No matter the dreamy mermaid waves or those crazy intricate braids, hair extensions can always be of extra help to you. Hair extensions have become women’s best friends since forever as it brings women’s femininity and attractiveness, not to mention how versatile they can be. However, not everyone, especially those who have never dabbled in the hairpieces, knows exactly how they work, where they come from, and if we’re using them the right way. Therefore, in today’s post, APO Hair is going to share some of the most standard things to know before getting hair extensions that you might need to take the plunge.
- There are many types of hair extensions
The first you get hair extensions is that hair extensions come in not one but plenty of forms. Over the last 5 years, the field of hair extensions producing has developed like a rocket ship, and that’s why the traditional forms of this hair type have been multiplied into an unbelievable number of alternatives to go for. Depending on how long you want to have your extensions, the hairpieces types are divided into 3 main categories basing on the methods you use:
When opting for the temporary method, you’re expecting to have the hair extensions taken off right after each time you use it. The clip-ins hairpieces, or sometimes, the weave are the options for you.
Clip-in hair extensions are one of the easiest and safest to apply hairpieces. For that reason, clip-ins can be considered the most famous choice among the beauty community. The piece comes with clips attached to it, and the only work you have to do is to clip it on your own hair, simple! Be that as it may, it takes extra effort to make it rest on your lock as natural as possible.
The weaves are used as a semi-permanent method most times; however, you can alter it as your daily option as long as it is to your liking.
When talking about the semi-permanent method, we’re talking about hair extensions that can be worn form 6-8 weeks in a row. In this method, we have the tape-ins and the weaves are the most common ones.
Tape-ins hair extensions are actually wefts put into even smaller sections than the clip-ins. Tape hair extensions are the newest hair extension trend on the market. It is the most requested hair extension method in salons worldwide as they’re 100% natural, requires no tools or chemicals, and lasts up to 2 months and the hair is reusable. Besides, one thing you should know before getting the hair extensions is that it takes less than an hour to apply an entire head with zero damage.
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- Weaves (Sew-Ins):
A hair weave is when wefts are sewn onto braided hair and customized to any ways of hairstyling. It was back to over 3000 years BC in Egypt, where people started to use beeswax to attach human hair and sometimes wool to their heads that the hair weaves appeared. Unlike the wigs which cover all over your natural tresses, a weave is directly applied to your personal hair to accentuate it. You can leave your hair weaves for several weeks without having to remove it daily like its equally famous counterpart – the clip-ins – which are meant to be taken off daily.
Hair extensions that use the permanent method are usually added strand by strand. By doing this, the hairs can stay on the natural tresses for a long period of time, months if not to say. Micro rings and micro bonds are the two hair that requires the permanent method.
- Micro Rings (Micro Loops):
Micro ring extensions are a very effective way of adding volume as well as length to one’s lock. The rings will be made of either aluminum or resin and lined with silicone to hold the hairpieces on your wefts. The micro rings hair extensions are almost completely undetectable whether you are having your hair up or down. Nevertheless, since it’ll be worn on your hair for a relatively long time, it requires extra care and as you’ll need to be super cautious when choosing your hair care products.
- Micro Bonds (Glue-Ins):
Just as the name, a micro-bonds hairpiece is applied on the strand by using ultrasonic waves in extremely hot heat to attach the keratin line on the hair shaft. Just like the micro rings hair extensions, glue-ins are put on your hair strand by strand as each package of micro bonds will contain 100 pieces in correspondence to 100 strands of yours.
- Rules to Follow When Getting Hair Extensions:
As hair extensions bring convenience, it can be rather confusing when choosing the right hair extensions for you. To avoid further confusion, we are giving you some rules to know before getting your hair extensions.
#1 Determine your lifestyle
By saying lifestyle we mean how you want your appearance to look like – do you like to look edgy and force? Or do you prefer a lock giving off that innocent and bubbly vibe? Or are you trying to be a true beauty chameleon? That’s what we’re talking about. So how do you choose one?
Base on the style you have, if you like your hair color to change once in a while, opt for tape-ins, as you can customize the tape on your shaft for a long time or get rid of it as you want. Should you go on work out regularly, tape-ins are, otherwise, not a good option. The sweat you produce when working out can strip off the edge of the tape easily. Instead, have the clip-ins so that you can take them off when going to the gym and clip them back once you’re done.
#2 Choose the color match
Obviously, an off-shade lock can immediately kill the look and that you’re wearing faux hair will become as clear as day. So try as hard to choose the color that blends well with your lock when getting hair extensions. The best way to determine which color to choose is to compare it with the roots of your hair.
#3 Quality on top
Hair extensions are made in 2 ways – synthetic and from human hair. While the artificial hair extensions are usually called synthetic hair, it is not as a desirable option as the other one. With better quality and a more natural-looking appearance, it goes without saying that human hair extensions are of people’s liking. At APO Hair we only work with Vietnamese 100% Remy Hair. It may cost a bit more than the synthetic ones, but the hair can last for many refits. Therefore, in the long run, the cost is a lot more affordable. What’s more, most synthetic hair shines in an unnatural way and cannot withstand the heat styling process.
#4 Take care of your hair extensions
As we said in every bit of our posts, never forget to take care of your hair extensions. As the hair extensions are taken out of the real human hair, it requires the same amount of nutrition. Furthermore, as the extensions won’t get the nutrients from the scalp as our natural tresses do, it needs to be nurtured through hair care products such as oils or conditioners.
Now that we’ve provided you all the things to know before getting hair extensions, it’s time you picked up the wallet and got yourself a set of hair extensions. Make sure to share your experience and your story in the comment section below. We hope to stumble across your story as soon as possible. If you’re interested in this article, visit our APO Hair’s website for more posts like this.