Hair extensions add length, volume, and texture to you natural hair and are one of the most requested services in a salon. There are several methods to place extensions into your hair, and your stylist will determine which method is the best for your hair and the look you want. Two of the most popular methods are sewn in and locked in. These methods do not damage your natural hair, and are good choices for you budget.
When done by an expert stylist, sewn in and locked in extensions will last for several weeks and look completely natural. The key to this is an expert consultation before the first extension goes on your head. Don’t expect to walk into a reputable salon and walk out the same day with a head full of extensions. Your stylist needs to talk to you about your expectations, the type of hair you want, and the look you are trying to achieve.
Sewn in extensions are placed into your hair with small horizontal braids which the wefts of hair are sewn onto. Your stylist will section out your hair, create very small braids, and take a special needle and thread and actually sew the wefts into your natural hair. Depending on the look you want, this may take just a few hours or several hours. You end up with a full head of thick and natural looking hair. Sewn in extensions are very economical and a good choice for almost every type of hair. Once you want to remove them, your stylist will carefully clip the threads and remove them. The only drawback to sewn in extensions can be stress on your hair at the braids. If the braids are too tight, they can cause what is known as traction alopecia. This is hair loss because of stress on the hair follicles. But if your stylist knows what she is doing, she will create the correct tension in the braids and prevent this from occurring. This is why it is important to go to a professional.
Locked in extensions are another very economical and long lasting placement method. Human hair extensions used in this method have ends that look like a shoe lace. A ring and clamping tool is used to place them into your hair. Your stylist will section out your hair and with a tool that resembles a crochet hook, take very small sections of hair at a time (usually only a few hairs) and place the extensions one at a time using the ring and clamping tool to “lock” the extensions into your hair. The main benefit of locked in extensions is the natural look it achieves. The extensions blend into your natural hair, and move freely giving you a full natural look. It is important to return to your stylist to have locked in extensions removed to prevent damage to your natural hair. She will have the correct tool to open the rings and remove them safely.
One quick word about extensions. You may be tempted to purchase synthetic extensions because they are cheaper. But like everything else, you get what you pay for. Synthetic extensions are fine if you only plan to wear them for a night out, but for long lasting natural looking extensions, you really need to select human hair extensions. Remy human hair extensions are top of the line. They are cut in one weft which maintains the integrity of the hair and cuticle layer. Yes they can be a bit pricy, but look at it as an investment. With proper care you can reuse human hair extensions several times. The biggest benefit of human hair extensions is the fact you can style them just like your natural hair. These means you can use a flat iron, curling iron, hot rollers, and even have the hair colored.
Both sewn in and locked in placement methods are excellent choices. When done by an experienced stylist, both will give you a natural look that will last for several weeks. If you’re interested in these methods expect to receive a consultation on your first visit so your stylist can discuss your options. Both of these methods do take time, so be prepared to spend some time at the salon on the day of your placement, but once they are placed you will have long and full natural looking hair which will be completely natural looking.