EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EXTENSION TYPES
Through the years, hair extensions have grown more and more popular and not only with a certain age group, but with everyone. Over time, hair extensions have now proved to be a solution to a problem, a gift of confidence that has been lost, due to a number of reasons. And because we have discovered how vast the variety and quality of extensions can be, it’s made it possible for anyone to once again regain that confidence in themselves and help them feel incredible at the same time.
There are many different types of extensions out there to fit everyone's needs. Over the years, extensions have been continuously growing and I can honestly say I have been growing with them, with trying every type there is out there, I feel I have pretty good understanding to help guide you in your search for the right type for you. Let's take a look at the the different types and the pros and cons for each, as well as determining what kind best suits you.
Starting from least permanent to most permanent, we have;
WEFTS are made from a triple weft sewing machine from loose or bulk hair. These machine weft hair extensions refer to products that have been sewn or wefted to create one large bundle of hair, that you can cut to size to your preference. There is two ways that you can apply wefts. One is sewing it directly onto braided hair, or glueing the weft straight to the hair at the root.
CLIP INS are the exact same thing as WEFTS, but with clips sewn onto them. Clip ins come with large and small sections to complete a full head. There is a wide variety of clip in types these days to give you more options. There are lace clip ins which just mean that there is a thin layer of lace connected onto the weft, giving the clip-ins a durable place to be sewn onto, as well as preventing the extension hair to get tangled at the top of the weft that is being sewn to clips. Seamless clip ins are becoming more and more popular these days. The hair is connected at the top, melted with a glue that solidifies and basically looks like a tape in, and the clips are connected at the top. These are popular because just like tape ins, they lay flat against the head, making them not as bulky. The only problem with that is, if you are someone who needs that extra lift at the root, the original clip ins are best for that. Also seamless has the tendency to be more visible if the hair moves because the seam is more visible than an original clip in. On original clip ins, the hair is on the outside of the clip, disguising the extension and blending well with your own hair.
TAPE INS, the newest permanent option WITHOUT damage. I can honestly say from experience only, with applying on clients and wearing myself, that tape ins are the most genius invention since the option to have permanent extensions came out. They are the least expensive for permanent options, easy to apply, easy to remove, permanent- until hair grows in. Tape ins are creative because they basically sandwich your hair in between 2 tape seams, completely disguising your hair in between. The tape is capable of surviving through many shampoos, conditioning treatments, blowdrys, flat irons and curling irons- as long as you keep the heat and the treatments away from the small strip of tape. The bond is strong and to break that bond, there are glue removers that can be used, and also some natural ingredients as well to help dissolve the glue whilst being gentle on your hair. The seal that holds the hair is capable of holding quite a bit of hair, which is incredible because that means you don’t need to purchase many strips to complete a full head. Cost wise, I think it’s about in the middle of your least expensive type and your most expensive type.
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MICRO BEADS; hair is bonded to a small bead which your own hair is slid through, and with a strong clamp- the bead is squished into your hair as well as the extension- combining the two. Very gentle on your own hair, as there is no heat or melting needed. Great quality hair, at a reasonable price, but with experience, out of all hair extension types, I notice this type falls out more quickly than any other. So it is advised that you be extremely gentle to prevent them coming out so quickly.
FUSION extensions come in packs of 20 strands each. Each of these strands has a small, flat, square-shaped tip that holds all the individual hairs together. The hair extension tip is a square-shaped keratin protein bond. This tip is solid until melted with the Hair Extension Tool. The stylist takes a small section of hair that is equal to the hair extension strand and places the bond over the section. The small plates at the end of the Melting Connector melt and soften the bonds. The stylist uses her fingers to mold and shape the melted keratin around the hair. When it cools, the keratin hardens again, creating a sealed, durable bond.These small bonds are attached strand by strand, row by row starting at the base. Once finished, the bonds lie completely flat against the head and are covered by the upper layers of hair. Although this type of extension is one of the most popular, there is one very important piece of information everyone must know which is, because the bods are so very strong, this means they are very difficult to remove and can cause quite a bit of damage to your hair.Not only is it harmful to your hair when trying to break the bond with glue removers and tools, its extremely harmful with any tension on your hair and the extension because instead of giving way, and the extension coming out, it will pull your own hair out of your scalp far before the extension with detach itself from your hair. There are many cases of people experiencing so much breakage in their own hair, including bald spots. I have seen this with my own eyes on my clients, as well as on myself. And when something like this happens, the best thing to do is try to heal your hair, starting with the scalp. The worst thing to do is put the same extensions back in at this point, but we all do it to mask the issue the extensions caused in the first place.
That being said, when shopping for extensions, you need to have a full understanding of how the extensions will affect your own hair. This is why, Rapunzled strictly offers wefts, clip-ins and tape ins. We want to enhance your look, not damage or worsen your own hair. I hope this was helpful for you in choosing the right extension for your hair, and your lifestyle. Please visit www.rapunzledhair.com to purchase or rent your extensions today.