Clip-in extensions are great for a quick fix. If you temporary want longer hair or a fuller look for an event, this would be a great option. Clip-in extensions are sewn to a comb that once you slide them in your hair, they can be snapped in place and easily removed by unsnapping them. Again this is a quick fix that is worn daily and removed at night.
Durability: Highly dependent on frequency of use.
Keratin extensions are attached using a hot tool to melt the glue on to your hair, forming a bond. These however look great but requires maintenance and pricey to install. With keratin bonds, you need to avoid putting conditioners, oils or heated appliances near the connection, as these things will weaken the bond and possibly lead to your extensions coming out much earlier than they should.
For maximum longevity with this system, remember to condition only the lengths. If you’re blow-drying, dry the lengths first, then tip your head forward to dry your real hair–don’t blast the bonds with heat!
Durability: 3 months, but if you look after them well by yourself you could get 4 or 5 months out of them.
Sewn-in extensions are ideal for coarse, curly or thick hair that’s able to handle them. They’re applied by being sewn into a tightly-braided section of the client’s own, natural hair.
These extensions are relatively easy to keep up and would need to be tightened with a month of your install. If you have a good secure install, you can go longer before needing to re-tighten.
Durability: Depends on the quality of the hair and whether or not your own hair can handle the weight of the extensions.
Tape extensions have been the industry’s whipping boy of late, largely down to the fact that people bandy words like DAMAGING and MATTING around when they’re mentioned.
I’d like to clear up this misconception: tape extensions, if properly applied and cared for and made with good quality hair, are great.
They are connected by wide bonds that look like two bits of Sellotape. Your own hair is placed between them and they are clamped around the strands. The wide, rather than skinny bonds, ensure they don’t look stringy and strand-y after a few washes. They’re dreamy, luscious and if you’re kind to them they’ll last for ages.
Durability: Things can get tangled as your own hair starts to grow, but they’ll be good for up to five or even six months without a big maintenance job. They are pricey and will set you back a pretty penny but they look great.
A hugely popular system that is great for all types of hair. They’re pretty much damage-free as there’s no glue, no heat, and no tape. The links are single-strand micro-beads and are applied by clamping the little bead on the tip of the extension to your own hair. The connections are durable and comfortable. They can be a little snug at first but they will loosen up. You can style your hair as you please as well as wash and condition without then falling out.
These are probably the best option if you want to be able to dye your extensions, and use lots of products or heat-styling appliances. Below is the before and after of installing them.
Durability: 3 to 4 months.
Before you purchase your hair make sure the hair is quality virgin hair that can be reused. Its no point in paying that much to get them installed only to take them out because the hair is tangling or matting up. Quality hair will give you a lasting result.
In caring for your extensions, just use common-sense: these things are attached to your head via a type of bond, and the hair weighs on this bond. Don’t pull on them or snag them when washing or brushing, and avoiding weighing them down with too much conditioner or products. Always blow-dry them to avoid tangles, and take care when hitting the dye or bleach bottle; test an inconspicuous strand to see how it reacts.
Problems can arise: if you find your extensions feel extremely tight or uncomfortable and it’s been over a week since you got them, go and see your technician to figure out what adjustments they can make. Too-tight extensions can cause traction alopecia or sores on the scalp and neck, so if things don’t feel right it’s best to get them checked out quickly.
Extensions aren’t just for length: they can add volume and or a subtle enhancement to your own hair. Also, the systems can be tweaked for people with thinning hair or bald patches, and recently I watched a documentary on the very traumatic and problematic condition trichotillomania (disorder where sufferers pull their own hair out) and wonderful things were being done with sewn-in pieces to hide damage and allow for growth and repair.
Please just be mindful that even with extensions, you still have to care for your own hair and treat your extensions like your hair as well. If you buy quality hair and take care of it, it will last and can be used for later installs.
I hope this helps a bunch!!!
IamCoCo Coiffures signing off!!!!!!