The Science of Hair Extensions: Understanding the Hair Extension Process

May 10, 2023

The Science of Hair Extensions: Understanding the Hair Extension Process

Having a bad hair day? Do a 180 on it with hair extensions.

Hair extensions are a fuss-free way to add thickness, volume, and length to your natural tresses in a matter of minutes. So, even if you got a bad haircut, you won’t stand out like a sore thumb with these magical hair essentials!

But how do they work?

Let’s take a brief look into the science of hair extensions:

How Do Hair Extensions Work? Understanding the Process

The application method for hair extensions depends on the kind you choose.

That’s right!

The world of hair extensions is more complex than you’d think, but this guide will hopefully make things easier for you. For starters, you must first know what you want the extensions to do for you.

  • If you’re looking for a permanent solution, try sew-in extensions.
  • If you want a semi-permanent style (just until you grow out a bad haircut), tape-in extensions or a sew-in weave will be your best buds.
  • If you want to experiment with different colors and hairstyles, temporary solutions like clip-ins will give your hair an instant makeover.

You get the drift.

Now, let’s look at the popular styles and how they work their magic.

1. Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions or weaves are wefts of hair that can be secured onto your natural roots for fuller, thicker hair. To install them, divide your hair into sections attach the extensions to the different sections, and secure them with toupee-like clips.

It delivers a look that’s au natural as long as you leave enough hair over them for coverage.

Something to remember: These extensions can be bulky, so be sure to get ones with silicone weft bands. They sit flat against your head for a seamless look and feel.


2. Fusion/Bonded Hair Extensions

Fusion or bonded or pre-bonded extensions are attached to the roots of your hair with a small machine that looks like a glue gun. They can be installed in two ways: hot and cold. The former uses keratin glue for bonding the i-tips while the latter uses the simper micro-link method.

Since these extensions are glued to your natural hair, it’s best not to DIY their application at home.

3. Micro Bead Extensions

In micro-bead or micro loop extensions, tiny wefts of hair are attached to small sections of your natural hair using aluminum or copper links.

Their application is quite tricky. You’ll need a loop tool to secure the microbead in place towards the top of your head. Once secure, thread the extensions into the hair with the bead, using a clipper to hold everything together.

Word to the wise: Don’t tighten the beads too much. Otherwise, they could pull at the roots, causing the extension and a section of your natural hair to fall out.

4. Sew-In Hair Extensions

Sew-in, weave, or braided extensions are wefts of hair sewn onto hair that’s horizontally braided from ear to ear. It has a sturdy application method that can strain the scalp, making the wearer feel uncomfortable. Hence, this particular option is best explored by those with curly, coarse, or thicker hair.

If you’re using it as a protective style — meaning, you want to grow out your natural hair — remove it every 3 to 6 weeks to allow your natural tresses to breathe for a hot minute.

5. Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in extensions are wefts of hair taped on either side of your natural hair with a very thin single or double-sided keratin tape. Start at the nape of your neck, placing the extension at the root and press it firmly to ensure a secure hold.

It will give your hair some much-needed volume without requiring heat, making it a non-damaging option if you have thin strands.

Friendly tip: While you can maintain the health and shine of tape-in extensions with your regular hair care routine, it’s advised to steer clear of any hair care products with alcohol. Alcohol can break down the glue, causing the extensions to fall out.


What To Consider When Purchasing Hair Extensions

Here are four tips that will help you find the right extensions:

  • Choose extensions made with real human hair. Virgin hair may cost a bit more, but they blend with your natural hair a lot better.
  • Get the right weight and length for your natural hair to avoid placing unnecessary stress on the roots and scalp. If you’re unsure about how much you need, get expert advice from a professional.
  • Observe your hair in natural sunlight to find the right color. If you can’t find a shade close to your natural hair color, you can bleach your extensions.
  • Avoid extensions with excessive shine. The additional luster means they’re coated with silicone. This layer can wear off quickly, leaving you with dull and damaged hair.

And that’s it, folks!


Wrapping Up

The right hair extensions can make you feel comfortable and confident.

So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add volume and length to your natural tresses, make your way to Amazing Beauty. We offer an impressive variety of high-quality extensions in different weights, styles, and colors, helping you stay in style and on-trend without burning a hole through your savings.

Give them a try today. We promise they won’t disappoint!