Hair extensions started getting used in the 1980s, but due to poor results and high expense, were abandoned until about 5 years ago. Their popularity has been boosted by all of the celebrities who now use them.
What are hair extensions?
Hair extensions are hairpieces that may be attached to your natural hair or scalp; they enhance the thickness of your hair or the length. There are several kinds, but the preferred ones are
· Strands, small clusters of about 30 pieces of hair
· Wefts, slightly larger curtains of hair, joined at the top and free flowing on the ends. The very best wefts are hand-made, not machine-made.
· Braids and dreadlocks, which are pre-wound.
Some are synthetic and a few are made from human hair. The natural hair of Caucasians is different from that of Asians or Afro-Caribbeans and it’s best to choose an extension that will match your own hair.
They come in many varieties and might be pre-colored, pre-highlighted or pre-permed with curls or a body wave. Depending on the way it was attached, chances are you’ll must have your hair extension re-done after 6 or 8 weeks, or it’d last up to 4 months. Re-attaching will always be periodically necessary because our natural hair continues to grow, the bonding agent becomes loose, life happens, and you will need to re-adjust and refresh your hair’s appearance.
How are hair extensions attached?
· Strands are woven, glued, or clipped to your natural hair. If they’re clipped, you can take them off easily any time. In the event that they’re glued, various bonding agents could also be used and care must be taken to protect your scalp and natural hair.
· For wefts, your stylist will make a small corn row or weave in your natural hair, and sew the weft to this weave. This method uses no chemicals.
· Braids are usually woven in with your individual hair and again no chemicals are used.
What sort of hair extension would best suit me?
That is a really personal matter and must be decided between you and your stylist. There are extensions for each kind of hair, even thin and baby-fine hair. Your stylist will assess your hair type, discuss how you want to look and whether it’s possible given your particular circumstances and hair status, and explain alternatives. When an extension is decided upon, she will personally customize it to match your hair, will attach it, explain how she’s doing it, and give you information on learn how to care for it.
How do I care for my hair extension?
· Hair extensions could be shampooed, styled and brushed the identical as your natural hair, but don’t try to alter their color. This needs to be professionally done.
· The most important thing is to be gentle with it so as to preserve the bond attaching it.
· Use a soft bristle brush and brush out tangles from the bottom finally ends up towards your head.
· At night, to avoid matting, tie it up or braid it if it is fairly long, and never sleep with wet or damp hair.
· Avoid using any silicone-based products or conditioners on the extension where it is bonded to your natural hair, as this may make the extension slip off.
Does it hurt to get a hair extension?
No, not when it’s properly done. In the primary day or two it’s going to feel slightly heavy perhaps, and this added weight on your head may feel slightly uncomfortable until you get used to it. The means of attaching it shouldn’t hurt in any respect. If it does, something is not right. Sometimes if the cornrow method is getting used, the weaving could be done too tightly, pulling too hard in your scalp. This may even cause headaches. But you should not accept this. The weaving does not need to be so tight that it is painful.
You could come across stories of how an individual’s hair was broken, burned, or otherwise damaged by their hair extension. The percentages are that this person had it done by an untrained stylist, or one with little experience.
Do your homework
For the reason that demand for hair extensions is growing, more varieties will become available and research will give us more methods of creating and using them. The hair styling industry will not be regulated, so do some checking and reading. Many websites recount personal experiences and have Frequently Asked Question pages.
Choose a stylist with training specifically in hair extensions, and with plenty of experience using them. Ask to talk to other clients who’ve purchased hair extensions, to hear what their experiences were like.