Do you feel like you were born with too little hair? You might find yourself enviously staring at girls who seem to have bouncy, voluminous strands of hair that easily fill up a massive ponytail and wonder what you are doing wrong. The truth is that sometimes, our genes do not bless us – but there is also a good chance that the girls you were staring at were simply making use of hair extensions to increase the volume of their hair. And guess what? You can do that too!
Hair extensions are basically artificial hair integrations that are added to your natural hair in order to increase its length or volume; they are far more common than you would expect, and are quite readily available at most salons. They are attached to the hair through a number of methods, including sewing, glueing and clipping (e.g. weft hair extensions are taped in, glued in or sewed in). However, before you decide to get hair extensions it is important to carefully research the topic and understand the many types of extensions that exist – otherwise, you will find that getting yourself tricked by unscrupulous sellers is quite easy. To begin with, hair extensions come in two different varieties: human hair extensions and synthetic hair extensions. This distinction basically explains how each hair extension is made. The first, obviously means that the hair extensions are made out of human hair, whereas the second means that the extensions are artificially made from synthetic fibres and fine plastic and attempt to imitate real human hair (keep in mind that some artificial hair extensions can actually recreate the feel and look of human hair quite accurately!).
That said, they cannot blend as well with your natural hair as the extensions made from human hair do (for obvious reasons). Extensions made from human hair can generally be subject to most styling treatments you would subject your natural hair to. This includes heat styling, dying and other chemical treatments. On the other hand, synthetic hair extensions cannot be subject to any of these treatments: heat styling – not limited to hair irons, but also including hair dryers – is naturally a bad idea (you would just melt the plastic), and chemical treatments simply destroy the synthetic hair.
Keep in mind that the weather elements, such as the sun, can also degrade the quality of synthetic hair over time.All the above reasons considered, it should be obvious that synthetic hair will be a much cheaper alternative to real human hair. In terms of longevity as well, human hair clearly wins, as it can last for years with good care, whereas you will find that artificial hair will last for a few months at best. That said, the fact that synthetic hair is cheap makes it a good choice for one-time use for functions and events.