Hair extensions: Learn the ins and outs
Hair extensions magically work to transform your hair from dull to dazzling. So, if you are looking for length, volume, and color, hair extension is your go-to solution
Long, lustrous and lovely hair – who doesn't want that? Think you have to wait for years to see this happening? Not really. Thanks to hair extensions, as you can flaunt terrific tresses anywhere, anytime. Hair extensions are beautiful and versatile. They offer so much styling power and transform your hair from dull to dazzling. Dr Bharti Taneja, Celebrity Cosmetologist, and Founder-Director – Alps Beauty Group recommends hair extensions if you are looking for length, volume, and colour. "Make sure you match (cut and colour) with your natural hair for great style," she adds.
It is a common misconception that hair extensions damage your hair. Extensions, however, require some extra care. Along with following the basic regime, you need to use some specially formulated products, which contain a large amount of moisture and nutrition needed for the extensions.
Since hair extensions do not have their follicles and they usually lie slightly away from the scalp, they do not get the same natural oils as your natural hair. As a
result, extensions are more dependent on added moisture and oils to keep from getting dry and coarse. You can also apply nourishing hair mask for some extra conditioning.
Moreover, it is advisable that you inspect your extensions thoroughly every 5-7 weeks. This will help you avoid any tangled attachments and unnecessary wear on your extensions as well as natural hair.
Two categories of Hair extensions
There are two techniques to get hair extensions – permanent extensions, which remain in your hair for a few months, and semi-permanent extensions that you can apply and remove as per your need. Permanent hair extensions can last up to 3 months while semi-permanent ones have a life of 6 to 8 weeks.
The price varies depending on the quality of hair extension that you choose.
Types of extensions
There are various types of hair extensions available to fulfill every hair-related issue women are facing these days. Dr Nivvedita Mahandru, Founder NNIAV, lists a few of these:
Clip-ins: Clip-ins are high-quality human hair; the hair cuticles are always intact and in one direction. They can be layered and come in small strands. Colouring them is permissible but avoid bleaching as it destroys hair texture.
Halo Extensions: It comes in one thick piece and the hair on top is dropped off on them so that the extensions are not visible. They are not layered and therefore are suitable for those who want their hair to look thicker on the sides but not on top.
Tape-in Extension: These come in varieties like Remy tape-in, Invisi tape-ins, Seamless Tape-ins. In this type, a thin layer of hair is sandwiched between the tape-in extensions.
Individual Hair-Extensions: They are available in varieties like I-tip, Keratin-Tip, Micro-Tip. These are beaded depending on the required length and density. They last up to 3 months and re-do is required as per the growth of your hair.
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