How Much Do Weave Hair Extensions Cost?
A hair weave is a process when the hair is “weaved” strand by strand, rather than getting sewn together all as one. This is a fairly common type because of the affordability. According to Wikipedia, this common procedure will take anywhere from 100 to 300 extensions to complete a full job.
How much is it?
- A procedure that isn’t going to include the hair can cost anywhere from $100 to $400+. Those who want to include the hair, plan on budgeting an additional $10-$100 per package. This will depend on the brand, length and how much hair you need. A single weave will cost about $5, but it could be higher for longer hair.
- A common method, known as Fusion Technology, can cost anywhere from $650 to $1,800. This method includes both the weave and the hair.
- Another procedure, known as the Saw In Weave involves a net that is placed over the hair. The weave will then be sewn into the netting, and this procedure will be anywhere from $100 to $1,500.
- Overall, a low-end weave will cost around $100, while a higher quality weave can cost as much as $2,500 at an upper scale salon.
- To purchase the products to have the job done at home, the prices can range anywhere from $19 to as much as $75 for just the supplies. This will depend on the length of the hair, the quality of the hair and the retailer selling it.
What is going to be included?
- During the process, the hair will be woven into a structure, and the weft will be attached to create a natural look. The process is gentle and natural looking. Of all hair extension methods, it won’t pull your hair, preventing damage done in the future.
- There are three ways a stylist can attach the extensions to your natural hair: via keratin, micro-rings or plaits. Keratin is similar to a glue, and it will be invisible once it dries. This is an insoluble protein which occurs naturally in your hair. Micro-rings are tinier metal clips which are squeezed into your hair using special pliers. Plaits, commonly done with afro hair, will be woven in your hair with small plaits close to your scalp.
- Depending on the quality, good extensions can last four to six months. Lower quality, however, can last as little as two months.
What are the extra costs?
- During on the weave, tightening and maintenance will be required in order to keep them looking fresh and healthy. A regular maintenance appointment can cost anywhere from $10 to $40 per “track.” Experts will recommend this is done every four weeks.
- For those who are going to purchase the supplies themselves, human quality hair is going to cost more than the synthetic hair. Real hair can cost upwards of $3,000+ depending on how much is going to be needed. The best quality that can be purchased is often referred to as “virgin” hair. This type of hair is going to be hair from a previous person who didn’t have it treated or have any type of chemicals in it.
Tips to know
- Salons will recommend combs designed solely for extensions. These specially made brushes will make sure your hair lasts longer than usual.
- You should wash your hair more often since your hair will need extra care. It’s okay to stick with your original shampoo, however. If you fail to wash your hair frequently, the oil in your hair can damage the bonds between your hair and the extensions.
How can I save money?
- Consider having a friend do it for you. Some weaves really aren’t that hard to place. To find supplies, consider low-cost online retailers such as BeautyTrends.com.
- Many beauty schools in your neighborhood need people to practice on. These schools can generally do the procedure at 50% of the local salon cost.
- All states don’t require a license for a stylist to put in hair extensions. Because of this, make sure you talk with one personally and look at their portfolio to see the work they have done in the past.