Hair Extensions 101 – Everything You Need To Know

Hair Extensions Encyclopedia

Hair Extensions Encyclopedia

In this article we’re going to cover basic terms you need to know before getting hair extensions and also some truths and lies about hair extensions. Although extensions are very popular, some terms can still be confusing. There are also many myths surrounding it, so we’re also going to debunk some of those. It’s important that you know all the basic information before you get your hair extension so you can buy what you need and take care of them properly.

Basic Terms

When you start looking at buying extension, you’re going to find a lot of new terms. So we’re going to go over a couple of the most basic terms you need to know.

Wefts / Weaves

Weft / weave hair from AiryHair.com

Weft / weave hair from AiryHair.com

The first term you’re going to encounter is wefts. A weft is a string of hair that you place in your natural hair. It can be of various lengths and widths and it’s usually not that thick. This is where hair extensions differ from wigs because you get individual wefts of hair that you can place in your hair where it suits you.

Remy Hair

The next term you might hear when you’re looking around is remy hair. What it really means is that the cuticles of the hair are all aligned in the same direction. The cuticle of your hair is the outside portion and it’s all these little shingles that lay on top of each other. So basically, when your hair is hanging in the right direction, you get all of these shingles that are laying properly, however if the hair wasn’t aligned so they’re not going in the right direction, if some hairs were upside down, they get locked together and then they start creating tangles. If you multiply that by a couple hundred strands of hair, you end up with one big mess of hair. And if you ever buy extensions or see people that have them with that problem, that’s usually what it is, it wasn’t all aligned correctly. So take that into consideration when buying extensions, it is always better to by remy hair, it will save you a lot of trouble.

Double Drawn Hair

This basically means that it goes through that process of getting the hair in the right direction and sorting twice. So they get all the cuticles aligned, everything looks good and then they go back and check their work one more time to make sure everything is perfect.

Clips

AiryHair clip on extensions, before and after

AiryHair clip on extensions, before and after

You’re going to see these referred to when buying clip-in extensions, which are the most common type and easiest to install. They have this little snap clips with teeth and a little bit of silicone to help them grip. They just go into the hair and snap closed.

Grams

Finally, you’re going to see grams referred to a lot. Usually the weight of the extensions or the weight in grams that you see indicates how thick each different set it. It also depends on how long the extension is. For example, if you buy 30 inch extensions that weigh a 100 grams, it’s going to be a lot thinner than if you were to buy a 14 inch extension that weighs a 100 grams. So keep that in mind, anytime you go a little bit longer, it’s going to get a little bit thinner.

When we’re talking about grams, it’s important to know what to buy. Usually, within the 100-120 grams extension range, they’re going to be fine or thin hair extensions. That is usually the smallest amount a set is going to be and that’s best for fine or thin hair. If you’re going for length and a little bit of volume in fine, thin hair, then that 120 gram amount is usually the right amount. If you have medium thick hair and you just want a little bit of fullness, a 120 grams can be a great way to get that, just don’t for more than that. If you’re aiming for length and you have medium length hair, 200-250 range is recommended. It’s going to give you that extra volume and it’s going to match your natural volume.

Can You Dye Your Hair Extensions?

Various hair colors

Various hair colors

Dying your extensions can be a bit tricky because you need to know that they’ve been processed already and you don’t know the hair’s history. So if you’re trying to color it, things can go kind of crazy. If you want a specific color on your hair extensions, it’s best to have it done by a professional.

What Color You Should Get?

So many people wonder what color they should get, should they go darker or lighter than your natural hair if you can’t find the exact color. The answer is always go lighter because that way it will blend more naturally. Also if you get it and it’s too light and you want to tone it slightly or you want to make it a half step darker, that’s a lot easier to do. You can always go darker and you can rarely go lighter. We wrote a post with all hair colors covered.

Where To Buy Balayage Or Ombre Hair?

Ombre hair extensions by AiryHair

Ombre hair extensions by AiryHair

If you have balayage or ombre hair you have two options. You can either buy the lightest color of your hair so that it will match your ends or you can simply buy ombre hair extensions. That can be a really great option to make everything blend more smoothly. It doesn’t have to be the exact color of your hair, once it’s all clipped in, it’s going to look great and it will help to already have that dark to light in the hair extensions.

What About Curly Or Textured Hair?

A lot of people ask this question. If you have curly or wavy hair, you can either curl straight extensions to match your curl pattern or you can buy extensions that are curly or wavy.

Can You Cut Your Hair Extensions?

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Do Hair Extensions Shed?

Various hair textures

Various hair textures

This is the most common complaint that can be seen about extensions. Extensions are dead hair and it is going to shed and it cannot stay on the weft forever. Your natural hair sheds as well so you have to expect that you hair extensions are going to shed more than your natural hair. But although they shed, they will still be wearable for long periods of time, they may be a bit thinner, but can still look great.

Do Hair Extensions Tangle?

If you have a long, thick natural hair, it’s going to get tangled and knotted. So if you’re putting 220 grams of hair on your natural hair, you have to expect there will be some tangling. But there are things you can do to avoid that. The first thing is to bring a brush with you and brush your hair often. There are also many different products made especially for detangling.

Conclusion

Buying hair extensions can sometimes be confusing if you don’t know much about it. But having the knowledge of basic terms and tips from this article can definitely help you buy the perfect hair extensions for you. They are just the perfect way to add length and volume to your natural hair and look amazing. If you take care of your extensions properly, they can last for a very long time. Also, make sure to buy high quality hair extensions, they are really not that much more expensive and you’ll have them for a longer period of time.

Hair Extensions 101 – Everything You Need To Know

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