Hair Extensions – What Are They and How to Use Them

How to help your hair

Summer hairstyles are more than just a way to keep our locks out of our eyes when we dance the night away. They can also be a great way to express yourself! But sometimes our natural hair can be really thin and flat which takes away a lot of joy from creating beautiful styles. But there’s a way to remedy that! Here is where hair extensions come to the rescue.

Some of the things you may want to know about extensions

Hair extensions are help people with fine hair achieve more voluminous hair. They are essentially additional locks (either real or faux) inserted inbetween a person’s real hair to blend into them and achieve a natural look.

How to use them?

There are lots of ways to use hair extensions depending on what effect you want to achieve. You can blend them into loose hair to make them thicker or longer or boost the volume in a specific part of a hairstyle.

Types of hair extensions

The right type is very important when choosing extensions. There are two main types of hair extensions: natural (made with real human hair, usually better quality) and faux (made from artificial hair). Aside from that you can differentiate between the various types by how they are attached to the hair.

  • Clip-In – very simple to use and often non damaging to real hair they are however not the most secure, so they are recommended for single uses. They can last very long depending on how you take care of them.
  • Tape-In – come in pre cut strips and use glue to attach to the roots of the real hair. This is usually done by a hairdresser, since the process involves heating the glue to attach it properly. They usually last from 4 to 8 weeks depending on how well they are cared for and how fast does the natural hair grow.
  • Sew-In/Weave – as the name suggest they are sewn in close to he roots. This is also a procedure that has to be done by a professional hairdresser. It is recommended to condition your hair very often to limit the damage as much as possible. These should not be kept for longer than 8 weeks, before getting new ones.
  • Fusion/Pre-Bonded – they can take as long as 4 hours to apply using chamical adhesive. Unfortunately, that can cause some damage to the real hair.

When picking extensions make sure you find ones that match your own hair color, so for example brown hair extensions for a brunette.

Common concerns about health and quality

Some types of hair extensions can be very damaging to your hair, such as the tape in or Fusion ones, since they use synthetic glue. But regardless of the type it is very important to care for them properly and not keep them on your head too long.