For many people, human hair is one of the important aspect. Day and night, women are preoccupied with keeping their hair clean, groomed or braided. However, there are days when it simply doesn’t look the way women want it to. At those moments, they wish to have Rapunzel’s fate. You must admit, those long locks are truly tempting. If you want longer, thicker hair but do not want to have to wait for your current hair to grow out, hair extensions are the perfect answer. If you have ever worn any type of hair extensions, you will know how they can instantly transform your entire look. Clip-in hair extensions, tape in hair extensions, weaves, pre-bonded hair extensions, fusion hair extensions...What does it all mean? What type hair extension should you choose? Let’s talk about it.
*Choose 100% Human Hair Extensions
Before choosing the type of the hair extensions, the most thing is the hair extensions material. 100% human hair extension is the first choice. You know, hair extensions that are made from real human hair are the highest quality extensions available. In addition to being longer-lasting than synthetic extensions, they also look a lot more realistic and blend more seamlessly with your own natural hair. You can style them exactly like your regular hair. Unlike synthetic extensions that require you to avoid heated styling tools like hairdryers or curling irons, human hair extensions don’t require any type of special care above and beyond what you would do for your own natural hair.
*Different Types Of Human Hair Extensions
1. Clip In Hair Extensions
Clip-in extensions are an option many prefer. If you are looking for a quick DIY hair extension system with no long term bonding and maintenance, then clip-ins are for you. Clip-in hair extensions are easy to attach and can be perfectly matched with your own hair. They can give you longer hair, low lights, highlights or added volume. These extensions can be clipped in or out in just seconds. It is a great solution to having longer hair without damage. You can wear them only when you want or for a special occasion. No need to commit to a high maintenance hair extensions which require regular salon visits to fix and maintain them.
How long does the clip in hair extensions last depends on how well you take care of them, what products you use and how often you wear them. With proper care and regular wear, clip-ins last anywhere from 3 – 6 months, up to a year and sometimes even longer.
2.Semi Permanent Hair Extensions
Semi permanent hair extensions
includes three main options available: tape-in hair extensions, fusion/ I-tip/ U-tip / Pre bonded hair extensions, hair weft. Find out which method will work for you.
Tape in human hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. The extensions are pre-taped and then taped/glued together on either side of your own hair. Typically a hairdresser would apply tape-ins for you because you need to align them with the roots and
they are applied with a heated tool that heats up the glue. Additionally, you would need to have them removed (with glue remover) and then reinstalled. Naturally, when you apply heat to your roots and any adhesive product such as tape or glue, this can damage your hair. This process usually takes approximately 40 minutes – 1 hour to apply and if the extensions are in good condition, they can be re-used.
Fusion/ I-tip/ U-tip / Pre bonded hair extensions: Fusion hair extensions
(also known as bonding , pre-bonded, u tip or nail tip hair extensions ) and I tip hair extension
are fused to natural hair using different adhesives such as glue. Applying pre-bonded hair extensions take approximately 3-4 hours to apply and are also applied by a hairdresser. The application involves a machine that looks like a hot glue gun, which essentially glues the hair to individual strands of the natural hair. Another type of application for pre-bonded hair extensions uses a heat clamp to melt the glue to the natural hair. They are considered semi-permanent as they stay in your hair for up to 4 months. However, like all other types of hair extensions, this varies based on your own hair type and growth.
The sew-in method has been popular for a while. It started in the African American market and then women of other ethnicities starting wearing it too as its quick and easy to apply. This method can be worn for 3-4 months, is less damaging, and doesn't cost as much as fusion/micro hair extensions. This method gained popularity when women wanted more than clip extensions. They wanted hair they could have installed all the time without clipping hair in and out everyday.
You may want to dump your clip in hair extensions and get an upgrade to tape extensions. They are great for special occasions but if you find yourself wanting that full head of hair then you may want to check out semi-permanent hair extensions. With the latest technology of tape extensions you no longer have to pay thousands and sit for hours to have semi-permanent hair extensions.
And that's it! We hope we've given you all the information you need to make an informed decision on which type of hair extensions will be right for you, your hair type, and your hair goals. We'd love to hear about your experiences with hair extensions as well. Learn more hair extensions--Click Here.