Human hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. They are made out of real, human hair from top to bottom, collected from a donor. Generally the hair means all the cuticles (the outer layer of the hair) are intact, running in the same direction at the time of collection. This allows for almost no tangling and ensures that the extensions remain smooth and silky throughout their lifetime. Synthetic hair, on the other hand, is made out of various synthetic, blended fibres, and contains no human hair. These fibres are usually very fine, plastic fibres that are manufactured to imitate real human hair.

Both real and synthetic extensions come in many styles, colours, and different forms of application. The quality of synthetic fibres can vary, but they are generally stiff and move differently from human hair, so they don’t blend as well with your natural hair. They sometimes have a wiry or coarse feel to the touch. Real hair looks and feels real (because it is!) and therefore blends more naturally with your hair.

Tape hair extensions are exactly what they sound like. The extensions are pre-taped and then taped/glued together on either side of your own hair. Typically a hairdresser would apply tape-ins for you because you need to align them with the roots and they are applied with a heated tool that heats up the glue. Additionally, you would need to have them removed (with glue remover) and then reinstalled. If you keep the extensions in good condition, they can be re- used.

Weave hair is applied by braiding the natural hair into cornrows first, then using a needle and thread to sew the weave into the braid or cornrow. Weave hair extensions are predominantly used for people with thicker hair because of the way they are applied. Generally speaking, the weave application is a very long process (usually several hours.)

Sew-ins also come in wig form, which is sewn into cornrows the same way, however, the hair comes in one piece as opposed to separate wefts. This type of hair extension is popular because it’s the most permanent and seamless, as the hair is literally sewn into your own hair and cannot come off.

Fusion hair extensions (also known as bonding or pre-bonded) are fused to natural hair using different adhesives such as glue. Applying pre-bonded hair extensions take approximately 3-4 hours to apply. The application involves a machine that looks like a hot glue gun, which essentially glues the hair to individual strands of the natural hair. Another type of application for pre- bonded hair extensions uses a heat clamp to melt the glue to the natural hair.

Nano ring hair extensions are a fantastic hair extension method, and one whose with finer hair will be able to enjoy too. But what are nano ring hair extensions, how do they compare to other hair extension methods and what are their pros and cons? These types of extensions are relatively new to the market. The process involves placing individual hair extension strands and securing them with a nano ring. The nano ring itself (as the name suggests) is tiny and less likely to be noticed. Plus it is more comfortable, especially for those with finer hair.

Tiny Tip Hair Extensions are smaller and more flexible than stick tip, with tips that measure less than 1cm long and less than 2mm wide. These tips also remain intact after removal, meaning they can be reused several times.


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