Whether you are suffering from thinning hair or just want to increase your hair’s volume or length, a good set of hair extensions can transform your look in a flash. However, with the huge selection of extensions available, as well as their sometimes high price tag, it can be daunting to figure out where to start and what to look for. Fortunately, with a little bit of knowledge, you can soon be flaunting your thick and beautiful hair with confidence.
Extensions for your hair can come in many different forms. If you are just looking for a temporary look, have to stick to a budget, or want flexibility, clip-in hair extensions are a great choice. These types of extensions use clips, similar to the barrettes many people use in their hair, to attach the extensions to your existing hair. This can be especially beneficial if you are happy with your natural hair and are just looking for some extra volume or length. By clipping the extensions close to your scalp, beneath other layers of your natural hair, they are concealed from view and the additional hair blends nicely into your natural locks.
You can find clip-in extensions in everything from small clumps of hair, useful for adding highlights or covering a thinning area, to panels that extend the full width of your head. The larger extensions not only can add voluminous thickness to your hair, they can also help you drastically change your length in a matter of minutes.
If you are looking for a solution that lasts longer and don’t want to have to bother with putting in extensions every day, you might consider one of the more permanent types of extensions for your hair. These work best when applied by a professional hair stylist, and can be expensive, however, the result is the most natural looking extensions that are also fairly easy to maintain.
The two primary type of semi-permanent extensions are attached by either glue, weaving/braiding, and sewing. Glue-in extensions use a very strong adhesive that is applied to the strips of hair before they are pressed against your scalp. This adhesive is quite powerful and is resistant to both heat and water. To remove it, you will need to use a special chemical solution that dissolves the adhesive.
The other method of adding extensions to your hair is by having them woven or braided together with your natural hair. This is best suited if you are opting for a braided look, as the braid continues down the length of the hair, seamlessly combining the extension and your natural hair. Finally, you can opt for extensions that are sewn in. These extensions come in strips that are attached to a fine mesh. Thread is used to bind these strips to your existing hair, close to the scalp. The both mesh and thread are colored to match the hair and so thin that they blend right in with the hair on your head.
If you are considering extensions, don’t be put off by the wide variety of options out there. You might consider having temporary extensions put in by a professional so that you can give them a try with no major commitment. Since they can be removed in a snap, you can experiment with types of hair, colors, and lengths to find the look that suits you the best.