Glue tipped Individual strands
Hair weaving is the method of adding hair by attaching
to the hair at the scalp by weaving or braiding in human
hair or synthetic hair. It is also known as hair integration
or hair intensification. The hair weft is woven near
the root area of your own hair so that it grows naturally
with the hair. There are different ways to attach the
Hair weaving to your hair. You can weave to the root
area of the hair so that it falls naturally with your
hair or you can attach mini clips to the woven area
so you can use it like clip in hair extensions. If you
are considering adding a weave to your natural hair,
it will be very important to explore your options and
understand the different effects that certain hairstyles
can have on your natural locks.
Hair weaving is not suitable for people who have thin,
weak hair because the process of hair weaving stresses
existing hair and may make it fall out.
It is best to avoid hair weaving for a few months after
chemotherapy and if you are taking medicines that weaken
the hair, such as hormonal therapies or biological therapies.
This method involves using small amounts (about15-20
strands) of extension hair and applying to small sections
of your own hair by either heat fusing, gluing, crimping
with metal rings, or using glues made of waxes and polymers.
All these methods involve coating your own hair with
a chemical or foreign substance except for the crimping
which is self explanatory.
These extensions usually last only a few months before
they have to be taken out and completely redone. The
main problem with this method is taking the Hair Extensions
out without damaging your own hair. There is loss of
the expensive hair strands while removing also.
Bonding or Fusion Method
Bonded hair extensions use specially formulated adhesives
to attach the hair which are usually wax based or keratin
This is a liquid adhesive and comes in two types one
for lasting hold and rubberized adhesive is meant for
temporary extensions lasting only a few days. It breaks
down easily with oils and shampoos.
Thermal Heat Bonding or Fusion
The bonding material is a wax like material formulated
to withstand mild heat. A thermal appliance is used
to melt the adhesive material which quickly hardens
into a firm flexible bond. Thermal bonding adhesives
resist softening from shampooing, conditioners, and
oils hence is preferred as there is no bulk at the scalp
leaving the hair to flow freely.
To remove hair extensions that have been bonded /fused,
the bond between the hair and extension needs to be
softened by using a solvent; this is done with a remover
and specialist tools by a professional only .
Wefts are attached to the head by sewing them to a tiny
braid called a track made out of your own hair. The
track (known as a corn-row) runs horizontally from the
temples around the back of the head. Your own hair covers
the top track making the extensions invisible. The number
and size of tracks matches the number and size of wefts.
Once the tracks are done, the wefts are sewn to them
and then your own hair is blended with and covered over
the extensions. Wefts of hair can be removed, the braids
tightened or redone and the wefts sewn back onto the
hair and reused again.
Another option is to cut the wefts of hair to the required
widths. The extensions are then stuck to your scalp
just below the parting using special adhesive which
holds it firmly. You can wash swim or style your hair
normally for up to two weeks. After that you may have
to redo it as the glue wears off and the extensions
may fall off. It is removed using a solvent and can
be reapplied later.
Disadvantages of Hair Extensions
When long heavy extensions are added, it applies additional
pressure to your scalp which may cause thinning of your
natural hair. Sometimes clients complain of headaches
from the added weight of the hair or allergies to the
bonding glue that is used. Hence clients who have tried
out various methods of extensions prefer clip on hair
extensions due to the ease of application, comfort of
using it only when you want to and no external product
is applied to the hair or the scalp.
After care of Hair Extensions
Always brush out all knots before you wash your hair,
swim, or sleep. Start at the bottom and work your way
up slowly using a paddle brush.Wash condition and moisturize
your hair every few days. The extensions do not receive
your natural scalp oils and so need to have moisture
added during every wash. If you don't moisturize your
hair extensions they will become brittle and break easily
leading to dry hair and split ends. Treat them carefully,
do not pull them with a brush, burn them with the blow
dryer, and abuse them with chemicals. Remember they
will not grow again.