Hair Style

HAIR’s Guide to Hair Extensions

Are you ready to try hair extensions, but not sure where to start? Finding the perfect hair extension could be quite costly and intimidating. Even getting the right stylist to do these could cost you your precious time! However, we have laid out everything you need to make the right choice! Follow the steps below and soon you will have the hair of your dreams.

Do your research
Choosing the right stylist, to help you achieve the ideal hair length, is essential, especially if you want the final look to truly blend in with your natural hair. Also we recommend you to check the methods of hair extensions, your stylist is trained in. Besides, discussing your lifestyle will help you both, distinguish what type of hair extensions will be best suited for your desired look, and how dedicated you’ll be to the extension upkeep.

Pick the method that works best for your hair!
Whether you’re looking for a temporary length fix or a long-term commitment, choosing the hair extension method that works best for your hair, is necessary.

There are three popular methods of hair extensions:

Clip-ins : If you’re a commitment – phobe, and thus, are looking for an easy, non-permanent way to transform your hair, then you should try clip-in hair extensions. You can simply clip-on or clip-off these extensions, depending on your mood.

Tape-ins : Tape-in extensions are attached at the roots using a wide, see-through bond which looks like a sellotape. This attachment method lets the extension lie completely flat and usually lasts 6-8 weeks.

Keratin-bonded : Also known as fusion extensions, this is one of the oldest method of professional hair extension attachment. In this method, the extension is ‘fused’ to your natural hair using keratin and a little heat tool or ultrasound technology. The treatment usually lasts for about 3-6 months, and requires the most upkeep as compared to the other two methods.  

However, while choosing one of these three methods, one also needs to consider two important factors, i.e., the hair’s texture and colour. You need to match the hair extensions to the color at the end of your hair. This way, when the extensions are applied, there is a seamless transition from the roots downward, and the extensions blend nicely with your hair, giving you a natural look.

Consider your hair extension purchase as an investment
All hair extensions are either human or synthetic. Choosing which one to use depends highly on your budget and your need for quality. If it is quality over pricing that you prefer, then its best to go for the human hair extensions. Human hair is five to seven times more expensive, but it can be colored and heat-styled. Virgin remy hair is the highest quality of human hair available. This hair has never been treated with chemicals and is left unprocessed and uncolored. In fact, the extensions are designed to fall in the most natural-looking way. But if you haven’t got too much cash to splash, and you still want fabulous, voluminous hair, synthetic hair extensions are for you. Made from man-made fibres, these hair extensions are considerably cheaper than their human hair counterpart. Also, they retain the shape well and never go frizzy. However, these can look unnaturally shiny and even melt when heat-styled. We would recommend not to get a bargain when shopping for your extensions, and look for quality over the best price. It’s more like considering your extension purchase as an investment!

Maintain a regular upkeep routine
When you leave the salon, your extensions will look flawless. But you need to keep your locks fresh by properly maintaining them, once you’re home. Clip-ins are low maintenance and require minimal upkeep. To keep these strands in shape, remove them and gently comb out tangles before washing them with a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner. To dry, blot them with a towel to remove excess water and let the extensions air dry.

If you decide on tape-on or keratin-bonded locks, these methods require slightly more work. Wash hair only using sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo concentrating on the roots, and condition only from the mid-lengths to the ends. Make sure your hair is 80% dry by patting it with a towel, before embarking on your array of heat styling tools. Also, be sure to keep your tools away from the tape and keratin bonds. As tempting as it might be so shower and hit the lights, sleeping on wet hair with these extensions in is a major no-no. Make sure your hair is completely dry before your head hits your pillow, and braid it into pigtails to prevent tangles.

Know when it’s time to say goodbye
As much as you’ll love your new length, you’re going to have to part with your extensions at some point. Luckily, clip-ins can last up to two years if you take care of them properly. Tape-on strands last six to eight weeks, and keratin-bonded extensions can stay in for about three months. While clip-ons can easily be removed at home, we recommend you visit the salon to remove the tape-ons or the keratin bonded extensions. Also, hair extensions add weight and can break or rip out your hair when they’re removed. We  advise you to take a break every six to eight weeks, before trying another extension.

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Monika Doshi

Digital content writer, dancer and an avid reader of thriller fiction. Have an obsessive urge to travel and explore whatever comes in my way. With an even inescapable love for my stack of lipsticks!