The Cost of Hair Extensions Revealed

the cost of hair extensions

Hair extensions can not only add length and volume, but they could possibly even change your life.  Yes, you heard that right.  Hair extensions are life-changing!  If you have lived your whole life with thin, fine or short hair, chances are you’re not going to grow more hair magically overnight.  Until now, thanks to hair extensions.

A common misconception is that hair extensions cost thousands of dollars.  We’re here to reveal the truth behind the cost of hair extensions and how to determine you’re getting your money’s worth.

The Cost of Hair Extensions Revealed

Hair Extension Method

First and foremost, the cost of hair extensions depends on the hair extension method.  From micro-links to tape in hair extensions, there is a method that will solve your biggest hair insecurities.  Below we have listed the different hair extension methods with a buying guide ($) to give you a better idea.

Hot Fusion or Keratin Bond ($$$$-$$$$$): Applied using a Keratin U-tip bond and heat, an application can take anywhere between 6-8 hours.  However, one application can last between 4-6 months, but the hair will not be reusable.  Most suitable for medium to thick density hair and clients who prefer not to frequent the salon.

Cold Fusion, Micro-Links or I-Tip ($$$$-$$$$$): With cold fusion, hair is pulled through a small bead or lock and clamped shut with a tool.  The application is also lengthy, ranging from 4-6 hours and hair will not be reusable after first application.  Also most suitable for medium to thick density hair and for those who prefer only to visit their stylist every six months.

Tape in Hair Extensions ($-$$$$): One of the most cost-effective methods of hair extensions, as the hair is reusable.  Tape in hair extensions are applied to the hair using single or double-sided polyurethane tape. The application only lasts between 30 min to an hour for experienced stylists and can be used on all types of hair.  Hair will need to be reapplied after 6-8 weeks of wear.

Glue-in ($-$$): Short-term method of hair extensions that only last until the next time you want to shower.  Glue is applied to wefts of hair and then attached to the hair.  Suitable for all types of hair, but we recommend not using this as a full-time method of hair extensions as the glue could damage your hair.

Sew-in or Braided ($-$$):  Most suitable for thick, coarse hair, braids are used to create a natural base for the extension wefts.  Another method that we do not recommend using as a full-time method of hair extensions as the braids could cause hair loss over an extended period.

Clip in Extensions ($-$$): Perfect for a special occasion, where you want to take your hair in and out with clips.  Hair can be purchased from either a stylist or online retailer.  Human hair will allow you to style the hair as normal with hot tools.

Micro-Link Skin Weft ($$-$$$): Hair is pulled through silicone lined micro-link skin wefts and clamped shut with a closing tool.  The application only lasts about an hour and the hair is reusable.  Most suitable for medium to thick density hair.



The price of hair extensions also depends on weight and length.  The longer the hair, the higher the price tag.  However, it’s important to consider the amount of hair you’re receiving to make sure you are truly getting what you paid for.  Double drawn means that 100% of the hair used in the weft is one length.  However, this can look extremely unnatural, as most of us have natural layers.  Some companies will advertise 20” hair and add in a variety shorter hairs (12”-18”) to cut down on costs and make the hair appear thicker.  With a reasonable ratio of short to long hairs, your hair will look natural with full ends and natural layers.

A quick trick to determine if there are too many short hairs is to hold the hair from top to bottom and shake it.  The shorts hairs will then become visible.  If a significant amount of hair pops out, then you may want to rethink where you are purchasing your hair.

Check out this quick video that shows you how to check the long to short hair ratio!


Hair Extension Brand

The price of hair extensions can vary from brand to brand.  Stylists, always purchase hair from salon professional only brands who do not sell to the general public.  Usually, professional only companies give you access to education, and you will be able to offer your clients exclusive products with better quality.  Also, you will be able to get the hair at a wholesale cost, rather than standard pricing.

If you are not a stylist looking to purchase semi-permanent hair extensions, find a certified stylist in your area who can apply them for you.  Set up a consultation to provide your stylist with your biggest hair issues and they will be able to find the perfect solution for your hair and lifestyle.  We’ve all seen the horror stories of women either applying or removing their hair extensions themselves and causing irreversible damage to their hair.  Don’t be one of those women just to save a few bucks!


Hair Quality

If you’re comparing prices between two companies, it’s important to consider the quality of hair.  High-grade vs. low-grade Remy human hair can be a 20-30% difference in price.  High-grade Remy hair will allow you to reuse the hair for up to a year with proper care and maintenance.  Unlike low-grade, high-grade Remy human hair will have the cuticle intact, which will keep your hair extensions from tangling and matting.

When it comes to hair extensions, the cost comes down to the method and the brand.  Although we can’t provide exact numbers, the truth is you can find affordable hair extensions that look and feel natural.  Hair extensions don’t cost thousands of dollars, and they are more widely available to the general public for women just like you.  First, find a hair extension method that works best for you and go from there.  You’ll have the hair of your dreams in no time!