Quick Guide to Hair Extensions
Before jumping right in, however, you’ll want to know what kinds exist, and which ones work best for you.
Firstly, there are four main types of hair extensions – clip-ons, sew-ins, fusion extensions and glue-ons. Of these types, sew-ins in particular have become one of the most in-demand because they’re easy to maintain, are affordable and have that natural look to them. In fact, celebrities such as Beyonce, Halle Berry, Raven Symone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Simpson have used sew-in extensions due to their multiple benefits. Sew-in extensions, like the ones offered at #HAIRFLEEK, blend in naturally with your real hair with only a few short-term side effects. Many women wear extensions as an alternative method to care for their hair while looking for was to achieve growth without damaging their natural hair. But what are sew-in extensions and why are they so popular?
Sew-in Hair Extensions Defined
Sew-in extensions are a type of hair accessories that are installed using braids and thread, which is woven into a person’s natural hair. Once installed, all it takes are a few easy tricks to keeping them looking natural. Tracks are braided into your natural hair. These tracks can be horizontal, vertical or curved. Curved tracks follow the natural contours of your hairline. Oftentimes a hairdresser will make sure the braids are back away from the hairline so the tracks are well hidden. The amount of hair added can vary, too. It depends on how much hair you have already and how much you want to add. Check out our SPOTTED section to see some recent sew-in’s from our customers.
Benefits to Sew-ins
A major plus to sew-in extension is they provide flexibility in how you want to style your hair. If maintained properly, they can last for weeks or even months. They also are less likely to come out on their own as opposed to other less-permanent methods. If you don’t have a whole lot of time fixing up your hair each day, they can be just the trick to help look good without undergoing a whole lot of work. Some popular sew-in styles today include the Versatile sew-in and the Vixen sew-in. Both styles are “in” right now because they fit in with your natural hair like a breeze. Before you decide on what style of extensions to get, however, you’re going to want to decide if you’d rather use human or synthetic hair.
Synthetic Hair vs. Human Hair Breakdown
When choosing which type of hair to install, the general rule of thumb is that human hair is more natural and durable, but also more expensive. Human hair looks the most natural, blends well with your own hair, and reflects light the way your own hair would, and it also can be color treated, whereas synthetic hair cannot. There are three types of human hair available. 100 percent human hair is the lowest quality, followed by “Remy” and “Virgin Remy” the highest quality. We do NOT offer synthetic hair and do not have plans to do so. Feel comfortable that you are getting top quality hair extensions from #HAIRFLEEK.
100 Percent Human Hair
This type of hair comes from hair brushes or hair that has fallen on the floor. It’s also in larger supply and thus much cheaper. This type of hair strand usually comes in all different directions. To account for that, the hair will often go through the process of an “acid bath.” This process removes the entire cuticle.
Remy Hair is hair in which all of the hair follicles go in one direction. It’s collected in a way where all the strands are aligned in the direction it was grown, which gets rid of tangling issues that can arise with non-Remy Hair. Remy extensions, on average, can last between 3 to 6 months.
Virgin Remy Hair
Finally, Virgin Remy Hair is entirely unprocessed and collected from a single donor, usually from India, Malaysia or Brazil. It is hair that has not been altered by any dyes, perms, bleaches or hard washes and is the most expensive due to its limited supply. It’s also the most durable, as Virgin Remy Hair can last up to 12 months. If this interests you, check out our Vietnamese Hair Extensions for the ultimate hair extension experience.
If you’re looking for hair that’s less expensive and easier to maintain, then synthetic hair is the way to go. Synthetic hair is known to hold a style well and can withstand the elements such as rain, snow or humidity. You also get a bit more volume per connection. There’s also heat-resistant synthetic hair that uses Futura fibers, which can withstand heat of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and actually can outlast human hair.
Coloring your Hair Extensions
After installing extensions, if you have natural hair you can get them colored, also. Synthetic extensions can’t be colored because the coloring agent ruins the hair. When coloring extensions, the first thing to remember is that you never want to lighten them, particularly with bleach. If you want to color your extensions, a good tip is to start with a light color such as blonde. Color in blonde extensions also will develop faster. When you’re coloring, remember to leave the color on half of the time that the instructions recommend and check the color every 5 to 10 minutes. It’s also a good idea to use a 10-volume developer or a demi-permanent color as higher developers can also possibly damage your extensions.
Blending your Hair Extensions
To make your extensions look even more natural, you will want them to get them trimmed and blended into your own hair. Ask your stylist to cut the hair in a similar way to your natural hair. You’ll also want to consider the natural hair length, and that for women with short-hair, it takes a bit more work to make the extensions look natural. Fine hair also might need more teasing than thicker hair to make your extensions blend. One way to do that is to set them closer together, or to apply your bottom weft upside down. You can also shake your extensions with your fingers once they’ve been clipped, which lets them mix with your own hair.
Once they are blended into your natural hair, you need to remember to take proper care of them so they do not become too loose. To do that there are several easy maintenance tips to follow.
Maintaining your Hair Extensions
After the stylist braids your hair, before the hair is sewn in ask the stylist if you can look in a mirror to see the pattern because once the hair is in you won’t see your scalp as easily. By recognizing the pattern, you can better moisturize it by using oil to your scalp directly. You’ll also want to undergo a protein treatment either before or after you wash your hair. A protein treatment has different properties that connect to the follicles and harden the cuticles, also creating a protective layer around the follicle.
Some good natural protein treatments agents include coconut oil or Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise. Also, try to only style weave using heat at the most just twice a week. It’s also a good idea to use a soft brush designed for hair extensions so you don’t damage your hair while brushing. Using gentle shampoo and cold water to rinse it out will help reduce tangles, too. Olive oil moisturizes your hair in a way that mirrors your hair’s natural oil secretion. Simply put a small amount of olive oil in a small container and touch your fingers to it. Apply it along each part of your scalp. You can also do the same thing with a Q-tip if you prefer. While you want to moisturize, you don’t want to soak your hair down too much during your weekly maintenance. Finally, you’ll want to apply normal conditioner to your extensions and less potent conditioner to your own braids.
Sew-in extensions are powerful hair accessories that help give your hair more length or volume. You can find extensions that fit any kind of budget expending on what type of hair you want to use, also. When it’s all said and done, they can add a fun new wrinkle to your look. Most importantly, be sure to use proper protein agents and take care when you go to wash it so your hair stays healthy, natural and clean.