If you are new to hair extensions, you would not be blamed for thinking “where do I start”. As a mobile hair extensionist in portsmouth and surrounding areas, it is my job to educate myself and others in all the different types of hair extensions that best suit each hair type. As there are so many (and it can get confusing!) i have compiled a list to make it easier for us all. Let the hair analysis begin..
Clip-ins and other temporaries: Clip-ins are wefts of hair that are attached to flat clips (you can buy them like this or sew the clips on yourself). Clip-ins come in many different sizes so they can be placed all around the head. They are great for that client who wants to take them in and out willy nilly. Clip-Ins take a short amount of time to put in and they can add length and volume for just about any hair type. But please bare in mind, you will need enough hair to cover and wefts and clips.
If you want the hair extensions for a longer period of time..
Sew-in / Weave: Sew-ins are easy maintenance and fairly easy to remove. The client’s hair is braided tightly to create a base for the hair wefts to be sewn and attached. This technique is not for every client; not all hair types can handle the stress from the braiding and weight of the extensions, not to mention having enough hair to cover the braid/ extension strip . This is only suitable for those with medium/thick hair at least shoulder length.
LA weave / Micro Weft: Micro Weft hair extensions is a brilliant method which is completely glue and heat free. With only a 45 minute application time, it involves using a weft of hair (like you’d find with clip-in hair extensions or weaves). The weft is applied using micro rings which are placed discreetly below the hair. This is a more hidden method than a sew in or clip in weft but will still need medium / thick are to cover the extensions.
Micro Rings: Micro rings can also be known as micro beads. They are gentle to put in and easy to take out. Links can be added for length and volume. There is no glue or heat used when applying. To apply, a lightweight silicone bead (around half a cm) is placed onto the base of the client’s hair, with an individual strand of extension that is attached. Suitable for any hair type; micro rings are easy to adapt to any style, length or thickness you require. They are easy to maintain however you would need to be careful not to use conditioner near the bead to help reduce slipping of the extension. Maintenance is needed every couple of months depending on hair growth but this type of hair can last up to 6 months.
Nano Rings: Nano rings are very similar to micro rings; they are easily applied and easily maintained. The only difference is that nano ring bonds are around 10x smaller. (wow!) These are suitable for any hair type but are more than perfect for those with finer hair as they are soooo easy to hide. As with micro rings, it is best to avoid using conditioner or oily products near the root area as it can cause the bonds to slip down the hair. Mid lengths and ends only! Maintenance is needed every couple of months depending on hair growth but this type of hair can last up to 6 months.
Fusion / Keratin bonds: These are one of the more traditional methods of hair extensions. They are sometimes also called “hot fusion.” The extensions have a keratin protein bond at the top, which is solid until melted with a hair extension tool. This is what holds the extensions in place. Keratin bond extensions are great for clients seeking length and volume and want very little maintenance while the extensions are in. The clients can treat the extensions as if it were their own hair, as the bonds are easily hidden. It can take about two to three hours to have a full head of extensions put in and last about four to six months. Whilst being the easiest hair extensions to maintain, one of the only downsides is that the hair can’t be reused.
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