It’s hard to believe that I’ve never worn a weave. Mainly because of the color of my natural hair and I refuse to dye it–but that’s a different story. I refuse to believe that I am the only girl out there who hasn’t experienced the greatness of 24 inches of hair flowing down her back. So I chatted with celebrity hair stylist for Love and Hip Hop New York, Shakira Smith, who dished on everything you need to know about hair type, quality, length and color before investing top dollars in hair extensions.
If you’re looking to invest in quality hair extensions, opt for virgin hair. This means that the hair comes from a single donor/person and has not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached or chemically processed in any way. Although Virgin hair is typically sold at a higher price point (anywhere from $80 to $500), it has a longer life span, is easy to maintain and can be washed, dyed, and styled for months on end.
When purchasing, the hair should come in a natural brown (or 1B) color. Also, don’t expect any two bundles of virgin hair to look exactly the same, since they may come from two separate donors – color, density and wave patterns may vary slightly, but the hair can be dyed and styled to look identical once installed.
Synthetic hair can be used to achieve most hairstyles and cost less than human hair ($30 to $80), but has a shorter life span and cannot stand extreme heat, dyes or chemicals.