Hair Extensions / Hair Replacement Service & Cost
Hello Hair Honeys,
Today I'm taking a look at "Hair Extension and Hair Replacement Cost". I received a lot of calls last week from people wanting hair extensions and hair replacement but couldn't afford the cost or was unaware. So, I want to quickly explain the breakdown of the cost of products and service fees.
1. Hair Extensions cost is determined by the method, length, quality, and quantity of the hair. For example, if you want I-tip or Fusion hair extensions, it will cost more vs tape-in hair extensions. Why? I-Tip and Fusion strands are priced per strand and the (number of stands) used to create a finished look can take anywhere between 100-300 strands and 3-6 hours of labor, and this time doesn't include the time needed to remove old hair, relaxers (straighten), color, treatments, etc. The tape-in method extends large sections of hair at one time, allowing you to complete the service in 1 to 1-1/2 hours, and remember this time doesn't including the time for hair preparation. A highly skilled hair stylist worth their salt is going to charge around $100.00 per hour. The price can fluctuate depending on demographics. The cost for the hair itself can range from $300.00 to $1600.00 depending on the supplier, and hair quality.
2. Hair Replacement consists of wigs, toppers, hairpieces, hair systems, toupees, and units. These are all the different names used to describe the actual product used to cover clients hair loss. These products can range from $100.00 to $5000.00 depending on the supplier and whether it's made of human hair or synthetic fibers, and the length. Clients can take them off and put them back on at will. Wigs are a no brainer and the easiest to manage on your own. However, the others that I mentioned can be a little harder to manage on your own. I sell a lot of Jon Renau, Ellen Wille, and Raquel Welch clip-in toppers to women, but the hair systems, toupees, and units for men are not so easy. Men's systems are usually glued and taped on, so that's something you're going to want to have done by a professional. The process can cause scalp irritation if you have to reset it too many times, and there are exceptions to every rule, and I'm talking to the DIY people. Be very careful because you don't want to get glue in your hair and on your unit. It can be a messy nightmare to clean up and possibly damage the unit. The cost of this service will run around $100.00 to $250.00 depending on demographics.
3. Medical Wigs can be considered the same as hair replacement services. The difference is that the client is now a patient and they have been referred to you by their doctor or insurance company.
So, when your shopping for either of these services be sure to ask the stylist how long they've been providing the service because everyone wants a piece of the action; just because they're licensed to do it doesn't mean they know how. Once you find the perfect person, let them know what your budget is because it all depends on what you can afford.
Until next time, my God keep you.