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06 Nov 2015

As you glance across just about any print medium including newspapers, magazines and catalogs, there appears to be one thing in common as far as hair cut styles is worried. The long hair cut style is everywhere. So what are you supposed to do without long hair and also you really want the long hair cut style? Well, let's examine, human hair grows about ½" per Mandy Nembs
month, if your hair is at ear level, that would be almost two years to wait for that 'hair cascading down your back' look. As well as by the time you grow your hair out, rapid hair cut style are usually in.

"Don't limit yourself to just adding length on your hair. Hair extensions give you a simple solution to fine hair and may add a little pizzazz to thick, curly or wavy hair in different color or style."

Rod Sickler

Owner

Images by Rod & Company

Rantoul, Illinois

In our society, two-year waits are OUT and immediate results are IN. The beauty industry recognized the need for instant long natural looking hair and thus today's hottest trend was born--Human Extensions. Hair extensions are not only for lengthening hair, according to Rod Sickler, one who owns Images by Rod & Company and Sexy Hair Concepts Artistic Team Member.
fusion extensions

"Any haired can support hair extensions", says Sickler. Sickler makes extensions easy by creating cutting-edge hair-styles for his clients. Examples include sleek and straight hair, vivacious ringlets and striking color enhancements by using different highlighted and lowlighted extensions. He describes the hair extension process as very painstaking and challenging because it requires many hours as well as other techniques to complete. The rewards are many as he is able to re-invent hair, tweak techniques and fulfill his clients' needs.

Certainly one of Sicklers' hair extension clients, Holly Leach of Rantoul, Illinois, says she wished to get hair extensions because she was ready on a regular basis and wanted Sickler to re-invent her look with the help of thickness and length to her thinning hair with European Hair Extensions. She was absolutely amazed at the results. "I came into the salon (Images by Rod & Company) looking a proven way, and came out looking totally different", says, Leach. Leach has experienced her hair extensions for approximately 5 months now, with absolutely no issues and no complaints. She maintains your hair extensions with non-soy based conditioning shampoo and moisturizers from Sexy Hair Concepts, and uses blow dryers and curling irons without problems. Leach concludes,"Hair Extensions count the time and money, available to get fabulous-looking long hair instantly".

"Hair extensions really are a huge self-esteem booster since they give women the chance to get the long hair style look without the wait"
Guinevere Werr

Manager, The Spa East Bank Club, Chicago, Ill

Some women are concerned or have heard that extensions can cause damage to their natural hair, and even loss of hair. Guinevere Werr, Manager in the Spa at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Ill, says the fusion application method Sickler uses from So.Cap., an Italian company, will not create any injury to the natural hair since it is applied ¼" from the scalp and not directly on the scalp. Werr assisted Sickler with applying brown extensions with some highlight extensions to her sisters' hair. She adds that Sicklers hair extension clients have forfeit almost no hair extensions and possess had very little maintenance issues.

How do you start if you are thinking of getting hair extensions? You have to research the different types of hair useful for hair extensions, the different types of attachment methods, the hair stylists' education and training, any maintenance schedules as well as the cost.

There are a lot of different types of hair which can be used for hair extensions. There exists human hair and synthetic hair. Synthetic locks are used to add the designer colors, such as pinks and blues. Most of the time, if you are going for the natural, it grew away from my head, look you must go with human hair. Real hair comes in many different textures and grades. The human hair must be strong and healthy to produce extensions which will last and wear without tangling or drying. European natural splendor is well- known as quality real hair used for extensions.

You will find three basic techniques to attach the hair. They are fusion or strand by strand, weaving and bonding. There are many variations to these techniques plus they are sometimes called by different names.

Fusion/strand by strand: This procedure is done strand by strand in small sections using heated adhesive sticks or glue specifically made for hair extensions. Extension hair is added directly to your own personal hair. Sickler uses the fusion method through the Italian company So.Cap. Hair is attached about ¼ "from your scalp and appearance totally natural. Sickler comments, "No you can visually see that you might have hair extensions. It's up to you if you want everyone to know".

Weaving is really a process where a corn row or track is made around the head and close to the scalp. Extension locks are sewn on the tracks. Your individual hair lies within the tracks for a natural look. Bonding is a process where bonding glue is applied onto the weft of the extension hair and after that applied at the root of one's hair. A weft is horizontal hair strands attached together at the top of vertically flowing locks. Wefts can be machine-made or handmade.

There are some disadvantages to each of such methods. Sometimes if your hair extension application way is not done properly, hair extensions will simply drop totally out, or cause damage to your natural hair. Also, with a lot more pressure to your scalp through the weight of the heavy extensions, there could be some thinning of the natural hair and/or headaches because you adapt to the new weight. There has been some reports of allergies for the chemicals that are used. You should discuss the disadvantages of extensions thoroughly with your hair salon so that there are no surprises.

Your hair extension training and education nice hair stylist has received is very important to the success with their work. Sickler received his hair extension training from renowned expert, Joseph Accola, and the man keeps up-do-date on techniques by attending beauty shows across Europe where hair extensions are more popular when compared to the U.S. "Hair extension education and training are paramount to successful hair extensions for any hair stylist", says Sickler. If you're looking for a hair stylist to do hair extensions and they don't have the proper training, you could be very disappointed using the results.

After you have nice hair extensions in place, you will need to schedule regular maintenance visits to check your extensions. How many times you need to go back depends on the type of hair and the method of attachment that's used. As your hair grows out, some of the hair extensions will need to be removed and replaced or touched up.

On a day-to-day basis you should treat your real hair extensions as you would long hair. Brush, shampoo, condition and moisturize often. Some hair stylists will recommend specific high-quality hairdressing products to use along with your extensions. You can also use hairdryers, flat irons, curling irons on most types of human hair extensions. Color treatments is possible on the hair extensions, but you should consult with your hair stylist before considering this. Monthly color touch-ups for your roots will not be an issue, as the hair extensions will not be touched.


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