A Guide To Hair Extensions You Can Do Yourself

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Last Updated on March 16, 2022 by Steal the Style

Celebrities love long, luscious hair and so do we. At one time or another most of us have wished we could have those bouncing, shining locks that the movie stars have. Because of this, hair extension sales are at an all time high. Every day women can look just like famous people. Also, with the ever-changing hair styles, who can keep up? Below we will guide you through the process of hair extensions and how you can do them yourself.

Whether you are looking for fuller, thicker hair or maybe you want longer, textured hair, it should not be difficult to find an extension product to suit your needs. Going with longer hair is a large step and can be quite a commitment. The results will be dependent on which type of hair extensions you decide to use and how to apply them.

What kinds of extensions are there? Which one is right for me? Let’s take a look below to get the scoop on what is available currently on the market.

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Keratin Bond/ Heat-Bonded/ Glue-in

These extensions are attached to your hair by using keratin bonds. The keratin bonds are fused with a tool called a “Flat Plate” and resembles an odd shape hair straightening iron. This method is very popular and looks fantastic. Some upkeep is needed but over all a simple method.

For the longevity of the bond, it’s recommended to condition the hair only at the ends. If you blow the hair dry, begin at the ends of the hair first. This method will last approximately 3 months, but if cared for properly it can last as much as 5 months.

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Clip-on

Easy and no commitment required. Heading out for the night? Clip-in where the length or volume is needed. You want the best quality extensions you can get. Using a good quality clip it, this method can last dependent on frequency of its use.

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Weave or Sewn-In

Overall, the weave/sewn-in hair is the most ideal for curly, thick or coarse hair. It’s applied by sewing in good quality hair, like brazilian hair, into a tight braided section of the natural hair. These kinds of extensions require a bit more upkeep, but are more durable and seem to last longer. Salon visits may be required every 5-7 weeks to ensure each section is in good nick and with upkeep visits, the stylist will assess if the extensions should be tightened.

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Cold Fusion

In this method the keratin bond is not warmed, rather ultrasonic waves cause the keratin to melt and form the bond during installation. Vibration produced by ultrasound energy is applied to the area where the keratin tip joins the client’s natural hair. The vibration then crystallizes the bonding, and forms a strong, invisible hold. Without using heat, cold fusion method causes less possible damage to the hair.

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Remember to use great quality hair with any method you choose. Natural hair will not be damaged as long as you maintain it properly.