Let’s face it. Having long, luxurious locks is the envy of most women. Whether straight or curly, adding hair extensions can not only lengthen your hair but it also adds a lot of volume. If you want to improve the look of your hair, make sure you use a professional who has the experience and knows all about the different techniques and options.
Types of Extensions
There are different types of hair extensions, and they can be made out of different types of materials. You can find extensions made from synthetic materials, but for a more realistic look, raw human hair is the way to go. This way, the extensions can match the texture of your own hair, which gives it a seamless and authentic look.
Next, making sure the color matches your hair is important for proper application. During a consultation, we can custom match the extensions to your natural hair so no one can tell you even have extensions.
The final step for quality-looking extensions is figuring out the number of strands and placing them correctly so they transition flawlessly with your natural locks.
There are different methods of applying extensions.
- Tape-In, are easy to apply and remove, don’t damage your hair, and look more natural because they lie almost completely flush against the head, whereas other types have thicker bases that stick out. Tape-in extensions allow for easy removal, the ability to reuse the hair, and the ability to maximize placement options giving you a more natural, clean look. They are also ideal for people recovering from the aftermath of severe color breakage.
They don’t take as long to install in your hair and you also don’t have to wear them for a long period of time if you get sick of styles fast. The biggest difference between tape-ins, sew-ins, and glue-in extensions is longevity. Tape-ins are known to last for a short amount of time and they also create the utmost sleek and flat look in your hair. The base of the hair weft for the tape-ins is very thin. Instead of tracks that you may sew or glue, which is much thicker in order to sustain the application process.
- Micro link, also known as loop hair and microbead, hair extensions use a small beaded cylinder to attach to your natural strands. This technique uses no adhesive or chemicals, and the hair can be reused.
- Clip-in extensions are a quicker and easier alternative. They can be customized to your hair and they are clipped in throughout your strands. These typically last a shorter time than the micro link extensions.
Other options for extensions include fusion, which uses keratin and glue to attach the hair, and weave, in which the extensions are attached using a needle and thread.
How to Protect Your Extensions
For the longest-lasting results, it is important to take good care of your extensions. Some after-care instructions include:
- Brush by starting at the ends to remove tangles and working towards the scalp, and then brush all hair and make sure it covers the attachments.
- Wash only every two or three days and use a gentle touch to prevent tangles. Allow conditioner to sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing out and use a leave-in conditioner after toweling dry.
- Use a heat protectant to style your hair and avoid applying direct heat to attachments.
- Avoid harmful products and ingredients such as mousse, straightening solutions, bleach, alcohol, keratin, sulfates, and toner.
- Wear a braid or low ponytail if you participate in water or sports activities. Wash chlorine out thoroughly and do not put your hair in a bun to dry or sleep with wet hair.
Book Your Extension Consultation
Are you ready to change your look? When you search for hair extension salons near me, look no further than Elite Styles Salon & Spa. Contact us for a consultation to determine the best look.