How do hair extensions work?
Author:sales Time:2016-04-11 11:46:05
Hair extensions have become a popular way
transforming your look thanks to the likes of Celebrity Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton. However, Kate Beckinsale, Victoria Beckham and Christina Aguilera have been spotted with temporary bald patches apparently caused by extensions.
Here, top British hairdresser LEE STAFFORD gives the lowdown on hair extensions:
SO HOW DO THEY WORK?
Hair extensions are a way of bonding real or synthetic hair to your natural hair at the root. Extensions are usually attached in horizontal rows to the underneath sections of the hair, close to the scalp, so the top sections of the natural hair falls to cover the bonds.
Extensions using real hair are glued to the natural hair with an adhesive. This method can be problematic for people who don't like the idea of someone else's hair being attached to their own. It is also a lot more expensive than other options.
However, extensions using real hair can then be styled and treated as the person's own after application. The other method is called mono-fibre - a type of plastic - which is very lightweight. It is attached by plaiting together small sections of hair and anchoring them to the root with a heat seal. However, this system does not lend itself to styling with hot appliances such as flat irons and tongs, as the plastic simply melts on contact.
Extensions can look great when done properly and looked after well, though unfortunately they can be done by someone who is unqualified, and that is when damage to your hair can occur.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Depending on the type of extension, they can last up to three months.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG?
There are several things that can go wrong, which is why it is important that you get extensions done by a reputable company. First, bad extensions can lead to traction alopecia, which is when the bonds rip out your natural hair at the root. This is not a good look.
Second, if the hair has been badly blended with your natural hair and then cut, it can lead to a mermaid look, where you have stringy extensions hanging down and the baseline of your actual hair is clearly visible. Extensions should be cut and styled to blend seamlessly with your own hair. The process normally takes several hours.
It's advisable that when you no longer want the extensions, they are removed in the salon to minimise any damage. Always choose your potential extensions salon carefully, to ensure you have a qualified stylist. As with any type of beauty treatment or service, always do your research to find the best person for the job.
HOW MUCH SHOULD THEY COST?
From £150 to £1,000, depending on which system you have. Real hair is always more expensive.
WHERE CAN I GET ADVICE?
You can always ask your regular stylist for advice, as they will know whether extensions are suitable for your hair type. They will also be able to tell you of reputable hair extension companies locally.