If you can’t grow 20 inches of hair on your own, extensions can help you look like you did. There are so many different ways to add length and fullness to your hair, as well as several factors to consider when choosing extensions.
So, which one is right for your hair? We know it can be confusing, which is why we’re breaking down the six most popular extension methods—from what distinguishes one from another to the pros and cons of each—to make your selection process a cinch.
Clip-ins are wefts of hair that are attached to a clip. Clip-ins come in many different sizes so they can be placed all around the head. They are perfect for anyone who wants immediate gratification for special occasions. Clip-ins take a short amount of time to put in and around the head. They can add length and volume in just about every texture, colour and price range.
Sew-ins are economical, easy maintenance and easy to remove. The hair is braided tightly to make a base for the hair wefts to be sewn and attached. This technique is not for everyone; not all hair types can handle the stress from the braiding and weight of the extensions. There are many different colours, textures and types of hair to choose from and there are many different price options, based on length and quality.
Top pieces are ideal for people that are thinning on the top of their head. The extension adds volume and thickness to the top of the head to help hide thinning hair.
Micro links can be known as microbeads or locks; they are gentle to put in and easy to take out. Links can be added for length and volume. There is no glue or heat used when applying. To apply, a small silicone bead is placed onto the base of the hair, with an individual strand of extension that is attached. You do need to be careful not to use conditioner near the bead to help reduce slipping of the extension. Micro links last about four months.
Tape-ins can be used for some length but can be used to create more thickness and volume. It takes only a short amount of time to install the extensions. Tape-ins are applied with a heated tool that heats up a thin strip of glue that is on the hair weft. The hair is put between two wefts to create a seal. You do have to be careful with using heavy conditioners or oils because that can cause slipping. For more information on premium tape-in extensions visit http://ehhairextensions.com.au/services/hair-extensions/
Hot or cold fusion is used on individual keratin bonds. Fusion extensions are ideal for anyone seeking volume and length with little maintenance required while the extensions are in. You can treat the extensions as if it were your natural hair. It can take about two to three hours to have a full head of extensions put in and they generally last about four months. This is one of the more costly type of extensions.