Hair extensions are trending now more than ever. There are so many types of hair and installation methods, knowing where to start can be a little overwhelming. The method you chose or the method that may be recommended to you at your consultation greatly depends on your hair type and lifestyle. Follow these tips to learn where to start with getting extensions and how to get the most out of them.
1. Quality is a must!
Hair is not something you want to go cheap on. Find yourself a good hair stylist who has access to top-notch hair.Bold City Hair thrives on staying up to date in the industry by offering clients the latest hair extension methods on the market. Not only does cheap hair look cheap and unnatural, it doesn’t last.
2. Find a Good Hairstylist
Please don’t book an appointment with a hairstylist just because he/she is inexpensive. In the hair industry, inexpensive equals inexperienced. When searching for your perfect hairstylist, really do your research. Does your friend have bangin’ hair? Ask her who does it. Look on Instagram and Yelp. Social media is your best friend when hairstylist hunting!
3. Follow Home Care Instructions
See ‘Care for your hair’ in the menu for specifics. This includes keeping them tangle free, braids before bed, keeping them moisturized and getting them moved up every 6-8 weeks to prevent damage to your natural hair.
4. Invest in Professional Products
Would you put regular oil in your Mercedes Benz? Or how about regular gas? Of course not! It would ruin the engine and the car. The same goes for hair extensions. It is important to have quality products to prolong the life of your hair extensions. You might as well throw your new hair in the trash if you’re using $3 shampoo full of sulfates from CVS, or even expired products. Some great brands I love are Bumble and bumble, Davines, and Evo.
5. Don’t forget to Brush!
That may sound funny, but when you have hair extensions it is sooo important that you keep them tangle and matt-free. Be sure to use an extension friendly hair brush. The Wet Brush is great for detangling the ends, but if you want to go a little further get yourself a Mason Pearson hair brush. When brushing through your extensions, hold them by the bond (close to your scalp) to keep from tugging on your own hair, or pulling on the extensions.
Up by your scalp where your natural and extension hair meet, you should use a comb to work out any knots that may have formed. This is extremely important for preventing matting.
6. Sun, Pollution, and Chlorine, Oh my!
Hair extensions don’t grow from your scalp, so they won’t get the same nutrients and oils that your skin naturally produces. The sun, ocean and swimming pool can really dry your hair extensions out. The upside? You don’t have to (and shouldn’t) shampoo them daily. The awesome thing about hand-tied extensions is that there is no glue involved, so you don’t have to worry about hair products breaking down the bonds or tape. Lather those beautiful tresses in hair oils and heavy conditioners to your heart’s content. If you’re going for a swim, I always say apply a moisturizing product prior to water contact. Your hair is a sponge, control what it absorbs. Braid your hair to prevent tangling during your swim and comb out immediately after.
7. Schedule Regular Appointments
The initial cost of extensions may be an investment, but move up appointments cost significantly less. Your maintenance visits are important to the health of your natural hair, therefore you should expect to book an appointment every 6-8 weeks to have your extensions moved up. If you decide you want to take them out, don’t wait for more than 8 weeks to do so. When there is too much regrowth between your scalp and the extensions, your hair is free to move and intertwine causing a matted jungle of destroyed hair. It’s not pretty.
8. People Get Extensions for a Reason
Extensions are an amazing tool to beautifully enhance or even transform your hair. Hair extensions are known to add length and volume, but did you know that they can be used to produce different results? Some people use them to add color without changing their natural hair color. Some use it for thickness, and some people use them to fill in gaps they may have while growing out a short haircut, or to achieve an angle. Extensions have come a long way from the time that they were first introduced and with so many options I promise to blow you away!
~ Methods ~
Hand tied extensions
By far the least invasive method on the market today! Hand-Tied Extensions are where the wefts of hand tied hair are added to your hair by beading and then hand-tying the wefts to your natural hair. The average amount of wefts are 8-16 in each head if you’re trying to achieve length, and two rows. The hand tied extensions last about 6-8 weeks before you will need to get them adjusted, but also depends on the growth rate of your own hair. The hair itself, if bought from a high quality supplier, will last approximately 9 months. This is by far the least invasive method of hair extensions to be used on your hair in the market today, and with maximum coverage. I am a certified SILX global Hand Tied Hair Extension Educator and Habit Hair extension/Haircation method member.
Also called ‘hot fusion’ or keratin bonds. The original strand by strand hair extension system. Fusion bonds consist of the extension strands and the natural hair being blended together by the use of a heated applicator and the pre-applied keratin glued tip. The resin is gently rolled to form a hard, cylindrical bond or ‘seal.’
Strand-by-strand hair extensions create a free-flowing hairstyle, exactly like your natural hair and therefore enables your scalp to ‘breath.’ Since a lot of individual hair extensions are applied, each one is virtually weightless, ensuring that the natural hair is not overloaded with too much weight. This prevents the weakening of the hair and breakage.
Professional hair extensions are designed to be equally balanced with your natural hair, and are applied on a weight for weight ratio, which prevents causing tension on your hair and scalp. By applying lots of individual strands this allows the extensions to be distributed evenly over the head, and limits the possibility of causing any tension or damage to the natural hair.
Also called micro-ring, micro-link, and beads. The second invention of strand by strand hair extension application after fusion bonds, are 3mm (ideal for finer hair), 4mm or 5mm rings (ideal for medium or thick hair). These are placed between the natural hair and the extension strand and pressed together securely. The hair extension connections are coated soft copper rings, 100% non-damaging when applied and removed correctly and specifically designed for the safe application of professional hair extensions.
Tape-In Hair Extensions are comfortably secured by a non-slip, medical grade adhesive. The tabs stay locked in place until ready to be removed. Made of 100% Remy Human Hair, Tape-In Extensions offer a variety of lengths and beautiful colors that will provide you with the luxurious hair you’ve always wanted.
Achieve longer and thicker hair in a matter of seconds! This is a temporary option that is great by itself or in addition to other hair extension methods. HALOCOUTURE® revolutionized the world of Extensions with The Original HALO®. Designed with comfort in mind, the easy application of the HALO® will transform your hair in a matter of seconds. This innovative extension is non-damaging and virtually undetectable.
Every HALO® is made with 100% Remy Human Hair.
• HALO® Extensions are coated with a protective Keratin Seal for soft and silky results.
• The Original HALO® instantly transforms your hair with added length and volume.
• Grams Equivalent to a Full Head of Hair
• Color Safe, Deposit Only
• Heat Safe, Up to 360˚F
• Comb and Extra Miracle Wire Included
• Non-DamagingBENEFITS• Add Instant Length
• Add Instant Volume
• Blends Seamlessly
• Enhance or Add Color
• Low MaintenanceQuestions? Contact me today to schedule your consultation at 904-228-3310
Certified Hair Extensionist
SILX global Hand Tied Extension Educator