Hair extensions, more popularly known as hair weaves or artificial hair extensions, add fullness and length to thin or short hair. When added to natural hair, hair extensions are often clipped, sewn, glued, or woven into natural hair using synthetic or human hair. The most common hair extensions are Remy (or human hair), Brazilian (or man’s hair), or European hair extensions.
Four different Hair Extensions San Francisco methods have become very popular in recent years. They are bonded, taped, glued, and hot fusion. All four methods use high-quality hair extensions that are surgically blended or glued to the patient’s natural hair. Bonded, taped, and hot fusion each require different techniques.
A skilled professional hair stylist can apply bonded hair extensions at a hair salon, who will apply the bonding agent through a transfer tape. The glue is then allowed to dry, and the final step of bonding is applied by rubbing the bond into the natural hair using a brush. Bonded hair extensions cannot be applied to full head-tails, braids or cornrows.
All other hair extensions require three basic steps: attaching them to the scalp, applying the adhesive and weaving them in and out of the scalp. These three steps are essential to achieve the desired look and texture for each individual extension. Hot fusion extensions require the use of a heating gun in addition to the adhesive. The extensions are placed in the extension holders, which are similar to those used to hold shingles. Once secured, the extensions are either left in place until ready to remove, or removed with a small comb or clippers.
Nylon webbing, often called barber carpets, are the most common method of attachment used with hot fusion hair extensions. The extensions are placed in small sections on the scalp and sides of the natural hair and secured with Velcro or other hook and loop fasteners. Special scissors are used to cut sections of hair extensions, and new sections are added as necessary until the desired look is achieved.
The adhesive used with hot fusion hair extensions is generally quite strong, but is not toxic. It is important that care be taken when handling the adhesive remover because it can be harmful if it comes into contact with the eyes. To remove hair extensions, it is important to first wash the hair extensions and then thoroughly dry them with a blow dryer to remove the excess glue and allow them to fall naturally into place. Most hair extensions are treated with Vitamin E to keep their shiny, glossy appearance, but this treatment can weaken over time. It is recommended that extensions be treated regularly with a leave-in conditioner to maintain their brightness. When styling products, it is important to use heat protection products such as heat shrinkable sticks to prevent damage to the extension.
Another popular method of transforming the look of bald spots is by using colored extensions. These look just like the original hair and can be easily secured with adhesive strips or other adhesives. In addition, extensions can also be colored to match the original hair color by coloring kits sold at most hair salon. Some salons provide color consultations to customers to help them find the best shade to achieve the best results.
A weft system for hair extensions is often used to add volume to thinning hair that has been split or damaged. Wefts are simply a thread of artificial hair attached to natural hair at the back of the head. This method of adding volume requires that the weft system is attached permanently to the head. In addition to being uncomfortable, this method is also time consuming, sometimes taking several hours, which may deter women from attempting to wear hair extensions.