THE hair debate
Hair extensions expert Tatiana Karelina discusses the most common misconceptions when it comes to hair extensions…
ExtensionsE can look fake
Colour and texture matching are two fundamental elements in achieving natural looking hair extensions, as well as the quality of the actual extensions. It’s important to go for unprocessed human hair and introduce the same shades and colours with extensions, and also to apply wavy hair if the natural hair is wavy.
Extensions can be damaging
Application method is key, as well as how long you decide to wear your extensions for. There are various hair extension systems nowadays so do choose wisely. Glued in extensions must be avoided at all times. Instead, go for non-damaging micro rings or temporary clip-ins. Always go to a reputable salon and never over-wear your extensions—saving on professional application or maintenance is a false economy.
Extensions can be heat styled or coloured
If you opt for high quality unprocessed human hair, you will be able to treat it in exactly the same way as your natural hair (in terms of colour). On top of this, good quality hair can be reused a few times so you actually save money in the long run.
I can’t have extensions because my hair is not one colour
A hair extensions specialist with a good stock of hair can easily match and mix a few different shades of hair to achieve the ideal blend. Before going for hair extensions make sure that the specialist is able to get the hair mixed and pre-bonded specially for your hair. Only then will the colour be multi-tonal and properly matched to your hair colour.
People can see the extension attachments
This is definitely not the case when extensions are applied correctly. A professional technician will always ensure that the extensions are not applied too close to the hairline or top of the head/crown, so even an updo will be possible without any attachments showing.
The extensions look like a curtain, they don’t blend with my short hair
If this is what you have ended up with, seek a good hairdresser who can put layers into your hair extensions. No matter how much money you spend on your hair extensions, they won’t look right without a proper cut!
I can’t have extensions for summer because I like to swim
Properly applied, good quality hair will not restrict any of your lifestyle habits. Sea, pool, workouts are all allowed with hair extensions in. Just give your hair a good wash and apply a nice conditioning treatment after a dip in the salty sea or after a workout!
I’ve heard extensions can be heavy for fine hair
Always go for hair extensions of similar texture and thickness as your natural hair. If you have fine hair, go for fine Russian hair as opposed to thick Asian hair, otherwise it can look fake and might feel heavy and uncomfortable.