Let's get right too it and tackle some of the most commonly searched questions about hair extensions.
First off the MOST common question:
Will hair extensions damage my hair?
Not if properly applied and cared for. When it comes to hair extensions then it is important to do your research and find a qualified, experienced and professional stylist. When you do you can expect them have a wealth of knowledge and share it with you (often whether you like it or not, haha!).
When you find a qualified stylist, they will know how to correctly apply your extensions to prevent damage. They will also provide you with an aftercare routine, which if you follow will ensure that your hair doesn't become damaged.
If you are struggling to find someone in your area, take the guesswork out of it and contact us to recommend a Revega qualified stylist in your area.
Which hair extensions are best?
This is a frequently asked question, especially from those with fine or very thin hair. The answer will differ for most people, but generally we would advise the following to our own clients. Loose bulk fusion bonds are our go to for most clients, as the bond size can be controlled, they are gentle on the hair (made from a specialist keratin based resin) and the colours can be custom blended. Fusion bonds allow for customisation that other application methods cannot.
Our second 'go to' option is tape extensions, as they distribute the weight well, lay very flat and are comfortable and suitable for most clients.
- A question that I see searched for which really shouldn't be is 'What to do when hair extensions hurt?'
This should not be the case and we'd advise you to remove them if they are causing you discomfort.
Your stylist should be fitting them in such a way as to cause no trapped crosshairs or tension on the scalp. They may feel a little tight when first in, but not painful.
Which hair extensions are the best quality?
Well obviously if you are looking for us to mention a brand, we'll say ours. Not to be big headed, but we've been in the industry a long while and in that time we've tried a lot of hair. We can confidently say that our bulk hair has been the best for us and our clients in terms of feel, look, seamless blending and longevity.
In terms of what to look for in quality hair, you want to make sure that it has its cuticle intact and running in the correct direction, is double drawn, ideally to a natural ratio (leaving a few shorter hairs for a better texture blend) and is 100% real hair.
- Which brings us to the question 'How do I tell if extension hair is good quality?'
Firstly ask the supplier about the hair. Once their reply satisfies your requirements then ask for a sample, and make sure it is a decent amount of around at least 10 grams for testing.
When the hair extensions sample is in your hand, divide it in three. Keep one piece aside and do nothing with it. This is your 'control' for the tests. You can compare it to the tested pieces later.
With the second piece, wash it multiple times with a hair extensions appropriate shampoo, and assess the texture when wet, then dry with a hair dryer as normal. You could also split this into two pieces and apply conditioner to one and not the other. Once dry, how does it feel? Is it silky and smooth still? or a tangled mess?
With the 3rd piece, apply heat protection spray and use styling tools on the hair. Does the hair melt? Does it singe? Does it curl as expected?
The reasons for these tests are to check if the hair is 100% real. If it is, it won't melt or singe with your styling tools on full heat. If the hair is excessively tangled after washing it is possibly that you have a bundle of hair that is partially cuticle stripped and silicone coated. The silicone washes off after multiple washes, which is what you were testing for.
Another reason it may be tangled is if you have been given 'fallen hair'. Fallen hair is where the hair that has fallen from the hackle during the drawing process is picked back up and bundled together. This means that the hair will all be in different orientations and therefore the cuticle facing different directions causing it to tangle. Fallen hair will often be given a silicone coating to counteract this, but as mentioned above, this will wash off eventually and leave a tangled mess.
I hope this helps you with some of the most asked questions about hair extensions. If you have anymore then please get in touch, and feel free to ask us for a hair sample to check quality for yourself!