There are many hair extension options your clients can choose from, and they will often turn to you for advice about which is best for them. There are two types of extensions on the market, temporary (extensions you can take in and out yourself) or semi permanent (extensions installed by a salon professional which stay in your hair for 8-10 weeks, depending on the method). Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages, and it can be difficult for clients to determine the best fit for them on their own. That’s where you come in.
To help you give the best consultations possible, let’s compare clip-ins vs professional installations in this article, so you have the information you need to help your clients make an informed decision. Thankfully, we have you covered whether she needs a temporary or semi permanent solution. So, let's dive in!
More About Clip-ins
Clients who want added length and volume on occasion and don’t want to commit to maintenance appointments are a better fit for temporary solutions. Clip-ins are quick and straightforward to install, making them an ideal option for someone who just wants a temporary solution, whether for a special occasion or a needed pick-me-up. Compared to professional installations, clip-ins are a more cost-effective option, making them ideal for clients on a tight budget. Clip-ins can be taken out in a matter of seconds and are great for that client who likes their hair on a day-to-day basis but likes the option of MORE hair for evenings, weekends and events!
However, there are some disadvantages to using clip-ins. First, they must be removed each night and may need to be repositioned throughout the day, which can take time and frankly, can be a hassle. In addition, the clips used to attach the extensions are sometimes visible, making achieving a seamless look difficult.
Overuse of clip-in extensions can also harm natural hair, as the weight of the extensions puts strain on the roots. Finally, because clip-ins can be challenging to conceal, they may not be appropriate for certain hairstyles, such as a perfect party up-do. If your client wears their hair extensions more than once a week, this is a sure sign that a semi permanent option is the best fit for your client!
Now to Professional Installations
Professional installations provide a more permanent solution with a beautiful blend from the stylist who installed them. They can be worn for months, making them a great long-term solution for hair enhancement and sporting a new look. Professional installations are a good low-maintenance option. They are also appropriate for various hairstyles, including up-dos, making them versatile.
Professional installations can include hand-tied wefts, genius wefts, flat wefts, nano beads, Keratin tips, and tape-ins. The method that would be best for your client will depend on their desired outcome, which makes doing a complete and thorough consultation essential. By doing this, you’ll not only understand their type of hair, but also lifestyle, budget, maintenance expectations, and durability. You can learn more about these installation methods here.
However, there are some disadvantages to professional installations. They are a time-consuming option because they can take several hours to complete and require the expertise of a trained stylist (that’s you!). Professional installations are more expensive than clip-ins, making them a less cost-effective option. But if the client plans on keeping the extensions for a longer time, then the cost balances out. In addition, professional installations can harm natural hair if not properly installed and maintained. Finally, professional installations cannot be easily removed, making them a commitment that might not be right for clients seeking a temporary solution.
Considering a client's needs and lifestyle is critical when deciding which extension and installation option is best for them.
Which one should you use for your clients?
As the expert, you can help your client decide whether to use clip-ins or professional installations by taking the following factors into account:
Client's Lifestyle. Consider her daily routine and how the extensions will fit into her way of life. Clip-ins are a more practical solution for a busy client who may not have the time for regular maintenance and touch-ups required for professional installations, or wants to change their look for one special occasion. On the other hand, professional installations may be preferred by a client seeking a long-lasting solution, because they provide a natural look that lasts for a more extended period.
Budget. Clip-ins are less expensive than professional installations in terms of cost. They may be the best option for a client on a tight budget because of this reason. It is also critical to consider the quality of the clip-ins and professional installations, as higher-quality products will most certainly cost more. You should collaborate with your client to find a solution within their budget while achieving the desired look and quality.
Hairstyle. During your consultation, you will need to understand your client’s desired hairstyle and determine the best option for achieving that look. Professional installations may be better if the client wants a more versatile style that can be dressed up or down, like with an up-do, partial up-do, high ponytails, etc. Clip-ins, on the other hand, may be the way to go if the client only needs a temporary solution for a special occasion and plans on wearing her hair in a style that will not expose the clips.
Maintenance. When deciding which option to use, it is critical to discuss the level of maintenance a client is willing to commit to. Clip-ins may be a better option for a client looking for a low-maintenance solution. On the other hand, professional installations may be the way to go if a client is willing to put in the time and effort to maintain their extensions over several months or more. Ask questions so you better understand their maintenance preferences and can offer the best solution for their needs.
The client's lifestyle, budget, desired hairstyle, and willingness to maintain their extensions all play a role in deciding whether clip-ins or professional installations will be suitable for your client. Both options have advantages and disadvantages, and it’s extremely important that you take the time to understand her needs to provide the best solution. You can help your clients feel confident and beautiful by taking the time to understand their preferences and working closely with them to achieve their desired look.
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