Hair extensions have become today’s important fashion accessory, as it enhances the beauty of the coiffure by adding length and thickness to it. As all must be knowing, they are of two types, viz. natural and synthetic. Both of them have advantages as well as disadvantages. You get the synthetic extensions for much less price and in various colors and textures, but their disadvantage is they cannot withstand heat and hence cannot be curled or straightened. Natural extensions can withstand heat and therefore can easily withstand processing too, albeit their cost is not affordable to all. Russia, Eastern Europe, China and India are the various ethnic sources, from where the natural extensions come.
If the application and maintenance of the permanent extensions are good, they can last even for six months. These permanent extensions in turn can be attached using varying means. Hot fusion bonding method uses heating of the extensions and then applying them to your hair near the scalp. There is cold fusion bonding method too, which is considered to be safer than its hot counterpart, as a glue and not heat is used in it. The cost of these procedures is quite high, somewhere between $300 and $2000, which depends on the quality and quantity applied and time consumed. Cold fusion costs higher than the hot fusion. Another procedure is known as weaves and braided hair extensions; here, wefts are formed of the extensions and braids are formed of your own hair and then the wefts are sewn to the braids. Braids are arranged in horizontal fashion midway of the scalp under the hairline and wefts are attached to them once they are completed; then they are covered by your own hair.Check this hair guide from The Lauren Ashtyn Collection.
As the permanent extensions provide such disadvantages, clip-ins are preferred more. Clip-in is the name for temporary extensions; they come in almost throw-away prices and widest array of choices. These consist of clips or row of clips with strands of hair attached and are snapped inside the hair so as to make them invisible. They are being preferred more and more these days, because they are easy to use, don’t need any professional for their application; plus, their cost is so less, that you can use a new one every time. In turn, they offer a variety of synthetic extensions. The synthetic extensions of best quality are monofiber or monofilament, costing somewhere between $20 and $40. They are wonderfully similar to human hair and offer a wide range of colors. They are useful as permanent extensions too. Silky straight Kanekalon is yet another kind with each packet costing $5 to $10. They are perfectly smooth, straight and shiny and are good for straight or braided styles only. One more category is silky braid Kanekalon, which is excellent for dreadlocks, braids or straight coiffeurs.