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Different Types of Hair Extensions


Volume and Length created using 22” Euro Invisi-Wefts Hair Extensions

There are many types of hair extensions which means selecting the right one can be overwhelming! You can choose from a variety of colours, lengths, volumes and styles, plus they come in synthetic, real, permanent, semi-permanent and clip in varieties too. To help understand all these options, it may be best to seek the help of an experienced hair extension specialist. They will assess your natural hair and make recommendations for your desired look based on your budget and lifestyle. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide about some of the most popular types of hair extensions currently available.

1. Synthetic vs Real Extensions
The difference between synthetic and real hair is pretty straight-forward. Synthetic hair extensions are made from fine plastic fibres which are formed to look like human hair. They are an affordable “out of the box” solution which usually requires little or no styling and unlike real human hair they can take on Mother Nature without drooping or frizzing.

Extensions made from real human hair are more expensive and have a natural look and feel with movement that is not easily duplicated in synthetic hair. They can be heat-styled and dyed just like your natural hair. Generally speaking, premium quality real human hair extensions come in two basic types: unprocessed such as virgin Russian and processed such as Euro hair extensions.

2. Popular Permanent Hair Extensions
One of the most popular permanent types of hair extensions are called weft extensions. They are installed via a sewn-in technique without the use of harsh glues or adhesives. They can usually be installed in less than a couple of hours and come in a variety of colours, lengths and textures. Wefts can be used on all hair types, although they need to be professionally applied and tailored to fine hair to ensure they are concealed properly.

Pre-bonded extensions use chemical adhesives and heat. The bonds are softened with an application machine and clamped to your natural hair. They can take around two to three hours to apply, depending on the volume you desire. However, the removal process may damage the natural hair.

3. Extensions for Thin Hair
If you have thin hair and want luscious locks without the risk of long-term damage, strand extensions are a great alternative for you. They are a gentle installation method for your hair and can be easily concealed. The strands are very small and virtually undetectable in natural hair. Small sections of your hair are pulled through a tiny cylinder and locked into place.

4.Clip-in Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are designed for occasional wear and may be a suitable option for those who would just like a temporary new look. Clip-in extensions can be applied and removed within minutes. Once you get practicing, you can even apply them yourself!

If you’re looking for a hair extension salon in Melbourne to give you the right advice and with an obsessive commitment to quality, book a consultation with Carla Lawson Hair Extensions today.