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How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost? Hair Extension Prices

Updated on July 30, 2012

How Much Are Hair Extensions?

Want longer hair? Fuller hair? Hair extensions can make your hair style change dramatically depending on the type of hair and who's applying it on your head.

If you are considering buying hair extensions, read on to understand the different factors that affect the cost of hair extensions. The cost of hair extensions varies and depends on the brand, material of hair, and how the hair is applied. The three factors that you should think about:

1. Type of hair
2. How much hair you want
3. Application

Hair extensions have come a long way since they were first introduced during the Egyptian times. Nowadays, you have more options. Let's take a look at the different types of hair extensions that are now available. No matter what your budget is, there is an affordable hair extension for you.

Types of Hair Extensions

The cheapest is the clip-on hair extensions, which are easy and fast to apply. If you are looking for a temporary hair do, these hair extensions are probably one you should consider buying.

You can find both synthetic and real human hair extension clip-on at retail stores such as Sally's Beauty or on Amazon. Synthetic hair can range between $50-100 while human hair can range between $80- $500.

While synthetic hair extensions are a more affordable alternative to human hair extensions, most will melt when they are exposed to heat such as the curling iron. They also don't last as long, usually 1-3 months.

If you have a smaller budget and plan on wearing the extension for a short period of time such as a night of clubbing, then a clip-on extension made from synthetic hair may be a better fit.

One of the benefits of synthetic hair is the fact that it has already been set and pre styled. That also means it will not get frizzy from humidity or rain. On the other hand, the drawback is that you cannot blow dry it, curl it, or color it. It can't be reused like human hair.

Human hair extensions are the most expensive but it last longer, looks and feel the most natural. The top end of the list is 100% human hair, also known as "virgin human hair" which has not been treated with chemicals. It can range from $80--$500. You definitely get your money's worth with this option. It looks the most natural and lasts the longest.


Hair Extension Applications

  • Hot fusion bonding is a more common method that uses hot glue to attach the extensions to your own hair. $300-500
  • Cold fusion bonding. Professionals use this method by applying a keratin-based polymer to secure the extension to your hair. While this method is more expensive, the results can last for much longer, up to half a year. $1500-3000
  • Weave. This method is more time consuming, as it involves braiding the extension into your natural hair. Some people may choose this method to fill in thinner areas of your hair. $1000-5,000
  • Coil hair extensions involves stringing your hair through tiny copper coils. This method is more gentler on your hair and does not involve the use of chemicals. $750- 2000

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Other Factors for Cost of Hair Extensions

The cost of hair extensions also depend on the length and amount of hair. Obviously the more hair that you need, the more expensive it will cost. The cost may also vary by color, with black being the cheapest. Ultimately the total cost will vary depending upon the hairstyle that you want.

Luckily, you can now buy hair extensions online and offline stores such as Sally's. To get the best deals, I would suggest buying from an online seller. They can offer comparatively lower prices since they don't have to pay a lot of money for overhead costs.

You should also factor in the cost of maintenance in addition to the initial cost. After your hair extensions have been attached, it's important to follow your extension specialists recommendation on maintenance. Taking special care of your new hair extensions will ensure that they last longer and stay beautiful!


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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've wondered about hair extensions - the ones I've heard about were terribly expensive (like, $2,000, and they only lasted about 4 months). That's just too much high-maintenance for me! But heck, if I had the money for it, and I felt it would look good, I might do it! Thanks for this great rundown of the options! Voted up and up! And shared!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I spent 3000 on mine and I pay 400 every ten weeks for maintenance! They were done with a variation of the coil technique that is supposed to be the safest for the natural hair. They are very high maintenance but a lifesaver while my hair is growing in after chemotherapy. Voted up!

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      Kara Niranjana 4 years ago

      I finally found a good "virgin" hair site

      Too bad they only sell two kinds of hair.. I've never heard of those prices for getting a weave done though!

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      poetmel 4 years ago from Florida

      $3000 for hair extensions are very expensive you can get human vigin hair for a lot less money at

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      Tiffany Letourneau 4 years ago from West Palm Beach,FL

      Great info! I'm brand new and I wrote an article about hair extensions as well its packed with info about the fibers in synthetic hair and the different types of hair (Indian etc) also some tips to keep your hair looking amazing! Check it out(:

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      That's a lot of great info! Thanks!

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      RomainYanda 4 years ago

      I am new to this site. $3000 for a set of human hair extensions is too much. Yanda Beauty has many types, including remy and Indian hair, for less than that price.

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      Chicagofrank 3 years ago from Chicago

      Very good article!

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      Samantha 2 years ago

      Love hearing all of these comments about hair extensions because I have bee reading up on a lot of them. I so far believe Cashmere Hair is a pretty good brand and from what I read they don't do fake reviews like Bellami Hair and Luxy Hair. I will love for any feedback as well

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      Kim Lam 2 years ago from California

      Thanks Samantha for your feedback!

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