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Permanent vs. Temporary Hair Extensions



When you make the decision to have hair extensions, there are so many options available that the mind boggles. Apart from the fact that you need to make a decision whether to have synthetic or human hair extensions, there are many other things to take into consideration as well - one of them being whether to have permanent or temporary hair extensions.

Of course, a lot depends on your reason for having hair extensions. If you simply feel like a change now and then, then temporary extensions are the ones for you. On the other hand, if you want a total change and something that is going to last for a long time, then obviously you will go for the permanent ones.

Temporary, or clip-on hair extensions are a lot easier and less expensive as well. The clip-on hair extensions allow you to do the extensions yourself, whenever you feel like having long hair. It is simply a matter of clipping them in, and away you go. They are removed before you go to sleep at night, and before you wash your hair, so they last a lot longer than their permanent cousins.

Clip-on, or temporary hair extensions last for about eight months, and, since they are only clipped onto your hair, are not at all damaging to your own hair. This type of hair extension is great for special events as they can then be removed. Or, they are also useful if you wake up one morning and decide that you want long hair - just for the day.

Permanent hair extensions are vastly different to temporary hair extensions, as they have to be professionally done, so are a lot more expensive. Here you have two options of how to have the extensions permanently fixed to your own hair. They can either be glued strand-by-strand to your own hair, or braided into your own hair in wefts.

These hair extensions once attached to your own hair, can be treated precisely as you would your own hair and will last for a long time if properly cared for. Of course, with permanent hair extensions, if for some reason you want to or need to have them removed, this has to be carried out by a professional.

Either method has stunning results as well as disadvantages. In the first option, chemicals are used to attach each strand of hair - these chemicals can be damaging to your hair. On the other hand, while the weft method doesn’t damage your hair, it has a different disadvantage. After about two months the weft has to be removed and re-attached due to your natural hair-growth. This process naturally adds to the cost of your hair extensions.

Whether you want to take the plunge and go for permanent hair extensions, or prefer to go slowly and make use of the temporary ones, they are all out there - make a choice and get the one that suits you best.