Hair extensions are a great way to artificially add volume, weight and color to your hair. They give you the freedom to experiment with your hair styles without having to worry about any kind of damage.
This article is written with the intent to help you understand the basics about keratin extensions and keratin hair extensions pros and cons. But before we go any further, let us see what keratin hair extensions are:
Keratin hair extensions are also called U-tip, nail-tip, keratin bond, hot-fusion, pre-bonded extensions. Keratin extensions take their name from their keratin bases tips that are attached with the strands with heating element. A heated keratin bond is used to attach the keratin hair extensions to your natural hair in the form of small bundles.
Interestingly the composition of your hair is actually 90% keratin, so using keratin is far safer as compared to usual glue.
Keratin hair extensions applied with hot fusion allow you to employ a variety of hair styles (including the more difficult “updos” and hair down)
Pros of keratin hair extensions
+These hair extensions are available in a wide range of length, colors and volume
+The Keratin glue is perfectly safe for your scalp and natural hair.
+Keratin hair extensions are most suitable and durable for extended use (can be applied for 6 months at a go).
+The application is invisible and bond perfectly (when used correctly).
+With the right volume of extension, keratin hair extensions can be used on even very short hair.
+These extensions are as versatile as your natural hair for styling. They would go perfectly with all hairdos (up or down).
+Unlike some of the other types of hair extensions (beaded and tape in hair extensions), Keratin hair extensions are attached to the client’s natural hair through “strand-by-strand method” by direct fusion. Technique allows for a fresher and natural looking hair presentation.
These are for you if:
+If you desire completely natural looking extensions giving you length and fullness and you don’t mind the price, then these hair extensions are for you.
+Perfect for all hair styles, up-do's, braids and wearing your hair down.
Cons of keratin hair Extensions:
-They are priced higher and costlier to maintain.
-The application is time intensive and takes anything between 2- 4 hours.
-You may experience headache, discomfort or itchy scalp within a couple of days or weeks of application.
-Keratin hair extensions are unsuitable and not recommended for continued or prolonged wearing.
-You cannot blow dry, apply iron or heat the bonds directly.
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Tips for keratin hair extensions use:
Keratin bonds must be kept at least at a distance of 1cm from your scalp
Use these extensions sparingly. Overdoing can put your hair at the risk of damage.
Keratin hair extensions are not DIY stuff. Always opt for a quality hair stylist. Cheap jobs can damage your hair forever.
Be sure to pull the extensions in the correct direction only.
Fit your hair extensions at least at the distance of 5 cm from hair lines and crowns. These hairs (being too fine) can be damaged and risk to being seen if attached any closer.
To avoid strands getting knot up, keep a distance of 1cm gap between the bonds.
Keep the density at 1g/ strand. Any more can make your hair too heavy.
Avoid playing with the extensions. It may expose your scalp to stress.
The cost of your keratin hair extensions would depend upon your location, the number of strands applied and the brand opted for.
Never apply oil-based products or tendency to over style. Maintain only every 2-3 months. Maintenance must include removal of Keratin Fusion extension. Apply re-bond to the individual extension and re-apply to your hair.