Hair Extensions: Are They Right For You? By: Elena Golescu Hair extensions have come a long way since the '80s. Now they are so much less expensive with super high quality. They had a rough patch of no use until recently, and celebrities are bringing back the use of hair extensions to achieve serious length. Basically, they are groups of around 30 pieces of hair attached or woven into the natural hair or scalp for long term use. The hair can by synthetic or actual human hair; human hair looks more realistic and natural with the correct color tones, but it is more expensive. Synthetic hair has a different texture than real hair and will not appear as natural. Hair stylists can pre-highlight, pre-color, or pre-perm hair extensions to match a person's hair before adding them to hair. Permanent extensions can last for 4 months when well taken care of, though reattachment may be necessary a few times since hair will grow during that time. Reattachment keeps the extensions looking fresh and clean while still adding appropriate length and thickness to hair. Some are clipped in, and these are easier to reattach than those woven into the hair. However, no chemicals are used in a woven extension, so people with sensitive scalps will benefit from this method most. Clip On Hair Extensions: Easy, Simple, Sexy! Clip on hair extensions are definitely simple and easy to use. They can be made of synthetic or real hair like all other extensions, and the strips of clip in extensions are sized perfectly to fit the head. They work by pressure sensitivity; they are clipped into hair in rows between sections and are well hidden under natural hair to rouse no suspicion. They remain very secure due to the tight hold on hair, so there is no need for consumers to worry about the clip on extensions falling or showing. To use hair extensions on ones own, a consumer should have hair that is at least shoulder length with a thick texture. Thin, fine, and short hair require professional attention and are best done in a salon. Hair should first be washed, conditioned, and dried, plus ironed or curled for specific looks. Hair needs to be clipped up with about an inch of hair left against the neck, and a small amount of hair spray can be applied to keep the hair in place. After a comb through, the extensions can be applied in an even line across the top of the hair on the neck. Should Consumers Trust Human Hair Extensions? Ever wonder where the real human hair in human hair extensions comes from? As a consumer, people have a right to know where the product's materials come from. The answer lies in the specialists who gather the hair. Trained professionals select quality virgin hair, which is hair without any chemical coloration or permanent styling, from people who donate their hair. This is called raw hair, and the raw hairs are selected and sorted into groups according to color and style in a multi-step process. A normal hair extension will take around 10 days to completely undergo the selection and manufacturing process. Of course not all colors make it into the spectrum of hair extensions. Hair extensions often need slight hair coloration changes to fit a consumer's hair color. Some consumers do not mind the coloration being slightly off, though this small difference can make the extensions much more noticeable. The quality of the hair depends on the specific standards an extension company places on the professionals who gather the hair. The more virgin the hair is, the healthier it will be and the longer it will last. Hair Extensions: Hair Care Hair extensions are just like naturally grown hair. They often need even more care and attention than natural hair; hair extensions need to be kept clean and untangled with quality shampoo and conditioner. Extensions should be washed in a downward motion with the rest of hair, especially after extraneous activities such as exercise and swimming. Soft bristle brushes should be used with gentle pressure on extensions, and too much brushing or heat from curling irons and flat irons can cause damage to the hair, especially if the extensions are not expensive. If hair can be left to dry naturally, it should be. Wearing a cap during swimming and exercise keeps the extensions away from chlorine and harsh chemicals as well as sweat and filth build up. Hair with extensions looks best when slept on dry in a loose wrap; when wet hair is slept on, the hair follicles swell from the long term water intake. Leave in conditioner also keeps the extensions soft, but too much can also wear out the extensions. Products with alcohol dry the hair out, so they should be avoided if possible. Allowing stylists to take care of coloring and treating extensions also ensures the most natural look. A Hair Extension Accessory For Everyone Hair extension accessories are less permanent and more playful. Often they are brightly colored or decorated and do not look realistic or natural. Some are beaded, colored, and bedazzled, but the latest fashion is feather hair extensions. Feathers have been seen all over the streets in big cities, up and down fashion forward malls, and even in business offices. Feather hair extensions are normally clip on extensions and are very easy to attach and reattach. They come in a wild variety of colors, from the bright shades of the rainbow to dark sensual tones. Beaded and colored extensions are still popular. They are often more popular with teenage consumers and fit with a young, happy style. The shine of the jewels make them more noticeable in the sun or the classroom, and they accentuate hair with a stylish flair. Colored extensions look best with hair tones that match their exact color. Pink and purple extensions look sweet in blonde hair, while orange and blue look awesome in brunette hair. Black hair looks bold with red extensions and classy with white extensions.
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