The Basics of hair extensions
Hair extensions are an increasingly popular way to add volume, depth, and structure to your hair without having to damage it with chemicals to achieve the same look. For some people, it’s a way to add growth for hair that simply won’t grow anymore. Whatever look you’re trying to achieve, hair extensions are a good option to make that change.
But before you get started, there are some important factors to consider. What type of hair extension do you want? How much are you willing to pay? How do you want it installed into your hair? If these questions have left you totally confused, you’re in the right place. We’re going to break down everything there is to know about the basics of hair extensions. When we’re done, you’ll be able to answer those questions with confidence when you set up your appointment. Let’s get started!
Types of Hair
The first thing you’ll want to take into consideration is the type of hair extension you want. There are two basic types of hair: human or synthetic. Which type you choose will mostly depend on your budget. That’s because human hair is far superior to synthetic in terms of quality. It’s what will look best on most people.
Of course, that quality comes at a price. Synthetic hair will cost less money on average than human hair. But what you have to consider is that synthetic hair will struggle to blend in or be styled. It also won’t last as long as human hair. In the long-run, you could end up paying just as much or possibly more for an inferior product.
Within the human hair classification, you also have a choice between hair that has been processed before and virgin, or unprocessed, hair. Virgin hair is the highest quality option, making it easy to style and blend in. That’s a big reason why at SD Hair Extensions, we choose to only work with Slavic human hair that is 100% virgin.
There are a number of possible installation techniques. The method you choose will be instructed by your natural hair and your budget. Let’s go over all of the options.
Weave Hair Extensions
This method requires your natural hair to be braided in rows. Afterwards, the extensions are woven right into the braids. In terms of price, weave (or sew-in) hair extensions are the most budget-friendly option. They last for several months and can be used multiple times.
Tape-in Hair Extensions
For this option, the technique is in the name. Extensions are literally taped into the natural hair using double-sided tape. Price-wise, the tape-in option lands right in the middle. The wefts (or strips of hair extensions) can be used multiple times. However, this option requires more maintenance, lasting only about a month and a half to two months. For those looking for a longer-lasting option, this may not be the perfect fit.
Fusion Hair Extensions
These extensions last the longest, anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Unlike the wefts of hair used in the other methods, fusion installations require individual strands of hair that are bonded in with your natural hair. This technique means it blends in with your hair better than the strips of hair that are often used otherwise. It’s also the priciest option. And, unlike with wefts, these extensions cannot be reused.