Human Hair Extensions Treatment 101
American salons are terribly expensive with Hair Extensions and can be known to charge 500+ per session. Japanese salons however often offer specials offering $130 USD for a set. If you’re planning a vacation soon to Japan or live there already, extensions are best gotten there. Don’t worry about your light colored hair, Japanese salons keep light colors on hand.
Getting extensions done in Japan:
I don’t know any/ know very little Japanese!
Visit a JR train station and pick up an issue of HOT PEPPER BEAUTY. This is a beauty circular that lists deals, store openings on nails, extensions, skincare etc… Hot Pepper is divided up into regions and cities so pick up the closest one to you. Look for an extension place with 放題 after the price. This means all you can get.
Ask your homestay or hotel concierge to book you an appointment at one you see. Have an idea already where it’s located and also how many extensions you want. When you arrive if you don’t have a Japanese speaker with you or use hand gestures, they can get you amazingly far.
Argent Sue (see previous post)
My normal place is the ladies of Line in Takananobaba, Tokyo off the Yamanote Line.
They are at 2-8-5 Shinjuku-ku Takananobaba
Telephone is 03-3204-2727
Line only does extensions and their prices are pretty great.
They range at 140 for 40 pieces non-mix to 245 for 60 pieces mix hair (if your hair is natural color then you’re probably mix). The extensions are good for about 8 weeks and their staff rocks.
Extensions generally last from 1 month to 2 1/2 months, depending on time of care spent on them. Any longer and they get too frizzy. While natural hair extensions ARE natural hair they do not have a root to live off of so they must always be kept moisturized (more in the care section).
Using poupee I chose 4 different hair lengths and showed how many hair extensions might look for you.
Choice B: This was my hair length for many extension rounds and I preferred 60 for a full enough look.
Choice C: With long enough hair, it’s okay to scale back some, but any less than 45 and you’re in trouble. 50-55 is best here.
Choice D: You already have long hair! Actually many women with long hair choose extensions to give their hair a fuller look. Sometimes 20 is enough, but don’t get over 40. You’re over paying.
Other factors to consider: If you hair has been Japanese straightened you will want more. If your has more than a natural wave and you prefer it that way you might look messy in extensions (which are mildly wavy at best). Straightening, then curling is the best idea.
Choice of hair-cut before extensions?
Any layered look helps blend them more. When extensions are done well people will never think of your hair as fake. If you dye your hair, you must must must have your hair newly dyed before extensions. Using a color booster shampoo on your natural hair is a good idea.
– Keep a comb handy. Extensions tangle often so on a windy day if your hair is loose you’ll have to keep brushing them.
– Do not wash your hair everyday. This only dries out the hair more. If you must wash your hair multiple days in a row, consider washing only your real hair. Pile your exntensions up in a bun, loosen all the natural hair you can. Wash around the extensions. (See poupee pic)
– Always use leave in conditioner before you style and loosening knots.
Extension care timetable:
Getting them: Get them LONGER than you want. Always!
Week 1: Your hair is lusterious and shiny. Resist the urge to curl. It’s beautiful so silky and straight!
Week 2: Curl, style and enjoy. Use your first leave in conditioner. Keep it on for about 30 minutes.
Week 3: If your ends are feeling ragged, cut them off. This removes the brittle hair from curling/general use and makes your hair feel fluffy. This is why I said to get them longer. Keep using leave in conditioner.
Week 4: Start using leave in conditioner as your regular conditioner. Keep it on your extensions overnight at least once this week. Consider only curling the tips and using your straight iron less.
Week 5: Cut more of your ends, and braid your hair at night into a loose thick braid. The braiding keeps your extension hair from tangling. Continue with leave in treatments.
Week 6 – 8: Maintenance is key to keeping your extensions lasting. Since older extension hair tangles often it’s best to keep them always curled so you won’t have to brush when you’re out and about. Sleep in leave in conditioner as much as you can. Continue trimming your extensions. The better you treat your extensions, the less times you have to pay for them!
Week 9+: Know when to say when. Tangled and dry hair is not hot at any length. Even if you take the utmost care of them, they will get this way eventually. Accept this and take out your nappy hair girl!
Tools of the trade:
Giant curlers – Use these on the top for your head to after your hair is damp dry. They will provide body without the blowdrying.
Mega clips – Provide more grip to curlers, and keep hair out the way when styling
Exte Conditioner – Most exte salons will sell this
Detangling Spray – Found at your salon or grocery store.
Leave in Conditioner – DO NOT get exte without owning this. It is an absolute must.
Round Brush – Allows for more volume.
Quality hairspray + wax – Japanese brand Keep in their pink bottle does great in this disgusting heat.