High Quality Hair Extensions in Austin
We offer luxury hair extensions using the industry’s highest quality hair and smallest attachment methods. Hair quality is only half the secret to extensions that look like your real hair though. Expert application, an artistic blending cut and spot-on color matching are just as important.
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 tape-in extensions for their high quality hair and thin durable tape.
We offer four tape-in services; Basic Volume, Full Volume, Basic Length and Full Length. Each service is available in twelve, sixteen and twenty inch lengths.
Twelve and sixteen inch hair is kept in stock. Twenty inch hair must be special ordered so a consultation is required prior to your service. This allows us to color match the hair to be ordered. The consultation for 20 inch hair must be scheduled at least 3 days before application so the hair arrives in time. Special order 20 inch hair is non-refundable once ordered.
Bonded Hair Extensions
Our luxurious individually bonded extensions allow a large amount of hair to be added to your existing hair. 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.
Bonded extensions require a pre-paid consultation fee of $75. This fee is applied to the cost of the service at check-out. The fee is non-refundable if you choose not to proceed with the service. The cost for bonded hair is not refundable once it has been ordered because we cannot return it to the manufacturer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Extensions
What should I be looking for when shopping for salon hair extensions?
Two things affect your final look. The first is the talent of the stylist doing the design and application. The second is the quality of the hair and the attachment method. The quality of hair varies substantially by brand. We have tried many brands over the years before selecting our current brands. Attachment methods break down into two main categories; individually bonded and tape-in.
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 every method at one point in the past and after many years have chosen the protein glue bonded attachment method for the smaller bonds and because they stay in better.
Tape-in extensions are wefts of hair that attach to your real hair using very thin transparent tape that is part of the extension. Typically wefts of extension hair are sandwiched on both sides of your real hair. The tape comes in colors to match your hair and in clear. When application is done by a skilled practitioner, the tape is almost invisible in the hair.
Can I remove my hair extensions myself?
We strongly advise you not too remove your extensions yourself. This can damage your hair. Bonded extensions are put in to stay and are very difficult to remove without removal solution and the bond breaking tool we use. Removing tape-ins yourself will result in some minor torn hair and strange areas in your cut. Attempting to remove bonded extensions on your own will result in 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 along with some of your real hair.
We provide a removal service for tape-ins that is comparable in price to a hair cut in most instances. The price to remove bonded extensions is 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 us longer.
Why do I have to pay a consultation fee for hair extensions?
Consultations for bonded extensions take 60-75 minutes during which time our stylists can schedule a haircut or full highlight, so we feel the charge is reasonable. Another reason we charge for extension consultations is that this service attracts a lot of “window shopping”. Before we charged for consultations about half the people who scheduled the consultation didn’t show up for an application. The good news is that we apply the consultation fee toward your purchase if you proceed with an appointment.
Is there a real difference between brands of hair extensions?
Simply put, yes. We have used 6-7 brands over our 16 years in business before settling on Hairdreams® and EasiHairPro®. The quality of hair and attachment method can vary widely between brands, so if you see extensions offered at a price that just 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.
What should I be looking for when comparing hair extensions price and quality?
If you want your extensions to feel 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 coloring your existing hair and/or the extensions; a blending haircut and products to maintain your extensions. A blending haircut is included with all our 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. 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 can be longer if you take good care of them. Tape-ins can be moved up your hair as it grows more frequently and less expensively than bonded extensions can. This service is called a “Move-Up”.
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 do this because re-bonded extensions don’t look nearly as good as new hair. 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 2-3 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?
Extensions are not hard to take care of 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, we cannot use Hairdreams® bonded extensions because there is 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 a final determination.
Do I have to pay for hair extensions all at once?
Tape-in extensions are paid for in a single payment at check-out. The cost of bonded extensions is split into two payments. Payment 1 covers the cost of the hair and is due at the time the appointment is scheduled. Payment 2 is for the application and is due the day of your extension application service. Please note that once the hair is purchased it is non-refundable, because we can’t return it.