Hair extensions such as keratin hair extensions, tape hair extensions, and virgin hair extensions are used to have longer, fuller, and thicker hair. These hairpieces are also used to achieve different types of looks. There are various types of hair extensions and there are several ways to apply them.
Types of Hair Used in Hair Extensions
- Real human hair – The two main types of hair used in extensions are human hair and synthetic hair. Human hair can be styled using hot hair tools. Some extensions that are made of human hair can also be dyed and chemically treated. Hair used in making virgin hair extensions has never undergone chemical treatment. That is why these extensions can be colored and treated with chemicals whenever you want to do so.
- Synthetic hair – Unlike real human hair, synthetic hair cannot be styled using hot hair tools. The heat will melt the fake hair. Synthetic hair extensions are already styled.
- Remy hair – Human hair used in extensions can be categorized into Remy and non-Remy. Human hair has cuticles and these cuticles run in one direction. Remy hair has cuticles that are intact and running in the same direction. This type of hair is collected straight from the donor and bundled right away in order to preserve the alignment of the hair strands. When all cuticles run in one direction, the hair is not prone to tangling.
- Remy hair could either be virgin or non-virgin. Virgin hair extensions made of Remy hair are the most expensive hair extensions. That is because these extensions have the highest quality and the most number of styling options. They are also the easiest to manage.
- Non-Remy hair – Unlike Remy, non-Remy is collected from various sources and the cuticles are removed. Non-Remy hair is prone to tangling, especially when it did not undergo proper processing.
- Asian hair – There are also hair types that are categorized based on the area of origin of the hair. These categories are Asian, African-American, and European. Asian hair is dark, coarse, and thicker than European hair. Most Asian hair comes from China.
- African-American hair – Like Asian hair, African-American hair is dark and coarse. It is thicker and coarser than Asian hair. There are three types of African-American hair. These are wavy, curly, and kinky.
- European hair – European hair is the lightest and thinnest kind of hair. Most European hair is either straight or wavy.
- In choosing hair extensions, it is very important to pick the type that matches your natural hair type.
Hair Extension Application Methods
- Clip-in – The easiest way to apply hair extensions is by clipping them in. Clip-in extensions are very easy to apply and remove. You can either buy hair extension tracks that already have clips or you can buy tracks that do not have clips and attach clips yourself. Choosing the latter method means you can choose the type of clip to use on your tracks. To apply clip-in hair extensions, you have to part your hair into several horizontal sections. Then, clip hair extensions starting at your scalp’s base. Snap open the clips then attach the tracks to your hair. Snap the clips close to keep the tracks in place. If your hair is thick, it is not advisable to use this method. That is because your hair will have a bulky appearance after the tracks have been attached to it.
- Weaving – Weaving involves sewing or bonding tracks of hair extensions. This method requires the assistance of a professional hairstylist. He or she will braid your hair into several rows. If the tracks will be sewn, the hairstylist will sew the tracks to the braids using a J-style or C-style needle. These needle types should be used instead of the usual I-style to prevent pricking your scalp. Sewing hair extensions takes a lot of time. If bonding will be done, the stylist will apply bonding glue on the tracks then attach the extensions to your braids. Unlike sewing, it only takes a short amount of time to bond hair extensions.
- Fusion – Fusion is the method used to apply keratin hair extensions. Before applying the extensions, your hair should be sectioned first. Then, a heating tool will be used on the keratin glue to bond the tracks to your hair.