5 Rules to know before getting Hair Extensions by Mariam Kathet

5 Rules To Know Before You Get Hair Extensions

At this point, we’ve all probably thought about hair extensions. Full, shiny, glorious locks, cascading down our backs and over our shoulders. The kind of hair that you are born with— or the kind of hair you can get by putting in hair extensions. Hair extensions have been around forever and is by no means a new or trendy fashion accessory. They likely are not going out of style anytime soon, so you can feel good about buying in on this trend.

If you’ve never done extensions before, there are 5 rules you must know, and be ready to follow, before you get hair extensions.

Hair Extension #1: Consider Your Lifestyle

When you decide to get hair extensions, there are different kinds to choose from:

  • Clip-in hair extensions— put in and take out yourself every time you wear them
  • Bonded extensions—attached by a stylist using heat or other means for a more permanent hair extension
  • Weaves (or sewn in extensions)— your own hair is braided up and then the hair extensions are sewn in
  • Tape in extensions— a medical-grade double-sided tape adheres the extensions directly onto your hair.

Each kind of extension has different maintenance needs, costs, life spans, and looks. So what does this mean for your lifestyle?

Clip in hair extensions are put in and taken out daily. If you like to wear your hair up, don’t want to mess with styling your hair every day, or work out a great deal, clip in hair extensions might be for you. Bonded, weave, or tape in, are all put in and taken out by a stylist and last in measurements of weeks, not just the day. These kinds of hair extensions are best if you have a look you want for longer, and can style your hair almost daily.

Hair extension Rule #2: Quality is Queen

There are all different types of hair extensions in every price range you can imagine. You might be very tempted by the cheaper products that are on the market. Unfortunately, this just isn’t going to give you the gorgeous flowing locks you’re seeking. Synthetic hair is cheaper, but it is often very glossy and won’t naturally blend well with your hair.

Remy hair is the best kind of hair; all of the strands are facing the same way, from root to tip, therefore it tangles less and lasts longer. Virgin hair means it has never been treated with any chemicals, also making it less prone to tangles and increasing its lifespan.

Though Virgin Remy hair is more expensive, it is worth it. Not only will you get the look you want to achieve, but it will outlast any other type of hair.

Hair Extension Rule #3: Maintenance

If you decide to get bonded, weaved, or taped hair extensions you’ll not only have the expense of buying the wefts (what the different pieces of hair are called), but you’ll also have a stylist put them in and take them out.

It is important that you go to a stylist who is trained and experienced in putting hair extensions in, cutting and coloring them, as well as touching them up after so many weeks. It is not advisable that when your hair extensions start to grow out to take them out yourself. If you do not have a professional do it you risk damaging your hair.

Bonded hair extensions last three to five months, weave and taped-in hair extensions last six to eight weeks. For the latter two, you will have to see your stylist at the end to get the hair extensions reapplied, but you can probably reuse the same extensions. Bonded hair extensions can also sometimes be reusable. Depending on the type of tape, bonding, or weave, you may have to see your stylist every three to four weeks for a touch-up.

Hair Extension Rule #4: Products Are Important

You will absolutely have to use specific products, and they’re probably not products you are already using. Hair extensions must be washed with sulfate-free, non-stripping shampoo. It is also advisable to use extra moisturizing conditioner to keep your hair extensions looking natural.

Using other hair products, like hair masks or leave-in conditioning sprays, is also a good idea. Make sure you ask your stylist for advice on what products to use as well as checking to see if your specific hair extensions have specific products that must be used or avoided.

The brush you use can be important, too. You must be very careful to keep your hair extensions tangle free. Wet brushes can be very helpful because they won’t tug on your hair extensions to pull the tangles out.

Hair Extension Rule #5: Commitment

The golden rule for hair extensions is commitment. If you think you are not going to be able to give your hair the required amount of time necessary to take care of your hair extensions, it’s smart to start with clip-in hair extensions.

Clip-in hair extensions also need to be cared for, but not quite as much as the other varieties. You only need to wash them every 6-8 wears. You do not wash them while you are wearing them, so you only need special shampoo and conditioner for the clip in hair extensions, not for everyday use.

If you think you are ready for bonded or weave hair extensions, realize that you will not be able to slack off at any time on your hair routines. You’ll need to wash and dry your hair regularly, never going to bed with a wet head. You also need to commit to styling your hair every day, as most extensions don’t allow for throwing your hair up in a ponytail without them being noticeable.

Now that you know the most important rules to hair extensions, do you think you’re ready to take the plunge? Will it be clip ins, or are you ready for bonded hair extensions? The best thing you can do before you decide to get hair extensions is research and compare. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Bio: Author Mariam Kathet is a blogger and infopreneur who writes on various topics, including hair extensions. At present, she works on behalf of Perfect Locks.

 

My article in MHD’s new blog!!

Thank You to MHDProductions (MyHairdressers.com) for featuring my article about scissor cutting versus razor cutting as one of their articles on their brand new blog. Myhairdressers.com was founded in 2007 and specializes in online training taught by England’s top names in hairdressing.  MHD has since attracted numerous international hairdressers to help support and nurture talents around the world, and now  I am honored to have worked with them by writing hairdressing articles for them since they started.

Moody Blues by Kieran Tudor

Moody Blues Collection extract taken from Behind The Chair:

‘Forget about rigidity, structure, formalism and order. Here we have a slouchy, chic, mix-and-match vibe. Somehow still proper, but with huge dollops of innovation and a fresh take on the standard beehive, blunt bob, shag and long layers. All doused in the dusky light of a midwinter afternoon – that time of exquisite anticipation between day and night.’

Hair by Kieran Tudor from D&J Ambrose, Middlesex, UK (Shortlisted for British Hairdressing Awards London, Hairdresser of the Year.

Photography – Gabor Szantai, Make Up – Katie Moore

Wardrobe Styling – Jackie Ambrose, Website -djambrose.com

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Dove Palmer from Mazella & Palmer

I’ve already talked a lot about Dove and his work and you can check out other works I’ve posted by clicking Here, Here and Here..

Ex Artistic Director of Vidal Sassoon London who left to set up his own educational hair cutting and coloring institute along with his partner Jean-Baptiste Mazella –  Mazella and Palmer.

The school has become world renowned but mostly thanks to their fantastic creative work, which comprises of beautiful and sharp shapes, precision cutting and angles at its best.

Here are 2 more to add to his collection, both for showing at educational classes.

1. Long disconnected layers with a round fringe..

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2.  A textured Salon Contemporary presentation model.

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My Pick – Golden Globes 2016

Every year I watch the red carpet arrivals to see if anyone excites me with their hairstyle enough for me to want to write about it.

This year was another fairly basic show with hair that was nice, pretty, and feminine with the undo’s and downdo’s etc. but to me, nothing too spectacular. Maybe its because Award’s hair is no longer as cool or impressive as it used to be, this year there was no Jennifer Lawrence with her short messy do, or Rosamund Pike with her undercut bob or Charlize Theron with her gorgeous pixie.

But if I had to pick one that stood out to me tonight I would have to choose Rooney Mara with her huge rocker braid. A slight mix of punk with classic.. very stunning!

Thanks to Just Jared for having these great pictures of her hair, not an easy task to find pictures of the back of celebs heads…

attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Veil Collection by Angelo Seminara

My favorite stylist,produces the best work ever! Another collection of his to show you..

Excerpt from HJ.co.uk

‘Angelo Seminara has won HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year on three separate occasions, earning worldwide fame for his breathtaking imagery and intricate colour work in the process. The Italian-born super stylist started his career at Trevor Sorbie, where he spent 16 years honing his skills. He continues to work on catwalk shoots and editorial campaigns across the globe, as well as creating imagery and developing products in his role as artistic director for Davines.

“Veils arouse curiosity while the wearer keeps her distance. Witness these striking veils of hair – dressed, cut and coloured into astonishing textures, forms and shapes. They act to attract while keeping arousal in check.”’’

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#AngeloSeminara #Davines #HairdressersJournalUK #JujuChan #VeilCollection

Do or Dye ~ Aura @auracolorist

How cute is this video I came across on Instagram, posted by @auracolorist from Sally Hershberger Salon. Love all the cute colors… Press Play…..

How cute is this video I came across on Instagram, posted by @auracolorist from Sally Hershberger Salon. Love all the cute colors… Press Play…..

Do or dye? @teenvogue @warukatta #wiggingout #wigplay video by @jasonlast fashion editor @ondineazoulay #customwigs #colorbyAura #pastelhair #hairdreams #paintedbyAura #Auracolorist @sallyhershbergernyc @lalalandartists @dnamodels #soTeenVogue

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Dekko’s Daily Grind ~ Daniela

I’ve known this crazy lovely mad cow for over 10 years and have had the pleasure in not only working with her but to

continue to have her in my life. Daniela used to work with us back in the Architect and Heroes days but has since gone onto being an actress, student and a perpetual mover!

Daniela grew her hair out and I mean ‘grew it out’, we hadn’t seen her for years and she came into Dekko Salon looking like Chrystal Gayle.

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The first time we cut Daniela’s hair off we went for a messy bob, chin length. We wanted it so that she could wear it both messy and neater. Razored off through the ends with a lot of weight taken off, here’s Daniela’s first hairchop..

 

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So anyway, 6months later Daniela came back in and we decided to go even shorter and to make it abit looser, funkier and more fun. Again we used the razor and shaped the back into the neck, made one side slightly shorter and left the longer look through the other side. It was so much fun, Thanks Luv’ for a fun time..

Such a photogenic girl! By the way excuse the wonky pictures on this one, just couldn’t get it straight : \

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