In this article, we’re taking you right into the world of hair extensions myths, debunking common misconceptions you may have heard.
If you’re new to the world of hair extensions, are a first-time buyer, or are in the market for new clip-in hair extensions and can't shake the disconcerting stories you're heard about hair extensions, keep reading or watch the video to help ease your mind.
Hair extensions myth #1:
Hair extensions will leave your hair damaged, broken, and extremely thin.
This is a myth that's been circulating for ages, and may have some truth when it comes to more permanent types of hair extensions, which use heat, glue, or clamps for installation. Clip-in hair extensions, however, are the safest form of extensions for your hair, as they are only worn for a few hours at a time as needed, and removed before taking a shower or going to bed. While clip-in hair extensions can be worn daily, they should only be worn when you want to enhance the length and thickness of your hair. If clipped in, removed, and cared for properly, clip-in hair extensions cause absolutely no damage to your hair.
As mentioned above, there are different hair extension application methods out there, about which you should do thorough research prior to committing. Out of all application methods—micro beads, tape-ins, fusion—clip-in hair extensions are the safest, and fastest way to get longer, thicker hair. Since permanent hair extensions are applied with glue, or physically bonded to small strands of hair, there is some risk of damage to the roots of your hair as well as risk of pulling and discomfort. Because clip-in hair extensions are a temporary form of hair extensions, they allow your hair to ‘breathe’ and give your roots a rest when the extensions aren’t being worn. In fact, many women wear clip-in hair extensions everyday to achieve longer, fuller hair in just a few minutes at home with zero damage to their natural hair.
Having said this, if you are experiencing alopecia, we strongly suggest to consult your healthcare professional for advice on whether wearing clip-in hair extensions is right for you.
Hair Extensions Myth #2:
Hair extensions won't blend in.
Another common misconception is that the hair extensions won’t blend in—we've all seen images on the internet of some questionable blends, and trust us, we were just as perplexed as you. Here's the thing: if you choose the right set of hair extensions for your hair type, and practice clipping them in and styling them, the extensions will blend in seamlessly with your hair. While there is a learning curve when it comes to clipping and styling hair extensions yourself there are many resources on our YouTube channel to help you achieve the hair of your dreams right at home.
View the video below for our tried and true method for clipping in hair extensions perfectly every time.
Have short hair? Check out our step by step guide for how to clip in hair extensions with short hair below.
The reason why some hair extensions end up with a...not so satisfactory blend, is due to choosing the wrong weight or type of extensions for your hair type. Luxy Hair extensions are available in a Classic style with a fabric stitched based, in three different weights. The 120g sets are designed for those who have thin hair, while the 160g sets are designed for those who have an average amount of hair and are looking to add more length and volume while still maintaining a natural look. Finally, the 220g sets are designed for those who have thick hair, a lot of hair, blunt haircuts or short hair.
Luxy Hair extensions are also available in a Seamless collection, in 180g. These wefts have a silicone base, that lie totally flat against your head. This set is ideal if you are looking to add volume and length to your hair, however, have finer hair strands and do not need the extra lift at the roots.
It is important to choose your set of hair extensions according to your hair type for an ideal and seamless blend.
Hair Extensions Myth #3:
The extension tracks will show.
Here's another hair extensions faux pas, and an embarrassing one, at that! Let's face it, no one is looking to advertise to the world that they are in fact, wearing hair extensions, and a rogue weft poking through is a surefire way to give your little secret away. The truth is, if your hair extensions are clipped in and blended properly, they will not be visible at all, even as you move your head around throughout the day. In fact, many brides wear their hair extensions throughout the night, with no issues of wefts or tracks showing through.
The trick to ensure your hair extensions stay hidden is to clip them in in your ‘safe’ zone, below your eyebrow line, and have enough hair to cover the wefts.
If you have thin hair, this myth may apply most to you. Click here to learn the right way to blend hair extensions with thin hair to avoid this. Alternatively, we recommend opting for the Seamless collection if you have thinner hair, as these wefts lie totally flat against your head.
Hair Extensions Myth #4:
Extra hair will weigh you down and give you headaches.
We're not going to lie about this one. Since you are physically clipping additional hair onto your head, it will feel a heavier than normal. For example, if you clip a set of 220g hair extensions in, your head will feel exactly 220 grams heavier. Upon first clipping in and wearing hair extensions, you may feel some discomfort as you get used to your new head of hair, however, after a few wears, you won't feel a thing. If you do find it difficult to get used to the added weight, start of with an extra weft or two, slowly building up to wearing a full set of hair extensions.
If you have an unusually sensitive scalp and find that even a tight ponytail gives you a headache, you may find that hair extensions are more uncomfortable than usual. If so, the trick to reduce headaches when wearing clip-in hair extensions is to clip each weft in about an inch down from your roots, rather than right at the scalp as shown below.
Luxy Hair extensions have a silicone grip underneath each single clip, so you can be sure that the wefts won’t slide down further and will stay put securely in your hair. For extra support, you may also tease the hair a little bit below of where you want to clip in the weft to form a sturdy base for the weft.
Hair Extensions Myth #5:
Hair extensions tangle and are high maintenance.
One of the best parts about clip-in hair extensions is they do not need professional salon care or maintenance. You can take good care of your set yourself, just as you would with your own natural hair, and ensure the extensions live a long and healthy life. Since hair extensions aren't attached to your scalp, they don't get oily, and therefore, don't need to be washed often. They only need to be washed every 15-20 wears when there is a significant buildup of hairspray or other hair products. You can learn how to wash clip-in hair extensions yourself by reading this post. Watch this helpful video on how to generally take care of your hair extensions to keep them looking luscious for longer, with no need for any trips to the salon.
Of course, all hair extensions—and hair, for that matter—are prone to some tangling. The extent to which the hair tangles depends on the quality of the hair extensions and also how well you take care of them. If the extensions are made of remy human hair there should be minimal tangling that occurs naturally.
If your own hair is prone to tangling, then it may naturally cause the extensions to tangle with it, however, a quick brush periodically throughout the day with a Loop Hair Extensions brush will keep tangles at bay.
Further learning about hair extensions:
- What is remy human hair?
- Click to learn how and where Luxy Hair extensions are made
- Why do people wear hair extensions?
- What other people say about clip-in hair extensions