Hair extensions are separate lengths of hair that are blended into a person’s natural hair. They come in a range of types, sizes, and colours including braids.
Hair extensions are typically longer than a person’s natural hair. As well as giving length, some extensions are designed to add thickness. Braids and extensions may be made from either natural or synthetic hair. Hair extensions may be either clipped, glued or sewn into place.
Types of Braid / Hair Extensions
Clip-ins are the most commonly found type of hair extension. They are best suited for medium length hair and consist of different length strands that have clips that are sewn into their ends.
Clip-ins can be fitted by the user in just a few minutes. They are the least permanent form of hair extension, allowing users to experiment with hair lengths and styles.
Clip-in extensions are the least damaging to a person’s natural hair as it does not require the application of glue. They are also low maintenance, requiring a wash only every after fifteen wears.
Clip-on hair extensions will last for between six months and a year.
Tape in hair extensions are extensions that have a piece of tape on the end that attaches to the roots of existing hair. This type of extension needs to be applied by a professional hairstylist.
Tape-in extensions will hold more securely than clip-ins. Of all the types of extension, however, they are among the trickiest to conceal. They will need to be removed or touched up every 4-6 weeks.
Weave extensions are best for thick, curly or coarse hair. They are the most expensive type and will take a number of hours to insert. After insertion, weaves are the hardest extension type to get used to.
People who are wearing a weave need to moisten the scalp, nape, and edges of the neck on a weekly basis. They should also use a deep conditioner.
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