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Hair Extensions are worn by many women today. It makes hair looks longer, adds thickness and volume or varies an existing hair style. People refer to it as Permanent Additions of hair, meaning that you cannot just take it off like a wig. It can either be stitched to corn rows to the root of your hair or simply pasted in. Many hair styles of today are difficult to tell whether they have hair extensions added or not. A good hair stylist can make the extension look as natural as your hair type and colour. DIY Clip in Hair Extensions are also available in the market which can be easily applied at home.
As you glance across virtually every print medium such as newspapers, magazines and catalogs, there seems to be one thing in common as far as hair cut styles is concerned. The long hair cut style is everywhere. So what are you supposed to do if you don’t have long hair and you really want the long hair cut style? Well, let’s see, human hair grows about ½” per month, so if your hair is at ear level, that would be almost two years to wait for that ‘hair cascading down your back’ look. And of course by the time you grow your hair out, the short hair cut style will be in.
Hair Extensions can be added by means of Weaving, Braiding, Strand By Strand, or Bonding. It is normally applied by a skilled beautician in a salon, but many individuals have been applying it in the convenience of their own home by using Clip in Hair Extensions. Hair extensions can make you look and feel younger and beautiful. you can sleep with it, wash and care for it like your own hair. You can also cut and style to fit your look.
Hair extensions are in growing demand, in large part due to celebrities who have used them for many years to improve the glamour look.
Getting hair extensions is not something to jump into without research. A well trained stylist can apply them correctly so that the process is painless and does not damage your hair. Figure on spending 4 to 7 hours for the application.
The main reason for getting hair extensions is to add length to your hair style, although they can be used to thicken your hair or even add highlights.
As the ranks of celebrities like Jessica Simpson with swelled heads can tell you, supplementing your bounce with hair extensions is a fast way to achieve glamour.
Hair Extensions - Why Wear Them?
A) First and foremost, hair extensions enhance your looks with longer and fuller hair. If you ever wondered what you would look like with longer and fuller hair, or simply want to change your look this is a great way. A change to your hair style can be more dramatic and effective than any amount of make-up or designer clothes. Therefore, an instant "new look" is the main reason for having Hair Extensions.
B) If you have hair-thinning problem due to various reasons, hair extensions are a great solution for you. By adding REAL hair to your own or wearing wigs, you can have the fullness that you've been searching for.
C) Men who experience hair thinning problems or male pattern baldness can improve their looks by taking advantage of our wonderfully designed, hand made toupees and hairpieces.
TYPES OF HAIR
Human Hair extensions are the most popular, however for Clip in Hair Extensions New Heat Resistant Man-made Fibre is also very popular solution to create the perfect look at a very reasonable cost.
The hair used for your hair extension is for the greatest part responsible for your looks and the life span of your extension and is therefore of great importance. It is good to know some more about it before visiting a salon thats where we come in to guide you from A to Z about Hair Extensions.
There is a large variety of human hair used for hair extensions. When a poor hair quality is used your human hair extension can become a nightmare. It can result in dry, brittle hair that tangles constantly. When it comes to hair there are two basic sections, the human hair extension and the synthetic hair extension. On this page we explain more about the different types of human hair used for extensions.
Human Hair Structure (the cuticle)
Hair is made of different layers. The outer layer, called the "cuticle", is made up of overlapping layers of long cells. They lie on the surface aligned in the same direction like the tiles on a roof with their free edges directed towards the tip. The cuticle locks in essential moisture and protects the hair against outside elements. A healthy cuticle is much more than just a protective layer. Much of the shine is due to the cuticle, light reflects from their glossy surfaces. This, together with the pigment within the cortex, gives hair its characteristic appearance. Hair without cuticle would appear dull and lifeless, it would dry out and become brittle.
Human Hair Extensions
The human hair used in the hair extension industry comes in different qualities. In general we can say that we get what we pay for, the lower the price of your hair extension the less hair quality we can expect. The highest quality hair will still have all it's cuticle perfectly aligned in the same direction. If the cuticle scales are not facing the same direction, hair will interlock like Velcro, this will lead to matted and tangled hair.
Cheaper hair is very often placed in an acid bath which completely destroys the cuticle. To restore the shine this hair is covered with a silicon layer. It looks beautiful but after a few washes the silicon is removed and the hair matts, tangles, and becomes dry.
European human hair does not necessarily come from Europe. It is a group name for different hair with an almost similar structure. Indian hair, Latin American hair, European hair, the only exemptions are Asian hair and African hair (their structure is very different).
Typical European human hair is relatively thin and has an oval cross-section.
This is a popular hair type for a human hair extension.
Asian hair (mostly Chinese hair) is very often used for human hair extensions. This hair is thicker than European hair and has a round cross-section. It is dark black.
To prepare this hair for use in hair extensions it is usually made thinner (acid bath) and lighter. This hair is less expensive.
Indian hair has a very similar basic structure as European hair. In general this hair type is of a very high quality. However the method of collection is very essential. When different types of hair are mixed with cuticles aligned in different directions this hair becomes of a much less quality and therefore less expensive. To prevent tangling the cuticles must be removed and the hair is covered by silicon. Hair companies in Korea and Indonesia are specialized in this type of hair.
Collected in the right way with all the cuticles present and in the same direction this hair is one of the best hair types available for use in a human hair extension.
Remi hair is a name you will hear when you shop around for hair extensions. They claim to use only the finest and most beautiful human hair in the world with all cuticles in the same direction.
Synthetic hair is man-made fiber that is made to look like your own hair. It produces a different sheen than human hair, moves differently and therefore does not blend with human hair. New fibers are developed continuously that are better resistant to heat and have an appearance closer to human hair. It comes in a large variety of colors. This hair is the most inexpensive. Sometimes this hair is mixed with human hair and a combination is used for a human hair extension. In most cases this is of course not the way to do it. Both hair types need a different after care.
The majority of hair sold today is non-cuticle hair, which is less expensive. So if you want to spend less money on your hair extension this could be fine for you as long as you realize that this hair will probably start matting, tangling and become dry a lot sooner than a higher quality hair.
Taking care of your hair extensions will not give you a lot of extra work. Here are just a few tips that will help to keep your extensions and your hair in a better condition.
First of all follow the instructions given to you by your stylist.
Washing: Keep your hair clean. Hair tangles when dirt and sweat build up, wash your hair after exercise, swimming etc. Brush your hair and remove all tangles before washing it. Wash your hair going in a downward motion. Use a good quality shampoo, your stylist can advise you what product is best for your hair. When lots of water is added at once to very dry hair, hair can swell up and tangle. Gradually wet the hair and brush gently before you completely wash it. This is more common with less expensive extension hair.
Styling: When brushing use a soft bristle brush, start at the ends of your hair and gently work your way up. Always brush in a downward motion. Do not brush harshly. Brush your hair 2 or 3 times a day. Heat is your one of your hair's biggest enemy, the more you use it, the shorter your hair extensions will last. Be careful with the use of blowdryers and curling irons. It is best to let your hair dry naturally.
Exercise: Wear a cap when swimming or keep your hair out of the water. Chlorine and salt water can cause the hair to tangle and mat up. It is recommended to wear your hair up or in a ponytail when you swim or exercise
Sleeping: Never sleep on wet hair, make sure your hair is completely dry before you go to bed. It is also recommended to wrap your hair together or gently tie it up to prevent tangling.
Hair care products: Use a good (leave-in) conditioner to keep your hair soft. Don't over do it. To much conditioner or any other hair care product can cause a build up and tangling. Avoid hair products that contain alcohol. Alcohol makes hair dry.
Overheating is one of your hair's biggest enemies, the damage can be as deep as the cortex which is in the middle. Be careful not to use too much heat when you use a blowdryer or curling iron. It is best to let your hair dry naturally.
Chemical treatments like colour and perm can be harmful as well. Go to your stylist for advise, they should know what is best for your hair. However Brush your hair gentle to prevent damage. This is not just better for your hair extensions but it will also keep your own hair healthier.
Synthetic Hair are normally sensitive to excessive heat and may melt. However the new Revolutionary Heat Resistant Technology of Synthetic Fibre is almost as good as Human Hair depending on what type of Heat Resistant Hair it is. We recommend StyloGirl Hair Extensions for Heat Resistant Fibre Clip in Hair Extensions as they are Heat Resistant upto 200 Degree C of Heat, unlike some other brand similar products which are only Heat Resistant upto 180 DegreeC. (These can be purchased from our ebay shop)
The Hair Extensions Guide - PART I
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17 January 2009
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