Mega hair or strand lengthening, no matter what you call it, hair extensions are interesting for anyone who wants to change their look and conquer Rapunzel’s darling long hair or Princess Merida’s voluminous strands.
These accessories have different types and forms of application, which provide varied possibilities of choice for a glorious and dazzling result. Check out the versatility of hair extensions and all the care they require to have the best experience with your new hair.
Hair extension types
Hairdresser Jefferson Oliveira, who has been working with mega hair for eight years, explains that it is important to analyze the natural strands before choosing your extension. It is necessary to know the texture and thickness of the strands so that the choice of strand can reach the closest characteristic of your hair. In the market, there are numerous options that can meet different needs. One example is duration, which offers temporary or long-term alternatives. Understand some examples, advantages and disadvantages of each appliqué that we have selected for you:
Mega hair with keratin glue
Mega hair with keratin glue promises a more natural effect on the hair and offers greater fixation and adherence to the strands. It is carried out with a device that promotes the adherence of the glue to the natural and omega threads.
Also, it is worth mentioning that the procedure must be carried out by a qualified professional, home application is not recommended. Disadvantage: maintenance is required at most every three months, which can make the technique more expensive. In addition, caution is needed when using dryers and flat irons, as the heat from the equipment directly on the exposed wires can melt the glue.
Hair patch with microlinks
Appliqués with microlinks are made from a small amount of thread attached to natural threads through a metallic ring. As it is a resource with a long-term duration, concerns such as oxidation of the rings are valid, however, currently, the market offers aluminum and carbon fiber rings.
In addition, this is a procedure to be carried out exclusively by a professional, and home application is not recommended. The downside is that the small rings attached to the hair, even if they are not placed close to the roots, can cause discomfort when sleeping, with the pressure of the head against another surface.
Mega hair with stitched fabric
The appliqué is literally sewn onto the head with thread and a crochet-like needle. The method allows you to use dryers and flat irons, in addition to enjoying different hairstyles at will, which will not damage the hairpiece or your hair.
Disadvantage: if the fabric is not dried well after washing and because it is in direct contact with the head, it can muffle the scalp and cause fungus, in addition to the fact that if any of the stitches in the seam is loosened, the entire appliqué can be compromised and fall off.
Apply with adhesive tape
The technique of application with adhesive tape consists of tapes with adhesive glue at one end of the lock and which will later be fixed to the natural hair. The process takes an average of 2 and a half hours, with maintenance to be carried out at most every 2 months.
Adhesive glue does not cause structural interactions with the hair and therefore does not harm the strands. Disadvantage: If placed carelessly or poorly positioned, head movements can make the tape show through.
Box braid is a type of hairpiece that uses synthetic yarn incorporated into natural yarn in the form of braids and provides length to the yarn. Handmade braids maintain the integrity of the threads and can offer facilities such as the option of using different colors in relation to your natural thread. The downside is that at least 5 cm of hair are needed to be able to receive the technique.
Tic tac hair clip
Tic-tac appliqués are strips of hair strands that have a kind of clip at one end. The procedure is as follows: separate the hair into at least two strands; in the lower part, unravel a small portion of the threads; fasten the barrettes in the formed tangle and finally release the upper part of the parting made to incorporate it with the rest of the hair. The downside is that a more sudden movement can cause the clips to come off easily.
Also known as “flip in hair”, the tiara applique consists of a transparent thread at its ends that supports the strand and rests on the top of the head to, thus, position itself between the strands. It can be used both for those looking for more volume and growth for locks, it does not harm the hair or the scalp and does not use chemical products such as glues and fixatives.
Another facilitator is that the accessory has clips on its upper margin, but there is no need to detangle the hair to fix it, as in the tic-tac application method. The downside is that it can be a fragile appliqué and that it can come off with big impacts.
Feel free to choose what you think will be best for you, however, it is interesting to analyze each type of extension and care together with your trusted hairdresser so as not to go through hassles or risks of losing your natural strands, if they are weak or brittle.
hair extension price
Some factors are responsible for demonstrating variations in values for carrying out hair extensions, they are: qualification of the workforce, type of hair to be applied (human, organic or synthetic), adjustment of the color of the strand to the strands, size and amount of hair and maintenance.
Thus, the average with all these items included can vary from R$ 1,800 to R$ 2,500, as is the case of mega hair with keratin glue. It is worth noting that prices may also change depending on your region or state.
For appliqués such as the tic-tac type, which allow home application, prices may vary according to the type and size of the lock, reaching an average of R$ 30 to R$ 250 reais.
It is important to consider that the necessary investment will depend on your need and interest. In addition, not just the monetary issue, attention must be paid to the care and maintenance that will be required in each procedure.
Hair extension maintenance
The maintenance of the appliqué on the hair is done in an average time calculated depending on the type of appliqué. The keratin type, for example, may require trips to the salon in a longer period: every three months. The hairdresser Jefferson Oliveira also presents some tips that can preserve your hair during maintenance:
- Washing care: The choice of shampoo (with or without salt) and the use of conditioner only from the length to the ends (so as not to cause oiliness to the roots) are necessary washing care to avoid drying out the hair and tangling of applying it to the hair, which can lead to breakage and cause inflammations such as seborrhea.
- Hydrate your hair at least once a week: Hydration is the best way to avoid disorders such as falls and breakages, as it reduces the weakening of the locks and, consequently, provides greater security in attaching the hairpiece to the strands.
- Don’t sleep with wet hair: With this tip, you avoid the formation of fungus in the technique and in the natural strands. In some cases, it is recommended to remove the locks to sleep, as is the case with the tic-tac type, since when pressed, the clips can hurt the scalp.
- Comb the hair with the comb suitable for hair extensions: Combing the hair with a brush suitable for hair extensions is necessary to preserve and not break the direct points of the locks with the hair and/or scalp, as is the case with mega hair hair extensions with keratin glue, microlinks, sewn canvas and adhesive tape.
With these and other tips that your hairdresser will tell you, you will be able to go through maintenance without any problems and without the risk of having to interrupt the use of the extensions. Talk to a professional about what treatment your hair type will require and rock the locks.
Tips and care for hair extensions
Check out selected videos below with important tips that can help you better in choosing and caring for hair extensions.
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Research a lot and talk to professionals about the subject before performing any of the procedures. Thus, by knowing your type of hair (thin or thick, which require different care), you will avoid problems such as hair loss, breakage and dryness.
If it’s just for volume in that special hairstyle, to speed up the encounter with the desired length or to fully go through the hair transition, hair extensions are an excellent option for you!
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