It is every girl’s wish to look beautiful, and a big part of that beauty are the hair. Sometimes your hair is to your liking, sometimes they are not, nonetheless, extensions are an easy way to get the kind of hair you always dreamed of.
Today, several types of extensions and extension methods are in practice so that every kind of hair gets the best possible hair extension service.
Hair extensions are basically made from two types of material: synthetic hair and natural hair. The former have a silicon coat to give them a shine however they are cheaper and can’t handle the heat, whereas the latter are made from natural hair and can handle almost everything your own ones do.
In this piece, we will be talking about five common types of hair extensions and how you should be taking care of them by properly washing, shampooing, conditioning, and drying. The more people understand how awesome extensions can be, the more popular extensions will become.
#1) Tape-in Extensions
Tape-in extensions are one of the most common extensions currently in use. They don’t take too long to be installed and then don’t require further visits to the salon for adjustment. These tapes of hair are glued to either side of your natural hair using heat. Tape-in extensions can easily last for several months with proper care.
However, you should be careful with the use of heavy conditioners because they can cause the extensions to slip.
#2) Clip-in Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are the most temporary type of extensions, if you need to give your hair a new look for a function or a party, apply clip in extensions and you are all set. The good thing about them is that they can be placed anywhere on the head and are available in all types of colours, styles and textures. Thus making them a great option which can be put in and taken out in a very short time.
#3) Micro-link Extensions
These last for a few months and are also known as micro-bead extensions because they are applied around the natural hair, and finished using a metal bead. Since the extensions are looped through your natural hair, you can choose to move the beads up and down to a certain extent if you want. To prevent the beads from slipping, don’t out conditioner near the beads.
If the beads are made of metal, they require a little heat to be set up, silicon beads don’t need any heat or glue.
#4) Weft Extensions
Hair weft extensions are applied on and through the bundles of weaved natural hair by way of stitching. There are two types of weft extensions available today, hand wefted and machine wefted; machine wefted extensions are stitched closer to the tip of the hair whereas hand wefted extensions are closer to the head.
Anyone can get weft extensions regardless of their hair type, but if you have very weak hair, they wouldn’t be able to handle the stitching so you should try out another method.
#5) Fusion Extensions
The most expensive hair extension procedure, but it also requires almost no maintenance after the extensions have been installed.
The extensions are bonded/fused to the hair using adhesives like keratin and glue, however, keratin is now more popular because it is safer. A hot tool is used to fuse the keratin tip with each strand of natural hair and the whole process takes several hours. You can also choose to have wefts fused instead of every single strand.
Once you are done, your extensions are set for four to five months. If you take proper care and your hair grow very quickly, fusion extensions can last even longer.