If you look back on the history of human hair you’ll find that hair extensions, in one form or another, have been used for hundreds of years. However, it wasn’t until the last several years that the science and expertise of stylists have made extensions easier to wear and care for than ever before.
However, that doesn’t mean that the process is entirely simple. Everyone has different hair and while there are numerous types of extensions and methods of application, what’s right for one might not be right for another. Some hair does better with the clip in variety while other hair can hold up to the sewn-in method.
You should always consult a professional to avoid damage to your existing hair but these are a few types of hair extensions available and why one might be perfect for your hair.
Clip-in extensions are probably the easiest and most widely used of all the extension varieties. The sections of hair are attached to small clips which are then attached to your own hair near the root. One of the best aspects of clip-in extensions is that you can easily put them in yourself and only wear them when you need them.
Some people opt for just a few strands to add volume where needed while others opt for a full head of extensions to create long hair from shorter hair. Still others simply use small strands in colors like pink or purple for a fun look. These are easy to use and easy to care for but be sure you purchase high quality clip-ins made of real human hair to achieve a natural look.
The extensions that are sewn in are among the most long lasting and durable, but they’re not right for everyone. Your own hair is tightly braided against your scalp then the extensions are sewn to the braids. It’s a time-consuming process but if done properly these types of hair extensions can look great for up to six months with just a few maintenance appointments to tighten the braids.
This method is only appropriate for people with thick, coarse hair that can withstand the tight braiding and sewing. While some stylists might use this method on someone with thinner hair, they would not recommend maintaining the style for too long as the existing hair can easily break.
Micro Ring Extensions
One of the newer developments in hair extensions, micro ring extensions work well on a variety of hair types and tend to be very durable. The strands of hair are clamped to your own hair at the root in sections, creating length and volume where you need it most.
The fact that this type of extension is so popular is the fact that once your own hair begins to grow out the rings can be released and moved back to the root, so you don’t have to invest in new extensions each time. The process is a bit tedious and must be done by a professional, but the results are outstanding.
Taped Hair Extensions
Another of the newer products in the hair extension world is the pre-taped variety. The strands of hair come with a special tape at the top of each section that is bonded to your natural hair. While the idea of tape might sound dubious it’s actually very durable and holds in place for up to 8 weeks.
Like the micro ring variety, these extensions can also be moved back to the root as your own hair grows out. These extensions might be better than the micro ring type for those with fine hair but consult with your stylist to be certain. Again, you want to avoid damaging your natural hair at all costs.
Hair extensions are the perfect way to achieve the look you’ve always dreamed of, but it’s imperative that you do your research and talk with a professional. While the clip-in variety can be used by virtually anyone with ease, the other types require more maintenance and professional application.
Talk with your stylist about with type is right for you then get ready to have the long, lush hair you’ve always wanted.