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Like most things in life, the more you pay for hair that’s weaved into your current style, the better match and longevity you’re going to receive. That said, not everyone has the big bucks to go with the top, high-quality hair that can cost as much as $5,000. But you don’t have to be scared off by the recommendations of your stylist, who also earns more from selling you expensive weaving hair, because some of the best inexpensive weaving hair can give you the style you’re hoping to achieve.
You’re going to get some tangling even with the expensive weaves, but you may experience a little more with the cheaper brands. You'll have better luck with straight hair as the curly and wavy weaves tend to get tangled even more. Outre makes a basic weave that costs less than $10 for a 10-inch piece, as of the date of publication. The Outre Sol Yaki is made from 100 percent human hair mix and works best if your hair falls into the darkest categories, according to Reniece, stylist and owner of Reniece & Company in Rockville, Maryland. Though Reniece always urges clients to go with the most expensive weaves, she does admit to seeing pretty good results with the basic Outre hair.
Babe is a company that creates 100 percent human Remy hair for a reasonable price. D’Arcy, the owner of D’Arcy Hair Design in Seattle, uses her buds at Emerson Salon to do her weave with Babe hair. And she loves the results. The straight weave costs less than $40 for 18 inches and about $50 for 22-inch straight or wavy extensions, as of February 2012. Each packet contains 20 pieces of hair, so your cost depends on how thick you want to go and how much weaving you need. You may use anywhere from 40 to 200 pieces, depending on the style you want to achieve – and your budget.
Attaching human hairs one-by-one or piece-by-piece can really make the costs of your new 'do add up. An alternative is to go with a synthetic weave or a human hair blend that mixes synthetic hairs with natural human pieces. "Black Hairstyles Magazine" puts Sensationnel at the top of its list of blended weaves that are making a reputation for themselves. In a 14-inch pack from Sensationnel, you’ll get 12 pieces of hair, a nape piece and a closure for less than $20, as of February 2012.
Totally synthetic hair has its place, too, especially if you don’t plan on keeping the extensions for very long -- no more than a couple weeks. According to "Black Hairstyles Magazine," synthetics such as those sold by Freetress can cost as little as $8, but you can expect it to get tangled and shed pretty easily. Synthetic hair usually doesn’t look very natural, either, although you might try rubbing a little fabric softener on the hairs to dull the shine. Synthetics are useful if you plan on braiding your hair because they have good gripping power.