Hair Weaving Techniques
There are several methods by which hair extensions, natural or synthetic, can be attached to your own hair. Below, we've listed the majority of methods. Many can be done at home, though you will need assistance and an extra pair of hands.
The strand-by-strand method means strands of extension hair are attached to strands of your own hair. This can be done by nearly any method including weaving, fusing, gluing or using waxes. Professional systems include D'Vine Lengths, Donna Bella, Cinderella and Ultra Strands. Weft extensions are applied one track or row at a time. Systems include Flattracks, Hotheads, and Keraloc. Wefts take considerably less time to apply. The clip in method is the fastest, easiest, and least permanent of all hair extensions. Strands or wefts are available, and can easily be applied on your own. Clip ons can be taken out for sleep or when not in use, and reused over and over again. Clip on extensions are discussed at greater length below.
Various methods of applying hair extension
1. Tiny cornrow anchors- This is the most common method, and probably the easiest. It can take hours, though, depending on how many extensions you are putting in.
2. Professional heating element- Normally, this method is done in a salon by professionals, and that's what is recommended. There are professional heating elements that are sold to the general public, but unless you have the proper training, it's best left to the professionals.
3. Bonding/adhesive- There are many different types of adhesives available on the market. Some are good and some are not. Before using this method, ask your stylist what brand is being used and ensure that you are getting a quality job done.
4. Tracking- This is done by braiding tracks all around the head in circles, grounding the tracks and then attaching the extensions to the tracks.
5. Fusion- The fusion method is both expensive and time consuming, but also the most natural looking results. A piece of equipment is used to fuse the extensions to strands of your own hair. This process allows you to wash your hair weekly and use styling gels etc. It is recommended to have a professional hair stylist perform this hair weave. However, there are at-home applicators available for those bold enough to try. Cold fusion is another, safer alternative, since you avoid the risk of damaging the extensions with excessive heat.
6. Netting- Similar to tracking but more firmly fixed and longer lasting. Rows of braids are covered by thin netting made from breathable material (Note: Despite the breathability of this netting, to avoid mildew formation, hair should be thoroughly dried after washing). This netting serves as the anchor for the extensions, providing a more varied anchoring option than the regular tracking method.
7. Clip-Ons- This is the most basic form of hair extensions and has the least adverse effects. It is also the least permanent, but the ease of use can often make up for this shortcoming. Clip on extensions have a small clip sewn onto the back and you simply snap the extension onto a strand of your hair. Any styling options, for your own hair or for the extensions, should be done prior to application. Note: Hair weaving may cause unpleasant hair loss known as traction alopecia. This is caused by the constant tension of the hair being pulled tightly. Clip on extensions avoid this unpleasant setback.
Remember that the hair weave, no matter how good, will only last until your hair grows in. Once your roots grow out, your extensions will have to be redone. Anywhere from 2-6 months (depending on how fast your hair grows and which method was used) is an average life expectancy of a hair extension session.
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