Permanent Hair Extensions
The decision to get a permanent hair extension is one of the most important hair styling decisions you will ever make. It takes time, patience and research to find an option that suits your lifestyle and budget. In this blog post, we have compiled all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision on whether or not permanent hair extensions are for you!
Hair Extensions 101
What are hair extensions? Hair extension is a type of cosmetic that can be applied to the natural hair. It is used to add volume and length, help with damaged or thinning hair problems, as well as fix a bad haircut. Extensions come in many different forms including: clip-ins, pre-bonded attachments, and fusion extensions.
What are permanent hair extensions? Permanent hair extension is a type of attachment that can last for years if cared for properly. They offer the best quality and give your natural-looking hairs an instant boost in volume, length, color or all three! These attachments come in four forms: Including, Tape In, Weft, Fusion and I-Tip Hair Extensions. The process is a bit more complicated than other extensions, but the benefits are worth it!
Types of permanent hair extensions
Permanent hair extension is also called “weaving” or “bonding” and this will be your permanent choice. This article compares each of the different types of permanent hair extensions. Including, Tape In, Weft, Fusion and I-Tip Hair Extensions.
Tape In Hair Extensions:
These types are easy to apply since they are attached to your hair strand by strand. It is a great option for someone who wants instant length and volume without the permanence (aka semi-permanent hair extensions) of fusion or weft extensions.
Weft Hair Extensions:
Weft hair extensions are made from a continuous row of fibers that have been sewn together. Wefts can come in many different widths, lengths and colors to meet your specifications. Can be attached as permanent or semi-permanent hair extensions.
Fusion Hair Extensions:
This type is permanent and bonds to the natural hair strand by strand, giving you both length and volume. It offers a full head of extensions without needing any additional attachments later on down the line!
I-Tip Hair Extensions:
These are semi-permanent since they need to be glued onto your natural hair. They offer no additional thickness but can give you the length and volume that your hair needs! They are semi-permanent hair extensions.
What is the difference between Tape In, Weft, Fusion & I-Tip types of hair extensions?
One of the most common questions our customers ask is “What’s the difference between tape in, weft, fusion and I-tip hair types of hair extensions?” It can be hard to know which style is best for your situation. Let us break it down:
- Fusion Hair Extensions – The newest technique available on market today! With this method you get the permanency of a fusion with the convenience of weft.
- Weft Hair Extensions – This method is typically employed for short to mid-length hair and requires sewing in tiny pieces (wefts) of extensions into your own natural hair by hand or machine.
- Tape In Hair Extensions – The most popular type, tape ins are pre manufactured strands that are applied with a special adhesive to the hair. Once in, they are secured or blended into your natural locks.
- I Tip Hair Extensions – A little of both worlds! These extensions use weft and tip: one strand is sewn onto another strand with an “I” shape. The result is that when installed properly, you should have less shedding.
What are the benefits of permanent hair extensions?
- Permanent types of hair extensions look more natural than other types because they blend in with the existing strands, especially when applied by an experienced stylist.
- Permanent types of hair extensions last a longer time than other types because they are attached to your natural strands.
- They typically come in many different colors which can allow you to experiment with new looks without having to cut any of your own hair.
What should I consider when choosing permanent hair extension?
- Depending on your hair type, you might want to go for a particular type of permanent extension.
- You should also consider whether or not the style is best suited for your lifestyle. If you have an active lifestyle and plan on participating in sports with these extensions attached, it may be wise to choose something more durable than tape ins.
- You should also consider how you want the extension to look. For example, if your hair is thin and fine then a thicker type of permanent extension may be best for you. If not, we would recommend going even thinner with tape ins or weaving extensions instead!
What are some things I need to know before getting permanent hair extensions?
- Permanent types of hair extensions are not for everyone. If you have a sensitive scalp, then think twice about getting them!
- You should consult with your stylist before making any decisions on if permanent hair extension is right for you and which type would be best suited to meet your needs.
Consider Clip In Hair Extensions:
- If you’re not ready to commit, consider clip in hair extensions. These are a temporary solution that does not require permanent attachments and can be removed at any time with little hassle.
- This type of extension is typically used for individuals who want the benefits of having long hair but without making the invasive commitment required by more permanent options.
- It can be used to achieve a new hair style or lengthen your locks. Clip in hair extensions are easy to apply and remove, making them perfect for trying out new styles!
How long do they last?
Permanent hair extensions last anywhere between 3-18 months. However, the amount of time they stay depends on a few different factors:
- The type and quality of extensions you choose
- How often you wear them
- Your hair’s health and natural oil production levels (the more your scalp produces oils to keep it moisturized, the better)
How to choose the right type of semi permanent hair extensions for you
Choosing the right type of hair extensions for you is essential to making them look natural. When deciding on the best type, consider all of these factors:
- Length and thickness
- The condition of your own hair | For example, if it’s fine or thin, then a thicker extension may be better suited to match their appearance
- We recommend getting an extension consultation before making any decisions
What is a consultation? A consultation is a meeting with your stylist where they discuss the process, what type of extensions are best for you and how long it will take. It’s also where they can provide you with a quote and answer any questions you may have.
Semi Permanent Hair Extensions
- Tape In Hair Extensions – These extensions are by far the most popular because they’re so convenient and easy to apply. They come in a variety of lengths, colors, thicknesses and styles.
- Fusion Hair Extensions – The newest innovation for hair extension application! This is an adhesive system that attaches single or multiple strands onto your natural locks with no sewing or gluing required.
- Weft Hair Extensions – These are typically recommended for shorter hair, and require cutting your own natural strands to the desired length of extension. The extensions themselves are usually fitted with needle and thread into these sections or braided in by hand. They come in a variety of lengths, colors, thicknesses and styles.
- I-Tip Hair Extensions – This is a type of extension that blends the best qualities from weft and tip extensions. They are attached with one strand secured to another using an “I” shape, which means they should last longer than other types because there’s less shedding when installed properly using a micro bead.
How much does it cost?
Pricing depends on what type of hair extension application is right for you and which salon you go to. For example, Fusion Extensions typically cost more than Tape Ins because they require an application process that can take up to two hours!
A consultation is always free and should be the first step in your decision making process before deciding if permanent hair extensions are right for you or not.
How long does it take?
The time it takes to install permanent extensions varies from stylist to stylist. It could take anywhere between 45 minutes and one hour in the salon, but most people find that it’s worth the wait!
You may also need some time for your scalp to get used to having something on it because many people experience irritation at first.
How will my hair react?
Many people experience a dry scalp, hair breakage and split ends from permanent extensions. This is because it alters the natural way your own hair grows and can change how it looks on you.
If you have thin or fine strands and are worried about this happening to your locks, then consider using weft extensions which don’t require cutting your natural hair.
How can I make them look as good as possible?
- When washing, use a gentle shampoo that won’t strip the oils from your scalp
- Once you get back to styling again after getting extensions installed, don’t wash it too often because this will dry out the natural oil production in your head and cause your hair to look dull
- Use a deep conditioner at least twice a week for added shine and freshness
Maintenance and care of your hair extensions
- With proper care, your extensions can last anywhere from three to 18 months
- You should always be gentle with your hair extensions and only wash them as needed. If you do wash them, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner
- When it comes time to take the extensions out, make sure you’re prepared with an appointment at your salon! This may be as much as three hours or more of work. You’ll want to prepare yourself for this by having someone cover your other hair while they are being removed
If you’re still unsure about how to care for your extension, check out some of these tips:
- Use a hair dryer or curling iron on low setting. Avoid using high heat and this will help maintain the health of your extensions!
- Keep up with regular trims so that they can last as longs
- You should never dye your extensions. Leave this to your stylist and they can show you all the different colors available
- When it comes to styling your extensions, try not to use any heavy products or too much heat. Use a lightweight hair spray instead of hairspray for extra shine
- Every four to eight weeks, you’ll need to get a touch-up to keep your extensions looking fresh
- You’ll also want to get a trim every few months so that it’s easier for you and your stylist.
What are some other things I should know about my new hair?
Be patient! It takes time for your scalp to adjust, and since they’re attached permanently, they may itch or feel uncomfortable for the first few weeks
You should also avoid using heat on your extensions. If you’re going to do any form of styling with a curling iron, flat iron, etc., then use it on the nearest section of your hair – which is not permanent! Doing so will help them last even longer.
The best types of hair for your extensions
- If you have thin or fine strands, tape in hair extensions are best to add length and volume
- For those with thicker hair types, weft extensions are the way to go. Fusions and I-Tips are other popular options
- If you’re worried about the price, there are plenty of budget friendly extensions to suit any taste and style
What is Remy human hair?
You might hear your stylist mention “Remy” when discussing quality of extensions, and it’s important to know what this word means. Remy refers to hair that has been cut from the head in one single strand (rather than a mix) with all hairs going in the same direction.
Remy human hair is the top of the line in quality hair.
FAQs about hair extension services
What if I don’t like my new locks?
It’s pretty common for people not to love their first experience with permanent hair extensions. They may be heavy or uncomfortable, itchy or just time consumin.g If it’s only been a few weeks, then you can try to get them fixed or removed. But if they’ve lasted for months and just don’t feel like the right fit anymore, we recommend trying clip-in hair extensions instead
Can I dye my hair while wearing permanent extensions?
No! You should always leave this up to your stylist and they can show you all the different colors available.
What if I need to remove them?
If it’s been more than three months, then your extensions may start to feel heavy or become very uncomfortable for wearing If this is the case, then we recommend trying clip-in hair extensions instead of permanent hair ones! You’ll be able to remove them at any time with no damage to your hair or scalp.
Is it possible for my extensions to last forever?
No, but they can stay in place for up 18 months depending on how well you take care of them and what type of hair you have. For example, tape-in extensions are great if you want something that’s easy to remove and you have fine or thin hair. But if your hair is coarse, heavy, curly or frizzy then we recommend fusion extensions as they are the most long-lasting option!
What should I do in preparation for my appointment?
If it’s been more than three months since your last touch up, then it’s time to book another appointment! If you’re still unsure about how to care for your extension, check out some of these tips:
- Use a hair dryer or curling iron on low setting. Avoid using high heat and this will help maintain the health of your extensions!
- Keep up with regular trims so that they can last as long. You should never dye your extensions and leave this to the stylist
- Every four to eight weeks, you’ll need a touch-up for them to keep looking fresh – so make sure that it’s on your calendar!
- Hair extensions are a quick and easy way to get instant length, volume or color
- If you have thin or fine strands, tape in hair extensions may be for you. For those with thicker hair types than weft ones like fusion would work best!
- Tape in permanent hair extensions can stay on your head from four to 18 months depending on how well you take care of them.
- If it’s been more than two months since your last touch up, then book another appointment! And every four to eight weeks, get a touch-up to make sure they stay fresh looking.
Hair extensions are an investment but one that can last for years and give you the hair of your dreams!