Currently, though already worth over $5 billion, the worldwide hair extension market is expected to double in value by 2023. More and more women around the world are wearing hair extensions.
A poll from Hairtrade shows that a third of women in 2014 wore hair extensions regularly. There are a variety of reasons why the market is booming.
The quality of the hair has improved, although not every salon carries the best quality, and the methods of attaching extensions are better.
Here are 5 types of hair extensions you can get!
Types of Hair Extensions
Extensions can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent. You can choose from clip-ins, tape hair extensions, a weave, micro links, or pre-bonded extensions.
Clip-ins are temporary, but they can be reused. You can have these extensions for about a year if you don’t wear them every day and take care of them. At the top of the extension is a clip that attaches to the hair roots.
Clip-ins come in many colors, lengths, and widths. This means you can decide on either very thick pieces if you want fuller hair. People who already have thick hair can stick to thinner pieces.
They’re the cheapest kind of extension. It also allows you to choose more hairstyles because you can easily take them out and put them back on.
You cannot wear clip-ins to bed and they have to be brushed and washed daily. Store them on a flat, dry surface away from sunlight.
When you reattach clip-ins they have to be secure or else they can fall out. The clips may show if you have shorter hair. People with fine hair could experience hair damage from the weight of clip-ins.
2. Tape Hair Extensions
Tape hair extensions are semi-permanent and stay in your hair for 6 to 8 weeks. They are smaller pieces than clip-ins.
Another inexpensive option, this kind of extension has a patch of heated glue on one end. Your hairstylist has to take out the extensions with a glue remover.
What’s nice about tape hair extensions is that they stay flat on the head. The ones that use clear tape are basically invisible. However, it could be difficult to put up your hair in a high ponytail.
Don’t wear wet extensions to bed or brush or comb them when they’re wet. Braiding them before you sleep will prevent them from getting tangled. You should brush your tape hair extensions multiple times a day.
Weaves or sew-ins are semi-permanent extensions that last about the same time as tape hair extensions. Before they can be installed, the person’s hair has to be braided. The strands are then weaved into the braids with a needle and cotton thread.
Only people with thick hair can get sew-ins because a lot of hair is needed to cover up the braids. Also, the hair has to be strong enough to support the extensions. Weaves can feel a bit heavy.
Weaves can be sewed in too tightly, which will lead to hair loss if you wait to loosen the strands.
4. Micro-bonded Extensions
Micro-bonded extensions are small pieces of hair looped through your own hair and secured with metal beads. These extensions can have microbeads, micro rings, or micro links.
Micro bonds are permanent and can stay in for 3 to 4 months. You may find these extensions annoying if you don’t like the beads shifting up and down.
Your hair can also be damaged if heat is used to keep the beads in place. Sometimes the rings or links are clamped onto the hair with pliers.
Although pricier and more work to apply than tape-ins and clip-ins, it’s great for any hair type, texture, and length.
5. Fusion Hair Extensions
Fusion hair extensions are also called pre-bonded or bonded extensions. The tips of the hairpieces are covered in glue or Keratin and applied to the person’s hair with heat.
Similar to microbeads, these extensions can cause hair breakage, but this can have more to do with the glue being used.
On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about beads moving around or people seeing the beads. The adhesive is clear and the extensions should be flat to your head.
These permanent extensions will give you a seamless look that lasts for up to 6 months. It’s also the most expensive option.
Choosing the Right Hair Extensions
As you look at the different types of hair extensions, consider the thickness of your hair and how long it is. For example, clip-ins don’t work well with short hair.
Think about whether you want to wear the extensions for a long time or only a few weeks. Take hair damage into account, especially if your hair is already damaged from past extensions or hair color.
This guide to hair extensions will help you decide how to get ultra-glam!
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