Hair Extensions Explained

Practically every woman in the Western world knows about or has heard of hair extensions, and what they are and how they enhance the looks of any female. But how do they work? As you may know, extensions can also be known as “ hair weaves”, and are lengths of real or synthetic hair that are tightly attached to the scalp, which then adds length and/or thickness to a person’s own natural hair. There are a number of different systems for attaching hair extensions, some of which can last longer than others.

When they are perfectly blended in colour and texture, and expertly applied by a professional stylist, hair extensions will combine and mix naturally with a person’s own hair, which makes it hard to tell that the person has them. They can offer volume, extend hair, and add either highlights or lowlights. With the correct maintenance, some quality extensions may last up to a full year before they are need of removal.

Application Techniques

Hair extensions can be applied in various ways, depending on the kind of hair, how much is to be added, the budget of the customer, and his or her lifestyle. When considerable amounts of hair are to be applied, or the hair is expected to remain for a long time, an experienced hair stylist like Hair Solved should be consulted.

Micro and Shrink Links

Long-lasting extensions can be applied to hair with metal rings or keratin tubing. During this kind of process, the hair is fastened to a small ring or tube, which is then clamped to pieces of real hair. This is a favoured method, due to damage to the natural hair being minimal, and no glues or solvents that can potentially irritate sensitive skin are utilised. This method is usually not recommended for most people with fine hair.

Gluing (Bonding)

This method generally includes longer wefts of hair, which can be up to about 6 inches (15.24 cm) long. An adhesive is administered to the roots of the hair before the extension is applied. This method is in most cases relatively quick to carry out, but does not last anywhere as long as others.


A specialised glue is also used to bond the extensions with real hair. Small pieces of hair can be joined together via this method. Hot fusion involves braiding the extension into natural hair and then bonding them all back together with a wax adhesive. Less frequently, what are known as “cold fusion’ methods, are used to attach the extensions.


Natural looking hair extensions may also be sewn into the hair. A person’s natural hair is normally braided tight and close to the scalp in rows, and the weft then sewn into the braid. This method can take some time, as the customer’s own hair has to be braided first, but those who have had it done, claim it’s the best. This method can also be slightly more expensive, but it will last for a very long time.

So, take your pick! Just make sure that you use renowned and reliable professionals to get your hair, just the way you’ve always wanted it to look!