Hair Extensions Info:
Hair extensions come in many different options, and the one you choose will depend on your natural hair and the desired effects you are seeking. Hair extensions can be permanent, semi-permanent or for daily wear.Along with having choices in the connection method, you also have choices in the actual hair quality. They incude real hair, cuticle hair, Remy hair and synthetic hair. Lengths can vary from 12 inches to 22 inches and color choice is virtually unlimited.
Choosing a Hair Type
When choosing a hair type for your extensions, you should consider the length of the hair, the time of wear and the level of care you desire. Synthetic hair is best used in daily-wear, clip-on extensions. These are not washable and cannot be used with heat-producing styling products. Synthetic hair has the shortest shelf life and will need to be replaced in just a few months because it will mat and lose its luster.
Real hair can be used in fusion, micro ring or clip-on connection methods and will last much longer than synthetic hair. Real hair can also be washed, blow-dried and used with heating implements.
When it comes to quality, you'll also have to make a choice.
Real hair can come from fallen hair and not be lined up with the cuticle of the hair. Remy hair is real human hair, with the cuticle of each strand running in the same direction as the hair grows. This is the highest quality of hair extension and can last a very long time and be reused over and over again. All you have to choose at this point is the color and the seller.
Choosing a Connection Method
Choosing a method of attachment depends mostly on your hair type. Thin, fine hair generally does best with fusion connections if you're seeking long-term wear. Clip-ins are also good for this hair type if you prefer a temporary, daily-wear option. Fusion tip: .05 to .08 gram pieces. Each strand is "pre-tipped" with a synthesized keratin protein that acts as a glue to bond the strands onto hair. Heat may be used to bond, or "melt" the glue, or some stylists employ Fast Fusion technology, which uses air pressure to bond individual strands of hairs more quickly. This method will last approximately three to four months before falling out with normal hair growth and breakage.
If you have thicker, fuller hair, you may consider the micro ring method, in which a small section of your hair is pulled through a tiny copper or aluminum micro tube and placed close to the scalp. A strand of keratin-tipped extension is pushed into the micro tube and the tube is squeezed closed around your hair and the extension with a special pair of pliers. These extensions will last three to four months but are much easier to remove and replace than the ones done with the fusion method because you only need to squeeze the micro ring around again and move the extension back up to the scalp for a touchup. Clip-ins are by far the easiest to install and remove, as they are made up of wafts of hair with hair clips attached. You simply part your own hair, clip in the wafts and cover to camouflage clips with your own hair.
Care of Hair Extensions
Before and After
Real human hair extensions can last for several months with proper care. Though it is real human hair, it is no longer connected to its source, so it will dry out much more quickely than hair on the scalp. Shampooing is always drying to the hair. It is suggested that you wash your hair extensions only when needed, not daily. Wash with a sulfate-free shampoo and liberally condition below the connections. Clip-ins can be washed, curled, straightened and styled while off of the head for ease of care. Always keep the connections, whether fusion or micro rings, free of products and heating appliances. You may use heated appliances below the hair connections. With the proper care and the proper tools, you can enjoy your hair extensions as if they were your very own hair. Hair extensions can have a profound effect on your self esteem and bring fun options to your hair-care routine.