Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hair Extensions
When it comes to hair extensions, there are many options and choices available. It can be a little overwhelming and confusing when you're trying to decide which method to go with. Here is an explanation of several techniques.Then do some of your own research so you can make an informed decision.
This is one of the most popular methods. The hair extensions are woven, or braided into your real hair. This is a good solution for those who want to fill out and increase volume of their thin hair.
Hot Fusion Bonding
This method uses hot glue to attach the extensions to your real hair. It can be one of the more painful methods, but is also generally the most economical.
Cold Fusion Bonding
This is a bit gentler than hot fusion, and involves attaching the extension to your hair via a keratin-based polymer. This method will also last longer, up to six months.
This is a viable and economical solution that you can do yourself. Most retailers carry clip-ons that you can attach yourself. These can be put in and taken out at your convenience. These are a great option if you want to just test out some new styles, or you want a temporary new look.
This is when your hair is strung through tiny copper coils. The extensions are inserted, and the coils are clamped down with a special tool to hold your natural hair and the extensions in place. There are no chemicals used with this method, and it tends to put less tension on your hair than other methods.
Care and Maintenance
In order to keep your hair extensions looking fresh and stylish, you will have to visit a salon on a periodic but consistent basis, usually at least once a month. Your personal stylist will recommend a schedule that is right for you, depending on which method you have chosen. Also keep in mind that each visit can be costly, and this will have to be taken into consideration when you're contemplating on the different techniques.
Prices can vary widely, and depend on several different factors, such as the technique, salon and type of hair you choose (real vs. synthetic.) Visit several salons before choosing one that you trust. Keep your budget in mind, but be careful about deciding based solely on price. Experience, reputation and quality are also important. Ask your friends for their input and advice as well.