Hair extensions are an extension of one’s own locks of hair by attaching donor hair, either artificial or natural.
The main difference between hair extensions and wigs, hairpieces and removable extensions is the secure fixation of the strands and the long-lasting result – without correction, hair extensions are worn for 2 to 4 months.
Capsule hair extensions
Enhancement involves the use of capsules. It’s a capsule that’s inconspicuous, small in size and come in a variety of keratin, gel, resin and glue materials. There are also micro-capsules, which are even more weightless. All capsule techniques are divided into hot and cold methods of extension.
- Hot extension
A hot extension uses 90-180 degree tongs, which melt the capsule that connects the native hair to the donor hair. The hot method is divided into the following two styles:
- Italian extensions – The capsule consists of keratin and after curing resembles a flat plate, which is nearly insensible. Correction is needed after 3 months.
- English extension – Keratin resin is used as the “glue” – after heating with tongs, it is shaped like a rounded grain. Correction is needed after 3 months.
A big disadvantage of the hot extension is that the capsules cannot be heated: you should not wash your hair in very hot water, go in the sauna, use a curling iron or other thermal devices, because the capsules will melt and the locks will fall out.
- Cold extension
Cold extension does not involve thermal stress on the hair and is therefore considered safer for the health of your locks. The cold extension is available in the following types:
- Spanish extension – surgical glue is used to secure the strands. Correction is needed after 3 months.
- Ultrasonic or Hollywood hair extension – donor strands are attached through keratin capsules and an ultrasound machine. Correction is needed after 2-3 months.
- Japanese hair extension – metal clips of 2-3 mm in size are used to lengthen the hair, and fix the artificial hair to the natural hair. Correction is needed after 2 months.
- Brazilian hair extension – strands of hair are attached to the hair shaft by braiding donor hair with natural locks and fixing the connection with synthetic fibres, which is technically similar to dreadlocks and weaves with Kanekalons. Correction is needed after 3 months.
- Gel hair extension – superimposed strands are attached by the hair dressers to the hair in a special gel, and the fixation capsule is formed. Correction is needed after 2-4 months.
Capsule-less hair extensions
This capsule-less hair extension differs from the previous method in that it doesn’t require the use of glue or capsules; the locks are held in place by heat-sensitive sleeves, which hold the native hair and the hair being extended, and then the sleeves are held in place by tongs heated to 120 degrees. The great thing about this method is that the attachment points are located at the back of the head and are completely invisible to the eye and touch. However, there’s a drawback: you shouldn’t heat your hair above 100 degrees, as high temperatures can melt the sleeves. Correction is needed after months.
Ribbon hair extensions
Ribbon extensions are a gentle way to lengthen the locks of your hair by sandwiching the original locks between two adhesive bands of donor locks. Tape extensions are often used to thicken sparse hair, lengthen fringes and very short locks, and also for thinning, weakened locks due to the ultra-light weight of the tape. Correction of the ribbon extensions is very short and carried out every 6-8 weeks.
Another gentle way to get that coveted length is with tresses hair extensions. Tresses are strands of hair that are held in place by a single strip of fabric. They can be removable (they are attached by micro-pins and can be removed at any time) or fixed (tresses are fixed on plaits or strands of hair by a special glue or sewing threads). Correction is needed after 2-3 months.
Hair Extension is not for:
- Hair length less than 5 cm
- Your age is less than 16 years
- Severe migraines or headaches
- Sensitive scalp
- Scratches, abrasions, fresh scars and other injuries, or severe hair loss
- Weakened hair
- Allergy prone
- Scalp conditions such as eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, pediculosis, alopecia and various fungal diseases.
- Intake of strong antibiotics, hormonal drugs, chemotherapy treatment
- It is recommended to wash your hair with a shampoo with a neutral pH.
- After washing, dry your hair by blotting it gently with a towel and do not curl the towel.
- When drying, use a hairdryer and other thermal appliances as little as possible.
- Do not go to bed with a wet head. The hair should be well dried before going to bed, and the hair strands should be gathered into a loose ponytail or plaited.
- When you visit a sauna, a bath or a solarium, protect your hair and hair extensions from overheating by wearing a cap.
- You can have your hair coloured by an experienced salon specialist, who will evenly colour the hair along its entire length.
- It is better to have your hair styled in a salon.
- It is necessary to make periodic adjustments to the growth of your own hair after hair extensions.
- In order to keep your own hair at rest, it is advisable to have your hair extensions removed once every 3 months. This is done exclusively in the hair salon.
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Is hair extension permanent?
Hair extensions are not considered permanent as they are temporary additions to the natural hair. They are typically attached to the existing hair using various methods, such as clips, tapes, bonding agents, or weaving techniques. The attachment method determines how long the hair extensions will stay in place. While some methods allow for longer-term wear, they still require regular maintenance and eventual removal. The lifespan of hair extensions can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the extensions, the care provided, and the rate of natural hair growth. Ultimately, hair extensions offer a temporary solution to add length, volume, or desired styles to the hair, providing versatility and the ability to change looks as desired.
Can you wash your hair with extensions?
Yes, you can wash your hair with extensions. However, the method and frequency may vary depending on the type of extensions. Clip-in extensions should be removed before washing, while other types can be washed with the extensions in place. Use gentle products and avoid applying heavy products directly on the extensions. Proper drying is important to prevent moisture-related issues. Follow the care instructions provided by your stylist or the manufacturer for best results.
Can hair extension damage your hair?
Hair extensions have the potential to cause damage to your natural hair if not applied or maintained properly. Improper application, removal, and excessive tension can lead to breakage and hair loss. Inadequate care, such as using incompatible products or neglecting proper washing and conditioning, can result in matting, tangling, and dryness. To minimize the risk of damage, it is essential to consult with a reputable hairstylist who specializes in extensions, follow their guidance on attachment methods and maintenance, and use appropriate products for both your natural hair and the extensions. Regular maintenance appointments and gentle handling of the extensions can help preserve the health of your natural hair while enjoying the benefits of hair extensions.
Are hair extension worth it?
The worth of hair extensions is subjective and depends on individual preferences and circumstances. For those seeking longer or fuller hair, hair extensions can be a valuable investment as they instantly provide length and volume. They offer versatility in styling, allowing for various hairstyles and enhancing overall appearance. Hair extensions can be particularly beneficial for individuals with thin or fine hair, providing the appearance of thicker, more voluminous locks. They also offer a temporary change without permanently altering one’s hair.
Are hair extensions safe?
When applied and cared for correctly, hair extensions are generally safe to use. It is crucial to have them applied by a professional stylist who specializes in extensions to ensure proper attachment and minimize the risk of damage to your natural hair. Using high-quality extensions made from natural human hair or high-grade synthetic materials can also contribute to their safety and longevity. It is important to follow the recommended maintenance and care instructions provided by your stylist, as well as avoid using harsh products or excessive heat on the extensions.
Can I wash or colour my hair immediately after hair extensions?
No, you can’t do this immediately after hair extensions. You can only do this two days after the procedure.
Why do you braid your hair at night?
The reason is that hair gets tangled at night. That’s why experts suggest braiding your locks in a loose braid or ponytail. Not only does this method help keep your hair in place, it also gives your locks a nice wave.
Will there be discomfort, heaviness or headaches?
If the hair extensions are done technologically correctly, there won’t be any discomfort. For example, it is important not to fix the strands against the scalp, and step back about 0.5-1 cm. The feeling of heaviness is quite natural if you have worn a light, short hairstyle for many years and decided to extend long locks.
Can I dye my hair extensions?
You can. There are special tinting dyes and shampoos that can be used to give your hair the right shade. The colouring of the roots should be done with care and should also be left to a professional. The thing is that you should avoid getting colour on the bindings for the extra strands. In ribbon extensions, for example, an incorrect technique for colouring the roots can cause the polymer tape to soften.
How long can hair extensions be?
Some technologies allow hair to be extended up to 70 cm. The minimum length of the extra strands is 15 cm. The optimum length of the extensions is based on the length of your own hair.
How long should my own hair be?
Your own hair should be no shorter than 7-10 cm. If your original hair is medium length (10-15cm), you’ll want to go with a 50cm long step volume hairstyle with extensions. If your original hair is long enough on its own (20cm, for example), you can go ahead and build on the extra strands in any length.
Are extensions securely attached to my head?
Hair extensions are attached to the head in a special way: with bands, capsules and so on, depending on the technology. The attachment is secure, and the load on your own hair is distributed in a way that doesn’t traumatise it or overstress the roots. If you follow some simple rules, you can wear your hair extensions for a long time, a few months, and then have it corrected and continue to wear it.
Can I go on holiday at sea with extensions?
Yes, you can. You can also go to the sauna and the swimming pool.
How many strands or tapes do I need for my hair extensions?
For extensions, the hair is chosen to suit your colour, structure, desired length and of course volume. Each of us has our own volume, number and structure of hair. On average 125-150 strands of hair are needed.
Will the capsules or ribbons be visible on the head?
If you have very thin hair and not a lot of it, then in a high ponytail, the side capsules will show through. But in this case there are little tricks to avoid this, for example you can place the capsules in such a way that they are not visible. An experienced master knows these secrets. But if your hair is short, you may want to skip the high ponytail. But you can always make a low ponytail.
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