Real hair extensions, in particular, are incredibly popular due to their realistic appearance and quality. Clip-in hair extensions are a best-selling product because they offer an instant full head of real hair in a matter of minutes. Many women benefit from extensions as they are an immediate boost to hair and, often, confidence. Better quality manufacturing processes and improved ethical standards in the supply of hair for extensions mean that you can now purchase extensions in the confidence that you are getting a high quality product. Unfortunately, due to the product’s popularity, you should also expect to pay a premium. Real hair is in short supply across the globe. So it’s best to ensure you make the right product choice straight away. If you’re thinking of purchasing extensions, what should you look out for and what are the benefits?
Good quality real hair extensions should be made using 100% human hair. Look out for packaging that carries this product quality as many inferior products may state “real hair” but are actually a combination of synthetic fibre hair and human hair.
You should also be aware of the fact that the best quality extensions contain ethically sourced human hair. In other words, the manufacturer is able to offer full traceability of the donor hair and that it comes from a donor who is both willing and remunerated for donating hair. Ethical extensions which are traceable are always the recommended option.
Extensions are most appropriate for a cosmetic boost to your existing full head of hair. You should avoid using hair extensions to help conceal hair loss. Unfortunately hair extensions will not conceal thinning or bald patches on the upper scalp. In fact, extensions can exacerbate the problem by placing a strain on existing follicles. However, if you’d like an instant boost to your hair, then real hair extensions offer an excellent solution.
There are various types of extensions: temporary fuse in extensions offer a semi-permanent solution where specially-formulated heated glue fuses your existing hair with the extension. With great care, this type of extension can last for several weeks. Clip-in extensions offer an instant change of appearance within minutes. Many individuals benefit from using clip-in extensions because they want to transform their look without relying on a hairdresser.
Thanks to advances in hair technology, extensions can be supplied in block single colours, ‘highlighted’ – containing several hues of colour and, the latest trend, ombre – where hair appears dip-dyed. Always seek the advice of a hair extension expert as it is vital to choose the best colour match and method of attachment for you.