In this blog I will attempt to answer many of your question about hair extensions. Hair extensions not only add length to your hair but they will also add fullness. If your hair is very short (1-4 inches) it is best to let your hair grow a bit before putting in hair extensions or at least know that your hair should only be extended about 4 inches as a good rule of thumb for short hair. The reason being is that if you extend the hair to far beyond that it will not blend well and not look natural. The whole idea is to make your hair look longer, and thicker while making it look natural.
If your hair is longer, lets say shoulder length than it is okay to extend your hair as long as you would like. This is because it is easy to blend the extension hair with your hair by layering the extension hair in with your hair to get a natural look. Here is an example:
The type of extensions that we use here at Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa are called I-Tip hair extensions. We like this type of extension because it is the least damaging to the hair. There are several other methods to apply extensions such as bonding however we believe that bonding is very damaging to the hair because it uses glue. Hair designers will tell you it is a peptide made of the same thing that your hair is made out of. However, it is glue. When you go to have that method tightened and they have to take them out they have to use acetone to break down the glue. You lose a lot of your own hair. The exact thing you are trying to avoid.
The other common method is tape. The adhesive in tape is also damaging to the hair. It is also a glue substance. This form of extensions is probably the cheapest for most stylist only charge around $100 for application and tightening. However again, it is very damaging so if you one day want to wear your real hair again beware of the consequences and balding that will occur.
The least damaging is the I-Tip method. This method is applied in a horse shoe pattern in the back of the head so that it flows like the natural hair would:
The sides of the extensions are applied in a rounded up and down pattern. These patterns create a flow to the extensions that make the hair look as natural as possible. Color matching is done before the extensions are applied and most clients are so happy with their new long, thick gorgeous hair that they dance out of the salon with the biggest ear to ear grins that one has ever seen.
If you are thinking about getting extensions consultations are always free at studio 229. Give us a call at (206)322-6325