A hair weave can cost around $100 to $2,000. The price of hair weaves varies due to factors such as full head or partial weave, sewn in or bonded, human hair or synthetic hair. In general, you also need to consider the cost of regular care and upkeep.
Want to know how to customize a weave hairstyle to fit your budget?
Firstly, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions.
- Do you want to enhance your appearance for a specific event?
- Do you want to enhance your appearance for several weeks?
- Do you want to leave everything to your hairstylist or are you willing to do a little of the legwork yourself?
- How much are you willing to spend?
1. Type of Hair / How Much Hair (30% of the Cost)
Now, customers are demanding higher quality from the products they purchase. Hair textures range from silky straight, relaxed, deep wave to curly. Quality is the major factor that differentiates natural hair from extensions. The most popular type of extensions is virgin Indian hair. With Indian hair, the wefts are reinforced and sewn tightly to prevent the hair from shedding
You may use about six ounces of hair if you are getting a full-head braid and sew-in weave. In general, most brands sell about four ounces in each package. The fact is that some people will use more some will use less. In order to ensure you have enough, you have to purchase 2 packs, and you can always use the extra hair later. You may need an additional pack if you are using hair that is 18″ or longer. One pack is enough for four to five tracks, if you are only getting a few tracks or you are bonding the hair.
Generally, hair length runs from 10″ to 18″. There are many less expensive brands available. However, you need to keep in mind that quality can sometimes decrease with the lower price tag.
Compared with human hair, synthetic hair is very inexpensive and is often used for ponytails or hair buns. Depending on the length, the cost of synthetic hair can range from $5.00 to $20.00 per package. Do not use heating appliances such as curling irons, flat irons or straightening combs on synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is best for short term use. Typically, do not change the synthetic hair. What you see is what you get.
2. Weaving vs. Bonding (50% of Cost)
Bonding, a popular temporary weaving method, adds volume or vibrant streaks of color to your natural hair. Use a special adhesive to glue the tracks of hair to the roots of your own hair near the scalp. The tracks should not be left in longer than a week or two. And, tracks must be removed with a special solution. On average, the cost to apply is $10-20 per track.
Braid the natural tresses around the head in concentric circles. Sew the braids. Sew the extensions or wefts to the braids. Generally, a full head requires six to ten tracks. This technique can last for several weeks or months. The costs range from $20-$60 per track.
3. Regular Maintenance and Tighten Up (20% of Total Cost)
It is recommended to think of your extensions as your own hair. The average hair weave lasts about two months. You have to wash your weave as well as your natural hair during this time. Weave hair is not attached to the scalp, thus it cannot receive any of the body’s natural oils. Therefore, weave hair is especially prone to becoming brittle and dry. It will quickly develop split ends and become frizzy and unmanageable, if you do not properly care for your weave. On average, regular maintenance and tightening will cost $20-$40 per track. Besides, you have to do this every two to four weeks.
Now, tailor your weave to fit any budget. Maybe, you can purchase your own hair and have it professionally applied and styled. You can weave it by yourself, and then have it cut and styled by a professional. Or, you can ask a professional to weave and style it and choose to tighten it yourself.
With weaves, you can experiment new styles and current hair trends without damaging your natural hair. Weaves provide new looks which are usually easily cared for. You have to keep in mind that these procedures have a limited life cycle.