Our love affair with hair extensions continues to grow, but going longer can be a big step and quite a commitment. Getting the result that you want depends on the type of hair extension and the system used to apply them. But how do you figure out which extension method is right for you?
NANO RING HAIR EXTENSIONS
This method has grown and grown in popularity in recent years. Similar to micro ring hair extensions, but fitted with a much smaller nano ring bead for a discreet fitting.
This is a no heat, no glue, no sewing method, but does require regular rotational maintenance appointments to ensure you get the best from this method
PRE BONDED FUSION
These extensions are attached to your hair using little keratin bonds at the tip of the extension; they are then fused with a hot tool. Pre bonded hair is one of the most popular methods and do look great, but does need maintenance and regular appointments with your specialist to get the most out of them.
Keratin bond connections do not work well with conditioners, oils or heated appliances as these weaken the bond which could lead to the extensions falling out earlier than they should. Only the lengths should be conditioned, and if you’re blow drying then dry the lengths first, after the lengths are dry try tipping your head upside down to blow dry your natural hair. This way you can avoid heating the bonds.
Our opinion: Keratin bonds last on average around three months, however if you look after them you could get four or five months out of them.
Sewn in hair extensions are better designed for coarse, curly or thick hair as the extensions can be quite heavy. These extensions are applied by being sewn into a track of pre-applied micro rings. All weft methods are great for achieving thickness and volume, but they are less versatile than strand by strand methods when it comes to what styles you can wear the hair in.
It’s advised that regular visits are made to the professional that fitted them to ensure that the area that’s been sewn into is in good condition and hasn’t become loose.
Tape extensions are fast becoming one of THE most popular methods, and for good reason. They are fast to fit (around 1 hour for a full head) and maintenance is easy.
Tape extensions are applied by your own hair sandwiched between two strips of tape and clamping around the strands. The tape extensions are designed to be wide rather than skinny bonds to avoid them looking stringy after a few washes, and they have been known to last for a considerable period of time given the right maintenance.
MICRO RING EXTENSIONS
This is another hugely popular method which is pretty much damage free as there is no heat, glue, tape or sewing.
A single strand micro bead extension is applied to natural hair by clamping the tiny bead at the tip of the extension.
As with other methods, they still require regular maintenance appointments to keep the hair looking lovely, but as importantly to protect the health of your own natural hair.
HAIR TYPE - REMY HAIR
When it comes to choosing which hair type you want, Remy hair is considered to be the best hair available as its structure resembles our real hair with the cuticle intact. Remy hair can also be called cuticle hair, unprocessed hair or even virgin hair.
Remy hair is not a hair manufacturer or a brand of hair extensions, it’s simply a name used to describe hair that has come from a donor with the cuticle intact and with all the hair aligned in the natural growth pattern. Remy hair comes from many different origins, with some of the best known to come from Russia and Europe.
HAIR TYPE - NON-REMY HAIR
Non-Remy hair is processed with silicon and the cuticle is removed so this hair type has a tendency to tangle, dry out and matt much quicker. Remy hair is better at blending in with natural hair, so if you want your extensions to last longer and require less maintenance then Remy hair would be the choice for you.
The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots so you need to match your natural hair’s weight and density to avoid unnecessary tension. If you have fine hair then the extensions you need should have a lighter density and weight to them. Placement is also important; extensions should be placed where the hair is strongest which means avoiding the hairline or the back of the neck where the hair tends to be the most fragile.
Before you rush into getting your mermaid hair it’s important to have a consultation with a qualified technician, be informed of your options and find out which method would be right for you.
Caring for your extensions is correctly is crucial if you are to get the very best from them. Using only specialist products to care for your hair extensions will help protect your investment and keep the hair looking lovely for longer.