Many women dream of lengthening their hair to change their look and give their hair a boost. While there are many hair extensions that are easy to apply at home, some methods of application require an appointment with a hairdresser.
Hair extensions that can be applied at home
Some hair extensions do not necessarily require a hair stylist to install them. For a perfect result, we recommend that you use two mirrors: one in front of you and one behind you. This will allow you to check that your extensions are straight and well attached to your hair. To make this home hair extension session even more enjoyable, you can also ask a friend to help you!
Clip-in extensions are the easiest to use, so they can be used every day to make your hair denser. It will take you barely 5 minutes to put the extensions on your head, to do this you just have to clip the different strands directly under your hair. Clip-in extensions can only be worn during the day, if you forget to remove them at night you risk creating knots and damaging your natural hair strands.
This type of extension is also quite easy to use and does not require an appointment with a professional. It is a cold application, the extension is held to the scalp with adhesive strips. You just need to attach a strand of hair between two strips to get a denser hair.
Loop extensions have rings that are very easy to use and are also called cold extensions. Each extension has a ring that must be tightened with a clip. The base of the strand has a lasso that helps you slide your hair into the ring such as headband wigs. Once the hair is properly positioned, the lasso is released.
Hair extensions that require the intervention of a hairdresser
To get long, shiny, dense hair, it is sometimes necessary to go to your hairdresser. Here are the extensions that require the help of a professional.
This type of extension requires a particular technicality, because they need heat to be stuck durably. Keratin extensions must be applied with great precision, as the keratin is heated and then glued directly to your hair fiber, a few millimeters from your skull. The extensions are fixed with a heated clamp, strand by strand, in a very meticulous way. You understand that to avoid burning yourself and to correctly apply the strands, it is better to call a hairdresser!
This is the most meticulous and refined method of extension, and is generally used on Afro or mixed race hair that is strong enough to withstand the application. It is a cold method that does not require glue or keratin: the natural hair is braided flush with the skull and then sewn onto the extension strips. Only a hairdresser is able to sew the wefts of hair extensions in a natural and durable way.
Maintenance tips for hair extensions
Wash your extensions
To maintain your hair extensions, start by detangling them with warm water in up and down movements before applying your shampoo. For shiny, moisturized hair, turn to gentle shampoos without silicones or sulfates.
Conditioner nourishes your extensions and helps moisturize them. First, start with a gentle massage as you usually do on natural hair. Then, brush them up and down to loosen the knots.
Combing your hair extensions
Brushing hair extensions requires a special delicacy to avoid damaging the ends. So gather the lengths in one hand and use a soft brush to do so.