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    HAIR EXTENSIONS
    Let's talk long hair; Most women dream about having long beautiful Hair and well, great news!! You don’t have to be genetically blessed to get it! Many of the most sought-after heads of hair get help from extensions. The kind i love to use the most are hand tied wefts (aka natural beaded rows). I had a girlfriend get her hair done with them in Laguna Beach by, DKW styling, and i feel in love!

    Human Versus Synthetic Hair

    When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Period. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length. Virgin (never-before-processed) Remy human hair is the highest quality and runs upwards of several hundred dollars per bunch (and some heads may require more than one).


    The hair cuticle is preserved, instead of stripped, and all the hairs run in the same direction, maintaining that natural soft, silky texture. Synthetic hair is much cheaper ($50 to $100) but won’t blend or style the way human hair does. It cannot withstand heat styling and tangles easily. It can be a great way to try out extra length or bangs without a big commitment, but as far as using it for permanent Hair Extensions, STAY AWAY from it! I REPEAT, do not put synthetic hair permanently into your own hair.

    What to Look For

    It’s important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair. Touch the hair first. If it feels dry, it’s going to tangle more easily. Avoid hair with excessive shine: Shiny hair is coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling.

    As for your stylist, experience is a must. Improper application or removal is when damage can and will absolutely occur. I recommend looking for someone with a colorist background: If the color match is off, your extensions will be very obvious.

    How to Cut and Style

    Good extensions should be entirely undetectable—blending your natural hair with the extension is critical. It is an absolute must if you want your extensions undetected!

    The best way to do this? A great cut. This is my favorite part of extension application, as it is when, “the hair becomes your hair!”. After the extensions are in, your hair should be cut dry, with layers that blend the two hair types. I typically use all various types of shears, and use many different hair cutting techniques to blend hair extensions so they look natural. Cutting hair extensions is nothing like cutting normal hair and requires a lot of skill. If your stylist is afraid to cut your hair extensions it is a pretty good sign they have not had professional training......yikes!

    Hair styles

    You can color hair extensions darker (no bleaching!), but it’s best to choose a shade close to the color you currently wear to avoid over processing. Or you can mix and match various shades for a more natural-looking blend. As for at-home styling, extensions should allow you to wash and wear hair as you should be properly trained to do already!

    TLC- (I know you're now singing the song in your head ;-)

    Extension hair should be cared for just like your natural hair: gently. Be extra careful with wet hair, letting your hair dry 25- 50 percent natural if you can, then blow dry. Use a wet brush, boar bristle brush, or your fingers to untangle before round brush styling. Avoid tugging or yanking at the extensions while brushing. Instead, hold hair at the root, and begin detangling starting at the ends.

    Products are Key! You can use all of your favorite hair products, although I promise to recommend the very best to keep the longevity of your hair extensions. Always make sure your shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free if you don't use my recommendations. Try to keep oils away from the roots in order to prevent the bond, tape, or weave from slipping. At bedtime, put your hair in a loose braid so it doesn’t get matted or tangled while you sleep.

    The Damage

    The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it’s important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair. In other words, if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density.

    Placement is also essential. Extensions should be placed where hair is strongest. Avoid areas along the hairline or the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile.

    Hair color and hair styles

    The red carpet and the celebrity world has a secret: Hair extensions! How else would celebrities go from a short due to long gorgeous mermaid hair overnight? Stars like Chrissy Teigen, the Kardashians and Beyonce' are all about full disclosure when it comes to their ever changing hair styles. While extensions used to have a bad reputation ( not sure anyone can forget the Britney Spears incident! ), they have come a long way when it comes to quality and technology. They’re not just for adding length or fullness—wear them to experiment with different hair color and hair styles, such as clip-in bangs or strands of color. But before you take the plunge, there are a few things you need to know about hair extensions.

    1. Consider your lifestyle. “We have three different types of hair extensions “. The first option is tape extensions; those are held in place with strong, invisible bi-adhesive premium tape that’s undetectable to the touch; they last for up to eight weeks. You then need a move up, which includes removing the extensions and then re-taping them and redoing the install. The second choice is a keratin micro bead hair extension. They are attached with a skilled process using a small silicone micro bead. I do not like to use heat to attach the keratin because I don't care what anyone says, it is very damaging! They typically last 8-12 weeks, then you need to come in for a "move up “ which consists of reattaching the hair and replacing the bead. If you do a lot of hot yoga, or exercise a lot, the tape is probably not a good option—the micro bead would be a better option. If you want to change your color often, opt for the tape because the keratin is in there a long time. I really assess clients’ lifestyles; if they wear glasses, or there hair up often I then know where to put the extensions. There’s lot of little things that make up a lot of what we do and that’s what makes it a special and individualized experience when they come in.

    Keratin micro bead hair extension

    2. Getting the right color match is so important! Being off even by a shade is a dead give away that you’re wearing hair extensions. The best way is to color match with the ends of your hair, not the roots, and go with the color that’s the most prominent in your natural hair. Most women don’t have one shade of hair, they tend to be mixed, so our colors are blended for the most part. That’s what really allows us to be able to color match someone 100%, I also do a lot of custom coloring as well. No matter what you will leave with a custom color match and natural looking hair!

    3. Splurge on quality! This is so so important, and as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for". Non-virgin hair means it’s been processed—either dyed or treated to change its texture, this is not something you want to use since it’s more damaged. Remy extensions are the highest quality. They’re the closest to your real hair, so they’ll hold styles and texture the same way as your own and it also won’t shed as much as the cheaper options. I use 100% Remy human hair, which is super important because our goal is for you not to look like you’re wearing hair extensions. Someone should not be able to tell that you’re wearing extensions! The key to having natural-looking hair extensions is making sure that the hair cuticles are all facing the same way to prevent tangles and matting. Only using, high quality remy hair extensions will guarantee this.

    4. Do the maintenance work. Just like your natural hair, hair extensions need regular washing, but not to much! You should only be washing your hair every other day max, but 3 times a week is ideal. You want to make sure to comb out any tangles before hand. Use a shampoo and conditioner free of sulfates and parabens, I will reccommend the best products for you and your hair care. Use a moisturizing, gentle shampoo for tape-in and micro bead extensions, focusing on the roots, and condition only from the mid-length of the hair down. Protect your extensions by waiting until they’re mostly dry to use heat styling tools, and avoid using those directly on the tape and keratin bonds. Also, don’t go to bed with wet hair—make sure your hair is completely dry before you hit the pillow.

    High-quality Remy hair extensions

    My absolute favorite method is Natural beaded row hair Extensions. The redesigned, growing popular method is a game changer.

    Natural beaded row extensions are for women who want really undetectable hair extensions or who have very fine hair. This hair is meant to be sewn onto a braid or beads. It's great for creating full voluminous hair because it isn't bulky. It's also unbelievably flat and undetectable. I attach hair thread with micro beads from ear to ear and wefts of hair are woven (with thread) onto the row that i created.

    Micro bead extensions range ($500 to $4,000) and have the most time-consuming application process (up to three hours); they also last the longest (three months typically). The tape-in application process is much faster (about an hour) and more affordable ($300 to $2,000), but requires more frequent maintenance (every six to eight weeks). The same tape-in extensions and micro bead extensions can be removed and reapplied, though. You don't have to purchase new hair each time. The same goes for weave-in, natural beaded row extensions, which last about two months, and can be applied in an hour or two, pricing depends on how many rows you need and the length ($700 to $2,000).

    You want to make sure to avoid hair with excessive shine: too shiny hair is actually coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling. When it comes to your stylist, experience is an absolute must! Improper application or removal is when damage can occur. Please do your research and pick and experienced stylist.

    extensions are just like styling your own hair

    How your extensions should be Cut and Styled

    Good extensions should be completely undetectable, blending your natural hair with the extensions is a must. The best way to do this is a great cut. After the extensions are in, your hair should be cut dry, with layers that blend the two hair types. You can color extensions and tone (no bleaching!), but it is best to choose a shade close to your natural hair color to avoid over processing. Or you can mix and match different shades of hair for a more natural looking blend. As for styling at home, extensions are just like styling your own hair, just much more of it!

    TLC

    Extension hair should be treated just like your natural hair, gently. You should be extra careful with wet hair, drying hair completely with your fingers before using a brush to style. Try to not tug or yank at the extensions while brushing. Instead, hold hair at the root, and begin detangling the hair, starting at the ends. You can use all of your favorite hair products, but its best to listen to your stylists recommendations, but keep oils away from the roots in order to prevent the bond, tape, or weave from slipping. Before bed, put your hair in a loose braid so it doesn't get matted or tangled while you sleep.

    The extra weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it's important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair, so if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density. Placement is absolutely key, extensions should be placed where hair is strongest, so you want to make sure to avoid areas along the hairline and the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile.
    Jessi
    Oct 18, 2017
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