What Are Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions are special hair pieces designed to add length to a person’s hair style. They come in a wide variety of colors and textures so that they may be matched to any person’s hair and made to look completely natural. Extensions may be made of natural hair or synthetic fibers.

Many women today wear their hair in shorter styles for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they desire to restyle their hair into a different appearance that requires more length. This is why hair extensions were invented. Hair extending comes in a wide variety of natural colors and textures including straight, wavy, and curly.

The first choice a person must make when choosing to wear hair extensions is whether to purchase synthetic or natural hair. Synthetic hair extending can now be made that look and feel exactly like real hair. These extensions are generally much less expensive than natural hair though they do not last as long. Synthetic hair extensions come in a wide range of colors, but once chosen, may not be color treated while being worn. The chemicals involved in hair coloring react poorly with the synthetic fibers and cause irreparable damage.

Natural hair extending comes in several different colors, textures, styles, and grades. These extensions are quite a bit more expensive than synthetic fiber hair extensions, but have the advantages of longer life under normal use and the ability to treat them as if they were one’s own hair. Washing, styling, and even color treating are possible with natural hair extensions.

Most hair extending must be applied by professional personnel at a beauty salon. The one exception to this is clip on extensions. These may be applied by the person wearing them and removed at will. Clip on extensions are the least costly of all the available options. Salon applied hair extensions are more nearly permanent. These involve attaching wefts of hair to a person’s existing hair by using adhesives or fusing them into the existing hair.

The most expensive, and most natural looking, hair extensions are applied strand by strand by technicians at a salon. Each strand of hair is heat fused to the existing hair. When completed, the end result is hair that is long, lustrous, and so completely natural looking, that the wearer will not be able to tell exactly where her hair ends and the extensions begin.

Most hair extensions made from real hair will last from 9 months to a year under normal conditions. These extensions may be washed, styled, colored, are otherwise treated exactly like one’s own hair. Those made from synthetic fibers may be washed like real hair. Care should be taken when attempting to style hair made from synthetic fibers. Some implements that produce heat, curling irons for example, can damage the synthetic fibers. Color treating synthetic hair fibers is not possible as the chemicals in hair colorants react badly with the fibers.

Hair extensions are a great way for women who have shorter hair to change their hairstyle and add length. There are many options available including natural hair or synthetic, salon applied or clip on, and various grades of all. The final results are sure to look natural and the wearer will generally be quite happy with her hair extending as long as she follows the instructions concerning care she receives with the extensions.