The Average Cost Of Hair Extensions (And Things To Be Careful Of)

The Average Cost Of Hair Extensions (And Things To Be Careful Of)

Dreaming about long, thick luscious locks but not sure how much cash you'll need to drop on them?

Well, the average cost of hair extensions may not be as high as you think.

Turns out, you can get top-shelf hair extensions without having to pay top dollar.

But, there are somethings that you will need to be careful of.

The average cost of hair extensions also depends a lot on the type of extensions you are looking at.

NOTE: All price estimates are in Australian dollars. To exchange AUD to your local currency just Google "AUD to [your currency]".

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@amybaineshair styling thMEDIUM halo in col. Light Brown 6.

 

The average cost of hair extensions

While some hair extensions can cost as little as $20, we would advise steering clear of those ones.

Completely!

 

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In general, the cost of hair extensions can range anywhere between $100 to a few thousand dollars.

With the average falling between $300 - $500 for non-permanent extensions such as halos or clip-ins.

Whereas professional permanent extensions usually range between $600 - $3000.

The average cost of hair extensions in both categories will also vary greatly depending on several factors, from the type of hair extension you're after, to the amount of hair you need and the method of application.

So, if you're thinking about investing in hair extensions, there are many things to consider.

The first thing you may want to consider is the type of hair extension you want.

 

Average cost of permanent hair extensions:

Permanent hair extensions are applied by a hairdresser and include tape-ins, microbeads, wefts and fusion extensions.

The average cost of permanent hair extensions varies depending on the type, the quality of hair and what your stylist/hairdresser charges.

See our market based estimates below for the costs of permanent hair extensions:

 

What's the cost of Tape-In hair extensions?

 

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The average cost of tape in hair extensions ranges between $200 - $400 (average of $300) plus installation which is about $200.

And something else to bear in mind is that tape-ins need to be adjusted and moved up every 6 weeks or so, depending on the rate your hair grows.

The cost of maintenance will depend entirely on what your stylist charges but this could set you back around $120 each time.

So, while on first inspection the cost of tape-ins may seem like a effective option, the overall cost outweigh their initial appeal.

Total cost of tape in hair extensions over 12 months:

- $200 (hair)
- $300 (installation)
- $120 (maintenance) x8 per year = $960
= $1,460 per year

 

What's the cost of Fusion hair extensions?

 

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This is one of the priciest options when it comes to permanent hair extensions.

But, if you do prefer permanent locks, then fusions extensions are probably worth dropping some dollars.

The extensions are bonded to your hair using keratin which has a molecular structure the same as your hair.

This means, there is no hardness or hair damage which can be caused by the glue from other permanent hair extension methods.

The only thing to remember is if your hair is sensitive, the weight of the bond might cause hair loss from simply having the pressure on your hair.

Fusions extension will set you back between $300 - $1000 (average of $500) plus the cost of the hair which is roughly $200. And they only last between 3-4 months, which is not very long...

There's also the option for cold-fusion hair extensions, these will last you even longer.

However, the average cost of these hair extensions is between $1500 - $3000, so let's not focus on those for now... 

Total cost of fusion hair extensions over 12 months:

- $200 (hair)
- $500 (installation) x3 per year = $1,500
= $1,700 per year

 

What's the cost of weft hair extensions and weaves?

 

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Weaves traditionally involve hair being attached to braids, however, the weft hair extension is sort of a modern evolution of this.

Wefts are one of the quicker hair extensions methods as it does not involve strand by strand application. But rather, a weft, or more often, several layers of wefts are woven into your hair.

The average cost of these hair extensions is around $200 - $600 (average of $400) plus the cost of the hair, depending on your desired thickness and individual salon.

There is also the ongoing maintenance cost which involves the weaves being undone, your hair washed, and then the wefts woven back into your hair again. This will normally set you back about $150 per session, every 6 weeks.

Keep in mind that the weaves are very uncomfortable when they're freshly woven in. The tight wefts can cause headaches and the constant pulling on your hair can lead to short term hair loss.

Total cost of weave in hair extensions over 12 months:

- $200 (hair)
- $400 (installation)
- $150 (maintenance) x8 per year = $1,200
= $1,800 per year

 

What's the cost of micro bead hair extensions?

 

the average cost of hair extensions

 

Microbead hair extensions will set you back between $200 and $600 (average of $400) plus the cost of hair, which is about $200.

These can be a great option as they can last up to two years, however, like all permanent hair extensions, you will be required to have tightening appointments every 6 weeks which will run you at about $150 per session

So, that's where they can get a little tedious and expensive.

Total cost of micro bead hair extensions over 12 months:

- $200 (hair)
- $400 (installation)
- $150 (maintenance) x8 per year = $1,200
= $1,800 per year

 

Average cost of non-permenant hair extensions:

 

the average cost of hair extensions

 @kaitlinjadehairartistry styles The THICK Halo in col. Beige Blonde 613.

 

Non-permanent extensions such as clip-ins or Halos do not require professional instalment or ongoing maintenance.

And the average cost of non-permanent hair extensions is often much lower than the permanent ones.

 

What's the cost of clip in hair extensions?

 

average cost of hair extensions

The cost of clip in hair extensions depends on the quality and length of hair.

You can score some for as a little as $50... however these would not be human hair, and probably of very low quality.

So although the price tag might be appealing, I'd suggest avoiding these.

At all costs.

Seriously, just no.

The average cost of clip in hair extensions is $200 and they will last 6-12 months.

The major downside of clip in hair extensions is that although they're often advertised as "causing no damage", they can in fact cause severe damage to your own hair.

When you hear stories about how some poor girl has bald spots from hair extensions, it's clip in extensions she's referring to.

So the cost of treatment for your hair is a factor that needs to be considered too.

Total cost of clip in hair extensions over 12 months:

- $200 (hair)
- $75 (initial cut in at the hairdresser)
- $300 (for hair treatment to fix damage caused by clip in extensions)
= $575 per year

Then add to this the cost of the next set of hair extensions you pay for to replace your clip ins once you notice how much they're damaging your hair...

 

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What's the cost of halo hair extensions?

 

the average cost of hair extensions

 

Call me biased, but Halos are truly the holy grail of non-permanent hair extensions, and hair extensions in general!

Think about it:

No finicky clips.
No regular visits to the salon.
No damage.

Isn't that the dream? 😂

Unlike clip-ins, they're super easy to put in, they blend beautifully and look extremely natural.

The average cost of these hair extensions is between $200 and $400 for a good quality, 100% human hair halo.

Halo hair extensions are well worth the price because they are super low maintenance, easy to wear and style.

The price of halo hair extensions will vary depending on the thickness of the product.

Sitting Pretty offers three Halos; a FINE ($229), MEDIUM ($329) and THICK ($429) option.

Total cost of clip in hair extensions over 12 months:

- $300 (hair)
- $75 (initial cut in at the hairdresser)
= $375 per year

 

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Sitting Pretty Founder, Taryn chats to Jordy about why she prefers non-permanent hair extensions in the video below. 

 

Written by Kaitlyn

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