Things to watch for when purchasing Extensions

I posted an article last week on Hair Extensions as an introduction but this is a topic that I cover at least twice a week with a new client: New Hair extensions.



Questions about it.

I would like to share with you my secret to finding the best quality hair extensions on the market. Hair extensions that not only meet your expectations in terms of installation time, also texture, comfort, & versatility. Most will stop at nothing to get the best quality extensions available. The hunt for good Hair extensions can last for days sometimes weeks especially if you are new to the game and not sure what companies are reliable.

Thankfully, I have had tons of experience and a lot of people ask me daily my opinion on different extensions and what I thought about them for long term use. This isn’t just as a stylist but because I too wear extensions almost daily. There are a few quality requirements that good extensions would have to meet in order to be considered a top-notch product for anyone– new to extensions or not.

So what sets all of these different types of extensions apart? There are a few different grades of hair to be considered.


Kanekelon, Futura and other Synthetic Hair

Kanekelon hair is a synthetic fiber comprised of a number of different chemicals making it flame retardant. It responds well to hot water if you’re using it to set curls. I recommend this type of hair if you’re planning on doing braided extensions which have regained popularity over the last few years.

When using kanekelon on a client, I typically use this hair for securing braids on shorter hair. Or straight fine hair if my client has requested a sew-in. It can also be used for the ever so popular crochet braids a style I talked about in a previous article. This hair responds well to hot water. Once installed, the ends are typically dipped in hot water after being braided completely or set in rollers or curlers. It does not work well with hot tools ( Curling irons, curling wands, flat irons, hot combs) I found that using a blow-dryer on low heat with a paddle brush carefully. The hair does straighten and set.

It ranges in price from $1-8 depending on where you purchase it. When Purchased online, this hair is found in a wide range of color and length. And there are variations of the hair( x-pressions is a brand I recommend with this type) Consult with a stylist as always for best results.






Futura hair is another synthetic fiber But is curling iron safe up to 400 degrees thanks to “game changing” technology making a debut a little over a decade ago. Just like Kanekelon, Futura hair is essentially acrylic that is stretched into fine strands to give the look and feel of real hair. This is why it is ideal to put this hair in wigs, wefted hair, and sometimes even for micro links and fusion. Finding this hair in different textures lengths colors and more should be very easy. There are local stores and even online beauty supplies that carry Synthetic extensions with future.


The closest thing to Human Hair extensions that you’ll get would be Human and synthetic blend. There would be the labels you need to watch out for. I will admit, it has tricked me a time or two as well. Human and synthetic blend extensions are sometimes referred to as a Mastermix. Mastermixes are even more popular these days in beauty supply stores than future hair.

Mastermix is a blend between Human Hair and future synthetic hair. When the two are mixed together, it provides for a longer lasting style without the cost of human hair. From my experience this particular type of hair usually last a little over two weeks longer than pure future hair. It can be curled up to 400 Degrees just like future but doesn’t quite hold the curl like a Human Hair Extension would. What is common issue my clients tend to face and call me when purchasing this hair in the store at the last minute before an appointment? Is it a good buy? Is it human hair?



To be quite honest, these questions only come up if there is doubt from previous experience, Purchasing Mastermix hair and expecting human hair. The smallest things can get by you as a customer when it comes to purchasing Human Hair Extensions and Human Hair blends (also known as a Mastermix) In short, if you are looking for a look and feel that more natural, Mastermix would not be your answer. It doesn’t typically last for more than a few weeks. Consumers have been known to get confused by the label and purchase ‘blend’ and ‘Mastermix’ products and expect long term results

The easiest way to avoid this is by carefully reading the label for the hair before buying it as this grade of hair does have the look and feel of human hair quality.


100% Human Hair

There is nothing that compares to real human hair. Easy to wash, manage curl and straighten, 100% Human Hair Extensions are sought after. Even though there are many categories within Human hair, you are definitely able to feel a difference between this product and Synthetic hair.

This type of hair is found with clip in, tape in, weft, I-Tip and Microlink Extensions. Companies that sell Human Hair Extensions do it with the intent of making the customer’s hair look as real as possible with last results. Some types of human hair are even capable of being colored! There is no doubt when it comes to Hair extensions and purchasing human hair to say the least


Yaki hair would be the easiest and most cost effective way to go about human hair extensions. This hair has had its questionable some companies that sell yaki hair have even been rumored to be from the drain or various animals! When it comes to yaki hair it’s trial and error. If I were to suggest a brand of yaki hair that has always lasted and is reasonably priced, I would go with Outre Purple Pack. I’m only basing this off of the look and feel of the hair. In the past, this hair has been very reliable At this point, the hair has such good deals too good to pass up.




100% Virgin Human Hair


Virgin hair is the ‘cream of the crop’ in terms of hair. Its typically soft and comes in a wide variety of textures and lengths. Its highly sought after and in my opinion it doesn’t get any better than this. Virgin hair is typically sources for Asian countries ( India, Cambodia, Thailand and more) and have never been chemically processed. Everything you would normally need in order to maintain healthy hair long term is left on the hair. This allows you as the customer to treat the hair with a chemical process ( Perm, color and more). The upkeep for this hair is pretty easy as you treat it as though it’s your own.

There are a lot of companies that sell this type of hair. It is usually done by weight. Each portion( referred to by unit) is weighed and bundled separately. This is where the idea of “bundles” comes from and they are sold and shipped worldwide.

When you are considering purchasing hair, ask yourself.

  • How thick is each bundle?
  • Is the¬†hair soft?
  • Are the¬†different lengths to chose from?
  • Is the value of this hair worth the cost?

I am a person that not only purchases Virgin human hair bundles on the regular but also handles Human hair purchased by clients. One of my favorite Human hair bundle companies are Unice hair. I have had the same texture consistently every time I have ordered hair from the company and am always pleased

With this company, the value and cost are a win.

Unice hair







  • Micheal Johnson September 18, 2018 at 4:02 am Reply

    information is really organized, love the format of the content.

    • admin September 19, 2018 at 5:46 am Reply

      Thanks, Micheal!

  • joe September 18, 2018 at 4:17 am Reply

    Looks good so far !

    • admin September 19, 2018 at 5:45 am Reply

      Thanks, Joe!

  • Marketa September 18, 2018 at 5:00 am Reply

    I haven’t had hair extensions before but am wanting to add some volume and length. What would you recommend?

    • admin September 19, 2018 at 5:45 am Reply

      Hi Marketa!
      Finding good extensions can be tricky..
      I have a number of different options available in my store
      check it out!

  • Michelle September 18, 2018 at 7:55 am Reply

    Hello Sway,
    Very informative article about hair extensions…so much to learn. I had no idea there were so many options. I am a natural girl though. Are there ‘natural extension’ options for me too? I know a lot of women wearing extensions are usually chemically treated hair and add the extra volume per se. What do you suggest for me as a natural girl? Thanks so much and keep up the good job!

    • admin September 19, 2018 at 5:39 am Reply

      Hey, thanks Michelle! yes there are quite a few things to chose from.. For you in specific, there are natural textured extensions. I would suggest you do either a sew in or clip in extensions.

      i suggest getting Human Hair bundles in this pattern
      i included a link here
      their products are good and i recommend them as my clients have used them .

  • Paula September 18, 2018 at 9:18 am Reply

    Hi Sway
    You have written a really informative article. I will let my daughter know – so she can read it too – she is in the process of researching which type of hair extensions she wants to purchase. She has tried the synthetic extensions and was really disappointed. Thank you for this information.

    • admin September 19, 2018 at 5:43 am Reply

      Thanks for reading, Paula!
      I posted someting already about different types of extensions processes. each one is different some are more suitable than others. I would take a look there. But if the synthetic hair didnt work out for your daughter, there are a number of different textures that I have in my store

  • Doug September 19, 2018 at 12:51 am Reply

    Hi Sway,
    I like what you are doing here so far! Lots of good information, I learned a allot. When purchasing extensions can it be done in bulk to save money?


    • admin September 19, 2018 at 5:44 am Reply

      Yes Doug they are usually purchased in bulk and this would qualify you as the buyer for the wholesale price in most cases.

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