When you are around every other girl in town with extensions you can’t help but think about them for yourself. So you wondered how that girl has the bleach white hair and length that is down to the middle of her back and figured it out that she must have extensions. Next thing you asked yourself was:
“Should I do the same, can I afford it and what type should I get?”
Let’s answer some questions...
FIRST AND FOREMOST: ALL EXTENSIONS CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR HAIR! NEVER BELIEVE ANY STYLIST THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE!
Great now that we got that out of the way, we can talk about the hair and the types that can be installed and wore with minimal damage. There is no need to bombard you with technical jargon. I am going to keep it really simplified so you can remember it all.
“What type should I get?”
This really depends on what your existing hair is and what type of look you are going for along with your lifestyle. Some of the most popular are:
- Metal Link/Tubes
“Individual vs weft hair?”
Weft hair, although it goes in fast and causes minimal damage to the hair due to it not only being attached at a few locations on the head, has a problem with movement. It is harder to put into pony tails and harder to style and wash. The hair tends to easily matte in between the layers of wefts. Weft hair however will give your hair a more natural fullness.
Individual hair whether it is bonded in or connected via links is more versatile for those that want to wear their hair like they would if it was natural hair. Clients that are more physically active tend to prefer the individuals because they can put it into a ponytail.
“Why metal tubes and not bonded?”
The main problem with bonded hair is that you can’t tighten the hair after your hair has grown out. The second problem is that once you remove the bonded hair you essentially throw it out. The tubes allow you to reuse your hair, economically this is a major money saver. Some benefits to tightening your extensions are that by moving the connection point up on the hair shaft more frequently you can avoid hot spots of damage and also it is far faster (about and hour) for a routine maintenance.
Some reasons why people choose to use bonded extensions are: The bond can be made very small for insertion near the hairline. The bonds have a more natural feel to the touch in contrast to metal links. Bonded extensions can also be formed into different shapes: round and flat.
“What do you recommend?”
The old school of thought regarding extension choice was stick with a particular kind. I still tend to do a lot of extension procedures like this. More recently I have been converting everyone over to doing extensions with multiple types of extensions in one service.
Why not use the benefits of all the types? Some tape-ins for a natural and full look and individuals around the front and perimeter to give it that versatility of real hair.