Every woman has contemplated getting extensions at some point in their lives. The world of hair extensions can be intimating and full of questions. There are so many horror stories and so many mixed reviews on different brands. Well you are in luck! I have the fine and thin hair gene so when it comes to extensions I have tried them all. This guide will be talking about cost, maintenance and most importantly quality. Let’s get started!
My first piece of advice when it comes to hair extensions is to consult with your stylist. This person knows the integrity of your hair and your hair history. If your stylist isn’t an extension specialist they should be able to recommend someone that is. Consultation is key when deciding if and what extensions are right for you.
Here are 5 main types of extensions you can have done and the brands I strongly recommend:
Extension Type: Halo Hair Extensions
Recommended Brand: Secret Extensions
These extensions are by far the least expensive. The application is simple and it takes seconds.
You do not need to be a placement expert to use these extensions. Simply pull the extensions, invisible band side front, over your head. Next pull the invisible band up on your hairline and tuck the string behind your ears. Make sure your hair on top is covering the invisible band and voila you are done! Super easy right? This type of extension is for the low maintenance gal who wants to easily amp up her look for a night out. Test curling – you can apply low heat and heat protector to them. I recommend curling away from the face and then alternating sides throughout for the most natural look.
Extension Type: Sew In
Recommended Brand: Bellami
Sew in extensions are more commonly known as weaves. To install, a stylist will braid your hair and using a curved needle will sew wefts of hair into the braid. This technique will instantly add extreme length to your hair. Just like with hair colour regrowth your hair will need to be filled every 4-6 weeks depending on how fast it grows. The downsides to this extension type is that your hair is a little difficult to wash. The hair in the braid never really feels clean. The quality depends on price you pay. I highly recommend Bellami extensions. They sell Remy hair extensions. These are a high quality extension type in which all the hair is installed with the cuticle root to end, just like it is on your head. This placement gives the most natural look and causes less breakage. Occasionally you can experience a headache due to the weight of new extensions. For a sound sleep take a couple of tylenol before bed. Put your hair in a low ponytail or loose braid before bed every night. This will keep the hair from matting and keep your morning detangling to a minimum.
Extension Type: Clip-in
Recommended Brand: L’angelique
Clip-in extensions are great for someone who likes to amp up their volume and length for special events. It takes a bit of time and practice to master the art of placement. To apply separate your hair into three horizontal sections. Backcomb each layer with a wooden teasing brush to create grip before you place the comb in and snap closed along the hair line. Shorter pieces belong on the bottom and sides and the longest pieces should be placed closest to the top of your ears. These extensions come with only 7 pieces which makes the application almost fool proof.
The L’angelique brand are 100% human hair and 18”-20” in length. You may be able to find cheaper clip in extensions online but they probably wont be 100% human hair. As a general rule i wear my extensions curly because I find that they look more natural that way. You can easily have them trimmed and blended by a stylist for a very seamless look. Do not wash these extensions every time you use them and use minimal product to retain the integrity of the extensions. I strongly recommend these extensions for brides or someone who wants to change up their look for a special occasion.
PRO TIP: USE CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS TO ENHANCE LENGTH AND VOLUME WITHOUT DAMAGE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION LIKE YOUR WEDDING!
Extension Type: Tape-in
Recommended Brand: Hotheads
This is my go to extension. If you own clip in extensions and find you are wearing them very frequently its time to switch to tape in. Essentially tape in extensions are wefts of hair with double sided tape. For application your stylist will sandwich your own hair in between two wefts essentially creating double the volume and possibly length as well. I really like this extension type because the application time is about 1 hour for a full head of extensions including blending. Although the extensions are costly they do last 6 months plus depending on how you care for them. These extensions can be coloured to match your hair. Fills usually take 1 hour and like a colour can be done every 4-6 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.
Extension Type: Micro Bonding
Recommended Brand: Babe
Micro bonding extensions, which are also called cold fusion extensions, are a no heat application. The extension is placed at the root, looped with your own hair and tightened with a micro ring which is essentially a rubber band with wire in it. The pieces are evenly distributed to add length and/or volume to the hair. Depending on how many bags you need be prepared to be sitting for at least a couple hours. If you have thin fine hair like mine this extension type is not for you. The weight can cause breakage to an already fragile root. If you do decide to go with micro extensions I strongly recommend a loop brush as you have to be extremely gentle in brushing these extensions.
So now that you have invested in extensions what can you do to keep them in the best condition possible?Invest in sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner to retain the integrity of your hair. I strongly recommend the Hotheads shampoo and conditioner which is gentle and specifically designed for extensions. I would also purchase a loop brush. It will help untangle your hair without tugging at your knots. You can also minimize damage to your hair by sleeping on a silk pillowcase. The reduced friction will cause less harm to your hair especially if you toss and turn in your sleep.
All extension services can be performed at your local Aura Hair Group Salon.
Book online at www.aurahairgroup.com
The following products can be purchased at your nearest Aura Hair Group Salon:
*L’Angelique Clip in Extensions
*Wooden Teasing Brush
*Extension Loop Brush
*Hotheads Shampoo and Conditioner
Have you ever tried hair extensions? What kinds have you used? Feel free to leave a comment below!