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Beautiful hair is an irreplaceable part of your charm. Your hair has the power to turn heads and make jaws drop. As soon as you walk into a room, your hair is one of the first things people notice and it has the power to make or break your entire look.
With a wide range of hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, hair straighteners or curling irons, clip in extensions, and serum, the hairdressing industry is booming.
One hair styling product in particular has won the love of millions of women around the world: hair extensions. From the biggest celebrities to models, everyone uses them to add a touch of beauty to their hair. If you are still new to hair styling, this article will tell you everything you need to know about hair extensions.
How are they made?
Most hair extensions are made from natural hair, called 100% Remy hair. They are made with human hair collected from different donors. These hairs are picked up from top to bottom, in the same direction, keeping the cuticles intact and avoiding tangling.
Remy hair extensions are known for their superior quality because they are natural and easy to comb into different hair colors, styles and textures. Since they are made of natural hair, they look and feel more natural. They have a natural texture and move in the same way as natural hairs. This is one of the main reasons why many people prefer them.
On the other hand, synthetic hair extensions do not contain natural human hair and are made with synthetic fibers that mimic the natural structure of the hair. They are relatively cheaper than Remy hair extensions because they are difficult to match with natural hair color, texture and type.
Coloring and styling also vary for the two types. You can color, straighten, blow dry or curl the Remy hair extensions as they are made of natural hair. You can do everything with your natural hair, which is often not the case with synthetic hair extensions.
They are made with man-made fibers and plastics, so heat treatments like curling or straightening are out of the question. So much hair dyes contain bleach or ammonia, it can damage the fibers. Harsh hair products, the sun and other external elements can also damage them.
Types of hair extensions
Hair extensions have been around for centuries, but modern extensions are made with great precision and premium hair quality. They are mostly natural and blend into your natural hair making it hard to tell the difference.
They can be used to enhance the volume and beauty of the hair. That is why they are made with different textures, colors and hair types. There are different types of hair extensions depending on their method of application. Here are a few:
Clip in extensions have clips on the upper part of the hair. They can be easily attached or removed without any problem. You can easily attach the clips to your natural hair and adjust them accordingly. It usually only takes a few minutes to install the clips properly.
They are also less damaging because no chemicals, dyes, heat, or pressure can damage your hair. They come in several color shades and instantly add more volume and style to your hair.
Weaves are applied by styling your hair into braids or braids and using a needle to weave it into the braids. They are suitable for people with thick hair because they offer better hold. It takes a few hours to apply the weaves, and they are also firmly woven into your braids, putting extra pressure on your scalp. You might also need a professional hairstylist to apply them.
Tape extensions have tapes glued to their top end, which are neatly glued to your hair. You may need a professional hairstylist to apply them as they need to be aligned with your hair with a heat tool to heat the glue. You also need a glue remover to remove them after use. As the process involves glue and heating, it can damage your hair and therefore should only be done by trained professionals.
These are applied by tying small wefts of hair with sections of your hair using silicone-lined beads. While they won’t damage your hair, tight beads can put pressure on your strands of hair.
There are other types, such as pre-glued and wigs. You can use them as per your requirement.
No matter what type of extensions you get, remember to match the texture, color, and type of your hair to ensure better, long-lasting results.