Hair extensions can make you look like you have long, beautiful hair. They can also provide dramatic colors to otherwise dull looking hair. However, before you decide to opt for hair extensions here is a guide on selection, tips and risks involved.
Selecting the extensions
First of all, make sure to select an appropriate color of hair extensions. They must ideally match your hair color or be at least a shade as close as possible. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Sometimes, you might want a bolder look in which case vibrant colored hair extensions are also available. This way, you can have a dramatic look to your hair. Other than color, you also need to select only the highest grade and quality of hair extensions as these last very long and do not damage easily.
Different techniques used
When it comes to application of hair extensions different techniques are in use. Glues can be used to attach extensions to your hair while non-glue techniques can also be used. There are also weft techniques of applying extensions in which case tracks are used onto which the extensions get attached. Then these wefts are attached to the sections of hair as needed. There are also clip-on extensions which are by far the easiest to use as you can attach these yourself. These extensions, as the name suggests, come with clips using which you can attach them to your hair.
Risks associated with hair extensions
Most hair extension procedures when done professionally in a salon are relatively risk free. However, certain precautions need to be taken when undergoing a hair extension procedure. For instance, proper aftercare and conditioning is critical as is regular washing of the hair. You also need to know that only clip types of extensions can be applied on your own and for all other types of extensions professional assistance is mandatory. You must also stay away from too much heat as it damages the extensions. So that means excessive usage of curling irons or blowdryers.
Pros and cons of using extensions
Just as anything else in life with hair extensions too there are the good and bad sides to it. Let’s look at the bad side first. If you have used the glue attaching method to apply the hair extensions then it can wear off within 3 months of application. Then the extension bonds will begin to weaken therefore will have to be removed. In addition, extensions can cause split ends and damage your real hair. If you wish to grow out your natural hair then think twice before going for an extension as it can damage the natural hair when used extensively. Now comes the good part about hair extensions. They instantly create a whole new look to your hair. You can swap new looks by trying on different textures, styles and colors of extensions. You can also attach beaded or braided extensions to create new looks. It also saves you the hassle of actually growing out your natural hair while seeing how long hair looks on you.