Once considered a taboo before they became widely popular in the 70s and 80s, more women than ever are choosing to get weaves and natural hair extensions to give inches of length and add body to hair. In fact, it’s been reported that over the last two years, there has been an amazing 28.5% growth in the number of salons offering hair extension services!
There are several different methods for putting in hair extensions — and knowing which method works best for your unique needs is an important thing to figure out before you visit your hair salon shop. To help you get started, here’s a guide to the three most popular hair extension methods:
Sew in hair extensions
Sew in hair extensions are easily the most popular method of getting hair extensions because of their low maintenance requirements and affordable cost. They’re also fairly easy to take out once their lifespan ends and won’t damage one’s natural hair. To put in sew in extensions, a hairstylist creates tight braid of the natural hair; this acts as a base to which the extensions can be sewn onto. These extensions last about four months and must be re-tightened periodically.
Clip-ins and temporary extensions
Clip-in extensions are wefts, or sections, of hair that are attached to a clip. They come in a wide variety of sizes, which allows them to be placed anywhere on the head. Placing these extensions takes a short amount of time, making them more convenient for people with busy schedules. Because clip-ins are a more temporary option — they shouldn’t be worn overnight or washed — these extensions are best for special occasions.
Micro links — also known as micro beads or locks — involve individual strands of extensions attached to strands of hair with a small silicone bead. Many women prefer this option because it requires no glue or heat styling which can harm one’s natural hair. Like sew in hair extensions, micro beads last about four months and should be regularly re-tightened.
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