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Thankfully, we live in a day and age where hair extensions exist! We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to be a celebrity or an influencer with 267k+ followers on Instagram to be able to wear hair extensions. Putting them on can be as normal as putting on mascara everyday. ‘Cause, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a little change when you’re simply not feeling the short hair, or on days when your hair refuses to be anything but limp?
Hair extensions are a fuss-free, instant way to make your hair look long, voluminous and fresh everyday. As much as we hate to say it, bad hair days are inevitable but wearing hair extensions can ensure that your bad hair days can be flipped around almost instantaneously.
Now, we understand how hair extensions can be pretty confusing to buy, and even wear. Especially when you consider just how many types and methods the beauty world offers. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back—we’re going to simplify and show you how hair extensions work, when you should buy them and a few tips to keep in mind before you do.
So how do hair extensions work?
On a day-to-day basis, hair extensions help add thickness and volume to fine hair for a fuller look. So if you’re looking to add volume or length (or both!), hair extensions are your shortcut to having gorgeous hair everyday. If you enjoy the rush of haircuts or have very fine, thin hair, hair extensions can possibly be your new best friend.
There are a wide variety of options to choose from, which can be bucketed into either permanent, semi-permanent or temporary extensions. From fusion/pre-bonded hair extensions that last anywhere between 3-4 months to clip-in hair extensions that you can put on and take off as you please, there are so many options available for you.
How do hair extensions work for thinning hair?
Hair extensions help add length and volume to hair that is naturally thin—giving your natural hair a healthy, nourished and fresh feel. Thanks to Luxy hair’s wide range 32 ah-mazing colours, it is so simple to find a shade that is your best fit—whether that is a clip-in or halo hair extension. If you have thin and limp hair and are looking to make your hair voluminous and lively, Luxy hair extensions are something you gotta try!
Here’s a quick rundown of the different kinds of extensions you can opt for based on your hair needs and how long each of them will last:
How do Fusion/Pre-bonded Hair Extensions work? (3-4 months)
These Attached to the root of your hair with a tool that looks similar to a glue gun. Fusion or pre-bonded hair extensions usually last for around three to four month and need to be attached by a professional hairdresser.
How do Tape-In Hair Extensions work? (4-8 weeks)
These are taped onto the sides of your natural hair with an adhesive weft tape and last anywhere between four to eight weeks if maintained well. Wefts of hair are taped on to either side of your natural hair using an adhesive weft tape. This kind of hair extension is a widely popular choice for many women because it doesn’t require heat and it also allows your hair to grow out naturally. Win-win, amirite?
How do Halo Hair Extensions work? (3-6+ months)
Halo extensions rest gently at the top of your head, secured with a thin, invisible wire. These are perhaps the easiest, least-damaging and non-committal hair extensions available.
How do Clip-In Hair Extensions work? (3-6+ months)
Wefts of hair are attached to a cloth or lace base with clips that can be clipped on to your natural roots. The finest type of hair extension in the block, clip-ins are one of the easiest, noncommittal ways to make sure you have long, voluminous hair instantly. Clip-in hair extensions literally only have to be clipped-in to your existing hair for a look so au naturale, even your mom won’t be able to tell the difference.
How do Sew In Hair Extensions work? (6-8 weeks)
These extensions are sewn in with a needle and thread onto your natural braided hair. This entire process is time consuming and can take up to several hours, the application also often puts a strain on the scalp—which is why sew-in hair extensions are best suited for thicker hair.
How do Microlinks work? (3-4 months)
Tiny wefts of hair are attached to small sections of your natural hair using metal links. These links, also known as tubes are clipped on to your hair using aluminum or copper. This method, like fusion/pre-bonded hair extensions have to be done by a professional.
5 tips to keep in mind when picking out a set of hair extensions:
Choose Remy Human hair
Your hair extensions should be as the name suggests—an extension of your natural hair. Choosing hair extensions made of Remy Human Hair, which is the highest quality of human hair, will ensure that your extensions blend in seamlessly with the texture of your natural hair. Some hair extensions are made using synthetic hair that may end up looking unnatural with continued use, so make sure you steer clear from those if you want your investment to last.
Understand how much you need
Once you decide on which hair extensions you need, your next question is how to buy them. Now, buying hair extensions can be overwhelming, especially if you’re choosing to buy them online. A few common mistakes a lot of people make is either getting too much or too little for themselves, in terms of both weight and length. In order to do this right, we’d suggest doing your research, talking to a professional and knowing how much you need based on your current hair length. For example, 20” Halo Extensions are best suited for those with hair longer than shoulder length and a thin to medium thickness hair type. To help you kick this off, you can read about how to choose the right hair extensions here.
Color match with an expert
For your extensions to blend in seamlessly with your natural hair, it is essential that you get the right color match. We want you to find your perfect match, without ever having to deal with an embarrassing situation—that’s why we’d recommend observing your hair in natural sunlight to understand the correct shade; trust us when we say that there’s a world of a difference between Mocha Brown and Dark Brown. If it is still too confusing, you can reach out to our all-star customer service team [email protected] for a personalized color match..
Trust the reviews
When buying a set of extensions, your most trustworthy source will be someone who has used them before. So while you do your research for the best hair extensions to buy, make sure not to skip the reviews, because that is where the honest, unfiltered truth is at. Real girls using extensions in their day-to-day life will be able to give you a comprehensive view of the product. Check out Luxy Hair reviews here.
Wearing hair extensions will definitely help give you a beautiful, natural looking mane, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of your own hair. Clip-in, halo and tape in hair extensions have proven to be the least damaging. So our best advice is to opt for hair extensions that cause the least amount of damage to your natural hair and scalp—your best option would be clip-in hair extensions or Halo hair extensions.
We’re here to assure you that wearing hair extensions doesn’t need to be a daunting task. It might look like it is, but once you try it, you’ll realize that hair extensions are no longer reserved for special occasions. Trust us when we say that once you feel the transforming power of these extensions, there is no looking back. They help women all over the world feel their most comfortable and confident, and that, at the end of the day is the only reason anyone should choose to wear them.