Halo Hair Extension 101
What they are, and how they are different?
There is a vast number of different types of hair extensions to choose from these days. The halo hair extension is a newer type that has taken the industry by storm in the temporary hair extension category. It has gained tremendous popularity in the last decade.
Now you have heard about the halo but you may have not seen one in person. You might be wondering how does it work? What is this new type of hair extension on a wire? How does it stay on? Is it right for me?
In This Article We Will Go Over Everything You Need To Know About The Halo Extension:
- What is the Halo Hair Extension exactly?
- How does the Halo Hair Extension work?
- How does Halo differ from other types of hair extensions?
- How does a halo stay on? Can it fall off?
- Should you get a Halo? Will it work for me?
What Is The Halo Hair Extension?
The halo hair extension is the newest type of hair extension that does not attach to your own hair. Instead it makes use of your heads natural shape and sits comfortably on your head like a crown with a hidden wire. However, your own natural hair will sit on top of the halo firmly holding it in place. This is in contrast to most all other hair extension types that attach to your actual hair in some way.
How Do You Wear A Halo Hairpiece?
In this video we will demonstrate how to wear a halo hairpiece:
How Is The Halo Different From Other Hair Extension Types?
There are two main categories of hair extensions. The first is temporary hair extensions or the do it yourself category. The second is permanent hair extensions or the professionally installed category.
The halo falls into the first category and is significantly different in that it does not actually attach to your own physical hair.
Here is a brief explanation of how some popular types attach to your physical hair. For the most part, the name of each type generally gives you an idea of how they work.
Temporary Hair Extensions:
- Clip In: Generally attaches to your hair with many small comb like clips that snap into place in many spots all over your head.
- Ponytail: Generally attach to your hair after you have put your natural hair into a ponytail. Can be attached in many ways from a claw style clip to wrapping the hair around your ponytail and the use of bobby pins or ribbon to hold it in place.
- Halo: Generally sits on the crown of your head with the main hair piece on the back of your head and the wire on the front of your hair about and inch or two from your hairline. It is gently wedged underneath your natural hair. Thus hiding the wire and hair piece under your natural hair.
Permanent Hair Extensions:
- Micro Bead: Generally attaches to your hair by threading your hair and the extension hair into a metal silicone lined micro bead and crimping the bead in place with pliers.
- Tape In: Generally attaches to your hair by sandwiching your own hair between two 1.5 inch wide pieces of hair that have medical grade tape at the top of each piece in many spots all over your head.
- Sew In: Generally sections of your natural hair is micro braided. Then weft pieces in various widths are hand sewn with thread and needle to the micro braids.
- Fusion: Generally are bonded to your hair with a keratin glue to hundreds of spots on your head.
While there are others types this is sufficient to show you how vastly different the halo extension is from other types of hair extensions.
You can see why this type of hair extension has grown tremendously in popularity. In the fact that they do not attach to your own physical hair vs most other types.
This gives them tremendous advantages in the category of safety to your own natural hair as well as speed of install.
What Advantages Does The Halo Extension Have Compared To Other Hair Extension Types?
As stated above they have two primary advantages over other hair extension types. The first being safety to your own natural hair. The second is speed of install. The third advantage is comfort.
1. Does The Halo Extension Damage Your Hair?
They do not damage your hair at all. They do not attach to your natural hair. This means that they can not damage your hair in any way. This is in stark contrast to all other hair extension types that require attachment to your natural hair in some type of way.
2. How Do you Install The Halo?
They are installed in most cases 30 seconds or less. This is extremely fast in comparison to most other types of hair extensions that require 30 minutes to many hours.
3. Do Halo Hair Extensions Hurt & Is it Comfortable?
The halo does not hurt and is extremely comfortable to wear. The best way to describe the comfort of the halo is it feels much like wearing a hat. You can wear the halo all day and take it off in a quick second just like a hat. They are extremely comfortable in comparison to other types where you can feel the various attachment mechanisms in your hair. Some other types are actually quite painful.
How Is The Halo Compared To Other Types In Safety, Install Speed and Comfort?
They fall in the temporary hair extensions category and can be best compared to clip in hair extensions. Second, we will compare them to permanent hair extensions such as Micro-Bead, Tapes-In, Sew-In and Fusion hair extensions.
The Halo Compared To The Clip In Hair Extension:
- 1. Safety: The Clip In hair extension is attached to your hair with small comb like clips. They snap into place on your natural hair, that has been teased in order for it grip to your hair and stay in place. Each time your remove and install the Clip In some of your natural hair can be caught in the small combs and can come out with your hair. Over time of removing and reinstalling daily can result in damage to some of your natural hair. Styling the Clip In should also be done carefully as they are now attached to teased spots of your hair. This means brushing, should be done with great care in order to avoid tugging on the attached spots of your natural hair.
- 2. Install Speed: The Clip In hair extension usually comes in anywhere from seven to eleven weft pieces varying in width. Each of the wider pieces have anywhere from two to five clips on them. In order to install each piece you must create a parting section and tease each spot that the clips will be attached to. This can take upwards of thirty plus minutes to install a full set. Removing can also take upwards of five minutes.
- 3. Comfort: The Clip In hair extensions use metal comb clips to attach to your head. You will feel each spot that a clip is attached to your head and the weight of the hair on your natural hair. Wearing Clip Ins for many hours can start to feel uncomfortable.
- 4. Advantages: The Clip In hair extensions mainly come in sets of seven to eleven pieces. This means you have a lot of freedom in where you can place each piece of weft hair. Giving your tremendous versatility in placement. This is in contrast to halo extensions in which you generally place one much larger wide piece of weft hair that wraps around the back of your head to the sides.
The Halo Compared To The Micro Bead Hair Extension:
- Safety: The Microbead hair extensions are attached typically with a metal silicone lined hair extension bead. They can be threaded on individual strands of your natural hair such as I-Tips in hundreds of spots. The main safety concern with them is that they are prone to spinning around as they are attached to much smaller sections of your natural hair. Spinning can damage your hair. Styling is similar to Clip Ins as they are attached to hundreds of spots of very small sections of your hair brushing and washing must be done with great care. Sleeping requires braiding to avoid tangling or spinning. They can also be threaded with your natural hair and attached using wider weft pieces similar to the size of Clip In wefts. These require much less attachment spots and are not prone to spinning. However, styling, washing and sleeping require the same extra care.
- Install Speed & Cost: The Micro bead hair extensions must be installed be a skilled and experienced professional. This can take upwards of forty five minutes to many hours. Skilled professionals are not cheap and the quality of hair must also be much higher which adds considerable cost. Professional hair is usually ordered and will take some shipping time and another appointment before it can be installed. As your hair grows in they are required to be removed and reinstalled every four to ten weeks by a skilled professional. New hair depending on the quality will need to be purchased at minimum every three months and at maximum every year plus.
- Comfort: The Microbead individual extensions are not comfortable. Hundred of millimeter wide strands and beads are attached to your natural head. While the beads are flat to your head you can guess that sleeping and wearing them daily can be uncomfortable. Beaded weft hair extensions are much more comfortable as they have much less attachment points and lay very flat to your head. However there is no nightly relief as they are attached in a very secure manner to your natural hair.
- Advantages: The Beaded hair extensions do not need to be removed each night. Customizing placement gives you tremendous versatility. Salon visits gives you tremendous options in custom coloring your hair with the extensions.
The Halo Compared To The Tape In Hair Extension:
The Tape In hair extensions are very similar to micro bead weft hair extensions. The difference is the attachment is with a medical grade taped hair that gets sandwiched over 1.5 in wide thin sections of your natural hair. Considered very comfortable and are by far the most popular type for permanent hair extensions today.
The Halo Compared To The Sew In Hair Extension:
The Sew In hair extensions are very similar to micro bead weft hair extensions. Except for the fact that is takes considerably more time to micro braid your natural hair and then hand sew the custom width weft pieces to your natural hair. It is also much less comfortable as you feel the tight braids in your hair.
The Halo Compared To The Fusion Hair Extension:
The Fusion hair extensions are very similar to individual micro bead hair extensions. Except for the fact that they are attached with a keratin type glue. This means in general they are not reusable and new hair must be purchased every few months. Some still prefer this type as you can create even small attachments than I-Tips which can create and incredibly natural look. However you can add a considerable amount of time to install and removal process in comparison to all other extensions.
Why Choose The Halo Hair Extension?
The halo hairpiece has an extensive list of pros and little to no cons and are a great choice in comparison to other hair extension types.
Here Is A Quick Recap:
- You can order the halo yourself and received it in a few days. You can visit a professional establishment for a color matching. Some establishments like ours even have them in stock so you can get it as soon as today. Otherwise they can help you order one. You can have it custom cut and fitted at a salon just once. No more need to visit a salon.
- Super Easy! In less than 30 seconds it can be installed and takes just a second to remove.
- It’s extremely comfortable to wear. So comfortable you can often forget your even wearing it.
How Long Will My Halo Hair Extensions Last?
They can last for 3-12+ plus months depending on care.
With so many advantages you can see why the halo extension has gained tremendous popularity in the last decade. If that was not enough, we have actually created a new design that will compliment both halo and clip in lovers even more. We call it the Clipo! Check that out here.
Can The Halo Hair Extension Be Dyed?
Yes, you can deposit color on the halo. It is made with real 100% remy human hair. You can take it to a hair salon, to a professional hair stylist or dye it yourself at home as you would your own hair. It is highly recommended to dye a test strand before you color all of it. This will insure that the color you dye it looks correct. It can be helpful to first wash the hair piece before coloring it, then air-dry it. This will allow it to take the dye more effectively. It is not recommended to bleach it or use any type of lightener on it. This is to insure that your hair piece does not get ruined or dried out.
How Much Does A Halo Hairpiece Cost?
The cost will vary by brand. However, this design is available for $160 for 16″ 100 grams and $200 for 20″ 120 grams.
Can You Sleep In Halo Hair Extensions?
Yes, you can sleep with it in. If you do so, you should braid your hair first. However, it is a very fast hairpiece to install and remove. It is often easier to to just remove it before sleeping, then put it back on after waking up.
What Is The Most Common Uses For Halo Extensions?
There is an almost innumerable amount of different hairstyles you can achieve with the halo hair extension. However, the main reason most women love halo extensions is because they are extremely easy to use. It really is just this simple. Longer, thicker hair in seconds!
Is The Halo Hair Extension Right For You?
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
1. Do you find that no matter how hard you try, your hair won’t grow past a certain point?
2. Do you have thin hair and wish you could make it thicker without expensive chemical based products, permanent hair extensions that might damage your hair or go over your budget?
3. Does the idea of getting permanent hair extensions and the additional daily care and maintenance required not sit well?
4. Do you wear permanent hair extensions but need to give your hair a break but miss having them in?
Halo Extensions have helped millions of women achieve the perfect look without all the hassles Clip Ins or permanent hair extensions.
Once you try it is quite literally life changing.
How Do You Put On Halo Hair Extensions?
It’s simple really. They work with most hairstyles! Simply place it on your head, sitting firmly and comfortably on your crown with the wire 1- 2 inches from the front of your hairline. The weft goes to the back of your head and sits under your occipital bone.
Here’s a video to show you exactly how to put on the a halo:
How Do Halo Extensions Stay On?
One of the biggest concerns when considering purchasing a Halo hair piece is whether or not it’s actually going to stay on their head and if it’s secure.
This is a very understandable concern as it is not actually attached to your own natural hair like other hair extension types.
The question we often get is: “If it is not attached to my hair then how does it stay on? Why will it not fall off?”.
Why Halo Hair Extensions Will Not Fall Off
It may be hard to grasp at first without actually trying it on and wearing it but quite simply it sits on your head firmly at a perfect angle and while it is not necessary your own natural hair does sit on top of it helping it further to stay in place.
Here is a video demonstrating how all this works:
Additional Reasons To Consider Purchasing Halo Extensions For Yourself
1. Volume: You may only want volume. Trimming a halo to the same length as your own hair will achieve this look in seconds.
2. Length: You may only want length. Having your Halo cut and styled by a professional will ensure that you get natural length added to your look. Enhancing your own hair style.
3. Length & Volume: Most women want both, length and volume. A Halo is perfect for that!
Whatever your preference is, it’s achievable and can look incredibly natural.
If you have anymore questions or need help with color matching feel free to contact us anytime. We will make sure to get back in touch with you ASAP.
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