Are you determined to use extensions but don’t know which system is best for you? Are you wondering what the differences are between the different types of hair extensions on the market? Have you heard your friends talk about the system they use but don’t know which one will be best for you?
This article will help you see what the advantages and disadvantages of different types of extensions are. This guide will be very useful for you to make the best choice.
Extensions are strands or curtains of hair that are added to your own hair and serve, fundamentally, to add volume and / or length to your mane. They can be of various types of hair, length and color. And according to the way to fix them we can divide them in two systems of extensions: temporary extensions and fixed extensionss.
Types of removable extensions
1.- Temporary extensions (removable):
The removable extensions are not permanent. They are easy to put on and take off. They are often used for special occasions and allow you to add length and volume to your mane in a matter of seconds. You put them on yourself. They can be combed and moulded in any style and you will find them in various lengths and colours. Depending on the system they use to fix themselves, there are two types of hair extensions:
1.1.- Clip extensions:
The clip extensions are hair curtains that are fixed by means of hairpins, clips or combs that are attached to the top. They are placed concealed between the layers of hair. The result is a mane that can be longer, always has more volume and is easy to shape. Within the system of temporary or removable extensions, clip extensions are undoubtedly the queen. Clip-on extensions can be worn for days, but it is advisable to take them off to sleep as they are very easy to put on.
Advantages: Easy and quick to install. You can take them off and put them on every day. You don’t sleep with them, so they won’t affect your rest.
Disadvantages: If you’re looking to have extensions every day it can be tedious to have to put them on and take them off every day. Although with time it can be part of your daily routine and only takes you 2 minutes.
1.2.- Invisible extensions (invisible thread or flip in):
The invisible thread extensions consist of a natural hairpiece that allows you to increase the length and volume of your mane in a few minutes, with a simple method of placement: what is fixed is a thread that holds the hairpiece, as if it were a headband or headband. To cover the thread, your hair is pulled out on top in the form of tufts, making it invisible. They are also very easy and quick to remove and you can use them as many times as you want.
Advantages: It takes as long to put them on as it takes to put a band on your hair. Ten seconds. And take them off in two seconds.
Disadvantages: Being removable extensions, the result of mixing with your own hair is not as natural as other systems but you gain a lot of freedom.
Types of fixed extensions
2.- Permanent fixed extensions:
The permanent extensions are systems of extensions that although they are also reusable, once you put them on they are of long duration, generally two or three months. After this time you’ll need to pull them back up or retouch them because your own hair grows. Depending on the fastening system, there are several types of hair extensions: adhesive, sewn curtain, keratin or staples (or rings):
2.1.- Adhesive extensions:
The adhesive extensions are the most innovative method of fixing extensions. They come in the form of pieces of about 4 cm equipped with a strip of adhesive at the top. They are placed by fixing the adhesive between your own layers of hair. They last up to three months. After that time you have to retouch them, as your hair grows. That way they’ll always be great. If you want to remove them, you will need a liquid solvent remover, special for extensions. This liquid will help you remove the adhesive and leave no trace.
Advantages: One of the advantages of adhesive extensions is that they are very comfortable to wear. They can be reused up to 3 times which can give you a duration of approximately 1 year.
Disadvantages: If it is not properly placed, it is possible that some tufts may come off with the washes. But if you have a refill of adhesive, you can put them back on.
2.2.- Sewn curtain extensions:
The stitched curtain system is the most commonly used type of hair extension. This is a hairpiece made up of locks joined together at the top. These fall loose naturally, forming a continuous curtain. This type of hair extensions can be sewn by hand or machine with a very fine fabric that makes them invisible. They are variable in length and can be cut to fit. The placement of the curtains can be done both with rings or sewn to the hair. They are also more versatile because after a while you can place some clips and convert them into temporary extensions.
Advantages: Very flexible and versatile system. Reusable.
Disadvantages: They’re not as undetectable as other systems.
2.3.- Keratin extensions:
The extensions with keratin (or keratin) are a system of extensions using separate locks. These have a U-shaped keratin eyelash; this eyelash is fixed by heat to our own hair, about 2 cm from the root. It is undetectable, as it is wick by wick and is a system of gran flexibility, so it is ideal for girls who like to change their hair frequently.
Advantages: From this system we emphasize the advantage that it is a perfect union and it is not noticeable.
Disadvantages: The disadvantage is that to make them perfect you may need the help of a professional.
2.4.- Extensions with staples (or rings):
Another system is the extensions of staples or rings. It is a technique that places the extensions cold, without glue, only with staples or siliconated rings aluminum. They are crushed with pliers that when pressed hold together your own hair and extension hair. These clips fix the extensions to your own hair without damaging it, as it is through pressure not through heat, glue or knots. To remove them, repeat the process in reverse.
Advantages: The great advantage of this system is that it is a super clean and durable method.
Disadvantages: The disadvantage is that it is slightly uncomfortable for the first 2 or 3 days but you will soon get used to it and it will stop being annoying.
Tips if it is the first time you use them
We hope that these tips have helped to make it clear what your ideal extension system is. Perhaps another of our articles that speaks more in detail about the types and quality of extensions can help you as well. If you still have doubts, please let us know our recommendation:
If this is the first time you use them you can start with clip extensions. In this way you will be able to appreciate how they look and you will surely fall in love with your new and dazzling mane. Plus, there’s no placement fee.
Once you have tried them and you are delighted with your new hair, it would be time to try some fixed extensions. In this case we would recommend the adhesive extensions for their comfort when carrying them.
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