This word can be ‘scary’ or ‘absolutely wonderful’. It all depends on the ‘type’ of extensions, the hair being used and the ‘person’ doing them.
‘Gloria’ first learned extensions in Gary, Indiana about 25 years ago. Since 2001, she has been training and educating cosmetologists for Hella’s Hair and Eurolocs and now LOC-ins. This is the latest and safest hair replacement extension system available. She is available by appointment at SINCERELY YOURS Private Salon for extension consultations and applications.
‘Extensions’ are the addition of hair or hair replacements for a multitude of reasons. The most common reasons are to achieve longer, thicker, wavier or straighter hair. They may be added for highlights or lowlights without changing the color of your own hair, or add some school colors. Need length on your sides; add some extensions just to your sides. Need a little more volume; add just a few scattered throughout. Do you only want to add one inch more in length; a full head is not needed. Etc., etc., etc.
‘Hair’ The replacement hair may be artificial or human hair. Artificial is pretty much a type of plastic, whereas, human hair is mostly protein. Of course, the human hair is much more natural looking and easier to work with. Human hair, hopefully 100% human hair, can be Oriental or European, with cuticle or not, Remy or not. With the many different Asian and European countries, hair can vary considerably. Prices may range from $300 to $5000 or more.
There is so much hair available on the internet, but beware, it is mostly terrible. Internet advertising is not regulated for telling the truth. I promise you that whatever my website states is ‘gospel’ to the best of my knowledge. If you take care of the hair I use while it is on your head, it will last one to two years.
Hair from different countries has different textures or thicknesses of each strand. Some hair will not curl.
Remy hair means the cuticle is going in the same direction. Hair is composed of the inner cortex and the outer cuticle. The cuticle is like feathers overlapping and laying on the cortex. If these feathers are not laying in the same direction on every hair strand that you have applied to your head, you will have horrible matting throughout the strand with other hairs. Your own hair, of course, is all laying in the same direction. But, even then, you sometimes need a surface conditioner (cream rinse). This could be due to wear and tear from length, perming, bleaching, tinting, chlorine, sun, fluorescent lights, etc.
Then there is the hair that has had the cuticle removed. This hair is ‘silkier’ but has very little ‘substance’. It will not last as long as hair with the cuticle. You would still need Remy hair because some cuticle will still be on the hair.
Of course, hair that has a silicone coating is shiny and smooth, but, that coating wears off soon and then ‘oh, well’.
Hair varies considerably and you will want the best.
‘Techniques’ There are many techniques for adding the ‘new’ hair. Such as: braiding, sewing, tying, weaving, gluing, double fusion and the latest ‘LOC-ins. Different techniques are more receptive on the different types of hair the client already has. For instance, “black hair” can ‘hold’ most types of extensions; whereas, “white hair,” allows many types of extensions to ‘slip out’. The LOC-in type of extensions are suitable for all types of hair. Of course, no matter what type of extensions are used, if they are sloppy and put in improperly with inferior products, they will cause all kinds of problems after a few weeks.
‘Maintenance’ Extensions may be worn for years as long as it is not breaking your own hair off. Maintenance needs to be done on the average of one time a month or a complete redo about every three months. Some techniques will require complete takedown after some time. The best of the better high quality human hair may be reused in certain methods. When wearing extensions, you must be particular about the products used on your hair, especially if the new hair is to be reused. Oil is a definite No,No on the connection. Matting is a major maintenance problem with most extensions. The LOC-in extension types require you to brush your scalp area to prevent matting while other techniques cannot allow scalp area brushing. See our maintenance photos in the Photo Section.
‘LOC-ins’ Eurolocs, the original technique, (‘LOC-ins’ my dba) is an innovative method that was created for a client who uses many chemical processes such as, Perms, Relaxers, Colors and Bleach. We attach a copper tube to a little section of the clients hair near the scalp and fill it with an extension of tiny strands of custom blended 100% human hair. The copper tube is closed around the extension by crimping four or five times, not once. The attachment becomes slightly smaller and great detail is placed on every attachment. There is no adhesive or heat used on this method. It is a more time consuming process because each strand of the clients hair has to be perfectly placed. Most damaged hair cannot handle other extension methods. This method allows the damaged hair to grow out beautifully. There is no glue, chemicals, heat, braiding, or sewing involved to do damage to your hair.
‘Haircolor’ Most types of extensions require a complete takedown to have your hair color touched up. If you change the color of your hair with bleach or tint, this will not be a problem with LOC-ins and the type of shells used when it’s time for a touchup. If you have highlights or lowlights, you will probably only need to do touchups on the top of your head. The extensions on the rest of your head will already have the lowlights or highlights in the extension hair. There is so much less ‘wear and tear’ on your hair.
‘LOC-ins vs. others’ The LOC-in type of extensions is used extensively in film making because it is the gentlest on the hair and easier to apply and take down on all types of hair. It is very natural looking. Hair coloring should not be a problem with extensions as long as the connection material is receptive to haircolor. The finest quality hair can be custom ordered and blended. There is no matting or bulk.
Gloria Bell had been doing the Double Fusion extensions until the LOC-in technique became available. Double Fusion is a glue-in type. No matter how careful and neat they would be put in, they were still damaging. Glue-in extensions are damaging and now other names are being used to replace the word glue. If the new hair is bonded to your hair with some sort of chemical connection, IT IS GLUE, no matter what they call it.
Braiding and sewing can be painful and bulky.
Read our (Frequently Asked Questions) for more detailed information.
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