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There are numerous methods of applying hair extensions to the hair, including glue, clip-ins, platting/ braiding/ weaving and Micro Loops, to name a few of the most popular.
All methods approach a different way of applying the hair extensions to the hair/ scalp and the type of hair extension application method that you choose should depend upon a combination of your natural hair type, what you wish to achieve by using hair extensions and your lifestyle.
Whilst most people use hair extensions to mimic their natural hair to make it look longer, some also like to add volume to the hair, whilst others enjoy adding colour, such as highlights or coloured tips/ dip dyed ends. Some like their extension method to be a little more permanent and long-lasting, whilst others prefer a quick-fix that is easily attachable and removable, maybe for special occasions.
Some hair extension applications can be very damaging to the natural hair and scalp when not cared for properly by the wearer and resultantly unfold disastrous consequences when removed, such as damage to the natural hair, resulting in thinning and breakage. It is important that hair extensions are cared for, as well as applied and removed, properly, therefore it is important to take into consideration how much maintenance your hair extensions will require and which one is most suitable for your lifestyle and the length of time you have to care for your extensions properly on a regular basis.
Glue In Hair Extensions
Glue in hair extensions, quite literally, require the use of a silicone-based glue to apply. The glue is applied to the weft or runner of the extensions, which attaches to the natural hair fibres, creating a bond.
Although very secure and long-lasting, glue in hair extensions can be very damaging to the hair, especially during the removal process, particularly if not removed properly or if they are taken out forcefully.
On removal, it is important that it is done so using professional hair extension glue remover or with lots of hair conditioner if the remover is unavailable.
This is done by applying copious amounts of conditioner to the hair, massaging it into the roots of the natural hair and wefts of the extensions in a circular motion, thus loosening them from the scalp. The conditioner must them be left on the hair for 10- 15 minutes before very gently and slowly teasing the hair extensions by pulling them downwards. The weft will come loose from the scalp and slide down the natural hair fibres. Any excess hair extension glue should be gently teased out using more conditioner and a wide-toothed comb.
Clip In Hair Extensions
The most versatile method of application is probably the clip in hair extension.
Clip in hair extensions, as the name suggests, are clipped into the hair by snapping clips sewn onto the hair weft (or runner). Application simply consists of making horizontal partings in the natural hair, sliding in the clip and snapping closed to secure, and are just as easily removed by opening the clip and sliding it out.
Clip in hair extensions are more beneficial in comparison to glue ins, for example, because they cause very minimal damage to the hair. They are very easily applied and removed by opening and closing the clip, so can just be attached by the wearer and worn at any time, without difficulty or having to have them professionally fitted.
Being so easily removable means that the quality of clip in hair extensions will also remain higher for longer, as they can be removed when showering, bathing, washing the natural hair and going to sleep. This means that the hair can be stored when not worn, rather than continuously being exposed to everyday wear and tear and the potentials of becoming damaged.
On the other hand, clip ins may not be as secure as other methods of applying hair extensions, as they are prone to sliding and falling out throughout the day.
Platted/ Braided/ Weaved Hair Extensions
Platted/ braided or weaved hair extensions are fitted by intertwining the natural and extended hair in a serious of plats, securing them against the scalp. Just like clip in hair extensions, there is no need for glue and damage upon removal is minimal as there is no tug from attachments or adhesives. They are, however, a lot more secure than clip ins but take a lot longer to fit and remove due to the process of braiding the hair together. These types of hair extensions may also prove to be rather uncomfortable, due to pulling the hair tightly against the scalp during application, resulting in itching and soreness.
Micro Loop Hair Extensions
Micro Loop hair extensions are one of the most tedious and time consuming methods of application, consisting of threading each tiny section of hair through a silicone bead attached to the extension, which is then clamped shut around the natural strand, using pliers to secure it.
They are, however, a lot more natural looking, due to their individual strand-by-stand application and can be built up to match and blend in with the natural volume of your real hair.
Micro Loop hair extensions can be quite painful to apply when pulling each strand of hair through the beads and can also be generally uncomfortable at first due to them being fitted so tight. You may also find that they are itchy to lie on too and must be adjusted every month or so due to new re-growth, which results in the beads and extensions slipping further down the natural hair strands as it grows.
The removal of micro loop extensions consist of using pliers to bend the bead back into its hollow form, allowing the natural hair to be pulled back through it.
This article is written by Marc D. He is a passionate blogger with great interest in writing on health and beauty topics. He recently reviewed Mira Oil and had written interesting review about it, for more details visit here.
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