Are Weft Hair Extensions Right For Me?
Tips for Understanding Your Ideal Hair Extension Type
Hair extensions are everywhere these days. When someone walks past you with hip-length hair that looks healthy, falls flawlessly and sparks hair envy from you, we're willing to bet that that's not their natural hair. You likely see those luscious tresses because that person decided to indulge in natural hair extensions from a good salon.
And, why shouldn't they?
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Hair extensions can give you the length and volume you desire without waiting for your hair to grow or making a permanent commitment. They're safe to use and, when installed by a pro, they won't damage your natural hair. Good quality extensions - such as weft extensions made with Remy hair - look, feel and behave just like natural hair, making them easy to care for and style.
In 2020, the global hair extension market was worth over 3.6B. This might be due to the nearly limitless number of options that gives us the freedom to experiment and play with the hair of our dreams! But, before booking your appointment, it's important to know not every hair extension out there will produce the results you crave.
And, learning how to pick the best type of hair extension for you is absolutely worth it.
Below is a quick guide:
What types of hair extensions are there?
Today'sToday's hair extensions come in different shapes, sizes, colours and textures. They vary by installation method, durability, price, and construction. A common way to categorize hair extensions is by installation type. There are five main types of attachment methods that include:
- Clip In
- Tape In
- Hand Tied Wefts
- Micro Bead Application
Clip In Hair Extensions
As their name suggests, simple clips attach clip-in extensions to the head. They are a popular type of hair extension because they're easy to use, aren't permanent, and can be applied and removed without a trip to the salon. Because no tools or chemicals are used, clip-ins put no stress on the natural hair.
Also, primarily because of their low maintenance, they tend to be the most affordable type of hair extension.
For high-quality clip-ins, opt for ones made with Remy hair. Remy extensions use to-notch human hair, which allows for tangle-free, styleable hair that blends the most naturally with your own tresses.
Clip-in hair extensions are ideal for temporary use. For instance, clip-ins are the perfect, last-minute solution if you want to add length or volume to your hair for a special occasion, such as a wedding or graduation.
Clip-ins are a great way to test the waters for those unsure about committing to a more permanent type of hair extension.
Are clip-ins your ideal hair extension?
If you have hairstyle commitment issues, clip-ins are the perfect hair extension. They're quick to install and can create fabulous up-dos, the perfect look for a night out or "just because!" And, when you're ready to wind down for the day, they can be easily removed at home.
For those in Victoria, BC, the designHouse Salon has the ultimate solution for those with extreme hair extension commitment issues - clip-in rentals!
Tape In Hair Extensions
Tape-in extensions are becoming increasingly popular. They are installed by a professional stylist and use double-sided tape that attaches hair wefts to small sections of natural hair close to the scalp. Tape-ins can last for several weeks and are considered semi-permanent hair extensions.
Tape-ins need to be professionally removed and reinstalled every few months.
One of the many benefits of tape-in extensions is that they are less damaging than other hair extensions, such as fusion or sew-in extensions. This is because they attach to small sections of natural hair and don't put any tension on the scalp.
Tape-in extensions are convenient as they are easy to take care of and can be applied much quicker than other hair extension types. They can be styled just like your natural hair. Still, we recommend using gentle products and brushes to avoid damaging the wefts.
Hand Tied Weft Hair Extensions
With hand-tied extensions, your stylist will meticulously tie the wefts onto your natural hair.
These extensions need to be removed and reapplied every six to eight weeks. However, the routine care appointments will help the hair itself last anywhere from nine to twelve months.
Installing and removing hand-tied wefts must be done by a professional stylist with experience in this process.
The hand-tying application process can take anywhere from two to four hours. However, the end result is worth it. Hand-tied hair extensions tend to look the most natural and, if made with quality strands, will blend seamlessly with your natural hair. They're easy to care for in-between salon visits and look fantastic! Plus, because no harsh adhesives or heat is used, your own hair will stay safe and undamaged.
Hand tied wefts come in different colours and lengths, so your stylist can customize the look to suit your individual style and needs.
Are hand-tied wefts right for me?
If you're looking for a more permanent hair extension option that will give you the most natural look, hand-tied wefts are the way to go. This type of weft is carefully hand-tied to your own hair, so it looks like your own hair is growing out of your scalp.
Other reasons to choose a hand-tied weft extension include:
- You have thin hair. Professionally hand-tied wefts should look seamless, ideal for those with thin hair.
- You want to be comfortable. Hand-tied wefts are comfortable and should not add tension to your scalp when properly attached.
- You like wearing extensions. Suppose you've enjoyed wearing hair extensions in the past and want a semi-permanent solution. In that case, quality hand-tied wefts are likely for you.
- You have sensitive skin. Other hair extension application methods use adhesives, heat and chemicals that can be irritating to a sensitive scalp and nape. This option eliminates those exposures!
Micro Bead Hair Extensions
Micro bead extensions are a type of hair extension installed using tiny beads. This process can be done with individual bonds of hair and is considered semi-permanent.
When having your hair extension applied using microbeads, your stylist will first loop the extension and natural hair strands through a small, silicone-lined bead. Then, they will carefully crimp the bead shut, securing the extensions in place while blending it with your natural hair. They will repeat this process until the installation is finished.
Installing an extension with microbeads is often favoured by those with sensitive scalp or allergies because it is a chemical, adhesive, and heat-free application process.
These extensions require a professional stylist to properly attach and remove them. Removing this, or any other non-clip extension on your own, will probably cause significant damage to your natural hair.
Bonded Hair Extensions
Bonded hair extensions fuse directly to your hair. This uses hair extensions called Keratin Tips, aka K-tips, because the tips of the hair are coated in a keratin protein. When heat is applied to the protein, it melts, fusing the strand to your natural hair. This is considered a permanent type of hair extension. However, it can be removed using a chemical solvent to dissolve the Keratin adhesive.
The main benefit of K-tip extensions is that they are virtually undetectable when installed correctly. However, this method should only be done by a professional stylist with experience because it can cause damage to your natural hair if not applied correctly.
Looking for Weft Hair Extension Services in Victoria, BC? Contact the Extension Experts at designHouse Salon.
Hair extensions do more than simply add volume and length to your hair. They can express your personal style, build confidence and help you love how you look.
At designHouse Salon in Victoria, BC, we offer hair extension services using only the highest quality products available on the market. Our highly trained extension experts will work with you to find the perfect style and shade to suit your unique look.
Schedule a consultation today to find out what types of hair extensions are right for you!