Are you interested in exploring the big, wide world of hair extensions but have no idea where to start?
Hair extensions were once the go-to for adding length. But thanks to a range of different styles and application techniques, hair extensions have become easier to wear on a daily or temporary basis to boost volume, add fullness, or disguise an awkward phase when growing out a shorter cut.
Whether you’re just considering hair extensions for the first time or are ready for a new look, we’ve got you covered with our multi-part series explaining everything you need to know about hair extensions.
Different Types of Hair Extensions
In this installment, we’ll start by explaining the differences between three of the most popular ways to attach hair extensions, followed by why it’s so important to consult with your stylist before deciding what’s best.
1. Sew-In Hair Extensions
The upside of sew-in hair extensions is simple: They’re cost-effective, easy maintenance and fairly easy to remove. Your hair is braided to create a base, then wefts of hair are attached by, you guessed it, being sewn in!
The downside? Sew-in hair extensions aren’t for every client since not all hair types can handle the stress of tight braiding–and the weight of extensions once attached. In fact, you need some fairly sturdy strands to support lengthy wefts for months on end.
Additionally, the process is time-consuming as you’ll have to have your hair tightened throughout the three to four-month life of your extensions–and the commitment can be a deterrent for those who don’t love sitting in their stylist’s chair for hours once a month.
2. Micro Link Hair Extensions
Micro links, also known as microbeads or locks, are the most gentle options intended for ongoing wear. That’s because there’s no glue or heat used–just a small silicone bead that’s placed onto the base of your hair to attach each extension.
They’re easy to put in and take out, as well as completely customizable since links can be placed throughout your entire head for length, or grouped in specific spots for volume. Even better, you’ll only have to come in once every few months to get your micro links tightened.
The only caveat? You’ll just have to be careful not to use conditioner near the bead, to reduce the chance of slipping.
3. Tape-in Hair Extensions
Are you hoping for more volume and thickness instead of length? Consider tape-in hair extensions! Not only are tape-in extensions super-gentle, but they only take a short amount of time to install.
Tape-in hair extensions are applied with a heated tool that heats up a thin strip of glue along the hair weft. While you will need to come in every six to eight weeks to have tape-in extensions removed and reinstalled, the extensions aren’t damaged in the process–meaning that you can reuse them multiple times without ever having to order more.
Why Talk With a Professional Stylist Before Picking Hair Extensions?
When you start shopping for hair extensions, it’s easy to get your heart set on a particular application technique or length.
But, here’s the catch: Even though extensions can bring your style to new heights, they’re not one size fits all. For example, not every head of hair can handle some of the heavier lengths.
Your lifestyle makes a difference in fit, too. Like, those who regularly hit the pool to work out? You can probably guess that clip-in hair extensions are a better match than more permanent microbeads.
If everything you need to know about hair extensions feels like information overload, consider contacting Hoshall’s to consult with one of our professional stylists. It’s our job to educate ourselves on all the different types of extensions that best work as a solution for you hair concerns.
During your consultation, we’ll ask you about:
● Your hair’s natural texture and current length
● Your daily activities
● The final look you’re hoping to achieve
Bottom Line, while there are plenty of perks to hair extensions, there’s one aspect that’s sure to give you pause: Hair extensions aren’t cheap. Even clip-in versions will run you hundreds, with more extreme lengths of micro beaded extensions reaching over a thousand.
Considering that hair extensions are a significant investment, taking a little time to understand the ins and outs before deciding on a type and length can help save you from some serious disappointment.