How Do Hair Extensions Work?

May 08, 2020

How Do Hair Extensions Work?

Hair extensions are strips or wefts of hair made from either real human hair or synthetic fibers, to help you achieve longer, fuller hair. They are a great option if you want to change or update your hair, improve its appearance, or try out a new style, without having to wait for your hair to grow, stay stuck with hair that just can’t grow past a certain point, or commit to a certain color or style. But how exactly do hair extensions work? And are they for everyone? We answer these questions below!

What Are the Different Kinds of Hair Extensions?

There are several different kinds of hair extensions and they all fall within two main categories: temporary and semi-permanent hair extensions. Temporary hair extensions are ready to wear right out of the package and can be applied by yourself. They can be worn every day, but not while sleeping or showering. Semi-permanent hair extensions typically require a professional hairstylist to install, stay in the hair during all daytime activities, and while sleeping and require routine visits to the salon to adjust them.

Hair Before and After

Each type of hair extension attaches to the hair using a different method, and choosing the right one for you will depend on the level of commitment you are wanting, the level of maintenance you want to endure, and the current state and health of your hair. For example, clip in extensions and halo hair extensions are temporary and very easy to install yourself, while also being gentle on the hair. Tape in hair extensions are semi-permanent and attach to the hair with rows of tape adhesive. They are gentle enough for thin hair. On the other hand, if you have already thinning or damaged hair, you may want to avoid fusion and beaded hair extensions, since they have the potential to be hard on the hair and cause damage.

When properly installed, all hair extensions blend seamlessly into the hair and are hidden to others. The results are natural looking longer, more voluminous hair.


How Do Hair Extensions Attach to the Hair?

Hair extensions attach to the hair in different ways, as we explained above. Some use clips to clip to your hair, others use strips of tape to stick to your hair, and others use heat to attach themselves to sections of hair, or beads that crimp down on the hair to secure themselves. Halo extensions are the only type of hair extension that doesn’t actually attach to the hair at all but stays put with an invisible wire that rests on top of the head and against the curvature of the scalp, using a top section of hair to weigh it down. It is the gentlest type of hair extension, and one of the easiest to install on your own.

Each attachment method isn’t for everyone and is something to discuss with your hairstylist or by contacting our team of experts, to find the right option for you. If you’re considering a semi-permanent hair extension, we highly recommend getting a second opinion before purchasing. Doing so will ensure that you choose the best hair extension type for you and your hair, the health of your hair, your budget, and what you’re willing to do to properly take care of them.


What is Involved with Having Hair Extensions?

High quality, human hair extensions provide the best results and can last the longest with proper maintenance, when compared to synthetic hair extensions. If you opt for a semi-permanent hair extension, you will need to visit the salon for regular appointments, about every 4-8 weeks depending on the extension, to have it adjusted by the stylist. Temporary hair extensions do not require any trips to the salon unless you decide to get them professionally cut or colored.

Applying Hair Extensions

There are additional maintenance practices that apply to all types of hair extensions and are important to be consistent with, including Brushing the hair at least once per day to avoid tangles and knots; Shampooing as less often as possible, no more than once per week to avoid stripping the hair of its oils; Using a sulfate-free shampoo; Being careful to always condition the extensions after shampooing, and using a leave-in conditioner between washes to maintain proper moisture levels; Putting the hair into a loose bun or braid while sleeping and swimming; Avoiding the use of bleach to maintain the health and integrity of the hair.

For temporary hair extensions, avoid wearing them to bed and while bathing. It’s always good practice to place them in the original box they came in when not in use.

Are Hair Extensions Right for Me?

If you would like to have longer, fuller hair, without having to wait for your hair to grow out or commit to a certain style, then hair extensions are a great option for you! With several different kinds of hair extensions, at varying prices, we have no doubt you can find the perfect option for you. They can be hidden into even thin hair, for a seamless blend and overall appearance that looks totally natural.

If you have any questions about wearing hair extensions or choosing the right type for you, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. For more tips and info regarding hair extensions, browse the other posts on our blog. We also encourage you to try out our Shop By Look tool, to find the extension that goes with the look you want!