Your Guide to Getting Gorgeous Hair Extensions

ICYMI, that gorgeous and super shiny mane that your favorite celebrity or model is wearing takes a lot of work. Of course, there is intense hair care and access to some extremely talented hairstylists, but we can assure you that there are hair extensions involved. And there is nothing wrong with that. What’s not to love about long, luscious, chunky braids that frame your face beautifully? However, the most common caveat about hair extensions is that they will come off, stubbornly refusing to blend in with your natural hair. But this is just a misconception. With the right type and quality of hair extensions, the right care, and lots of information, you can fake your way to fuller, healthier hair and receive compliments for it, too!

Hair, hair extensions all over. Which one to choose ?

There are many types of hair extensions available – clip-on to faux scalp / bangs, mattress toppers, micro ring hair extensions, keratin / colored individual hair strands, woven wigs, etc. Clip-in extensions are perhaps the best way to start, they’re easier to experiment with, and don’t require a long-term commitment. Weave extensions are sewn with a needle and are generally recommended for extremely curly hair.

Real hair extensions are considered the best because their cuticles are preserved and they all go in the same direction, so the texture is silkier. However, real hair can be very expensive, something you will need to take into account. Synthetic hair, while much cheaper, is not heat resistant and tends to tangle quickly. It also won’t blend in like real human hair.

Your choice of mane

In large part, the extensions you are going to choose are based on your budget and your hair type. You need to make sure that the color and texture of the extensions exactly match your real hair. Along with this, make sure that the hair density does not weigh down your real hair. The goal should be length as well as volume. So if you have very fine hair, then don’t go for heavier density extensions. If you don’t want to make a long-term commitment to extensions, you can try synthetic hair, but be aware that the effect is not as good. Real (Remy) hair extensions are always a good investment because they give you a natural effect which is essential. Micro Ring Hair Extensions do not require glue or heat which ultimately reduces damage to your hair. Plus, if you feel any discomfort or pain, you should reposition them immediately!

How to take care of your hair extensions

You will need new products, because hair that is not your own may react differently to your usual products. It is recommended that you switch to a sulfate-free, non-stripping shampoo and invest in a good hydrating mask as well. You will need an additional TLC. You will need to blow dry and style them regularly to make them look natural. It all sounds tedious, but the look you get will be worth it. It is possible that the end of the extensions will become rough, making them stand out. In this case, always go for a cut or style it at the ends. Always consult an expert first and follow their advice on which extension you should choose.

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David R. Brewer