Extensions Human hair vs. synthetic:
While human hair extensions is more expensive than synthetic hair extensions, it will allow you to dye and style it as if it was your natural hair.
These are generally the most affordable type of extension and are attached to a small track with a comb that can slide right into your hair. You can attach these yourself at home.
Small sections of hair are attached to your natural hair by gluing, weaving or heat-fusing the hair together.Weft extensions:
These are similar to strand extensions, but for a larger section of hair. The extension is attached to a wide track, which is then attached to your real hair by gluing, weaving or heat-fusing, as above.
Application machine: A machine moulds a synthesised keratin bond (that’s attached to the extension) to your natural hair, which should result in an undetectable seam that won’t put stress on your hair.
The hair extension is attached to a small ring, which you use to pull a few strands of your natural hair through.
Care of hair extensions basics
Use a soft brush to comb through your extensions on a daily basis to avoid getting them full of knots.
It’s also advisable to take your clip-in extensions out before you go to bed to avoid damaging them as you sleep.
Some brands advise that you should avoid chlorine and salt water when you’re wearing extensions, while others say that the 100 per cent real hair extensions won’t affect your lifestyle and you can exercise and swim as normal.
As with your natural hair, you should at least make an effort to rinse chlorine, salt water and sweat out of your hair after swimming or exercising.
Hair extensions should also be washed with a gentle shampoo and conditioner duo as per normal.
Keep in mind that heat styling such as straightening or curling may reduce the life of your authentic hair extensions.
You may need to get regular touch-ups from your hairdresser and you’ll usually need to replace the extensions after about six months or so, depending on the product.
Ask your stylist for maintenance advice to keep the extensions in the best condition possible.
Very special care should also be taken when attaching your hair extensions.
If you choose to have yours applied by a professional, make sure they’re qualified and experienced.
Generally, sets of extension can come from www.sallyhairestentions.com tween 10 and 24 inches.
This chart can help give you an idea what they look like once they’re put in.
Personally, I’d go with 22 inch set since it was only a few more dollars to get the longer ones and since I believe that getting them too long is better than too short as you can always cut them.
Mind you, 22 inches is super long, but I was able to have them cut with my hairstyle so I could get layers which matched my haircut and could easily blend in.
Usually your hairdresser will be more than happy to help you out with this when you go in for a cut.
Hair extensions are measured in grams – typically between 100 – 200 g. All this means is the heavier the mass is, the more hair there is attached to each weft.
If you have fine hair you may be interested in getting a lesser amount, but since extensions are prone to shed I would recommend opting for the heavier sets.
What is Remy Hair?
Remy hair is the finest, human hair available. Since the cuticles are in tact the hair appears to be more natural and healthy.
Ultimately investing in real hair with your extensions will give you a ton more wear out of them (as they last much longer!) and they’ll look a lot more natural.
How to buy:
There are a number of online stores including sallyhairextensions.com, however I would encourage you to shop in person.
Matching colour can be extremely tricky and seeing it in person makes a huge difference.
Caring for your extensions:
Even though extensions may be made with real hair, they don’t produce the oils or proteins as hair on your head does (since it’s cut!)
so you don’t need to wash them as often as you do your own hair.
If you’re wearing them daily, obviously there will be product buildup from hairspray and other styling creams which can cause them to feel grungy.
I would recommend washing them once a week, and less often if you’re only wearing them once in a while.
To wash them simply fill your sink up with warm water and shampoo (like you would a bubble bath) and gently clean them one at a time.
Squeeze out all of the access water and apply a small amount of conditioner individually to each weft.
Try to only focus on the ends of the hair and avoid getting the clips and top of the extensions wet as it can cause the clips to break or hair to shed out.
After rinsing out the conditioner, detangle them with a wide-toothed comb and lay them flat on a towel to dry overnight.
You can blow dry them but I try to avoid using unnecessary heat on them if I can.
Hair extensions can be straightened, curled or used an updo just as regular hair can (check out my fishtail topknot tutorial to see).
You can either put them in your hair and style as usual (this helps blend the hair with your own much better!)
or curl/straighten them separately and then add them in. Lastly, remember to always use a heat protecting spray!!!
|Were you aware that the terms “Yaki” and “Silky Straight” describe the consistency of the hair that can be applied to human or synthetic hair. “Bulk”, “Weft” and “Remy” specifying different types.
|• YAKI PERM hair has the most texture and looks the fullest. An example is the Yaki Perm Bulk Straight.
• SILKY STRAIGHT texture looks and feels smoother than the Yaki. An example of Silky Straight hair is the Sassy Silky Straight 10”.
• BULK hair is loose and comes in a bundle, tied together at the top.
This hair is used mainly in braiding and fusion methods. An example is Yaki Perm Bulk.
|• TRACK OR WEFT hair extensions are held together by a “track” or “weft” that has been stitched to the hair.
This type of hair is used when doing the bonding or sewing/weaving technique, or it can be temporarily clipped into the hair when special snapclips are sewn to the weft. An example is Satin Strands Premium.
• REMY hair is premium that undergoes special processing to minimize stripping the natural cuticle and to maximize the number of cuticles running all in one direction—
the way hair naturally grows. An example is Euronext Remy.