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Hair Extensions: Everything You Need to Know

by Vendela Berg


Hair extensions let women add some inches and volume to their hair without tediously waiting for them to grow. There are a lot of hair extensions to choose from, and this can be overwhelming to first-time users. Professional hairstylists can guide and give you a consultation in which you will find out the method they use, talk about the look you want to achieve and receive a price quote. Here are some tips to help you along the way:

Human Hair

When selecting the best extensions, you should first check whether it is made from synthetic or natural human hair. Human hair is more durable, and it will look like your real hair and can be treated like so. With synthetic hair you can’t use any heat (such as blow-dryer or curling irons) or take a dip in the pool with them in.

It is also wise to invest in the highest quality hair you can afford. Although it is costly, the hair will last for so many refits so the cost in the longer term is a lot lower.

Synthetic hair is typically unnaturally shiny and weighs a lot lighter than human hair and so will not move in quite the same way.

Also the ways used to fit synthetic hair don’t allow for a multi-tonal color match as they are produced in block colors. All clients need a mix of colours/shades to get a true shade match.

Blowdrying hair

Remy Hair Extensions

Remy is the process of bundling human hair to keep roots and ends in the proper direction. Extensions made from Remy are often tangle-free because the cuticles of the strands do not get caught against each other. Remy hair is also deemed to be the healthiest because it is picked one strand at a time.

Seamless Hair Extensions

Hotheads extensions are set close to the head and not near the hairline to maintain the illusion that it is your real hair and not just extensions. It must be placed to go according to the natural direction of the hair to make it flow with the real ones. Most important thing is that there is no use of heat and tools, which would keep your hair from getting damaged.

Must Match Hair Color

Not getting the right hair color shade is a common blunder made by people who get extensions. Most extension companies offer a wide array of colors that make it easier for women to find the right color shade. It also lets low-lights and highlights add depth and tone without the use of other damaging treatments.

Maintenance of Hair Extensions

High-quality extensions don’t really require additional maintenance compared to your natural hair. To keep the hair healthy, you should brush it regularly, use high-quality products to clean it, and wear it up at night. You don’t need to deviate from your normal hair care routine. Also, you should avoid sleeping while the hair is still wet.

Clip-on hair extensions

Hair Extensions are Safe

Your natural hair will be fine with extensions as long as you properly maintain and care for it. Once you remove the hair extensions, it may take up to a couple of weeks for your own hair density and thickness to feel normal again. Please continue to see your hairstylist for your normal haircare routine.

Cost

Permanent hair extensions are more expensive than temporary extensions as they take time to fit. A full head of extensions will take about 2 or 3 hours to fit, so you are basically paying for the labor costs.

It is worth visiting a specialist salon and having some test pieces of extensions fitted first, and then investing in the highest quality hair you can afford upfront.

Nevertheless, there are some hair salons that do overcharge based on being situated in large flagship premises in prestigious areas.

Care for Extensions

Caring for your extensions isn’t much of a challenge.

The main rules are:

1. Avoid oiliness at the roots to avoid the connections from slipping or going sticky.

2. Don’t invert your head upside down head or put your hair in high ponytails as this pulls on the underside of the extension connection.

3. No aggressive pulling.

Otherwise, normal washing, drying and styling of your extensions is still very much the same as with your natural hair as long as the extensions are of good quality.

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