Best Hair Extensions: What are they?
The most common question which is asked about hair extensions is “What are they?”
There are several types of hair extensions available today. They include; wigs, extensions, plaits, braids and dreadlocks. Wigs are used for men’s hairstyles such as balding or thinning hair. The wig provides a temporary solution to achieve the desired look without having to go through the process of growing out your own hair.
Extensions are used for women’s hairstyles such as straightening, thickening and volumizing hair. The extensions provide a permanent solution to achieve the desired look without having to have to grow out your own hair.
The most popular type of extensions are those made from human hair. These extensions come in various lengths and styles including ponytails, cornrows, twists, waves and many others.
Plaits are used for both men and women. Plaits can be worn loose or tied into knots.
The plait can also be styled into different patterns. Braids are another popular hairstyle choice among women. A woman with curly hair may choose to wear her hair in braided pigtails or in buns. Dreadlocks are a style of natural hair extensions that is typically worn by African Americans and other black ethnic groups.
Beads are also used to create a unique hairstyle. These beads can be sewn into the hair or tied around it in various patterns.
Beaded hairstyles are typically reserved for women. These hairstyles can be as simple or as elaborate as one desires to make them. The most common beads are made from plastic or glass, however, some people prefer to wear beads made of metal, wood, bone, seeds or other materials.
Ways in which hair extensions are attached to the natural hair
Hair can either be attached with glue, thread or heat. With the glued method, cornrow braids are created and a special kind of glue is used to hold the extensions in place.
With threading, the natural hair is wrapped around the extension hair and then both are tied together at the root using a clear thread. However, both of these methods tend to cause regular hair loss and breakage.
With the heat method, only the hair is heat-sealed to the extension hair. Using this method causes less breakage and hair loss.
The most common type of heat-attachment is the keratin bond, which joins the two hairs at the cortex level. The bonds can be put in by trained professionals or you can do it yourself. However, if done incorrectly, this can cause severe damage to your natural hair.
There are three main methods of hair extension attachment: gluing, threading and heat. The gluing method uses a special kind of glue to adhere the extension to your natural hair.
Glueing is quick and easy but can be quite damaging to your natural hair because the extension can rip out big chunks or all of it in one go if the bond fails.
The threading method involves wrapping your natural hair around the extension hair and then tying both hairs together at the root using a clear thread. Like gluing, this method is quick and easy but it is not without its dangers.
Repeatedly tying and untying the two hairs together can cause big chunks of your natural hair to come out.
The final method of attachment is heat. Using this method, a special heat-activated bond is attached between the two hairs.
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