Styling Methods

Weft

When you want your hair to take a vacation from the daily stress of styling and processing, sewing in hair exentions can be an excellent idea. With this method, your natural hair is braided into cornrows then a specially designed needle and thread is used to sew the hair extension wefts through the braids. The needle used for a sew-in can be curved or straight. A curved needle is used to prevent accidentally poking the scalp during the sew-in process. The thread used for a sew-in is thicker and stronger than regular thread. It comes in different neutral colors such as white, brown and black. The color thread used should complement the color of the hair extensions. A sew-in can last up three months with proper care and maintainance. Do not neglect your natural hair underneath the hair extensions. Continue to shampoo, condition and moisturize your natural hair.

Wefts of extension hair are sewn into tracks created on the head with cornrows. Wefts are re-usable and this system can last 3-4 months. Tracks can also be made with hand-tied knots. The extension hair is sewn into the knotted track with a needle and weaving cord.

Skin Weft

Various types of two-sided tape are used to attach hair extension wefts or strands.

Sew In

When you want your hair to take a vacation from the daily stress of styling and processing, sewing in hair exentions can be an excellent idea. With this method, your natural hair is braided into cornrows then a specially designed needle and thread is used to sew the hair extension wefts through the braids. The needle used for a sew-in can be curved or straight. A curved needle is used to prevent accidentally poking the scalp during the sew-in process. The thread used for a sew-in is thicker and stronger than regular thread. It comes in different neutral colors such as white, brown and black. The color thread used should complement the color of the hair extensions. A sew-in can last up three months with proper care and maintainance. Do not neglect your natural hair underneath the hair extensions. Continue to shampoo, condition and moisturize your natural hair. Wefts of extension hair are sewn into tracks created on the head with cornrows. Wefts are re-usable and this system can last 3-4 months. Tracks can also be made with hand-tied knots. The extension hair is sewn into the knotted track with a needle and weaving cord.

Micro Links

Human extension hair is attached with tiny links, sleeves, locs or shells that can match your hair color or be clear. Some of these micro products are made out of specially formulated polymer materials. Others are made from flexible nickel tubing that is squeezed shut to hold the hair in place. They are non-magnetic and do not rust. If you have a nickel allergy you will not be able to wear them. Some of these micro methods are used on extremely over processed hair, very fine, silky straight hair and any hair that has trouble holding the adhesive or keratin products used by the other extension methods. The micro shells and links can be re-used sometimes up to three times. What is a micro link? Should I get this type of extension? A micro ring (also called a loop, bead, or easy ring extension) is lightless and almost invisible cylinder-type ring that is applied to your hair extension, then clamped tightly, ring holding it securely to your natural hair. This extension method is used without use of any heat, glue, keratin bonding, braiding, or sewing. Micro rings are made of aluminum, copper, or some type of plastic. You can buy the micro rings separately or purchase already attached to the hair. The second option makes it a lot easier to add the extension. If you buy the rings separately, you’ll need to purchase a threader to pull the natural hair through the ring. Micro rings come in a range of sizes, and you can even add two rings instead of one. In general, the larger the ring, the better the extension will hold. However, the bigger the ring, the more visible the attachment is which isn’t really desirable. Usually trial and error of a few different ring types is the best way to find the perfect size. Advantages vs. Disadvantages of mirco rings Advangtages Easy to add No heat of glue which can damage your hair Easy to remove and adjust the extensions Provide a natural look and a virtually undetectable Disadvantages Rings are detectable if you have very short hair (a few inches) Not a one-time only weave method. If you need extensions for one night only, clip-ons are recommended. Not recommended if you have easily breakable hair. Removing/extracting micro rings

Interlock (crochet and hook)

A crochet needle is used to sew the individual strands of human hair into the tracks created on the head with cornrows.

Filament String

Strands of hair extensions are attached to a filament string. The string is then attached to your natural hair

Bonding

Bonding is the easiest and most temporary way of applying hair extensions. It involves applying a glue specially made for bonding hair extensions to a hair weft. The weft should be applied to the root of the small hair part you decide to place the hair extensions. Avoid placing any glue on your scalp. Bonded hair extensions should only be used for temporary occasions like a wedding or prom. Prolonging it can increase the possible damage that may occur during the removal process. You can buy special products in the form of shampoos, oils or conditioners designed for removing bonding glue from your hair. When removing the glue, avoid pulling on your natural hair because this can result in hair loss. A Bonding glue or adhesive material is brushed onto the weft of the extension hair and then it is applied to the root of the individual’s hair. The extensions can be easily removed by a bonding remover. There have been women that have had an allergic reaction to the bonding material. Many companies offer bonding kits with do-it yourself instructions. This method is a more temporary solution that will last a few weeks.

Fusion

More expensive than the other two hair extension methods, fusion is the most natural method. Hair extensions used for fusion are specially designed with unique tips that must be bonded by a wax to the roots of the hair, strand by strand. This produces the illusion that the hair is coming from the scalp. The wax can be hot or cold depending on preference–hot fusion or cold fusion. Hot fusion can cause an unnatural appearance, for the strands can look and feel too stiff. However, the process lasts up to four months. Cold fusion uses a keratin-based polymer to attach the hair extensions. This process is safer than hot fusion, therefore, it is the wiser choice for those with thin or fine hair. The keratin-polymer is flexible, making the hair extensions more natural looking. Furthermore, cold fusion lasts up to six months.

Clip On

Extension hair is clipped directly to hair with tiny hair clips. This is an easy do-it-yourself solution for hair extensions. The hair is purchased with the tiny clips already attached on the ends. Clip-in extensions may be a great place to start if you are serious about getting hair extensions.