When our clients come for hair extensions in our Manchester salon, they often have a few questions about hair extension refits. Obviously you can’t just let your natural hair grow and grow without adjusting the extensions, or your extensions are going to get in a tangled mess after a few inches of growth. This means that if you want to keep wearing hair extensions, you’ll have to come in from time to time and have them refitted. There are a few questions we repeatedly get asked about this aspect of hair extension installation, so we decided to enlighten you in this article.
Keep reading for our Q&A on hair extension refits:
Can I re-use the same hair?
Yes, you absolutely can use the same hair. That’s essentially why it’s called a refit – you’re reinstalling the hair we gave you at your first appointment. You won’t be able to use the same hair indefinitely though, because hair extensions are technically dead hair. Since they won’t be receiving nutrients from the scalp the way your natural hair does, they’re going to get tired over time and need replacing.
How long should my hair extensions last?
On average, we would expect your hair to last for between 6 and 12 months. You should get at least one or two refits out of your hair, depending on a couple of factors: a) the quality of the hair you bought, and b) how well you’ve looked your extensions.
Not all hair is of equal quality, and the price of the hair reflects this. We only sell top quality hair at our Manchester hair extension salon, but standard European hair is cheaper than the higher quality Russian Remy hair, so as you can imagine, the Russian hair is going to last longer. It’s normal to get a year or more out of Russian hair extensions.
How often will I need my hair extension refits?
As your own hair grows, the hair extensions will start to move down too. So when the extensions have moved down to around 1.5 inches from your scalp, it’s the ideal time to have them reinstalled. If you leave it much longer than this, the hair they’re attached to may get tangled and (potentially) damaged.
How often you have the hair extensions reinstalled also depends on the type of extensions you have. For example:
Glue (fusion bond) or tape-in extensions will need to be changed every 4 to 8 weeks
Sew-in extensions will need refitting every 6 to 8 weeks
Micro ring extensions should be refitted at between 3 and 4 months, but if your hair grows particularly fast, it could be necessary after 2 months
We think micro rings are the best extensions for various reasons, and since they refits are needed less often, you’ll probably agree.
Should I take a break between hair extension refits?
No, you don’t need to have any breaks. This is because we always attach your hair extensions to your new hair growth. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a break if you want to, but if you wish to keep wearing extensions all year around, provided you maintain them properly and refit when necessary you won’t have any problems.
Will I lose any hair if I keep having hair extensions refitted?
You’ll always lose hair anyway – this is part of your natural hair shedding cycle and it would happen with or without extensions. Most people lose around 80 to 100 hairs every day, which sounds like a lot – but we’re guessing you never notice it! However, the hair you shed that has extensions attached to it won’t actually drop out, as it’s fixed to the ring. This might make it seem like you’re losing a lot of hair when you see the extensions coming out at your appointment – but don’t worry, it’s normal.
It’s also normal to lose a few extensions over time too, and sometimes this can be down to your natural hair shedding. If you lose any, for the first three months we’ll refit them free of charge for you.
Will it cost a lot to have hair extensions reinstalled?
As you might imagine, it takes us less time to refit hair extensions than it does to carry out the initial appointment. You’re also paying for the hair the first time, so the initial cost will be a lot more than a refit. How much it costs to refit the hair will depend on how many extensions you’ve got and how long it takes to refit them, so we can give you an idea of that once we know those details.
We hope this article has answered your questions about hair extension refits, but if there’s anything you’re still not sure about, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
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