3 Types of Hair Extensions and Who They Are Best For

3 Types of Hair Extensions and Who They Are Best For

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Individual hair extensions are a great way to change your hairstyle, something the average woman does about 150 times in her life. But there are a few different types of individual hair extensions, and if you’ve never had them before it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which ones you need. Continue reading for more information on common types of hair extensions and who they’re best for.

Keratin Extensions

Keratin extensions are individual hair extensions that are bonded directly to your hair using a keratin-based adhesive and either a heat- or fusion-based process. The individual hair extensions themselves are real, unprocessed hair that can be styled and washed just as you would your real hair. The bonds are sensitive to heat and conditioners, so it’s best to avoid using heat and conditioner close to them. If you don’t mind having to avoid the bonds when you wash and style your hair, these may be a great option for you. You will need to be color matched in most cases, so keep that in mind, as well.

Hand Tied Extensions

Hand tied extensions are wefted extensions that are applied to the hair using a weaving or sewing technique. One technique has a weft of hair applied to rows of braids, then sewn to the braids using a special needle. Another technique, though, uses a micro-link and pliers to attach the wefts to natural hair. Hand tied individual hair extensions have been around for a long time, but they are not the best for everyone. If you have fine or brittle hair, the wefts, or “curtains”, of hair may be too heavy and cause breakage and other damage. These are best for people with thicker hair.

Microbeaded Extensions

With microbeaded extensions, an individual weft of hair is applied directly to your hair using a silicone-lined bead. This bead, much like the micro-link used in hand tied extensions, is then tightened around the hair to create the extension. This process doesn’t use heat or an adhesive, so it’s better for your hair than keratin or hand tied extensions. They do slip with conditioner, like keratin extensions, so you have to be careful with microbeaded extensions. Individual hair extensions will fall out, so they recommend a maintenance session in between your normal appointments. These are a great middle ground between hand tied and keratin extensions.

Whether looking to change your hairstyle for a few months or trying to cover up thinning hair, individual hair extensions are an easy way to achieve a full head of lustrous hair. One of these methods is sure to work for you, just be sure to do some extra research on your hair type. Contact your local Beverly Hills hair extensions salon today for more information on how we can help you with your individual hair extensions!