Hair extensions are either synthetic or made from human hair. They include:
These are made from plastic and acrylic fibers. They are the lowest quality and should not be an option. They might be as cheap as $50 but they are frizzy, matted and tend to cause damage to your hair. In addition to this, they tangle a lot and provide limited styling options because heat application is not an option. Although most companies now advertise that you can apply heat on this hair, put the flat iron, curling iron and blowdrier down; it is definitely a bad idea.
This type of hair ranks the second lowest in extension classification. The hair is not intact as it comprises of hair swept off salon and barber floors. Most companies also mix it in with some synthetic fiber or animal hair to make it look better and fuller. Getting low quality Remy hair extensions is not a good idea since the hair tangles, mats and sheds a lot. Applying heat and other styling tools on this hair is also not advisable.
Low quality Remy hair is the cheap version of human hair. It can last about one to three washes and costs anywhere between $80 and $100. These hair extensions are covered in silicone to make them appear shiny. Most manufacturers tend to stick with this type of hair in order to get a higher profit margin.
High quality Remy hair has the cuticle intact, which makes it good for use. It costs over $100 but is sure to last you anywhere from five to eight months and is thus a worthy investment. You can style the hair and use a variety of products to preserve it since it is human hair. Additionally, check for double drawn hair, that is, hair with thick ends, to get the best quality of extensions.
This is the highest quality of human hair as it is barely processed. It is handpicked from donors who have never chemically processed their hair, cut, sorted and washed. The hair is then processed in a bath to ensure that it does not go through any chemical processing and maintains its quality in addition to keeping the cuticle intact. This is the best hair to use but it is also rare and expensive. However, it does last over a year and is therefore worth the investment.
Method of Installation
Hair extensions can be classified by mode of installation as well. There are:
- Weaves of sew-ins
- Braid extensions
- Micro link beads
Each of these types of extensions has their pros and cons. While choosing which type you prefer, the hair extension price as well as the duration you will have and use them must be considered.