Hair Extensions, My Vice And Advice: A Guide To Extension Kinds And Strategies
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Over the past four years I’ve tried a couple of totally different styles of hair extensions. They generally is a little bit of an addiction when you begin wearing them, consider yourself warned! The following is my advice and opinions on what I favored and could do with out on the subject of the different ways hair extensions may be installed. I’ve been loopy for the final 12 months about growing my natural hair out, and my subsequent publish will go into element about that. I believe the tape in extensions helped me develop my natural hair longer, because the extension hair tends to take most the abuse from the blow dryer, curling iron, and flat irons.
I’ve tried the next strategies of adhering the extensions to my head. 1: Clip In extensions, 2: Micro Link or Hyperlink (silicone inside a metal tube) extensions, 3: and Taped In extensions.
It’s also possible to use a keratin bond (heated or cold) or have the extensions braided in, a.k.a. Tracks. I haven’t tried either of these. My hairstylist really recommends Tracks, which is a way the place they braid your natural hair then they sew the extensions into the braid. He says it causes no harm to your natural hair, so I’d try tracks if I decide to do extensions again. While I’ve never finished the bonded in (keratin) extensions, I have had buddies which have done them and so they have been super damaging for my part. I’ve had to help minimize the extensions out of their hair when they (and several other stylists) couldn’t get them out. I might by no means ever use a keratin bond in my hair, primarily based on that experience.
Clip In Extensions: The first model of extensions that I used was clip ins. I purchased them on-line for round $100, after wanting via many online and in retailer choices. I ordered the #27 strawberry blonde shade, within the 20” size. Should you don’t know what shade you’re, most corporations will let you order a sample for beneath $5. I highly recommend this. I’ve ordered samples earlier than and the shade that appeared proper online was too pink or too blonde/brown, and so forth in real life. So order a pattern earlier than you pay the large bucks for a full set. I didn’t order REMY hair the first time around and the hair high quality was nonetheless top notch, however I do assume REMY hair is superior. I trimmed these to fit my hair, to about 16” to 18”. I wished an extended layered look.
A full set usually comes with seven items. Three wider items for the again, then 4 to six smaller 1” extensive items so as to add size at the front around the face. You’ll be able to order hair at nearly every size now. I like 16” to 18” as a last completed size after the are installed and trimmed. However obviously, everyone’s taste varies. I simply suppose 18” seems to be the most natural. So order a 20” so you can have them trimmed to the perfect length. Always give your self at the least an inch longer so you will get them reduce to the fitting size.
To me, the most important giveaway that you are wearing extensions is to have thick, one size hair, as that wraps hair is pretty uncommon. By the time your hair gets lengthy, the ends are normally not as thick as the rest of the hair, from breakage and layered cuts. You should both trim the extensions yourself or ask your stylist to chop them to fit your hair in your subsequent haircut. I think it’s a extremely vital step so that folks can’t tell that you’re wearing extensions. These pics show my first clip ins, right out of the bundle. You possibly can see what I imply about needing to get them trimmed and these needed a bit of shade to assist them match my very own hair more.
I purchased a pair of clip in bangs to try out bangs and i even needed to trim those too. Everything needs to be custom-made, regardless of the length.
*This is MY GOLDEN RULE OF EXTENSIONS: In my view, hair extensions needs to be like makeup. We shouldn’t be capable to see them! If you’ll be able to see that you are wearing extensions, you are sporting too many. Have them trimmed and blended into your pure hair. Individuals ought to be shocked to seek out out that you are wearing extensions.*
Find out how to put on clip ins:
1. Set out your clip ins from the underside level, center level, top level, after which side items.
2. Divide your hair into clean, sharp, horizontal strains. (Mine could be sharper beneath, I obtained lazy.) You’ll have three traces, but I divide them one at a time as I go to make it easier. I wish to do the dividing with a teasing comb that has a skinny rod on the alternative facet. **After you get your first part of hair divided, spray a bit of dry shampoo onto the part. This may assist the clip in hold higher. Also, wiggle the clip at the roots earlier than you clip them, this can even assist them hold.**
3. Clip in your first (lower) level after which repeat for the center, and high degree. Transfer to the entrance and resolve when you want 2 or 3 entrance pieces so as to add length on the entrance of your hair to match the back. Tease at little at the highest, this will help cowl the clips. I finally coloured the extensions to match my hair, as you possibly can see below.
Execs of clip ins: 1. They’re super affordable. You will get a set for under $100. 2. They aren’t permanent. Take them in and out for auditions, conferences, a wedding ceremony, a night time out, etc.
Cons of clip ins: 1: It feels a little bit weird to “take out” your hair at the end of the day. I’m single now, however when I used to be at my boyfriend’s home earlier than, it was awkward to come dwelling from a night out, stuff my hair into a drawer, and pretend like nothing was totally different with my hair. 2: Because you’re taking them in and out every wear, you don’t all the time clip them in on the identical spots every time in your head. So they can look slightly “choppy” at occasions. For that reason, I think clip ins look finest curled or worn as a ponytail to add thickness. 2. They can be heavy and hurt after wearing them all day.
Link or Microlink technique: These are particular person extensions that are installed single tube by single tube. They’ll simply be removed with what seems like a wrench. You should purchase one at virtually any beauty supply shop. These take two to four hours to put in, depending on how much hair you set up and the velocity of your stylist. Mine took virtually 5 hours to put in, but I’ve had buddies say theirs took just a little bit over two hours. You can see the metallic hyperlinks once you flip your hair, so be certain that your stylist doesn’t put them too near the roots! I mean, they are tiny metallic hyperlinks so they look fairly loopy, if we’re gonna be honest. You may put on your hair up in a ponytail without them being seen. I had too many in my hair I believe, it was almost two full packs of hair. I also left them in too long, you must have them taken out and replaced every two to 4 months. I believe I left mine in virtually six months. GROSS of me to do and damaging to my hair. Once i took these out, my hair was thinner. I wouldn’t do these once more because I couldn’t put on my hair half up and they took too long to install.
How to install Microlink Extensions: These have to be installed by a skilled stylist.
Execs of microlink: 1. Easily goes up right into a ponytail. 2. As they are individual, the hair strikes just a little more naturally at the roots. When the extension are wider at the roots, like with clip ins or tape ins, the hair does transfer as naturally.
Cons of microlink: 1. Felt damaging to my pure hair. 2. Couldn’t wear hair half-up without seeing hyperlinks. 3. More durable to sleep on, you can actually really feel the hyperlinks in your head. 4. Took too lengthy to put in. 5. Can look stringy and “extension-y”. 6. They’re put in close to the scalp, so for the first week they pull a bit the first week and your scalp will get itchy because you can’t actually shampoo underneath them.
Taped In extensions: There are two kinds of taped ins. With one technique you can see the tape, and one other referred to as skin weft that looks like precise scalp that the hair is hooked up to. I’ve only executed the tape ins. I was a hair model for a corporation that was just starting to carry tape ins, which is how I first realized about them. We went just a little too thick and a little bit too long for the shoot, however these are tremendous easy to take out and of course, I obtained them trimmed.
Tape ins have by far been my favorite method for hair extensions. They’re lighter and install in a half hour to forty five minutes. Removal takes about the same amount of time. The width of each piece is a good compromise between the tremendous broad clip in items and the stringy individual extensions. Each tape in piece is about one to 2 inches huge. You may see the tape if you move your hair around too much. Because they are installed horizontally, and never vertically (and for a ponytail you pull your hair horizontal) tape in extensions aren’t ideal for top buns or excessive ponytails. Appears like a bizarre small detail, I know, but as buns are having their second proper now, it is one thing to consider. I might put on a wrap round headband and low ponytail most days to work out. Someday I used to be running late and threw my hair in a fast excessive ponytail to do a Bar Technique workoutclass. There was a bit of tape sticking out from my ponytail the whole time, for sure, I looked insane. I couldn’t figure why the instructor saved staring at me till I regarded within the mirror halfway through the category and saw what looked like half of an art mission sticking out of the side of my head. Received a superb workout although. I’d try skin wefts in the future. They appear like hair growing out of skin (scalp) so that you cant see the tape. Much less of a chance of me embarrassing myself in public. My personality is enough of an embarrassment, so I do should watch out with my weave.
To install Tape In Extensions: 1. Wash your hair with a special shampoo that removes oil and products out of your hair. This can be bought from a hair and wig provide retailer. It can really feel a bit dry. Then flat iron it in order that the tape will adhere without bumps. 2. Beginning with the front pieces, layer two or three 1” large items round your face. 3. Zig zag the again pieces across the again of your head to layer them. Every “piece” is definitely two pieces that each have tape on the inside. You set the underside piece in opposition to your real hair, then layer the top piece on top in order that no tape is uncovered. You then smoosh them collectively, like a sandwich.
To take away them, you spray an answer that has an oil that dissolves the tape. You’ll be able to then open the extension “sandwich” and take away the hair. It’s important to get all of the tape off of the extension should you plan on reusing the hair. If you’re careful about removing the tape you possibly can reuse the hair 2 to 3 occasions for a complete of six months to a yr. It does must be reinstalled every 2 to 3 months, relying on how much you workout, sweat, shower, winter vs summer season, and many others.
Execs of tape ins: 1. Quick to install. Love this. 2. The tape is lighter than the metallic links, so they are lighter overall in your head. 3. They lay flat towards your head, so if someone hugs you or feels the again of your head they won’t really feel bumps. Also, they’re extra comfy to sleep on. 4. Simple to remove. 5. Not damaging to your personal hair when removed after two months.
Cons of tape ins: 1. You possibly can see the tape in case you flip your hair round. 2. Must be reinstalled each two months, perhaps three, which is a little more ceaselessly than the hyperlinks. 3. For those who workout lots, the edges of the tape begins to peel up. I work out 5 to six days per week so that is a problem for me. 4. They are installed close to the scalp, so the first week they are often itchy as, it’s harder to shampoo your scalp. 5. You need to be careful not to get oil near the tape, because it weakens the tape. I like Argan oil, so I need to be careful about making use of it.
Backside line: If I determine to have extensions again, I’d go with tape ins, or strive the skin weft tape ins. My second option could be getting “tracks” a.ok.a. having it braided in. I hope this information to hair extensions has been useful. Please follow my blog and remark beneath with any questions! Thank you!