Your Guide to Hair Extensions, Wigs and Weaves
Hair extensions regardless of the type you go for can be a lot of fun as you get to experiment with different styles, lengths and colours without damaging your hair. The options are endless but today, we’re going back to the basics, we’re learning the ABCs and the 123s of hair extensions, because there are some stark differences. They all can be used for the purposes of added length, extra volume or can be used as a protective style. They also vary in durability, so depending on what you want there is a right hair extension for you.
Hair extensions in all their variety can be confusing. Let me ask you this: are you tired of correcting people who are confusing your wigs and weaves and ponytails? Me too. Or are you that person, are you using these terms interchangeably? Don’t worry no judgements, you’ve come to the right place to get all the information and details on all things extensions, weaves and wigs.
Firstly, hair extensions come in all different types, lengths, colours, patterns etc. There is such diversity in what you can pick when figuring what works best for you. The first variation we’ll talk about is human hair vs. synthetic hair. Human hair is cultivated from well, humans. People donate or sell their hair which is then used to make the extensions ad they then go to factories where the tracks are made. Whereas, synthetic hair contains no human hair at all, and are usually made from a combination of various synthetic blended fibres. Some of these fibres are made out of very fine plastics that imitate the feel and look of real human hair however, they vary in durability. Human hair tends to last longer, in fact they can last you up to years (depending on quality) and synthetic hair lasts a few months. They do vary in texture as well, synthetic hair feeling more rough.
Now we’ve clarified the difference between synthetic and human hair extensions, let’s get into the different types of hair extensions. Since CDB London is the home of wigs and #HairMadeEasy, it’s only fair we start off discussing wigs. Wigs are hair extensions that cover most if not the whole head. They come in variation such as lace, frontal, U-part wigs depending on preference and budget. Wigs are fantastic for versatility, ease and as a protective style. Wigs are 100% removable, in that you can remove them at any time. You can use a temporary holding gel (known as glue) to allow the wig to stay in place.
People have gotten weaves and wigs confused which is understandable, considering that they both consist of bundles and requires you to braid your hair underneath. However there are some key differences between the two. Weaves on the other hand are sown in, this is the key difference. You can have leave-out (also known as partial natural sew in) or you can have a closure as well.
Then we have hair extensions we come in variation such as clip in, tape-ins and micro-rings. These are methods that add bundles of hair to your own and don’t cover your whole head. Instead they’re used to add length and volume to your hair. It looks best when blended with your own hair colour and texture. Depending on the one you pick they can be used for short periods of times of longer periods i.e. micro-ring hair extensions.
All in all these are just some of the types of hair extensions that are out there. But these are the most common and widely used by people. Hair extensions have been used by many for a while now but there’s been advancements in the technology of hair that make switching up and experimenting easier and more natural looking.