Thinking about splurging on hair extensions, but unsure which type to choose? Three factors will guide your decision: Your natural hair texture, your lifestyle, and the look you’re trying to achieve. Here’s a quick refresher in case you missed our first installment:
|wdt_ID||Method||Hot Fusion or Keratin||Cold Fusion, Micro Link, or I-Tip||Tape In||Glue In||Clip-In||Sewn or Braided|
|1||Description||Keratin or glue bond is attached to the hair using a heating element.||Hair is pulled through a small bead or lock, then clamped shut.||Also known as a skin-weft, hair is applied using single or double-sided tape.||Short-term method where glue is applied to the base of the weft and attached to the hair.||Clip-ins are applied at the root using pressure-sensitive clips.||Stylist braids natural hair creating a base, then sews in wefts using a needle and thread.|
|3||Ideal Hair Type||Medium to thick hair.||Medium to thick hair.||All hair types, primarily thin to medium.||Any type of hair.||Medium hair.||Medium to thick hair.|
|4||Maintenance||Avoid oil-based products or over-styling.||Avoid use of oil or silicone-based hair styling products near attachment area.||Avoid use of oil or silicone-based hair styling products near attachment area.||Hair must be reapplied every few days or after you shower.||Wash clip-in extensions as infrequently as possible, and apply deep conditioner if hair becomes dull.||Avoid use of oil or silicone-based hair styling products near attachment area.|
|5||Application Time||6-8 Hours||4-6 Hours||30 Minutes to 1 Hour||1-2 Hours||10 Minutes||1 Hour|
|7||Price||$1,000- $2,000+||$1,000- $2,000+||$250 - $2,000||$250-$600||$250-$600||$400- $2,000|
Already feeling information overload? Don’t feel like you have to select which type of hair extensions to choose all by yourself! As salon professionals, it’s our job to guide you through all the different types of extensions that might suit your natural texture and lifestyle.
And, just like there isn’t a single application method that’s right for everyone, there isn’t a single best way to use hair extensions either!
Here are four ways that hair extensions to change up your style:
1. Use Hair Extensions to Add Volume and Length
Using hair extensions to achieve new lengths is likely the most obvious. However, they’re also an easy way to add volume to thin, fine hair. If you’re afraid of commitment, consider clip-ins! These easy-in extensions can be worn whenever you want to pump up the volume, but taken out to give you scalp a break from the added weight.
2. Clip-In Extensions Can Make Your Braids Thicker
If you frequent Pinterest or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that braids have made comeback in a big way–both in popularity, and in style. The current braid trend features long, thick twists that can’t be created with natural hair alone.
The trick is to add just one row of clip-in hair extensions to create a luscious braid for the day! Great for the commitment-phobic, clip-ins can be taken out and set aside until you’re ready to restyle.
3. Extensions Can Help to Gracefully Grow Out a Cut
From choppy, uneven layers to when way more than the requested “just and inch” was cut off, we’ve all fallen victim to bad haircuts on occasion. Thankfully, there aren’t many bad haircuts that can’t be fixed with extensions!
4. Create Faux Bangs with Hair Extensions in Front
Bangs have been trending on and off for the past few years, and most likely you’ve considered the cut. Although there are certain bang types for face shapes, we’re sorry to say that bangs just don’t look good on everyone.
Clip-in bangs are the perfect way to change up your hairstyle without the commitment. Now you can try bangs for yourself without having to cut your hair.
Note that even if you’re sure that clip-in extensions are the way to go, reach out to your Hoshall’s stylist to chat about the best brand, length, and style–as well as schedule a custom cut to ensure that your new lengths perfectly blend with your current layers.