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All about hair extensions..

July 2, 2009 | 25 comments so far - join the discussion!

So we all want hair extensions, just like celebrities? We all want to look like we had just stepped out of the red carpet in the mornings and just before we sleep?

Here are some facts and my opinions on hair extensions.

NOTE: I’d have hair extensions for about 3 years now, on and off and mainly ON. I’ve tried human hair and synthetic hair in colours brown, black and blonde.
Courtesy of Bellamiami Hair Extensions

Who wears hair extensions?

  • Girls with thin hair and want to volumise the look of their hair
  • Girls who have just had a bad haircut and want to cover it up
  • Girls with short hair and want instant long hair
  • Girls who don’t want a fringe cut, but want change their look instantly

 What type of hair extensions are there?

  • Fusion glue – one of the tradition ways of bonding real hair with the fake hair. Taken out using Acetone to melt the glue. Very damaging for your hair. A very common method though and hair extensions sold to individuals are prebonded too if you wanted to do it from home.
  • Micro-bead – one of the popularest methods used for hair extensions now. Causes little damage to the hair as it is linked with a small bead and squashed with the real hair. No chemicals are used on the hair to bond. Only downfall is that when the hair grows out, the knots can be very very bad.
  • Braiding – by far the best method I’ve used. Done by plaiting/braiding the real hair and extensions and sealed with an elastic band. Knotting is minimal and looks very natural.
  • Wefting – one of the tradition ways of bonding hair. Thin strands of hair are taken and braided horizontally, and the extensions are weaved onto the hairs of hair. If this method is not done properly, it can cause tight pulling and stress on the scalp.
  • Tape – I’ve yet to try, but a fairly new method. Apparently very easy to place on and off. Tape is inserted on the extensions and stuck onto thin layers of your hair. Stronger tape is used for semi-permanent hair extensions, whereas a weaker adhesive is used for one or two day uses.
  • Clip-ons – usually used by girls who do not want to put in extensions every day. These need to be taken out every day and cannot be washed in the shower. Must be washed separately. Mostly used for events – such as weddings or photo shoots. 

Recommendation
Of course I’d only recommend those with short healthy hair or really really bad haircuts to use hair extensions. With hair extensions, you have to be warned that like bleached blondes, they are very high maintenance.
Even for 100% human hair, the hair will wear out and become coarse after a month of washing. Dead hair does not produce oils and hence will need to be treated with hot oils and protein treatments every few days. Even with the braiding method, the hair extensions will ruin your hair and when you take out your extensions – due to the tugging of your hair over 3 months, your hair will thin out.

If you already have thin hair, I do not recommend you to use hair extensions

After you take out your hair extensions, you must treat it with religiously with protein conditioners and hot oils for a week before you go back to your usual hair routine.

Hair Quality

  • 100% human hair (remy/indian, chinese, etc.) – can be used with heat tools such as hot irons, curlers, blow dryers, etc.
  • Synthetic hair – can not be used with anything hot

I stress that you always always buy 100% human hair.  If you are asian, chinese human hair is fine because it is thin and can blend with the rest of your hair, but if you are cauasian, I would ask you not to use Chinese human hair.  Remy hair is by far the best human hair available on the market. It is thick, soft and untreated. With A grade Remy Human hair, it can last alot longer than the Chinese human hair.

Cost

  • The cost varies greatly on the amount of hair you input and the quality of the hair they offer. If you are looking at investing in good high quality hair extensions, I suggest you choose 100% Remy Human Hair Extensions, but be warned, many claim to be 100% Remy – but have actually added synthetic hair in it. Expect to pay about AU$800~$1000 for a reputable hair salon for a full head.
  • Chinese Human hair usually costs a fraction of the price of remy hair. Some salons claim that their hair is 100% Remy, but if you ask them where the hair extensions are from, they say China…. I pay about AU$230 for half a head or AU$460 for a full head. Some places charge a little less or more. I never get a full head. It is not necessary if you are only creating volume or length.
  • Clip-on hair extensions usually come in sets of 8. This will include some smaller sections for the side of your head (behind your ears, or as highlights) and larger sections for the back of your head. This set would usually cost you about AU$100 or slightly more. The quality of clip-ons are usually synthetic as they are not made for daily use, however, many sellers also offer human hair. You can also find fringe clip ons at some stores for about AU$50 or less.

At the hairdressers, what do you ask?
So REMEMBER, before you sit down at the hairdressers, you must ask about the quality of the hair, the method they will be using, the cost of the whole process, the number of strands they will be placing and the colours they offer.

If there are any more questions on hair extensions, I hope I will be able to assist. Remember, I’m not a hairdresser and have not got any hairdressing certificates or qualifications. I only speak from experience. Thanks ya’ll!

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