Here’s the deal, almost everyone with amazing hair is likely wearing hair extensions of some kind. It use to be one the best kept secrets around. But, I feel like it’s not so much of a secret any more. So, while scrolling Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest I want you to be aware of this.
I have been wearing extensions off and on over the last few years. I started with clip-ins because they were the most affordable option for me, plus they give flexibility for length, volume and hair styles. The Keratin fusion is also great because they are light in the hair, last up to six months and allow you to easily put your hair up and wear it in many different styles.
I recently got on the Hand-Tied extensions train and I have to saw…I’m IN LOVE with them. Here’s the thing, they are so much lighter than clip-ins and much more comfortable. They’re also cheaper upfront than the Keratin Fusion style. But, they also make getting ready a breeze.
The thing about hair extensions is that they are made of the best hair, so they curl really well and look and make your hair look amazing! They also hold curls much better and longer than your own hair.
For me, I mostly wanted/needed volume wit a small amount of length, and going with Hand-Tied extensions gives me both. Plus, they’re more comfortable and saving me time from having to clip-in a few wefts every single day. They also allow length and volume all over, rather than keeping it more affordable and adding a few Keratin fusions strands around the face.
Since I have tried a few types of extensions and have gotten some questions from my community over on Instagram I thought I’s put together a Q&A post. Hopefully they’re helpful!
Hair Extensions: Everything You Need To Know
What is the difference between hand-tied, tape-in and keratin fusion extensions? Hand-tied extensions are similar to sewn in, except the hair weft is actually hand made instead of machine made. This creates a thinner, more natural weft and helps lay flat against your head. Hand-tied extensions are sewn in, which is healthier and causes less damage to your hair. Tape-in extensions are exactly that, they are smaller wefts and taped into your hair. Keratin fusion are installed using a heating element, which gives a layer of protection around your hair.
How long do they last? Hand-tied and tape-in hair extensions last 6-8 weeks, with most people needing to get them moved up around the 7 week mark. This all depends on how quickly your hair grows.
What is involve with the maintenance? Taking care of your extensions properly will help the hair last up to a year. So, besides moving them up here’s a few recommendations: brush your hair 2 times a day, use a leave in conditioner after washing it, washing your hair less kenos it healthy and don’t go to bed with your hair wet, or to let the roots of your hair air dry.
Do extensions itch or hurt? I have to admit the first day or two you can feel the tension from being sewn into your hair. But after that they start to soften and conform to your head and are very comfortable. Also during the adjustment period you may feel have a little itchiness, but again once you get use to them and they relax a bit that goes away.
What is the benefit of of Hand Tied extension vs the tape or clip ins? Hand tied extensions are more seamless and look natural, and they are healthier for your hair than tape ins. Partly because there is less pulling on the hair. Clip-ins are temporary, meaning you have to put them in and take them out everyday. You can wear your hair up with tape in extensions, but it takes a little bit of time to hide the thick tape weft. Hand tied wefts are a little easier to hide.
How much does it cost to get extensions? The cost of extensions will vary on where you go to get your extensions, what kind of extensions you get, as well the overall look you’re going for. The more hair you want/need to achieve that look, the more expensive it is going to be.
How do you ensure the extensions will match your hair? This is where your stylist comes in. They will help you choose the right kind of extensions for your hair, as well as choose the best color for you. Just ensure you’re going to a reputable and licensed cosmetologist who is trained in the method you are asking for. For the Habit Hand-Tied method here in Kansas City, my girl Andi is the best. You and your hair will thank me later!
Do they work on fine hair? Yes. Hand tied extensions are not recommended for people that are losing hair or who are thinning. They are also not recommended for people who have severely damaged hair. Just be sure to take some time and chat with an extensions specialist to determine which is best for you and the method of installation.
I hope this post is helpful when it comes to extensions. There are so many types and methods out there, but just be sure you’re working with an experienced person to help guide you into the right direction that will be the best and safest for your hair.
If you have any other questions about extensions leave them below!
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