Hair Extension: Type and Management
Hair Extensions are strands of human
placed onto a persons hair in order to elongate or thicken existing hair. A
micro-attachment made of keratin wax, filled with hair, is placed one quarter
inch away from the scalp. Within a 4 hour timeframe, a short head of hair, will
be transformed into long hair.
The best looking hair extensions for average height women are usually around
22" or less. Our most popular length is 18" which is to your bra line.
Hair extension methods
There are many different extension methods and each method has its own
unique strengths and weaknesses. As a potential hair extension client attempts
to navigate through the numerous choices and tries to discern what might be the
best method for their individual situation, it’s very helpful to consult a hair
extension specialist who is well versed in the pro’s and con’s of several
With this extension technique small strands of extension hair are attached
one by one to small sections of your own hair by either weaving in, gluing, heat
fusing, clamping with metal tubes or using waxes and polymers.
Glue/Bond based attachments
D'Vine Lengths: is a hair extension system that matches to the
contour of your head. This system is very flat. The inventor claims that this
system is virtually undetectable even in fine, thin hair. The bonds are flexible
what makes them comfortable as you sleep. The New innovative interlocking system
eliminates slipping and shedding. With these hair extensions every strand can be
So.Cap. USA hair extensions: This method introduces an innovative and
advanced equipment in the field of cold fusion, 'Flat Ice'. The hair extensions
are attached using the highest standard of ultra sound technology combined with
a very easy and practical use of the machine. It works by transforming the
electrical signal sent by the main unit into waves that soften the keratin.
So.Cap. USA hair is available in 81 colors which are available in straight, wavy
and curly. Each strand of hair is 100% unprocessed human hair with no silicone
Great Lengths hair extensions: This method is based on a gentle
principle, 'modulating'. The attachment of the hair strand to your own hair is
composed of polymer chains whose molecular structure is very similar to that of
human hair. A special applicator joins the strand with your hair. Easy to
install and remove by an expert. Great lengths uses the highest quality hair
Invisible Hair extensions: The Extension is a skin replica. An air
tight, water tight seal is created allowing 5-8 weeks of attachment. “Skin” base
is adhered directly to your scalp by the use of an medical grade adhesive. Your
hair will continue to grow out while the grafted hair addition remains attached
to your scalp. It can be re-used and brushed in any direction. This method can
be used if you have "baby fine" hair.
Cinderella hair extensions: These extensions are attached to your own
hair at low temperature with a protein-moulded bond. The bonds are strong and
flexible and made of protein that is not harmful for your hair. In general a
high hair quality is used with these extensions.
Ultratress hair extensions: This application method can be used on
areas on the head where ordinary extension can't. A polymer bond is used for the
Mega hair extensions: With this method a keratin based hi-tech
adhesive is used for application. Because the bonds are slightly thicker this
method is not recommended if you have very thin hair.
Ultra Strands hair extensions: This is a bond attachment like Great
Lengths and Cinderella. The bond is made of a different material but can be
small and long lasting.
Racoon hair extensions: This technique uses a 'hot bond' method. The
bonding material has been specifically designed for hair extensions and provides
a balance between strength, durability and, importantly, ease of removal. The
bond is kind to the hair during application and equally gentle on removal.
NON Glue/Bond based attachments
Micro-cylinder hair extensions: This gentle attachment method does
not involve glues, heat, or chemicals. Tiny tubes (micro-cylinders) are used to
attach the strands with a special technique to your own hair. Easy to install
and easy to remove by an expert. Applied in the correct way this is a strong and
safe method that will not damage your own hair. This method can also be used for
weft extensions. The cylinders come in different sizes and colors but also in
different qualities. This method can be used with the highest hair quality and
with hair of a lesser quality, it depends on the salon.
Microchet hair extensions: One of the latest inventions in the field
of hair extensions is a very gentle thread technique that is virtually
undetectable. The process is quick and easy with no pulling or stress and no
damage to your own hair. It is very comfortable and light, you can hardly feel
it yourself. The attachment is so small that it can be applied on very thin hair
and on areas of the head (temples, mid scalp, fore head) where most other
systems can not. High quality human hair is used.
Invisible Strands: The extension hair is applied to a strand of your
own hair using dental floss, the floss is then removed leaving an invisible
strand. A sealant is applied to each extension to ensure that it lasts the
duration of the process. The technician said that this method lasts from 8
months to a year. It could take 3 to 8 days to complete with 2 specialists
working on your hair. The process does not cause
to your hair. You
for your hair like normal.
ProHair Extensions: A gentle method of attaching synthetic hair
extensions without the use glues or chemicals. The ProHair is braided into the
hair using a 3 stem braid close to the root area, some of the extension fibre is
wrapped around the braid and then heated with the ProStyles Heat Clamp. The
ProHair shrinks around the braid locking it in place and preventing it from
unraveling. Removal is easy as well, simply twist the heat seal until it
fractures then the extension slides out without any damage to the clients hair.
Gentle because it does not rely on tension or chemicals for application or
removal. It is also suitable for all hair types European, Asian or Afro.
ProStyles are the inventers of this method.
FLhair™ Xtensions strand by strand: This method utilizes a custom
designed micro-cylinder shell. Small, weightless and strong each shell’s
interior is coated with a Silicone compound to protect the hair from any
compression stress. The outer shell is colored co-ordinate to match the
for truly sightless, gentle dependable connections. The uniqueness of this
method is all the Remy Hair Strands come fully prepared with a shell and
threader attached. It can be used for length or volume on all hair types,
FLhair™ Xtensions Strand by Strand method makes it affordable and dependable for
the stylist and client.
HairXtend hair extensions: Attachment is done with skilful manual
application using a soft silicon pad that does not stress your hair. They supply
only 100% cuticle hair.
Hairlocs hair extensions: This method is based on the same principle
as micro-cylinder. No heat, no glue or polymer is used. The tubes are larger and
have a different shape than the micro-cylinder but both are tightened to create
Individual braiding: In this time consuming method extension hair is
braided into your own hair.
A weft is a track of several inches long on which the hair is already
attached (a curtain of hair attached together at the top and free flowing at the
bottom). A weft can be made by a machine or by hand. Handmade wefts are better,
they are custom made to suit your head and match your hair. The extensions are
then applied by using one row (track) at the time instead of strand by strand.
Flattracks: Flattracks is an exclusive method that only takes an hour
to attach. It looks natural and costs half of what a full head of individuals
would. There is no damage to the natural hair. No special products or brushes
are required. The hand-tied hair is sewn on to a thin section of your natural
hair. This technique was developed by Cynthia Orr.
Simplicity Hair Extensions: can be applied in less than 30 minutes.
The Extensions are attached with specialized liner tape. This method can be used
to add length, volume, highlights, and bangs. Simplicity Hair Extensions are
100% human hair and are sold pre-cut in 38 different colors and a variety of
sizes and styles for all over attachment. They last 4-6 weeks with proper care
and can be easily removed and reused.
Keraloc © hair extensions: involves a human hair weft. A tiny hook
tool is used to pull a small but secure amount of your natural hair through the
weft and then add a tight, silicone ,waterproof , heat activated seal around the
keratin protein bond. This is repeated every half an inch around the weft. This
way the weight of the extension is evenly distributed through your whole head
Keraloc hair extension will grow out and need to be uplifted every 10 to 12
weeks or 8 weeks if your hair is fine or fragile. The hair extensions can be
re–used, as long as you have looked after it will the correct
and styling products. This system has been developed and copyrighted by Hot Hedz.
Glam hair extensions: is a new technique which uses the finest
quality of hair! Highlights include safe, fast, easy and full and flawless look
not to mention a completely flat and reusable base which is easy and safe to
wear and maintain. It is attached simply with a special medical grade tape and
holds for 2-4 months. This method is actually a two sided tape method, where the
tape sits on a polyurethane base and is placed on the client's hair just below
the scalp. It is available in many different colors and textures and special
orders are made per request.
Bonded hair extensions: The weft is applied with adhesive to your
hair or to your skin depending on salon and stylist. For some people it will
last for many weeks and for others it loosens up after the first shampoo. This
method is faster and therefore less expensive than strand by strand extensions.
Braided hair extensions: First a braid is created of your own hair
and than the weft is sewn onto the braid. The number of tracks depends on what
Weaved hair extensions: This is done by weaving your own hair around
a number of threads. This way a track is created. The weft is sewn onto this
Braiding and weaving give more tension to your hair and skin because it is
tight and therefore will pull more. The extensions stylist should braid the
tracks firmly but comfortably, it should not hurt. Some clients complain about
being uncomfortable and having headaches using these systems, others have no
complains at all.
As the name already revealed, you can clip these extensions into your own
hair whenever you want it and take it out at night before you go to sleep.
Before having your hair extensions done, ask your stylist about the method
and the hair that will be used.
Points to consider while choosing hair extension method
When a person comes in for a hair extension consultation, there are a few
key points that must be considered in order to select the method that is most
appropriate for that person. These key points to be considered are:
Desired end result
Person's ability / willingness to correctly maintain hair extensions by
coming in for regular appointments, using professional products, utilizing
proper daily brushing techniques, and other important care procedures.
Care tips for hair extension
You look after Hair Extensions the same as you would do long hair that you
grew yourself. Here's a few tips:
Wash, condition and MOISTURIZE (very important) your hair every 2 - 3
days. The extensions do not receive your natural scalp oils and so need to
have moisture added every wash. If you don't moisturize your hair extensions
they will become brittle and break easily leading to split and ratty ends.
We recommend a good moisturizer for Hair Extensions.
Treat them with respect. They will not grow back if you yank at them
with a brush, burn them with the blow dryer, kill them with chemicals. Be
nice to them - they cost a lot of money so make sure you get your money's
Always brush out all knots before you wash your hair, swim, or sleep.
Start at the bottom and work your way up slowly using a paddle brush.
Make sure you wash in between the braids to keep your scalp clean and
free of bacteria.