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Purchasing hair extensions can be a pretty big investment, one that not all of us are prepared to make. However, I'm about to make this decision a lot more simple! Today we'll go through some of the most popular hair extension application methods and the reasons you need extensions in your life!
There are so many types of hair extensions available these days, from clip-ins, tape-ons, sew-in, fusion and micro links! However before even choosing the style, there is also the choice between real hair and synthetic hair.
So lets break this down. When deciding between real and synthetic hair, there are a few things that you should know. First of all, synthetic hair is less expensive. However it has a different texture than real hair. It also cannot be colored or used with heated styling tools such as flat irons or curlers, because they could melt the extensions. Real hair on the other hand, can be treated as normal hair, and so coloring and using heat on it is fine. It also blends more seamlessly with your natural hair.
In terms of the methods of extension application, clip-ins are probably the least damaging. They do not require a professional as you can attach them yourself at home. These extensions are not permanent, however they are ideal for someone who wants to change up their look once in awhile or for a special occasion. For these extensions, all you have to do is clip them to the back of your head! For a complete full length and volume look, try the Hair Treats 7 piece clip in extension pack that comes in 8 natural shades.
Tape-on extensions are generally applied by a professional. Using the tape on the back of the extensions, they are stuck onto your hair near the root and then sealed with a heated tool. The heat and glue can damage your hair, especially upon the removal. The process can take up to an hour, but the extensions can be reused. If you want to try tape-ons, the Hair Treats sticky sleek and straight extensions comes in 17 natural shades.
Sew-in hair requires all your hair to be braided into corn rows first. The extensions are then woven into the braids using a needle and thread. This is best for thicker hair, as hair that is too thin might break. The whole process is quite long though, and is the most uncomfortable/painful. That being said, it is popular because it's the most permanent and seamless.
Fusion extensions are made to be bonded to your natural hair using some sort of adhesive such as glue. This type of application is very damaging since it involves a toll similar to a hot glue gun to bond individual hair strands with extensions. It can take about 4 hours to apply and requires a professional hairdresser.
Micro-link, or micro-beading are extensions that are applied by looping the extension through your actual hair. It has to be clamped down with a metal ring and a special tool and them tightened. Therefore, this method is also damaging due to the heat and metal rings which can break the hair.
Aside from clip-ons, another damage-free hair extension method is Microsphere ones. The brand HairTreats has taken a step ahead of the hair extensions industry by creating an evolved, non aggressive technique to apply extensions. This method requires NO glue, NO heat, NO mess, NO braiding or sewing, and NO solvents or chemicals! The Microsphere extensions is a patent double loop system that gives the desired look with just the pinch of a plier.
Now you might be wondering, why should I wear extensions if they can damage my hair? Although they might not be the healthiest for your strands, if you get them done by a trained professional your hair should be safe. Extensions are also amazing because they can add length, volume, color and improve styling options. We also recommend using the clip in extensions or microsphere ones since they have little to no damage at all!
Hair extensions were essentially named after their ability to extend the length of your hair. If you simply cannot grow your hair passed a certain point or received a bad haircut, extensions can save the day! If you choose clip-ins specifically, the damage is minimal and your hair can still grow out as healthy as ever.
If you've always wanted full and thick hair like Beyonce, then extensions are for you! They add extra volume and can give you that extra "ooph" you might want for a special occasion. If you naturally have very thin hair, just make sure to choose extensions that are lighter so they don't weigh your hair down.
Hair extensions can also be a fun way to add some color into your hair. If you're scared of color commitment or don't want to bleach your hair, hair extensions are the solution! There are extensions that are specifically made to have the ombré effect, so it's a fun way to experiment with different colors. You can also find extensions that can provide you with the highlight or low-light look, so you can really change up your look without committing to it long term.
Itching to try one of those giant side braids or cute updos? What about Ariana Grande's signature high ponytail? Many of us don't have enough hair to fill out these looks, so extensions can add the extra hair needed to create a full styled look. With extensions, the possibilities are endless! You can create so many different looks and don't have to worry about not having enough hair.
Hair extensions are a fun way to completely change your appearance, or simply enhance your natural hair. So, will you be trying them?