BEFORE & AFTERS
HAIR EXTENSION INFO
|Before & After|
Hair Extension Information
Weft or Track Hair Extensions
A weft is a track of several inches long on which the hair is already attached (a curtain of hair attached together at the top and free flowing at the bottom). The extensions are then applied by using one row (track) at the time instead of strand by strand. A weft can be made by a machine or by hand. Handmade wefts are more flexible and flatter because they are generally custom made to suit your head and match your own hair. They can also be ordered in thin to thick density. Hand wefted hair can also be ordered without a custom sizing or color blending. The only problem with this is that the hair strips cannot be cut to fit.
Machine wefted hair can be obtained in low to high quality. It is extremely important to purchase top quality hair. If low quality hair is installed, there can be terrible tangling, matting and shedding. Machine wefted hair is easily obtainable, can be cut to customize width for any head size, and comes in many lengths and textures. Machine wefted hair, installed on a track is the quickest to install, and the most cost effective way to wear extensions.
Braided Track Extensions:
First a very small cornrow braid is created of your own hair and than the weft is sewn onto the braid. The number of tracks depends on what the client is looking for. Usually 3 rows is needed for maximum length and thickness. Someone just looking for bulk or thickness, not necessarily length, can wear just 1 row/track.
Braiding and weaving create some tension to your hair and scalp because the track is tight and therefore will pull some. The extensions should be braided firmly but comfortably. The scalp may be tender for a couple of days until the braid loosens slightly. Some clients complain about being uncomfortable and having a brief headache using this system, others have no complaints at all.
Micro-Bead Track Extensions:
Small micro-beads or clamps made of copper or aluminum are clamped to small hair strands creating a track. The wefted hair strips (hand-tied or machine wefted) are then sewn to the track. This method is somewhat flatter than the braiding method, and uses all of the clients own existing hair. This method is also very easy to maintain. Generally the micro-bead clamps can be loosened and the weft lifted and tightened without removing the entire track and re-doing it.
Strand by strand "Balmain" Hair Extensions:
With this method small strands of extension hair are attached one by one to small sections of your own hair using the heat fusing method with Keratin Protein waxes and polymers.
Strand by strand Cold Method: "Hairlocs"
This gentle attachment method does not involve glues, heat, or chemicals. Tiny metal tubes (micro-cylinders) are used to attach the strands with a special technique to your own hair. "Hairloc's" are easy to install and easy to remove by a certified expert. The tubes can be short or long, wide or narrow, depending on the amount of hair in each strand being attached. The cylinders are tightened to create the attachment. Applied in the correct way this is a strong and safe method that will not damage your own hair. This cold strand by strand method can be a lengthy process and requires several hours. The cylinders come in aluminum or copper, different sizes and colors but also in different qualities. This method can be used with the highest hair quality and with hair of a lesser quality, it depends on the salon. Top quality hair is always recommended for longer life and less tangling possibilities. Also, this hair can be re-used if cared for properly.
Clip-in hair Extensions
As the name already revealed, you can clip this extension into your own hair whenever you want it and take it out at night before you go to sleep. I can make custom clip-in extensions for a client who wants the option of wearing extensions, or not. Also, making clip-in from old hair that is not being installed again is a great way to keep using the hair you purchase.
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There are many good salons that do not use the name brand extension methods. I do. Hair extensions will not last forever, sometimes because the attachment loosens or breaks but mostly because the growth of your own hair. Extensions connected to your hair will get more loose as your hair grows (approximately ½" per month). Depending on how fast your hair grows and how well you take care of your extensions they have to be removed or retightened when they get too loose. Some systems last longer then others but in general I can say anywhere between 2 and 4 months. With all of the systems I provide, it is possible to reuse the hair, on average 3 times (approximately 8 months) …if the client cares for the hair properly. This also depends on the hair quality. I have very few vendors that meet the standard of quality I require. This can save my client's serious money, as the cost of quality Human Hair is always rising. As extensions become more popular, the supply of raw goods is dropping, the demand for human hair is increasing, and it is becoming more and more difficult to obtain GOOD quality human hair.
WHERE DOES THE HAIR COME FROM??????
Most of the human hair we use is from China. Of late, Indian and Indonesian hair have become more available. I can also work frequently with Russian and other European hair. Chinese hair is very strong, and can handle more chemical processes than most. It tends to be slightly course, but strong and shinny. Indian hair is very beautiful, however usually a finer texture and slightly more prone to breakage with excessive chemical treatments. In my opinion, Indonesian hair is somewhat of a mix between Chinese and Indian hair. Very strong, slight body, lots of shine and less course than Chinese hair. Keep in mind that all of the above mentioned hair types are naturally very dark. Because of this, the darker shades up to medium brown shades are usually very healthy and tend to stay that way quite a long time. Blondes, are heavily color treated/lightened to make the hair blonde. This hair MUST be purchased from a very good source to insure good shine, health and tangle free hair. The company I work with owns their own factory. They do not buy from any outside suppliers. They have high standards, and back the quality of all the hair they sell. They know exactly how the hair is collected, sanitized, processed and then hand or machine wefted. I have had very good success with the blondes I have purchased and installed on many clients.
Russian, Romanian, and other European human hair is generally a good choice for fair, lighter haired clients, or Caucasian clients wanting blonde extensions. The natural color of this European hair is often light brown to blonde. The texture is finer and usually has a soft natural wave. This type of hair is more costly, but for blondes of any shade, the hair will likely last longer, remain shinny and match most fair skinned clients natural hair very well.
Maintenance & Styling
Washing: Keep your hair clean. Hair tangles when dirt and sweat build up, wash your hair after exercise, swimming etc. Brush your hair and remove all tangles before washing it. Wash your hair going in a downward motion. Use a good quality shampoo, your stylist can advise you what product is best for your hair. When lots of water is added at once to very dry hair, hair can swell up and tangle. Gradually wet the hair and brush gently before you completely wash it. This is more common with less expensive extension hair.
Styling: When brushing use a vent brush or plastic hair pick. Start at the ends of your hair and gently work your way up. Always brush in a downward motion. Do not brush harshly. Brush your hair 2 or 3 times a day. Heat is your one of your hair's biggest enemy, the more you use it, the shorter your hair extensions will last. Be careful with the use of HOT blow dryers and curling irons. It is best to let your hair dry naturally.
Exercise: Wear a cap when swimming or keep your hair out of the water. Chlorine and salt water can cause the hair to tangle and mat up. I recommended wearing your hair up or in a ponytail when you swim or exercise. Coating your hair with conditioner before swimming is also a good way to avoid tangling, and helps keep the hair soft.
Sleeping: Never sleep on wet hair, make sure your hair is completely dry before you go to bed. I also recommended loosely braiding your hair or gently tying it up to prevent tangling.
Chemical Treatments: Don't perm, color or utilize any other chemical process to your hair extensions. Let your stylist take care of that.
Although exact costs of Hair Extensions will vary from client to client this is a general guide for reference.
Track/Row Method: (Braiding or Micro-bead)
Human Hair Cost:
Hand Tied: ……$175.00 to $400.00 per row (custom orders, varies on color, length, width, and mostly density)
Balmain Keratin Bonds, or "Hairlocs" : $5.00 per strand installed, hair included. Full head is approximately 250 strands or less. Total cost $1500.00 or less
NXS Tresses : Hair Cost $250.00 and up, $95.00 per row installation
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