As you glance across virtually every print medium like newspapers, magazines and catalogs, there appears to be one thing in keeping as far as hair cut styles is involved. The long hair cut style is everywhere. So what are you supposed to do without having long hair and you also really want the long haircut style? Well, let's wait and watch, human hair grows about ½" per
month, therefore your hair is at ear level, that would be almost two years to have to wait for that 'hair cascading down your back' look. Not to mention by the time you increase your hair out, rapid hair cut style are usually in.
"Don't limit yourself to just adding length on your hair. Hair extensions give a simple solution to fine hair which enable it to add a little pizzazz to thick, curly or wavy hair in any color or style."
Images by Rod & Company
In the present society, two-year waits are OUT and immediate results are IN. The beauty industry recognized the demand for instant long normal looking hair and thus today's hottest trend was born--Human Extensions. Hair extensions are not only for lengthening nice hair, according to Rod Sickler, who owns Images by Rod & Company and Sexy Hair Concepts Artistic Team Member.
"Any haired can support hair extensions", says Sickler. Sickler makes extensions easy by creating cutting-edge hairdos for his clients. Examples include sleek and straight hair, vivacious ringlets and striking color enhancements with the use of different highlighted and lowlighted hair extensions. He describes the hair extension process as very painstaking and challenging as it requires many hours and other techniques to complete. The rewards are many as he is able to re-invent hair, tweak techniques and fulfill his clients' needs.
One of Sicklers' hair extension clients, Holly Leach of Rantoul, Illinois, says she wanted to get hair extensions because she was ready for something different and wanted Sickler to re-invent her look by adding thickness and length to her hair loss with European Extensions. She was absolutely amazed at the results. "I came into the salon (Images by Rod & Company) looking a proven way, and came out looking totally different", says, Leach. Leach has experienced her hair extensions for around 5 months now, with absolutely no issues and no complaints. She maintains the hair extensions with non-soy based conditioning shampoo and moisturizers from Sexy Hair Concepts, and uses hairdryers and curling irons without problems. Leach concludes,"Hair Extensions count the time and money, when you can get fabulous-looking long hair instantly".
"Hair extensions are a huge self-esteem booster because they give women the opportunity to get the long hair style look without the wait"
Manager, The Spa East Bank Club, Chicago, Ill
Some women are worried or have heard that extensions can cause damage to their natural hair, or perhaps loss of hair. Guinevere Werr, Manager in the Spa at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Ill, says the fusion application method Sickler uses from So.Cap., an Italian company, won't create any damage to the natural hair because it is applied ¼" from the scalp instead of directly on the scalp. Werr assisted Sickler with applying brown hair extensions with some highlight extensions to her sisters' hair. She adds that Sicklers hair extension clients have forfeit almost no hair extensions and have had very little maintenance issues.
So where do you start in case you are thinking of getting hair extensions? You have to research the different types of hair utilized for hair extensions, the different types of attachment methods, hair stylists' education and training, any maintenance schedules and of course the cost.
There are a lot of different types of hair which are used for hair extensions. There is human hair and synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is used to add the current fashions colors, such as pinks and blues. Usually, if you are going for the natural, it grew from my head, look you should go with human hair. Real hair comes in many different textures and grades. The human hair must be strong and healthy to produce extensions which will last and wear without tangling or drying. European natural splendor is well- known as quality real hair used for extensions.
You'll find three basic techniques to attach the hair. They're fusion or strand by strand, weaving and bonding. There are several variations to these techniques and they're sometimes called by different names.
Fusion/strand by strand: This technique is done strand by strand in small sections using heated adhesive sticks or glue created for hair extensions. Extension hair is added directly to your own hair. Sickler uses the fusion method in the Italian company So.Cap. Hair is attached about ¼ "from your scalp and appearance totally natural. Sickler comments, "No it's possible to visually see that you have hair extensions. It's up to you if you want everyone to know".
Weaving is really a process where a corn row or track is made around the head and shut to the scalp. Extension locks are sewn on the tracks. Your own hair lies in the tracks for a natural look. Bonding can be a process where bonding glue is used onto the weft of the extension hair after which applied at the root of the hair. A weft is horizontal locks attached together on top of vertically flowing locks. Wefts can be machine-made or handmade.
There are a few disadvantages to each of the methods. Sometimes when the hair extension application strategy is not done properly, the hair extensions will simply drop totally out, or cause damage to your natural hair. Also, with additional pressure to your scalp through the weight of the heavy extensions, there might be some thinning of the natural hair and/or headaches while you adapt to the new weight. There have been some reports of allergies towards the chemicals that are used. You must discuss the disadvantages of hair extensions thoroughly with your hair salon so that there are no surprises.
Hair extension training and education hair stylist has received is essential to the success of the work. Sickler received his hair extension training from renowned expert, Joseph Accola, and he keeps up-do-date on techniques by attending beauty shows across Europe where hair extensions are more popular in comparison to the U.S. "Hair extension education and training are paramount to successful hair extensions for any hair stylist", says Sickler. If you're looking for a hair stylist to perform hair extensions and they not have the proper training, you could be very disappointed with the results.
After you have your hair extensions in place, you will need to schedule regular maintenance appointments with check your extensions. How frequently you need to go back is dependent upon the type of hair along with the method of attachment that has been used. As your hair grows out, some of the hair extensions will need to be removed and replaced or touched up.
With a day-to-day basis you should treat your real human hair extensions as you would long hair. Brush, shampoo, condition and moisturize frequently. Some hair stylists will recommend specific high-quality good hair care products to use using your extensions. You can also use hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons on most types of human hair extensions. Color treatments can be done on the hair extensions, however, you should consult with hair stylist before considering this. Monthly color touch-ups in your roots will not be a problem, as the hair extensions won't be touched.