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Hair Extensions Price - Here's How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost

Fashion Blog Tue Sep 15 2020

Hair extensions are the easiest, surefire ways to get celebrity-style long and voluminous hair. While the prices of hair extensions depend on the quality and length, average hair extensions at a professional salon costs around $200 to $600 depending on the location of the salon and the demand of the stylist.

On the lower priced end, clip-in and tape-in extensions fall around the $200 range while sew-in, fusion or micro-beads range from $600 to a whopping $3,500 for a full-head of long and permanent extensions attached in cold-fusion style.


Talking about the quality, even lower quality extensions can cost you between $150 to $300 while higher quality pieces like virgin hair can cost between $250-$500 for partial head and $1,000-$2,500 for full head.


Average Cost of Extensions By Type

Hair extension type

Average price

Clip-in

$100 to $500

Tape-in

$200+

Weave

$100 to $600

Glued-in

$300 to $500

Sew-in

$275+

Fusion

$200 to $1,000

Bonded

$1,500 to $3,000

Micro-bead

$200+


Clip-In Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Best suited for thick to medium hair.
  • - Lasts 6 to 8 months when worn on a daily basis.
  • - Lasts 1 year if not worn as frequently.
  • - Hassle-free application and removal.
  • - Great for temporary usage without the damage.

Cons,

  • - If cheap clip-ins are used, the extensions may slip out easily.


Varying with the quantity, a 20 inches clip-in hair extensions costs around $100 while 30 inches long hair can cost around $500. 

They are a quick and easy solution for thinning hair. Clip-in extensions cost less than the others since they are temporary extensions which you yourself can easily clip-in into your hair. 

However, as mentioned above, cheap quality clips come with a weaker grip so you may want to be careful with extremely low-priced clip-in extensions.


Tape-In Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Best suited for thick to medium hair.
  • - Lasts easily between 6 to 8 weeks.
  • - Easy application.
  • - Lays flat against the scalp which makes them secure and discreet.

Cons,

  • - Easily tangles with your natural hair.
  • - Messy removal process which leaves sticky residue behind.


Starting at an affordable price of $200, tape-in extensions are segments of real human hair attached to a double-sided keratin tape. These 2 inches wide segments are applied close to your roots and they are overlapped with your natural hair in a “sandwiched” style so that they blend in seamlessly. 

The application process is quick and easy since the extensions have a coating that only needs to be peeled and applied. The ease of application is what makes the tape-in extensions more affordable than the others. Other hair extensions that are designed for thin hair take more time to put in your hair which makes them significantly pricier than tape-ins. 

When they are properly installed, these semi-permanent extensions feature thin tapes that lay completely flat and are untraceable beneath your natural hair. They are so discreet that they can be easily pulled up into a ponytail as long as they are not taped in too close to the roots.


Sew-In Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Best suited for thick hair.
  • - Lasts for 2 to 6 weeks.
  • - Affordable price.
  • - Doesn’t use heat that can damage your hair.

Cons,

  • - Creates added tension on the scalp leading to weaker roots overtime.

Starting at a cost-effective price of $275, sew-in hair extensions involve a technique of sewing extensions around your natural hair using a fine needle and thread. Every separate track of sewn-in hair costs an additional $60. 

Permanent sew-in extensions will cost you less than fusion extensions, but more than clip-in extensions since sew-ins require more effort on the part of the stylists.

Braid-in extensions are not always priced the same as sew-in extensions as not all sew-ins come with braids. Nowadays, stylists pin your entire hair back and sew-in the extensions securely and evenly around your head before releasing your hair for quicker application and more natural finish.


Real Hair Weave Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Best suited for thick hair.
  • - Lasts upto 8 weeks.
  • - Gives a natural look.
  • - Extensions stay in place and look well put together.

Cons,

  • - Can be painful if attached to braids.
  • - Can cause hair fall overtime.

Real hair weave extensions can be weaved into your natural hair for $100 to $600 depending on the type of weave, quality of extensions and the length of the hair. This cost includes the price of hair extensions plus the time stylist needs to weave them in. 

A full-head weave requires 6 to 10 tracks of extensions. Thin-hair beauties are not advised to go for weave in style extensions as these are best suited for naturally thick hair.


Fusion Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Suitable for all hair types.
  • - Lasts for more than 3 months.
  • - Almost invisible extensions.

Cons,

  • - Unskilled removal can damage the hair and weaken hair roots.

Ranging from glue-ins, bonded to nano and microbead, micro link and micro loop, fusion hair extensions carry an exhaustive range which is why they are priced at $200 to $1,000. 

Fusion extensions can be applied in cold fusion style which do not require heat as an adhesive making them less damaging, however, more costly.


Glued-In Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Best suited for medium to thick hair.
  • - Lasts between 4 to 8 weeks.
  • - Blends beautifully with your natural hair.

Cons,

  • - Removal process makes use of acetone which can weaken your hair.

Priced between $300 to $500, glued-in extensions use low-heat iron to melt the pre-bonded keratin extensions onto your natural hair. These extensions are not suited for fine or thin hair as the heated glue thickens the bonds. For women with naturally voluminous hair, glued-in extensions provide a strong hold.


Bonded Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Suitable for all hair types.
  • - Lasts between 3 to 6 months.
  • - Does not require heat.

Cons,

  • - High maintenance and upkeep.

Keratin based extensions cost $1,500 to $3,000. In this technique, keratin-based polymer is used to attach the extensions onto your hair without heat which makes them less-damage to your hair.


Micro-Beads Hair Extensions Cost

Pros,

  • - Best suited for thin hair.
  • - Last 2 to 6 months.
  • - Highly-Durable.
  • - Lightweight and less-damaging.
  • - Looks natural

Cons,

  • - Requires maintenance every 2 months.
  • - Needs extra care during styling.

Starting from $200, the difference in the price comes from size, colors and style of beads or links used. 

This technique uses tiny beads to secure extensions into place without using glue, heat or sew-in.


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