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Beginner’s Guide to Hair Extensions
If you’re impatiently waiting for your hair to grow out or just want to add some more volume, hair extensions may be a good option for you. Long popular in the celebrity world (how do you think Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian get noticeably longer locks in a short period of time?), they’re also a hit with the average salon-goer. You may even have friends who already have hair extensions, but failed to notice because their stylist did such a good job of making them look natural.
So how do you get that same luxurious but natural look? You actually have several different options to choose from, depending on your hair type and what kind of use you want to get out of your extensions. Luckily, Philip James Salon has put together a helpful infographic highlighting different extension techniques. They cover:
This is a tried-and-true technique that uses a keratin protein bond to attach small groupings of hair. That keratin bond is heated up, melted, and rolled into a strand of your own hair, and natural hair is left out at the top of the head so that no one can see the bonds. You’ll get 4 months of wear out of these extensions, and they require very little maintenance.
Using what are called beads or locks, extensions are added strand-by-strand to your own hair—no chemicals or glue necessary. The application is gentle and the extensions are easy to remove after you use them for 4 months. You can also move them closer to your scalp at 2 months and reuse the extensions when you go back into the salon.
This new technique is gentle and cost effective, with easy maintenance and removal. Using your natural hair as a base, extensions are attached with thread. The nice thing about these extensions is that they last as long as fusion and microlink extensions, can be reused, and don’t require any chemicals or uncomfortable braids.
This technique isn’t nearly as scary as the name makes it sound (it’s also referred to as tape-in extensions, if that makes you feel any better!). It’s ideal for adding fullness or slight length to your natural hair, and requires sandwiching small sections of your hair between 2 wefts of extension hair, which are held in using a thin polyurethane strip with tape on one side.
Best suited for occasional wear and special events, the beauty of clip-on extensions lies in the fact that they’re easy to add and remove, are inexpensive, and require little maintenance. Rather than just picking up cheap, costume-y clip-ons at a store, stop by your salon and ask your stylist to help you find the right clip-on extensions for your hair length and color. Your stylist will be able to find clip-on extensions in just the shade you’re looking for and can also help you learn how to attach and trim them so that they blend with your natural hair.
Have more questions about hair extensions? The Philip James Salon infographic has much more information, including maintenance tips and the hair types different extensions are suited for.