Hair extensions are one of the hottest new hair alternatives trends in the beauty industry. Hair extensions come in many colors, textures, styles, and lengths to match any hair type. They can mix in and move naturally with your own hair when well matched in color and texture, and professionally applied. In addition hair extensions can provide volume, extend hair length, and add high or low lights without the bother of coloring your own hair. Certain professionally attached hair extensions when treated properly can be worn continuously for up to 3 months before requiring maintenance.
As hair extensions grow in popularity, not only are new businesses offering them seem to be opening everyday, but hair specialists continue to develop new hair extension techniques. You may be aware of celebrities such as Jessica Simpson and Rachel Welch who wear hair extensions, and are also involved in marketing hair extension products. In conjunction with the wig manufacturer, HairUWear, Jessica Simpson along with the celebrity hair stylist, Ken Paves, have developed a line of HairDo Clip in Hair Extensions, and Raquel Welch lends her name to her easihair hair additions. These types of a clip hair extensions are easy to use and do not require a professional stylist to attached them. You are able to clip these extensions into your own hair whenever you want it and take them out at night. Clip-in hair is considered to be the easiest of all the hair extension systems to apply and to remove. Clips come in all sizes and lengths, made from synthetic fibers or human hair that may be used for both highlights and a fuller look.
Most of the other hair extension systems need an experienced hair extension stylist. Besides clip-on extensions, the other major categories are weaves, strand-by-strand extensions, and weft extensions. The weaves technique involves the use of tiny braids that hold the hair extensions against the scalp. Because this method applies tension and uneven weight to the natural hair where it is attached to your scalp, great care must be taken not to damage your natural hair when washing your new look. If you choose strand-by-strand extensions, small strands of extension hair are attached one by one to small sections of your own hair by any of the following methods: weaving in, heat fusing, gluing, clamping with metal tubes, or using waxes and polymers. Each of these methods has its pros and cons. Be aware that some glue can be harmful for your hair or skin while others are safe. To remove extensions that have been bonded with a latex plug, heat and oil must be used to dissolve the bonding agent, a messy and time-consuming job. Metal Tubing is not recommended for fine hair since it adds additional weight to natural hair at the scalp, can be difficult to pry open later, and may cause breakage. Adhesive-Based Fusion is considered the best method, although the type of adhesive used is critical. A professional grade adhesive can withstand both heat and chemical treatments. These types of attached extensions are more easily removed since the adhesive remover will turn the bonding agent to a powdery substance.
Depending on how many extensions, what type of hair fiber, and which method is decided upon, the decision to get hair extensions represents a substantial financial commitment. You will also need to augment your new look with professional products to keep the extensions and your own hair healthy. And you will also need to make regular trips to the beauty salon for maintenance. Since you hair grows out at about a half an inch per month, your extensions will eventually need to be redone depending on how fast your hair grows and how well you take care of your extensions. Anywhere between 2 and 6 months they will have to be removed or retightened.
If you decide you want extensions that require a professional to attach them, we recommend you speak to several hair extensions stylists to discuss your options. The wrong type of extensions, the wrong method of attachment, or a poor job of attachment can seriously damage your hair. Your hair professional should know how to carefully test your hair for strength so that it is not stressed by the attachment method. Many other factors come into play to get a natural, great looking head of hair including the cut, placement of extensions, the stylist’s decision regarding fibers and color etc. Find an experienced hair extension professional and get a written estimate for your hair extensions, as well as what is required in a maintenance plan that should include follow-up appointments, recommended products, tools, wash and styling instructions. Since hair extension prices vary by salon and method, and they are not inexpensive, you need to do your research carefully.
Lastly, Hair Extensions are not for everyone. If your hair is very thin and weak, a better solution would be a lace front, monofilament wig.