Who among us doesn’t want a head full of luscious locks to complement our fiercest outfits? A fabulous hairstyle can do wonders for your self confidence, and whether you’re battling too-short hair, fine hair or locks that are just plain limp, hair extensions are a great option to get the head you’ve always dreamed of. Familiarize yourself with the different types of extensions to ensure your hair is looking fierce all year long.
Extensions generally come in a few styles such as human hair and synthetic hair. While five to seven times more expensive, human hair is the best way to go, bar none. Natural and with the ability to withstand heat and styling, human hair is a great way to accomplish a killer hairdo. Virgin Remy Hair is among the highest quality. This type hasn’t been treated with chemicals, and is left natural in order to adapt to major styling. Synthetic hair is another suitable option, though it can sometimes look too shiny and unnatural. While some types can melt during heat styling, others can withstand temperatures of up to 350 degrees.
Bonded Extensions are fused by a stylist to your natural hair using a keratin-based polymer activated by heat. These can last up to five months and cost upwards of a grand. When you’re rocking these, it’s time to go full-on fabulous.
You may recognize the Sew-In as a “weave”. To install these, a stylist must cornrow sections of your hair and sew in the hairpiece to the cornrows, which are also known as tracks. This process can take several hours to complete, so patience is a virtue when taking these for a spin.
Small strips of hair called wefts are taped to your natural hair’s root by a trained stylist when using Tape-In Extensions. Ideal for fine hair or blondes, the attachment is barely visible, and can last anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Clip-on hairpieces have tiny combs that can attach to your hair’s root. These can be used all day, but should be removed by bedtime. They vary greatly in price, with styles costing anything from $30 to over a grand, depending on whether human or synthetic hair.
Glue-In Extensions are secured with a liquid glue by a professional stylist. These can last several days, then may be removed using an oil-based solvent.
Your crash course in extensions is now complete. Now, go forth and rock that head of hair to its fullest.