Types of Hair Extensions

Summary: If you have ever wondered what made one kind of hair extension different from the others, then this article is for you. This article will take you through the various types of hair extensions depending on what they are made of and how they are attached to the hair. The costs also vary depending on the type of hair and method of attachment.

Types of Hair Extensions and Their Costs

If you’ve only just started to think of getting hair extensions, then it is possible to be overwhelmed by the number of types of hair extensions that are available in the market. These different types are divided in a number of ways depending on factors such as the material used to make the hair extensions, the method of attachment, and the period of time that the extensions are expected to last. Length is a also a factor sometimes, however, you don’t have to experiment with each and every type of hair extension out there because all you need to do is find the extensions that will suit your needs the most.

Material Used

When we are considering the material that is used to make the hair extension, we usually have two major types – the natural hair extension and synthetic hair extension. Natural hair extensions are those that are taken out of natural sources. The sources for natural hair extensions are usually human hair or horse hair. Feathers can also be used as a part of hair extensions. These are usually used to add more color to the hair. The colors of the feathers can either be natural or dyed.

Synthetic hair extensions are made of artificial fibers such as Kanekalon and Toyokalon. The advantage of synthetic hair extensions is that they are much cheaper than the human hair extensions and are also available in a wider array of colors and textures. The disadvantage is that synthetic hair extensions cannot withstand heat. Therefore, this rules out the possibility of curling or straightening the hair.

Method of Extension

When we consider the method of attaching the extension, then there are several ways used for various types of hair extensions. The method that has been used for the longest time and is popular due to its durability is the sew-in method. This is known as sew in hair extensions. The hair will have to be braided first before the extensions can be sewn-in using a special thread. We also have clip-in hair extensions and as the name suggests, these hair extensions have a special clip sewn into them that allows for easy attachment and detachment from the hair. These usually make good for temporary extensions. There are also the glue-in hair extensions which are fastened into place using special glue. The invisible hair weave technique is a brand new method that has been known to fool most people since it doesn’t use thread and braids. It uses polyurethane strips that are clear and are also known as skin wefts. They blend into the scalp and thus give the extensions the appearance of growing from the scalp.

Temporary or Permanent Hair Extension

Hair extensions can also be classified according to how long they are expected to last without starting to fall apart or reveal themselves to the naked eye. Whether hair extensions are permanent or not is dependent on two factors, which is the material used to make them and the method of attachment. Synthetic hair extensions rarely make good permanent extensions as much as the natural human hair does. When it comes to attachment then the method of sewing-in is always preferable for a long-lasting effect. To make these kinds of extensions last longer, they must be retouched every eight weeks or sooner depending on the sort of treatment the hair is given and how frequently it is washed.

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