Advances in keratin hair extensions include improved bonds, reduced harmful effects on the hair and scalp, improved ease of care, and increased length of wear.
Types of hair extensions
Hair extensions can be made from either synthetic materials or human hair, with human hair being the most expensive.
- They can be something you use occasionally (clip-ons) or something that is semi-permanent (fusion).
Clip-on and fusion hair extensions
Clip-ons are fun for adding a bit of whimsy to your hair, much like barrettes and other hair accessories, but they are obviously not your own hair. With fusion hair extensions, you get more hair length and fullness that actually looks like your own hair.
Fusion hair extensions
The original fusion hair extensions were attached with hot glue, which proved to be very hard on the hair and scalp. This process placed too much tension on the hair roots, pulled out the hair and could eventually cause permanent damage to the hair follicles. This method is rarely used anymore, but if you do come across it, avoid it.
Synthesized keratin extensions
The newer method of fusing extensions uses synthesized keratin, a hair protein, combined with a polymer to create a bond to attach the extensions to your hair.This method takes about three hours to complete. Keratin extensions are easily removed in about an hour using a remover that is 100-percent natural and contains no acetone.
Best features of Keratin hair extensions
Keratin hair extensions are a good choice for many reasons, including:
- Small bonds that are formed can easily be hidden.
- Perfect for increasing the volume of fine hair.
- Made from flexible keratin to create a non-damaging bond.
- Lasts four to six months with proper care.
- Easy to wash and style, and hair can be styled up or down.
Caring for keratin hair extensions
Choose your stylist carefully. Look for someone with professional training and lots of experience. To maintain your extensions, you should:
- Go to your stylist for maintenance at least once a month. Your stylist will check the bonds on the extensions to see if any need replacing.
- Prevent tangles by using a wide-toothed comb, running a mild conditioner through with your fingers, and tying hair back loosely when sleeping.
- Don’t pull at your extensions too much when styling. If your extensions are synthetic, don’t apply heat. Even with real hair extensions, you must be careful not to melt the bonds.
- Refrain from trying to colour your extensions; it will damage the bonds. Colour your hair before having the extensions attached.