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How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?

Updated on September 15, 2017
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How Much Are Hair Extensions?

Do you want longer, fuller hair? Hair extensions can make your hairstyle change dramatically. Depending on the type of hair you're buying, how much of it you're buying, and who's applying it to your head, hair extensions cost anywhere from $30 to $5,000.

If you are considering buying extensions, read on to understand the different factors that affect cost. The price varies quite a lot and will depend on three factors.

3 Factors That Affect the Cost of Hair Extensions

  1. Type of hair
  2. How much hair you want
  3. Application

Hair extensions have come a long way since they were first introduced around 3400 BCE in Egypt. Nowadays, you have more options.

1. Types of Hair Extensions and What They Cost

Clip-on Hair Extensions

  • These are the cheapest option. They can range anywhere from $30 to $300.
  • They are easy and fast to apply. If you are looking for a temporary hairdo, you should consider buying these.
  • You can find both synthetic and real human hair extension clip-ons at retail stores, such as Sally's Beauty, or on Amazon.

Synthetic Hair Extensions

  • Synthetic hair can range between $50 to $300.
  • While synthetic hair is more affordable than human hair, most will melt when they are exposed to heat, such as a curling iron.
  • One of the benefits of synthetic hair is that it has already been set and pre-styled. That also means it will not get frizzy from humidity or rain.
  • The drawback is that you cannot blow-dry, curl, or color it. It can't be reused like human hair.
  • It also doesn't last as long (usually 1-3 months).
  • If you have a smaller budget and plan on wearing the extension for only a short period of time (one night of clubbing), then a clip-on extension made from synthetic hair is the best choice.

Human Hair Extensions

  • Human hair costs anywhere from $80 to $500.
  • It is the most expensive option, but you definitely get your money's worth because it looks the most natural and lasts the longest.
  • The highest-quality extensions are made of 100% human hair that has not been treated with chemicals. This is also known as "virgin human hair."

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2. The Amount of Hair

The cost of extensions also depends on the length and the amount of hair you want. Obviously, the more hair you need, the more expensive it will cost.

3. Hair Extension Application Methods and Costs

  1. Hot Fusion Bonding. This is a more common method that uses hot glue to attach the extensions to your own hair. This method can cost anywhere between $300 to $500.
  2. Cold Fusion Bonding. Professionals use this method by applying a keratin-based polymer to secure the extension to your hair. While this method is more expensive, the results can last really long (up to half a year). Bonding will set you back $1500-$3000.
  3. Weave. This method is more time consuming as it involves braiding the extension into your natural hair. Some people may choose this method to fill in thinner areas on their scalp. Weaves cost anywhere from $1000 to $5,000.
  4. Coil Hair Extensions. Coil hair extensions involve stringing your hair through tiny copper coils. This method is gentle and does not involve the use of chemicals. It costs $750-$2000.

Where to Buy Hair Extensions

To get the best deals, I suggest buying from online sellers. They can offer comparatively lower prices because they don't have to pay a lot of money for overhead costs.

Other Factors That Affect the Cost of Hair Extensions

1. Color

The cost may also vary with color. Black is the cheapest.

2. Maintenance

You should factor in the cost of maintenance in addition to the initial cost. After your hair extensions have been attached, it's important to follow the specialist's recommendation for maintenance. Taking special care of your new hair extensions will ensure that they last long and stay beautiful!

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Samantha for your feedback!

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      Samantha 3 years ago

      Love hearing all of these comments about hair extensions because I have bee reading up on a lot of them. I so far believe Cashmere Hair is a pretty good brand and from what I read they don't do fake reviews like Bellami Hair and Luxy Hair. I will love for any feedback as well

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      Chicagofrank 3 years ago from Chicago

      Very good article!

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      RomainYanda 4 years ago

      I am new to this site. $3000 for a set of human hair extensions is too much. Yanda Beauty has many types, including remy and Indian hair, for less than that price. http://www.yandaonline.com/servlet/the-Clip-In-Hai...

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      That's a lot of great info! Thanks!

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      Tiffany Letourneau 4 years ago from West Palm Beach,FL

      Great info! I'm brand new and I wrote an article about hair extensions as well its packed with info about the fibers in synthetic hair and the different types of hair (Indian etc) also some tips to keep your hair looking amazing! Check it out(:

      https://hubpages.com/style/Hair-extensions-How-to-...

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      poetmel 4 years ago from Florida

      $3000 for hair extensions are very expensive you can get human vigin hair for a lot less money at http://www.sallyhairextensions.com

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      Kara Niranjana 4 years ago

      I finally found a good "virgin" hair site https://soluxehairextensions.bigcartel.com/

      Too bad they only sell two kinds of hair.. I've never heard of those prices for getting a weave done though!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I spent 3000 on mine and I pay 400 every ten weeks for maintenance! They were done with a variation of the coil technique that is supposed to be the safest for the natural hair. They are very high maintenance but a lifesaver while my hair is growing in after chemotherapy. Voted up!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've wondered about hair extensions - the ones I've heard about were terribly expensive (like, $2,000, and they only lasted about 4 months). That's just too much high-maintenance for me! But heck, if I had the money for it, and I felt it would look good, I might do it! Thanks for this great rundown of the options! Voted up and up! And shared!