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Common Hair Extension Facts Part 1

May 24, 2008
The use of hair extensions can cover a range of things with the most common being to add length to hair but what many people aren't aware of is that you can use hair extensions to add volume and colour and even layers to your hair. They can be used to create a wide range of styles and can be worn on a permanent basis or a temporary basis depending on your situation.

Hair extensions, believe it or not, have actually been around since the 1980's but it is only recently that we have truly embraced them and now it seems more and more people are turning to them in the hope for a dramatic new look. If you are one of these people you will no doubt know all there is to know about hair extensions; however if you are new to the trend, never fear this guide is here to get you started with all of your hair extension facts; we'll turn you into an expert in no time.

First and foremost if you are considering hair extensions get yourself down to your stylist now and book a consultation. Discussing your hair extensions is one of the most important factors involved in the process. They aren't suitable for anyone so talk to your stylist about why you want them and the types that are available to you. Your stylist will be able to advise you one whether they would suit you as well as whether your hair is in the best condition to have them applied.

You can get hair extensions in any size that you want up to 26" or 30" even though having them this long isn't advised for a number of reasons such as the hair will be about eight or ten years old so the quality of it will be lost slightly, also anything as long as this will put extra weight on your scalp, which can lead to uneven pressure and could damage your hair. The best length for a woman of average height is between 18" and 22" however 18" is what seems to be the most popular length.

All hair extensions start off very dark until the colour is stripped from the hair. It is then re-tined, which is done using fabric dye as oppose to hair dye. They are tined to all the shades that are available, meaning whatever your hair colour you will find extensions that match. The only disadvantage to this process is the extensions will have already gone through a high chemical process so trying to dye the hair extensions will make them fall apart, which is why it is important that when you get your hair extensions you choose the colour that you really want.

If you are thinking about getting hair extensions it is highly important that you speak to your stylist and that you get your extensions applied and removed by a specialist otherwise you are running the risk of damaging your natural hair.
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