4 Alternatives to Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions are a budget-friendly, easy way to make your hair fuller, but they can also be a pain. They can fall out, they can look strange if not placed in correctly, and they aren’t useful when your hair is thinning. The good news is that there are many alternatives to hair extensions to help you get the look that you want without having to clip in your hair every time you go out.

  • Hair Transplants

If you’re using hair extensions to make your hair thicker after you’ve noticed it’s started to fall out, stop. Clipping extensions onto thinning or brittle hair can actually cause more of your natural hair to break off. Not only that, but chances are the extensions will also be more obvious. 

In this situation, you are better off investing in a hair transplant. The hair transplant cost has greatly reduced in the last decade or so, and you can start getting treatment for as little as £3000. Though this cost is much more than hair extensions, the results are so much more worthwhile. You’ll have more of your own hair again, and on top of having a transplant, you’ll also have worked with a medical professional. You can start taking medication that works to stop hair loss from occurring for long-lasting results. 

  • Sewn-in Weave 

If extensions are what you’re after, but you haven’t had luck with clip-in options, then consider getting a sewn-in weave. This will give you a more natural look that mimics real hair. Sewn-in weaves can help you lengthen your hair, colour your hair, or even add volume. They’re cost-effective and require minimal maintenance. 

You will, however, need to get it touched up every month to six weeks. On top of this maintenance, you’ll also need to have it completely redone every six months. This is because hair grows, and as it grows, the weave will grow away from your head and start to be noticeable. 

  • Full Wigs 

Full wigs are popular options to change your look and style completely. The more expensive options look completely natural and can help you either protect your existing hair or give you the confidence that you need if your hair is thinning or falling out. When it comes to full wigs, how you lay it matters. Aim to practice and learn how to properly put your wig on so that it stays in place and looks as natural as possible. 

  • Improve Your Hair Health 

In all options, you should also work to improve your hair’s health. Start first with your diet. If you currently aren’t getting all the nutrients and vitamins that you need, your hair could be suffering as a result. If you aren’t getting enough iron, for example, then you may notice your hair starting to fall out or not grow. This is because a lack of iron can cause anaemia, which in turn can stop nutrients from being sent to your hair follicles. 

Other ways to protect your hair is to avoid sleeping with your hair wet, use a satin hair mask to minimize breaks, brush it regularly, and use products to protect hair from pollutants and sun damage.    

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