done at the initial consultation to make sure your hair is in a condition for successful hair extensions.

  6. Ask to see before and after photos of hair extension clients

  7. Ask for references and be sure to call them

  8. Ask how often the average client needs to replace the hair. This is very important for anticipating future costs

  9. Get a written estimate for your hair extensions with an itemized list of the services required to achieve your new look

  10. Get a written maintenance plan. Plan should include recommendations for products, grooming tools, follow-up appointments and any special instructions.

Hair extensions have many advantages and several disadvantages that should be addressed, but if you want to create an instant long hair style, human hair extensions are the way to go!

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