Hair Extensions

With fashions in hair length changing every week, keeping up with the latest trends becomes very challenging. If a chic bob was in fashion a month back, it is shoulder length curls with a fringe in fashion today. To keep up with fickle fashions, we have various aids like wigs, hair attachments and the latest trend i.e. hair extensions. Hair extensions have been popular with film stars and it is an expensive process.

Hair extensions are synthetic or natural hair strands which are bonded to the existing hair style. Hair extensions are used to add length or volume to natural hair. Hair extensions are found in synthetic and natural textures. Synthetic extensions are cheaper but less durable as compared to natural hair extensions.  Hair extensions are affixed close to the scalp through different systems. Hair extensions can be had in many colors, textures, styles and lengths to match any type of hair.

Natural hair extensions use human hair which has been cut and discarded. Asian countries like India, Philippines and China are major suppliers of natural hair extensions. The virgin hair is sorted according to quality and texture and then colored. The hair is sorted and styled so as to match various natural styles of hair e.g.  Silky Straight, Yaki, European, Deep Wave Loose Wave etc. 

Hair extensions are also graded based on texture of hair. The terms used commonly are:

  • Virgin hair indicates that the hair is in its natural state and has not been colored. Long hair is tied and then cut. It is then made into wigs
  • Remy is a type of hair extension where the hair has been arranged with roots in one direction and the tips in another. Remy hair remains shiny and tangle free for a longer time.
  • Double drawn hair extensions have all the hair in a particular bundle aligned as per length. The shorter hairs are removed twice. The hair extensions therefore have standard thickness at the roots and at the tip

Methods of bonding:

  • With Adhesive; Hair extensions are glued to the existing strands using special adhesive.
  • With thread: Hair extensions are sewn on to existing hair using a special needle and thread closely matching the natural color of hair.
  • Clip on extensions: These clips on extensions are very popular. They simple have to be clipped on at the desired length. The hair extensions are thick and then can be cut in layers to get the required look
  • Tracking; these hair extensions are shaped like cornrow braids and are sewn on to existing braids to give the impression of thicker hair.

Care of hair extensions: Hair extensions are temporary in nature. Only mild wig shampoos should be used for hair with extensions. Hair should be washed with cool water as extensions get damaged with heat. This is why extensions should not be dried using hot dryers.

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