Types Of Hair Extensions

Your lifestyle, your patience level and your budget will all have a say in your choice of your hair extension types. Some take a lot longer to put in than others. Some are a lot more expensive than others. Some are more natural looking than others. So you’ll have to choose what’s right for you based on your funds and your needs. You can find the rundown of each type below to help you make your decision.
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Clip-in

When you want fast volume and dimension, clip in hair extensions are the way to go.They’re temporary, but if installed right, they’ll stay as long as you need them to. They also come in synthetic (heat-friendly) or human and come in full head or single clips. When you have places to be and people to see, clip ins are your best choice!

Pros

Incredibly simple to put in
A fast solution to long hair in less than 5 minutes
Clip-Ins won't damage your hair anymore than any other hair clip would
Great for occasions or events

Cons

Clip-Ins do not last as long as permanent
If you have very fine hair, sometimes clip can be seen
If not a good quality will constantly fall out
The clips need to be attached close to the roots of your hair sometimes uncomfortable

Pre Bonded

Pre-bonded strands of extensions are bonded with different kinds of adhesive like keratin, glue, plant based (and petroleum based) adhesives.

Pros

In a word: Discreet (if applied right)
They're permanent (up to 6 months)
If you’re gentle enough, you care for them just as you would your own hair
They come in a variety of colors, lengths, and hair types

Cons

A trained tech should apply and remove these extension to keep from damaging your own hair
They require 4 or more hours to apply (depending on how much you need)
The application can be messy since they are applied with a glue gun
The adhesives can be damaging to the natural hair
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Weave In

Your natural hair is braided in a “corn row” (you know, that tight little row that stays close to your scalp), then the extension is sown into the row with a needle and cotton.

Pros

These are great for medium to thick hair
They instantly add lots of volume and length
They come in a variety of colors, lengths, and hair types

Cons

Braids too tightly done can hurt the scalp, make the hair fall out at the root Extensions that are too tight will also cause hair to fall out at the root
They are not for the thin haired woman, as they take up most of your natural hair They are generally made of low quality human hair

Tape In

If you want another quick and easy hair extension application, tape is a good route for you. The seamless results come from squeezing the pre-taped weft of hair extension in between sections of your own hair.

Pros

These bad girls are semi permanent, meaning they can last anywhere from 6 -12 weeks
Easy maintenance, take care of them like your own hair
Applications are much quicker than, say, weave ins or pre-bonded

Cons

They are usually synthetic or low quality human hair
Sometimes the bonds can be seen through the natural hair since they are not clear
Tying your hair in a pony or other updo can be difficult as you’ll need to make sure the weft of extensions are covered
Tape-in Hair Extensions
Micro Link Hair Extensions

Micro Link

Micro link extensions are looped through the natural hair, then clamped on with a metal bead and a pair of pliers (sounds like a head improvement, instead of a home improvement, right?).

Pros

The extensions can be slid up the shaft of the natural if they slip down
This makes them a cost effective solution
Very versatile this method of installation and allows for the hair to move freely
No heat or chemicals are used in installation or removal

Cons

They need frequent adjustments
Hair quality is typically low and starts to look bad after a few months
The beads damage the natural hair
Metal beads can be particularly damaging as they heat up when dryers and other heat sources are applied to the hair

Remy Vs.Non-Remy

When you’re choosing hair extensions, you’ll hear “remy” and “non-remy” and that’s not the dude that sings “Hummus”. Remy refers to the cuticles of the hair extensions all flowing in the same direction so there’s less tangling and matting of the extensions while you wear them.

Remy Vs Non Remy

Remy Hair Extensions

Remy extensions are also collected from only one source and will look more natural because of the natural taper at the ends They have had no silicones or chemicals added to them and can last from 6 weeks to 6 months, keeping their color with little fading.

Non-Remy Hair Extensions

These extensions are sourced from multiple places, sold in the same form it’s collected -cuticles flowing in opposite directions. Because of this tangling can be a problem with non-remy extensions, if they are not finished properly. However, if they are finished correctly, non-remys will look full and luscious because of the descaling process of the cuticles.

Human VS. Synthetic Hair Extensions

When you’re deciding on types, you’ll often see human vs. synthetic listed on the extensions. But how do you know which one is best? Again, the choice is yours, but use this comparison to help you make an informed decision about your needs.

Human Vs Synthetic Hair

Human Hair Extensions

Human hair can last up to to 1 year with proper care. They can be styled just like your hair with heating tools. Human extensions need a little more TLC. While you can color these locks, you’ll want to hold of doing much to them because they’they’ve already processed. The beauty of human hair? They look and feel more like your own hair. Human hair can cost as little as $75 per set and go up to $400.

Synthetic Hair Extensions

Synthetic hair can last 1-3 months. You’ll want to avoid heat with synthetic, if you don’t have a heat-resistant kind. You don’t worry about the rain or humidity with synthetic. And you’ll not want to try to color these strands…what you get is what you got. While synthetic looks great and are an affordable alternative to 100% human hair extensions at $50 – $85 per set.

Lengths

Hair Extensions Lengths

Depending on the texture you choose for your hair extensions, the length will vary.Straight human hair is longer because it lays completely flat when measuring.

That said, when you buy extensions, you’ll buy them according to the length you want your hair to be – somewhere between 10” and 26”. Curly extensions will actually hang a little lower than the 26” you order. Some sites will even custom make your extensions so you can get a longer length.

Hair Extensions Colors

Hair Extensions Color

Let your hair express how you feel without applying damaging chemicals to your own hair. Hair extensions can be extensions of you, expressing your mood without harsh treatment of your own hair. And depending on where you get them, they can come in as many as 50 shades of amazing.

Especially if you use clip-ins, hair extensions, you can change your color to match your mood. Even if you’re not using clip ins, you can still change your color with your whims without adding harsh chemicals to your own strands, keeping your natural hair healthier while you enjoy the beauty of wild colors.

Ethnicity Of Hair Extensions

When you are looking for hair extensions or a wig you usually have a pretty good idea of what you want, don’t you? You already know what color, length, the style that want to achieve, and the curl pattern that best suits your style. But here is a question that you may not have pondered… what ethnicity of the hair would be perfect for your look.
Believe it or not, there is much more to just the style and length in the package of hair that you purchase for your extensions and wigs. Terms like Brazilian, Peruvian, and Malaysian really do have meaning other that romantic places that we want to visit (let’s put that on our check list too). The ethnicity tells you the country it in which the hair originates, the texture, the treatment and much more. All hair is unique and all ethnicities offer its own differences both positive and negative. Be in the know with this ultimate hair texture guide!
Brazilian Hair

Brazilian Hair

Brazilian hair is the MOST popular hair on the hair market due to its length and fabulous fullness; just like the beautiful women from which the hair originates. The hair texture is very strong and healthy. Because of Brazil’s large diversities in ethnic backgrounds, Brazilian Hair classified into 3 grades:

Grade A– The ethnicity of this form of Brazilian hair is of Anglo or European descent. This grade of hair is very fine, soft, silky and straight.

Grade B- This if the most popular form of Brazilian hair ranging in color from dark brown to light copper. This grade of hair is thicker than Grade A and is slightly wavier. It is also highly resistant to the sun.

Grade C- The ethnicity of this form of Brazilian hair is of Afro-Caribbean descent. The hair is known as Muttalo and Molado. This grade of hair is coarse and curly (either tight curls or body waves) and it ranges in color from light brown to black.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Brazilian hair is collected from small rural areas in Brazil. The donors are of European, African, and Indian heritage.

Pros

It comes is multiple styles that are naturally straight, wavy and even curly

The hair is wonderfully thick and bouncy

There are many different lengths and textures to choose from

It is a great hair to blend with women of Afro-Caribbean backgrounds

The hair comes in a variety of styles and is extremely versatile

Cons

It does not naturally come in colors other than black, off-black, and brown

It may be hard to blend with fair hair due to its texture

Indian Hair

Indian Hair

Indian hair is often used for its extremely long lengths that are great for sleek, shiny straightening. The hair texture is very long, thick and coarse.

LOCATION/ORGIN: Indian hair is collected from Southern Asia in areas like Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh. Indian hair originates from the Tirupatu temples, where the women shaved their hair as a sacrifice to the gods.

Pros

There are two forms of Indian hair: Remy (lightly processed) and Virgin (unprocessed and natural)

It is very easy to straighten Indian hair

The virgin Indian Hair comes in dark colors

Indian hair is thick and straight

Cons

It is not the kind of hair you are looking for if you want body or bounce

It dries wavy

The hair is thick and coarse making it hair to curl

Chinese Hair

Chinese Hair is the least expensive hair on the market. It is a very popular ethnicity for hair because very affordable to many and China is the main manufactures of hair.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Chinese hair is collected in China which is located in East Asia. The hair is collected from Chinese women who sell their hair to support their families financially.

Pros

It grows naturally straight

It only comes naturally in black and extremely dark colors

It is very coarse, silky, smooth and shiny

It is usually the cheapest virgin hair on the market

Cons

The hair can be extremely hard to curl so it is not very versatile

It may not keep in best condition for as long as the others

 

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Russian Hair

Russian Hair

Russian Hair is purest and the healthiest hair in virgin hair because of the Russian’s amazing healthy diet.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Russian Hair is collected in small rural communities of Russia which is located in the North-East of Europe (bordering many European countries as well as China and Mongolia). The hair is of European (Caucasian descent).

Pros

It is extremely versatile and comes in straight as well as body waves

It only comes naturally in light blonde to medium brown

It is the purest and silkiest hair of all virgin hair

The hair lasts much longer than any other hair on the market

Cons

The hair is the hardest to find so it is the most expensive on the market

It does not blend well with Afro-Caribbean hair textures

 

Peruvian Hair

Peruvian Hair

Peruvian Hair is much thicker than Brazilian hair and because of very little donations it is more expensive than other hair on the market.

LOCATION/ORGIN:Peruvian hair is collected in remote villages in Peru which is located on the West side of South America. The donor’s heritage is a mix of Indian and Spanish immigrant.

Pros

It grows naturally straight, wavy or very curly giving it awesome variety

It comes in awesome natural colors of dark or light brown and sometimes slightly blonde shades

The hair has a beautiful mix of strength and body like Brazilian hair and has smoothness like European hair

Cons

Too much Peruvian hair will give a square look

When washed becomes more curly in texture

Peruvian Hair is more expensive than other hair because of the lack of donors

It can be extremely thick hair

Burmese Hair

Burmese Hair is one of the most healthy and resilient hair on the market due to its texture which takes heat very well. The hair texture is a mix of Chinese hair and Indian hair and is very popular.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Burmese hair is collected in Burma which is located in south-east Asia (bordering China, Bangladesh, Thailand and India). Burmese Hair is obtained from three Hindu temples within Burma and also from donations by local Burmese women for money.

Pros

The hair is very healthy and can take heat tremendously well

The hair is naturally straight

The hair lasts much longer than other hair extensions

Cons

The hair only comes in dark colors of jet black and dark browns

Although the hair is naturally straight, it has a slight curl at the bottom of the hair

The hair does not take well to curls

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Vietnamese Hair

Vietnamese Hair

Vietnamese hair is typically thicker and has low to medium-low luster but it is awesome to coloring and curling.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Vietnamese hair is collected in Southeastern Asia which borders the Gulf of Thailand, China, Laos, and Cambodia.

Pros

It holds great curls when you style

The hair is unprocessed and not dyed

Receives coloring effortlessly

Cons

The hair is sometimes thick to style

The hair is low to medium-low luster

Malaysian Hair

Malaysian Hair is a somewhat new hair on the market that is extremely shiny and silky. Although the hair is thicker and denser than Indian hair it is also softer and silkier and looks great as a curly and wavy texture.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Malaysian hair is collected in Malaysia which is located in South-East Asia (bordering Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines). Some of the women of Malaysian descent donate their hair for money or as a submission to the gods.

Pros

The hair comes in styles of wavy with a slight bend and also loose body waves

It is very soft, shiny and silky

It is much thinner and softer than Chinese hair

Cons

The hair only comes in dark colors of black and dark browns

Malaysian hair is a bit more expensive than Chinese and Indian hair

Malaysian Hair
Mongolian Hair

Mongolian Hair

Mongolian Hair, which is a cross between Chinese and Malaysian hair, is extremely rare due to its small population in the country.

LOCATION/ORIGIN: Mongolian Hair is collected in Mongolia which is located in East-central Asia (bordering Russia, China and Kazakhstan). The population of Mongolia is 2.6 million making the poor women of Mongolia’s hair more valuable.

Pros

The hair is thinner than Chinese hair

It is soft and shiny

It comes in a range of different colors from browns to the light blonde

It comes in different styles of straight and wavy

This hair GREAT if you like to mix it up and wear it straight one day and curly the next

Cons

The hair is not as soft as Malaysian hair

It very expensive due to its rarity

It won’t give you the body that Brazilian or Peruvian hair will give you

So now you are equipped with a wealth of knowledge about the ethnicity of hair that will make you a budding hairnista! Remember, looking for the hair that will best suit your texture and styling purposes and whenever in doubt, consult with your stylist always reach out to me!

Hair Extensions Care

General Care

  • No shampooing until at least 48 hours after you’ve had your hair installed. If You’ve had them installed with chemicals, this will give the bonds time to settle before coming in contact with the shampoo.
  • Have your hairstylist trim any naturally released hair trapped in the bonds of your extensions as they appear. This pulled our hair is part of your body’s own natural hair cycle and not pulled out by the extensions, but they can still cause tangling if they are not kept trimmed.
  • Prevent tangling when you sleep by pulling your hair back into a soft ponytail and using a satin pillowcase.
  • Have your stylist perform a check up on your extensions two weeks after they are applied. You may find it’s time to replace a bit of the hair if it hasn’t settled correctly.
  • Go back to your stylist if your extensions start to slip or slide down.

Brushing & Styling

  • Brush your hair twice a day with light brush strokes close to the scalp.
  • Hold the applied strands in place with one hand when brushing to help prevent slippage.
  • Always use a soft-bristled brush. Hard brushes will likely pull your extensions loose or down.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles, only midway down the hair and never at the scalp.
  • Talk to your stylist about whether or not curling irons and hot rollers can be used on your particular kind of extensions.

Showering

  • Use only sulphide-free products on your faux hair. If available, try using a shampoo specifically for hair extensions.
  • In the shower, tilt your head back and clean from the top of your head downward. And only use conditioner and detangler midway down the hair shaft to the end, never at the roots.
  • If you have issues with the pH balance of your water, apply a pH treatment to your hair after washing.
  • Always towel dry thoroughly at the base, but never scrubbing with the towel, to avoid pulling your new strands out.
  • Use the medium to low setting, finishing it with the cool setting once your hair is completely dry.

Swimming

  • Avoid swimming if at all possible.
  • But, if you must swim while you have your extensions in place, make sure to thoroughly wet your hair before going into the pool or ocean. This helps prevent the salt and chlorine from sticking to your faux locks.
  • If available, apply a pH treatment as soon as you’re done swimming.

Tips & Tricks

Care for hair extensions isn’t much different than dealing with your own hair. But, you have to care for them with a little TLC to make them stay beautiful and in place. The following tips and tricks are the TLC that the hair extension doc ordered.

  • Keep your hair clean and brushed to keep it from matting. No one wants to walk around with knotty hair.
  • If you want to add color to your extensions, deposit. Don’t lift. Lifting already processed hair will ruin those expensive locks.
  • Make sure your own hair reaches the area where your head connects to your neck (the occipital bone) if you want to apply hair extensions for length or fullness.
  • Otherwise, you have to wait until it’s grown out enough so the extensions look natural once installed.
  • Microbeads are the easiest application process.
  • Air dry when you can…the less heat, the better.
  • Otherwise, you have to wait until it’s grown out enough so the extensions look natural once installed.
  • Microbeads are the easiest application process.
  • Try to stay away from salty or chlorine waters (no, you don’t want to go swimming with these beauties in your head).
  • Use a moisturizing leave in conditioner.
  • Use alcohol-free products on your tresses.
  • Oils encourage tangling because they weigh the extensions down. So skip them.
  • Consider buying wefts of hair and hair extension clips if you’re on a budget, rather than paying for the already put together extension. You’ll save around $50.
  • Keep clip ins from sliding out by teasing the roots of your natural hair to rough them up and giving the clips something to grab when you install them.
  • If you plan on wearing ponies and updos, try installing you extensions upside down.
  • Use a shine glossing spray on your own hair before installing your extensions to help give your hair the same matching shine that your faux hair has.
  • Take good care of your hair extensions and they’ll last longer for you.

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