Everything you need to know about hair extensions

Hair extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years. Whether you want your hair to be longer, more bouncy, more colorful,… or want to change your hairstyle, hair extensions are a great choice. The topic of hair extensions is vast. There are many different types of hair extensions; if you don’t research carefully, you can get confused. Don’t worry, LIFE HAIR will share everything you need to know about hair extensions right in the article below.

1. Types of hair extensions

1.1. Clip-in extensions

Clip-in hair extensions consist of long wefts (sections of hair sewn onto a fabric strip) that you clip all around your head via tiny barrettes that are attached to each section of hair. You can clip them just at the base and crown of your head or, if you want even more volume, add middle sections as well.

Clip-ins are perhaps the easiest, least time-consuming way of adding length, thickness, and volume to your hair, and one of the best things about them is that you don’t even have to see a professional to have them installed.

You can take them out whenever you want to because they do not have a long-term bond with your hair. Aside from that, they also look natural and seamless when attached. This is the most affordable hair extension you can buy.

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1.2. I-Tip Extensions

I-Tip hair extensions are a type of microbead extension that discreetly and securely attaches to your natural hair, adding volume and length in a seamless, flawless way. With a non-slip, heat-free, and glue-free grooved bead design, I-Tip hair extensions are quickly, easily, and securely attached to your natural hair, without causing damage. 

1.3. Tape-in extensions

Tape-in extensions are taped directly onto your hair. Each weft of hair – which is generally about an inch wide – is taped between pieces of your natural hair at the root, creating a seamless look. The process takes between 45 to 90 minutes and costs a few hundred dollars, depending on the quality of the hair and the salon you choose for the installation.

Tape-ins are considered semipermanent extensions; they’re similar to clip-ins except that they can last longer and are taped to your hair. Tape-ins can last about six months but, like sew-ins, require maintenance every four to six weeks. They work best for people with thick, healthy hair as the adhesive can be rough on your natural locks. Tape-ins can fall out more easily than sew-ins if they aren’t cared for properly, which means using a sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner to avoid breaking down the adhesive.

1.4. Micro Rings

Aside from looking creative, ring hair extensions are a good way to attach extensions to your hair without the need for heat or glue. Micro ring extensions are one of the more professional techniques for applying extensions. They also look and feel like natural hair. It is attached through micro rings where the extension strands are inserted and clamped flat. There are various sizes and colors of micro rings available, which is advantageous if you have colored hair.

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1.5. Nano Rings

Nano ring hair extensions are applied through a process similar to micro rings. The only difference is that nano ring hair extensions are the best option for fine hair. The rings are exceptionally small, which makes the extensions pretty much undetectable. Make sure to remove the extensions after 6 to 8 weeks after the first application to avoid hair strain.

2. What type of hair extensions should you choose?

With so many different types of options – from human hair extensions to synthetic clip-ins you need to determine what fits your lifestyle, budget, and look. Consulting your hairdresser is a great way to help you understand what would be best for you, but don’t be afraid to ask friends and family too. If you’re a low-maintenance person, clip-ins might be best for you. But if you want something long-lasting and are willing to keep up with them, go with tape-in hair extensions. Figuring out which type is best for you before committing to it is essential to not waste your time or money. Plus, the right extension will improve your hairstyle and bring out the beauty in you.

3. How to take care of hair extensions

Proper care of hair extensions is important and necessary to maintain the quality and longevity of the hair. Here are some do’s and don’ts:

Dos of hair extensions care

  • Always keep them dry after washing your hair
  • Always brush out the ends first and work up from there to avoid tugging and breaking when detangling
  • Avoid submerging extensions in chlorine or saltwater
  • Avoid air-drying after getting your bonded or taped-in after getting them wet
  • Use a microfiber towel to blot hair dry, or use a blow dryer on low heat to dry hair extensions
  • If you’re using styling tools, avoid going near the root, as it can cause the bond or tape to wither down
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Don’t of hair extensions care

  • Never go to bed with wet hair
  • Heat styling too often can cause your extensions to become dry and brittle
  • Leaving your hair in a bun or ponytail for multiple days can cause excessive tangling and matting. Always take your hair down at the beginning and end of every day
  • Avoid sunscreens with avobenzone/octocrylene which can discolor blonde extensions
  • Skip using strengthening or keratin-building products altogether. Instead, focus on moisture-rich salon professional products only

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