Hair Extensions 101

Are you growing your hair out after getting a super short cut? Do you wish you could have long, gorgeous locks without having to wait three years for it to grow? Do you wish you had fuller, thicker hair? If you can relate to any of these scenarios, you should consider talking with your hair stylist about extensions. Extensions can add length and volume to your hair in one visit to the salon. It isn’t necessary to wait for months or years for your hair to grow out. You can have longer, fuller hair today through the use of hair extensions.

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Hair extensions can be made up of artificial or synthetic hair or natural hair that’s been sold or donated for use as hair extensions. Though natural hair is preferred, it is also more expensive. Today, there are a number of synthetic alternatives that are cheaper, but still very realistic-looking and easy to care for.

There are a number of ways in which hair extensions can be installed. Though there are temporary hair extensions available that simply clip into the hair, these can also weigh the hair down. They also take a lot of time to put in each day. Instead, many women use more permanent methods to get hair extensions in place.

Bonding is a process that involves a special type of hair glue that doesn’t damage your natural hair. As long as you follow your stylist’s instructions for care, your natural head of hair will stay healthy and beautiful, which is important if you’re getting hair extensions to help you through a difficult grow-out phase. The hair extensions can be removed by following a very specific protocol that your stylist can help you with when you’re ready.

Another type of bonding is called fusion. Using this method, the stylist attached the hair extensions to each strand of natural hair using a specialized tool similar to a hot glue gun. This method is more damaging than some of the others for installing hair extensions and it can take longer to put the extensions in place (3+ hours at least).

Finally, another common method used to get hair extensions in place is called “netting”. In this process, the stylist braids the natural locks under a special net that will provide a flat surface used to weave the hair extensions. Alternatively, your stylist may be able to sew extensions directly to hair that’s been braided tightly at the scalp. Both of these methods require a fairly significant time commitment of 2 to 4 hours at the salon. After about 4 to 6 weeks of grow-out following the initial placement, the extensions will need to be rebraided to keep them looking their best.

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