How to Apply Hair Extensions: The 3 Simple Steps
Want to change looks but have no patience to wait for your hair to grow? Then it’s about time to try using extensions! These hair extensions are naturally looking giving you a new look real quick.
How to Apply Hair Extensions?
1. Choosing Your Hair Extensions
- Decide on the Hair You Want
The first thing to be done is to decide on the kind of hair you want you to use. Typically, hair extensions are made with two different materials, synthetic or natural human hair.
The synthetic hair extensions are made from keratin or plastic mix that mimics the human hair’s appearance. They tend to be shinier than the natural human hair. Also, these extensions lack the texture that the natural hair maintains.
The human hair extensions are repurposed hair donated by real people. They are more versatile, natural-looking, and expensive than the synthetic ones. These extensions can be styled using heating tools and can be treated chemically, colored, and styled.
- Consider Clip-In Hair Extensions
Both synthetic hair and human hair come with extensions that are attached to a hair clip at the base adding temporary lengths to your hair. They are great options if you want different styles for a particular day or event.
The clip-in hair extensions are the cheapest and the easiest to install. It is reapplied daily since they begin to fall out and they are not comfortable to sleep in.
- Consider Fusion Hair Extensions
The fusion hair extensions are either synthetic or human hair that underwent treatment at one end. This uses a special glue or keratin wax that is melted into the hair for long-lasting extensions. Although heat is applied, these extensions don’t damage your natural hair.
Difficulty in applying fusion hair extensions may be experienced. It is best to get help from friends or a stylist in applying these extensions to your hair.
2. Applying Clip-In Hair Extensions
- Purchase the Wefts of the Hair
A weft refers to a single row of hair that is clipped between the own layers of the hair for more length. It is available in synthetic and human hair form, with the latter being pricier.
Matching your hair color with the best possible extensions is important. This will give a more natural look and less discrepancy in the hair color. Also, the right length should always be considered. Avoid adding a too much dramatic amount of difference between the natural length and the extensions as this will look fake and will cost you more amount of money. Always stick to four inches of extra length at most.
- Divide Hair Into Sections
This is done by pulling the hair on top of the head with a ponytail. Leave a thin section of the hair against your back or neck. Continue letting down more sections to about an inch as you go along with adding your extensions.
- Tease the Hair
Teasing your hair will help gain volume at the base of the strands giving the extension areas to stick to. Keep in mind that the natural hair is too slippery for the clip to hold without sliding down the strands.
Ratting the hair’s roots will also provide extra coverage for the clips making it more difficult to tell the difference between natural hair and extensions.
- Take Weft and Clip to the Hair at the Roots
Be sure to dig into the teased section of your hair to ensure optimum attachment. Even space extensions should be observed to level length the hair around the head.
Layered hair can also be done by applying the extensions in evenly spaced vertical sections. Cutting or trimming of the extensions will also match the rest of the hair. Repeat the same steps by adding one weft at a time.
- Finish the Hair Style
Tease your hair at the roots and brush out the top layer to ensure its smoothness. The clip-in extensions should completely blend to avoid distinction, especially near the roots.
Visible clips should be rearranged. Be sure that the extension clips are not visible even if you tie your hair. These clips should be close enough to the roots and blend well with the layers that are invisible to the naked eye.
3. Applying Fusion Extensions
- Clarify and Dry Your Hair
Cleanse your locks by using clarifying shampoos. This will remove any buildup or residue that can prevent the extension from sticking to your hair. Avoid applying conditioner and other products after hair clarifying.
Also, be sure to dry your hair completely. Damp hair will prevent the glue of the extensions from sticking.
- Make a Divider for Your Hair
A divider is a section that will give small pieces of the hair to fuse in with the extensions. This will help protect your scalp from getting burned.
A piece of cardstock, about three inches in diameter, should be used to do this. This should allow sliding small pieces of the hair to the center where the fusion of the extension and the roots can be done safely. Gently pick up small sections of the hair with a crochet hook and pull them through the divider.
- Attach Extension Strands to Divided Hair
Line up the end of the hair extension with the roots of your hair. This should start close to your scalp as much as possible.
- Fuse the Extensions
Using a flat iron, hold the end of the extension and the root of your hair, for a few seconds. Repeat process but be sure not to burn your hair in the process.
Roll the fused strands using your fingertips while it is still warm. The rolling motion will let the extension blend with your natural hair by setting the glue or the melted keratin.
- Repeat the Hair Fusions
Carefully remove the hair divider from one section to another. Repeat the fusing of the hair until the layer extensions appear evenly and naturally.
- Style Your Hair
With a brush that has no bulging ends and nibs, style your hair according to your basic style routine. Be careful not to brush or comb near the scalp and avoid placing too much tension when brushing to prevent the extensions from falling out.
Hair extensions are good tools in achieving a new look and style. You may opt to learn how to apply hair extensions or just seek help from a professional hair stylist.
However, the most challenging part is how to take good care of your hair extensions. It is important to be always gentle in rubbing, scrubbing, and brushing your hair. Be sure to have it redone every six to eight weeks to ensure the best conditions at all times.