To Glue or Not to Glue: Various Techniques and Methods for Attaching Hair Extensions by ludischarming


									To Glue or Not to Glue: Various
Techniques and Methods for Attaching
Hair Extensions
By: Elena Golescu

                                                    Hair extensions can be seen everywhere! Many of the
                                                    most glamorous hairstyles are possible through the
                                                    use of hair extensions and in recent times, hair
                                                    extensions have become widely used with all walks of

                                                  Hair extensions are a fantastic option for those who
                                                  seek length and volume and are unable to achieve
                                                  these results on their own. Hair extensions also
                                                  provide the option of adding highlights and lowlights
                                                  to an existing style without the damage or
commitment of coloring the hair with harsh chemicals. There are a variety of options available for hair
extension application. A few of the many hair extension application options available include:

-Clip-In Hair Extensions
-Glue Bonded Attachments
-Non-Glue Bonded Attachments

Hair extensions can be applied by both a professionally trained cosmetologist and by the individual. It is
recommended that non-cosmetology professionals only apply clip-in hair extensions to avoid damaging
the hair. Before committing or investing in hair extensions, it is important to understand the various hair
extensions and the techniques associated with their use.

Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are exactly what they sound like, temporary. These easy to use extensions can
simply be clipped in the morning and taken out at night. It is sometimes difficult to commit to a new hair
style and clip-in hair extensions offer the option of taking a new hairstyle for a test drive. Clip-in
extensions are also beneficial when wanting to avoid damage to the hair. Clip-in hair extensions come in
both human hair and synthetic forms. While the human hair offers many more styling options, including
the use of heated styling tools and coloring, synthetic hair is just as good in providing a quality hairstyle.
Clip-in Extensions come in many lengths and textures ranging from short and straight to long and curly,
making styling options endless. A unique advantage to using clip-in extensions is the flexibility that the
individual has in achieving dramatically different hairstyles without committing.

Strand by Strand Hair Extension Application

This technique is performed by professionals only. Using various bonding methods, the extensions are
attached to the individual’s hair in small sections by heat fusing, gluing, bonding, weaving, and clamping.
Offering long-term results, this option is ideal for those who are ready to commit to a style and the
maintenance required ensuring the quality of the extension. There are two types of strand by strand
hair attachments: glue based bond attachments and non-glue based bond attachment. Both application
techniques are successful in offering the individual professional quality hair extensions that have the
potential of lasting up to six months in some cases.

Weft hair extensions are tracks of pre-attached hair that are attached to the hair in rows rather than the
strand by strand process. There are a variety of techniques used to attach wefts depending on
preference and hair type. Taped wefts are an option for those who have thin hair. The hair extensions
are attached using a slim row of hair that is strategically placed on the scalp using an adhesive. These
extensions can offer natural looking results which is sometimes hard to achieve with thin hair. The
longest used technique for attaching wefts is by sewing them into the natural hair. This is a successful
way to gain a beautiful natural looking hairstyle than can be created quickly. Since wefts are pre-
attached hair that is structured in rows, little time is needed to thread the rows of hair against the scalp.
This technique can be quick and cost less than bonded hair extension attachments. Maintaining this type
of hair extension does require maintenance and may leave the individual feeling a bit of the weight that
is associated with the extension.

Heat Free Bonds are the latest trend in hair extensions. This type of bonding lasts the longest in
comparison to the lifespan of hair extension application techniques. Using a heat free bond, these
extensions can last up to 8 months which is an extended amount of time in the hair extension world.
These extensions are fused to the hair using keratin which is a protein made by natural hair. The bonds
created using this process are the smallest that can possibly be achieved and provide the individual with
high quality and undetectable hair extensions. The bonds are also a flat shave which help blend into the
natural hair, making this an ideal method for those with thin or fine hair. The natural hair avoids all
contact with heat and instead is exposed to ultra sonic waves which bond the hair. All types of heated
hair styling tools are safe for these bonds.

Classic Bonds are the most common technique for applying hair extensions. Using a flat, heated tool, the
hair extension is bonded to the hair using both glue and heat to achieve a secure attachment. Despite
the fact that this is a universally used technique, there is one slight drawback. When using heated styling
tool with the classic bonds, caution must be used to avoid the bond coming into contact with any type of
heat. If the bond does come into contact with a heating tool, there is a risk that the bond could possibly
melt or even morph. The use of heated styling tools is 100% permit able, just risky for those who have
little experience using styling tools. Classic bonds are more expensive than some of the other their
extension techniques but provide the individual with a glamorous and long lasting style.

Microtubes are another technique that can be used to attach hair extensions. Microtubes work best on
those with darker hair that is not thin or fine. The use of heated styling tools is okay, but over using heat
can decrease the life of these hair extensions. This technique uses tubes that are sewn into the natural
and then the hair extension is looped through and the hair is firmly locked into place. One of the
advantages of this type of attachment is the ease of removal. Leaving no damage, the tubes can be
manipulated to release the hair and simply slide off when ready to remove.

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