First, there are two different types of hair you can use for hair extensions. Synthetic hair is made of synthetic fibers that are fashioned to look like hair. This option is less expensive than human hair and it does not need to be washed as frequently to maintain its shine. However, synthetic hair has less style options because it cannot be exposed to heat from blow dryers or curling irons; exposure to heat could cause the hair to melt.
Human hair is actual human hair that is cut and cleaned for reuse as hair extensions. Most cosmetologists recommend human hair extensions because they are longer-lasting and more natural-looking. However, human hair extensions are more expensive and require more maintenance; human hair must be washed at least twice a week to maintain its luster and shine. If you have never had hair extensions, it would be smart to start out using synthetic hair because it is much less expensive, and most people do not want to spend too much money on a hair style before they know they will like it.
Once you have chosen between using synthetic and human hair, you must then choose the method in which you would like to attach the hair extension to your head. There are also several methods for doing this. The weaving method is a two-step process. First, the hair stylist braids the hair closely to the head. Then, they use a needle and thread to weave the hair extensions into the hair. This method can be a little time-consuming compared to other methods, yet it is more natural-looking than other methods. Clip-on and glue-based extensions are the least time-consuming. However, these options tend to look the least natural-looking and do not last as long as the other methods. The final method for attaching hair extensions is the non-glue method. This method is high-tech and time-consuming. The stylist uses a Microchet, a patented threading technique, to thread the hair extensions on strand at a time. Needless to say, this method is longer-lasting, although it can take up to a week to add the hair extensions.
Whether it is to add a little stylish flair to short hair or to fill in thinning hair, hair extensions are a good option. However, there are many other options to choose from as you look into adding hair extensions. This is not a easy, simple task. Therefore, if you are considering hair extensions, it is best to see a licensed and professional hair stylist.