Hair extensions are available in strands and wefts, they made of real hair or synthetic hair. The former uses 100% natural human hair while the latter uses artificial fibres. To test the hair, burn a few strands, real hair will leave some residue and also emit smell whereas the artificial fibres will neither leave any residue nor smell. So next time you go for hair extensions, you know how to check the quality of hair and not get duped. Real hair extensions behave like normal hair and can be treated like your original hair, they can be cut, coloured, permed and blow dried. There are various methods of wearing extensions but it should be done at the hands of a professional. Never try doing it at home, it can be dangerous and cause untold damage to your hair.
The hair extensions starts below the roots, it should never start from the roots. Begin at 1.5 inches from the roots. Small sections of strands are attached individually to the hair by clipping, gluing, heat fusing, clamping with metal tubes or using waxes or polymers. All these methods (except for the clamping) involve coating your own hair with a chemical or foreign substance to attach extensions.
1) Clip on – This is the simplest methods to get long tresses. Extensions available in wefts can be clipped on the crown area by lifting a few strands. It’s ideal for people who change hairstyles frequently.
2) Glue based – A polymer or protein moulded bond is used to attach the extension.
3) Metal tubes – This method does not involve heat, glue or chemicals. Tiny tubes/micro cylinders are used to attach extensions with braiding or floss thread.
4) Weaving – This is done by weaving your own hair around a number of threads, thereby creating a track. The weft is the sewn into this track.