How to find the Best Human Hair Extensions

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The use of hairpieces and wigs has been around since the days of Cleopatra, slowly evolving into a major industry as women sought to beautify themselves by emulating the latest hair trends. Today, the sky is the limit for ladies who desire to achieve the flowing, luxurious locks of their favorite celebrities and turn men's heads. Achieving numerous glamorous lengths and textures in a single salon visit is so easy today, that a salon customer can have any style she wants!Modern hair weaving not only provides wondrous length, it can add thickness and volume to thin hair, or supply color and streaks minus harmful chemical processing.The key to any weave style or process however, is to buy the best hair possible.

Choose Remy. The two main types of hair extensions are synthetic and human. Of the two, human hair is the best. Although cheaper, synthetic hair can't be hot styled, and some women are allergic to the fibers, causing them to break out in a rash when it comes in contact with their skin.With human hair, no two products are the same. Some hair manufacturers will claim to make 100% human hair when in reality, it is a mix of human and synthetic. Others are poorly processed, and can easily mat and tangle, especially after being washed. If you want your weave style to last, you must buy top of the line human hair. It may be more expensive, but it will be well worth the cost.Remy is the best human hair on the market. Also called, 'virgin hair’, this silken grade of hair will maintain well under everyday styling stresses. The reason why remy hair is so superior is because of the way it is laid out. Cheaper human hair products are simply placed together and attached to a weft. Remy hair on the other hand, uses the cuticle method where all the hairs are placed in the same direction. This makes it less apt to tangle or swell. It is also more durable and resilient.

Buy smaller wefts. Many women buy hair in loose bulk for infusion, strand-by-strand applications or individual braiding, but if you want a glue bonded or sew in style, you need to purchase wefted hair. A hair weft is the horizontal attachment base that the strands of hair are sewn into. Wefted hair comes in rolled bundles and are laid out and cut to size. There are two types of hair wefts available on the market, machine and hand tied. Machine made wefts are cheaper, but bulky. This can make your hair weave appear fake as the attachment base tends to look lumpy and bumpy. Smaller wefts however, lie flatter and closer to the scalp, achieving a more natural look.

Get your hands on it. No amount of Internet research is going to replace the hands on feel of the hair. This is why it is best to visit a beauty supply shop or salon to see the hair you are interested in buying first hand. There are hundreds of product lines, and once you become familiar with a one you like, you can order it online.As you examine the hair, look to see if the strands are solidly attached to the weft by raking your fingers through it. If it sheds, then you have a problem. The last thing you want is to have strands of hair blocking your shower drain, or a style that thins out over time. Also, some hair contains dyes that wash our and leave the hair looking dull and lifeless. You can check this by moistening the tip of your finger and rubbing the strands. If the color rubs off on your finger, don't buy it.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will be able to get a ton of use out of quality hair if you take care of it. A good hair extension job can last 8 to 12 weeks if it is kept up. Careful brushing and styling will make the hair last, but be sure to find products that are hair extension friendly. Your stylist will be able to advise you on what products are best and where to find them. Also, never sleep on wet hair and always wear a swim cap when visiting the beach or pool. Taking these small maintenance steps will enable you to get the most out of your weave style.
  • Premium hair is fairly expensive so make sure the stylist you choose to apply it is up to par. A bad stylist can cost you a ton of money by producing results that damage or harm your natural hair. This could result in the removal of the hair you just bought, which could also render it unusable. Do your homework, and find out if the stylist is reputable. Make sure that he or she has a portfolio of prior work, either online or on hand at their shop. By taking precautions, you will find a hairdresser who can create the look you want, while keeping your own hair healthy and safe.

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