Unfortunately, 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 time 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 decided to use glue to install your extensions, but don’t know where to start, we’re 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, and you’re all set. But if this is your first time doing it, you might be unsure of how to start and what the process is. Messing up your installation is something nobody wants and that’s why it is important to do it right.
How to Glue Hair Extensions
If you apply extensions with glue correctly, they will be as good as any other extension types, blend with real hair, last for a very long time, and won’t damage your locks. That’s why proper application is imperative. If you’re wondering how good or safe this method is, you can rest assured that it’s completely harmless (if you are using keratin or hair safe glue) and produces amazing results.
- 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 definitely 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 pretty straight because having them completely flat will make the installation process a lot easier.
- Now you need to measure your extensions. First you need to 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. When you have determined the width of the weft, cut it in order to make smaller pieces that fit your head perfectly. There are no set rules on how much to put in and where, you just need to make sure that it’s camouflaged correctly.
- You also need to make sure that each extension is the right length. Measure them next your strands and cut them if they’re too long.
- When you have prepared your wefts, you are ready to proceed with the gluing. The glue that’s used is a latex or keratin-based glue, both work great. Do not use any other type of glue which 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 and clip the top part using an alligator clip. Now you 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 and wait a few seconds so that it becomes tacky.
- While gripping the extension with your fingers on each side, apply it just below your parting. Do not glue the extension on the scalp itself, you need to go further down so that you real strands can grow normally. Press gently so that the glue sticks to the layer of your hair. 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!traight extensions, what helps is to straighten your real strands with a flat iron. real, and won’
- 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 showing. 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!
How to Wash and Care for Glued In Extensions?
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. Do that a couple of times a day and before and after washing. Tangled up extensions are not a pretty sight so avoid that at all costs.
For washing, you a mild, sulfate free shampoo that will gently remove any excess oils from your hair. Be careful of how you scrub and avoid the glued parts. Do not tug on the extensions while their wet because they could slip out.
It is recommended that all extensions should be air dried, but we know that’s not always possible because it 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, while completely avoiding the scalp and the roots.
And that’s pretty much it, if you follow these simple rules, you glued extensions will look amazing!