Not everyone has beautiful long and thick hair; some feel stuck with thin and lifeless strands that just don’t look good. But luckily, there’s a solution for the girls who are not satisfied with what Mother Nature gave them – extensions! It’s one of the best hair tricks of modern times and a real revolution when it comes to hairstyles. The choices are endless: clip-in, flip-in extensions, fusion, micro loop, tape-in, glue-in, etc.
If you have already decided to use glue and install hair extensions yourself, we are here to help. Many girls choose glue because it’s a very cheap and affordable method that you can do at home. All you need is some extensions and glue. However, if this is your first time gluing the tips, it could look confusing.
Messing up your installation is something nobody wants! That’s why it is important to do it right.
- How to glue-in hair extensions?
- How to wash and care for glued in extensions?
- How to remove hair extensions glue?
- Where to buy glue-in hair extensions?
If you install extensions with glue correctly, they will be as good as any other type of extension. Or even better, since the choice has been made, and this is what your main preference is, right? These will blend with real hair and won’t damage your locks. That’s why a proper application is imperative. How safe is this method? You can rest assured that it’s completely harmless. That’s if you use keratin or safe for hair glue.
- Before we start gluing, you need to prepare your locks for the installation process. Wash your hair thoroughly because greasy and oily strands don’t go too well with glue. So, scrub until your locks are perfectly clean and fresh.
- Now you can blow dry your hair and brush it until it’s perfectly smooth. You do want to avoid tangles and matting when gluing extensions.
- If you have bought straight extensions, what helps is to straighten your real strands with a flat iron. It doesn’t matter if your locks are already straight. Mostly because having them completely flat will make the installation process a lot easier.
- Now, you need to measure your extensions. First, determine how much you want to put in and where. Usually it’s a couple of wefts at the back and a few on the sides. Take the bundle of hair and measure it on your head.
As you determine the width of the weft, cut it to make smaller pieces that fit your head perfectly. There are no set rules on how much to put in and where. Just make sure that it’s camouflaged correctly.
- You also need to check so each extension is the right length. Measure them next to your strands and cut them if they’re too long.
Gluing the Wefts
- Assuming you have prepared your wefts, it’s time to proceed with the gluing. The glue that’s often used is either latex or keratin-based glue, both of which work great. Do not use any other type of glue that is not suitable for hair. That could have very bad consequences for your strands, scalp, and extensions!
- Part your hair from the middle of one ear to another. Now, clip the top part using an alligator clip. You should have a thin layer of hair on the bottom, and that’s where the first extension will go.
- Apply some glue on the first extension strip but don’t do anything yet. Wait a few seconds so that it becomes tacky.
- Grip extension with your fingers on each side and apply it just below your parting. Do not glue the extension on the scalp itself. You need to go further down so that your real strands can grow normally.
- Press gently so that the glue sticks to the layer of your hair. Also, use a blow dryer on low heat to make the glue set faster. Try to gently tug on the extensions to see if it’s glued correctly.
- Your first extension piece is now done!
- Unclip your hair and part your strands higher up, about 1 inch from the bottom extension. Repeat the same gluing process.
- When you have reached beyond the top of your ears, it is time to glue the extensions on the sides as well. You can have multiple small pieces that go next to each other to conceal them more easily.
- Be very careful when you get to the top of your head because you don’t want the extensions to show. There should be enough hair to mask them, so avoid going too high up and close to your hairline.
That’s it! Congratulations, you have just glued your extensions and have a full head of voluminous locks!
Now that you have your glued-in extensions, you need to know how to properly maintain them. As with all other extensions, brushing is one of the most important things that you need to do; the same goes for proper hair care. Did you know that we have hair extensions maintenance article full of insightful tips from hair professionals?
What about washing? Everyone recommends a sulfate-free shampoo that will gently remove any excess oils from your hair. We, on the other hand, prefer washing with hair conditioner only. Be careful of how you scrub and avoid the glued parts. Do not tug on the extensions while they’re wet because they could slip out.
It is recommended for all hair extensions to be air-dried. Although we know that’s not always possible! It just takes a lot of time, especially when you have dense locks. So, when you do use a blow dryer, set it to cool and apply a heat protectant.
If you feel that your extensions are too dry or lack shine, you can add some natural oils. The best ones are argan and coconut oil. You only need to put a little bit on the ends. Just avoid the scalp and the roots.
And that’s pretty much it; if you follow these simple rules, your glued extensions will look amazing!
There are two ways to remove glue-in hair extensions and glue out of your hair.
How to Remove Glue-in Hair Extensions?
To fully remove glue keratin or tape-in hair extensions, please read the appropriate paragraph in our article titled “7+ Ways to Remove Hair Extensions at Home”.
We don’t want to repeat ourselves, and that guide covers everything, from tape-in to glue-in and other types.
How to Remove Glue Residue from Hair?
Now that you got all the bits out of your hair, it’s time to remove the glue residue.
- Apply small amounts of oil around the glue residue. We recommend olive or coconut as these are the most affordable. Anything oily liquid will do; just don’t apply frying oil. Even peanut butter!
- Keep the mixture in for 10 to 15 minutes and wash your hair.
- Use dense combs and brush your hair near the roots. Do it a few times only, and don’t force the glue out. It should now be unstuck. If it’s hard and pulling, stop!
- Pour some leave-in hair conditioner and let it break down the adhesive. After 15 or 20 minutes, wash your hair and use the same brushing method to pull the glue strings.
You can simply head to our shop, as we feature all kinds of extensions in as many types as you want. Including hot fusion keratin or tape-in glue extensions.
Or you could pick from many other places that sell hair online. Just be sure to follow manufacturers’ advice if you go with other brands. Try to limit your choices to those companies that provide at least some sort of guidance.