Q: Is my hair long enough for extensions?
A: To be a suitable candidate for hair extensions, I recommend having hair at least 5-6 inches long (enough to fit in a ponytail).
Q: Will anyone know I am wearing extensions?
A: No one should be able to tell. As an experienced hair extension specialist I walk you through the right length, colour and texture to match your natural hair perfectly. Every set of my hair extensions is specifically tailored to suit you and what you like. This is why a consultation is extremely important when choosing to get some length! Some places have generalized pricing but each and every head of extensions is different and should rely on a customized approach for the best outcome.
Q: How long do extensions last?
A: Tape in extensions on average stay in your hair for 4-8 weeks at each time, depending on your hair growth cycle. At this time you return for a maintenance appointment where the hair is gently removed, cleaned and reapplied (volume wefts and hand-tied wefts are same day maintenance, tape in extensions are two separate appointments on two separate days; one removal, one reinstall). The hair can be reused up to 3-6x (6-12 months) with proper care depending on what hair line/brand you choose. For more information on the longevity, see each specific page for details.
Q: How long will my appointment last?
A: In person consultations/colour matching for customizations typically run 30 minutes. Tape In Extensions typically take 1.5-2 hours and include the cut and style. Beaded wefts/Handtied wefts can take up to 3 hours depending on how many rows are being done.
Q: What brand of hair do you use?
A: Philocaly (Tape In and Hand-Tied Weft) & Bellami Professional (Tape In and Volume Weft)
Q: How much hair will I need?
A: The amount of hair you will need varies on many factors. Some companies use terms like 'bundles' and 'packs' this is not a suitable description because it is not a definitive amount of hair. Some companies have 20 pieces per pack, some have 4 pieces per pack. Some pieces are 2g per piece some are 2.5g per piece. See how complicated it can get. I believe talking in weight is the most understanding and weight is the same and is not interchangeable like some common extension pack terminology. 1 gram is always 1 gram, 1 'bundle' is not the same as another brands 'bundle'.
Some common conversions:
- 1 'bundle' of 20 inch Nano Links = 20 grams ; 5 'bundles' of 20 inch Nano Links = 100 grams
- 1 'pack' of 18 inch Bellami Tape In Extensions = 50 grams ; 2 'packs' of 18 inch Bellami Tape In Extensions = 100 grams.
- "Average" Full Set Requirement: 100-150 grams
- "Average" Volume Only Set Requirement: 50-60 grams
- Thick hair = more hair extensions required
- Thin/fine hair = average amount of extensions required
- Short hair = more hair extensions required to fill out the bottom portion and avoid the dreaded mullet look.
An average full set (length and volume added) typically requires a minimum of 100 grams for proper coverage with some people needing up to 150 grams and those with very thick, blunt, shorter natural hair possibly needing as much as 200 grams. This is why extensions are not a one size fits all service and are not a set price. What fits your friend does not mean that is what your service will be. The best way to learn how much hair you will need is to fill out the online booking form and submit photos of your current hair for review and pricing estimate. Hope this helps to break down this commonly asked question!
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Please fill out the online booking form online and attach photos of your hair from the back, and side for your free estimate. Costs vary based on brand, length, method and how many pieces you will need to achieve your goal. This is all discussed in a complimentary online consultation prior to booking for an installation service.
Q: Can I go to sleep with wet hair?
A: Never go to bed with a wet head. This will ruin the extensions and result in matting which is not fun to wake up too. Never wear tight ponytails. Hair grows “down”. Your extensions are put in “down”. High tight ponytails pull on the attachment and causes little breaks all through the natural hair. It is too much stress so please limit these styles for best outcome. These are recommendations. Most clients with adequate coverage will be able to wear their hair up without seeing any hair extension attachments.
Q: I live in a rural area that uses well water. Is this ok?
A: Unfiltered water contains massive amounts of contaminates such as chlorine which results in color fade, uncontrolled bleaching & dryness. Filtering your water is one of the most important things for keeping your hair healthy. Buying a shower water filter can work wonders on your natural hair and hair extensions. You will see a difference in your hair and skin as well, especially if you seem to run into problems with your extensions and you are doing everything right. I use this and they can be purchased at Home Depot/Amazon.ca for under $50. This goes for swimming in lake water. Lake water is rich in minerals which can deposit into your hair
Q: Will you install the extensions I purchased elsewhere?
A: There are so many places to purchase hair extensions from online and in town, some more reputable than others. I pride myself on the quality of the supplier therefore prefer to use the hair I have sourced out myself. By doing this I can guarantee top quality results. However I do understand some of the reasons why clients do prefer to purchase elsewhere so I do offer installs on hair purchased or installed somewhere else based on availability. Please contact me for more details re: pricing by explaining what exactly it is you will be bringing to your appointment, how many pieces etc. If you need any assistance with what to buy, where to buy and what your hair is suitable for please book for a full service consultation and install as this is not included in the BYOH option.
Q: Can I use heat on my extensions?
A: All of Glam Hair Extensions hair extension brands/methods can be treated like your real hair. They can be blow dried, straightened, or curled in the same manner you would do to your own. Flat irons are one of the more damaging tools. Most people burn their hair due to over ironing and not using the right products to prevent damage. Learn to use the blow dryer. Irons are direct heat. Blow dryers are indirect. If you must use an iron, please use a thermal protectant to minimize dry hair and split ends. I recommend one called Hot Sexy Hair by Sexy Hair or Firewall by AG Hair. There is no need to style with a blow dryer if you flat iron. Just dry hair on lowest setting with fingers, section hair to the size of the iron. Use the lowest heat possible that still gives you an ironed look without having to go over it multiple times.