|Are You Faking It?
Hair extensions are the answer to the beautiful long locks of today but do you really know what you're doing with them?
Extensions first appeared back in the 80's and they were written off as 'just a fad'. Who would have thought 20 years later they would come roaring back onto the scene, hitting the headlines and the heads of Celebs world over.
Extensions can be fun, fashionable and practical, making them ready available to you and I, without restricting any lifestyle activity; you can still swim and play sport with total confidence.
Extensions can be used for a variety of reasons, whether its to give extra texture to fine hair like Emma Bunton's or to add superstar length to your short locks, extensions allow you to indulge in your ultimate fantasies, even if it is only for a short period of time.
If you are considering having hair extensions it is important to decide if you're going to keep it real or fake it. So here we have it, Synthetic versus Human Hair...
Versatility: Synthetic hair has the main advantage here as it does what you want, unlike your own hair, which will do exactly what it wants! Quality: Good quality synthetic hair like monofibre, will outshine real hair, it will look healthier and be generally more manageable. Alternatively Human hair can be easier to look after and there's no need to treat it any different than your own hair, since it will look, feel and move like your own hair.Style: Heated appliances, tongs, straightening irons can be used on human hair as normal, with synthetic hair you'll have to be slightly more careful. You can still use some styling tools on your hair and you will generally find the ones that are available to use will keep the style longer.Safety: Synthetic extensions are attached and taken out without the use of any glues or chemicals, whereas human hair must be removed professionally using a special substance. Both synthetic and human hair extensions are positioned away from the scalp to avoid any possible tension or discomfort that could be potentially caused.Wellbeing: Both types of extensions are perfectly safe and should be attached/detached by a professional technician. The key to great extensions is that no one should know that you've got them in, the proof is in the pudding so go ahead and be daring.Cost: Human hair is generally more expensive than synthetic hair, but this doesn't mean that the hair is any better quality; it is due to the fact human hair will have been chemically treated before it can be used. The main important factors are to choose a salon and extension, type that you are happy with. Don't put cheaper option before quality.Timing: Synthetic hair extensions normally take up to five hours to put in, using two stylists; whereas human hair extensions can take up to 9 hours to put in! However with either type of extensions, you'll have to pay your salon a visit every six weeks for a bit of maintenance and a tidy up!
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Hair type: Dome. This is synthetic hair called monofibre, which was designed specifically to out-perform the quality of human hair.How is the hair attached? Monofibre is attached invisibly at the roots using a gentle heat that doesn't touch or harm your natural hair in any way.How long will it last? About three months Cost? Prices start from £145
Hair type: Connect Hair System. 100% ethical human hair that has been sourced from Eastern European countries.How is the hair attached? Connect extensions are attached to your hair using a 'Thermal Bonding Resin', which keeps the extensions in place by extracting moisture from the resin and forming a band around the hair.How long will it last? Approximately three monthsCost? Prices start from £400
Hair Type: Great Lengths. 100% Human hair ethically sourced from India.How is the hair attached? A new Air Pressure system called FASTFusion, which claims to be the fastest strand application in the world. Ten tiny pre-bonded strands of hair can be attached in an instant.How long will it last? Between 3 and 6 monthsCost? Prices start from £150 for texture and up to £700 for length.