Luxury 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. We offer Hand Tied Extensions, Bonded Extensions and Tape In Extensions. Each type has it’s pros and cons depending on the look you want and the condition of your hair. Check out the hair extension FAQ below for answers to common questions about extensions.
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?
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 put in to stay and 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. 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.
Most salons offer 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 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 60-75 minutes during which time stylists can schedule a full 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. Some salons, including ours, 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®. 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 and experienced extension artists are in demand 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 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 six to eight months, because tape-ins can be moved up your hair as it grows. They are typically less expensive than bonded extensions over their life. The move up service is called, wait for it, a “Move-Up” at our salon.
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 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 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?
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 extensions 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.
Can I return the hair if I change my mind and cancel the appointment?
Sorry, but no. Once the hair is purchased it is non-refundable, because we can’t return it. Hair company’s treat extension hair like prescriptions. Since they cannot be sure the hair hasn’t touched someone’s scalp, hands, etc, they will not do refunds.