Hair extension is made using real or artificial hair, and is seamlessly woven, clipped, or glued to one’s own hair. Though the concept has been known for quite some time, but with the advancement of technology these days, it has now become impossible to tell the difference.
Hair extensions are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and budgets. Clip-on hair extension is the easiest to install and manage as there is no need to rush to the parlor again and again after natural hair grows. However, glued or woven hair extension are done in salons, and last for a period of two to six months.
The process of weaving hair extension is carried out in two parts. First of all, the hair stylist waves a number of threads in a particular series into one’s original hair, using the underlying sections of the hair so that the work is not visible. This weaved hair is then used as a base upon which a weft or hairpiece is attached from the top of the head, falling freely at the bottom.
Few techniques of hair extension involve gluing of each strand of the hair directly to the scalp. Glue-based hair extensions are used for attaching new hair to naturally existing hair with the help of protein-based bonds. The stylist makes use of a low temperature to complete the process and it does not cause any harm to the scalp or hair.
Before you visit any salon for hair extension, ask the stylist at the salon what kind of material they make use of for the process. When it comes to prices of the procedure, it can vary widely. The best choice would be to go to a parlor or salon you are well familiar with, or one where a friend of yours has had successful hair extension done before. Don’t shy away from asking questions during and before the process.
Pick your extensioner wisely
The ability to apply hair extensions expertly was a skill the God of hair did not share out equally. I’ve had extensions by roughly 7 different people over the years. One time, I had some extensions put in by a girl I’d found on Gumtree in Wood Green who charged me £200 and they fell out a week later. She wouldn’t put them back in, or give me a refund blaming me for ‘brushing them badly.’ When you go to a rogue person, you risk having no guarantee of service or quality. If the same happened in a decent salon you’d be able to complain and have more control over the outcome. Don’t cut corners; honestly it’s just not worth it. You’ll get mugged off and risk damaging your hair
This is the method of hair extension in which hair strands are attached to one’s original hair with the help of micro-cylinders. Though the entire process of attaching the hair is extremely time-consuming, but it does not cause any damage to the hair. And whenever you wish to remove them, you can visit a salon and the hair stylish will be able to remove them quite easily and quickly.
Another method of hair extension is Microchet extension in which the hair is placed at the spots where the hair is thinning. This method makes use of a patented threading procedure which is quite painless and gentle.
If you have enough time in day, say 3 to 7 days, you can get a trusted stylist to extend your hair using the process known as Invisible Strands. The process takes such a long time as just a single strand is attached at a time. However, the result lasts for a much longer time in comparison to other methods of non-glue hair extensions.
Caring for the New Hair
Gentleness is the keyword when it comes to caring for your hair extensions. You can brush, comb, style, swim or drive around in convertibles – anything that you could do with your natural hair. However, while brushing out the tangles, be patient and avoid pulling too tightly while styling the hair.
Also, it is best to avoid coloring your hair extensions. This is because the artificial hair has already undergone lots of chemical processes and further coloring can harm it. When you feel that you hair has become loose after few weeks, this means that it is now time to revisit the stylist.
You should wash your hair at least after a gap of 2-3 days with the help of a mild shampoo. Make sure that you wash your entire scalp thoroughly. After this, use a good quality conditioner on the hair. This is important because extension will not receive natural oil like the real hair does.
Clip-on hair extension is the easiest as well as the cheapest technique of extending one’s hair. The main reason behind this is that the matching is color of your existing hair is not always possible. Many women see their hair color fading during the summer months. Besides this, women who have colored their hair chemically also experience fading of the color over the weeks. Therefore, it is advisable to get clip-on hair in 2-3 shades to be able to match your natural hair to some extent. When it comes to salon applied extensions, it is best to find a professional who can get the closest matches for your hair colors and texture.
Think about the money issue
Chances are you’ll love your extensions. I’ve yet to meet somebody who hasn’t literally been like ‘this is the best thing. Ever. Even better than that Reese’s Pieces choco-peanut butter spread.’ So before you embark on extensions, realistically assess how much you can afford to spend every 3-4 months on having them redone. A cool £800 may be fine for a one off. But if you’re doing that four to five times a year, that all adds up. That’s why it’s so tempting to go for somebody cheap – but the health of your hair and scalp is paramount. You literally pay for what you get.
Thickening Hair Without Extensions
Those who have thin hair but don’t have much time, money, or resources to get hair extension done, there is still a lot that you can do to get longer and bigger sized hair. Some of the easiest techniques that you can use include following a hair-friendly diet, or switching to a distinct type of hairbrush.
New brand, clip-on styles, and adhesive are being introduced in the market regularly. Both real hair as well as synthetic hair is available in a variety of colors, styles, and prices. Thus, you are at complete freedom to whenever you want, according to the changing season, or simply with your changing mood.