Hair Extensions – Your Questions Answered

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If you’re feeling like your hair lacks volume, overall luster and length, hair extensions can be the answer to a beautiful head of hair. Hair extensions have improved significantly over the years.  Today there are high quality, natural-looking choices (including real hair extensions) on the market and much better application methods.

Following are common, frequently asked questions regarding hair extensions that will help you decide if they’re right for you.

Who are hair extensions for?

Basically, anybody that’s wanting to enhance their hair. It can be as understated as simply adding a little volume or thickness. Or, extensions are perfect for anybody who is looking for a big change, adding both volume and a lot of length.

Who should avoid hair extensions?

It is advised that those who are dealing with hair loss wait until their hair is stable prior to getting extensions. Other than that, you’ll find that there are hair extension solutions for all hair types. In any case, it’s recommended to book a consultation with a stylist prior to your appointment. They’ll evaluate your hair and determine which options would be best for you.

What types of hair extensions are available?

There are so many choices and terms used that choosing can be overwhelming if you’re new to extensions. The following descriptions will help clarify things for you.

Clip in Hair Extensions

These extensions consist of a strand of hair pieces that you attach at the base using silicone or fabric. The clips sold are ready to use but will take some practice. Clip in hair extensions are the least permanent kind of extensions.

Tape in Hair Extensions

These extensions are taped/glued together on either side of the hair. For best results and proper alignment, a hairdresser should apply tape-in extensions. These also require the use of a heating tool to warm up the glue used. The hairstylist will also need to remove them using a glue remover. Because heat is applied to the roots during the process, damage can occur – another good reason to have a professional apply them.

Sew-in/Weaves

Weave hair is applied by first braiding natural hair into corn rows, followed by sewing the weave into the corn row. The weave application is a long process that can take several hours. The application method used can put a strain on the scalp as well and feel uncomfortable. Weaves are not recommended options for those with thin hair and should always be performed by an experienced hair stylist.

Microlink Hair Extensions

These are also referred to as micro loop or micro bead extensions. The install process involves attaching tiny “wefts” of hair to small sections of natural hair using a silicone-lined bead. Next, the stylist uses a unique tool to secure the bead to the hair, tightening it up to hold it in place. Even though this method doesn’t use glue or heat, if it isn’t installed correctly, microlink hair extensions can damage the hair.

Are human hair extensions always the best choice?

For obvious reasons, human hair extensions are always the best way to go. Human hair looks and feels natural and will last longer. Human hair extensions also act like your own hair and are easier to style, wash and maintain. Another reason to go the human hair route is that you can use heat styling tools on it – you can’t do that with synthetic versions.

How do you know which extensions to select?

The only way to determine this is to choose a salon with great reviews and book a consultation. A stylist with hair extension experience will be able to make suggestions on the best and most appropriate option for your hair. The stylist will probably recommend that you go with human hair extensions for the best result.

It’s easier than you think to end up with full bodied, long, luxurious locks – you just need high quality hair extensions and have a professional hair stylist install them (unless they’re clip ins).