Pre-bonded, clip in, weaved or micro bead hair extensions. There are so many to choose from, but what are the differences? How do they work?
Hair extensions are a great way to change up your look quickly – for the short or long term. There are lots of options for each hair type and it’s a good idea to consider the different varieties of hair extensions before diving into the first piece that you see on the shelf!
First up, MICRO BEAD HAIR EXTENSIONS
Also known as micro link or loop hair extension, these brilliant things are applied by looping the extensions through tiny strands of the natural hair and clamping it down with a pair of pliers and a metal bead to finish. A feature of this variety – could be a positive or a negative aspect depending on how you look at it – is that the pieces can move up (or slip down) the hair shaft. This is awesome for those who want to keep them in for the long term and slide them up periodically. However, this can be a hindrance for those who don’t have the inclination or means to have them adjusted every few weeks. One major risk with this application is the potential for hair loss or breakage. The application and poor maintenance of the metal rings might result in hair damage through heating or excessive force. Usually a specialised hair brush is recommended to use as it doesn’t catch on the beads. Heat Styling is also not recommended too close to the roots. They are also notorious for taking forever to put in! But overall, if you’re looking for a ,ong term extension, this is something to consider!
Secondly, Tape Hair Extensions
The tape extensions are a semi-permanent variety that is usually quick and easy to apply. They are pre-taped with the adhesive and can last between six and twelve weeks. The major appeal here is the ease and relative harmlessness to the hair upon application. Being a popular choice, this style is something you’ve most likely seen before. Although, they are considered a low quality hair extension and they do make it extra tricky to style your hair any other way than down.
Finally, Weave Hair Extensions
Weave hair extensions are particularly suited to people who have thick to very thick hair – the more hair to disguise the application method, the better! The trick here is all in how the stylist fits in the locks. The natural hair in braided tightly into cornrows and here the stylist attaches the extensions using a needle and thread of cotton. A huge positive about this type of extension is that they are well catered to all hair types, straight, wavy, curly, very curly ect. A main reason that these often aren’t suited to people with thin hair is that they can often feel tight or heavy and thin hair may be damaged if pulled tight like this.
Although there are many types of applications of hair extensions, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. There is also the dilemma of natural or synthetic locks, but that’s a whole different topic in itself!
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