Tape Hair Extensions Griffith

Hair extensions started being used in the 1980s, but because of poor results and high expense, were abandoned until about 5 years ago. Their popularity has been boosted by all the celebrities who now use them.

What are hair extensions?

Hair extensions are hairpieces that can be attached to your natural hair or scalp; they enhance the thickness of your hair or the length. There are several kinds, but the most popular ones are

· Strands, small clusters of about 30 pieces of hair

· Wefts, slightly larger curtains of hair, joined at the top and free flowing at the ends. The best wefts are hand-made, not machine-made.

· Braids and dreadlocks, which are pre-wound.

Some are synthetic and some are made of human hair. The natural hair of Caucasians is different from that of Asians or Afro-Caribbeans and you should choose an extension that will match your own hair.

They come in many varieties and can be pre-colored, pre-highlighted or pre-permed with curls or a body wave. Depending on how it was attached, you may need to have your hair extension Griffith re-done after 6 or 8 weeks, or it might last up to 4 months. Re-attaching will always be periodically necessary because our natural hair continues to grow, the bonding agent becomes loose, life happens, and you’ll need to re-adjust and refresh your hair’s appearance.

How are hair extensions attached?

· Strands are woven, glued, or clipped to your natural hair. If they’re clipped, you can take them off easily any time. If they’re glued, various bonding agents may be used and care must be taken to protect your scalp and natural hair.

· For wefts, your stylist will make a small corn row or weave in your natural hair, and sew the weft to this weave. This method uses no chemicals.

· Braids are usually woven in with your own hair and again no chemicals are used.

hair extensions in short hair

Hair Extension Care and Maintenance

Hair extensions might seem like a new invention but in reality hair additions have been around as far back as the Egyptian times when both men and women work wigs. Since then hair pieces have been in and out of fashion ever since.

In 1800 fake hair was frowned upon and women left their hair to be natural until the Romantic era was in full swing when women wore elaborate Apollo knots. Come the mid Victorian era and hair pieces were used a lot more extensively. Then strangely in the early 20th century Edwardian women wore false hair additions to create the pompadour hairstyle which looked like a woman was wearing a teapot on her head. How that became fashionable I don't really know!

Around the 1920's less hair was the big thing so hair pieces took a dive around that time and it wasn't until the 1940s when long hair came back into fashion and women starting indulging again. Then in the 1960's big hair was back with a vengeance. Coils were the in thing or the updo as better known to us were seen of many women, this was created by very extravagant human hair pieces. Wigs made from real or fake hair were commonly worn around this time too and carried on into the early 70's. Come the 80's and big hair was in but only natural hair. Famous singers wore wigs but that was about it.

In the 1990's hair pieces or wigs became a lot more affordable to everyone, not just the rich and famous. The famous spice girl Victoria Beckham has been credited for the latest fashion of human hair extensions. When she first got together with her now husband David Beckham it was a time when public interest in the couple was at a all time high and they were both photographed all the time and would be found on the cover or most newspapers and magazines. With this sort of publicity everything about the couple was scrutinised. At that time pictures of Victoria were on the front of every paper or magazine with many different hair styles on view. Some days she had short hair, the next she had long and it was obviously these styles were created thanks to hair extensions. She even spoke about them and explained they were created with natural human hair which caused slight controversy as to where the hair came from.

Since then the trend has become much more widespread with lots of different people using them for different reasons. Teenagers looking for long hair have extensions as do older women trying to replace thinning hair. And many women use them just for special occasions. There are many different materials they are made from including a whole range of fake synthetics ones to gorgeous natural European hair.

Permanent hair extensions can cost a few hundred pounds for each application and they only last up to around 4 months. There are lots of different methods of attaching the hair some safer than others. With permanent hair extensions usually a small group of hair strands are collected which the hair is attached to. There are different types of adhesive including wax, glue, or heat all of which are not that great for your hair. When it comes to removing the extensions chemicals are needed and these can often leave hair damaged. Another option is to have the hair weaved on. It is known as 'wafting' and is a much safer option as no chemicals are needed.

The clip-on hair extensions come in a variety of different colours and lengths are the best option for non permanent hair pieces. They are very easy to use and as long as you get the right hair colour and texture of hair, no one will know your hair is fake. In fact I have sat next to a work colleague for months not realising that her long hair was in fact clip on hair pieces. It was only whilst getting ready for our Christmas works do that she pulled her hair off! I was shocked to say the least as her natural hair was just shoulder length and I had no idea.

Griffith Hair Extension Salons – A Guide

Do you long for long thick wavy hair, or natural highlights, but you have thin, short or dull hair? You may wish to look into human hair extensions . It seems as if everywhere you look people are changing their styles overnight using hair extensions. So if you can't wait for your hair to grow, or need that thick luscious sexy hair today, or add natural highlights and thickness to change your style temporarily. Consider human hair extensions.

Once the decision to change has been made , the next thing to consider is how to achieve great looking natural hair, using what kind of hair extension..

Types of hair extensions

- 100% Natural Human Hair,

- synthetic hair - man made hair

- a combination of the real hair and synthetic hair.

Real hair is literally that, 100% natural home grown hair from another person, it will behave the same as your own hair. Synthetic hair is artificial and usually doesn't hang or move naturally. A combination contains both types of hair, so if often cheaper, but still may not hang quite the way natural hair does.

Real Human hair is the only way to go if you want the hair extension to feel real. It is 100% pure, human hair.As such it can be treated exactly as you would treat your own hair - washing, coloring, perming or straightening can all be done on human hair. Real hair is bought from Europe, Asia, or Russia. If you want the hair extensions to be color matched to your hair you can have it done, or if you want a contrasting highlights that is also possible. A good stylist will choose the best shad match for your hair and highlights. Real hair will fit in with your own hair more naturally, and behave the same as your own hair in the rain or when it is wet. Synthetic hair tends to be "set" in that it comes in a fixed style that will not change when it is wet. You can can a number of months typically 6-9 months from human hair extensions, as long as they are cared for properly. One of the big dangers to human hair extensions is heat, so it is important to provide gentle care to stop them from becoming dry and brittle. It can take a long time to attach these types of hair extensions and it is wise to have it done professionally in a salon.

Synthetic hair looks and feels different to real hair as it is "set" it doesn't hang the same as natural hair. Synthetic hair does not handle water well and can become tangled easily. This makes it hard to look after as a permanent hair extension.

When considering human hair there are different qualities available. As it is not possible to just collect cut hair from the salon floor. the highest quality providers of human hair take great care to control how it is collected and processed. The hair is carefully cut to keep the strands lined up in the growing direction. This is help with the hair hanging naturally. Hair strands are made up of a number of layers of cells,the outer layer is known as the cuticle, the cuticle cells are like roof tiles overlapping. If the cuticle is complete and undamaged the hair will lock in more moisture and last longer. In the lower grades of hair extension the cuticle is damaged in processing(often by harsh chemicals), leaving the hair brittle. An expert stylist will make sure that the hair extension and your own hair cuticle direction are matched and run in the same direction.

This is one reason the best human hair extensions are the most expensive and the best option for your own hair extensions.

Hair Extensions - Where Do Yours Come From?

Hair extensions started being used in the 1980s, but because of poor results and high expense, were abandoned until about 5 years ago. Their popularity has been boosted by all the celebrities who now use them.

What are hair extensions?
Hair extensions are hairpieces that can be attached to your natural hair or scalp; they enhance the thickness of your hair or the length. There are several kinds, but the most popular ones are

· Strands, small clusters of about 30 pieces of hair

· Wefts, slightly larger curtains of hair, joined at the top and free flowing at the ends. The best wefts are hand-made, not machine-made.

· Braids and dreadlocks, which are pre-wound.

Some are synthetic and some are made of human hair. The natural hair of Caucasians is different from that of Asians or Afro-Caribbeans and you should choose an extension that will match your own hair.

They come in many varieties and can be pre-colored, pre-highlighted or pre-permed with curls or a body wave. Depending on how it was attached, you may need to have your hair extension re-done after 6 or 8 weeks, or it might last up to 4 months. Re-attaching will always be periodically necessary because our natural hair continues to grow, the bonding agent becomes loose, life happens, and you'll need to re-adjust and refresh your hair's appearance.

How are hair extensions attached?

· Strands are woven, glued, or clipped to your natural hair. If they're clipped, you can take them off easily any time. If they're glued, various bonding agents may be used and care must be taken to protect your scalp and natural hair.

· For wefts, your stylist will make a small corn row or weave in your natural hair, and sew the weft to this weave. This method uses no chemicals.

· Braids are usually woven in with your own hair and again no chemicals are used.

What kind of hair extension would best suit me?
That's a very personal matter and should be decided between you and your stylist. There are extensions for every kind of hair, even thin and baby-fine hair. Your stylist will assess your hair type, discuss how you would like to look and whether it's possible given your particular circumstances and hair status, and explain alternatives. When an extension is decided upon, she will personally customize it to match your hair, will attach it, explain how she's doing it, and give you information on how to care for it.

How do I care for my hair extension?

· Hair extensions can be shampooed, styled and brushed the same as your natural hair, but don't try to alter their color. This should be professionally done.

· The most important thing is to be gentle with it so as to preserve the bond attaching it.

· Use a soft bristle brush and brush out tangles from the bottom ends up towards your head.

· At night, to avoid matting, tie it up or braid it if it's fairly long, and never sleep with wet or damp hair.

· Avoid using any silicone-based products or conditioners on the extension where it is bonded to your natural hair, as this will make the extension slip off.

Does it hurt to get a hair extension?
No, not when it's properly done. In the first day or two it will feel a little heavy perhaps, and this added weight on your head may feel slightly uncomfortable until you get used to it. The process of attaching it should not hurt at all. If it does, something isn't right. Sometimes if the cornrow method is being used, the weaving might be done too tightly, pulling too hard on your scalp. This can even cause headaches. But you should not accept this. The weaving doesn't have to be so tight that it's painful.

You may come across stories of how a person's hair was broken, burned, or otherwise damaged by their hair extension. The odds are that this person had it done by an untrained stylist, or one with little experience.

Do your homework

Since the demand for hair extensions is growing, more varieties will become available and research will give us more methods of creating and using them. The hair styling industry is not regulated, so do some checking and reading. Many websites recount personal experiences and have Frequently Asked Question pages.

Choose a stylist with training specifically in hair extensions, and with plenty of experience using them. Ask to speak to other clients who have purchased hair extensions, to hear what their experiences were like.


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