This article will take a closer look at where to buy hair extensions in store.
We live in a glorious age where everything is accessible at the click of a button. With incredible inventions like Amazon Prime and their army of drones, some items can be delivered in an hour! Order your clothes before you go to bed, and wake up to them on the doorstep when you wake up.
But when it comes to topics like hair, you sometimes need personal touch in person. So where do you go when you want to buy hair extensions and have the personal service too?
Well, in store, of course!
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Bianca. I love hair extensions, and I’ve been wearing and installing them since 2006. I adore long hair, and as I wasn’t happy with what nature gave me, I’ve been happily augmenting my style with hair extensions.
Let’s take a closer look at some places you can research to get hair extensions in-store, get that personal touch and ensure you are getting exactly what you want.
Ready to start? Let’s go!
Where Can You Buy Hair Extensions In-Store?
When going to look at hair extensions IRL (that’s In Real Life, for those who have a life away from their screen), there are a few solid options that you will always do well to investigate first.
Your stylist is an obvious choice, and so is a hair salon, an extensions distributor, and a brick-and-mortar store – these are all excellent places to look. So let’s investigate those further.
A Specialized Hairstylist
Installing hair extensions is a very different skill from regular hair styling. There are a variety of methods and a large number of different types of extensions out there.
Then there is the hair quality itself. An unskilled extension stylist might not be able to recognize the difference between low-grade human hair with a silicone coating and good-quality Remy hair.
Not because the stylist isn’t good with hair, but because in a regular salon, all the hair they deal with is human hair growing out of their client’s head! It’s an entirely different skill set.
There are little tests you have to know about that you only ever even think of when you start dealing with extension hair.
Then there is the application of extensions. It would be a challenge to be an expert in all extension methods, and you generally tend to find that every type of extension it’s is an expert in a few ways – but not all of them.
This means knowing which extension method is best for your hair type and budget is important before you hunt out a specific stylist, as that stylist’s opinion may be biased towards their skillset.
A Hair Salon
A hair salon is a great place to go get hair extensions in person. This is because you will either find a stylist who specializes in extensions or you may even find a retail section in the salon with an array of clip in extensions on display that you can purchase.
Salons that retail clip ins are very convenient as they usually have a fitting service to show you how to place the extensions in your hair, grade and trim the extensions to give you a seamless blend, and also help you choose the best color for you.
The problem with hair salons is that they don’t usually carry a large range of options and generally align with one brand, sometimes two, but not more.
A Hair Extension Distributor
A hair extension distributor is usually the supplier who supplies hairdressers (like Sally’s), these are where you can go buy the “good” bleach, some amazing scissors, and some excellent extensions.
As the distributor supplies hair salons, they will also have a slightly cheaper retail price than salons.
Some hair distributors will need you to produce a special card to prove that you are a hairdresser and work for a salon to get a special price, however, even the regular prices are very affordable.
Another good thing is that distributors will be able to show you a range of different types of extensions as opposed to salons which will usually only carry one brand.
A Hair Extension Store
A hair extension store is a store specializing in hair extensions. They are not cheap and sometimes have mobile options which will come to your house. Sometimes they will also come with a stylist to install them at your house.
As I say, these are not cheap options and are usually used by celebrities and others that you wouldn’t usually find in a salon.
These stores usually also have stock of premium quality wigs that can be fitted and other alternative hair accessory options.
If budget isn’t a concern, but privacy is, this is the best option. This is also a suitable place to go if you need custom extensions made up.
So there you have it! A little educational article on where to buy hair extensions in person.
You can buy them in a store, a hair salon, a specialist store, a distributor, or, my personal favorite, with a stylist. I recommend going with a stylist if you are new to extensions.
In fact, I recommend going to a few different stylists for quotes and advice on which extension method will be best for you. This is because each stylist has a particular extension method to which they are unwittingly biased. So if you talk to a few extension stylists with different skill sets, you can see which way and advice sounds right for you.
Do you have a particular method of getting your extensions in person that I missed out?
Or do you have a question about extensions you need advice on?
Let me know in the comments below, I love talking about all things hair!