To Weave Or Not To Weave: The Hair Extension
There is no doubt that long, flowing hair is in, but many
people who desire to have long hair are unable to achieve
the right look no matter how long they let their hair grow.
For this reason, many turn to hair extensions to get that
look they've always dreamed of. Whether their hair is sparse
and thin or ethnic and curly, many have found that they can
have long hair through hair extension.
There are two major types of hair extension: strands and
wefts. Strands use techniques that apply 20 to 50 strands
of synthetic or natural hair to your own hair by weaving,
heat fusing, gluing, clamping, or using waxes and polymers.
Hair extension wefts, on the other hand, use wefts of hair
that are sewn into a small braid of your own hair that has
been put across your scalp for the purpose of hair extension.
With both types of hair extension you can achieve dramatic
results. You can thicken and lengthen your hair instantly.
And the hair extensions can be matched up perfectly to your
own hair. With hair extensions, you shampoo, style and do
everything that you would normally do to your own hair. If
you want to change colors, you can. If you want to perm, you
can. (There may be some restrictions with certain types of
synthetic hair extension).
As with all salon services, there is some upkeep associated
with hair extensions. The cost and frequency of your upkeep
appointments will depend largely on what type of extensions
that you purchase. The amount of damage to your natural hair
and longevity of your hair extension will also be determined
by which type of hair extensions you choose.
· Strands. This type of hair extension causes
the most damage to your natural hair because the technique
always involves attaching the extensions to your natural hair
shaft by chemical means. As you can imagine by the name of
some of the application methods used such as heat fusing and
gluing, the damage can be substantial. While the strand hair
extension does not cost as much as other procedures, there
is a good deal of upkeep. These hair extensions normally have
to be completely re-done every few months. And because these
types of extensions cause so much damage to your hair shaft,
they are not a good option for allowing your natural hair
to grow out while you wear the extensions.
· Wefts. Weft hair extensions are by far the
best types of hair extensions. The weft itself looks like
a curtain of hair attached together at the top and free flowing
at the bottom. These hair extensions are attached to your
head by sewing them into a tiny braid made out of your own
hair. The effects achieved with this technique are very natural
and no one can see the braids or wefts of hair unless you
show them. Since hair growth will push your braids off of
your scalp, in order to keep this type of hair extension looking
fresh, you need to return to your stylist every 6 to 8 weeks
to have your wefts taken out and put back in close against
So, if you always wanted long hair but have never been able
to accomplish it, maybe hair extensions are just what you
need. But be sure to weigh all of your options and the costs
carefully before deciding to get hair extensions.
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