LUXURY HAIR EXTENSIONS AUSTIN TX
Sarah M | Maggie | Olivia
We offer luxury hair extensions using the industry’s highest quality hair and best attachment methods. We offer luxury hand tied, bonded and tape in extensions using several different hair brands. While most looks will require only one type of extension, the ability choose from different brands and attachment methods allows us to customize a unique look that might not be possible using only one type. Hair quality and attachment method are only half the secret to extensions that look and move like your real hair though. Expert application, an artistic blending cut and spot-on color matching are just as important. Check out the hair extension FAQ below for answers to common questions about extensions.
Extension sessions are priced hourly at $250/hr + the cost of hair. Sessions can be as short as an hour or as long as 5-6 hours depending on how much hair you want to add and what other services you need. (extension removal, color, etc.) A 1 hour pre-paid consultation is required prior to your extension appointment so we can color match to your hair, design a customized look and reserve the right amount of time for your session. The $100 consultation fee is credited toward your appointment if you schedule within 4 weeks of your consultation. Schedule Online for a consultation or call the salon at 512-233-1910.
TAPE IN HAIR EXTENSIONS
Our tape-in extensions are suitable for most fine hair and hair that is not strong enough to support the weight of bonded extensions. Tape-ins can also be used in thinning hair but are not available for curly hair. We use Easihair Pro® and HairDreams® tape-in extensions. Most colors of twelve and sixteen inch hair are kept in stock and do not have to be ordered. Twenty inch hair must be special ordered and takes around 3 days to arrive. We cannot return special order extension hair to the manufacturer, so it is non-refundable once ordered.
HAND TIED HAIR EXTENSIONS
Hand tied extensions allow a large amount of hair to be added to your existing hair and can be used on some clients with thin hair when bonded extensions cannot. With this type of extension, wefts of different widths are hand tied into your existing hair. We use Easihair Pro® and Bellami® hand tied extensions. We cannot return hand tied extension hair to the manufacturer, so it is non-refundable once ordered.
BONDED HAIR EXTENSIONS
Bonded extensions also allow a large amount of hair to be added to your existing hair and are available for curly hair. Bonded extensions come as groups of individual hairs bonded together at the top. The bonds are attached to your existing hair using a protein adhesive or a crimped bead, depending on brand. Bonded extensions are not recommended for fine hair or hair that is damaged due to chemical services or extensive heat (daily flat ironing, etc). Our bonded extensions are available for curly and wavy hair. We use Hairdreams® and Bellami® bonded extensions. We cannot return bonded extension hair to the manufacturer, so it is non-refundable once ordered.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Extensions
What should I be looking for when shopping for salon hair extensions?
Talent and experience of the salon/stylist. Extension work is both art and science. A great extension artist will be great at designing the look, achieving a solid attachment, perfect color matching, accurate placement and blending the extensions into your hair. This doesn’t come with a first application. Or second, or maybe even a third. Ask how many extension services the salon or stylist has performed. Experience counts here. Look at previous work online. There should be a lot of examples.
High quality hair. Hair quality varies substantially by brand. To be safe, choose a salon that uses a well known brand and look at reviews of both the extension brand and the salon.
Attachment method. All attachment methods work when done by an experienced technician. Attachment methods break down into three main categories; individually bonded, tape-in and hand-tied.
- Individually bonded extensions are small bundles of hair (20-25 hairs) bound together at the top and attached to your real hair. There are numerous attachment methods available, including “beaded” which uses small crimped metal beads, loop tied which uses a filament line and glue bonded. We have used all three and we prefer glue bonded because the bonds are small and they stay in.
- Tape-in extensions are wefts of hair that attach to your real hair using thin transparent tape to “sandwiched” extension wefts on both sides of your real hair (done in flat sections). The tape comes in colors to match your hair and in clear and is invisible unless you let the extensions grow out too much. An advantage of tape-in extensions is they can be re-used multiple times and moved up your hair as it grows out.
- Hand Tied extensions are attached by tying wefts of extension hair to your hair using thread that matches your hair color. An advantage of hand-tied extensions is that a large amount of hair can be used.
Can I remove my hair extensions myself?
We strongly advise you not to remove your extensions yourself. This can damage your hair. Bonded extensions are very difficult to remove without removal solution and a bond breaking tool. Removing tape-ins yourself will result in some minor torn hair and possibly some strange areas in your cut, but removing bonded extensions on your own will result in breakage, losing considerable length and a very ragged looking “cut”. Without the proper tools, supplies and expertise for bonded removal, you’re basically tearing your extensions out and breaking off some of your real hair.
Most salons offer a removal service for tape-ins that is comparable in price to a hair cut. The price to remove bonded extensions is typically comparable to a full highlight, although in some cases where the extensions have not been cared for as recommended, it can be higher because it takes longer.
Why do I have to pay a consultation fee for hair extensions?
Consultations take an hour during which time stylists can schedule a highlight, so we feel the charge is reasonable. Another reason extension consultations are often not free is that this service attracts a lot of “window shopping”. Many people who schedule consultations don’t schedule a service. The cost of the consultation is credited toward the service if you proceed with the service within 4 weeks of the consult. It is not refundable should you decide against the service or go longer than 4 weeks without scheduling, as a new consult will likely need to be done.
Is there a real difference between brands of hair extensions?
Simply put, yes. We have used ten or more different brands over our 20 years in business before settling on Hairdreams®, EasiHairPro® and Bellami®. If you see extensions offered at a price that seems too good to be true, it’s too good to be true. High quality hair is expensive and is getting more expensive all the time. Talented, experienced extension artists are in demand too, so they don’t usually offer many incredible deals. Extensions are like Sushi; if it’s really cheap, we’d stay away from it.
What should I be looking for when comparing hair extensions price and quality?
If you want your extensions thatfeel like real hair, they need to be 100% human hair with the cuticle layer intact all the way down the hair shaft. This is sometimes referred to as “Remy” hair. Salons price their extensions differently, so find out what’s included in your quote. Additional costs can include removing old extensions, coloring your existing hair and/or the extensions; a blending haircut and products to maintain your extensions. Add everything up to get your actual cost and get a price quote in writing.
How long will my hair extensions last?
If you follow the simple home care program, the longevity of your extensions is a result of how fast your hair grows and how well you maintain them. Extension bonds will move down your head as your hair gets longer. Four to six months is the range on bonded, depending on growth rate and how well you maintain them. The wearing period for tape-ins and hand-tied can be six to eight months, because they can be moved up your hair and reattached as it grows. Our move up service is called, wait for it, a “Move-Up”. Move ups are priced at the same hourly rate as application but you don’t have the cost of the hair.
Can I re-use my bonded hair extensions more than once?
Hairdreams and most other high end bonded brands offer a “re-bonding” service to allow re-use of extension hair. Re-bonding means removing the extensions and sending them back to the factory for re-conditioning and new attachment bonds. We don’t re-use bonded extensions because they don’t look nearly as good as new extensions. After months of brushing and shedding of individual hairs, as well as sanitation of the re-bonded hair at the factory, there is a significant visual difference in re-bonded and new hair. Another downside to re-bonding is that you have to go without your extensions for 3-4 weeks while the old ones are being re-bonded at the factory.
Tape-ins are designed to be moved up every six weeks. Old tape is removed and new tape is put on in the salon. This can continue until the extensions don’t look good. (All extensions wear out and lose hair due to styling over time).
Are extensions hard to take care of?
No, but they can take more brushing than you may be used to. Additionally, the brush must be of a certain type so as not to damage the hair. You must avoid certain types of shampoos and conditioners too. In addition to the special brush and care in choice of shampoos, a regular follow-up blending cut is a crucial requirement for the longevity of your extensions.
Am I a good candidate for hair extensions?
Extensions may not work for you for several reasons. If you are allergic to nylon, many brands will not work for you. For instance, our Hairdreams® bonded extensions have nylon in the bonding tip. If you have a large patch of scalp showing due to thinning hair or medical treatment you may not be a good candidate for extensions. We would need to see you to make that final determination. Additionally if your hair is severely damaged due to over processing with chemicals/lightener, it may not be strong enough to support the weight of extensions without breaking. Again, we would need to see you in person to determine this.
Do I have to pay for hair extensions all at once?
This depends on the salon. Tape-in extensions are paid for in a single payment at check-out at our salon. We split the cost of bonded and hand tied extensions into two payments. Payment 1 covers the cost of the hair and is due at the time the appointment is scheduled. Once Payment 1 is made, we order the hair. Payment 2 is for the application and is due the day of your extension application service.
Can I return the hair if I change my mind and cancel the appointment?
Once the hair is purchased it is non-refundable, because we can’t return it. Due to health and safety concerns, hair manufacturer’s treat extension hair like medical products or prescriptions. Since they cannot be sure the hair hasn’t touched someone’s scalp, hands, etc, they will not do refunds.