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I often receive questions about hair extensions, I have compiled some of the questions on this page to answer the questions, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

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FAQ

What are hair extensions?

This is adding hair to your own hair by means of fusion (strand by strand), weaving, braiding or bonding. There are many variations to all of these techniques and stylists call these by different names. I will be educating you on the most popular terms. Now clip ins are also called extensions. Extensions are usually applied by a stylist but many customers are doing this at home. Human hair extensions can be cut, curled and styled.

Cuticle hair

The ultimate luxury in hair. The healthiest hair is hand picked strand by strand. This ensures all cuticles are laying in the same direction. Our cuticle hair is superior quality, soft to the touch. Long lasting and tangle free. The weft is sewn to help eliminate shedding.

How are extensions applied?

Fusion or strand by strand
This is a process done strand by strand in small sections. Using heated adhesive sticks made for extensions placed in a glue gun. Extension hair is added directly to your own hair. Your hair lays over the top for a natural look.

Weaving
This is a process which you create a corn row or track around the head and close to the scalp. Extension hair is sewn on the tracks. Your own hair lays over the tracks for a natural look.

Bonding
This is the easiest method. A bonding glue is applied onto the weft of the extension hair and then applied at the root of your hair. This is a temporary method. We sell bonding glue and remover.

Clip ins
Clips have been sewn onto human extensions hair. You may clip these in and out yourself. Clips can be purchased from us and sewn on a pound of hair yourself.

This is my first time. What do I do?
Choose the color that matches your own hair, choose a length and curl pattern. Read how extensions are applied to decide if you would like to do this yourself. You may also take your new hair to a stylist to have hair added. The most important part of hair extensions is the right hair. By purchasing the hair yourself, you are in charge of this very important decision. You will have the exact hair you want

What color should I choose?
When choosing a color, to perfectly match your own hair always choose a color that matches your hair from about one inch of the top down to the ends. Never buy hair the color of your roots as it is always darker. The blending of your hair is most important. Our hair comes in many beautiful shades to choose from.

How much hair do I need?
Ladies with thin hair wear pound. However, you may need more than 1/4 pound if: Your hair is very thick, you have heavy layers or a bob cut you are going to try to cover, you are wearing 22" or longer. Because hair comes by the pound, with the longer hair, you will get more hair in length than in the thickness so you will want more than pound to make it thicker.

Strands of hair which have been sewn along one edge to create a line of hair.

Will extensions damage my hair?
Extensions should not damage your hair if properly cared for and maintained. You must be careful brushing. If you have a tangle, hold the hair while you brush it especially if your hair is fragile. Have them redone about every 6 weeks.

Can I brush, curl blow dry and wash it?

Although the cleanliness of the hair extensions will prolong its use, you should not clean it too frequently, perhaps once a week, as you will find that your extensions hair will stay clean and curled for days.

How do I wash them?
Wash the hair in one direction. From top to bottom. Avoid washing hair upside down in the sink. Use shampoos and conditioners that are for dry hair and add the most moisture, but AVOID shampoos that contain oil, use the water base ones (I sell the products for adequate washing, detangling and care for your extensions). The hair extensions should be gently detangled using a wide tooth comb or detangling brush every day, before washing and before going to bed.  When brushing your hair, start from the bottom and work your way up while holding the top part to keep it from shedding or stretching. Never rub or massage the hair extensions while washing; shampoo and conditioner should just run through the hair. If towel drying, gently squeeze out excess water and blot with a towel. Do not rub or roll the hair in the towel.

*** If curling or blow-drying the hair extensions, avoid any area where heat sensitive adhesives have been used to affix the extensions. Also, when blow drying, we recommend the use of a diffuser.

*** We recommend to dry hair thoroughly before going to bed. Long extensions should be braided into one long braid, and short extensions should be wrapped in a turban to prevent tangling and to maintain style.  A satin pillowcase is also helpful in preventing tangles.

 

Can I color or perm the extension hair?
The great thing about our human hair is it comes with the perm in it and you can choose your color. You may, but it is advisable to not color or perm the hair since it has already been processed. If you MUST color them, (this practice is generally discouraged by most human hair manufacturers as the hair has already been processed) be sure to use ONLY a semi permanent hair color as it has approximately only 5% peroxide compared to permanent hair colors which have 20% peroxide. Coloring the hair extensions will have the best results if you deposit a darker color to the hair than a lighter one. A strand test should ALWAYS be done prior to the whole hairpiece being colored.

What about coloring my own hair?

This is also another alternative for a solution to getting a good color match to the hair extensions, is to color your hair to match the hair extensions.
You or your stylist may definetly color your own hair. Just color the area of hair that has been left out of the extensions. Careful not to get color on the extensions hair as it grabs color really fast.

What types of products should I use?
Moisture is the most important thing. Please do not use products for oily hair or strippers that take out chlorine or product build up. These leave the hair dry. Use styling products that are zero or low alcohol. Products for dry hair are the best. Spray in conditioners and glossifiers are wonderful for the ends.
 

Will anyone know I am wearing them?
No one should be able to tell. Choosing the right color and curl pattern is important. With the right application you will know they are there but no one else will.

Can I mix several colors?
This is a great idea! Most people have more than one color in their hair. Blending several colors gives you a more natural look. This is also a great way to create highlight or the latest trend of chunky colors. You may choose 2 different colors and we also sell highlighted hair in several colors

MORE USEFUL INFORMATION AND TIPS
 
*Human Hair Extensions can be either wefted of loose Human Hair.
 
*Hair weft is a term used for processed hair that is sewn together across the top. With wefted hair extensions, hair is doubled over and then sewn onto the weft.
 
*Bulk is a term for loose Human Hair used for fusion or bonding.
 
*The hair weft can be cut to whatever width you need. It will not unravel when you cut it. Prior to cutting it, check the weft for any unusual gaps or looseness. We recommend that you reinforce the weft by sewing through the loose areas or by applying the bonding glue on the weft. This eliminates any shedding problems that might otherwise occur.
 
*The finished length and style determines the amount of packs of hair you will need. Up to eighteen inches long you will need two bags, of human hair extensions. If you want over eighteen inches of length you need three or more bags, of human hair extensions. For more information and a definite answer talk to your stylist.
 
*Any wefted extensions are suitable for making "clip on" extensions. You can attach the clips to the weft by sewing them on. This will give you your clip on hair weave.
 
*Human hair extensions can be applied to your normal hair. In different ways wefted extensions can be used for hair bonding (with bonding glue) or hair weaving. You can use loose (bulk) hair for fusion or braiding. Or if you have hair that is on wefts it can be cut off the weft to be used for fusion or braiding.
 
*You can have your extensions applied by a salon professional. Many of our clients prefer to experiment with applying them on their own. The easiest way to apply your own hair extensions is through the bonding or clip on methods.
 
*You can always apply wefts in small sections on the sides or top of your head.
 
*How long your human hair extensions will last has many different things contributed to it. Depending on the method used to apply the extensions and how you care for them will determine how long your extensions will last. Good quality human hair extensions should last up to ten weeks before they need to be removed. Extensions that are applied with the fusion method will require more care than the bonded extensions. Bonded extensions do however, loosen with washing and drying, so they will need to be removed for tightening or re-application, or even replaced with new hair extensions.