The ultimate hair extensions guide for a first-time buyer

So, you've decided your short, thin, flat, drab hair is so yesterday, and you're ready to transform your hair and transform your life with hair extensions. Navigating the world of hair extensions can be daunting at first since there are so many types of hair extensions. Got the first time butterflies? We're here to help. 

From temporary to permanent, we've gathered all the information you need in this ultimate guide to hair extensions, so you can feel confident in your choice, learn proper care techniques, as well as keep your own hair looking and feeling as healthy as possible while wearing hair extensions.

Hair extensions ultimate guide

Read on, or simply click on one of the following subheadings to go straight to a specific portion of this article.

1. What are the different types of hair for hair extensions?

2. Single drawn Vs. Double draw hair extensions: what is the difference?

3. What are clip in hair extensions?

4. What are microbead hair extensions?

5. What are fusion hair extensions?

6. What are tape in hair extensions?

7. How to care for hair extensions

8. How to wash hair extensions

9. How to make your hair extensions last longer

10. How to keep your hair healthy while using hair extensions

11. Hair extensions glossary of terms.

What are the different types of hair used for hair extensions?

When shopping for hair extensions, the first decision you need to make is whether you'd like to opt for synthetic hair or human hair extensions. Most women know what good hair extensions look like, but it’s what they’re made of that really makes the difference.

What are the different types of hair used in extensions? It’s a common question most easily answered with human hair or synthetic materials. The quality, versatility, and longevity of hair extensions are dependent on the type of hair used to create the extensions, and while there are two categories to choose from, there are still many other factors in human hair versus synthetic that should be considered.

Hair extensions are meant to help enhance our natural manes with thicker or longer looks, whether you want to switch it up and go curly or wear your hair pin straight. Whatever style speaks to you, knowing what type of hair goes into your extensions will help you choose the best ones for you—and we have you covered with everything you need to know about the different types of hair used in extensions.

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Remy human hair: what you need to know

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When looking for human hair in extensions, Remy human hair is considered the highest grade or quality of human hair. Remy human hair is considered the best type of hair for extensions, wigs, and hairpieces as it provides the most natural, blendable look. 

With Remy hair, the cuticles are left intact and are not stripped, unlike other lower grade hair types. Preserving the hair’s natural cuticles and aligning them in a unidirectional fashion helps to make extensions that are soft, shiny, and much less prone to tangles during their lifetime.

Remy human hair extensions can be dyed darker, styled with hot tools like a curler or straightener and can also be washed frequently – essentially Remy hair extensions are just like your natural hair, perhaps with just a little more oomph.

Remy hair or high-quality hair extensions can last anywhere from three months to up to a year (or longer) depending on how often you wear them and of course, how well you take care of your hair extensions. It’s just one of the reasons Luxy Hair only uses Remy human hair.

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Human hair is sourced from donors all over the world. Sometimes, their specific origins are indicated on the label, which would explain Remy and human hair extensions with labels such as natural Brazilian, Peruvian, or Indian hair. According to one report, the top five countries that export the highest amount of human hair (based on dollar value) include the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Pakistan.

When looking for the highest quality and most natural looking hair extensions, Remy human hair is it. Expect to see prices around $100- $500 for Remy human hair extensions depending on quantity, length and the type of hair extension itself (clip-in, micro-link, weave, etc.).

The beauty of Remy human hair extensions speaks for itself. With natural hair extensions, you’re free to add the length, volume, and even some color to your au naturel look. There is more versatility and creativity with natural Remy hair extensions as you can treat, heat, and style it almost exactly the same way you would with your natural hair. Whether you’re inspired by Arianna Grande’s signature ponytail (also, extensions by the way), the Kardashian-Jenners ever-changing looks (from cropped bobs to platinum blonde, and sleek, straight black), or you’re looking to give your bohemian braids a boost and your waves more life, Remy hair extensions let you achieve it all, especially when they’re easy to apply like clip-in hair extensions.

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Synthetic hair: what you need to know

Synthetic hair extensions are made of fine fibers consisting of plastic, acrylic or polyester. The strands are usually made by heating the material and stringing them together to create individual hair fibers. As synthetic hair extensions are manufactured they can be created into almost any style and color.

Just like human hair, there are different degrees in quality, some synthetic hair extensions are so well-made thanks to new technology and methods, it’s hard to tell the difference between real and synthetic. The highest grade of synthetic hair is made of Toyokalon, a synthetic PVC fiber that does allow for styling with hot tools. However, most synthetic hair extensions will otherwise melt or be severely damaged by heat styling and it’s recommended to avoid hot tools altogether, even with high-grade materials. Synthetic hair extensions are also sensitive to sun exposure, so those beach-inspired waves for your next tropical getaway may not be possible with synthetic hair extensions. Unlike real hair, synthetic extensions cannot be color treated as it will also cause damage, so the color you buy is the color you get.

Synthetic hair extensions are essentially ready to wear when they are bought and have “memory” meaning the style will hold (or at least, should hold) for the duration of its lifetime. While it’s great to have hair extensions ready to go without having to worry about any extra work, it also restricts versatility and blending the extensions with natural hair. As the “memory” style may be curly or completely straight, it is sometimes hard to get a perfect match with natural hair. The chemicals and materials used to make the hair look shiny are sometimes overdone, giving the extensions an overly glossy, unnatural look.

If you’re absolutely in love with a certain style or look and know you’ll be repeating it a few times, synthetic hair extensions can definitely help. You’ll also save some time on styling and who wouldn’t want an extra few minutes while getting ready?

Synthetic hair extensions can be washed with mild shampoo and they usually last up to three months keeping the frequency of use and quality of care in mind.

Synthetic hair extensions usually range in price from $60 - $85.

Synthetic, human hair blends: the best of both worlds

For a hairstyle or look with a little more hold, there are also synthetic human hair blends. As the name suggests, natural or Remy hair is mixed with synthetic fibers to create extensions that take from some of the best features from each hair type. Hair extension blends can be styled to a degree and can withstand some exposure to hot tools, the mix of the hair also allows for a more natural shine and feel. As the natural hair is blended with synthetics, there is more hold to the hair extensions, and while it may not have full “memory” like full synthetic, blended extensions do come styled, but also offer more versatility to create slightly different looks from its original state. The style will also be more durable after washing.

Blended hair extensions require slightly different maintenance, they cannot be soaked in water and must be combed with a wide-tooth comb when necessary. They tend to last 3 to 6 months on average so if you’re able to find a blend that really speaks to your personal aesthetic and your budget, a blend can be a solution for you.

Where is Luxy Hair's human hair sourced from?

Luxy Hair's human hair is sourced and manufactured in China. We source our hair straight from verified and vetted suppliers, who depend on their long-standing reputation for ethical sourcing and quality hair. All of our hair is donated, sold, or exchanged fairly, and we also obtain our hair from many hair salons, who choose to sell their hair instead of throwing it away into the waste stream.

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Single drawn vs. double drawn hair extensions

Another measure of quality for Remy hair is whether it is single-drawn or double-drawn. This refers to the ratio of hair in a single bundle that is full length. 

Single drawn hair

Single-drawn Remy hair means the hair has been sorted once for length, resulting in hair extensions that are 50-60% full-length hairs and the remainder being varied lengths. For example, if you purchase a set that is 20" in length, 50-60% of the hairs in the set will be 20" in length, while the rest of the hair will be 14-18" in length. 

Pros of single drawn hair extensions

Because almost half of the hair is shorter than the advertised full length, the hair extensions taper in thickness towards the ends, mimicking how natural hair grows, resulting in a beautiful, natural blend. If you are looking for natural length and volume, single drawn hair extensions are a great choice. They are also more affordable than double drawn hair extensions.

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Cons of single drawn hair extensions

If your hair is very thin at the ends and you are specifically looking to add thickness at the bottom of your hair, single drawn hair extensions may not achieve the look you are going for. You can always have the extensions trimmed, however, to achieve a thicker look at the ends. 

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Double drawn hair

Double drawn Remy hair means the hair has been sorted twice for length, resulting in hair extensions that have 70-80% full-length hairs. This means if you purchase a 20" set, 70-80% of hairs will be the full 20", with the rest of the hairs being 14-18" in length. 

Pros of single drawn hair extensions

Double drawn hair extensions are thick from top to bottom. If your hair thins at the ends and you are looking for that va-va-voom volume, double drawn hair extensions will be the choice for you.

Cons of double drawn hair extensions

Since each weft is heavier due to the thickness of the hair, double drawn hair extensions may not be the best choice if you have very fine or thin hair, as the weight of the extensions may cause discomfort. Due to the additional labor as well as a higher ratio of longer hairs to shorter hairs in double drawn hair extensions, expect to pay premium prices for these extensions.

What are the different types of hair extensions?

When shopping for hair extensions, the first decision you need to make is whether you prefer temporary hair extensions or a more permanent type.

Temporary hair extensions can be applied and removed within a few minutes at home, worn only for a few hours a day, or for special occasions. They typically last 3 months up to a year or even longer, depending on how often they are used and how well they are cared for.

Permanent hair extensions must be installed by a professional hairstylist in a salon, usually a process of 2+ hours. While permanent hair extensions do not need to be removed every night and are permanently bonded or glued to your natural hair, these types of hair extensions must still be maintained and repositioned every few weeks, and have a lifespan of about 6 to 8 months before they must be replaced. 

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Clip-in hair extensions (temporary)

Clip in hair extensions

Temporary hair extensions, also known as clip-in hair extensions, can come in a full head set of wefts, a ponytail style, or even bangs (yes, you can change up your look with temporary, clip-in bangs extensions if you wish!)

Clip-in hair extensions, like Luxy Hair extensions, come in strands of contoured pieces known as wefts, attached at the base with either fabric or silicone. Clips come securely attached to this base with a silicone piece underneath to prevent slipping and are ready to use out of the box.

Pros of clip-in hair extensions

The beauty of temporary clip-in hair extensions is that they can not only be applied in the comfort of your own home, by yourself and within minutes, you can choose to only wear them for a few hours, a few times a week when your hair needs a pick me up, or just for special occasions. You can even choose to only wear a weft or two to fluff up a braid or ponytail—clip-in hair extensions are totally customizable and open you up to a range of hairstyle possibilities. 

To use, start from the bottom of your head, separate a section of hair, and clip the weft onto your hair at the root, working your way up. Click here for detailed instructions on how to clip in hair extensions. 

Clip-in hair extensions are the least damaging on natural hair, as they don’t involve any glue, heat, or pressure to apply—they simply clip onto your hair with ease so there is zero damage to your natural hair. This is one of the many reasons why it’s one of the most popular hair extension types.

Cons of clip-in hair extensions

If you are not used to styling your own hair or do not have experience with hair extensions, you may find clip-in hair extensions a little challenging to use at first. With a bit of practice, however, the process will become second nature to you! Clip-in hair extensions also should be stored properly and washed separately from your own hair.

How long do temporary clip-in hair extensions last?

Clip-in hair extensions can be made with either synthetic or human hair (more on that below). Synthetic hair extensions usually have a shorter lifespan than human hair extensions, lasting a few months, depending on their use and care.

On the order hand, clip-in hair extensions can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, up to a year or even longer, if they are cared for properly, are washed as little as possible, and stored correctly. See here for care tips and tricks to ensure that your hair extensions stay luscious for longer.

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Microbead hair extensions (permanent)

Microbead hair extensions

Microbead hair extensions, also known as microlink or micro loop hair extensions, are permanently attached to your natural hair, and cannot be removed or reapplied at home. Microbead hair extensions are applied by looping tiny sections of hair through each weft, then using a heated clamp to secure and tighten a small, silicone-lined bead to the hair, holding the weft in place. This process can take up fo 4 hours to complete. This method takes approximately 2 to 4 hours to apply and require maintenance every 2 to 3 months.

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Pros of microbead hair extensions

Microbead extensions essentially become a literal extension of your own hair, washed and styled as you would your natural hair, and you do not need to worry about applying them yourself at home.

Microbead hair extensions

Cons of microbead hair extensions

If not installed correctly by a professional, microlink hair extensions can be damaging on the hair, due to the heat from applying each bead. Also, the bead may be tightened too much, causing pressure and pulling at the roots, and if not removed properly, the hair can be pulled out. Microbead extensions must also be maintained every few weeks, as the beads can slip down the hair and need to be tightened.

How long do microbead hair extensions last?

Since microbead extensions will be styled, washed, and slept in often, avoid getting synthetic microbead hair extensions installed, as they will deteriorate very quickly. Human hair microbead hair extensions are considered semi-permanent and they generally last up to 4 months.

Fusion hair extensions (permanent)

Fusion hair extensions

Fusion or pre-bonded hair extensions are fused to natural hair using different adhesives such as glue or keratin. The application involves a machine that looks like a hot glue gun, which essentially glues the hair to individual strands of the natural hair. Another type of application for pre-bonded hair extensions uses a heat clamp to melt the glue to the natural hair. 

Pros of fusion hair extensions

Fusion hair extensions are the most popular type of permanent hair extensions, as they are the most discreet, with no extra bulk at the root. They do not need any additional maintenance at the salon, until they are ready to be removed.

Fusion hair extensions

Cons of fusion hair extensions

Fusion hair extensions are a long and tedious process to install, usually taking upwards go 6 hours to complete, therefore, if you do choose this method, be sure to book off a day when you are completely free! Fusion hair extensions are also the most damaging to your hair, as glue is applied directly to your hair to attach each weft.

How long do fusion hair extensions last?

Human hair fusion hair extensions should last up to 6 months, before having to be removed and replaced. 

Sew-in or weave hair extensions (permanent)

Sew in hair extensions

Sew-in hair extensions, also known as weaves, are applied by braiding the natural hair into cornrows first, then using a needle and thread to sew the weave into the braid. Weave hair extensions are predominantly used for people with thicker hair, as they need a solid base to be sewn into.

Weaves should be applied by an experienced hairdresser to avoid damage to your natural hair and can take several hours to install. Sew-ins also come in wig form, which is sewn into cornrows the same way, however, the hair comes in one piece as opposed to separate wefts. 

Pros of sew-in hair extensions

This type of hair extension is popular because it’s the most permanent and seamless, as the hair is literally sewn into your own hair and cannot come off. 

Sew in hair extensions

Cons of sew-in hair extensions

Because of the tight application, a lot of strain is put on the scalp and sew-in extensions can feel very heavy and uncomfortable. For this reason, they are not suitable for those with thin or fine hair. 

How long do sew-in hair extensions last?

Sew-in hair extensions last about 2 months and should be touched up by your hairstylist about a month in. The maximum amount of time you should have a full weave in your hair is 4 months as it will affect your natural hair's growth.

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Tape in hair extensions (semi-permanent)

Tape in hair extensions

Tape hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. The wefts come pre-taped at the base like a sticker and are then taped or glued down on either side of your own hair. Typically a hairdresser would apply tape-ins for you as you need to first align them with the roots and then use a heated clamp to stick the weft to your hair properly. 

Pros of tape in hair extensions

Tape in hair extensions are very quick and easy to install, and you can be in and out of the salon in less than an hour with an experienced hairstylist. 

Tape in hair extensions

Cons of tape in hair extensions

Because of the way tape in wefts are glued to the roots, it is very difficult to tie your hair up with these hair extensions installed. Also, naturally, when you apply heat to your roots and any adhesive product such as tape or glue, this can damage your hair. 

How long do tape in hair extensions last?

Human hair tape in hair extensions last anywhere from three to four months, depending on how they are used and cared for.  

When deciding what type of hair you need in your extensions, consider how often you plan on wearing them, the hairstyle and looks you want to achieve, and your budget. With so many options available, narrowing it down by these categories will help ensure you’re not only looking your best, but getting the most out of your hair extensions too.

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Hair extensions care

Hair extensions care

Avoid shampoos and conditioners with alcohols and sulfates, as these ingredients are extremely drying on the hair. Since hair extensions do not receive natural oils from the scalp, they are already dry by nature, and it is best to preserve moisture in the hair as much as possible. In fact, alcohols and sulfates should be avoided when washing your natural hair as well, and these ingredients could be destroying your hair without you even knowing. This will ensure that the extensions look healthy and luscious, as opposed to dry and dull, reducing knotting, tangling, and matting. You can also use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for colored treated hair or for hair extensions.

If you’ve never used a sulfate-free shampoo or conditioner before, you will find that the shampoo does not lather as much as your regular shampoo, as this chemical is specifically what makes shampoos lather up into soaps and suds. The lack of lather is completely normal, and a sulfate-free shampoo will do just as good of a job cleaning your scalp, hair, and hair extensions as shampoos with sulfates.

If you have permanent hair extensions like fusion, tape in or microbead, you will also need to avoid shampoos and conditioners with oils, extracts, hydrolyzed silk, wheat protein, or silicone, as these ingredients may cause your extensions to slip out (although you can use oils at the ends of your hair to keep the hair hydrated.)

What are the best styling products for hair extensions?

In terms of styling products, choose high-quality hair products, specifically formulated for dry and damaged hair, as they will help keep the hair extensions healthy and nourished. Also, take into consideration that when you use sticky hair products such as hairspray, hair gel, or hair wax, they will clog up your extensions, leading to buildup. The more hair products you use, the more you will need to wash your extensions, which will lead to them deteriorating faster.

Most hair extensions, including Luxy Hair extensions, have a silicone coating, giving them a beautiful, healthy finish already so you shouldn’t need much product to enjoy them. If you want more hold when curling your extensions, try rolling up the curls and pinning them up with a bobby pin to cool the curls down and help them set. You can leave them overnight or even just for an hour to ensure the curls stay in place without the use of hairspray. Simply unravel your extensions when you are ready to wear them.

If you do find yourself reaching for hairspray, consider a lightweight formula which you can still easily brush through and that is preferably alcohol-free.

4 must-have hair products for hair extensions

Heat protectant

If you heat style your hair often, you’ll know the toll that your straightening iron, curling wand, and a hairdryer can have. Heat literally sucks the moisture out of hair strands, rendering the hair dry, dull, and damaged. In the same way, since hair extensions are already dry by nature, heat styling can deteriorate the hair faster, unless specially cared for.

Heat protectant sprays are essential to prolonging not only the life of your hair extensions but your natural hair as well. These products coat the hair strands to minimize damage from direct heat. Depending on the heat protectant used, the product may have added ingredients to detangle, smoothen, and boost shine. Some thermal heat protectants go so far as to help transfer nutrients and vitamins to the hair shaft, making it stronger in the long run, and protecting the hair from UV rays.

To use a heat protectant, spray your hair as well as your hair extensions with the product evenly, and wait a minute or two before applying heat.

Dry Shampoo

If you have fine or thin hair and wear clip-in hair extensions, you may know the struggle of having the extensions slip out or move around throughout the day. This is because the clips do not have a sturdy base to grip on to.

Not only is dry shampoo a holy grail product for oily-haired ladies, in terms of soaking up excess oils at the roots, but is also a holy grail product for fine-haired clip-in hair extensions users. Before clipping in your wefts, separate a section of hair, apply a bit of dry shampoo at the roots, then backcomb the hair. This will create a stronger, sturdier base for each clip to hold on to, resulting in hair extensions that stay put throughout the day.

Hair oil

As previously mentioned, since hair extensions do not receive natural oils and nutrients from the scalp, they are chronically dry and should be cared for as such. With the right care, your hair extensions can remain looking luscious, soft, and shiny throughout their lifetime. This includes applying a nourishing hair oil on the ends, especially after heat styling or washing.

Hair mask/deep conditioner

To keep your hair extensions hydrated, nourished, and manageable to style, it is always best to use a deep conditioner after washing them. Deep conditioners or hair masks usually have a thicker consistency than regular conditioners, making them highly effective to moisturize hair strands deeply. Hair masks or deep conditioners should be left on for at least 30 minutes, if not overnight, to see the full effects. When shopping for a hair mask, look for products that are alcohol and sulfate free, as well as contain ingredients that penetrate the cuticle, like coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.

Best hair oils for hair extensions

1. Coconut oil

If you’re wondering, “can I use coconut oil on my hair extensions?” the answer is a resounding yes. Since coconut oil is loaded with fatty acids, it penetrates the hair more deeply than regular conditioners, which tend to only sit on top of the hair, leading to beautiful soft, silky, shiny hair. Because of its moisture retaining properties, coconut oil stays inside the hair instead of evaporating, making it one of the most effective hair treatments there is. Use Coconut Oil to deep condition hair extensions by slathering your hair extensions with the oil prior to washing. Leave the oil on overnight, then wash the hair extension as normal the next day. If you have permanent or semi-permanent hair extensions, you can use coconut oil as an effective hair mask the same way. Since coconut oil is on the greasy side, try to refrain from using it as a finishing oil, as you may find that your hair looks too oily after.

2. Argan oil

Colloquially known as “liquid gold,”  argan oil is jam-packed with beneficial ingredients like vitamin E, ferulic acid, and fatty acids, as well as antioxidants, which fight UV rays, and prevent hair cell damage. Just a few drops of Argan oil nourishes, moisturizes, and smoothens hair strands, reducing dryness, brittleness, and frizziness, perfect for soft, manageable hair extensions. Since Argan oil is not as greasy as coconut oil, it can be used as a finishing oil after styling.

3. Jojoba Oil

Extracted from the jojoba plant, jojoba oil has a chemical structure that resembles the oil that is produced naturally by our scalps (sebum). Therefore, similar to coconut oil, jojoba oil hydrates hair strands from deep within, adding shine and softness to hair extensions. Use jojoba oil as an overnight mask before washing.

How to store clip-in hair extensions 

How to store hair extensions

It is extremely important to get into a good routine with your hair extensions from the start, because good habits = longer lasting extensions. It takes only a few minutes to store your Luxies correctly, and who wouldn’t want luscious hair extensions for longer?

After removing your clip-in hair extensions, ensure that all of the clips are closed shut. When prepping your extensions for storage, gather all the hair together by stacking all of the wefts on top of one another. Then, carefully brush out the extensions from the bottom of the hair slowly working upwards towards the root, using a Loop Hair Extensions Brush. Alternatively, you can also use a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush.  

Always ensure you store your extensions in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight (like a closet, cabinet or dresser drawer). Also, ensure that your extensions are completely dry when storing them to prevent mold and other bacteria from growing.

One option to store your extensions is in the storage box in which they arrive to you  in. The Luxy Hair #littlepinkbox is specifically designed so you can keep and reuse it as a storage container for your Luxies. Alternatively, you can use an airtight container or a shoe box.

Once you have brushed your extensions out, use a hair elastic to secure the hair close to the base of the wefts as a ponytail, then gently roll the extensions into a circle and place them into the box—it’s that easy! You can also even gently knot the hair together if you want a light wave running throughout the hair the next time you wear your extensions.

Whether you’re looking for a place to store your Luxies while traveling, need to secure them while styling, or just want a more compact and multi-purpose storage alternative to the beautiful box they arrive in, the  Luxy Hair Extensions Carrier is the perfect storage.  Made from a durable cotton blend fabric that is the perfect combination of softness, durability, and flexibility, the Carrier ensures your hair extensions are always protected, preventing damage and tangling, and increasing the lifespan of your extensions.

In comparison to the Luxy box, you can hang your extensions to air dry using the bamboo hanger provided before storing them in the Carrier, to maintain the shape and style of your extensions.  To use the Extensions Carrier, first, fold down the hook to open up the hanger, stack your wefts neatly onto the hanger, and lift the hook to close the hanger. Your hair extensions should feel secure once the hanger is closed. Then, simply unzip the Luxy Hair Extensions Carrier, slide it in and move the hanger through the opening at the top. Once your hair extensions are neatly situated in, you may zip up the case and hang it in your closet for future use.

How to store hair extensions

If you’re traveling, you can fold the hanger, roll the Carrier up, button it in place, and tuck it into your luggage without having to worry about it unraveling or dealing with tangled, matted hair extensions at your destination.

How to reduce hair extensions shedding

Shedding is a common occurrence with hair extensions. As you brush and style your Luxies, some hair fall-out may occur, so don’t be surprised or worried when this happens. There are also ways to minimize shedding, to ensure your Luxies stay full for longer. 

The first and quite possibly one of the most important steps is to brush your extensions out before washing them and only once the hair is 90% dry. This helps minimize the possibility of breakage and shedding because the hair is at its weakest point when wet. Always be gentle when brushing your extensions and be sure to brush them before and after each use to reduce shedding and breakage.

How to brush hair extensions

How to brush hair extensions

If you have fine, long, or tangle-prone hair, you’ll know the struggle of trying to brush out a pesky knot, only for it to get tighter and tighter. This may be because you’re brushing your hair the wrong way (yes, believe it or not, there’s a wrong way and a right way to undo knots and tangles from your hair.)

Just like your natural hair, hair extensions are prone to tangling, as most long hair is. When wearing hair extensions, you may find that your hair tangles more often than it usually does, because of the friction between the texture of the hair extensions and your natural hair. If your natural hair or the hair extensions are on the dry side, this may also lead to additional tangles and knots. Coupled with the fact that hair extensions are usually quite long (20” for a standard set of Luxy Hair extensions), your hair extensions will need some extra TLC throughout the day to keep them tangle-free and smooth.

If you are wearing clip-in hair extensions, be sure to brush out each weft from bottom to top before clipping them in, as well as to brush each weft upon removal, keeping them hung in a hair extensions carrier when not in use. This will ensure the hair does not knot and tangle in storage.

How to brush hair extensions

When wearing hair extensions, whether they are clip-in hair extensions or a more permanent type, brush your hair periodically throughout the day from bottom to top to gently loosen knots and smoothen tangles. Do not brush your hair from top to bottom, as this will carry the knots down the hair, further tightening them, leading to a bigger mess than when you started! When brushing your hair with hair extensions, be sure to hold your hair tightly at the mid shaft before brushing from bottom to top, to avoid pulling at the roots. Once all knots and tangles are removed, you can then go around and give your head a brush from top to bottom.

When brushing your hair extensions, you can either use a paddle brush or detangling brush, however, our favorite type of brush for hair extensions is a loop hairbrush, specifically, the Luxy Hair Loop Hair Extensions Brush. The loop hair brush has unique nylon bristles with a loop at the end, which can easily glide through the hair and remove tangles without snagging on the extensions. Unlike a regular hairbrush, which catches on wefts at the roots, the loop hair brush slides right over the weft, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding the root area when brushing your hair with extensions in.

How to brush hair extensions

How to wash hair extensions

Can you wash hair extensions?

If you have never had hair extensions before, you may be wondering if you are even supposed to wash hair extensions. The answer is yes. Depending on the type of hair extensions, you may be washing your hair multiple times a week (permanent or semi-permanent hair extensions), or, only a few times throughout their lifetime (clip-in hair extensions). Hair extensions can be washed if they are made with human hair or are synthetic, although should be treated differently depending on the type.

How often should you wash hair extensions?

How to wash hair extensions

Clip-in hair extensions like Luxy Hair extensions should not be washed often—only about every 15-20 wears if you feel that oils from your natural hair have transferred to the extensions, or only when there is a lot of product buildup to the point that they become unmanageable to style or very prone to tanging. By limiting the number of times that you wash your extensions, you can prolong the lifespan of your clip-in hair extensions to a year or even longer.

Semi-permanent and permanent hair extensions should be washed along with your natural hair as normal, although, the less your wash both your hair and hair extensions, the healthier both will be in the long run. While you may have grown up learning to wash your hair every day or every other day, this actually has a counterintuitive effect. Washing your hair too often strips it of its natural oils, drying it out, causing your scalp to produce more oil to combat dryness, leading to a vicious cycle of oily hair. Try to limit hair washes to twice a week or less, using dry shampoo in between washes. This will not only lead to stronger, healthier hair in the long run, but preserve your hair extensions so you can go for longer in between appointments.

How to wash your clip-in hair extensions

Hair extensions are not attached to the scalp, therefore, they do not receive the natural oils nourishment from the scalp that natural hair does. This also means that hair extensions, especially temporary clip in hair extensions, do not get greasy or oily, like natural hair does. In fact, if you never use any product on the extensions, remove them every night before bed, brush them gently, and keep them stored properly in a carrier, you may never need to wash your clip-in hair extensions throughout their lifetime.

Gather the following:

  • A large bowl or a sink which can be plugged
  • Alcohol/sulfate-free shampoo
  • Alcohol/sulfate-free deep conditioner
  • Hair oil
  • Luxy Hair Loop Hair Extensions Brush or wide tooth comb

How to wash hair extensions

Step 1: brush your extensions

To prevent tangling while washing, brush each weft out with a Luxy Hair Loop Hair Extensions Brush from bottom to top, gently removing any knots and tangles in the hair. Then, stack each weft neatly on top of each other to keep them tangle free during the washing process.

Step 2: prepare your sink

Ensure your sink is squeaky clean to avoid existing dirt transferring to the extensions, or better yet, gather a large bowl. Then, plug the drain and begin to fill it up with lukewarm water, or fill the bowl up three quarters full. Be sure that the water is not too hot, as this opens up the hair cuticle and moisture leaves the strand more easily, leading to dry hair. Pump 2-3 dollops of shampoo into the water, and swish the product around in the water so it's nice and soapy.

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Step 3: shampoo each weft

Wash each weft one at a time, to prevent tangling and to ensure each weft is washed thoroughly. If you are short on time, you can bundle the extensions with an elastic and wash the bundle carefully in one go.

Hold the weft is one hand at the top, submerge it into the water, and gently wash the hair, working the shampoo in with light strokes. Be very careful not to tangle the hair. Once you have washed the weft with shampoo, set it aside neatly on a towel and repeat the same steps for the rest of the wefts.

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Step 4: condition each weft

Once all the wefts have been shampooed, it's time to condition them.

Take a generous amount of conditioner and apply onto each weft from top to bottom, massaging the product thoroughly into the hair. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse out each weft thoroughly.

Step 5: Apply a deep conditioner or hair mask

This step is crucial to ensure that your hair extensions remain soft, and moisturized. Just like your conditioner, take a good about of the hair mask and work the product into each weft from top to bottom. In order for the product to really soak in and work its magic, bundle your extensions and carefully coil them and place them in a shower cap to leave overnight. This will help to seal in the moisture throughout the night.

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Step 5: Rinse out each weft

The next morning, thoroughly rinse out each weft, ensuring that there is no conditioner residue left on the hair. A common mistake is to only wash the hair halfway, leaving it with "the slip"–that slippery, soft feeling after conditioning. This is a no-no, as it actually leaves product on the hair, which weighs it down or causes it to look greasy when dry.

When washing out each weft, rinse it again with cold water, which will help close the cuticles of the hair to seal in the moisture and make the extensions shinier. This is a great trick to try with your natural hair as well for that extra gloss and shine!

Step 6: lay each weft out to air dry

It is always best to use as little heat on your hair extensions as possible, to prolong their lifespan. Before setting up your extensions to dry, be sure that the hair is completely wrung of water. Then, lay out all of your wefts separately on a towel on top of a flat surface. A trick to preventing any frizz once the hair is dry is to apply a small amount of hair oil to each weft to ensure the hair remains manageable and silky smooth.

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Step 7: comb each weft

Combing wet hair is usually not recommended as this is when the hair is at its most fragile state,  however, in order to ensure that your extensions dry with little to no tangles, you can make an exception.
Gently brush through each weft with a wide tooth comb or Luxy Hair Loop Hair Extensions Brush from bottom to top.

Leave the wefts to dry, and come back to clean smooth, hair extensions, ready to clip into your hair.

How to wash your hair with microbead, fusion, and tape-in hair extensions

Step 1: brush your hair

Start by brushing your hair gently from bottom to top with a loop hair extensions brush, working through any knots and tangles. Brushing your hair before washing will ensure that your hair is easier to wash in the shower, as well as doesn’t accumulate additional tangles while washing.

Step 2: pre-condition your hair

Apply a pre-conditioning treatment like a coconut oil hair mask and leave it in for 30 minutes or longer, for extra hydration.

Step 3: make sure you stand the right way 

Once you’ve brushed your hair and applied your pre-conditioning treatment, it’s time to wash your hair. Stand in the shower, making sure the water is flowing in the direction that your hair grows. Avoid flipping your hair over as this can disturb the bonds at the roots and lead to a tangled mess of hair, post-wash.

Step 4: shampoo your roots

Apply a generous amount of alcohol and sulfate-free shampoo to the roots of your hair. Remember, you likely have a considerable amount more hair, so you will likely need more shampoo than you are used to! Massage your scalp gently to remove any oil buildup, and stroke the shampoo through the top of your head, rather than scrub. Avoid shampooing from the mid-shaft to ends, and only shampoo where you need to, to cleanse the hair of any oils and product buildup.

Step 5: condition your ends

Take a generous amount of alcohol and sulfate-free conditioner, and apply it from the mid-shaft to ends, avoiding the root area, as this could cause the hair extensions to slip or come loose. Leave the conditioner in for about 5 minutes, then rinse off.

Step 6: pat your hair dry

Once you have finished washing your hair, gently squeeze out any excess water from your hair. Use a microfiber towel to pat your hair dry—do not aggressively rub your hair, as this will lead to matting and tangling, damaging the hair extensions, and do not, under any circumstances wrap your hair into a towel turban, as this will life the extensions and pull at the roots. This is a good rule of thumb to follow even if you do not have hair extensions!

Step 7: air dry your hair

Try to air dry your hair as much as possible, to prevent heat damage to your hair extensions and to prolong their lifespan.

How to air dry microbead hair extensions (no glue):

Gently detangle your hair by brushing it from bottom to top with a wide tooth comb or loop hairbrush. Then, run your fingers through your roots to ensure that no bonds have tangled together during washing. If so, untangle them gently with your fingers. Next, apply a hair oil or leave-in conditioner to your hair from the mid-shaft to roots. Again, avoid the root area and oils can cause your hair extensions to slip out. Leave your hair to air-dry and enjoy your fresh, clean hair extensions.

How to air dry tape-in and fusion hair extensions (glue):

Unlike micro-bead hair extensions, it is not recommended to air-dry hair extensions that are bonded with glue, as the glue can become soft and tacky if left damp for too long. Follow steps 1 and 2 above, then, use a hair dryer to dry the hair extensions are the roots. Be sure to use the lowest heat setting or even the cool setting when blow-drying, otherwise, the glue could melt under high heat.

As a general rule of thumb, semi-permanent and permanent hair extensions should be washed as little as possible, a maximum of twice per week, to prolong their lifespan.

How to prevent your hair extensions from matting and tangling

Matting and tangling is a normal occurrence with not just your natural hair but with all types of hair extensions. This can happen due to a lack of constant brushing, weather, or dryness. 

Why do hair extensions matte and tangle?

A common reason why extensions tangle and get matted throughout the day is because of a combination of sweat, heat, and friction.

When human hair is constantly moving, it matts or ‘clumps’ together in pieces. If you aren’t brushing your hair consistently, you’re giving your hair the opportunity to matt and tangle. During the day, we generate heat at the back area of our nape and scalp, and often times we sweat back there too. Your sweat is salty, acidic and can dry out your hair extensions. When you add additional hair volume to this combination and constantly move your head throughout the day, tangling and matting will occur.

Weather can also contribute to tangling, whether it is due to the wind, humidity or heat. Humidity adds moisture to the environment, which will cause your hair to frizz up and tangle. Heat will do just the opposite, as it will dry the hair out, leading to additional tangles.

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How to prevent matting and tangling

Thankfully, there are some simple ways to ensure that your hair extensions remain smooth and tangle-free.

Brush your hair often

First, be sure to brush your extensions periodically throughout the day with the Loop Hair Extensions Brush. Alternatively, you can use a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush.

The Loop Hair Extensions Brush is a hair extension user's dream as it is specifically designed to be used on different types of hair extensions—not just clip-in hair extensions. The brush has unique nylon “looped” bristles which easily glide through the hair and remove any tangles. Due to these looped bristles, the brush does not cause pulling, snagging, or damage to the roots of your hair where wefts, microbeads, and bonds are attached. Always have a brush in your bag, so that even when you’re out and about you can still give your hair a quick brush.

Keep your hair extensions moisturized

Keeping your extensions moisturized and nourishes is crucial, considering they don’t have a natural hydration source like your own hair does. If you are brushing your extensions throughout the day and you seem to notice dryness or some minor breakage, apply a pearl-size amount of a lightweight or water-based hair serum or a lightweight oil, like Argan oil. Always ensure you apply it from the midshaft of the hair down to the ends and follow by brushing the extensions to evenly distribute the product throughout. Remember, less is more. You do not need to apply a hair oil daily, as this can cause buildup on your extensions. Instead, you apply it once a week or when you notice significant tangling and dryness.

Use the right hair products

The proper hair products make all the difference in whether your extensions will tangle or be soft and manageable. Purchase products specifically formulated for dry and damaged hair, as they will help keep the strands healthy and nourished. Also, look for products that add moisture to the hair like argan oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. Purchasing sulfate and alcohol-free products is a necessity as they are imperative to maintain the health of your extensions. These ingredients strip the hair of its natural oils and will affect their integrity. This, in turn, makes the hair drier and more prone to tangling or matting.

Read the ingredients list

Always be sure to do one simple thing before you buy any product… flip it over! Many products out there have sulfates and alcohol hidden in their formulas. Also, keep in mind that not all companies claiming to make sulfate-free shampoos are truly free of sulfates. Just like reading the label on foods, get into the habit of looking at labels on your hair and beauty products. Your body will thank you.

Be sure to check the ingredient listing and ensure you don’t see the words: SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol denat, Ethanol, SD alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl, and Propyl.

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When it comes to alcohols, keep in mind that there are "good" and "bad" types of alcohols.

A "bad" alcohol, for example, is Isopropyl alcohol, which is drying and harsh to natural hair. This ingredient can usually be found in hairsprays and gels because it dries faster when applied. Constantly using products with this ingredient can leave your extensions very dry, frizzy, and dull.

"Good" alcohols include Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl, Myristyl, Behenyl, and Lauryl. Cetearyl alcohol and Cetyl alcohol are two of the most common fatty alcohols in hair products as they support moisture and manageability. They also provide slip to conditioners, allowing for easier detangling. 

11 ways to make your hair extensions last longer

Hair extensions, whether clip-in or permanent can range anywhere between 2 months to a year or longer, depending on the general care they receive and how often they are worn. The more you wash and heat style your extensions, the shorter their lifespan will be. The important thing to remember is that your hair extensions don’t have a natural hydration source like your own hair does so keeping them moisturized and reducing dryness is crucial to prolonging their lifespan.

Hydrate your hair extensions after washing

Since your extensions don’t absorb the oils your natural hair would, you don’t have to wash them as often. As a general rule, the less you wash your extensions the longer they will last you. When washing your extensions, it's important you hydrate them as much as possible, and apply a moisturizing sulfate and alcohol-free conditioner before and after shampooing. Sometimes, you can even skip the shampoo and only co-wash your extensions with conditioner! Always be sure to rinse the extensions in cold water at the end to close cuticles and lock in moisture.

When you notice your extensions getting dry or tangled, apply a deep conditioning treatment or mask. This will hydrate and restore some moisture back into them, as well as help make them softer and more manageable to style. It’s an easy and simple process to do—all you have to do is dampen your extensions and apply a generous amount of a sulfate and alcohol-free deep conditioning treatment or conditioner to the hair, and let it soak in the product for 5-6 hours or overnight by placing it in a shower cap or a plastic bag. Rinse off as normal the next day.

Use an oil treatment on your extensions

Another way to infuse moisture back in your hair extensions is with an oil treatment, like coconut oil. First, measure out two tablespoons of coconut oil and warm it up until it melts. Then, apply it to dry hair from the mid-shaft working your way down and focusing most of the product on the ends. You can also leave this treatment on overnight for best results. In the morning, wash the extensions as normal. Keep in mind that coconut oil is very heavy so you may need to shampoo your extensions twice to get rid of all of the oil from the hair.

Handle your hair extensions with care

Improper hair care can also take a toll on your extensions. When washing, make sure to handle the extensions gently and to not rub them vigorously. After you are finished, carefully squeeze any excess water from the extensions. Never rub your extensions dry with a towel. Instead, always lay them out on a flat surface and gently pat them dry. When air drying, invest in a micro-fiber towel as it will remove excess water faster and it won’t rough up the hair (which can also cause tangles). 

Limit the use of heavy hair products

Limiting the number of products you apply to the hair will help with tangling. Using sticky products such as hairspray, hair gel, or hair wax, can and likely will clog up your extensions. The more products you use, the more you will need to wash your extensions, leading to dry, tangled extensions. Also, keep in mind that any products that you use on your natural hair can transfer onto your extensions. 

Store your clip-in hair extensions neatly

Starting a good storage routine from the moment you start wearing your new extensions is crucial as it will prevent tangling and matting in the future. Always ensure that you brush your extensions before and after each use.

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Remove your clip-in hair extensions before sleeping

Clip-in hair extensions should always be removed before sleeping, as they can get extremely tangled throughout the night if worn to bed. Since they only take a few minutes to clip in, and seconds to remove, removing them daily will maintain the integrity of the hair. You can store your hair extensions in a special Hair Extensions Carrier, or, neatly coil them and store them in an airtight shoebox or container.

Do not swim with hair extensions in

One of the most important things to keep in mind when wearing hair extensions is to avoid swimming with them in. If you wear clip-in hair extensions, remove the extensions before swimming, and if you have permanent or semi-permanent hair extensions, be sure to tie your hair up properly to avoid it getting wet.

Have you ever noticed how dry and tangled your natural hair feels after swimming in a chlorinated pool or salt water? Chlorine from swimming pools, salt from ocean water, and dirt in all bodies of water can be damaging to your hair extensions. Also, swimming with your extensions clipped in may lead to the extensions tangling with your natural hair, which can be damaging.

Avoid working out with your hair extensions in

Avoid doing any physical activity that could lead to excessive sweat, when you are wearing hair extensions. If you have clip in hair extensions, be sure to un-clip them before heading to the gym, and if you have permanent hair extensions, be sure to tie your hair up and use a headband to avoid sweat getting in your hair. This could all lead to additional matting and tangling, causing your hair extensions to deteriorate faster. To increase the lifespan of your extensions, try to minimize their exposure to sweat. Back to Top

Brush them often

When wearing hair extensions, especially if you’re a regular user, ensure to bring a loop hair brush or wide tooth comb with you. Let’s face it, tangles happen (even with our natural hair). Brushing or combing through the hair extensions if being worn all day helps to de-tangle, and also protect your natural hair. It’s best to also brush the extensions after taking them off and storing them.

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Wash them as little as possible

Depending on how often you wear your extensions and how well you care for them, they can be washed after every 30 wears or once a month, especially with Remy hair. Since extensions are obviously not attached to the scalp and therefore not exposed to natural oils our scalps produce, there’s no reason to wash frequently. For older extensions, a good trick is to use a deep conditioner in them overnight, they’ll be softer and almost as good as new in the morning.

Heat style them on low heat

Ideally, you should avoid heat styling your hair extensions as much as possible, however, Remy human hair extensions can be heat styled just like your natural hair, however, it is recommended to heat style your hair extensions on a lower setting, to a maximum of 250F. Want to know a little secret? Many clip-in hair extensions users have two sets—one to keep straight and one to keep curled. This way, you can avoid straightening and re-curling the hair over and over again.

Always use a heat protectant spray prior to using any heat styling tool on the hair, and avoid blow drying your extensions after washing, as doing this will make them dry and more vulnerable to breakage. 

Store clip-in hair extensions properly

Ensure that you are storing your extensions with care when they are not in use. Before putting them away, be sure that you have brushed them properly and that they are smooth and tangle-free. Store them in a Hair Extensions Carrier, in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight (like a closet, cabinet or dresser drawer). Also, ensure your extensions are completely dry when storing them to prevent mold and other bacteria from growing.

When is it time to replace your hair extensions?

Extensions, like our natural hair, shed. When you find you’re losing more strands than usual, it may be time to bid those extensions adieu, thank them, as Marie Kondo would do, and get yourself a new set.

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How to keep your hair healthy while using hair extensions

Although it's important to keep your hair extensions healthy and hydrated throughout their lifetime, it's also important to ensure you treat your own natural hair with the same TLC. Hair extensions can be damaging to your natural hair is not worn and treated correctly, so we've outlined a few ways to keep your hair healthy and luscious while wearing hair extensions.

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Washing your hair with clip-in hair extensions

Since clip-in hair extensions are easily removable, you can wash your hair as you normally would. Just be sure to remove all of the wefts and store them away properly before washing your hair.

Caring for your clip-in hair extensions properly will ensure they stay in good condition throughout their lifetime. Because they are made from Remy human hair—the highest grade of human hair, whereby the cuticles are left intact—Luxy Hair extensions can be washed and heat styled just like your own hair. They are very low maintenance and only need to be washed every 15 to 20 wears or when there is a lot of product buildup to the point where it becomes unmanageable. It is important, however, to use a lower heat setting and a heat protectant to keep your extensions in good shape. More on this below.

Washing your hair with tape-in hair extensions

Although it may vary depending on your stylist, the general rule is to wait 48 hours before washing your hair after getting tape-in hair extensions. This ensures the adhesive has sufficient time to properly attach to your natural hair so your extensions last longer and remain secure throughout their lifetimes.

After the initial 48 hours has elapsed, you need to exercise caution while washing your hair and adapt your products to ensure they don’t wear away at the adhesive. Simply sticking to your normal hair routine can cause your hair extensions to come displaced prematurely so it’s vital to stick to a regime that’s been approved by your stylist.

In most cases, this means steering clear of conventional conditioners as they can cause the tape to come loose or slip off entirely. Most hairdressers will recommend using a special shampoo, conditioner, and styling products made for tape-in hair extensions to help prevent this from happening. These products generally contain gentle ingredients that are less harsh on the hair and not as oily so as to ensure the tape continues to stick to the hair properly.

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Washing your hair with sew-in hair extensions or weaves

Sew-in hair extensions, also known as weaves, are applied by braiding the natural hair into cornrows first, and then using a needle and thread to sew the weave into the braid or cornrow. Since there is no adhesive or glue involved, this type of hair extensions tends to foster a more secure and permanent application, however, special care is necessary.

While you can wash your hair right after you get your sew-in hair extensions applied, it is generally recommended to do so 1 to 2 times a week, although this varies depending on how much oil you produce, how much you exercise, and the recommendation of your hairdresser.

When it comes to maintenance, moisturizing the scalp, the nape of the neck, and around your hairline is key to avoid irritation and sensitivity. It’s a good idea to use a deep conditioner or special protein product to help minimize damage and prevent the hair from weakening as a result of the extra weight your roots are carrying.

Washing your hair with fusion hair extensions

It is generally advised to wait around 48 hours after an application to wash your hair after applying fusion hair extensions. Typically, fusion hair extensions require a similar type of care to your natural hair although hairdressers sometimes recommend a shampoo and conditioner to help preserve the glue and combat the scalp irritation and breakage that can occur.

Washing your hair with microlink hair extensions

Similar to fusion hair extensions, it’s important to avoid washing your hair for 48 hours after applying microlink hair extensions. You can usually proceed with your normal hair care routine although your hairdresser may recommend specialized products to prolong the life of your extensions.

Do hair extensions damage your hair?

Simply put, all varieties of hair extensions cause damage to your hair with the exception of clip-in hair extensions which are totally safe and cause no damage whatsoever. This is because permanent varieties of hair extensions (which are applied in salons) such as tape-ins, sew-ins or weaves, fusions, and microlinks, are all fixed to the hair via glue, heat, pressure, or a combination which naturally causes damage to your roots and weighs down the hair.

Which human hair is the best?

When it comes to selecting a particular variety, we recommend opting for real human hair extensions. Many varieties of hair extensions are made from synthetic hair which look and feel different to human hair, having a coarser, more wiry appearance. On the other hand, human hair blends more naturally with your own hair and can be heat styled. Human hair extensions are the best because you can straighten, curl, blow-dry, or color them as you would your own hair.

Remy human hair is the highest grade of human hair available. Made from real human hair, Remy hair means all the cuticles (the outermost layer of the hair) are kept intact, running in the same direction at the time of collection. This helps prevent tangling and ensures the extensions remain smooth and silky throughout their lifetime.

While synthetic hair extensions only last for a few months, human hair extensions can last upwards of a year if they are taken care of properly. On average, Luxy Hair extensions (which are made with Remy human hair) last for about one year.

Do hair extensions cause hair loss?

Ironically, hair extensions are often used to mitigate the appearance of hair loss and yet, permanent hair extensions often contribute to the problem resulting in a vicious cycle. This is because permanent hair extensions are heavy on the hair and often cause breakage high on the hair shaft. This is made worse by the friction and tugging that occurs during everyday activities such as sleeping and hair brushing.

Conversely, clip-in hair extensions do not cause any hair loss as you can take them in and out of your hair easily. This prevents the damage that occurs from detangling your hair and the friction that happens while you’re asleep. Most notably, since they are not worn all of the time, they won’t weigh your hair down unnecessarily, making it easy to wash your hair and care for your scalp.

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360 lace

Also known as full lace or frontal, these wigs are made entirely with lace and the entire wig is hand knotted. This means the wig can be worn in different styles and parted in different ways while still looking natural.

Balayage

A highlighting technique that is painted by hand into the hair, resulting in a natural, soft, sun-kissed highlighted look. This technique ensures that the highlights work in with your haircut and natural growth patterns, too it is a low maintenance style that can grow out with your hair.

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Band

The base of the weft, which holds bundles of hair together. This band can be made of lace, silk, or silicone and can come with clips pre-attached.

Bundle

Hair that is sold by the gram, usually from wholesalers. These bungles of hair can then be used for sew-ins, weaves, or other types of extensions.

Clips

Found on clip in hair extensions. Clips are closures that are attached to the band of each weft., which can be easily clipped onto the roots of your hair. Luxy Hair clips are made of stainless steel with an enamel coating. There is also a silicone grip underneath each clip to prevent slipping.

Closure

A hair piece that is usually made of lace or silk and has hair strands coming from it. It is used to close off the “horseshoe” area of the head, hence the name closure. The size of it is typically 4" x 4" but it can come slightly smaller or larger. It can be applied by sew-in, glue and adhesive tape. This eliminates the need for blending and helps the hair look more natural.

Cool tone

Cooler toned refers to hair that is on the blue, violet, and green spectrum, which cool down your complexion. These hair colors include ash blonde, platinum blonde,  and jet black. 

Cuticle

The cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair strand, that works as a defense for the more fragile inner layer. A closed cuticle leads to smoother, shinier hair, while raised cuticles result in frizz and a courser hair texture. In remy hair extensions, the cuticle is kept intact to ensure the extensions remain smooth, shiny, and tangle free throughout their lifetime.

Double drawn

Double drawn hair has a high hair ratio where the hair is sorted twice to remove short hairs, leaving more long hairs in the set. This means if you purchase a 20" set, at least 70-80% of hairs will be the full 20", with the remaining 20-30% of the hairs being shorter. Double drawn hair extensions are thick from top to bottom, however, are more costly due to the extra hair sorting process.

Full head set

A set of hair extensions that comes with enough wefts for your entire head, usually 9-10 wefts of hair, varying in size. Luxy Hair extensions come in a full head set of 10 wefts.

Full weave

When the entire head has a weave installed and none of your natural hair is left out. The hair is all braided and extension wefts are then sewn through the braids. This is a great protective style as it allows your natural hair to grow underneath.

Fusion

Fusion is a method of applying permanent hair extensions. Tiny wefts of hair, only a couple of millimeters wide, are each glued to the roots of sections of hair, resulting in discreet looking hair extensions. Fusion hair extensions are also known as bonds or bonded hair extensions.

Glue-in weave

The weave is attached to the hair near the scalp, with glue. For this method, you don't have to have your hair braided. The downside is that the glue can damage your natural hair and often times people can be allergic to the glue. With proper care, this method can last a few months.

Lace frontal

This refers to a type of wig. Lace frontal wigs have a strip of lace at the front of the wig, where the hairs are hand knotted into the lace. This gives the hairline a very natural look, however, the wig cannot be parted in different ways or worn in different styles, as the rest of the wig is made of a thicker, non-lace fabric.

Leave out

When the majority of your hair has a weave installed. For this method, either your baby hairs or the upper middle section of hair ("horseshoe" area) is left out or exposed.

Microbead

Microbead hair extensions, also known as microlink or micro loop hair extensions, are permanently attached to your natural hair, and cannot be removed or reapplied at home. Microbead hair extensions are applied by looping tiny sections of hair through each weft, then using a heated clamp to secure and tighten a small, silicone-lined bead to the hair, holding the weft in place.

Net sew-in weave

This is the same as the regular sew-in method, however, a net is sewn over the braids. This helps to relieve any tension on your scalp and allows the hair to not swell as much after shampooing. The downside is that the net can get in the way.

Ombre

A process that dyes the hair in a gradation from dark to light. The outcome is usually darker hair from the roots to the mid-shaft and a transition to a lighter color from the mid-shaft through to the ends.

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Partial weave

When half of your natural hair is left out and half of it is braided with a weave sewn through the braids. Typically, the braids are placed in the back area of the head, however, depending on the look you are trying to achieve, you can have the braids anywhere. This is great for those who are looking to add more volume or length to certain sections of their natural hair.

Quad weft

Four wefts of hair are stacked on top of each other in layers, then bounded at the base. This allows for thicker wefts and more hair per weft, however, this results in adding thickness to the base, making it more rigid. Usually, one piece hair extensions are quad wefted to allow for maximum thickness.

Remy hair

Remy human hair is the finest hair for human hair extensions because the cuticles are kept intact, which prevents tangling and prolongs the hair's lifespan. Preserving the hair cuticles and aligning them in a unidirectional fashion creates extensions that are completely natural in appearance, tangle-free, soft, shiny, and silky throughout its lifetime. Luxy Hair extensions are made with 100% Remy human hair.

Seamless

Hair extensions that have a band made of silicone, rather than fabric. They are usually about 50% thinner at the base than Classic hair extensions, and are best for those with thinner hair or who are not looking for added volume at the roots. 

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Silicone

A silicone grip underneath each clip attached to the band of clip-in hair extensions to prevent slipping. Can also refer to the coating applied to hair strands to give the hair extra gloss and shine. This coating eventually wears off with use, and after washing the hair. Silicone can also refer to the material used to bind bundles of hair in Seamless hair extensions.

Single drawn

Single drawn hair has a standard hair ratio where the hair contains a combination of varied hair lengths, and does not undergo an additional sorting process to pick out shorter hairs. This means if you purchase a 20" set, 50-60% of hairs will be the full 20", with the remaining 40-50% of the hairs being shorter. Single drawn hair extensions are thick at the top and taper off at the bottom, similar to how natural hair is. This is the most common ratio standard for human hair extensions as it’s more affordable.

Tape in

Tape in extensions are a semi-permanent method of hair extensions installation by a salon professional. Wefts of hair come pre-taped at the base like a sticker (usually 1 to 1.5 inch wide) and are then sandwiched to sectioned parts of the hair at the root. This is the most common in-salon hair extensions method as it requires the least amount of time to install and requires no tools. Tape in extensions usually lasts about 6 to 8 weeks.

Taper

When hair extensions get thinner toward the bottom. Single drawn extensions taper toward the bottom, mimicking how natural hair grows. 

Triple weft

Three wefts of hair are stacked on top of each other in layers, then bounded at the base. This allows for thicker wefts and more hair per weft. Usually, premium extensions are triple wefted for maximum thickness in a set. Luxy Hair wefts are triple wefted.

Virgin hair

Hair that is still in its purest form and has not been dyed/bleached or chemically treated in any way. It is completely unprocessed and has only been sanitized before being made into a weft bundle. Because of this, the hair stays softer and lasts much longer with great shine. Because Virgin hair is so rare, it can cost upwards of thousands of dollars for a full head set of extensions.

Volumizer

A Volumizer weft is a single weft of hair / one piece hair extensions that are thicker than an average weft in a regular hair extension set. This is usually used as a supplemental weft to a set of hair extensions to add thickness and volume. Luxy Hair Volumizer wefts are triple wefted.

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Warm tone

Warmer toned colors are on the gold, red, and orange spectrum, bringing warmth to your complexion. These hair colors include golden blondes, copper red, auburn, and caramel. 

Weave

Weaves, or sew in hair extensions are the most permanent type of hair extensions. They are applied by braiding the natural hair into cornrows first, then using a needle and thread to sew the weave into the braid. Weave hair extensions are predominantly used for people with thicker hair, as they need a solid base to be sewn into.

Weft

One set of hair extensions, whether permanent or temporary, is made up of multiple wefts of hair, which are smaller bundles of hair. Each weft is then attached securely to your head, either with clips or with more permanent methods like glue or heat. A set of hair extensions could include as few as 1 weft of hair, such as a Volumizer weft, to over 50 tiny wefts, like fusion or microbead extensions. 

Wig

A full piece head of hair applied topically. Wigs act as a replacement for your own hair and are meant to cover your entire head. Wigs can be used for many reasons such as hair loss, balding, or simply to change up your look. 

 

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Azra Kassam

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