Hair extensions are becoming just as popular as plastic surgery and as controversial as the diamond trade. Hair extensions are either real or synthetic hair that is integrated to your natural hair for either length or to add thickness. There are different varieties and a wide selection of extensions; bonded, glued or sewn, linked, and tape-in to name a few.
The hair used for the extensions are either human hair or synthetic. Human hair normally comes from Asia, Eastern Europe and India. Some hair is bought from hair factories and in India the hair is bought from the Temples. Hair from Asia is normally bone-straight and Indian hair may have more texture. The hair goes through a number of chemical processes before sold in to the hair market and made in to hair wigs and extensions.
Certain controversies have developed from the sources of how the hairs for extensions have been obtained. Some families grow their hair and sell it as the families or communities only or main source of income. Indians shave their heads after growing it to a certain length; sacrifice their hair to the god Vishnu of the Hindu religion. Because of all these controversies I only buy hair from a reputable company. Just like the world of Diamond trade, learning and educating yourself of where and how your product is being obtained from is very important and ethical.
Some of the hair extensions I use are Hairdreams and Klix. Other methods might be available upon consultation if needed.
Hairdreams uses Thermoplast Bonding System. The hair is attached to the natural hair by a small bond that is heated and bonded to your hair strand. This bond is weightless and feels like small grains of rice to the touch. As your hair grows naturally, these bonds will grow with your hair and as natural hair loss occurs some of these will become loose and slide off the strand. Hairdreams are guaranteed to last up to 3-4 months but with proper care some of clients have worn theirs for almost 5 ½ months.
Kilx is a weft of hair with links attached through the length of the weft. The hair is then weaved into these links and then pressed or locked onto your hair strand. Klix does not use any heat or chemicals for its application and the application process may take less than an hour. This method may last 3-4 months and must be re-adjusted or moved up every four weeks.
Other methods of hair extension application available are the tape-ins. Tape-ins consists of a tape across the length of the weft. The hair section is then sandwiched in between two wefts. Then there is the more economical and temporary clip-ins. The clip-ins can be applied by yourself and can be used every day or only when you need them. It is advisable that you have your hairdresser customize your clip-in extensions for a more natural look when you wear them.
Finding the hair extension method of application that is best suited for you is the hardest part of the process. But once you have found what will meet your needs and standards, the rest is as easy as just brushing your hair. Below I have added a link to a hair extension guide that may be helpful for your decision making and I hope it has all the information you need.