1. Clip-in Hair Extensions

WHAT ARE THEY?

Clip-in wefts, also known as Clip in Hair extensions, come in a strand of contoured pieces, attached at the base with either fabric or silicone. Clips are attached to this base and come ready to use. All you have to do is clip the pieces to your natural hair all on your own! Each clip snaps open and closes with ease.

Clip-in hair extensions are the least permanent style of extensions because you can quickly remove them and put them back on whenever you want. Unlike some of the other hair extension applications mentioned above, clip-ins usually take 5 – 15 minutes to apply at home.  

TREATMENT

The same synthetic vs. real hair rules apply when it comes to the treatment of clip-in hair extensions just as with any hair extensions. We’ll focus more on the human hair extensions since that’s what we recommend.

Human hair extensions’ maintenance is the need to be washed every 15-20 wears, or if there is a lot of product buildup to the point that they become unmanageable. Just like your natural hair, you brush, shampoo and condition the hair and let them air dry! 

 In terms of styling, human hair clip-in extensions can be styled just like your natural hair. They can be curled, straightened, and coloured; however, it is always best to use a lower heat setting when heat styling the hair, and to use a heat protectant before heat styling. 

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

Once again, this depends on how well you take care of them, what products you use, and how often you wear them. With proper care and regular wear, clip-ins last anywhere from 3 – 6 months, up to a year and sometimes even longer. 

2. Tape-In Hair Extensions

WHAT ARE THEY?

Tape hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. The extensions are pre-taped and then taped/glued together on either side of your hair. Typically a hairdresser would apply tape-ins for you because you need to align them with the roots. This process usually takes approximately 40 minutes – 1 hour to apply, and if the extensions are in good condition, they can be re-used.

TREATMENT

With tape-in extensions, you have to be very careful when using conditioners or hair products because this can cause the tape to come loose or slip off. Because of this, hairdressers usually recommend you not to use any conditioner or styling products to your roots. You can style them any way you want because they are human hair, just avoid direct heat on your roots.

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

Tape-ins are considered semi-permanent. Typically, they last 4 – 8 weeks before you need to remove and re-apply them. Just like any other hair, however, it depends on how well you take care of them and on how quickly your hair grows.

3. Sew-In Hair Extensions/Wefts

WHAT ARE THEY?

Weft hair is applied by braiding the natural hair into cornrows first, then using a needle and thread to sew the weft into the braid or cornrow. Weave hair extensions are predominantly used for people with thicker hair because of the way they are applied. Generally speaking, the weft application is a very long process (usually several hours.) 

This method is applied by an experienced hairdresser, as it is a very technical and challenging application that needs to be sewn in by a professional. Sew-ins also come in wig form, which is sewn into cornrows the same way.

TREATMENT

If you have a weave, you need to moisturize the scalp, the nape and edges of the hair at least once a week and ensure you are using deep conditioning products. Another popular recommendation for people with weaves is to wash the hair with a special protein product to minimize damage and weakening of the hair. When it comes to styling, the same rules apply for real hair vs. synthetic hair—usually weaves come in real hair because of how long they are kept in.

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

It is recommended to remove the weave every 6 – 8 weeks, especially if you are trying to grow your own hair. 

4. Fusion & Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions

WHAT ARE THEY?

Fusion hair extensions (also known as bonding or pre-bonded) are fused to natural hair using different keratin. Applying pre-bonded hair extensions take approximately 3-4 hours to apply and are also applied by a hair Extension Tech. Fusion extensions is suitable for all clients as this type of application use keratin bonding. The application involves a machine to heat up the keratin and attach the bond to your hair. For the full head, we usually use 100 strands.

TREATMENT

Fusion/pre-ponded application is managed and treated the same way as your real hair. You can use the same products you would typically use; however, the extensions need re-positioning every 3-6 months as the natural hair grows.

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

They are considered semi-permanent as they stay in your hair for up to 4 months. However, like all other types of hair extensions, this varies based on your own hair type and growth.

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