Other Application Methods

Hair extension application methods we won't use

Other Application Methods

Hair extension application methods we won't use

Many people have gone for the option of having hair extensions in order to give them longer hair with added volume. There are a huge amount of differing methods of application and hair extension types. Deciding on a hair extension application method can vary based upon what the client wants to achieve and their budget

Deciding on which method to go for can be very confusing. Getting longer hair is a big commitment, and depending on the method of application you choose, there are varying results. Some hair extensions can be damaging to your hair and scalp, such as gluing. Some can be heavy, hard to brush, and quite visible. Other methods are hardly noticeable.

Human hair is extremely versatile and natural looking, while synthetic hair limits the styling options because the application of heat is not possible.

The most important thing to take into account with hair extensions, is to make sure that the hair you are having applied is not heavier than your own natural hair. If your hair extensions are too heavy, they will damage and break your natural hair. At Lorudu, we recommend applying hair extensions on an amount to amount basis. We will only attach hair extension hair to the same amount of your natural hair. This ensures even weight distribution

What everyone wants from their hair extensions, is the most undetectable and natural look possible.

Below is a list of other application methods, along with a description of each method and its pro’s and con’s. For more information on the application methods we use at Lorudu, please take a look at our application page.

Weave / Weft Hair Extensions

Originally designed for Afro-Caribean hair, Weave / Weft Hair Extensions are applied when the natural hair is plaited into horizontal tracks and the extension hair is then sewn on to the plaits. Natural hair type determines the amount of tracks required. Women with Afro hair usually require all of their hair plaiting into rows, with a full head weave being applied. Caucasian hair usually needs between 4-7 weaves applying to extend their hair. Initially, weaves can be quite uncomfortable and feel very tight after they've first been applied. They may also feel and appear bulky. This will definitely be the case if the weaves are doubled up to provide extra thickness. With the weaves being applied in large sections, they are not free-flowing and won't behave like real hair would. This means that they may not look natural. Weaves are generally considered unhygienic for a number of reasons. It is difficult to properly wash the scalp with shampoo once the weaves have been applied. They also prevent air from circulating around the scalp. You get a build-up of sweat, oil and dirt, which doesn't smell particularly pleasant and can cause scalp problems in return. Rather than the natural hair being free-flowing, it remains in braids for weeks or months at a time, which disrupts the natural growth process. Weaves also put a lot of tension on the natural hair, which gradually weakens and breaks. Bald patches may also appear. Weaves are designed for the hair to lie flat, which means that you can't put it up without them becoming visible. They are also not recommended for fine hair.

Glue In Wefts

These are probably the worst type of hair extension we’ve ever come across, due to the damage that they can cause. All of our clients who have had these in the past have suffered from some form of hair loss. Generally, the hair loss has resulted in bald patches. The wefts are glued on to the hair, close to the scalp, using a bonding glue. The most common type of glue used is called Liquid Gold. The glue is very difficult to remove without causing stress and damage to your own natural hair. With the wefts being quite heavy and bulky, they’re not the most comfortable to wear either.

Tape In Extensions

Tape in hair extensions are another form of weft hair extensions. Rather than the hair being sewn on to a weft, the hair is attached to a strip of adhesive tape. Tape in extensions are created by threading the hair through the tape to make it look like hair growing out of the scalp. The tape can be cut into small sections in order to make mini wefts, which can then be applied using two different application techniques. The first technique is the single technique. This is where a single tape in weft is applied to a section of your natural hair. The second technique is the sandwich technique. This is where a tape in weft is applied underneath a section of your natural hair, with another weft applied on top, sandwiching the hair between the wefts. The tape in extensions are able to be applied quite quickly, although they old tend to last for around 4-6 weeks.

Clip In Hair Extensions

Clip In Hair Extensions are made up of strips of hair wefts with small clips attached to the top of them. The width of the wefts and total amount of wefts required will depend on the area of the head that they will be attached to, along with the thickness of hair required. The hair is parted horizontally and then backcombed where the clips are to be placed to prevent them from slipping. Clip in hair extensions are widely considered to be a safe application method as they are only suitable for occasional wear. However, if the extensions are worn regularly, they can have a detrimental impact on your natural hair, causing hair breakage and bald patches. This is mainly due to the weight of the wefts which adds strain and tension to the natural hair, which in turn weakens the hair. Clip in hair extensions are not suitable for thick or short hair as they are difficult to blend in. They are not suitable for fine or thinning hair either, as they can usually be seen. They won’t look natural and can be glaringly obvious. As they are only supposed to be added on an occasional basis, they tend not to be cut in to the wearers own natural hair. Clip in extensions are relatively cheap, as they tend to be the low quality option. But you tend to get what you pay for.

Micro Ring Wefts

Micro Ring Wefts is a technique which combines the micro ring method of application with hair wefts. Micro rings are pre-attached and evenly spaced out across a weft. Small sections of your natural hair are then threaded through the rings, which are then clamped down on to the hair. This provides a secure connection that keeps the weft in place. The width of the wefts and total amount of wefts required will depend on the area of the head that they will be attached to, along with the thickness of hair required. On the plus side, there is no glue or stitching of the wefts in to you hair and the extensions can be applied quite quickly. On the downside, the wefts are still quite heavy and bulky. They are also connected to small sections of your natural hair, so the weight, strain and tension may be quite excessive. As with some of the other methods, this could result in hair damage or hair loss. The more micro rings that are connected to the natural hair, the safer the extension will be. However this would mean more discomfort, especially when sleeping. They’re not the most natural looking either. Micro ring wefts tend to last for up to 4 weeks before needing to be reapplied.