08 Jan Your Guide to Keratin Hair Extensions
Of the 158.6 million women who inhabit the United States, approximately 58.7 million of them have hair extensions. But not all extensions are created equal. There are clip-in versions, microbeaded extensions, and those secured with tape, among many other kinds. In today’s post, we’ll be discussing keratin extensions — along with their benefits and what you should know prior to getting them yourself.
What Are Keratin Extensions?
Similar to other types of celebrity hair extensions, keratin bonded extensions feature small strands of unprocessed (also known as virgin) human hair. Unlike with clip-in or tape extensions, they are bonded to the wearer’s hair using heated keratin protein. This creates a more natural look and a more durable installation, making it a traditional favorite for hairdressers and clients alike.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Keratin Bonded Extensions?
As alluded to above, these extensions provide a much more natural appearance than many other types of extensions. They’re also easy to install and, like other types of high-quality extensions, add instant volume and/or length to your hair.
Another distinct advantage of the keratin bond is how long it lasts. With proper installation and care, these extensions can last for up to six months. That means clients have to make fewer maintenance appointments, saving them both time and money. Because they’re made of human hair and offer a more natural look, wearers can actually dye their extensions and heat style them, as well as wear their hair up without giving away their secret to luxurious locks.
How Do I Care For Keratin Extensions?
Although keratin bond extensions can last a long time, that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. These are non-damaging extensions, but you’ll need to take proper care of them to protect both them and your natural hair. You should avoid using oil-based products and refrain from products that contain sulfates to prevent damage to the bonds themselves. Use only a gentle shampoo and a light conditioner, if necessary. You should also limit the amount of styling you do and wash your hair only every other day to minimize water or heat damage. After you have your extensions put in, you should wait for two days to wash your hair. Cool water is your friend, while harsh tools are your enemy; use only a brush recommended by your stylist to protect the bond. When you sleep, you should braid your hair or put it in a ponytail to prevent knotting. You should not swim with your extensions in and should dry your hair immediately after showering to avoid damaging the keratin bonds.
Keep in mind that extensions aren’t a low-maintenance style. If you choose to get them, make sure you’re ready for the commitment. Those who would rather let their hair air dry or who are looking for a way to cut down on the need for styling may want to consider other options. However, if you’re looking to instantly add volume and length in a natural-looking way, this can be a great option.
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