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Not all hair extensions are created equal

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

Here at Beauty Bar, we are OBSESSED with the instant gratification of hair extensions. In just a few short hours, you can have fuller and thicker hair! But what kind is right for you? How much do they cost? What's the maintenance? This blog post will answer all your questions! So let's dive right in!

Tape- In Extensions

The Pros

  • Application time of less than 90 minutes, this is the fastest method for applying hair extensions.

  • Easy to apply as no heat or other tools are required.

  • Minimal damage to the natural hair.

  • Reduces strain on your head as the extensions are spread over large areas of the head.

  • Lend a natural look to your tresses as they lay flat against your head.

  • Extensions can be reused 3 times before needing replaced.

The Cons

  • The adhesive tape needs time to cure for 24-48 hours, so you can not wash your hair or undertake any strenuous activities that can cause you to sweat.

  • You can not apply any silicone based products or oil to your hair as they may cause the extensions to slip down.

  • Not recommended for swimmers.

  • Hair cannot be comfortably tied up for the first 1-2 weeks.

The Maintenance

  • Must use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Drug store products will damage the extensions.

  • A move up appointment should be every 6-12 weeks, depending on the hair growth.

  • New hair will need to be purchased after 3 move up appointment.

The Cost

  • Price of hair : $100+ per pack

3-6 packs required

  • Application Time: 1-2 Hours

  • Removal Time: 45 Minutes

  • Reapplication Time: 2+ Hours

  • Install cost: $100-$300

  • Removal Cost: $50

Micro Bead Extensions

The Pros

  • Extensions are installed by having small silicon beads threaded to small sections of your own hair. The stylists will then clamp each piece to have it stay in place.

  • Good for most type of hair, except extremely slick hair because of the chance of slippage.

  • More versatile when styling.

The Cons

  • Not ideal for clients with super fine or slippery hair.

  • Avoid oils or slick products near the scalp.

  • They are hard to sleep on as you can feel the beads on your head.

  • Application can take up to 4 hours.

The Maintenance

  • Must use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Drug store products will damage the extensions.

  • An adjustment is needed every 4-8 weeks to avoid the hair from twisting and dreading.

The Cost

  • Price of hair: $100 per pack

4-8 packs required

  • Application time: 4+ hours

  • Move up: 4-8 weeks

  • Install cost: $400

  • Move up cost: $150

  • Removal cost: $50

Hand-Tied Extensions

The Pros

  • Does not require heat or glue for application, thus reducing the damage to your hair.

  • You can apply oil or silicone styling products to your hair.

  • Can last for 2-3 months if maintained properly.

  • Virtually invisible, which makes it look super natural.

  • Recommended for people with shoulder length or longer hair.

  • Adds tons of volume

  • Extensions can be reused for 12-24 months.

The Cons

  • Hair takes a long time to dry and style.

  • The extensions can weigh down and cause headaches for the first day or two.

  • If not washed and dried properly, your weave runs the risk of developing a bacterial infection... which is just gross.

The Maintenance

  • Must use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Drug store products will damage the extensions.

  • Appointments can alternate between a complete application and a maintenance appointment (Note: Not everyone will qualify for a maintenance appointment and will need their hair resewn in every time)

The Cost

  • Price of hair: $300-$600 per bundle

1-2 Bundles required

  • Application time: 1-2.5 hours

  • Maintenance: 6-8 weeks

  • Install cost: $100 per row

  • Custom cut cost: $50

  • Removal cost: $50

Halo Extensions

The Pros

  • Extensions are temporary. Put them in when you want and take it off every night!

  • No long term expenses. Buy the hair, we show you how to use it, and that's it!

  • Do not need to wash it while on your head

The Cons

  • This is temporary. It does not stay in your hair for more than one day.

  • The wire can feel like it is slipping if you have fine and/or silky hair.

  • Can not wear your hair up in a high pony or bun.

The Maintenance

  • Wash your extensions at least once a month.

  • Must use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

The Cost

  • Price of hair: $300-$850

  • Application time: 5 minutes

  • Move up: N/A

  • Cost: $50 for fitting and custom cut

  • Removal Cost: N/A

Disclaimer- Hair extensions range in price based on a variety of factors, like quality of the hair, the type of extension, and the amount of hair needed to achieve the desired look.

And that's it! If you are interested in getting a consultation appointment, please call the salon 814-616-8338 or book online at

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