Gone are the days when hair extensions seem exclusive to celebrities and show girls only. Hair extensions make a perfect addition to any hairstyle and can change the way you look according to your preference. Before embracing the hair extensions trend, it is best to be armed with knowledge of the most popular types of hair extensions in the market today so that you’ll find the best one suitable for your needs.
Clip-in Hair Extensions
This is the option we recommend for those who are trying to see if they can commit to hair extensions for the longer run. This is also a less expensive way of determining if hair extensions would work for their current hair condition and lifestyle. Think of it as a temporary way of enjoying the beauty of hair extensions that you can wear and take off anytime you want. Clip-in hair extensions features a large chunk of hair that are fastened to a clip that you will attach to any part of your natural hair where you need volume, length or highlights. This very easy Do-it-Yourself solution for instantly gorgeous hair can be purchased at hair supplies stores.
Skin Weft Hair Extensions
Easy and quick to apply, the skin weft hair extensions are laid flat and fastened at the topmost part of the hair using a special tape or glue. They are usually one to two inches in diameter and look very realistic when matched with the current hair color. They are used to significantly add volume to hair and should last for more than 4 months and needs to be tightened every 6 weeks.
Heat Fusion Hair Extensions
For long-lasting hair extensions, the heat fusion hair extensions prove to be very efficient. This type of hair extensions provides a very realistic appearance along with your natural hair. It works by applying the hair extensions using a special waxed-based keratin protein or other similar adhesives and are fused at the base of the natural hair with a thermal fusion tool. This can last for up to 6 months or even longer provided that proper maintenance is in place. It’s not ideal for those with very thin hair because the heat may dry out the hair strands and cause them to break prematurely. They can be removed using an alcohol based gel to loosen up the keratin bonds and break them without difficulties. A professional hairstylist uses an adhesive remover that dissolves the keratin bonds into a dusty or chalky substance.
Cold Fusion Hair Extensions
This type of hair extensions is known as the “gentler” alternative to the heat fusion application method. Cold fusion hair extensions work the same way as the heat fusion method with absolutely no heat being applied. Hair extensions are bonded to the roots of the natural hair one strand at a time using a keratin-based polymer and a special ultrasound applicator. They can also last for up to 6 months if taken care of properly and are removed by a professional stylist or yourself using a keratin bond remover oil that you can easily purchase at hair supply stores.
Sewn-In Hair Extensions
Known as one of the oldest hair extension method, the sewn in hair extensions is a quick and easy way to add length and volume to thinning hair because of how gentle its approach is. It protects the hair beneath the weave through a series of braids that are sewn with the human hair extension and a special thread along the scalp. It creates one of the most natural looking hair extensions offered in many salons today. It lasts for about 2 to 3 months and requires a help of a professional stylist or another person to remove.
Microbead Hair Extensions
Another popular hair extension type is the microbead hair extensions wherein small metal bead with soft silicone lining are used to thread natural hair and hair extensions together. A small pair of pliers is used to lock the natural hair and hair extensions in the bead. Unlike the bonds used in heat and cold fusion hair extensions, these beads are reusable.
Malaysian Hair Extensions
The Malaysian Hair Extensions are also known as the crème dela crème of real human hair extensions. It uses hand selected Malaysian remy hair that are characterized as thick, dense and lustrous which makes them one of the most expensive hair extensions in the market today. It guarantees no tangling or matting because each cuticle layers are aligned in a single direction. Malaysian Hair Extensions are applied using a special and unique chemical-free perming process and last for about 4 months. It doesn’t necessitate any glue, beads or braids which is good news because it means that it’s not damaging to the hair.