A hair extension is the technique of adding hair that isn’t your own onto your own natural hair. There are a variety of methods for adding a hair extension, including weaving, bonding, braiding and strand by strand. Some of these techniques are best performed by trained hair professionals, while others are simple enough for you to do yourself, at home.
They can be styled and washed which makes them a versatile way of achieving a new look. Hair extensions and hairpieces come in a range of hair types – wavy, curly and long straight and sleek; various textures and lengths.
Celebrities have been seen wearing hairpieces and clip in hair extensions for the past few months which has caused this hair accessory to become popular with women of all ages around the world. One of the most versatile forms of Blythe is the clip on ponytail, which is simple and easy to attach to your own hair pulled back in a knot.
These are available in inexpensive synthetic as well as human hair which are both fully washable. Hair extensions are a temporary answer to achieving a different hair style whether you go to a salon and have it professionally attached or put in in yourself.
Clip in hair extensions cover a range of techniques and applications. To experience a funky modern look without damaging your hair with chemicals and dyes, try a clip in color streaks hair extension.
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. Blythe 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.
The Rise and Fall of the Hair Extension
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.
Blythe Care and Maintenance
Hair extensions are widely used by several classes of people, the exact idea of the technique and how it is done still remains unknown to many. Varieties of extension techniques are in use today and each of them have specifications.
With the help of extensions we can make the hair feel more volume and thus enhancing the beauty.
Strand by strand extensions: Helpful in providing more volume and also length. The hair is sectioned first and small strands are taken from this section and they are further added to these sections either by gluing or heat fusing etc.
Weft extensions: They are exactly similar to strand by strand extensions with the difference being that here larger sections are taken.
Clip in extensions: They are considered to be the cheap as gluing is not required. The extensions are all clipped to a track which in turn is attached with metal pieces which can easily be clipped or sided in places.
Remi and non remi are the two categories into which a human hair is divided. Remi hair is highly expensive as it provides better quality and lasts longer. The donors hair is cut and placed in the same way in the recipients cuticle. Non remi hair is not very expensive as the hair may get damaged in long term usage. The hair lying on floor after an haircut, or the hair left in the brushes etc are all collected to make the non remi hair.
They are made to look like the real human hair and is made of fiber. They are least expensive. Thought they look like real hair, cannot be styled and colored like the real human hair. Hence it does not provide all the benefits of the real hair.
Adequate care should be provided to both the human types and above mentioned hair. Washing should be done only with shampoos which are not strong and only when they turn dry or give put an unpleasing smell. After shampooing, it is advisable to run the fingers through the hair to remove tangles.
Human Hair Extensions - Why Or Why Not?
Clip-in hair extensions are the new rave this year with more and more women becoming health conscious and throwing away the hair glue (which can cause alopecia, bald spots and breakage) and tending towards hair extensions - which not only cause no damage whatsoever but last 10x longer (normally approx 12 months). Not all companies use high quality hair - but most do use a hair type known as Remy. Remy hair is luxurious human hair and doesn't have one trace of synthetic materials - they are also softer.
Synthetic hair is "played-out" women these days want to treat hair extensions like their own hair - and luckily for the human hair extensions can be:
- heat styled
- curled and much more
Purchase from companies that sell Remy hair but be careful not to get ripped off - a lot of the celebrity endorsed hair extensions use their names to fool customers but for example a full head (7 - 8 rows) and black 18" Remy hair should only set you back £25-£30 and not a pound more. Some companies sell theirs for £149.99 - be smart and know what you are doing.
European hair is for the Caucasian and Asian women, where as black/afro Caribbean women should buy Yaki hair as this matches their texture and blends in well especially with the women who relax (chemically straighten) their hair.
Half head or full head?
A half head is for the ladies who already have a bit of length and thickness in their own hair and just want a few pieces to add bulk and a bit of length (normally at the back). Ladies who buy half head hair extensions would preferably have layers (you don't want a mullet) and want less than obvious hair extensions
A full head is for women of any length hair who want length and also thickness. These will change your whole look and if your lucky enough to shop with us you will get double weft; most companies will use single wefts (so that means your hair will be thinner and you might need to buy more)
Overall clip-in extensions are clearly the best things since sliced bread! Enjoy them and the confidence they bring. Not only can they be used for nightwear you can wear them to school or to work and as long as you treat them well, they can really boost your personal appearance. We promise you that you won't even want to take them out once you become used to them!