Lifestyle | Style: Beauty: Guide for Choosing Hair Extensions

Lifestyle | Style: Beauty: Guide for Choosing Hair Extensions

Published November 20, 2007

Posted Nov. 20, 2007 - Thinking of changing your look by adding hair extensions? Here’s what you need to know to choose the best hair extension method for you. With this guide you’ll know what you’re getting into, what the results will be and how long it will last.

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Weaving is the most popular form of hair extensions because it’s durable and it’s the least damaging option for your hair. First the hair is corn rowed, and then the track or hair weft is sewn onto the corn rowed hair. The corn row provides a strong support base for holding the hair weave in. It’s great for adding length all over or fullness to a certain area. It lasts 4-8 weeks.

Interlocking is another sewing technique. The weft of hair is sewn onto loose hair instead of a cornrow, for a flatter appearance. However, since it doesn’t have the support of a corn row, it can become loose much easier. It lasts 2-4 weeks.

Braiding Strands of hair onto small sections of your hair is a great way to add length to a concealed area. It’s a healthy option that adds inches and fullness to any style. Be sure not to attach the braided strands near a part or the edges where they might show. It lasts 6-10 weeks.

Fusion is the most expensive and time consuming of all the hair extension methods. On the flip side it’s the most natural in appearance and it can last from 2-4 months. Strands of hair are fused onto the tiny sections of hair at the roots with a keratin-protein wax. Practically undetectable to the sight and touch, this alternative offers the most style versatility.

Bonding is the quickest and easiest way to add length to your hair. It involves gluing a track of hair close to the scalp. Choose bonding if you only want to add length in a specific area for a short period of time. For example, glue in a few tracks to add volume to the back of your hair or to add blonde hair to the front of your hair for temporary highlights. Careful, bonding glue can cause scalp irritation. Usually lasts until next your shampoo.

Hair extensions are no longer taboo. You can make your hair as long or full as you want anytime you want. Keep in mind hair extensions that aren’t put in, cared for and removed properly can be very damaging to your natural hair and scalp.

With hair extensions you can extend your hairstyle possibilities!

Written by BET-Staff

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