Hair extensions have been popular for several years
abroad but have gained popularity in India in the last
few years only. They were once a celebrity secret but
clip on extensions have become a fashion accessory available
to everyone, and are capable of adding thickness, length
and color, all in a short matter of time. Movie stars
like Bipasha Basu have managed to have a short hairstyle
and long hair simultaneously for movie roles.
Today, hair extensions are no longer just for celebrities.
Because of the increased demand for extension services,
many stylists have received training to attach/remove
hair extensions and the industry as a whole has expanded
to include many different methods of attachment. The
instant way to having long hair is extensions. There
is a method that will work with thin hair, thick hair,
curly hair, thinning hair, straight hair, damaged hair
and more. There is not one best method that will work
for everyone. What will work for your hair, may not
work for someone else. This is why it is very important
to schedule consultation appointment with the stylist
Some common reasons that men and women are getting hair
extensions today: Cover up thinning hair, Cover up damaged
or over-treated hair, Love long hair and don’t
want to wait for hair to grow out, Want to get highlight/lowlights
without chemical processing to own hair, get long hair
for a special occasion, i.e. wedding, party, etc., Lengthen
a too-short hair cut
Hair extensions can be made from 100% natural human
hair, 100% synthetic hair or a mixture of human, synthetic,
and animal hair. They are available in just about any
color, texture, or length.
Human hair extensions are available in two basic types
-- Individual strands and wefts. Some attachment methods
work for certain hair types and won't work for others.
The strands format involves adding small sections of
hair to your existing hair. Wefts are larger widths
of hair which looks like curtain of hair attached around
the head. Human hair extensions can be applied in a
variety of ways. One popular method is to glue the extensions
wefts. Professionals will often apply strands with subtle
color variations -- this tends to give the extensions
a more natural look. Hair extensions have come so far
today that they are really undetectable, when attached
by an experienced stylist. You can get beautiful long
hair just like all those celebrities and no one will
know you are wearing them- unless of course you tell
them. Hair extensions can also be weaved, braided, fused,
clamped, or glued.
There are many varieties of Hair Extensions available,
but the best is Natural or Human Hair Extensions and
two main types of application methods: Individual Strands
and Hair weft Extensions which are covered here.
Does attaching and removing Hair extensions requires
special training and education?
Yes it is best to go to a trained experienced person.
If you go to a stylist who has no training and is inexperienced
with hair extensions, you could end up with permanently
damaged hair right near the roots. Most salons advertise
"completely undetectable". If extension hair
is attached to your natural hair, there will be a visible
point of attachment. The skill of the stylist will eventually
determine if the extensions are well disguised with
your own hair. Many methods require the stylist to attend
hands on training classes to learn the skills needed
to attach, remove and blend in the hair. But, there
is much more involved than simply scheduling an appointment.
If you go with the wrong stylist or pick the wrong method
you could end up with damaged hair and waste a lot of
It is essential to know about hair and its different
types used to make the extensions at first.
Different types and qualities of hair used for hair
- European hair
- Chinese hair
- Brushed Indian hair
- Indian Temple hair
- Beauty Salon / Beauty parlour Hair
: Unsuitable for hair
European hair is very fine and is available only in
very small quantities. Very few European women grow
their hair long. Most European women use some form of
chemical treatment on their hair. As it is necessary
to use virgin hair for making hair extensions it is
almost impossible to get hair to never have been chemically
is not preferred for
Chinese hair is available in large quantities. This
type of hair is too thick and rigid to blend in with
European hair which is fine. Chinese hair differs from
European hair as it has a round cross-section as against
the oval shape of Caucasian hair. This kind of hair
can be used for making wigs and toupees but not hair
Brushed Indian hair
: Unsuitable for
Village hair accounts for a large percent of India’s
hair exports and is mostly derived from women’s
hair combs and brushes. It is regarded as lower quality
than Temple hair. The hair is collected by people known
as “hackers” who exchange it for sweets,
plastic toys and bindis. The hackers rub in dirt to
increase the weight so they can command a higher price.
Thousands of Indian women gather the hair that is collected
in their combs & brushes, hair of different lengths,
thicknesses and color. The hair lies unorganized in
two directions because of which it tangles easily. The
different directions the hair is in, and in order to
be able to use it, it is necessary to treat it with
an aggressive chemical treatment to strip it of its
cuticle layer and prevent it from tangling. The chemical
treatment that destroys the hair cuticle layer, leaves
it thin, opaque and fragile. The hair is then coated
with silicon layer which makes it softer and gives it
a healthy look. This coating has a short life and gets
depleted with a few washes.
Indian Temple hair:
Each year, thousands of Hindu worshipers( women, men
& children) make pilgrimages to temples like Tirupati
where they shave off their hair as an act of religious
sacrifice, devotion and thanks giving. This custom has
become so lucrative that temples now designate certain
women workers to ensure all the pilgrims’ hair
is properly braided before it’s shaved off. By
having the hair cuticles facing the same direction,
temples are able to sell the hair to wig makers at higher
rates. The Balaji Temple in Tirumalai – the second
busiest in the world – collects tons of hair each
week, generating an estimated annual income of many
millions of rupees for the temple trust.
Indian hair is highly regarded in the hair industry
because of its flexibility, durability, and texture.
Indian hair is naturally thick and lustrous, so it gives
best possible styling and application options for extensions.
The hair is also naturally dark, so it works great with
most braiding and weaving applications for women of
color. Allure Hair uses 100% human hair in virgin condition
of the best quality. Genetically, Indian hair is very
similar to Caucasian hair in its basic structure. It
is never exposed to harsh chemical treatments. As the
hair is not chemically processed in any way, there is
no damage to the cuticle. Indian hair is preferred for
the manufacturing of hair extensions. Allure Hair utilizes
only hair that has all the cuticle layers facing in
the same direction from root to end and, therefore,
do not tangle. This also ensures that the extensions
behave exactly like your own hair, blending in perfectly
with your own hair, looking natural and undetectable.
The hair much better suited for coloring, perming or
straightening if necessary.
Beauty Salon / Beauty parlour Hair
Everyday Salons and beauty parlours cut hair. Due to
the ever increasing cost of human hair beauty salons
now sell their hair cuttings. Hair that is longer than
10 inches can be used for the purpose of making mens
wigs only or to make beards,moustaches etc. The longer
hair that is collected from salons is used for making
ladies wigs and hair extensions but due to the use of
chemical treatments like hair color,, Lightening, Hair
straightening, rebonding & perming this hair is
weaker than virgin hair. Also It is difficult to know
the cuticle direction of such hair.This type of hair
is much cheaper than virgin hair. Wigs & Hair extensions
sold at lesser rates are made from such hair. Very often
this type of cheaper quality hair is mixed with virgin
temple hair. It is difficult to make out the difference
even for a professional.
This man made hair is much cheaper as there is no limit
to the supply. It does have other drawbacks though;
the most obvious being that it will never perfectly
match your own hair. Someone wanting to change their
look without much expense this is a good option.
On the maintenance side, synthetic hair does have a
tendency to matt excessively if you shampoo it therefore
it's only really suitable for adding strands to the
rest of your hair. Care has to be taken when blow drying
as this type of hair can easily burn, causing it to
frizz. Extra products are needed to help get your brush
through the hair to prevent it from tangling .
Natural or Human Hair
Natural or human hair used for the purpose of making
wigs or extensions comes in many varieties, and looks
the most natural. The major advantage of natural hair
is that it can be treated and maintained just as you
would maintain your own hair. But it does have a tendency
to tangle together only if not cared for properly. The
cost varies according to quality of the hair.
Remi & Non remi hair
Non Remi Hair
The cuticles are present in different directions and
the hair is prone to tangling and breakage due to this.
Tangle free hair
Hair is chemically stripped of its cuticle so that it
can be machine processed without concern about direction
or root end alignment. If the cuticle is left but the
roots ends alignment mixed up, the scales that form
the cuticle would oppose and pull on each other causing
tangling. Because of the different directions the hair
is lying in it is necessary to process it with strong
chemical treatment to strip it of its cuticle layer
and prevent it from tangling.
Chemical treatment is required for such hair in order
to thin it out and give it a softer texture; this mixed
hair undergoes an aggressive chemical treatment that
destroys the hair cuticle layer, leaving it thin and
fragile. The hair is covered with a silicon layer which
gives it a healthy shiny look. Initially the hair seems
shiny and beautiful, but after a few washes the silicone
layer starts to wash away and the hair becomes dull
and brittle again, thus resulting in tangling, discomfort,
and breakage of hair. This type of hair without cuticle
is known as tangle free Non remi hair.
Asian human hair is very dark so to get the required
lighter shades the color is stripped and then it is
colored usually using fabric dyes not professional hair
color. This means that if you want light hair it has
gone through a massive chemical process to get to that
color. Due to the chemical processes the hair has already
gone through, putting hair color on top of it will cause
the hair to disintegrate and fall apart. So, if you
use any of these qualities of hair make sure you are
certain you have chosen the right color or color blend
as you will not be able to change the color later.
The negative effects of stripping off the cuticle are
brittleness, reduced protection from sunlight, dryness,
salt, chlorine and pollution as well as a tendency to
absorb liquids, swell or matt. It is not advisable to
colour or heat style this hair.
Remi or Remy hair
This refers to hair that has its cuticle intact and
has been partially hand processed to maintain root tip
alignment. The cuticle layers are all facing the same
direction from root to end and, therefore, do not tangle.
This hair is more expensive but will remain in good
condition for much longer than decuticlized hair. This
also ensures that the extensions behave exactly like
your own hair, blending in perfectly with your own hair
and looking natural. It can also be heat styled and
coloured to match to your own hair colour or highlighted
/ low lighted easily.
Single Drawn and Double drawn Hair
The hair extensions quality is determined by the percentage
full length strands available in bunch of hair. Average
quality hair that is 18 inches [45cm] long may have
20% of the strands measuring 18 inches [45cm] a further
40% measuring from 14-16 inches [35-40cm] and the other
40% measuring 6-12 inches [15-30cm] All the wefts of
premium or superior grades are in fact full length,
meaning each strand is exactly the stated length and
the thickness is equal at the root and the ends.
Remi Hair Single Drawn
This type of Remi Hair is bunched directly from the
scalp by shaving the head. Care is taken to remove the
very short hair, with the longer hair, found in different
hair length, giving a pony tail like appearance. The
hair will have 3" difference in the roots to ends
that is some hair in a
piece will be 3" shorter than the original length.
Remi double drawn
This means only hair of the same length. For example:
a hair piece of 20 inches of Remi quality and double
drawn has hair lengths of 20" only. It contains
all hair of the same length no hair shorter than that.
Premium quality hair extensions are made from hair strands
that are all approximately the same length so the thickness
of the hair should be the same all the way down its
length. This is rare and expensive; such hair is called
full length Double drawn hair.
Hair Wefts - Hand Made or Machine Made
A hair weft looks like a curtain of hair attached together
at the top and free flowing at the bottom. Wefts can
be made by machine or by hand, but the best wefts are
Handmade wefts are much thinner than machine wefts as
they are excellent to sew in. They lay flat against
your scalp to give you a more natural look and reduce
hair bumps caused by bulky wefts. These wefts cannot
be cut as the hair will start to shed at the point it
The other benefit of having them handmade is that you
can match your own hair color perfectly. Handmade wefts
tend to last much longer as the hair do not shed from
the weft and the thickness can be varied as per requirement.
Machine made wefts have standard thickness and come
in continuous widths generally one meter or by weight
and are then cut to size before applying.
Clip on hair extensions
Clip in hair extensions are one of the most natural
looking methods available, and are a great alternative
to other hair extensions methods.If you have trouble
growing your hair thick and long, or want a fringe but
are too afraid to cut your hair? Clip hair extensions
provide the perfect solution.The beautiful hair styles
of celebrities are not always as real and natural as
they appear, you can be certain the vast majority of
beautiful hair appearing on the stage shows or promotional
events have been achieved using Remy Human Hair Extensions.
Clip on extensions has been holding the secret to these
amazing looks for many years and are now public with
the Clip in hair extension which is extra thick and
gives that Celebrity style.
Our clip hair pieces are made using only the finest
quality Remi human hair with the cuticles aligned in
the same direction just like your natural hair that
is soft to touch and has silky smooth appearance. Our
clip extensions come attached with premium silicone
backed clips which ensure they stay on firmly and provide
you with instant long beautiful hair.
They are comfortable to wear, and quick to do so style
and length change can be fixed in minutes using different
colour pieces and lengths.Clip hair extension is perfect
for those looking for a quick do-it-yourself method
with no permanent bonding. All our clip hair extension
sets come with multiple pieces of varying widths so
that you may choose to add volume, lowlights, highlights
or length. Change your hairstyle-day in, day out.Clip
them in section by section to the layer of your hair
just underneath your crown.Clip on hair extensions are
not a one size fits all. It can be attached in one piece
clip in, as well of having to use multiple hair pieces
to get the look that you want. It all depends on the
If you have trouble growing your hair thick and long,
or want a fringe but are too afraid to cut your hair?
Clip hair extension has come to the rescue.
They can give more length, volume, texture and also
allow you to add colour. You can clip them into your
own hair by separating your hair and starting at the
nape of the neck.
For best results with clip on hair extensions you should
style your own hair and the hair extensions separately.
This is because clip on hair extensions are versatile
and quick to put in and take out. You don't require
a professional to fit them for you; you can do it yourself
at home. Clip in hair extensions are economical as you
do not have to spend repeatedly going to the salon for
application. They are one of the most affordable forms
of hair extensions, made using 100% human hair. You
can choose from lengths such as 14" through to
33". The best looking hair extensions for average
height women are usually around 20". The most popular
lengths are 18",20",22" which is to your
bra strap length or slightly longer.