Hair extensions and beauty have been closely associated ever since the rise of celebrity culture and a wave of new technologies that make it easier to add body to hair that looks full and natural. Extensions dramatically expand options for long and short hair styles so that women can finally have the hair they’ve always dreamed of.
Salons that offer hair extension services offer a number of different styles of extensions including individual sections or curtains of hair called wefts. But even more diverse are the methods used to adhere them to natural hair.
Here are some hair extension services that are used to adhere extensions:
Bonding is great for a temporary weave or extension. It can add volume or streaks of color depending on your needs. During bonding, glue is used to attach hair to your natural roots. To prevent damage to your natural hair, you shouldn’t leave bonded extension in for longer than a week. Bonding may also be used to attach toupees, and there are varying strengths of glue.
Hot fusion extensions result in some of the most natural-looking weaves available. Human hair is attached to individual strands of a person’s natural hair using a hot glue gun to make the overall effect look authentic. Hair can be washed each week and styled with mousse. Since this method produces such a great effect, it takes more time and may be more expensive. Cold fusion hair extension services that don’t require heat may also be an option, and it can be less damaging to hair extensions.
This method uses pieces of thread to combine hair with extensions. It causes less damage to the natural hair and you can care for it like you would your natural hair. Extensions that use thread can even be pulled into a ponytail, and hair will blend seamlessly with the extension.
Netting involves a thin, breathable net placed over the natural hair. Stylists sew extensions into these nets instead of sewing them into the hair, so placement is more flexible. People who use this method may need a heated cap or hooded hair drier to prevent mildew from forming under the net. More modern nets may be made out of lace to create a more natural, organic look.
Clip ons can be easily clipped under the hair and worn around the clock, though it’s best to remove them when sleeping. Since they’re so easy to put on and remove, they’re very popular with people who only want to wear them for special occasions, or to work. They’re temporary and easy to style.
Talk to your stylist to find out which option is best for you.