An increasing number of women use hair extension technology to change their appearance. The impact of adding both length and fullness to one’s own hair can be significant, especially when the hair extension is of good quality, using virgin hair that has not been subjected to perming or colouring – either of which can cause damage and make hair unsuitable for use in an extension.
It is possible to buy off-the-shelf products, but these can have some important disadvantages. They do not always use real hair, so the appearance can be less natural, but they also often use a pre-bonded technique that applies a thin layer of glue to the weft, which is then heated and attached to the wearer’s own hair. Whilst hair is incredibly strong and robust, the concept of using heat and glue on it seems unlikely to be very beneficial to its ongoing health and condition.
That is why more women are choosing the, admittedly more expensive, specialist hair extension salons, where the technology used is very different. One such technique is the use of micro-ringlets which were originally designed to provide a hair extension solution for women with shorter or thinner hair. The client selects the appropriate grade of hair and, with the advice of the expert stylist, chooses a blend of colours to add thickness and length to their own hair. These are attached to a weft, then to tiny copper micro-ringlets, which are very light and virtually impossible to detect when clipped in.
These custom-made hair extensions are fitted to the shape of the client’s head, to look as natural as possible and were pioneered by Tatiana Hair Extensions in London. They can be fairly short, or of a reasonable length, but are probably best avoided if a very long hair extension is required. If this is the case, then the same process, but using the slightly larger micro-ring technique, is a better option.
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