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What To Know Before Getting Hair Extensions
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For anyone that struggles to grow or thicken up their hair, human hair extensions really can be life-changing, as they have the ability to transform your hair in a fraction of the time it would take to grow it. But, before delving into the hair extensions world, it's super important to know what to expect and how to care for them to ensure you protect your investment as well as your own hair, especially if you are using professional hair extensions. In today's blog, we’ve listed all the things you need to know before getting hair extensions including the best kind for beginners and how to use them.
What Are Hair Extensions?
Understanding the different types of hair extensions and how they are used is the first step in your extensions journey: the two main types are Temporary and Semi-Permanent. The most common hair extension materials are human hair, mixed human hair, and synthetic. The best quality hair extensions are made from 100% human hair as they blend with natural hair seamlessly, can be customised and washed, and last far longer than synthetic options. Synthetic hair extensions may be cheaper on the initial purchase, but they do not last very long and can be difficult to customise or style to your own liking. At Cliphair all of our hair extensions are made from 100% human hair and we have a variety of 14 extension types to choose from in over 60 shades.
What Are Temporary Hair Extensions?
Temporary hair extensions are attached very quickly, usually in a matter of minutes, and removed on the same day. They are known as a DIY product which means you do not need professional help to apply or remove them and they are typically used on a more occasional basis giving them a super long life span. Clip in hair extensions, wrap around ponytails, and fringes are all temporary extensions that provide instant transformations and come in a variety of lengths and colours to suit any hair concern. If you're not sure which length to choose, check out our blog ‘How to choose the perfect length of hair extensions for you’ .
What Are Professional Hair Extensions?
Professional hair extensions, also known as permanent extensions, are attached to the hair for several weeks before being taken out and repositioned or tightened. They must always be applied and removed by a qualified hair extensionist, as an incorrect application could cause discomfort and damage to your natural hair. The most popular professional extensions include Tape hair extensions, Nano Rings, I-Tips, and Weaves which are all applied differently and have their own maintenance routines. Cliphair’s most popular permanent hair extensions are Nano Rings. To find out more, have a read at our dedicated post: ‘What do I need to know before getting nano extensions’.
What Are The Best Extensions For First Time Users?
For beginners in the hair extensions game, I would always recommend Clip-Ins as they are super easy to add and remove yourself and are extremely versatile. You can use only a couple of pieces for a volume boost, or wear a full head set for extra length and volume for a big night out; the possibilities are truly endless. It’s also a great way to get used to the washing and drying process before committing to a full-time permanent application, as there are some changes to your haircare regime that need to be made when using hair extensions.
Are Extensions Ok On Thin Hair?
What Do You Need To Know About Hair Extensions?
Before committing to extensions such as a weave or any of the micro ring systems it’s important to know the extra costs that incur after the initial application and the extra styling time. 6-8 weeks after any permanent extension application you will usually return to your stylist for a paid maintenance appointment; this is where the extensions are pushed back up and general maintenance is carried out. It's also worth mentioning that washing and drying any professional extension type takes a little longer due to the extra thickness and length; you’ll need to allow a little more time for styling too. Of course, most users would agree the extra styling or drying time is totally worth the feeling of having your dream hair every day!
Is It Uncomfortable To Wear Hair Extensions?
For the first couple of nights after having Tapes or I-Tips applied, it can be a little uncomfortable during sleep as there is something new close to the scalp which is much more noticeable when our head is against the pillow. After 2-3 days most people barely notice they have extensions and they become a normal part of your hair regime. So, some discomfort is normal but strong pain isn't, if you feel the extension are really hurting should return to your stylist as soon as possible to check your extensions as they may have been applied too close to the scalp or incorrectly.
Conclusion: Which Hair Extensions Should I Get?
This all depends on your own hair length, thickness, and texture, as well as the look you are trying to achieve. It also comes down to your lifestyle and how much time and money you want to put into your hair, if you are more low maintenance and would rather not do your own extensions then a micro ring system permanent solution would be best for you. If you feel confident with applying and styling extensions then Clip-Ins are a good choice as you can use them if and when you would like. If your still unsure, check out our blog ‘How many grams of hair extensions do I need’.
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