We all need a change every now and then. From our clothes to the music we listen to, a little bit of variety is essential to keep a dynamic life. So, why should we have the same hairstyle day in and day out? Wigs were once the rave years ago but then the heat one endures underneath just isn't worth it. Thank God for beauty scientists who created hair extensions, now we can look and feel like a different person any time we want to.

Kinds of Hair Extension

Permanent hair extensions must be weaved, braided, sewed, or glued -- that's more of a commitment than some people are willing to make. What's more, it can be quite expensive and should be done by trained hair professionals in salons. Two types available in Manila are tape extensions and single strand extensions. These can last you four months and needs to be re-attached to the roots, which can cost you another service fee.


 Tape hair extensions are bonded or sealed on sectioned real hair


 Single strand extensions are single strips of hair sealed by heat to melt and attach to your natural hair
 
Clip-on hair extensions are a temporary way to change your look, either for fun and style or as a test drive for permanent hair extensions. Some clip-on hair extensions are small sections of hair attached to metal clips, much like barrettes. This type of clip-on hair extension is not meant to be used alone and you will need at least three or four of them. You simply clip the extension wherever you need added volume or body. Then the hair can be styled as usual. These hair extensions can be either synthetic or natural. 


Clip-on extensions

Pre-styled hair extensions are the easiest type to use since as the name says, it's pre-styled. A popular style for this type is the ponytail. They've even come up with bangs! These extensions are widely available at department stores, beauty supply stores and some grocery stores. They are generally synthetic and low-cost with a short lifespan. 

Types of Hair 

Human hair comes from a wide range of countries although the majority of human hair comes from India and Europe. As you can imagine, it's more expensive than synthetic hair but comes in many varieties, and looks the most natural. The cost of the types of hair available varies according to quality of the hair of some of which can be cheaper than others. European hair is the most expensive on the market but is certainly the most premium quality available. There's also virgin human hair which is hair that was never colored or treated. It's softer than regular human hair but more difficult to style and curl due to its natural softness, and is also more pricey.

Synthetic man-made hair is much cheaper as there is no limit to the supply. The most obvious drawback would bethat it will never be a perfect match for your own hair. However, it is a great choice for someone wanting to change their look from time to time without getting into major expense. 

Mixed blends are blend of 100% human hair and synthetic. 

Color

There's a wide variety of shades for blondes, brunettes and redheads. Hair extensions have been so widely popular that manufacturers make them in varying brightness and lightness too. 

Length 

It ranges from 6 inches to 28 inches. 

My choice

I've researched different manufacturers online, got various quotations from them and even visited their showrooms just to find my perfect blend. After a week of deliberation, I decided to go for European human hair extension (but not virgin) clip-ons 16" in length in my current hair shade.


 My most current photo without hair extensions, with my very good friend Sol (who should start her own food blog!).
 

Two hair styles using the same set of hair extensions. 
L: Beach waves; R: Curls in one-sided pony

 
My reasons are as follows:

European human hair (but not virgin) - I want the most natural looking hair and the easiest to style. Virgin hair is too soft it cannot hold on styles as easily as the regular human hair extensions out in the market. While my problem on synthetic hair is that it's not as natural-looking and it can't be re-styled. The major advantage of natural hair is that it can be treated and maintained pretty much as you would your own hair.
 
Clip-ons - I cannot imagine how I can thorougly clean my scalp with hair glued on my natural hair. I'm also as clumsy as anyone can get, I just know I'd end up brushing or rinsing too hard if I choose permanent extensions. Besides, I like leaving my hair (a "lob" long bob right now) as it is sometimes, too. 
 
16" - I'm only average in height, I cannot afford to have my hair too long or it will drag me down looking shorter. 
 
Current shade - for obvious reasons! 
 
I got mine from a European supplier I met recently. If you want to order, please contact me here so I can give you more details on available stocks and price. So far, this has been one of the best investments I've made this year. I feel a huge leap of confidence when wearing these locks of magic!