Extensions are an amazing way to add length and volume to your bridal updo. Fusion bond and tape ins are a great alternative to clip in extensions if you would like to have long, voluminous hair for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon in addition to your wedding day! Here are a couple things to consider when choosing which type of extensions to try out:
Fusion extensions- Nice, discreet hair that is easy to style up or down, and lasts anywhere from 3-5 months depending on how they are cared for after installation. This method uses a small keratin bond which is heated up and wrapped around to adhere to a small strand of your natural hair.
The initial cost of hair averages from $340- $408 depending on in person consultation (current and desired hair length, color, density and texture will determine this and can fluctuate from average), plus an hourly rate for installation. These last a lot longer, but are more time consuming to put in ($100/hr) (3-5hrs including a cut/texturizing to blend the hair seamlessly) than tape ins. You can get touch ups, and the hair is reusable (up to 3x).
Tape ins- nice, discreet, seamless hair that lasts 2-4 months with proper after care. The initial cost of hair averages from $440-$528 depending on in person consultation (current and desired hair length, color, density and texture will determine this), plus an hourly rate for installation. With this method, the hair is attached with medical grade adhesive, and is applied in as little as 1 hour. Install lasts 1-2hrs including a cut/texturizing to blend the extensions into your natural hair seamlessly, and the hair can be reapplied up to 3x after it is removed.
How to care for your extensions:
*Use a soft bristle brush, nylon extension brush or a looper brush to detangle hair.
*Start at the bottom of their hair working their way up to the top. Always hold the section in one hand and detangle with the other, as to not put stress on the hair.
*Using a slow motion, wash the extensions from the top down while gently working the shampoo in, then rinse. Apply the conditioner to the mid shaft of the hair to the ends. (Never scrub too hard, as this can cause matting)
*Use quality shampoo and conditioner and styling products that DO NOT contain sulfates. It can break down the bond faster than wanted. Use lightweight products so they do not cause build up on the extensions.
*Only apply hair product below the bond of the extension. Ingredients in styling products can break down the bond of the hair if applied directly to the bond.
*Using heat and hot tools are perfectly fine as long as you do not concentrate the heat at the root of their hair where the bond is placed and the temperature is not set too hot.
*Never go to bed with wet hair. Always sleep with hair in a loose braid or bun to avoid tangling.
I have personally worn both, and love both! They are both easy to style up or down, and look very natural. Every extension application comes with a complimentary trim-Texturizing and layering to seamlessly blend your natural hair with your new extensions. Both are fun and completely gorgeous, it just depends on which is more suited to your tastes, and preferences! General pricing info is below: