Pros and Cons of Hair Extensions

The longer, the better.

That seems to be our generation’s motto when it comes to hair, Starbucks’ drive-through lines, and Netflix binges. Thanks to celebrities like Blake Lively, Mila Kunis, and Selena Gomez, 18-inch hair is viewed as the epitome of sexiness.

Unfortunately, in the real world, our luscious locks don’t just grow 5 inches every night, and no matter how far back we tilt our heads in pictures taken from behind, that’s not going to change. Luckily, we live in an age where we can buy our very own fake hair in order to achieve, or at least impersonate, society’s definition of  “sexiness”.

Hair extensions are cutting edge in the beauty industry, but they have their flaws too.


Long look, less maintenance

Having actual long hair that touches your butt can accordingly be a huge pain in it. More time, more shampoo, more conditioner, more detangler, more to curl, more to straighten… you get the point. Sometimes less is more. Extensions let you pick and choose when you want more.

More style options

There are some looks that you just can’t pull off without a little extra leverage. Extensions give the side-braid, low, curly pony tail, and half-up dos the extra length they need to truly turn heads.


Extensively expensive

We must suffer to be beautiful… and so must our wallets. Extension costs can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on how many you get, how you get them attached, and the type and grade of hair you use.

Tell-tail extensions

The whole point of having extensions is to trick people into thinking you have naturally long hair. There is nothing more mortifying than going out in public with an obviously-faux mane; you might as well just shave your head and call it a day. Many things can go wrong when you’re new to the wonderful world of weaves. Visible clips, dramatic volume change, and mismatching hues are a few fatal mistakes extension exhibitors can make.

So, before you decide to empty your wallet for some new extensions, first, think long and hard to make sure you’ll have the dedication to pull it off!

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Molly is a small-town girl with great-big dreams. As a sophomore Magazine Journalism and Creative Writing major at Drake University, her dream is to write for a nationally acclaimed magazine and travel the globe as much as possible. She is currently an editorial intern for The Valley News, and is beyond thrilled to be joining the Sarah Scoop team. In her spare time, Molly enjoys running (as far as possible), reading trashy romance novels, riding horses with her friends, cow-tipping, and binge-watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns. Fashion, hair-care, and listicals are the three things she knows best, and she considers herself a Ben & Jerry's prodigy, considering she always has the scoop.
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