Are you wondering whether to get hair extensions or not? If you feel like you should, then there are a number of things you should learn before you head to the salon – namely, the types of hair extensions available on the market!
- Strand by strand extensions – strand by strand techniques make use of either cold or hot fusion techniques to attach around twenty to thirty individual hairs to your natural hair strands. The method is arguably the most expensive of all applications, but the quality of the hair extension is high enough to the point where it is difficult to distinguish between extensions and natural hair.
- Weft extensions – weft hair extensions are attached as wafts, or locks of hair about a few inches wide (around two to four inches), and are applied using a number of methods. The weft extensions are a semi-permanent type of hair extension:
- Glue-in – glue-in weft extensions are basically glued into the hair, and due to this fact, they are a temporary form of hair extension. The application of an oil-based solvent to the roots of the hair (where the extensions were glued to) will dissolve the glue; alternatively, taking a shower will also dissolve the glue. This is the least expensive type of hair extension, and they do not need to be removed before going to bed, making them very affordable both price and time-wise.
- Tape-in – tape hair extensions are a new application method for hair extensions which relies on the use of polyurethane tape to simply tape the hair extension to the natural hair. Tape-ins can be either one-sided or double-sided, with the latter seeing an additional waft of hair applied to further increase the volume. As a method of application, tape-ins can range from cheap to expensive, but this largely relies on the number of hair extensions you require. It should also be noted that as an application method free of heat treatments or the like, it is the fastest, taking no more than an hour at best.
- Sew-in/braided – sew-in extensions or braided extensions, better known as ‘weaves’, are sewed into the natural hair (which is braided beforehand), and are therefore best suited to thick, curly varieties of hair. Price-wise, they are also one of the cheapest types of hair extensions, but unlike glue-ins, they last much longer. Keep in mind that their application can take time, and headaches can become an issue if the hair is braided too tight.
- Clip-in extensions – these are a temporary type of hair extensions, and make use of small pressure-sensitive clips (hence the ‘clip-in’ name) to be fitted onto the natural hair. They can be put on and taken out easily, and are the recommended choice for individuals who do not want to commit to their hair extensions. They are naturally cheap, and do not need professional assistance to be put on.