Extensions FAQ

Since March 2019, I have been officially certified in Habit Hand Tied Extensions. I am so excited about this extension method (and all the other methods I dabble in) that I had to create this page to get the information out there for those of you who are curious.

Below you’ll see FAQ, Aftercare and Pricing.

Me and the Famous Instagram Influencer @hairby_chrissy owner of Habit Salon in AZ



Q) Can you wear your hair up with extensions?

A) Yes. They offer great mobility and versatility. You can wear your hair half up, in braids, and all kinds of other styles too! They are almost invisible and natural looking. They are applied in a “U shape pattern” from ear to ear basically.

Q) Are they real human hair?

A) Yes, they are 100% human Remi Russian Slavic Ethically Sourced hair. Which means that all the hair is meticulously selected and hand sewn into wefts with all of the cuticles facing the same way. They are extremely high quality and healthy hair. For more information click here.

Q) Can I wash, style, and brush like normal?

A) Yes, you just have to be careful and it takes some getting used to.  Sometimes we use different products on clients natural hair than on the extension hair. For example, we use volumizing products on the roots and smoothing products on the ends. They can take heat from hot tools just like your real hair. Heat styling protection is always recommended.

Q) How often do I need to get them taken out and put back in?

A) On average, every 10-14 weeks. Halfway through we do a mini tightening service.

Q) How are Hand Tied Extensions applied? Do they damage the natural hair?

A) No glue, no stickiness, no fusion. It’s simple! Rows of tiny silicone-lined beads are applied to the natural hair with a looper and squeezed flat to the head with pliers. The wefts of extension hair are sewn on and between the beads with a C -shaped needle and thread that matches the color of your hair. Little to no harm is done to your natural hair. The weight is distributed evenly.

Q) How do you take them out?

A) It’s easy! We take the pliers and squeeze the beads the opposite way they were flattened which releases the hair. Then the extension hair slides out.

Q) How long does it take to put them in?

A) It depends on how big of a transformation you are going for but at the minimum it takes one hour and at the maximum it could take 5+ hours.

Q) How do you get the hair?

A) The salon orders the hair through a respected hair supplier. It usually takes about a week to come in the mail. Right now we use multiple a suppliers all of which are highest quality and reputable vendors. It usually takes about a week to come in the mail.

Q) Will it match and blend with my natural hair?

A) Yes! We will match your hair to a swatch when you are in the salon during your consultation. Consultations are required in order to move forward to book the full service. However, extension hair color fades gradually over time just like our natural hair. It can be colored to match your hair even better for an additional charge of $100 approximately (depending on how much hair you have).

Q) How often do you have to buy new extension hair?

A) It depends on how well the client takes care of their hair. Some people can reuse the hair for a year and some for 6 months.



• Satin pillow cases or bonnets help to prevent tangles and frizziness. An added bonus is that it helps keep the hair style preserved so well you can rock your style for multiple days.

• The Wet Brush is super gentle. Great for in the shower when you have conditioner in your hair, out of the shower on towel dried hair when applying styling products, or for blow drying hair. Keep mini’s in your purse for mid-day brushings.

• Loosely braid your hair before you go to sleep. Never sleep with wet hair. (See my YouTube channel for a variety of tutorials)

• Use scrunchies. Be super gentle on your hair. The extensions are secure but it doesn’t hurt to baby them.

• Brush hair thoroughly multiple times of day. Always keep a firm grip on the base of the extensions as to not pull unnecessarily. Make sure to brush between wefts and natural hair daily to prevent any matting that could occur near the scalp. Gently use your wet brush and flip hair upside down to really get in there.

• Apply serums or moisturizing creams on extensions morning and night

• Wear your hair in a tight pony at the beach/lake and saturate your hair with a deep conditioning mask before swimming underwater.

• Microfiber towels are great because they don’t rough up the cuticle. The less rough you are on your hair, the more it will be shiny and soft.

• I always tell people they are a lot like eyelash extensions. It is a little weird at first but you get used to them. Then you will never want to live without them 🙂


  • ONLY USE PURPLE SHAMPOO ON YOUR NATURAL HAIR! Extensions are very porous and they will soak up purple shampoo like crazy! Section out your natural hair and bend over when applying and rinsing as to not let any purple touch your extensions. Watch a demo by clicking here
  • use special SUNSCREEN! Watch this awesome video and read the caption as to how to prevent your extensions from turning ORANGE. It was created by an industry colleague and was veiwed over 1 MILLION times!


The best way to explain it is to break it up in to three categories —- minimal, moderate, maximum.

First Appointment – we Base our prices around the quantity of HAIR.

Cost of Hair Extensions & Install (includes dry cut for blending) varies depending on how much hair you have to order to achieve the desired look. The initial investment can be as little as $300 or as much as $2000+



Removal and Reinstall  – we base our prices by the ROW or TAB

every 10-12 weeks

$200 for first row, $100 for each additional row

$25 per Tab

Mini Tightenings – We Base our prices by the ROW or TAB

$75 per row

$15 per tab

Thank you for reading 🙂 I know, it’s a lot and super confusing at first. It was hard for me too!  Once you get them done once or twice it’ll all make sense. I really feel like extensions are amazing because they can do a lot of the work for you. They add color and drama to your ends that would have been impossible naturally or super damaging with balayage. Fuller ponytails and braids look way dressier than without extensions.  This is a total game changer. I have them myself and my clients that have them would agree that we can never live without them now. We are so happy and would love to share our experience with you.

Wondering about Twin Tabs?

These are like if tape in extensions had a baby with hand-tied. It’s the best of both worlds. This method uses no glue, no adhesive, no sewing, nor are they heavy or hard to hide. We are the only salon in Austin that carries them right now (that we know of). This type of extension method is easier, quicker and therefore more affordable for you.

Check out my Instagram Guides for more visuals on the extension methods I do all the time.