Beyonce, the Kardashians, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicki Minaj and just about every starlet or rock star that has walked the red carpet has had extensions put in her hair. It has been a great Hollywood secret but like Botox, it has become the norm and is increasingly moving into mainstream life. There are several different types of hair extensions that are available, and here’s what you need to know if you are ready to try this latest style accessory:
Bonded – With bonded hair extensions, a tiny iron is used to melt the bond as it lies against your hair and then a stylist will roll it until it cools and hardens with your own hair locked inside. These extensions can last from three to six months and will need to be removed and/or replaced as your natural hair grows out.
Clip On – These extensions are for those who are not ready for the expense or commitment of long-term extensions. They literally have little clips that attach to the roots of your hair and can be taken out at the end of each day. While there are a ton of these on the market that are prepackaged and can be found at beauty retailers, remember that you won’t get the same quality, colors, or natural look that you can achieve from a professional salon.
Fusion – There are two types of fusion techniques: cold and warm. In warm fusion, Keratin or another organic material is pre-attached to the ends of the hair extensions and then attached to small sections of hair near the scalp by warming the Keratin and forming a small bond to your hair. Cold fusion has basically the same process but uses ultrasonic waves to melt the Keratin. These extensions last three to six months or more and should be removed or redone as your natural hair grows out.
Micro tube – With micro tubes, the tubes are threaded onto your hair, an extension is inserted and then the tube is flattened with pliers, holding the two together.
Weft – A weft is a strip of hair several inches wide on which the hair is attached and can be applied in “tracks.” There are various methods of application.
Tape In – Also called a skin weft, these hair extensions are held together by double transparent sided polyurethane tape. One piece of the tape is torn off and the weft is applied to the scalp. Next, the hair is pulled upwards and another weft is attached underneath. This allows the client’s hair section to be secured by being surrounded by two wefts.
For all of these hair extensions (with the exception of clip-on), you will need to return to the salon to have them removed. Your stylist will either apply a special solution to dissolve the adhesive or will use a tool to loosen the tubes.
At Extensions for Hair Salon, we offer all of these types of extensions and can help advise you on which one would work best for your situation. Our most popular extensions include Hairdreams (fusion), Great Lengths (fusion), Dream Catchers (micro tube), and Hotheads (tape in). We would love to help you look your best!