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How Do Hair Extensions Work?

The world of hair extensions can be quite daunting.

There are thousands of brands, dozens of methods & hairstylists claiming to be the best — and if you’re new to the extension world, it can be so easy to get overwhelmed. 

At Crown Salon, it is important to us that you are fully educated before jumping into the world of hair extensions. It is so important to do your research because the health of your hair (and not to mention your pocketbook!) is at stake.

This leads us to a very important first step in your hair extension journey:

The Consultation

This is by far the most important step in the whole extension process

It’s very important that we get to see your hair in person, in it’s natural state. This way we can determine a few very important things:

  1. If you are a good candidate for hair extensions based on the length of your existing hair, health, and density.
  2. What method would be best for you based on the density of your hair.
  3. What colors we need to blend to give you your perfect match. 

It’s also the perfect time for us to discuss maintenance, at home care, and of course, price.

This is the best time to get every single hair extension question you can think of out on the table. 

If you decide hair extensions are right for you, then on to step 2! 

Financial Planning

It is important to us that we help you understand the financial commitment of hair extensions so you can be fully prepared.

Before we are able to schedule your extension appointment, a deposit will be required. We do this for two reasons: Firstly, because we often need to order your hair for you before your hair appointment. Secondly, we will need to set aside a significant amount of time aside for your extension appointment and this time must be secured with a deposit. 

Along with your deposit, you will sign a deposit form & hair extension waiver. To view this in advance you may do so here: Hair Extension Waiver

Appointment Day!

Before Hair Extensions

When you arrive for your appointment we hope you are excited — it’s extension day!

Don’t worry about coming with clean hair — we will wash it and dry it for you to ensure we have a completely clean surface before starting. Your hair will also most likely be out and ready for you. At this point, your hairstylist will go over any last minute questions you may have and recap what you discussed during your consultation. 

Before we get started, we will likely ask for your permission to take a “before” photo.

We do this because it’s so fun for you to see the results side by side — and we love to share them to our social media pages. If you don’t feel comfortable taking photos that’s totally fine! It’s completely optional. 

After your hair has been shampooed and blown out, we are ready for the next step! 

Application

  1. We section your hair into a clean parting and we remove the sticky backing of the medical grade adhesive – we then apply this about 1/8-1/4 inch away from your scalp by sliding it down the hair strands from the part. 
  2. When applied, the medical grade adhesive will pick up the perfect amount of your natural hair. We lift it up and clean up the section before usually applying a second piece of the tape to the back to create a “sandwich”. Sometimes we use a single-sided method and will not apply a second piece, just a piece of backing adhesive to hold it in place. 
  3. We use light pressure to ensure that the adhesive is snugly attached and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. We do this in strategic sections being careful to leave the appropriate amount of space is kept away from your hairline so that you won’t have any extensions showing while wearing your hair up or down. 

Blending

Once your extensions are in but are not yet blended, you might be wondering what you got yourself into.

Your new hair extensions don’t look quite right. Don’t worry — we are just about to get to the most technical (and vital) step in making your extensions look like your own: the blending. 

We have a wide range of tools and tricks in our arsenal to blend your hair extensions, and this is where we see the most mistakes made by other stylists.

If hair extensions are not properly blended they can stick out and make your new, added hair look obvious (improper color-matching will also cause this issue). 

Once your hair has been perfectly blended, it’s time to show you how to style your new extensions! 

Styling

You may love your hair in a more natural state after your blending, but it’s also fun to try something new.

Your Crown stylist will offer to do something a little extra special with your styling and teach you how to use a curling wand, flat iron, curling iron or hot rollers to style your new extensions while recommending the best products to take care of your extensions.

Photoshoot

If we got before photos, we definitely need to get some cute afters!

Have fun, be yourself, and let us snap some photos of your gorgeous new extensions! 

Aftercare & Adios

It’s time to say goodbye — but before we do, we have a gift for you!

As a thank you for getting your extensions done at Crown we will gift you $100 worth of aftercare products to ensure you are using only the best on your new extensions.

Shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, and a Bellami hair brush are all included in your gift. You will also be given a copy of our hair extension care guide to take home with you. 

Since you’ve already paid your deposit you will simply pay the remainder of your extension cost and we will set up your next maintenance appointment. If you are using CareCredit, we will charge your account at this time. 

That may be all for now — but our relationship is just beginning!

We are always here for you to answer any questions and to ensure that you are totally happy we always offer to tweak anything you are not 100% satisfied with after your extension appointment. 

Curious if hair extensions are right for you?

Please reach out! We would love to chat with you.  You can reserve your consultation here: Book Now!

You can also send us a text at tel:7192478104.

If you want to read Laura’s, our model, blog post about her experience getting extensions at Crown Salon, click here!

We look forward to seeing you in our chair soon!