The 15 Best Hair Extension Brands Money Can Buy
Meet the expert:
Priscilla Valles, celebrity popularizer
Can you detail the different types of extensions?
“Imagine a skirt of hula hair — that’s what weft extensions are,” Valles explains. Weft extensions are usually installed by braiding the hair into cornrows and sewing the wefts to the braids. “In my experience and what I’ve seen over the years, wefts work much better with coarser textured hair than fine/fine hair because the weight of the weft can be too heavy (the anchors ) and can damage the scalp,” she adds.
Keratin extensions are a Valles favorite and one of Glam Seamless’s bestsellers. “It’s the Rolls Royce of extensions. You can create an entire hair with these and you can add as many colors as you want. The best part is that you can get really creative with color placement. is the most natural result because it’s so lightweight and moves and flows like natural hair does,” she explains.
Microlinks are another way to get volume. With microlinks, the links are attached to small pieces of your natural hair and then secured with clips.
“Every girl should have a pair of clips in her vanity,” Valles says. “They’re an easy way to add length and volume and are typically used for weddings or special events.”
Clip-in ponytails are ideal for those looking for a quick hairstyle and an even faster removal process.
How do you decide which extensions are best for you?
Determining which extensions are right for you depends on your hair goal. Valles adds that you need to keep in mind whether your hair is thick or thin, colored, and your lifestyle. “You always have to remember that you’re paying for what you get. If the extensions cost less than $500, that may be too good.
What are the best practices for maintaining your extensions and ensuring their longevity?
You should always wash your extensions, but Valles says it’s good to go the extra mile and “give them a nice blowout” and store them properly. “You want to put them in a nice silk bag, brush them before you put them in the bag, and brush them after. Handle them with care,” she adds.