Whether you’re looking for hair regrowth or simply looking to add volume or length to your hair, lots of women look to weaves and extensions. Long, full, wavy styles are super hot and all over the runways these days. Who doesn’t want long, luscious locks like celebs Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Solange Knowles sport? What’s not in the news though, is the damage and hair loss some of these very people have suffered from their extensions. If you’ve noticed your hair isn’t as full as it used to be and you’re searching for hair regrowth methods, extensions or weaves may be the temporary, quick fix you’re looking for, but buyer beware!

Who are they for?

Weaves and extensions can be fused/glued in, woven in, looped in or even clipped in for a temporary glam look. While extensions can be used on virtually any hair type, weaves typically work better in textured hair than fine or thin hair. If you are looking for hair regrowth methods because of damaged hair, hair extensions and weaves may not be the quick fix you’re looking for, as they really should only be applied to healthy hair.

If you’re concerned about the health of your hair and are willing to wait, there are hair regrowth products online and diet tips for hair regrowth available to help you repair the damage you’ve done to your hair. If you’re thinking weaves or extensions are for you, you’re going to want a recommended professional with lots of experience to achieve the most natural look and minimize damage to your hair. Also, you’re going to need two things to get the best look…time and money! Installation can take hours and costs can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

What are they made of?

The hair used to make up your weave or extension will determine the price. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Synthetic hair will be your most budget friendly option, but may not blend as well with your natural hair, and oftentimes it cannot withstand heat processing, so you may have to forego the hot irons and hairdrying. Human hair will cost more, but you will reap the benefits of having a more natural look and texture. Human hair also varies in quality, the most expensive and desirable being virgin hair, which has never been processed in any way, meaning the donor never colored or chemically altered her hair. Remy hair is the also top quality, with all the strands having the cuticle intact and aligned in the same direction. Obviously, you’re going to pay a hefty price for virgin hair and Remy hair.

How are they installed?

There are many methods of installing hair extensions. Hair extensions can be fused, or glued, taped, clipped or looped with micro loops. Weaves are pre-made rows of extensions (called wefts) that are woven into your pre-braided hair with a needle and thread from ear to ear. Some believe that that hair extensions and weaves can both be methods of hair regrowth if properly installed, maintained and removed, since as your faux hair is subjected to all the manipulation, your natural hair can be given a break and allowed to grow out without as much daily abuse. The opposite can be true though as weaves and extensions can cause damage to your hair if they are improperly bonded, maintained or removed. It can be a very risky process that can cause damage and permanent hair loss. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of each method with your hair care professional to ensure the method you select will give you the outcome you desire with the least amount of damage to your natural hair.

If you’re looking for hair regrowth methods because you want to add length or volume to your hair, weaves or extensions will give you a temporary fix, but should only be worn for short times to prevent damage to the natural hair. If hair regrowth and hair health are important to you, you’ll want to do your best to nourish and protect your natural hair, but if you must look to weaves and extensions, look into find the best stylist with experience and familiarize you with the pros and cons of each installation method.