I’d like to start this post by stating that I have been wearing hair extensions for about 6 years now. I believe that nice looking hair is the key to every woman’s appearance. Longer, fuller, shinier locks are a sign of youth and good health. As we age, our hair thins (though some are more genetically prone to this than others). Similar to a great blow dry or a killer pair of shoes, hair extensions can give you a little pep in your step. Hair can either make you look pretty or totally destroy your look. Therefore, long healthy-looking hair has always been a priority to me.
After a while, I understood that growing a long, beautiful and healthy hair is not so tough. It does not require a multitude of salon products, handfuls of expensive vitamins or sacrifices to the long-hair gods. It merely takes common sense, dedication, and a bit of patience to grow and keep long hair in an excellent condition.
However, when my hair got considerably long, I realised that I also wanted it to look full and thick. Naturally, my hair is beautiful but it is also very fine. After trying a lot of blow dry techniques and volumising hair products I gave up and started to look for a good hair extensions set.
How to Choose Hair Extensions
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best hair extensions set for yourself. Here I cover the most important aspects that will help you to make the right choice.
Natural Human Hair vs Synthetic
When looking for the best hair extensions, you should check whether they are made with natural human hair or synthetic materials. Not only will human hair last longer, it will also look like your own hair and can be treated likewise. I presume that not everyone will be comfortable using human hair. But you need to remember, that you cannot use heat with synthetic hair. Forget about hair dryer, straighteners or any other styling tools. Natural hair, on the other hand, can withstand any heat application. You can make a beautiful curl or straighten your hair if you wish. If you’re not sure, like I was, if hair extensions you purchasing are natural, just pop an email to the seller. It’s your right to ask where they get their hair from.
Glam Seamless is the hair extensions company I like. It is committed to providing professional salon quality hair extensions that are made with genuine Remy and extra virgin 100% human hair. The hair itself is very soft, silky and of the best quality. I should admit that their hair is in better condition than my own! So I’d like to trim mine a little bit to be able to blend in the extensions nicely.
Shopping for Hair Extensions Online vs In-store
When shopping online, especially for expensive products, I always recommend to paying attention to the quality of the website. It is important to be able to read about the product before making a purchase. Always research all the information provided on the website. Also, check if there is an option to easily contact the team in case you have any urgent questions.
One of the reasons I have decided to purchase my last set of hair extensions from Glam Seamless is because the website was very user-friendly. I was able to find all the information about the hair. The details on how it is produced and what type of hair extensions I need. There are many educational and informational videos on the website too. That really helped me to choose the length and the colour I needed.
If you decide to buy your hair extensions in-store, make sure you find a good assistant. Ask questions about the company and the quality of the hair they use. When choosing a colour, try to use the natural light if possible. This will help you to choose the perfect shade. Not getting the right colour is a common mistake when buying hair extensions. Most extension companies offer a wide range of colours that make it easier for women to find the right shade.
I still suggest doing your homework online before going to the store. Personally, I find it a bit frustrating to buy a product that I don’t know much about. I think it is better to inform yourself prior the purchase. Don’t rely too much on a shopping assistant in this case. Sometimes they just push whatever needs to be sold or don’t have much experience in the product themselves.
How Much Hair Do You Get in The Set
One of the aspects to consider when choosing the hair extensions is how much actual hair and how many wefts you get for your money. Even though some brands, such as Glam Seamless, are slightly more expensive than the others, I believe it is better to invest slightly more initially than have to buy a new set in a year’s time. Glam Seamless has more hair in their sets. Also, there are 7 wefts in the set. This means that you will be able to distribute the hair extensions more evenly, especially if you have a fine hair.
When buying a high-quality product, you are paying for the hair you can wear confidently for a long time. There is so much hair in my Glam Seamless set, that sometimes I don’t even use all of them at one time. This makes me feel that my extensions will serve me longer. What is not to love about it?
If you see less expensive hair online, make sure it is genuine Remy human hair, so it lasts. Remy Hair is considered to be the finest quality of human hair because the cuticles are kept intact and not stripped, like in most other non-Remy hair extensions. Preserving the hair cuticles and aligning them in a unidirectional fashion creates extensions that are completely natural in appearance. Remy hair is also considered to be the healthiest because it is picked one strand at a time.
Clip-In Hair Extensions vs Tape-In
Clip-in hair extensions is the option I prefer. If you are looking for a quick DIY hair extension system with no long-term bonding, then you have found it. Clip-in hair extensions are easy to attach and can be perfectly matched with your own hair. They give you longer hair, lowlights, highlights or added volume. All clip–in hair extensions come in one or multiple pieces (wefts) of various widths. These extensions can be clipped–in or out in minutes and are virtually undetectable. I believe this is a great solution to having longer hair with less damage. You can wear them only when you want or for a special occasion. No need to commit to a high maintenance hair extensions which require regular salon visits to fix and maintain them.
What is Tape-in Hair Extensions?
Tape-in extensions is the latest hair extensions trend on the market. Tape-in hair extensions are thin tape wefts, 1-inch wide pre-taped hair wefts, that get “taped-in” in between your own hair in “sandwich” like bonds. Nowadays, this is the most popular hair extension method in salons worldwide. This method is 100% natural, requires no tools or chemicals, and lasts up to three months. The hair is reusable. It takes less than an hour to apply an entire head with zero damage.
The application of tape hair extensions is pretty simple. You section your hair into a thin straight line, remove the backing tape seal and place it under a small section of your natural hair, as close to the scalp as possible. It is advised to use as little hair as possible as the sticking strength of the tape will be much higher, the more hair you stick it to, the less likely it is to hold. You then need to smooth your hair onto the tape using the end of a tail comb. The next step is to take another piece of tape hair, remove the seal and press it directly on top of the previous piece. It is then recommended to leave your hair unwashed for at least 3 days so the taped hair has enough time to set.
Finally, whatever type of hair extensions you choose, remember to familiarise yourself with the products beforehand. Also, try to go for the best quality you can afford. It will pay off in a long term. After all, it’s your look you invest in.
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