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If you think that your favorite celebrity’s full, flowing locks of hair are the result of good genes, you should know that they’re more likely the result of a good stylist and at least one type of hair extension.  So if your DNA has let you down, you can do what the rich and famous do – get a great head of hair for a relatively small investment.  Here’s everything you need to know about hair extensions:

You Can Choose Human Hair Or Synthetic Hair

When it comes to choosing the hair for your extensions, you have two choices:  human hair or synthetic hair.  Generally, human hair is more expensive than synthetic with the pricier types being “remy” and “virgin.”  Remy human hair is hair that has been gathered from the head of its donor in such a way that the cuticles (the outermost part of the hair shaft) are properly aligned in relation to neighboring hairs.  This makes for a silkier, softer texture that can be used to make not only high-quality extensions but high-quality wigs and hairpieces as well.  Virgin human hair is hair that has never been chemically processed and that has been harvested from a single donor.  Synthetic hair is made from acrylic and is almost always less expensive than human hair.  Unlike human hair, though, synthetic hair tangles easily and often doesn’t hold up to heat styling.

There Are Different Methods For Attaching Hair Extensions

The 3 most popular methods for attaching hair extensions are fusing (or bonding), taping and weaving.  Which method you and your stylist choose depends on your budget, your preference and your hair type.  With fusing, individual, keratin-tipped strands are fused to your own hair with heat.  With taping, extensions are attached to small sections of your own hair using double-sided tape.  With weaving, your own hair is braided in rows and hair extensions are woven into the braids with thread.  Fusing and taping work well on almost every hair type; but weaving works best with African-American hair, which has the strength and texture to hold the braids in place.  Fused extensions usually last the longest and are the most expensive.  Taped extensions need more maintenance but can be removed and reapplied.  Woven extensions can also be removed and resewn as your natural hair grows. Weaving is generally the least expensive of the three methods.

Caring For Hair Extensions Is Easy

You can care for your hair extensions just as you would for your natural hair, except that you must be extremely gentle with them.  Dry hair completely with your fingers before brushing it; and when you do brush, you must hold the extensions where they’re attached to avoid pulling them out.  You should be able to use all of your favorite hair products; but if you use anything oily, be sure to keep it away from tape or braids as oil may loosen the extensions.  Another tip for extension care is to loosely braid your hair before bedtime to keep it from tangling while you sleep.

If a hair extension sounds like a great way to supplement your natural hair, get expert help and advice by calling us at Parker Trichology Centre in Carrollton, TX at (214) 307-6200 to schedule an appointment.  You can also visit us online at to find out more about our complete line of hair services.

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