Monday, 2 December 2013

5 Popular Types of Hair Extensions

If you guys follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I've recently been thinking about getting hair extensions. It's been a while since I last had any.

I have super fine hair so it always looks as though I don't have much of it - so I'm after something to make my hair look fuller, bouncier and full of life!

Image from Pauls Hair World

I've recently been looking into the most popular types of hair extensions available to me:

Clip-in hair extensions
Clip in hair extensions are a great, temporary way to enjoy hair extensions. Clip-in hair extensions are usually made up of a moderate to large amount of hair attached to a clip or a comb that can be placed in the hair to add volume, highlights or length. These essential clips for your hair extensions are easy to get hold hold of, but aren't the most versatile. They can however, be removed and replaced multiple times a day if desired without causing any damage to the natural hair.
Heat fusion hair extensions
In heat fusion application of hair extensions, the extensions are applied using a special type of adhesive. This is typically a wax, glue or keratin adhesive. Wax adhesives can be especially concerning as waxes usually have a low melting point and can be messy and may not withstand normal activities like blow drying and curling. Adhesives can also cause a great deal of damage to the hair.
Cold fusion hair extensions
Cold fusion hair extensions are now becoming a very popular choice of hair extension application. Cold fusion bonds the extensions to the hair, similar to the way heat fusion does, however, it is bonded using a special ultrasound device to create the bond. There is absolutely no heat is used during a cold fusion application, so it's much more gentle on hair. Cold fusion hair extensions usually last up to around six months.
Skin weft hair extensions
Skin weft hair extensions come in long, wide sections and are bonded to the uppermost part of the natural hair using a special type of tape or glue. These wefts lay flat against the natural hair and if matched carefully, they can be very hard to tell apart from the natural hair. Skin weft hair extensions are relatively easy and quick to apply and many people use these types of hair extensions in their home. High quality Brazilian hair is also easy to get hold of - I think this is the sort of extension I will be going for :)
Microbead hair extensions
Microbead hair extension application involves the use of a small metal bead with an inner silicone lining. The natural hair is threaded through the bead, the bonded end of the hair extension is place inside of the bead alongside the natural hair and a pair of pliers is used to clamp the bead. These extensions are incredible versatile and when the extensions come out, they can be reused.
And there you have it - 5 popular types of hair extensions.
Do you use hair extensions?
Which type do you have?
I would love to hear from you!
Louise xxx

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  1. I've thought about getting clip in's because I'd definitely want them to be temporary but I've always worried they look fake. Have you used them yourself? What do you think of them?

  2. One item I could never wear, it freaks me out that someone elses hair might be on my head *shudders* x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  3. Same as Rachel, it would freak me out too! lol x

  4. I looked into them once, but never went through with it.

  5. I wore extensions non stop for 5 years, started with clip ins and then went to weaving, then to glue, then to micro beads. All I can advise, being a hairdresser and going through it all myself, stay away from any chemicals, glue as much as possible. Weaving's usually the best as the only thing they use to attach the extension is a thread, no chemicals, no glue, nothing so it doesn't ruin your hair, as long as you look after them, regular maintenance etc! If you go for glue, a long piece of extension is best rather than small individual ones, and best to blend in! I don't want to go into too much detail cause it's something I could talk about for hours haha but as long as you look after whichever you go for with regular maintenance you should be okay! If you want me to explain some more, I'd be happy too!

    Hannah x

  6. i love them hair styles ill be sure to try them out, i love hair extensions and i need new ones so this has come in handy thank you for helping me :)

    keep up the good work ill be sure to follow

    check out my blog, coming soon!

  7. I've tried pretty much every type of extension over the years and I'd say try clip in extensions first to see how you get on with them first. I love Micro bead/ring extensions, you can reuse them and they don't damage your hair at all, loads of hair loss clinics seem to lose them for this reason. Let us know what you decide to go for

  8. I've only ever had clip ins because my hair is always pretty long anyway! x


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