What are Hair Extensions?



It has been over a year since the lockdowns and stay at home orders were put in place. And in humid environments, cutting your hair short helps alleviate the heat. An issue with cutting your own hair or having someone with little to no experience cutting hair though? They may end up cutting too much or unevenly.

If you are facing this problem right now, we may have the solution for you. I am sure that with the popularity of this product, you may have already heard of it. (**Drumroll**) HAIR EXTENSION! But before you rush off to the salon you frequent and get one, allow us to help you make an informed decision.

 

Hair Extension. What is it?

 

As the name already implies, these are hair weaves that add length and fullness to your natural hair. Extensions are usually clipped, glued, or sewn on natural hair. “But what are they made of”, you ask. And are there different types of extensions? Can I afford it? Woah, woah, woah, simmer down. We will explain this to you in detail so stay with me.

Hair extension costs vary depending on where you get it. You would think that the more you go up the price spectrum, the better the quality. While that is not wrong, you can also get celebrity hair at an affordable price (hyperlink first article).

Extensions can be made of natural or synthetic hair. The best extensions of course are the ones made of natural hair. Is there a difference with how they look and feel? Synthetic extensions are made of synthetic fiber which although quality may vary, generally are stiff and slightly noticeably move differently from the natural ones. It may not fit in as well and may feel coarse to the touch. Real hair (of course) feels real and it looks real because it is real.

Coloring synthetic extensions, the way you would your natural hair can be a problem. Especially that most dyes have ammonia and bleach. Both of which can destroy the synthetic hair. And since we are on the topic, you cannot style synthetic hair the same way as your real hair. Straighteners, blow dryers, and curling irons are a no go because heat can severely damage and melt the extensions. Other downsides to synthetic extensions are factors such as harsh hair products, friction and of course, the sun. The only trade-off (if you can even call it that) is that this type of extension is cheaper than ones made of real hair.

Because they are made of synthetic fiber, they do not last as long as human hair because it can easily be damaged by the factors mentioned above. As to the question of how long it can last, synthetic extensions can last for a few months. Natural hair extension on the other hand can last a year, maybe even two, if taken care of properly.