One of the hottest beauty must haves for women right now is hair extensions. And with so many types and methods out there, it can be a minefield to find the best ones.
But fear not! As Zxaar’s hair extensions guru I’ve got the perfect guide to help you sift through the good, the bad and the let’s just not even go there!
Let’s not get this method confused with glue. Good quality pre-bonded hair, doesn’t contain glue of any kind. In fact, bonds are normally made of natural materials that mimic the hair and help protect it.
There are two ways to apply pre-bonded hair, the most common which is heat, and the lesser known, cold fusion. Now heat is often damned for being “really bad” BUT what most people don’t know is that a heat machine doesn’t even heat up to a boiling kettle, let alone a pair of hair straighteners! So not as damaging or “bad” as everyone believes ay.
- Duration: 4 – 6 months no refitting as they just grow down with the natural hair growth.
- Salon maintenance: Low – Normally a visit a month after application is enough.
- Aftercare: Easy – Good quality shampoo and conditioner with no sulphate or silicon, regular brushing right from the scalp over the bonds.
- Suitability: Good for most hair types and densities. This is because the bonds can be customised to suit most hair densities.
This method is great for your bank balance and is less of a commitment. Made with a medical grade tape, hair is fused between two sandwiches of tapes, using a clamping tool. A full head can be applied in an hour and a half and is light on the hair.
- Duration: 6 – 8 Weeks but good quality tapes can be applied up to 3 times.
- Salon maintenance: High – Because re-taping needs to be done every 6-8 weeks.
- Aftercare: Easy – Good quality shampoo and conditioner that are sulphate and silicon free. Cooler setting on the hair dryer and cooler water when washing.
- Suitability: Great for fine hair as they are light weight. But good for most hair types.
Now if you know me, you’ll know I’m not a fan of micro rings. Mainly because I have never come across a set I’ve liked or a client has liked. I truly don’t rate them, BUT if you’re going to use the method, you need to do your homework. Micro rings are copper bands/rings that are used to ‘clamp’ pre-tipped hair extensions, to the natural hair. The hair can be reused due to the application method.
They are marketed as being better because they don’t need heat to be applied. That makes sense but as I explained earlier, good heat machines are not bad. Also you need to take into account that these are made from metal, which absolutely is not natural. This can and will have damaging affects on finer hair types.
- Duration: 12 – 16 weeks the hair needs to be moved up.
- Salon maintenance: High – Because they need to be moved up.
- Aftercare: Easy – Any shampoo and conditioner, and no brushing from the root over the ‘bond’.
- Suitability: Not great over all, easy to see. Not good for fine hair.
The La Weave is actually a trade mark name for a method of sew-in hair extensions. Copper rings lined with silicon are ‘clamped’ into the hair, then wefts of hair are sew into the copper rings. If you use good quality hair wefts, this can be cost affective as the hair can last for 18 months.
- Duration: 8 – 12 weeks to be refitting but good hair can last for up to 18 months.
- Salon maintenance: High – Refitting needed every 8 – 12 weeks.
- Aftercare: Easy – Look after the hair and it will last.
- Suitability: This is a heavy type of extensions, so not great for fine hair.
Information is key. The more research you do before investing in hair extensions, the better the outcome. Hair extensions can be amazing and give a much needed confidence boost, so make sure you ask to see ‘under the hood’ pictures as well as before and after. Ask about aftercare and how to look after them, and MOST importantly, make sure you only use a qualified hairdresser!