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Hair Extensions: Types and Application Methods

Hair Extensions: Types and Application Methods

Hair Extensions: Types and Application Methods

 

INTRODUCTION

There are different types of hair extensions and they have various uses: longer hairs, fuller hairs, and even thicker hairs. Not only are the uses of extension limited to the ones listed above they can also be used to achieve a variety of hair looks. Hair extensions differ, and so does their way of application.

TYPES OF HAIR EXTENSION

 

HUMAN HAIR

The two main hair extensions are synthetic hairs and human hair. The human hair can withstand different hot hair tools and unlike the synthetic hair be treated with chemicals and dyed. At most times, hairs used for this type of extension has never undergone any kind of treatment using chemicals and this has made it possible for the extension to be treated with chemicals as well as colored whenever you want.

SYNTHETIC

Unlike human hairs, it is inadvisable and impossible to style with the use of hot tools. The hairs are usually fake, so any application of heat will melt the hair. Right from the place of manufacture, the synthetic hairs are already styled so you don’t have to worry about styling them.

ASIAN HAIR

These hairs are placed in this category based on their area of origin. Amongst others in these categories are Asian, African-American and the European. The Asian hairs are usually dark, more coarse and then thicker than the European hair. Most of them with their origin from China.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

The African-American hairs come in three types: the wavy, the curvy, and then the kinky. Just like the Asian hairs, they are usually dark and coarse but thicker and more coarse than the Asian hair.

 

 

EUROPEAN HAIR

Amongst the different types of hair, the European hair is the lightest and the thinnest of them all. They are either straight or wavy.

When picking a hair extension, it is usually advisable not to go for the looks, but for the type that is more matching to your hair type.

 

APPLICATION METHODS

Weaving – this method involves bounding tracks of the hair extensions and sewing. At most times, it is impossible to do this yourself, as it requires the help of a professional hairstylist to help braid your hair into several rows. If it’s going to be sewn, then a C or J-style needle will be used to sew the tracks to the braids. It is usually advisable to use this type of needle so as to avoid pricking of the scalp that is common with using the I-style. This method takes a lot of time unlike the bounding method that takes lesser time because all the stylist needs to do is to apply bonding glue to the tracks and then attach the extension.

FUSION

This method issued to apply for the keratin hair extensions. Before the hair extension can be applied using this method, your hair has to be sectioned, then a heating tool will be used on the keratin glue to bond the tracks to your hair.

CLIP-IN

The most time saving and easiest way to apply hair extension is by clipping them in. not only is this method easy to apply, but it is also easy to remove. You can either get hair extensions without clips and attach the clips yourself or buy the ones with clips already.

CONCLUSION

When picking a hair extension and application method, it is usually advisable not to go for the looks, but for the type that is more matching to your hair type.

Tips and Tricks: How to Buy Quality Clip-in Extensions

Tips and Tricks: How to Buy Quality Clip-in Extensions

Tips and Tricks: How to Buy Quality Clip-in Extensions

Have you been endlessly searching for premium clip-in hair and how to buy quality clip-in extensions? Perhaps you can’t tell the difference between high-quality extensions and regular ones. These numerous ways to judge for quality will help you save your time and money. So, what should you look out for?

  1. Weft strength

A thorough check through the hair wefts will let you know if an extra effort was put into manufacturing them. How comfortable are they? They should not start shedding immediately they are installed.

  1. Enough thickness

Finely-crafted hair extensions should have a uniform thickness throughout. To be sure about this, hold a single weft against light so that you can check if there are any gaps. You should be able to tell if the thickness at the bottom is equal to the thickness at the top. Otherwise, the extension does not meet high-quality standards and you are better off looking for something different.

  1. Shedding

High-quality extensions should not shed a lot, even after lots of styling. Gently glide your fingers through the hair and take note of the amount of shedding. For an extension that you are about to pay a good amount of money for, you can only allow a few strands of shedding.

  1. Length of wefts

The typical lengths in which extensions are sold include:

  • 16″ which fall right above the chest in the front and are bra-strap length on the back.
  • 20″ that fall below the bra-strap length at the back and just below your chest at the front.
  • 24″ that fall on your waistline.

Tips and Tricks: How to Buy Quality Clip-in Extensions

High-quality hair extensions should have a uniform length, unless customized on purpose.

Your natural height also plays a role when selecting the length of your extensions. For example, a given extension would look longer on a shorter person as compared to how it will on a taller person.

Also, if you want longer extensions, you may have to get accustomed to heavier hair. Such extensions are not ideal for thin hair as the additional weight could cause breakage. Experiment with shorter extensions as you move to longer options after some time.

  1. Quality of wefts

Check whether each and every strand is correctly sewn in its respective weft and that none of them is protruding.

  1. Weight

Typically, hair extensions are measured in grams. It is important to understand what the measurements mean, as this will act as your guide on the amount of volume to expect with each added bundle. This also helps in deciding if you are only adding volume or length.

  1. Extension type

Your purpose for installing hair extensions determine the type of extension to go for. Synthetic hair does the job at a fairly lower price, but real human hair allows you to style your hair vigorously. Remember, synthetic hair cannot be heat styles as the silicon coating will melt away, leaving the hair deformed.

Remy hair extensions have all the cuticles in the same direction and are naturally sourced. Their expensive price tag is worth every coins as you will reap all the benefits that come with it for a long period of time.

Clip-in extensions are quickly gaining popularity, and it is for a good reason. Unlike traditional hair accessories, clip-in hair extensions can transform you from an ordinary Jane to a hair model candidate in an instant! The tips shared should help you look glamorous in high-quality extensions in very little time.

How to Save Money and Still Rock High-Quality Hair Extensions

How to Save Money and Still Rock High-Quality Hair Extensions

How to Save Money and Still Rock High Quality Hair Extensions

Is your budget tight yet you still desire increased hair volume and length by rocking high quality hair extensions? Everyone wishes to get high-quality extensions and still save some coins. Being on a tight budget should not mean wearing low-quality hair extensions. Hair extensions can make you dig deep into your pocket, especially when you have no idea of what to look out for. The pieces of advice shared in this article will help you save money and still wear that extension you have always coveted while not running bankrupt. A tight budget should not limit you!

Why should you avoid low-quality extensions?

Many ladies think that buying synthetic, low-quality extensions is the best way to save money. Such hair comes from untrusted sources and their labels are usually not an accurate representation of what is actually being sold. What’s more, synthetic extensions cannot last for even a month, as they easily get damaged and shed a lot. They say, cheap is expensive.

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Extension type

Since you intend to save some coins, you may want to go for the hair extension type that makes you save the most amount of money. Clip-in extensions are believed to be the cheapest type of extension. This is true, even though they are not the only type of affordable hair extension. Some stores have micro rings, i-tip extensions and even tape-ins that cost pretty much the same as clip-ins. You are at liberty to choose from any of these styles.

Identifying the right store

Check out the reviews of the seller you intend to buy extensions from. They should be transparent and trusted. The number of stores that sell synthetic extensions at the same price as Remy hair is huge, and you need to beware of this.

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Choosing length

A 30″ mermaid-like extensions may sound appealing, but it is not very necessary. Lesser lengths can still be used to achieve the desired looks. 8-15 inches should help you achieve the style you are aiming for.

Weight guide

Choosing extensions that are reasonably thick could save you some bucks. Their weight is measured in grams and ranges from 40 to 220 grams. For regular use, you do not need a whopping 220 grams. 50-100 grams should give a significant amount of volume and thickness.

Shipping and return policy

If you shop from a store offering free shipping, the cost of your extension will be significantly lowered. Be sure to check that the store has a return option should the extension not meet your preference.

Do It Yourself

Having a hair professional install the extensions for you is much more expensive as compared to installing them yourself. Most installation methods are pretty simple and can easily be done at home.

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Maintenance and refitting

Both of these services can be quite pricey if offered at the salon. Clip-ins do not require regular refitting, and might be the best option for you if you are looking to save some coins. Other extensions such as keratin extensions, microbeads and tape-ins require regular refitting and this means an additional cost. Going for simpler extensions would save you money, time and are beginner friendly.

We hope the tips shared will make your shopping experience a memorable one, as you will get to save some money and still wear high-quality hair extensions.

 

 

Are You Afraid of Asking These Hair Extension Questions?

Are You Afraid of Asking These Hair Extension Questions?

Are You Afraid of Asking These Hair Extension Questions?

Hair extensions are the modern woman’s hair tool. However, there are some questions that many have never gathered enough courage to ask. Although they look glamorous from outside, there some weird incidences that only hair extension wearers know too well. If you’ve never installed hair extensions before, there could be some embarrassing questions you have been too afraid to ask. This is why we have brought together most of the behind-the-scenes stuff which you’ll need to know.

Isn’t it weird to have someone else’s hair on your head?

Well, Remy hair is made from real human hair. This is a fact that many of us have accepted without a second thought. So, no it is not as weird as you might think. It is just hair, who cares where it is from, especially if it enhances your looks? If anything, the hair is cleaned and processed before being sold, so what’s there to worry about?

Is it possible for extensions to fall out?

It is understandable to have such a fear. I can imagine a weft detaching and falling out in public, and what a nightmare this can be. I can assure you rarely does this happen, save for when it is wrongly installed. The possibility of this happening stands at 1%. To avoid such embarrassments, have your hair extension correctly installed and regularly check up to ensure everything is in place.

Can extensions damage my hair?

There have been several reviews speaking against hair extensions. If an extension is properly installed and cared for, there’s a 0% chance that your hair could get damaged. Installing hair extensions means you wish to protect your natural locks. This is why all attachment procedures have been tested and proven.

Are extensions addictive?

For many people, exposing their natural hair once they have gotten used to hair extensions can be a bit difficult. This just because they are not used to an ordinary look anymore. However, this does not mean they’re addictive or one can’t stop wearing them. It just that it may take some time before they get used to their natural strands again.

Will hair extensions thin my natural hair?

This is one of the most common myths that is not going away any time soon. What happens is that after taking off hair extensions, your natural hair might seem thin because you were used to voluminous hair. So no, your hair won’t thin because of wearing extensions, it will simply look that way as you had forgotten how your natural hair actually looks and feels.

Must I stop wearing hair extension?

If you are thinking of giving hair extensions a try, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to wear them forever. You are at absolute liberty to uninstall them and get back to your natural locks. It’s not such a big deal should you decide to take them off. The adjustment period might feel a little weird, but you’ll get used to your natural locks pretty quickly.

We hope that some of your burning questions have been answered and that installing hair extensions isn’t such a complex exercise anymore.

How to Care for Your Weave – Keep it Fresh!

How to Care for Your Weave - Keep it Fresh!

How to Care for Your Weave – Keep it Fresh!

Neglecting your weave could result in it looking (and smelling) really bad. What’s worse, the hair you’ve been trying so hard to protect could end up being damaged and your scalp’s health affected. The following tips will help you keep your weave at its optimum, maintaining its freshness from the day it is installed! Also, be sure to check out our article on how you can relieve an itchy scalp while in a weave.

  1. Shampoo: You’d be surprised to find out that weaves crave for more attention and care as compared to your natural hair. After all, these are artificial hairs, which are not receiving any nutrients from the scalp. Clean your weave every two weeks. Lukewarm water and mild shampoos are advised. Do not wash your hair in an upside down position, as this could further tangle your extension. For a physically active weave wearer, consider washing it every week, because lots of sweating could result in product build up on your scalp and a bad smell.
  2. Leave-in conditioner: This is to be applied every time you shampoo your weave. This will reduce tangling, and leave your hair with a healthy glow. Oil application is not encouraged, as it encouraged matting, leaving your weave looking dull. If you really must, apply a light oil, such as T-tree oil.

3.Anti-bacterial spray: Once your weave is washed, it may take long to dry. This leaves your hair susceptible to bacteria and molds. Anti-bacterial sprays will step in for you, killing any bacteria and leaving your weave looking fresh. The amount of sweating you experience on a daily basis gives you more reason to invest in an antibacterial spray.

How to Care for Your Weave – Keep it Fresh!

  1. Satin dreams: Satin and silk pillowcases and hair scarves are a must-have. This applies to natural hair as well. These types of fabric are less absorbent and cause less friction. Your hair is safeguarded from moisture deprival and matting. Do not go to bed in wet hair, as you may be tempted to cover up the damp smell with oil. Imagine what these oils mix up and you further try to hide the smell with a hairspray.
  2. Braiding or twisting at night: Leaving your hair loose during the night allows your weave to tangle up. The detangling sessions that follow don’t help as your hair will frizz and become dull. Braid up or twist your hair before going to bed to enjoy an added bonus of bouncy waves the next day!
  3. Proper drying: Allowing your weave to air dry is probably the best decision you will ever make. If in a hurry, use a blow drier to fasten the drying process then let your hair down for it to naturally dry. A wide-toothed comb will be ideal thereafter to comb it out.

The tips shared are not time-consuming. It is amazing how they can make such a big difference in maintaining a good smell, a glossy look, detangled and bacteria free state of your weave!

What your Damaged Hair Actually Needs

What your Damaged Hair Actually Needs

What your Damaged Hair Actually Needs: Mayonnaise!

 

What your Damaged Hair Actually Needs

What your damaged hair really needs: There is a high probability that you may have noticed the increased number of hair products adding the tag “mayonnaise” to them.

These are deep conditioning treatments that aim to restore your hair’s moisture, repair the damage and strengthen it…at a cost! The good news is that you can actually reap the benefits of mayonnaise from your everyday sandwich spread mayonnaise!

The “Science” Behind it

The two vital building block that make mayonnaise among the best conditioners are fat and protein. Genuine mayonnaise is made from pure vegetable oils and eggs. The form in which the oils are is perfect for moisturizing dry hair and the egg protein play the role of rebuilding damaged strands while strengthening them. (Note: You are safer sticking with real mayonnaise as sandwich spreads like Miracle Whip may contain additional ingredients such as carrots bits and pickles which may not be what you need in your hair.)

 

Damaged Hair Actually Needs

Application Procedure

This one of the easiest things you can ever do. Ensure that you are in clothes that you won’t mind if they got a little messy. Apply 2-3 tablespoons of real mayonnaise to dried hair, just enough to coat your hair strands once you have thoroughly worked on it. Do not apply too much of it as it is bound to create a mess once it starts dripping.

Let it sit in for 20-30 minutes as you go on with your house chores or sit under a warm dryer. The heat helps in opening your hair follicles, thereby letting the fats and proteins in.

Thoroughly rinse your hair in the kitchen sink-avoid the shower because the slippery nature of mayonnaise might cause you to slip, not forgetting the smell. You can then gently shampoo your hair to get rid of any residue and style as you please. Your hair should have acquired a healthy, shiny look that will make the heads turn!

Easy Steps for Making a Clarifying Shampoo at Home

Easy Steps for Making a Clarifying Shampoo at Home

Easy Steps for Making a Clarifying Shampoo at Home

The moment your hair feels like it is bogged down by dirt or styling products, or just loses its soft glow, it is probably time for you to cleanse it using a good clarifying shampoo. A clarifier cleans off all the residues left by hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, hair food, and dirt. Clarification will leave your hair feeling soft with a rejuvenated movement and color. Not all store-bought clarifying shampoos are expensive, but some can be quite harsh to your hair, depriving it of all the moisture it has. It is for this reason that I will be sharing a simple recipe for a homemade clarifying shampoo. This shampoo guarantees to leave your hair moisturized, soft and supple, without affecting your hair color.

Ingredients:

2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Easy Steps for Making a Clarifying Shampoo at Home

 

Procedure:

Scoop baking soda into a cup and add water. Warm water is recommended as this aids in the dissolving of baking soda. Note that this mixture will not lather, hence the addition of ACV is recommended for a foamy wash. Gently stir the mixture and ensure the baking soda has completely dissolved. The mixture is now ready for use.

Expert advice: Pour the shampoo on wet hair over the scalp and work through the tresses for at least 3 minutes. Leave it to sit in your hair for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Your hair should now feel silky, clean and have more volume. This would be an awesome cleanser especially if you have hair that’s naturally kinky.

Do you have a working DIY beauty secret? Be sure to share them in the comments!

 

 

Why Your Hair Extensions Don’t Last Long

Why Your Hair Extensions Don't Last Long

Why Your Hair Extensions Don’t Last Long

To be honest, stating that a number of hair extensions that you buy won’t last is an exaggeration. You’d be surprised at how long the cheapest of all extensions can last, should it get proper care and treatment. Having said that, there are still a number that will never meet your standards regardless of the amount of care you give them. If you’ve been regarding your extension’s care more of a chore than a necessity, let’s find out what is bound to happen.

Non-Authentic Human

I can imagine how disappointing it can be chunking out a good amount of money with the intention of acquiring an authentic extensions only to discover it is far from authentic. This is why it is highly advisable to conduct a thorough research before deciding on what (and where to buy. Stalk the company you intend to purchase from, check out their review and get a clear picture of who they really are. Avoid a company that sells hair that’s not authentic like a plague. Even inform your friends of your finding so that they don’t have to go through the trauma.

You haven’t been using sulfate free products

The number one rule in caring for your hair extensions should be the use of proper products. Unhealthy hair product should be the first thing to eliminate. Say a big NO to sulfates ladies. This is among the top chemicals that are going to leave your hair extensions looking dull and worn out.

Your hair extensions have been processed with chemicals.

Buying at a very high price is like buying high valued organic food. Imagine if this food contains chemicals-it won’t make any sense. There are companies that sell human hair extensions that have been processed, essentially depriving the hair the value you are paying for. So, if you are finding it hard to keep your tresses soft and luscious, they might have undergone the chemical processing.

Too much stress on your hair extension

Human hair extensions are pretty much like your natural hair, as they can be dyed, flat ironed, chemically treated and even swam in. This is why they are bound to get damaged due to too much of anything. So if you are ever making salon trips to change its color and then flat ironing it, you better reduce these trips and treat your hair extensions as you would your hair.

Non-Remy quality hair extensions

Even though human hair extensions are meant to be of higher quality than their synthetic counterparts, not all of them are of a good version. You may have noticed a variance in the market price of hair extensions, and this is because of their varying qualities. Better quality comes at an extra cost, and Remy hair tops this list. Remy hair comes with its cuticles intact and is simply the best.

Correct installation plays a key role in the durability of any hair extension. I cannot overemphasize on why it is important to opt for high-quality extensions, hair products, and proper fixing. We have you covered for the first two, and the only role you need to play is the third one! Shop with us if you are looking for high-quality and sulfate free hair care products; you won’t be disappointed.

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

Repair Damaged Hair : I wouldn’t love to be a bad news bearer, but trust me, strand damage can affect anyone at any time. In case you thought your hair is safe now that summer is gone, you ought to have a strategy in place to protect it from the approaching winter months ahead. You will be surprised to learn that you don’t need to snip a section of it in order to revive it.

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

How Can you Tell if you Hair is Damaged?

This is pretty easy. The most common indicator is split ends that can be easily visible once you wrap a section of it around your finger. Should you notice lots of shedding when combed, it is high time you set yourself on a mission to rescue your hair.  Dryness, dullness and brittleness cannot be ignored. In as much as we all have varying hair textures and types, healthy hair ought to be as soft and supple as it can possibly be.

 

Repair Damaged Hair

Rescue your Hair!

Don’t be scared if you notice your hair has any of the indicators I mentioned above. This is how you can go about reviving your hair:

  1. Butter Massage

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

Craving for that glossy shine that will leave heads turning? Take a small amount of hair and massage it into your dry brittle hair. Have it covered in a shower cap for at least thirty minutes then shampoo it the usual way to rinse out the butter. Apply a generous amount of hair food to lock the moisture in.

  1. Olive Oil Conditioning

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

Rub warmed olive oil into your hair to restore its moisture. Cover tresses with a shower cap or plastic cap then wrap it in a heavy towel. 45 minutes are enough for this essential oil to do its magic before shampooing and rinsing it off.

  • The Avocado Secret

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

On your wet hair, apply mashed avocado. Addition of an egg is optional, and the mixture is then applied to wet hair. Due to their rich constitution of minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins, your hair’s luster will be restored in less than 20 minutes. Rinse it off and style as desired. For extremely damaged hair, be sure to apply this every week and monthly for healthy hair.

  1. Botanical Oils Treatment

How to Effectively Repair Damaged Hair at Home

Due to their ease of availability, jojoba, olive and almond oils are the perfect elixirs for extremely damaged hair. Coconut oil is ideal for thick, heavy hair. Generously apply botanical oil on dampened hair to ensure it is completely covered. Have it covered in a warm towel for at least 30 minutes then shampoo and rinse your hair.

Don’t forget to have you hair protected from heat should you need to try out heat styling options. If you really love your hair, consider incorporating a repair conditioner in your washing routine, not forgetting a leave-in treatment.

3 Easy Steps to Revive Your Old Hair Extensions

3 Easy Steps to Revive Your Old Hair Extensions First Warning Signs Of A Bad Weave

3 Easy Steps to Revive Your Old Hair Extensions

Have you used and abused your virgin hair extension? Do you have bags of old hair tucked away in the
back of your clothes closet? Do you have old wigs that look like an old matted dog? Does your hair
extensions now they look dull, tired, lifeless and worn out? Simply because you installed them one too
many times or simply did not take proper care of them. Don’t even worry about it! Today I’ll be giving
you 3 easy steps to revive your old hair extensions to make them look new again. Using these tips will
have your virgin hair extensions looking fresh and shiny, but best of all, healthy. Now go grab those
dusty bags or those old wigs and let’s work a miracle to get them back right.

The thing about human hair extensions is that most of us neglect the fact that its REAL HUMAN HAIR,
and just like your very own natural hair sometimes craves a little extra TLC your hair extensions need
the same kind of maintenance, especially to get those old extensions back to that bouncy, full of body
and flowy state.
Pay close attentions because I’m about to drop some jewels by sharing with you some of the best kept
secrets to use on old hair extensions.

3 Easy Steps to Revive Your Old Hair Extensions

Step 1
Trim your hair extensions. I know you probably bought your hair extensions to add length to
your hair in the first place, but just like your natural hair, you need a good trimming every now and then.
Trimming your hair extensions will get rid of the frazzled split ends and give your extensions a more
healthy appearance.

Step 2
Use a Pre-Poo. If you unfamiliar with the term pre-poo, let me explain. A pre-poo is simply a
nourishing treatment you apply to your hair before shampooing. Hence the work pre-poo, get it? Make
a lot more sense now, huh? A pre-poo can be a hot oil treatment or something more creamy like a blend
of avocadoes and bananas. Using a pre-poo helps to restore natural oils to the hair but is often too
heavy to use without being shampooed out afterwards.

3 Easy Steps to Revive Your Old Hair Extensions

Step 3
Use a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Once you have shampooed and conditioned your hair
extensions try using a deep conditioner treatment. What I personally like to do is place my extensions in
a plastic bags and then put them in my hooded dryer for about an hour. I don’t know what it is about
the heat that actives some extra nourishing properties, but it makes my hair buttery soft again. If you do
not have a hooded dryer you can use your microwave. I MUST WARN you, you should only microwave
your hair for about 15-30 seconds at a time; and DO NOT do any more than 5-6 rounds. Once I have

used a bit of heat, I then let my extensions sit in that same bag for about 24 hours. Rise and allow to air
dry.

Ladies, these tricks work like a charm. If you follow these 3 easy steps, your hair extensions will be soft
and manageable. You will think you just received a new set of hair extensions.
I would love to hear from you. If you have used any of these tricks let me know how they turned out for
you or if you have anything you would like to add or share on how to revive old hair extensions, please
leave a comment below.

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