Are you after longer locks or just want a thick set of hair to work with? Hair extensions suit a variety of needs and can look amazing if you know how to treat them right. Regardless of which colour and style you choose, hair extensions are usually defined as various layers of hair which are meant to be applied onto the scalp in either clip-in, bonding, weaving or micro-rings. Below is just a short guide for choosing the extensions which are right for you and your hair.
Probably the most popular and inexpensive form of extensions, clip-in’s are the best option for beginners since they are easy to put it and take out of hair if you change your mind. These come in a variety of colours, lengths and sizes which you (or your hairdresser) can style and flawlessly fit into your own hair. Perfect as a semi-permanent look for a night out or a special event.
This process involves taking the hair extensions and bonding it onto the existing roots of your hair. A great option if you want to invest a little more into your hair, since it’s better for the longterm and will give you a flawless finish when completed. Bonded hair extensions can last up to six months, but require many hours to complete depending on how thick and long you want your hair to be.
Weaving is an extremely popular way to achieve long locks without harming your own hair. Natural hair is styled into cornrows (with the fringe and layers at the front usually an exception), then a weave is sewn onto the hair to hide any tracks. This method is usually much quicker than bonding, and is a great option if you want your hair to grow without waiting it out. Despite this, weaves are usually heavy and inconvenient so it’s best to weigh out the options before considering this method of longer hair.
Probably one of the most comfortable ways to achieve longer and thicker hair, micro rings are the most popular tool salons use at this present time. The small micro rings are made from a combination of plastic and silicone which are usually coloured to blend into your natural hair line. The extensions are then attached onto your real hair and flattened so you can brush, shampoo and style your hair with ease. You will have to go back to the salon every few months to get the micro rings tightened since they will drop every time your natural hair grows.
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By Felicia Sapountzis