If you want longer, thicker, and fuller hair, you can achieve this easily by using hair extensions. While they can last for months or even up to a year with proper care, they are not meant to be used forever.
Eventually, you will need to buy new extensions to replace the ones you have. Changes can happen slowly over time and may be hard to notice at first. But if you start seeing a bunch of small signs at the same time regularly, it might be time to get new hair extensions.
So, how often should you buy new hair extensions?
This article will answer your question, and detail other important signs that will help you decide its time to buy new extensions.
How Often Should You Buy New Hair Extensions?
Human hair extensions last 3 to 6 months on average, while synthetic hair extensions last 1 to 2 months. You can extend the extension’s lifespan by up to 12 months depending on hair care and fusion type.
Let’s break down hair extensions further by price and number of washes.
- 1 to 3 washes for cheap hair extensions
- 5 to 15 washes for regular hair extensions
- 10 to 30 washes for Remy hair extensions
- 20–40 washes for premium Remy extensions
- 60 to 100 washes with virgin hair extensions
Tape-in human hair extensions have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 months. This is assuming you’re using high-quality Remy human hair. Remy quality clip-in extensions will last between 9 and 12 months if properly cared for.
Human hair micro ring loop and i-tip hair extensions have a lifespan of 3 to 6 months. However, depending on the rate of hair growth, your stylist will need to move strands higher up every six to eight weeks.
Keratin hair extensions of high quality will last 4 to 6 months, whereas glue-in u-tip strands will last 2 to 3 months. Weft extensions are typically made of Brazilian hair and last 6 to 9 months.
Here are some signs that it is time to buy a new hair extension:
Split Ends And Excessive Shedding
Even with regular use, high-quality hair extensions can last for several months before breaking off. If you notice more split ends or strands shedding in your extensions, it’s time to replace them.
They Have Become Frizzy
Moisturizing shampoo and conditioners, as well as nourishing oils, can help to repair dry and frizzy extensions. However, if your Hair Extensions begin to frizz more frequently, they will lose their shine and vibrancy. This means they’ll no longer appear as healthy as they once did, so it’s time to replace them.
They No Longer Have A Bounce And Flow
New Remy Human Hair Extensions are as bouncy as your natural hair. Furthermore, because their cuticles are intact, they mimic the movement, flow, and direction of your natural hair. Even Remy Extensions, unfortunately, can lose bounce and flow over time. This indicates that you should replace your Hair Extensions.
Excessive Matting And Tangling
Excessive matting and tangling make it difficult to pull your extensions into desired styles while keeping their beauty. Tangling and matting that is difficult to remove are indicators that your Hair Extensions need to be replaced.
Too Much Product Buildup
Consider purchasing new extensions if you notice that your extensions are weighed down, sticky, and dull and that washing them does not help.