It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends in fashion when they change every three months. And while it’s easy enough to buy a new skirt or top when the catwalk dictates, drastically altering your hair style is a much more complicated – and often expensive – process. It can be particularly difficult if your hair is short and long flowing locks are suddenly a must. By the time you’ve grown your hair out again, the likelihood is that fashion will have changed once more. However, innovations in hair technology are making it increasingly possible for short-haired women to enjoy lengthy tresses without committing to months of hair-growing, primarily through developments in hair extension products.
In the past, hair extensions were considered a cheap or tacky solution to short hair woes because the hair used in making these products was either artificial or of poor quality. However, newer ones are made with human hair that not only looks realistic but also healthy and nourished. As a result, they’ve become a much more attractive option for women with shorter hair who want to temporarily extend their locks. Buying hair extensions can be expensive, however, so it’s important to research which type is best suited to you before buying making your purchase.
Pre-bonded ones, for example, last for around three months. These have a pre-applied adhesive that can be easily melted and bonded to short hair. Pre-bonded extensions need to be applied carefully between layers of hair to make them look natural and, since their lifespan is several months long, it’s best to ask a professional to help you apply these correctly. After three months, the extensions start to appear more fake since the rest of your hair will have grown and changed shape, so they should be removed. This can usually be done by the professional who first applied the extensions.
However, if you’re looking for a product that you can apply and take off immediately at home, clip on hair extensions are the solution. Full head set hair extensions come with clips already attached, so they can be easily applied and removed from hair in a matter of minutes. These clip on hair extensions may be preferable to the pre-bonded type since they minimises the amount of damage that is done to your natural hair. What’s more, they are just as realistic in appearance as semi-permanent ones when applied correctly. Ask your local beauty salon for advice before wearing clip on hair extensions and always make sure you have a friend to help the first time you try them.
If you are planning to purchase hair extensions, there are a few important things to bear in mind. First, make sure the colour you purchase matches your own hair colour as closely as possible; otherwise your extensions will look obviously fake. Also remember that most hair extensions are for straight hair, so if your hair is naturally wavy, you may need to straighten it with effective straightening irons before your first application. Finally, hair extension kits can be expensive. However, it’s worth spending more money on excellent quality hair extensions than scrimping on cheaper options. This is because, not only will your hair look more fabulous with better quality extensions but they will also last you several years longer.
Bob Taggart writes on a number of topics on behalf of a digital marketing agency and a variety of clients. As such, this article is to be considered a professional piece with business interests in mind.