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Get the Hair You've Always Wanted With Hair Extensions!

Jul 1, 2008
Have you ever wanted longer, thicker, fuller hair? One of the most popular ways to achieve that goal is with the application of hair extensions. The science behind hair extensions has become more and more advanced, leaving the customer with more options and choices than ever before! There are many different methods for attaching the hair, many different chemicals and tools used, and many different possibilities for styles.

There are numerous ways to attach extensions, but they break down into three major categories: clip-in extensions, bonded/sewn weft extensions, and strand-by-strand extensions. Clip-in extensions are the easiest of the three systems, because the extensions are sewn onto a clip that the client can put in and take out as she pleases. These extensions will last much longer than traditional extensions, since their quality is not dependent on the growth of the hair.

The second type of extension is called a ''weft extension''. The term weft refers to a form of the extension hair which is attached at one end and free-flowing at the other, resulting in a curtain-like look. These extensions are applied either by gluing or sewing, one weft at a time.

The last method for attaching extensions is called ''strand-by-strand''. With this method, the extension hair is applied in small sections of fifty to several hundred hairs. To keep the hair in place, glues, polymers, or clamping devices (such as micro links) are used. This method takes the longest to complete but offers the most subtle results.

Strand-by-strand extensions can be added either with an adhesive substance or a clamping device. Some people prefer adhesive attachment because the extensions look more natural, while others prefer a clamping device, because it's less damaging to your hair.

Thinking of getting hair extensions? Here are some important facts to remember:

* There are close to 100 different names for extensions. They may refer to the type of hair used, the process used to attach the extensions, or the materials used during the process. If you're not sure which type of extensions is right for you, just ask your salon professional.

* Check with your stylist to find out the best maintenance and care regime for the particular type of extensions you choose. Since extensions can cause breakage and damage to your natural hair, they must be maintained properly.

* Human hair extensions blend better with your real hair, so it's best to stick with human hair if you want a more natural look. But if you're looking for crazy colors - like red, pink, orange, or blue - try synthetic hair. You'll have a lot more choices.

* Many people don't realize how heavy extensions can be. Make sure to talk with your salon professional about what you can expect from the added weight of your new extensions.

* If you're using an adhesive to attach the hair, it's important to keep in mind that certain glues have been known to cause allergic reactions on some skin types. Ask your stylist for more information about the particular type of glue they plan to use for your extensions.
About the Author
Braids By Breslin was founded by Marquetta Breslin, who is a liscensed hair braider and has been braiding hair for almost 15 years. For more insider information on hair extensions, please visit Braids By Breslin
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