Hair Extensions Complete Guide-I
Hair extensions are separate pieces of hair that you can use to blend into your own. Generally, these tend to be longer than your own hair, but sometimes it's just to enhance your hair's thickness rather than gain a lot of length.
They add length and fullness to human hair by incorporating human or synthetic hairpieces that are usually clipped, glued, or sewn into place.
Hair extensions come in a range of types, sizes and colors that clearly define them. This article is a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about hair extensions. One read to know it all.
1. How to choose and get the perfect hair extensions
You will find there are hundreds of hair extension options available. How do you know what is best for you? Choosing whether you want temporary or permanent hair extensions and picking which installation type is right for you is the best first step!
Here is a detailed and informative guide to give you all the knowledge you need to select and buy the perfect hair extensions for you.
Now you do not have to have a clear idea about what to get. Just with curiosity in mind, you can read on. And you will get the most perfect hair extension after!
2.Human or non-Human Hair? Temporary or Permanent Hair Extensions?
If you are serious about getting fuller volume or a luxuriant celebrity look, definitely choose human hair extensions. Only with human hair it will last and look natural just like your own hair.
But if you want a change of hair color just for fun, wearing it one time or two for a party or to entertain yourself, it will be a novel experience to try synthetic hair because it is really cheap and thus much more flexible. It is more for temporary use-wearing them 24/7 is not recommended. Also unlike human hair, it can not be styled. Once heated, the synthetic hair might be damaged.
Temporary Hair Extensions
Temporary hair extensions include flip-ins and clip-ins. Clip-ins tend to provide increased volume and length. Flip-ins, however, increase just the length without much impact on volume. Both are easy to install and can be attached by yourself in 1-10 minutes, saving the installation fee in a saloon. So you can take it off every day at night.
Women use short-term hair extensions for special occasions or as an easy daily wear alternative to permanent hair extensions.
Permanent Hair Extensions
Permanent hair extensions, while not permanent, don’t have to be removed at night as temporary hair extensions do. For example, you can attach these extensions by a variety of methods, including links or I-tips, glue, tape, etc. They can last anywhere from 4 weeks to 2 months as long as you care for them well. See our list below for the most common permanent hair extension installation methods.
3. Different hair extension methods
The following guide is 6 methods/types of hair extensions with real human hair, in the order of being easier to install to more difficult, from taking a shorter time to taking longer.
Best for: Medium-density hair
Length of Wear: Clip-ins with real human hair last around 6 months to a year
Installation Time: 5-10 minutes
At Home or Salon: At home
Clip-in extensions come in strands of different lengths with clips sewn to the strand.
You can quite easily apply the extensions yourself. If you are unsure when trying at home for the first time, watch a video tutorial. Or, have a hairdresser to put them in your hair to blend them to show you how to apply them properly.
As mentioned, clip-ins are the least permanent form of hair extension. This allows you to choose whether you want short hair or long hair for the day or night by removing and putting them back in whenever you want. They are the least time-consuming and cause limited damage as they don't require heating or don't use any adhesive or glue to stick in your hair.
Clip-in human hair extensions are fairly low maintenance and only need to be washed every 15-20 wears or if there is a fair amount of product on them. You can style them, dye them and cut them to your own preference.
The downside is when the clips get dislocated or when not concealed correctly, they could be seen. More concerning is that they cause bald spots: Clip in hair extension wefts are heavier and place a lot of weight on your hair, pulling the hair and making it strained over time. The weight off the clip in wefts are too heavy and will pull out hair one by one, eventually leaving gaps and bald spots.
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