Hair extensions are the favourites of women who want to get longer, fuller hair. It allows them to change their hairstyle, add volume to their hair and get a new look without waiting for their hair to grow naturally. But, hair extensions are not as common for everyone as it is for celebrities. The reasons are misconceptions, lack of knowledge and worries over regular maintenance.
Many women wonder how extensions work, are they worth it, can they pull them off, what’s is their average lifespan and other similar doubts. Don’t worry! Keep reading this post to learn everything you need to know about hair extensions.
How Do They Work?
Hair extensions are a method of bonding real or synthetic hair at the roots of your natural hair. They are attached close to the scalp, covered by sections of your hair in horizontal rows so that the extensions are concealed with the natural hair. If done by a professional hair stylist, then hair extensions can last for many days or even months with proper care.
How Are They Made?
There are two types of extensions used, natural and synthetic. The natural extensions, as the name suggests, are made of natural human hair from root to tip. They are collected from a donor and used to make extensions by aestheticians. Most women prefer using natural extensions to get natural-looking results. You can care for them like your own hair. On the other hand, synthetic extensions are made by blending fine, plastic fibres to imitate real hair. Generally, they don’t blend well with the natural hair and give a coarse feel when touched.
What Are the Different Methods?
There are 3 popular methods of hair extension. Here’s a brief explanation.
1) Clip-In Hair Extension
The clip-in method is the easiest and the most popular choice when it comes to hair extensions. It is easily affordable and can be applied at home. In this method, strands of hair are sewed with clips at one end. You can simply clip the strands with natural hair. The clips can easily be snapped open or shut making it a perfect solution for you to get longer locks at home. You can even colour or style them with curling or flat iron. Since no chemicals or glues are involved, clip-in is the safest way of getting longer hair and can last anywhere between six months and one year. However, this method is useful only for a temporary extension.
2) Tape-In Hair Extension
In the tape-in method, extension pieces come with clear adhesive tapes on one end that are taped/glued close to the scalp and covered with natural hair. The adhesive tapes are heated and then aligned to the hair roots so that the extensions are glued properly to your natural hair. They’re not considered a good option for reuse as you need to apply glue remover for taking them out. They last for 4-8 weeks; after that, you need to re-apply them. It is quite costly as tape-ins can’t be applied at home. You need to visit a reputable beauty salon to get them done as only a professional hair stylist can apply them properly. Additionally, the glue or tape can damage your hair.
3) Bonded Hair Extension
Bonded or fusion hair extension is the method in which extensions are bonded with natural hair using heat or ultrasonic waves. In this method, the hairdresser uses a heat connector to attach strands of hair to your natural hair. The strands contain a microscopic keratin loop that holds the extension to your hair. The extensions are bonded close to the scalp so that they blend smoothly with the rest of your hair give a seamless look. The best thing about this method is that they last the longest but can damage your hair at the time of removal.
Hair extensions are a great way of getting longer locks. But, make sure that you’re getting them done by a professional. Choose the type of hair you want (natural or synthetic) and the type of method you want to apply. Consult a hair expert before going through the process as they are the best to tell whether hair extensions are good for your hair or not.