Today there are a wide variety of methods when it comes to applying for hair extensions, despite this fact, many times gathering the necessary information can become very complicated. This is in addition to the fact that many professionals in the beauty industry are still working every day to produce different techniques.
If you need a particular hairstyle, hair extensions can become your best ally, but for this to be effective, there must be a correct technique in the application, otherwise, the result can be an unwanted one, or even worse, it can damage your hair.
That is why we will give you all the necessary information so you can better guide yourself if you decide to apply for extensions to your hair.
Types of extensions
· Adhesive extensions
This type of extension is known as “tape”, the application for this type of extension is quite simple, thanks to its adhesive application and they are also semi-permanent. They have a useful life of three months and depending on their care, they can be reused up to three times more. They are composed of thin horizontal sections of hair.
The adhesive that is used in this type of extension, does not present any annoying at the time of application and is perfectly integrated into the hair, which becomes a great advantage. For its application, you can go to your trusted hairdresser or if you want you can apply them by yourself, you just have to keep in mind that they must be positioned horizontally parallel to the hair, to have a proper fixation. They should not be applied obliquely.
Extra adhesives are also available in case you need to repeat an application. It is important to mention that when the extension is to be removed, you must first apply a solvent liquid, this liquid is special to be able to undo the glue that comes in the adhesive strips.
· Keratin hair extensions
When we refer to fixed extensions, we are talking about a technique that is based on applying keratin as an adhesive, in order to apply the strands much closer to the scalp. For this technique a considerable amount of hair must be selected, the amount of hair that is taken must be strong enough to resist the application of the hairpiece, to prevent the hair in question from being damaged. For this reason for this type of extension, it is essential that they are placed only by professionals. It is not recommended to use this product on your own.
When keratin extensions are applied, they should be applied using a heat gun. The function of the heat gun is to melt the adhesive of the hair extensions onto the natural hair. This allows a large number of strands to be added until the desired volume are achieved.
This type of extension is one of the most durable, they can be kept in the hair for an estimated four months or even longer. This will depend on the care given to it.
· Clip-in extensions
For this type of extension, a small piece of metal is used to hold each strand of hair in place. In order to apply these metal pieces, special clips must be used.
They are those that are placed with small metal pieces that hold each strand. These clips are fixed and removed from the hair with the help of special pliers. There are also techniques such as “micro ring” or “micro loop” that are placed on the strand of hair with the help of a plastic loop that allows the hair to be “threaded”.
The advantage of this type of extension is that they do not require the application of any type of adhesive on the hair. Although we will have to touch up the extensions every month to raise them at the rate that natural hair grows. The other disadvantage of this type of extension is that the clips can be uncomfortable and are not as invisible as the other methods.
· Sewn-in extensions
The main feature of this type of extension is in the way they are made. In order to apply for this extension, a horizontal braid made from the natural hair itself is needed. This creates a certain effect that is integrated into your hair and the braid serves as a support. The maintenance for this type of extension should be done every 15 days.
· Fusion Hair Extensions
To attach this type of hair extension a tong is needed and it must be hot. The temperature for this tong is lower compared to straightening irons. This type of extension is recommended for people with thick hair and lasts from 4 to 6 months.
There are two types of hair extensions, choose the one you like best. On the one hand, there is the well-known star headband. The hair for this type of application is thick, often compared to Indian hair or Chinese hair. The other type is known as seven stars. It is for a thinner type of hair and is usually compared to European hair. Recommended for girls with thinning hair.
The time to apply these techniques varies from 2 to 3 hours. It is a very reliable type of extension and there will be no way of knowing if you are wearing them or not, this is achieved thanks to the way it is coupled with the hair. The result is certainly to envy and even many personalities in the world of music or acting have come to use them. The best thing is that it does not require much maintenance, despite what you might think, you will not have to worry about your hair getting tangled with the extensions.
· Microlink Hair Extensions
Microlink hair extensions are also known as microbeads or micro loop extensions. They are a type of hair extension that is applied to small selections of hair by means of a small silicone-coated strand. Once the silicone strand is applied, a special tool is required to tighten the strand and hold the hair in place. This treatment should be applied by a professional, this is because even though this type of hair extension does not require heat or any type of fixative, misuse can have detrimental consequences to your hair. If the hair is too tight this produces tension and this tension is detrimental to the hair itself as for the root and if at the time of removal is not done properly, this can cause the hair to dry. The process to place this type of extension takes 2 to 4 hours.
How to care for extensions
When it comes to permanent or semi-permanent extensions, it is absolutely necessary to go to the hairdresser with a priority of two months, in order to verify the conditions of these and apply the necessary maintenance. All types of extensions require different care, but if there is something they all have in common, it is brushing, that is why it is necessary to brush the hair at least 2 times a day to prevent tangling and also to help keep the roots much cleaner. It is important not to do this procedure with wet hair; you must wait until the hair is completely dry before proceeding to comb it.
The brush that should be used to untangle the hair should be of soft cells, to prevent the hair from breaking. When brushing the hair, you should start from the ends, then the middle part, and then go to the root area. Remember to do this procedure daily to better preserve the condition of your hair.
When it is time to wash your hair, it is important to have your hair untangled. Once it is time to apply some type of shampoo, this should be a specific one, do not forget to consult with your hairdresser. You should massage the hair from the top to the lower part, avoid doing the procedure in the opposite direction. It is advisable to apply masks to soften and facilitate the untangling of the hair.
Once it is time to sleep, the best option to prevent the hair from getting tangled at night is to collect it, for this, you can use a ponytail, a braid not too tight and remember not to have wet hair.
If you want to apply some type of hair mold, you must first make sure that the extinctions are suitable for the use of some type of tool.
How to select and buy hair extensions?
If this is the first time you want to experiment with hair extensions, sometimes it can be very complicated to take into account factors such as texture, weight, color, and length. For these reasons, we want to facilitate your process and we will leave you with recommendations that will help you choose the option that best suits you and the type of hair you have.
Within the hair extensions market, there is a great diversity available. To know which is the most suitable for you, the first thing to consider is whether you want them for temporary use, or you are considering applying them permanently. This will help you narrow down the list a bit.
When shopping, remember to choose a shade that is as close as possible to your natural hair color, and don’t forget to make sure it is of good quality.
Also, remember that natural or real hair extensions are the best option. They are more durable and look much more aesthetically pleasing.
When you have the best option, you should take them to your trusted stylist so that he/she can cut and apply them. If you chose natural hair extensions, they can also be dyed if you wish, but if you chose a synthetic type, you should keep in mind that they cannot be dyed.
Should you buy temporary or permanent hair extensions?
I’m sure you’re wondering, which extensions should I buy, permanent or temporary? The answer to this question depends on how you prefer to wear your extensions. By this, we mean how you want them to be applied and what is the budget you have available.
The first thing to clarify is that technically, all types of extensions are temporary, what varies is the durability of each one, you can use them for 2 or 3 months before going for an adjustment, this is usually done because the hair grows. Those that are considered temporary extensions are a little more specific use, either for an event or special occasion, they can also be used for a daily application and be removed at night.
· Temporary hair extensions
Within temporary hair extensions, there are clip-in hair extensions. These types of extensions are used to provide length and volume. They are easy to install, it can take from 1 to 10 minutes, but it should be noted that the length and volume are not as impressive as other more elaborate extensions.
The use for this type of extension is focused more on special events, where you want to impress with a great mane but you don’t have time for such a long procedure or you don’t want it to be long term. They can also be used on a daily basis but with the ease of being able to remove them at the end of the day.
· Permanent hair extensions
What is known as permanent extensions, it should be clarified that they are not really permanent, as we mentioned, the advantage of this type is that they do not need to be removed at night. They have a durability of 4 weeks and even 2 months if they are well maintained. For this type of extension, there are different application methods, such as sewn or woven, keratin and others.
Different methods of hair extensions installation
· Temporary Hair Extensions and Installation Methods
· Cold fusion vs. heat fusion
When you do a search for extensions, you will notice that many of them come with a label that is usually labeled “heat fusion” or “cold fusion”. This refers to the way in which they will be applied, for these applications a special tool is required to fuse the extensions to the hair by heat or cold.
· Clip-in hair extensions
Summary: Small clip-in extensions that clip into the hair, the application can be daily at home or for a special event.
Type of application: Cold fusion.
Estimated application time: 2 to 10 minutes.
Durability: daily use or special events, can be removed at night.
This type of extension is very popular, this is due to its easy and fast application, besides, they do not damage the hair. They are ideal for all those people who do not have time to go to the hairdresser.
Clip-in extensions come in “wefts”. This term is used to refer to the woven upper part of the extensions. Within these wefts are clips that allow the extension to be attached to the hair.
When looking for hair extensions of this type, the best quality ones usually come with 6 to 10 “wefts”, these are used in different areas of the hair. Within these you will find a large “weft” used for the back of the head, the others can be placed in different areas, the ones you consider more strategic. You should place them around the scalp so that they can give the sensation of volume.
If you want to place this type of extension, you should lift your hair and apply them near the roots. These should be placed behind the natural hair, this will allow you to make a good combination between real hair and extensions, also this allows you to cover the clip or other types of installations. You will notice that in other variants of this product, the tips can change, some of them are metal, and others could be silicone. This is to reduce the cost of the product and to prevent the hair from getting tangled or cut.
· Invisible hair extensions
Summary: A type of fixed extension, it is composed of a thread that helps hold the hair in place, similar to the effect of a headband.
Type of application: Cold fusion.
Estimated application time: 1 to 3 minutes.
Durability: Daily use, can be removed at night.
They are a type of extension that is easy to apply and gives your hair volume. Its application does not require much time and the method to fix it is to hold the hairpiece in the form of a headband through a thread. To hide the hairpiece, strands of hair are pulled out over it, making the thread “invisible”. They are easy to remove and can be used as often as needed.
· Permanent hair extensions and installation methods
As we have already clarified, the name “permanent” extensions is given to extensions that are created to be worn for a long period of time, giving the illusion that they are “permanent” and natural. Within this type, some can be applied from the comfort of your home and others require the help of a professional.
· Tape-in hair extensions
Summary: Consists of a single hair weft, this is composed of a wire halo that allows it to attach to the scalp. It can be installed at home.
Type of application: Cold fusion
Estimated application time: 10 to 30 minutes
Durability: 3 to 8 weeks, then they must be adjusted to take into account hair growth.
They are easy to apply and safe to remove, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your hair. They are highly durable extensions as long as they are cared for effectively. Every 6 weeks an adjustment should be made, this will depend on hair growth.
This type is also very popular, it is not necessary to go to a salon to have them applied, you can do it at home. The package has approximately 20 to 40 strips. It is recommended to buy two to three packages, and depending on the cost, the ribbons will come in different colors. Apply the ones that best match your hair or you can even opt for the ones with invisible tape.
The procedure to use these tapes is to separate the hair positions, once you have separated the hair, you must remove the protective plastic from the tape and place it under the hair. Then you must take another extension, remove once again the protective plastic and stick it on top of the hair and tighten it. This will sandwich the hair between the bands.
· Micro Ring Loop hair extensions
Overview: Loops that are attached to the hair strands.
Type of application: cold fusion
Application time: 30 to 60 minutes
Durability: 6 to 8 weeks
The package of this product comes with 100 strands. Inside are all the materials needed to be able to adjust the strands.
To apply this type of extension, you must take a strand of natural hair and then insert it through the tube, once you have passed through it, pull the loop to secure it. This allows you to create volume in the areas you want, as well as adding length.
· Nano ring tip and I-tip hair extensions
Summary: A special tool is needed for this product, the mode of use is by means of a ring that is adjusted once the hair is in place. It can be applied at home.
Type of application: Cold Fusion
Application time: 30 to 60 minutes
Durability: 6 to 8 weeks.
They are known as nano ringtp or i-tip. These are two groups of extensions, their main material is nylon. Inside the package, there are 100 to 200 strands. To apply this product, small amounts of hair must be taken, inserted through the ring, and once they reach the end, they are tightened with pliers to close the ring. As this is a long-term type of extension, it is important to make an adjustment when the estimated time is reached, this is due to the growth of the hair.
· Keratin Extensions
Summary: The extensions have a keratin base at the end, this keratin fuses with the natural hair, a special tool must be used and must be applied by a professional.
Type of application: Heat fusion.
Application time: 40 to 90 minutes
Durability: 6 to 8 weeks.
They are long-lasting extensions that provide a natural look. For its application a large number of strands are used to join with your hair through a special tool, this tool allows to melt the keratin so that the union with your hair can be done, this gives a more natural and professional finish.
· Stitched or woven extensions
Summary: Strands of hair that do not have a sticker or fastener. For this type of extension, it is recommended to go to an experienced professional.
Type of application: Cold fusion:
Application time: Depends on the method used.
For the application of this type of extension, you should go to a professional, the professional can apply different methods, and one of them may be by sewing.
So much for today’s article! Remember that we have a lot more content that can be useful for you on our home page; we can also offer you different types of hair extensions no matter what your hair type is. So don’t be afraid to experiment with them and go for it!