The Types of Hair Extensions and What is Right for you?
There are 2 Main Categories of Hair Extensions. There are removable and semi-permanent. The difference between the two is one, you can take off when you get home and the other you need a professional to install them and move them up every few weeks or months!
In this article we will be touching on the semi-permanent types. The removable ones are clip ins and the newest trend of halo extensions and can be bought through your stylist, but do not need any installation. With these types it is recommended that your stylist cut them accordingly to your hair for a natural looking blend. Other than that they are ready to wear.
Now that you understand that, here are the main types.
Tape In Hair Extensions
Tape Ins come in wefts about 1-2″ long with surgical (super strong) tape along the top. The stylist will remove the protective covering on the strip and after proper sectioning, will press the tape directly to the hair as close to the scalp as possible while still laying flat against the head. Then another hair extension weft is placed underneath the first hair weft, sandwiching the client’s hair in between the two wefts.
These extensions will be installed row by row working up the head toward the top and sides.
After Installation, the bonds will lie completely flat against the head and are covered by the upper layers of hair, making the attachment points undetectable and smooth.
Tape-In hair can last for months, for more detailed on how long they last it is important to ask your stylist as each brand will have a different recommendation. With Tape-In extensions, your hair will grow normal which causes the weft and hair extension to move further and further away from the scalp. That’s why it’s important to go in for touch ups every few weeks so your stylist can adjust the wefts by moving them closer to the scalp.
Removing Tape-In extensions is easy with Tape-In Bond Remover. This oil-based solution helps break down the adhesive so the bonds loosen. After the solution has been applied for a few seconds, you can gently slide the Tape-Ins out of the hair.
Beaded Hair Extensions
Also can be called “I-Link” or “Micro Link”
These extensions are applied strand by strand to your hair with a specific tool to attach each hair extension to your natural hair. The links are very small and are covered by the upper layers of hair. This method is a bit more time consuming than the Tape In method, however the beads take longer to be seen and you can go a little longer between each maintenance.
They are removed by a different tool which opens the clamp and releases your hair from the extension.
Fusion Method Extensions come in small strands. Each of these strands has a small, flat, square-shaped tip that holds all the individual hairs together. This means you will have a lot of small pieces of hair all over.
The hair extension tip is a square-shaped keratin bond. This tip is solid until melted with the Hair Extension Tool. The stylist takes a small section of hair that is equal to the hair extension strand and places the bond over the section much like the i link method, but instead of beading it, it is melted directly onto your hair. When it dries once again, the bond is very strong. Much like a glue.
These small bonds are attached strand by strand, row by row, which can be time consuming. Once installed, the bonds will lie flat against the head and, of course are covered by the upper layers of hair.