Hair extensions are becoming more popular than ever but with so many options to go with learning whats right for you can be confusing. The hair industry in itself is extremely massive and constantly growing. New hair extension products and installation techniques are ever increasing. In this post we will be going over the types of hair extension, the pros and cons of hair extensions, and the history of hair extensions.
Types of hair extensions
Synthetic Hair Extension –
Synthetic hair extensions are usually made from plastic fibers, created to feel and look like real human hair. Its essentially hair that you would find on a dolls head. It usually burns when you apply heat to it, if you decide to use synthetic hair extension it isn’t recommend that you wash, style, cut, or color this hair. With proper care you can expect synthetic hair extensions to last for about 5 months and heat friendly synthetic hair to last up to 3 months. Even though this hair doesn’t last as long as the others most people still consider it because of its affordability.
Non- Remy Hair extensions –
This is low quality hair that usually won’t last more than 3-4 weeks. This hair is usually collected from salon floors and sometimes mixed with animal hair. With non-remy hair the cuticles aren’t in tact and the hair usually mats up after the first wash. This hair can also sometimes have an unpleasant odor. Even though this hair is collected from salon floors its still considered a step above synthetic hair. If you ever see extremely cheap hair extensions online at questionable prices, its most likely this hair.
Remy Hair extensions –
Remy hair extensions are a really good quality of hair extensions. Remy hair is normally what most people wear since they are moderately priced, the can last upto 12 months with proper care, and the quality of the hair. High quality remy hair can usually be cut, dyed, shampooed, and styled. Remy hair is considered a premium option in the hair world. All hair follicles run in the same direction which greatly reduces tangling and shedding.
Virgin Hair Extensions –
Virgin hair extension are the holy grail in the hair extension world and can also be the most expensive. This hair is collected from one single healthy donor and is never chemically treated in any way. This hair is hand selected, sorted, and cleaned with a very gentle wash. This hair can be treated just like your natural hair. It can be washed, styled, cut, and colored. Virgin hair extensions can last 18-24 months with proper care.
Weft Hair Extenions
Weft hair extensions refer to hair extensions that has been sewn or “wefted” to create the hair extension piece. Loose individual hair strains are fed through a sewing machine to add a reinforced stitch near the root of the individual strands of hair. Machine weft hair extensions are one of the most commonly used hair wefts. It allows for the hair to be sewn with the cuticles all facing the same direction. Its important for all the cuticles to face in the same direction to avoid knotting and tangling.
-Sew in hair extensions
Sew in hair extensions, also known as bundles, weaves, sew-ins are popular amongst women with thick, coarse, or curly hair. The clients natural hair is braided to create a base for the sew in extensions to be applied. One the base is complete the wefts are sewn in using a needle and thread.
Pros and cons of sew in hair bundles
Sew in hair bundles are most suitable for thick, coarse hair.
No heat or glue is required for applying sew in extensions
Since sew in bundles are sewn in, they are extremely secure
Limited hair styling options depending on which sew in technique you use.
If hair is braided too tight, headaches could occur.
Tight braids can also cause unnecessary tension on your natural hair and traction alopecia.
The hair extensions need to be washed regularly or bacteria can build up causing the hair to smell unpleasant.
How long do sew in bundles last
If properly maintained sew in hair extension application can last up to three months.
Clip in hair extensions
Clip in hair extensions are a very popular temporary hair extension technique. The hair wefts are applied using a small clip. Clip in extensions are perfect for someone who isn’t fully committed to wearing hair extensions daily. Clip in extensions can easily be applied on the go. If you aren’t too fond of the clip in method theres another type of hair extensions thats attached using an undetectable wire. These are called halo hair extensions. Essentially the same concept of a clip in extension.
Clip in human hair extensions
Clip in human hair extension are made from 100% human hair, these hair externs could be a little more expensive but for the versatile and longevity its totally worth it. Human Hair clip in extensions off the most natural look and feel, these extensions are extremely soft and lustrous. Clip in human hair extension can be virgin or remy or both. It is important when caring for human hair extension that you use gentle hair care products and to make sure that your hair is constantly moisturized and conditioned.
Remy clip in hair extensions
Remy clip in extensions are extensions that are made from Remy hair. The term remy refers to hair that has been collected from many hair donors and mixed together. Remy hair could also be processed or colored, while virgin hair is cut from one donor and unprocessed. High quality remy clip in extensions are collected directly from a single donors hair in full length strands. Remy hair can be sourced from Europe, Asia, and India. High quality remy hair is less susceptible to tangling and blends well with your natural hair. High quality clip in hair extension are gently processed to preserve cuticles and make sure they stay in tact.
Pros and cons of clip in hair extensions
Extremely versatile since you have the option of applying and removing the hair extension on a daily basis
Clip in hair extensions can be installed at home without having to go to a licensed stylist.
You can change your style and color whenever you’d like.
Hair usually only last for a few months depending on where you purchase from.
Clip in extension aren’t ideal for someone with thin hair.
Clip in extension cant be worn for extended periods of time.
Tape in hair extension
Tape in hair extensions is one of the new hair extension methods available. Tape in extensions are usually applied using double or single-sided tape. When applying double sided tape in extensions, the extensions is usually sandwiched by the clients own natural hair. Single sided tape in extensions are usually reserved for areas around the temp of the head or for clients who have extremely thin hair.
Tape in hair extensions can be costly depending on factors like that quality or brand of hair you decide to purchase, the application fee, and the number of hair pieces required for you to achieve your desired look.
Pros and cons of tape in hair extension
adds Instant volume and length
easy to apply yourself at home
can last up to 8-12 weeks with proper care
extremely secure, as long as they are applied correctly.
Very easy to remove
Allows for versatile hair styling
Looks extremely natural
No heat or tools required to apply tape in extensions
One of the fastest applications. Can take just under an hour to add length and 30 minutes or so to add volume.
can be expensive depending on extensions
Hair must not be washed within 48 hours of initial application
Silicone or oil based products could cause the extensions to slip.
Tape in extensions can be heavy depending on how many you use.
The tracks can show if they aren’t applied correctly
Tape ins can knot if your hair isn’t properly brushed