Welcome to Hair Extensions 101
The Top Methods
Fusion (or Bonded) Hair Extensions. Individual keratin-tipped strands are fused to your natural hair using heat.
Tape-in Hair Extensions. Wefts of hair are attached to small sections of your natural hair using double-sided tape.
Weave (or Sew-in) Hair Extensions. Your natural hair is braided in rows from ear to ear and wefts of hair are woven (with thread) onto the braids.
Finding the right extension method will depend on budget, preference, and hair type. While fusion and tape-in extensions can be used on just about any hair texture, some may think weaves are best suited for curly, kinky hair or "Weaving extensions are best for African-American hair, which has enough strength and texture to hold the cornrow braid true however most certified hair extension specialist are skilled in braiding all hair types no matter the hair texture. Check out this article Caucasian Women Weaves Too:) . Or Call All That & More Custom Hair Extensions Salon 678-663-5298 Ask 4 Kia-Styles she will introduce you to options you may never even know exist.
Fusion extensions tend to be the most expensive ($125-$500 to $4,000) and have the most time-consuming application process (up to three-five + hours); they also last the longest (three to four months). The tape-in application process is much faster (about an hour) and more affordable ($300 to $2,000), but requires more frequent maintenance (every six to eight weeks). "The same tape-in extensions can be removed and reapplied, though "says Kia-Styles". "You don't have to purchase new hair each time." The same goes for weave-in extensions, which last about one-three months can be applied in an hour or two or for more advanced weaving methods, can be applied in two to four hours, and are the most affordable option of the bunch ($100 to $1,000). (Hot-Fusion extensions are a one-shot deal; once removed, you can't use them again.)
Human Versus Synthetic Hair
When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length. Virgin (never-before-processed) Remy human hair is the highest quality and runs upwards of several hundred dollars per bunch (and some heads may require more than one). "The hair cuticle is preserved, instead of stripped, and all the hairs run in the same direction, maintaining that natural soft, silky texture. Synthetic hair is much cheaper ($19.99 to $100) but won't blend or style the way human hair does. "It can't always withstand heat styling and tangles easily. It can be a great way to try out extra length or bangs without a big commitment, though.
What to Look For
"It's important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair," says Kia-Styles. Touch the hair first. "If it feels dry, it's going to tangle more easily," advises Kia. And avoid hair with excessive shine: Shiny hair is coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling. As for your stylist, experience is a must. "Improper application or removal is when damage can occur," says Kia. And Kia recommends looking for someone with a colorist background: "If the color match is off, your extensions will be very obvious," she says.
How to Cut and Style
Good extensions should be entirely undetectable—blending your natural hair with the extension is critical. The best way to do this? A great cut. "After the extensions are in, your hair should be cut dry, with layers that blend the two hair types," says Kia. You can color extensions darker or lighter when its (high quality 100% virgin human hair your using-make sure its not mixed!), but it's best to choose a shade close to your natural color but Kia highly recommend finding a professional who offer hair extension coloring services to avoid overprocessing Or you can mix and match various shades for a more natural-looking blend. As for at-home styling, extensions should allow you to wash and wear.
TLC & Maintenance
Extension hair should be cared for just like your natural hair: gently. "Be extra careful with wet hair," says Kia, who advises drying hair completely with your fingers before using a brush to style. Avoid tugging or yanking at the extensions while brushing. Instead begin detangling starting at the ends. You can use all of your favorite hair products, but keep oils away from the roots in order to prevent the bond, tape, or weave from slipping. "At bedtime, put your hair in a loose braid and sleep in satin bonnet or on satin pillow case so it doesn't get matted or tangled while you sleep," recommends Kia.
"The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it's important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair," says Kia-Styles. In other words, if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density. Placement is also essential. "Extensions should be placed where hair is strongest," says Kia. "Avoid areas along the hairline or the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile."