Hair Extensions, My Vice And Recommendation: A Information To Extension Kinds And Methods
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Over the past four years I’ve tried a couple of completely different styles of hair extensions. They can be a bit of an addiction once you start carrying them, consider your self warned! The following is my advice and opinions on what I appreciated and could do without in terms of the different ways hair extensions might be installed. I’ve been crazy for the final 12 months about growing my natural hair out, and my next publish will go into element about that. I believe the tape in extensions helped me develop my natural hair longer, as the extension hair tends to take most the abuse from the blow dryer, curling iron, and flat irons.
I’ve tried the next methods of adhering the extensions to my head. 1: Clip In extensions, 2: Micro Link or Link (silicone inside a metallic tube) extensions, 3: and Taped In extensions.
You too can use a keratin bond (heated or cold) or have the extensions braided in, a.ok.a. Tracks. I haven’t tried either of these. My hairstylist really recommends Tracks, which is a technique where they braid your natural hair then they sew the extensions into the braid. He says it causes no injury to your natural hair, so I’d strive tracks if I determine to do extensions again. Whereas I have by no means done the bonded in (keratin) extensions, I’ve had friends which have achieved them and they were tremendous damaging in my view. I’ve had to assist lower the extensions out of their hair once they (and several other stylists) couldn’t get them out. I might never ever use a keratin bond in my hair, based mostly on that experience.
Clip In Extensions: The primary fashion of extensions that I used was clip ins. I bought them on-line for round $100, after looking by many on-line and in store options. I ordered the #27 strawberry blonde shade, in the 20” length. In the event you don’t know what shade you might be, most corporations will let you order a pattern for underneath $5. I extremely suggest this. I’ve ordered samples earlier than and the shade that looked proper on-line was too red or too blonde/brown, etc in real life. So order a pattern before you pay the massive bucks for a full set. I didn’t order REMY hair the first time round and the hair high quality was still high notch, but I do suppose REMY hair is superior. I trimmed these to suit my hair, to about 16” to 18”. I wished an extended layered look.
A full set often comes with seven pieces. Three wider pieces for the back, then four to six smaller 1” large pieces to add length on the front around the face. You possibly can order hair at nearly each size now. I like 16” to 18” as a ultimate completed length after the are put in and trimmed. However obviously, everyone’s taste varies. I just suppose 18” seems the most pure. So order a 20” so you possibly can have them trimmed to the proper size. At all times give your self not less than an inch longer so you may get them lower to the precise length.
To me, the largest giveaway that you’re wearing extensions is to have thick, one size hair, as that is pretty uncommon. By the time your hair will get lengthy, the ends are usually not as thick as the rest of the hair, from breakage and layered cuts. You must either trim the extensions yourself or ask your stylist to chop them to suit your hair in your subsequent haircut. I believe it’s a very vital step so that folks can’t inform that you are wearing extensions. These pics present my first clip ins, proper out of the bundle. You can see what I mean about needing to get them trimmed and these needed a little shade to assist them match my very own hair extra.
I purchased a pair of clip in bangs to check out bangs and i even had to trim these too. Every thing must be customized, irrespective of the size.
*This is MY GOLDEN RULE OF EXTENSIONS: In my view, hair extensions should be like makeup. We shouldn’t have the ability to see them! If you can see that you’re wearing extensions, you might be carrying too many. Have them trimmed and blended into your natural hair. Individuals must be stunned to find out that you’re wearing extensions.*
Methods to put on clip ins:
1. Set out your clip ins from the underside stage, middle level, prime stage, after which facet pieces.
2. Divide your hair into clear, sharp, horizontal strains. (Mine could be sharper under, I bought lazy.) You will have three strains, however I divide them one at a time as I go to make it easier. I prefer to do the dividing with a teasing comb that has a skinny rod on the other side. **After you get your first part of hair divided, spray a bit of dry shampoo onto the half. It will assist the clip in hold higher. Additionally, wiggle the clip at the roots earlier than you clip them, this will also assist them hold.**
3. Clip in your first (lower) stage after which repeat for the center, and top degree. Transfer to the entrance and decide for those who need 2 or 3 entrance items so as to add length on the front of your hair to match the again. Tease at little at the top, it will help cowl the clips. I lastly coloured the extensions to match my hair, as you’ll be able to see below.
Pros of clip ins: 1. They’re super reasonably priced. You will get a set for underneath $100. 2. They aren’t permanent. Take them in and out for auditions, conferences, a marriage ceremony, a night time out, and so forth.
Cons of clip ins: 1: It feels slightly bizarre to “take out” your hair at the tip of the day. I’m single now, but when I used to be at my boyfriend’s home earlier than, it was awkward to come back residence from a night out, stuff my hair right into a drawer, and pretend like nothing was different with my hair. 2: Because you are 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 a bit of “choppy” at occasions. Because of this, I think clip ins look finest curled or worn as a ponytail to add thickness. 2. They can be heavy and hurt after sporting them all day.
Hyperlink or Microlink technique: These are individual extensions that are installed single tube by single tube. They can simply be eliminated with what looks like a wrench. You should buy one at nearly any magnificence provide shop. These take two to four hours to put in, relying on how much hair you set up and the velocity of your stylist. Mine took almost 5 hours to put in, however I’ve had mates say theirs took simply just a little over two hours. You possibly can see the metal hyperlinks while you flip your hair, so ensure that your stylist doesn’t put them too close to the roots! I imply, they are tiny metal hyperlinks so they appear fairly loopy, if we’re gonna be trustworthy. You’ll be able to put on your hair up in a ponytail with out them being seen. I had too many in my hair I feel, it was almost two full packs of hair. I additionally left them in too long, you must have them taken out and changed every two to 4 months. I believe I left mine in nearly six months. GROSS of me to do and damaging to my hair. After i took these out, my hair was thinner. I wouldn’t do these again as a result of I couldn’t put on my hair half up they usually took too lengthy to put in.
How to install Microlink Extensions: These should be installed by a educated stylist.
Execs of microlink: 1. Simply goes up right into a ponytail. 2. As they are individual, the hair moves just a little more naturally on 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 natural hair. 2. Couldn’t put on hair half-up with out seeing links. 3. Tougher to sleep on, you possibly can actually feel the links in your head. 4. Took too long to install. 5. Can look stringy and “extension-y”. 6. They are installed close to the scalp, so for the first week they pull a wavy curls long hair bit the primary week and your scalp gets itchy since you can’t actually shampoo underneath them.
Taped In extensions: There are two types of taped ins. With one technique you may see the tape, and another called skin weft that looks like actual scalp that the hair is connected to. I’ve only achieved the tape ins. I was a hair model for an organization that was just beginning to hold tape ins, which is how I first realized about them. We went just a little too thick and a bit of too long for the shoot, however these are tremendous straightforward to take out and of course, I obtained them trimmed.
Tape ins have by far been my favorite technique for hair extensions. They are lighter and install in a half hour to forty five minutes. Removing takes about the same period of time. The width of each piece is an efficient compromise between the super extensive clip in pieces and the stringy particular person extensions. Every tape in piece is about one to 2 inches huge. You possibly can see the tape if you move your hair around a lot. As a result of they are installed horizontally, and never vertically (and for a ponytail you pull your hair horizontal) tape in extensions aren’t best for high buns or excessive ponytails. Seems like a bizarre small element, I know, however as buns are having their moment proper now, it’s something to consider. I would put on a wrap round headband and low ponytail most days to work out. In the future I used to be working late and threw my hair in a fast excessive ponytail to do a Bar Technique workoutclass. There was a piece of tape sticking out from my ponytail all the time, needless to say, I regarded insane. I couldn’t determine why the instructor kept staring at me until I seemed within the mirror halfway via the class and noticed what looked like half of an artwork venture sticking out of the side of my head. Got a good workout although. I would strive skin wefts sooner or later. They appear to be hair growing out of skin (scalp) so you cant see the tape. Less of an opportunity of me embarrassing myself in public. My persona is enough of an embarrassment, so I do need to be careful 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 is going to really feel a bit dry. Then flat iron it so that the tape will adhere without bumps. 2. Beginning with the entrance items, layer two or three 1” huge items round your face. 3. Zig zag the back items throughout the again of your head to layer them. Every “piece” is definitely two items that every have tape on the inside. You put the bottom piece towards your real hair, then layer the highest piece on high so that no tape is exposed. Then you definitely smoosh them collectively, like a sandwich.
To take away them, you spray an answer that has an oil that dissolves the tape. You may then open the extension “sandwich” and take away the hair. You must get all of the tape off of the extension in the event you plan on reusing the hair. If you’re cautious about eradicating the tape you’ll be able to reuse the hair 2 to 3 occasions for a complete of six months to a yr. It does need to be reinstalled each 2 to three months, relying on how much you workout, sweat, shower, winter vs summer time, and so on.
Execs of tape ins: 1. Fast to put in. Love this. 2. The tape is lighter than the steel hyperlinks, so they’re lighter overall on your head. 3. They lay flat in opposition to your head, so if somebody hugs you or feels the back of your head they won’t feel bumps. Additionally, they are extra comfy to sleep on. 4. Straightforward to remove. 5. Not damaging to your personal hair when eliminated after two months.
Cons of tape ins: 1. You can see the tape in case you flip your hair round. 2. Must be reinstalled every two months, possibly three, which is a little more regularly than the links. 3. Should you workout a lot, the edges of the tape begins to peel up. I work out five to six days every week so this is an issue for me. 4. They’re put in near the scalp, so the primary week they are often itchy as, it’s more durable to shampoo your scalp. 5. It’s a must to be careful to not get oil near the tape, as it weakens the tape. I really like Argan oil, so I need to be careful about making use of it.
Backside line: If I decide to have extensions once more, I’d go along with tape ins, or attempt the skin weft tape ins. My second choice would be getting “tracks” a.okay.a. having it braided in. I hope this information to hair extensions has been useful. Please observe my weblog and comment under with any questions! Thanks!