Hair extensions are typically used to add length or volume to your own hair and come in many different types. These are 5 things you should know about hair extensions:
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Artificial vs Natural
The hair that is used as extensions can either be completely artificial and made from synthetic fibres or it can be natural, i.e. human hair, or a combination of both. The texture differs significantly – synthetic hair extensions are more susceptible to heat and friction and therefore does not last as long as human hair. It also tends to move differently, appearing more stiff at times. It is however more affordable than human hair, but generally should not be manipulated by heat such as straightening irons and combs, as it does not react well. Human hair extensions on the other hand can be treated in much the same way as the hair on you head.
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Clip-in vs Bonding
These are a number of methods used for attaching hair extensions. Clip-in is typically the method used by people with Caucasian texture type of hair and is the least permanent of the methods involving a simple clip-in method. They can be worn the whole day but should be removed when sleeping.
Bonding involves using glue to attach the hair to a section of hair and combing over. The glue usually allows you to use keep the extensions in for a couple of weeks before it starts to loosen.
This method is typically used for afro or curly hair and involves attaching hair extensions by sewing them onto small braids on the scalp similar to corn rows, which are eventually hidden when the hair is attached. This is by no means the only way as is the case with clip-ins and bonding – there are a number of methods that can be used to attach extensions.
Hair extensions have become a big business with the increased demand for hair. The cost is dependent on a number of factors – this can include the type of salon, the quality of the product, the length and the geographic location from which the hair has been sourced (for example India or Brazil) particularly with human hair. Hence the cost will be highly dependent on the individual’s desired style.
It is a well established fact that hair extensions of any kind can cause damage to your real hair. This can result from the glue which can burn the hair and split the ends. The added pressure of the hair extensions on your scalp can also cause thinning, not to mention traction alopecia (type of hair loss that results in bald patches), which results from the pulling force of hair extensions. Care should always be taken when opting for hair extensions.
Hair extensions are now more popular than ever and it is just a matter of finding what will work best for you, keeping in mind the 5 things you should know about hair extensions above.
Written by Marjorie Belemu