The Fall Season Is a Great Time to Install Hair Extensions… But Do So Properly
November 21, 20174 min read
Before the Install:
Purchase the correct texture hair:
Check your hair texture and compare it to the extensions
Purchase the correct color
Ask a few friends or your stylist to eye the color chart with you to make sure that the color is correct or as close to your natural or colored hair as possible
Purchase the correct density that you are hoping to achieve
What is hair density- density is the number of hair follicles per square inch of hair.
Here are a few examples: hair extensions come in about 120% density (this would be for a client that has thin hair but wants a thicker look) which is not quite so thick all through 150%, 180% and 200% density (very similar to an afro like look) is a thick density of extensions
You can always order a double order and just add two clips or tape two wefts of tracks together.
Make sure you purchase your extensions from Amazing Hair Beauty (www.amazinghairbeauty.com) to ensure that you have the quality of hair that will allow you to have less shedding and be able to curl or treat the 100% Human extensions as your own
Once You Have Purchased the Hair You Are Ready for the Install:
Wash, Condition, Color Retouch or color to match the extensions you have chosen (If needed), using heat protectant blow dry your hair straight and carefully use smaller sections and flat iron the hair (If using straight hair extensions) OR scrunch hair in a curl formation (if using curly hair extensions) that matches the curly or wavy hair you have chosen. The hair should be ready for the install
Comb out and clip or get the hair away that you will use for your leave out. Usually it isaround the frame of the perimeter and around the middle part or side part.
Lay the hair extensions as flat as possible to the middle frame of your hair. Usually the hair around the perimeter and a portion of the top middle are left clipped out of the way during the install. Don’t forget to add the extensions with the density you had in mind (120%-200% are common densities)
So, now you have the hair extensions properly secured or installed. Placed strategically in your hair to provide you the best density and to avoid seeing your tracks or wefts through your leave out
Hair Extensions Blending Techniques:
IMPORTANT:LEAVE ENOUGH LEAVE OUT THAT YOU CAN HAVE PROPER COVERAGE
BUT NOT SO MUCH LEAVE OUT THAT YOU CAN SEE THE TRACKS OR WEFTS
Go through the the hair a cermic flat iron(if you are using straight hair extensions) and a flat iron comb. The flat iron comb will allow you to comb through and sepearte your hair with the extensions so that you can keep an eye on knowing where your hair starts and ends in comparison to the extensions. Use very small sections so that you can see the difference between your hair and the extensions and for proper straightening. The hair will need to be pin straight flat ironed. Don’t forget heat protectant.
If the hair is curly or wavy, hopefully you have chosen the correct texture or a curl or wave pattern that matches your own natural hair. Scrunch your hair to make your curl or wave. After the install, hold the hair out at about a 45 degree angle, and use the same technique used for straight hair to point cut the extenstions to the shortest layer of your own natural hair. Remember curly or wavy hair is a little easier to blend.
Point cut the hair to the shortest layer of your natural hair hold hair out at least a 45 degree angle. Be careful to keep an eye on your hair so that you do not cut your own hair. Be also careful to not cut too much of your extensions off but keeping in mind all OR most extensions have to be blended
What is point cutting? If you want to add texture to the ends of your hair, point cutting is the technique you need. This technique cuts the hair with a vertical, rather than horizontal, motion. Point cutting removes bulk from the ends of the hair, blending layers together and creating movement
Styling Techniques After Your Extension
If you have purchased quality hair from our featured company, Amazing Hair Beauty, then you will be able to do almost everythign that you do with your own hair with the extensions such as curling with heat, pulling up in a ponytail (if you have left leave out), coloring. It is always recommended if you are coloring your extensions to see a professional stylist to assist you with not damaging the hair. Save the details on the hair that comes in your box so you can know the quality and type of hair.
Mental note for you, because the extensions have been through a difficult process to become extensions, coloring the hair maybe quite difficult or may not be as possible as it would with living hair.
Use a permanent color marker on the inside of the extension weft to assist you to know where the extensions need to be positioned on your head when put them back in as you take them out to wash and reapply. For example: I give my lower tracks/weft a purple colow, my middle tracks/weft a white color and my top a silver color. This will assist you with knowing where to put the extensions back in after you have gone through the hard work of blending the extensions to work especially for your hair.
Remember where the extension go back in your hair by using the color coding***
Use sulfate free shampoo to wash the extensions about once a month or maybe sooner, depending on your preference
Use a good quality conditioner let sit on the hair for at least 20 minutes, spray with a light leave in conditioner and a small amout of very light glosser or hair polish.
Air dry the extensions on a towel. I like to clip extensions to my towel bar in my bathroom with a clothes pins and blow dry straight or crunch for curly with a diffuser before re-applying
Once applied extensions like they should be positioned; like you have cut/blended the extensions, style like mentioned under this article section “Blending Techniques.”