Hair extensions have been the beauty rage for the sometime, and it’s for a good reason – it can transform the thinnest hair into luscious locks that can rival even a Rapunzel! Safe to say, hair extensions is definitely a beauty trend that will stay for a long time. Read on to find out more.
What exactly is a hair extension?
Just like the name suggests, and it’s not just to extend the length of your hair. Even if your hair gets thin, brittle, and fragile-looking, you can use one to get thick and shiny hair in a couple of hours. A hair extension adds length and volume, with styles, kinds and textures fit to your heart content.
Types of hair extensions available
You can have it long or short with different kinds of texture and color, sourced from different parts in the world and comes in different grades. For example, Brazilian hair (actually can also come from other parts in South America) are super smooth and shiny locks and comes from light brown to natural black, from curly to sleek and straight.
Malaysian hair extensions on the other hand, have natural moisture that gives the locks healthy shine and free from tangles. Plus this hair type is quite strong and holds up curls really well and maintains its natural texture despite frequent washing and styling compared with others.
But basically, it all comes from the two main kinds of hair extensions – natural and synthetic tresses. Virgin Remy is the highest quality of human hair, and can cost you few hundred dollars per locks – as they’re never been processed in any way and the hair is run the same direction to ensure that the hair maintains its smooth and natural texture.
As for synthetics, it’s good enough if you’re thinking just for short term commitment though it won’t give the effect as the same as natural hair.
Methods to wear hair extensions
After deciding kinds of hair you’ll be having, it’s also essential to decide what kind of method you’ll be wearing – depending on the time you plan to wear, durability, and of course, the cost you’ll be prepared to pay for it.
For example, you can wear ‘fun’ hair extensions such as Clip-In method – though quite cheap, they’re durable enough for frequent styling and use. Keratin Bond extensions on the other hand, are attached to the real hair through tiny keratin bonds, fused together with hot tool. This method is one of the most popular (and the most expensive and the most time consuming), though you need to prepare for little maintenance routine to keep it looking fabulous. Hair care is fine – just avoid the bonds as it’ll weaken it.
If your hair is thick and coarse, consider using a weave-in method. Hair extensions are applied by sewing in braided section of your own hair. Regular maintenance is needed, so that the weave stays put beautifully. And while tape-in hair extensions have been shamed for years because of the bad press – it actually looks good if your stylist know how to put it together – wide bonds that look kind of like Sellotape and placed with your hair in between. The good news? It can last for ages!
Different kinds of hair extensions require different hair care, obviously, but done correctly, the effect is something to behold and envied. Because of different kinds suitable for different hair types, women simply love to wear hair extensions (despite you have to sit in the salon for few hours). This beauty trend is definitely here to stay, as the must-have accessories to look fabulous at all times.