A Little Hair Affair’s Quick and Dirty Lowdown on Hair Extensions

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A Little Hair Affair’s Quick and Dirty Lowdown on Hair Extensions

Find out how to buy the best quality hair extensions and how to look after them once they’re in!

So you’ve bought some hair extensions to boost your hair’s natural length and volume. You pay to get them attached, to find that after only a few washes, the hair mats, tangles and is as dry as straw, leaving you frustrated and disappointed, with only a broken comb as consolation.

This is an all too common scenario. Don’t let this be you!

How to Pick Hair Extensions

When picking extensions, you need to be careful of sneaky marketing practices and inferior hair posing as the real thing.

That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to hair extensions so that you can get the lowdown and make the right buying choices to obtain the great results you’re looking for.

We also have some amazing high-quality hair extensions new to our salon. Our favourite is the Beaded Weft Hair Extension. The extra 10g of hair allows for blending, and is super quick and easy to maintain.

Types of Hair – What’s the Difference?

European hair is known as one of the best types of hair for hair extensions. But its name doesn’t mean that the hair all comes from Europe!

It is actually a group name for different types of hair that have a similar structure. Indian and Latin American hair also come under this banner of European hair, whereas Asian and African hair have very different structures.

Attributes of European Hair Extensions

  • Soft and luxurious
  • Finer structure with best quality of hair
  • Requires more hair to achieve a thick feel

Attributes of Indian Hair Extensions

  • Very strong
  • High standard of hair
  • No loss of quality in manufacturing process

Cheaper vs. More Expensive Hair Extensions

The way hair extensions are created, specifically, the way the hair is collected from the donors, is super important. The highest quality hair will have all its cuticles perfectly aligned in the same direction.

When different types of hair are mixed with cuticles facing in all different directions, the hair is more prone to matting and tangling, the strands interlocking like Velcro. This kind of hair will typically be less expensive, but for a reason. You really get what you pay for when it comes to hair extensions.

Cheaper hair is also often placed in an acid bath which completely destroys the cuticles. Then, to restore the hair’s shine, it is covered with a silicon layer. It may initially look beautiful, but after a few washes the silicon comes off and the hair matts, tangles and dries out. Not a good look!

Grades of Hair Used in Extensions

Remy Hair

This kind of hair is the best grade available for use in extensions, because it has been collected in the right way with all the cuticles intact and facing in the same direction.

When you are looking to buy hair extensions, you will see this term bandied about a lot. Be careful of fake Remy hair extensions. Hair with a double silicon layer can look very similar to Remy hair, so if the price is quite low, beware, you could be buying a fake!

Semi-Remy Hair

This is hair that has the cuticle on only one side of the hair strand, which means it is less prone to matting than non-cuticle hair.

Stock (non-cuticle) Hair

This hair is less expensive, but more prone to matting, tangling and becoming dry sooner than higher quality hair. That’s fine if you want to spend less money on extensions and don’t mind spending more time disentangling them!

A Word of Warning: Don’t Overheat!

Be aware that overheating is your worst enemy when it comes to looking after your hair extensions. The damage inflicted can go as deep as the cortex (middle of the hair) and heat can totally destroy the hair’s cuticles, which means even the best quality full Remy European hair can feel dull and dry in a matter of weeks through over styling with heat.