Hair extensions are strands of hair (either synthetic or real human hair) that are clipped, heat fused, sewn, woven or glued so as to be integrated into your own hair, for the purpose of thickening, lengthening or changing the style. These extensions typically last a few months before they have to be completely done over. Most good salons offer hair extension services, and the extensions themselves are available from a variety of good companies, and in a large variety of colors and textures.
Why should you get hair extensions?
The main reasons why people generally get hair extensions are:
To cover up a bad haircut or just change your hairstyle completely
To thicken or lengthen hair
To add highlights or color to hair without bleaching or using harsh chemicals
To create a sensation on an important occasion – a wedding, a prom, or a very important party
Pure experimentation. You can just have fun with your hair by experimenting with it and trying on new looks and styles
The point is getting hair extensions can have a lot of different reasons, and naturally, a lot of different advantages. It is not something for just celebrities; in fact, extensions are a great way to change your hair in any way you want, any time you want.
Many women spend their lives longing for a change in hairstyle but do not get hair extensions – reason? They are afraid of ending up looking fake or they are afraid of permanently damaging their original hair. As far as hair damage is concerned, selecting a good salon and high quality extensions will mitigate those risks.
Extensions can dramatically alter your look without looking unnatural. Hair extensions Methods
Extensions come in a variety of colors, styles, lengths, and textures and can be used to match any hair type. Natural hair extensions or human hair extensions are relatively more expensive compared to synthetic hair because the natural hair extensions can undergo the same types of treatment your hair can it can be colored, curled, or set. Synthetic hair cannot undergo any of these treatments as they will melt when exposed to very high temperatures. Synthetic hair extensions may be purchased at department stores and should be used as is; natural hair extensions on the other hand, are only available through salons that provide hair extension services.
Having extensions attached is a rather expensive process and you as a customer should watch out for a few things if you do choose to invest in this easy cosmetic enhancement. An inexperienced extensionist can cause damage to your hair using the wrong extensions and wrong hair extension method can break off your hair. Extentionists should know how to test your hair for strength as well as know the proper way to cut and place the extensions to provide the most natural effect possible.
Extentionists can use a variety of methods to attach hair extensions. Some of the most common hair extension methods are braids, weaves, bonding, metal tubing, heat shrink tubing, and adhesive based fusion.
Braids, locks, twists and cornrows integrate the extensions through braiding, blending it into the hairstyle. This method usually allows for the braided attachment to be shown.
Weaves are tiny braids that can hold the extension against the scalp; the main difference from cornrows and weaves is that the weaves are hidden. Some concerns regarding this hair extension method is the amount of tension it puts on the natural hair. The extensions can become a bit heavy when wet; this may lead to loosening of the weave or hair breakage. Drying the hair under the braids can also become difficult. Some people who have weaves tend to avoid washing their hair often.
Bonding of hair extensions involves the use of a latex plug that is glued to the natural hair and is meant to be used for short term only. This hair extension method is fast and inexpensive. The only concern regarding this type of method is the removal of the extension itself; this requires the application of oil and heat to dissolve the agent that bonds the extension to the hair. The removal process can become time consuming and also messy.
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