A Beginner’s Guide to Hair Extensions and How to Look After Them

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Did you have an unpleasant experience at the salon, and now find yourself regretting your short haircut? Don’t fret — hair extensions are here to save the day.

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With hair extensions, you can add length without waiting for your hair to grow out, experiment with colour without changing your own hair, and add volume without having to use tons of product.

Yet, with so many options out there, it can be hard to know which extensions to buy. Here’s a how-to hair guide to help you make an informed decision.

Types of Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are temporary extensions that come in one or multiple pieces of weft that vary in width. These extensions are super quick and easy to install. Just clip them in between strands of your natural hair and you’re good to go! Removing them is a breeze, too. They’re best for anyone trying out extensions for the first time or for those who love to experiment with a new colour or hairstyle.

Tape-in hair extensions are semi-permanent extensions that are applied close to the root of the hair with tape. These extensions look natural because they lie almost completely flush against the head. They’re ideal for anyone who’s constantly on the go and can’t be bothered to dedicate too much time to their hair in the morning. Tape-in extensions are also a great option for those who are willing to commit to professional application and removal.

Halo extensions are temporary extensions that are worn by placing them on top of the head (just like a halo) and securing them with an invisible wire. Anyone who doesn’t want clips or tape attached to their hair will be drawn to this quick, simple option.

How to Choose the Best Hair Extensions for You

The market is full of synthetic hair extensions. While these are cheaper than ZALA’s human hair extensions, the quality won’t be as good. The extensions from ZALA are made of Remy hair, so you can expect the extensions to feel silky-soft and easier to manage.

If this is your first time to purchase hair extensions, clip-in extensions are your best option. They are easy to use and comfortable to wear, perfect for those who are just testing the waters.

If you want a natural look, go for tape-in extensions. These extensions are attached directly to the natural hair, resulting in a seamless transition that people won’t be able to tell the difference.

If you want instant thicker and longer locks without causing damage to your own hair, halo extensions are the way to go.

Hair Extensions: How to Look After Them

Once you know how to look after hair extensions, they’ll last you a long time, which can save you money over time. If you’re wondering how to look after your hair, you can start by using shampoo and conditioner in a gentle, sulfate-free formula. Since the extensions aren’t attached to your scalp, they’ll need an alternative source of nourishment in the form of a hydrating mask to prevent dryness, brittleness, and shedding.

Be gentle when brushing your extensions. Use a wide-tooth comb, or better yet, buy a brush with nylon loops. These were designed with hair extensions in mind. The brush glides smoothly over your extensions and will not cause breakage. Just start brushing from the ends of the extensions, then work your way up when detangling.

If you’re wearing permanent extensions, avoid brushing them when your hair is wet because this is when hair is at its weakest state. Put them up in a bun or a braid before going to bed, and use a silk pillowcase. This prevents the extensions from creating unnecessary friction with your pillow, and results in natural-looking waves once you put them down.

If you’re using temporary extensions, keep washing to a minimum because washing them too often will cause dryness. When not in use, put them in a ponytail so the clips don’t tangle with the rest of the extensions. Wrap the wefts around each other before securing them with a hair tie. Store them away from direct sunlight to keep them in top condition.

It’s also important to avoid heat styling whenever possible. You can simply air dry your hair (and extensions), and embrace your natural texture. For a heat-free styling option, use a texturising spray. If heat styling cannot be avoided, keep the temperature on the low setting and apply heat protectant spray first.

Watch – how to wash hair extensions?

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