Almost all of us have heard horror stories about how hair extensions are bad for natural hair. However, changing times and recent technological advancements have made the extensions available today completely safe for use, provided you do proper research about what suits you best, and take appropriate care as suggested by your hair-dresser.
Listed below are some of the best methods of hair extensions available today:
- Weaves And Clip-in Extensions
Weaves and Clip-ins are known for being the safest methods of extension, and are extremely durable too. They are also the fastest and most affordable among all other types. The original hair is braided, and then the wefts are sewn to them. Regular maintenance is recommended to ensure that the natural hair is not being damaged.
- Tape-in Hair Extensions
Tape-ins are the most hassle-free and natural-looking hair extensions available. They are also extremely lightweight and damage-free. Good quality tape hair can be reused multiple times, and are highly cost-effective. Segments of hair are attached to two-inch thick double-sided Keratin tape. High-quality tape extensions do not shed, mat or tangle, and the maintenance is super easy.
- Keratin Hair Extensions
Also known as Fusion Bond hair extensions, these are the safest, most durable, and the most expensive hair extensions available in the market. Small strands of hair are bonded to the client’s hair, using heated Keratin proteins. This creates a more natural and seamless look, making it a favorite with hairdressers as well as clients alike. Keratin pre-bonded extensions can last 2–6 months if treated properly. To prevent water damage to the bonds, don’t wash your hair too often.
- Micro-Bead Hair Extensions
This method of hair extension is relatively new, and considerably safe, given the fact that it uses neither glue nor heat. They are attached to the head using very small and discreet beads, which are then clamped into place, lying flat on the head to add volume and length. It is also one of the quickest and painless methods available to apply hair extensions. This method needs visits to the salon every 4-6 weeks to ensure that they remain in place, and are not causing any damage to the natural hair.
- Halo Extensions
These are the least invasive of all procedures. A transparent wire is placed around the crown of the head like a halo (hence the name). The bottom half is made of hair, while the top half remains hidden under natural hair. It is very easy to use, blends with natural hair seamlessly, and has virtually no potential risks.
Do Hair Extensions Damage Natural Hair?
If the extensions have been attached properly by a professional, they will not cause any damage to natural hair. Like everything else, technique is important, and unsupervised application may cause damage or injury to roots. Damages mostly occur when someone installs extensions themselves using DIY techniques, which can very easily go wrong, especially doing complicated procedure such as hot or cold fusions. Damages are more the result of bad installation jobs rather than the fault of extensions. Hence, it is best to contact a professional with ample experience to ensure that there is no damage to natural hair.
How Long Do Extensions Last?
The lifespan of extensions generally ranges between 6-12 months, or more, depending on the general care they are provided with. Frequent washing, using enormous amounts of chemicals, or incessant use of heating tools on the extensions shortens their lifespan considerably, so they should be used sparingly, and with extreme caution. Also, ensuring they receive proper hydration and reducing dryness is imperative to stretching out their lifespan. Proper care by experienced professionals can go a long way in making certain that you can use your extensions to the fullest.