What hair extension method is the best and which one to choose?
Hair extension methods have been known and used since ancient times. In countless cultures, hair has been seen as a traditional symbol of health and beauty. In ancient Egypt, it reflected hierarchy and social status. Cleopatra's jet-black hair was actually a wig and it was worn by her as a symbol of royal status. Today, no one wears wigs made of vegetable fibres or sheep's wool, woven into the hair or fixed with beeswax. We have something much better. What popular hair extension methods reign supreme today? Let's see.
Hair extension services are usually the most luxurious services available in hair salons. The effect we get can be somewhat compared to a facelift. Thicker hair makes every woman look at least 5 years younger. However, with today's plethora of options, finding the best hair extension method for you can be quite a challenge. While there are many different brands and types of hair extensions available, keep in mind that not all methods are created equal. And hair quality, craftsmanship, warranties, etc. can vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
What hair extension methods are available?
In general, hair extension methods can be divided into two basic groups: strand-by-strand or wefted panels. What certainly makes them different is the application time. While the strand-by-strand hair extension methods are time-consuming and take several hours, the latter are don’t necessarily so. One of the most popular methods recently - tape-in hair extensions - allows you to enjoy thicker or longer hair even in less than an hour! Let's take a closer look at this and other frequently chosen methods.
Tape-in hair extension method is considered the least invasive method of hair extension, and the fastest as well. This concerns both the application and the subsequent removal of the hair extensions which are attached to a few-centimetre-long transparent tape. They are attached between strands of natural hair, practically at their roots. Since the tape is transparent, the connections are invisible. So the whole thing looks very natural. No wonder this method is so often used by celebrities and top stylists. The hair can be styled in any way and reused after removal. As long as this is done with a special liquid for removing the tape, the strands can be successfully reattached up to 5 times. The tape-in method works even for people with dry, delicate and brittle hair.
Keratin hair is attached using the strand-by-strand method. A keratin hot melt tip is used for this. It is also possible to make cold connections using ultrasound. The method of ultrasound hair extensions allows for flatter and more discreet connections. They are less visible and tangible than in the case of those made using a traditional iron. Similar to tape extensions, keratin hair extensions give you the freedom to blow-dry your extensions, straighten, curl and style them exactly as you would with your own hair. Keratin hair extensions are the perfect choice for those who like to change their hairstyle. Hair will look natural with all hairstyles, updos and braids.
Micro ring hair extensions - there is probably no other hair extension method, in which hair can be attached in so many ways. Thin bundles of hair can be attached with heat by melting the keratin tip, using keratin rebonds, glue sticks, or shrinkies. There are also cold attaching methods that don’t use the heat and glue. The hair is then extended with small rings - micro rings, copper shrinkies or copper shrinkies with silicone, which are tightened around the thin strands of hair growing on the head. Hair extensions with micro rings look very natural and are extremely safe.
Nano ring hair extensions - in this case, the hair extensions are attached to natural hair with metal loops. They are as much as 90% smaller than most micro rings, making the connections almost invisible. The effect is even more discreet because the nano rings are available in dozens of colour variations. Nano ring extensions belong to the ‘cold’ hair extension methods - the hair is simply threaded through rings that are clamped at the base of the hair on the head. Hair extensions with this method do not weigh down the natural hairline and make it an ideal choice for thin or fine hair.
Tape hair extension methods
Above we have explained what the tape-in method is. However, this is not the only way to get a more lush hairstyle or a quick makeover using tapes. Tape hair extensions can also be sewn in, attached with micro rings or with clip-ins. The thinnest finish, with a thickness of just 1 millimetre, can be achieved by extending the hair with flat weft tape. There are numerous supporters of this method thanks to the discreet connections. Especially since it allows freedom and flexibility of application. Hairpieces can be cut to any width and fixed with micro rings, adhesive tapes or clip-ins - just like hair on silicone tape. They can be attached anywhere on the head - both in pieces and as a whole.
Which hair extension method is best?
Hair extension methods usually differ in the type of glue or bonding material used to attach the extensions to natural hair. As more and more people want to enjoy thicker or longer hair without having to grow it, companies, eager to compete for customers, are relentless in improving the products they offer. Techniques for creating the most imperceptible hair extensions are constantly improving. Therefore, choosing a hair extension method can be difficult. It's important to choose the one that suits you best. There are several factors to consider, including hair type, lifestyle, and budget. Whether it's length, volume or highlights, nothing can replace the quality offered by 100% natural human hair. Silky soft to the touch and giving exactly the same possibilities as our own hair. It is a good idea to visit a reputable hair salon and seek expert advice. People dealing with professional hair extensions will advise the best method depending on the condition of the hair and our expectations. A properly made hair extension should give such an effect that someone who didn't know us a few hours earlier will not be able to say that we assisted nature.