Hair extensions have definitely changed the way women think about hair. In the past, growing out a short do into something longer and more feminine was a real ordeal. Those who were too impatient to wait through the grow-out period would find themselves giving up on the regrowth fairly quickly. There were few alternatives available to make the grow-out period less awkward. But today, celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, and Kate Beckinsale regularly change up the length of their hair using hair extensions. The magic of hair extensions can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For instance, glue-on hair extensions have some compelling pros, but they aren’t always the right choice in every situation. You’ll want to talk with your stylist to decide if glue-on extensions are the right choice for you.
There are different types of glue that can be used to get hair extensions in place and this is an important consideration when talking with your stylist about using them. In some cases, the glue will hold remarkably well. This is, of course, a positive thing, but when you go to remove the hair extensions, there could be a lot of breakage in these cases. Of course, glues that hold less well are also less desirable because they can fall out (duh!), but they’ll also tend to cause less damage to the real hair that’s left behind.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but realize that there are other alternatives available besides just glue as well. You might consider having your stylist sew your hair extensions into place, which will cause less breakage, or you might choose an even less permanent solution to your hair length woes. Clip-in hair extensions that make use of real hair can give you a changing look that you can control day after day. Chat with your stylist about the various options that are available to you before you make a final decision.
Though there are special shampoos that are designed to help dissolve the glue used to stick hair extensions in place, these can also damage the hair and they don’t always do exactly what they say they’re going to do. In other words, even though you use the glue-dissolving shampoo, you may still have extensions that stick. Pulling the extensions off the head can be painful as well as damaging to the hair. The take-away lesson for this is buyer beware.
Hair extensions, whether glued, sewn into place, or simply clipped-in day after day, can add versatility to your style and give you a new and surprising look without having to endure an awkward grow-out phase for long-hair. Talk to your stylist about how hair extensions can be used to change your look, but ask for options that would be the least damaging to your hair. That way, when your locks do finally grow out, you’ll be able to enjoy your real hair that much more.