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Four types of Permanent Hair Extensions

Fashion Blog Tue Feb 15 2022

You might have seen someone you know, or even celebrities, who have short hairs that suddenly grew to long hair for a night, especially when you attended parties? This result is the magic of hair extensions. It can give women their desired hair looks for a day, week, or permanently.

What is a hair extension?

Hair extensions are famous for enhancing the hair of the wearer. It gives the user a long coat or thicker one. Sometimes, people wear colorful hair extensions to have that ombre or balayage look at the back. Using hair extensions can also give a woman the chance to make their desired hairstyle for long hair.

Over the years, the quality of the hair extensions improved. It used to be synthetic, but now there are natural hair extensions that cost a high price. If you want to have more realistic-looking hair, go for the real one. However, if you want something long-term, the synthetic hair extension is more durable, thus lasting longer.

The most common type of hair extension is the clip-in hair extension. It is the easiest one to use as users only attach the hair extension clips to the base of the hair roots. It is excellent for a temporary hair boost, like prom or night outs. But there are more permanent solutions to having luscious hair.

What are Tape-in Hair Extensions?

Tape-in hair extensions look more natural as it is taped in the hair roots with adhesive weft tape. The hair extension is clipped with natural hair roots. The great thing about this is, there is no need for here, just tapes. The bad news is the adhesive gets loose from time to time and needs to be re-taped if you want to keep it longer.

Heat, sweat, and washing your hair can contribute to the loss of effectiveness of the tape. This permanent hair extension is not meant for you if you are into sports or aerobic activities. This hair extension can last for 4 to 8 weeks in your head, depending on how you take care of it.

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What are K-tips Hair Extensions?

Fusion, pre-bonded, or k-tips are extensions segmented into a few strands, each attached to a few strands of your natural hair root. People bond the extension strands through a keratin heat gun, thus calling the hair extension "k-tips." Because each extension strand is attached individually, this method takes longer to finish but looks natural.

This permanent hair extension can last up to 3 to 6 months without adjusting it but can last longer with good care. K-tips are also great for those who want to wear different hairstyles. It is also resilient to water, making it a great alternative to tape-in if an athlete.

Although there are benefits of having k-tips, it does not mean that they cannot be damaged. You still have to take care of your hair. If you want to know how to take care of your hair with k-tip extensions, you may watch this experience-based video.


What is I-tips Hair Extensions?

If you are scared of heat, I-tips can be good for you. Just like k-tips, they are strands that are individually woven in the strands of your natural hair root with a bead, then clamped together to secure. The beads used are the same color as your hair and have a copper coating.

This permanent hair extension lasts longer, even if your hair grows. Salons can adjust the beads to the roots again every 4 to 6 weeks for just 30 minutes. You can use it for up to 10 months. It also has the same perks as the k-tips, making it water and oil resistant, and has 360-degree mobility.

If you are interested in how I-tips hair extensions are being done, you may watch this video.


What is Sew-in Hair Extensions?

Sew-in hair extension requires hiding your natural hair under these. People braid the natural hair tightly as part of the method before sewing the hair extensions. After the process, the permanent hair extension will cover your natural hair underneath, rather than the natural hair concealing the hair extension on top.

This hair extension is the sturdiest and most natural-looking permanent hair extension. However, it would not last long, not because the hair extension is not durable, but because you will have to leave your hair braided underneath. Longer than 2 to 3 months might damage your natural hair and scalp. 

You can do the sew-in hair extension in the salon or by yourself. If you want to know how to do sew-in hair extensions alone, this video tutorial might help you.


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What permanent hair extension should I do?

Before choosing, such as budget, lifestyle, and how natural-looking you want it to be, there are things to consider. If you sweat a lot, k-tips are great. If you want something long-lasting, I-tips are great because you can re-adjust them. However, sew-in is the most natural-looking of all.

2. Can permanent hair extensions damage my hair?

It depends on the application and how you take care of it. The application that requires heat and pulling is not ideal if your hair is not strong enough, even if these are more long-lasting and durable than others. So, if you worry about safety, tape-in will be great.

3. How long should my hair be to have permanent hair extensions?

Wearing permanent hair extensions does not necessarily require you to have long hair already. You may have at least 6 inches of hair to have permanent extensions. This length is to conceal the hair extensions and make them more natural.


Summary

If you’re tired of your hair, extension is a solution for you rather than waiting months to grow back. You can wear temporary for a while if you want to change your hair from time to time, but permanent hair extensions are great if you're going to wear them longer.


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