Extensions FAQ

QALI Vancouver Hair Extension Salon

Semi-Permanent Extensions


What type of extensions do you do at QALI?

At QALI, our semi-permanent hair extensions are applied using only one method without the use of any adhesives or braiding. This system is much gentler on your natural hair and is a quicker installation process than other methods available. We only use ethically sourced, remy human hair to ensure high quality and a natural, seamless look.

Some benefits of this micro-weft technique include: 

No gluing or braiding

This is our favourite part of this technique! Your hair is not tied up in braids or glued, so it allows your hair to shed (as it naturally does) and means you can wash all of your hair instead of parts of it. Traditional weaving or sew-in beaded weft methods can cause tension on your hair which can be painful and also quite bulky once the wefts are sewn on. Gluing or taping requires the use of chemicals for removal, which takes longer, can let off unpleasant fumes and dry out or damage your natural hair during the process. 

Quick and easy to install

Since we're not attaching 100-150 individual clusters of hair like some other methods, a lot of time is saved! Both the installation and maintenance process is much faster, so you can get great hair in less time.

Easy to maintain

Because the wefts all grow out at the same time it makes maintenance a lot faster and easier than repairing the bonds of small clusters of hair, as required in other techniques. We know it can be hard to fit appointments into your day, so during your maintenance appointments you can hang out at our workstation (aka the Beach), have a coffee, plug in your laptop and work away while our stylists freshen up your extensions.  We use the highest quality 100% human hair so you can wash it, dry it and style it just as you would your own hair. 

More affordable

Because our installation technique is much faster than other methods you spend less time in the salon, which means we can offer a lower price point. 

Are extensions only for longer hair? What if I only want volume?

Our installation technique is great for people who want to achieve not only length, but also volume. We often have clients who do not want longer locks, just extra thickness or filling out their ends. In this case, we install the extensions and cut them to match the length of your natural hair. Not wanting extra volume and just length? By positioning the wefts in alternative positions we can help you achieve the length that you want without the added bulk of extra hair.

What about colour?

Our wefts come in 10 shades that match a broad range of hair colours. Ideally we want our clients to reach their desired hair colour before we install the extensions. Since the extensions are human hair, they can be coloured but we only recommend darkening or toning them. Your stylist will walk you through all of your colour options during your consultation. Since the hair we use is 100% human hair the colour will shift overtime, the same way your natural hair does. Darker shades will lighten up on the ends and blonde shades will warm up so we recommend booking in for a tone every few months or whenever you feel like the colour needs a refresh.

Can you wear your hair up?

Yes! Our micro-weft extensions can be worn in ponytails, buns and braids without showing. The wefts are strategically placed to stay hidden and can always be adjusted during your maintenance appointments. 

How much do they cost?

The cost of semi-permanent extensions totally depends on the length, density  and style of your natural hair and how many rows of extensions you'll need to ensure it looks natural. Pricing starts at $550 for a half head up to $1210 for a full head. Get in touch for a consultation so we can provide you with a more accurate price. We break it down a bit further here.

Not Ready for Commitment?

Not interested in permanent extensions? Head to our online store to see our range of clip in hair extensions that you can apply and remove at your own convenience in the comfort of your own home. We recommend having the clip ins blended (cut) to work with your natural hair for seamless results. We also offer in-salon application and styling services for our clip ins if you want some help getting ready for a big event, or just to treat yourself!


Clip In Extensions 


How do I pick the right colour?
If you're unsure which colour to select please contact us at hello@qali.com with a recent photo of your hair in natural light, with no filter and our team will be able to recommend a colour match for you. If you live in Vancouver we can also arrange a colour matching consultation. 
My extensions arrived and they don’t match my hair – what can I do?
If the extensions you’ve ordered do not match your hair, please make sure that they stay bound at the top by the ties, and follow the instructions on the return/exchange form included with your order. Please note that in order to return your extensions for a different colour, they need to be in unused, original condition with the silver ties still intact.
How long does my hair have to be?
For a truly seamless blend we recommend that your hair be at least shoulder length - the shorter and blunter your hair is the harder it will be to blend. Your hair needs to be long enough for the clips to grip into securely, and to cover the clips so they cannot be seen. We recommend that regardless of the length of your hair that you see an experienced hairdresser to blend the extensions with your natural hair. We offer this service for $65 at QALI.
What if I have very fine hair?
Extensions are a great tool to create volume in very fine hair! Ladies with finer hair may find that they don’t need to wear all three pieces of our clip ins to achieve the look that they’re after. Many girls find that they can get away with either one or two pieces of their set for a more natural look. Try clipping in one short weft a few centimetres above the nape of your neck, and then a long weft just above that. If that still looks like too much hair in comparison to your natural thickness, you could even just use a single long weft for some added volume on a day-to-day basis.
You may need to lightly back comb the sections of hair that you are clipping the extensions in to in order to get a firm grip. Try gently back-combing your roots where you are going to apply the clips. You could also consider adding a product like dry shampoo, hairspray or Puff Me to add even more grip to your hair.
Another important point is that having your extensions “blended” or trimmed by a hairstylist who has experience working with hair extensions can make a huge difference to the way they blend with your hair! If you are mainly looking for volume, not length, you might even consider having your extensions trimmed to a similar length to your natural hair, for volume that is quick and easy to clip in for daily wear.
The feeling of wearing extensions can take a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it we know you’ll love the volume you’re able to achieve!
Can I colour my extensions?
Our extensions are premium quality human hair, and while we do not recommend that you lighten your extensions in any way, a hairstylist who has worked with human hair extensions before will be able to tone them or colour them darker for you. We recommend a strand test prior to colouring the whole set.
How often should I wash them?
Since your clip in extensions don’t receive as much natural oil from your scalp as your own hair does, they do not need to be washed as often! We recommend washing your extensions when you notice product build up in them or every 5 uses. Check out our how-to guide for washing your extensions here.
What products should I use on the extensions?
For best results we always recommend using professional hair care products that are sulphate, keratin and protein free. All the products we carry at QALI are extension safe. 
Do I need to wash them when I receive them?
Nope! Your clip ins are ready to wear straight out of the bag when they arrive, but once they've been washed a few times they will "fluff up" for a more natural blend and will hold a style for longer,
How should I store them?
After you take your extensions out, make sure that they are detangled and then either lay them out flat to store or gather them in a braid or ponytail before storing them in their reusable bag.
How long will they last?
It totally depends on how often you wear them, but with regular use and proper care they should last you a year or much longer.
Will they damage my hair?
With proper application and use of your clip in extensions, you will experience no damage to your natural hair. Because they are clipped in using silicone-lined clips and then taken out at the end of the day, the amount of pulling and stress on your hair is minimal. That said, we do encourage you to always be gentle with your natural hair while putting in and taking out your extensions, and ensure that you don’t pull on them during the day.
Can I sleep/swim with my extensions in?
We recommend that you remove your extensions before sleeping, swimming or working out. These can all cause tangling, matting, and damage to your natural hair.
Will anyone be able to tell that I’m wearing extensions?
No one should be able to tell. Choosing the right colour, as well as having the extensions trimmed/blended, and how you apply them can all impact on how natural they look.
Just remember that if this is your first time wearing clip in extensions, the feeling can take a little getting used to! While it is a bit of a weird feeling for the first couple of tries, the clip ins should never be painful or pulling on your natural hair. If they are, re-clip the extensions until they feel comfortable.
1. Section your hair where you’d like to attach the clip ins. Since our clip in extensions come in a three piece set, we recommend one small section a few centimetres above the hairline at the nape of the neck, and then two larger sections above that which stretch further around the sides of the head. You want to ensure that the extensions aren’t clipped too far up towards the top of your head, where they might be more visible. As a general rule of thumb, your top clip should be no higher than the top of your ear or just above.
If you’d like a super secure grip, gently backcomb the root area where you’ll be attaching the clips. You might also find that dry shampoo or light hairspray can add extra grip to the sections when applied to the area where you’ll be attaching the clips.
2. Pop open the clips, and working from the centre clip outwards, place the clips into the back combed section, and snap securely shut. Making sure that you angle the clip so that you are clipping enough hair to hold the extension securely without pulling.
3. Continue until all desired sections have been attached, and check that the clips feel secure, and that they’re not pinching or pulling. If they are, re-clip until they feel secure and comfortable.
4. Style your natural hair and extensions as required. Brushing gently and then curling/straightening your natural hair along with the extensions will help to create a seamless style.

It’s as simple as that! If you still feel that your extensions are still not sitting quite right feel free to get in touch at hello@qali.com if you have any questions.
Are they comfortable to wear?
Sometimes it can take a little while to get used to the feeling of having extensions in! That said, wearing clip in extensions should never be uncomfortable or painful. We bet after your first time wearing them you won’t even notice that they’re there :)
I have very thick hair. Will I need more than one pack of clip ins?

Most of our thick-haired girls still find that one pack of our clip ins is more than enough hair! Each set of clip ins is 150g of hair that come in 3 rows. Very thick, blunt hair that's at the shoulder or shorter may be harder to blend with only one set, so we recommend scheduling a call or consultation with one of our stylists.

Have a question that we haven't covered here? Please get in touch with us at hello@qali.com so we can help you out!