Hair extensions: Which type is right for you?

Hair extensions: Which type is right for you?
The available options for those interested in getting hair extensions are not limited to simply ‘longer’ or ‘thicker’ hair. Rather, hair extensions are available in a variety of types, durability, styles and techniques that you should be aware of before settling on a choice. Familiarise yourself with these popular options to choose a specific type of hair extension that suits your needs:

Clip in hair extensions

Clip in hair extensions are reusable, and temporary and can be styled with a flat iron or curling iron. Another benefit of this type of hair extension is that they can be easily placed in and taken out all within the same day for specific events. With practice, you can even set clip-in hair extensions yourself.

The key to perfect application is to tease your hair at the roots before attaching the clip-ins as this will ensure a secure grip. The clip-in strand will need to be shampooed every six uses or so.

Tape hair extensions

Tape extensions are set by being encased between two pieces of bioadhesive tape and can last up to eight weeks. Maintaining this type of hair extension is relatively easy, as they only require shampooing on the ends of the strands.

Users of tape extensions are encouraged to avoid using conditioner too near the roots of the hair as the oil in the conditioner can loosen the tape and cause the extensions to come loose prematurely.

Keratin hair extensions

Keratin hair extensions are viable for up to four months and are known for being the highest quality and most natural looking type of extension available. Keratin hair extensions are not applied using heat technology, which saves your hair a lot of damage. Rather, ultrasound technology is used to turn the keratin in the extensions from a solid into a liquid form and then back into a solid form in a matter of seconds.

Keratin extensions are the perfect option for women who live active lifestyles and who often go to the gym, swim or spend time outdoors. This is because keratin extensions are impervious to chlorine and salt water and can easily be tied up.