The Value of Investing in Your Hair Extensions

Although virgin hair extensions are a hot commodity in the hair industry, there seems to be some backlash towards it as well. The problem is many people don’t see the true investment in virgin hair extensions, and I’m here today to clear up opinions I’ve heard from various people. I know I won’t be able to convince everyone, but I wouldn’t be doing my job efficiently if I didn’t at least attempt too.

“Why should I pay hundreds of dollars on hair, when I can get the same hairstyle at the beauty supply store for a cheaper price?”

To a certain extent, this statement is true, BUT the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages. On average, women tend to wear their protective styles for about 4-6 weeks. If a woman wears hair extensions majority of the year that means she gets her hair done about 8 times a year. The average cost of a sew –in/wig installation is about $125. The average cost of beauty supply store hair is about $50/purchase. The price seems appealing, but in this case, you get what you pay for. Beauty supply store hair isn’t the highest quality hair available, and you’ll typically have to buy new hair about once a month or sometimes more frequently than that. With virgin hair extensions, you’ll spend around $200 and they’ll last you MUCH longer.

Beauty Supply Store Hair Virgin Hair Extensions
Hair Appointment (annually) $1,500.00 ($125 x 12) $1,000.000 ($125 x 8)
Hair Extensions Purchase (annually) $600.00 ($50 x 12) $400.00 ($200 x 2)
Total (annually): $2,100.00 $1,400.00

With the information stated above, you could have the opportunity to spend $700 elsewhere or decide to put it into your savings. In addition to saving money, you’ll have hair extensions that will last you much longer and it’ll make a difference in the long run. You’d basically be saving $58.33/month investing in virgin hair extensions. Let’s be real… People can tell how much money you’ve spent on your hair because the quality reveals itself. With proper care, virgin hair has a natural luster that can trick people into thinking its hair growing from your scalp. Also, virgin hair allows to experiment with color, holds a curl for long periods of time, and you’ll experience very little shedding and tangling. On the other hand, beauty supply store hair typically has a really shiny appearance that isn’t authentic at all. You’ll constantly have to comb/brush the hair to maintain a decent look, and you’ll experience an unmanageable amount of shedding, tangling, and matting.  Not only does virgin hair extensions save you money, but it can save you time as well.  

“I change hairstyles too often to spend that much money on hair.”

I can TOTALLY relate to this statement. I get bored with my hair easily. If I could I’d change my hair every 2 to 3 weeks. However, when you invest in virgin hair extensions your hair is guaranteed to last you about 6 months to a year WITH PROPER CARE.  Whether you get sew-ins or custom wigs, you can always set aside previously used hair and switch up your hairstyle. In the long run, this method could save you hundreds of dollars.  This is the same concept if you’re ever feeling bold and wanting to add color to your hair. You are able to bleach and/or color virgin hair without it changing the quality of the hair, which is not possible with some beauty supply hair. However, I do advise anyone who is interested in chemically processing their hair extensions to consult with a hair professional. Also, I’d like to mention if you are someone who finds themselves wanting to change hairstyles on a regular basis, wigs would be a MAJOR lifesaver for you. Usually, when people hear the word “wig” they freak out because they are scared they’ll look too unrealistic. Of course, you want your hair extensions to look as natural as possible, and they can! It’s important when wearing wigs that you learn how to manipulate them to provide a more natural appearance. If you are unsure how to, there are many wig classes being held around the country, or do a little research and find a hairstylist to can do it for you!

“I just can’t afford to pay that much money on hair.”

I get it. Everyone has different incomes and bills that have to be paid. If you are interested and really see the benefit of investing in virgin hair extensions, save up for it. When you invest in your hair, you’re investing in yourself, and the investment is so worth it! Each pay period set aside a certain amount and allow it to accumulate until you get the amount needed to purchase your hair. Another idea is to buy 1 bundle of hair occasionally until you have 3 bundles. The cost of one bundle of hair cost around $50, which by itself doesn’t seem like it a lot of money. Also, buying the bundles separately may help the feeling that you’re spending a lot of money at one time.

“I’ve tried virgin hair before and it was a terrible experience.”

Unfortunately, this has become a common problem customers experience on a regular basis. Sadly, there are a lot of hair companies that advertise that they are selling virgin hair extensions but in reality, they’re not. Another common situation is when a  popular hair company with a good reputation, suddenly changes the quality of their hair without letting their customers know. Repeat customers can tell when the quality of the product has changed.  It’s important to do your research before investing. Look for RECENT hair reviews, speak with the company’s employees, and ask for samples if they’re available. Always know what you’re getting yourself into before getting involved. Personally, I spent A LOT of time searching around for the perfect vendor, because I never want my customers to wear something I wouldn’t wear myself. I am VERY particular and picky when it comes to my hair. My hair means EVERYTHING to me, and I understand that’s how it is with most women. We strive to provide the best to our customers. We don’t have any problem with answering any questions and providing samples to potential customers. However, another HUGE element of making sure you are getting a return on investment is to make sure you are taking proper care of your hair extensions. Not taking proper care of your hair extensions can cause the lifespan of the extensions to shorten, and result in you having to spend more money on virgin hair than you should. Take a look at a blog I’ve previously done, where I give you 10 tips for virgin hair longevity.

Hopefully, I was able to increase your knowledge on the benefits of virgin hair extensions and potentially save you money in the future, and always remember to “Wear Your Inner Confidence”.

With Love and Confidence,

Benita Scott
Owner and CEO of Panache Hair Company