Everything You Need To Know About Hair Extensions

5 Things you need to know about Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a popular way to add length and volume to your hair, and they have become increasingly popular in recent years. Hair extensions can be made from synthetic or natural hair, and they come in a variety of styles, colors, and lengths. In this article, we will explore the world of hair extensions and the benefits they offer.

Types of Hair Extensions

There are several different types of hair extensions, and each type has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most popular types of hair extensions:

Clip-In Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions are the most popular type of hair extensions because they are easy to use and can be applied at home. They consist of small wefts of hair that are attached to small clips. The clips are then attached to your natural hair, adding length and volume.

Tape-In Hair Extensions
Tape-in hair extensions are applied using a special adhesive tape. They are applied in small wefts, and the tape is used to attach the extensions to your natural hair. Tape-in hair extensions can be more comfortable than clip-in extensions because they lay flat against your scalp.

Sew-In Hair Extensions
Sew-in hair extensions are applied by braiding your natural hair and then sewing the extensions into the braids. Sew-in extensions are more permanent than clip-in or tape-in extensions, and they can last for several months.

Fusion Hair Extensions
Fusion hair extensions are applied using a special adhesive that is melted and then attached to your natural hair. Fusion extensions can last for several months, but they can be more damaging to your natural hair than other types of extensions.

Benefits of Hair Extensions

Hair extensions offer several benefits, including:

Instant Length and Volume
Hair extensions can give you instant length and volume, which is great if you have thin or short hair. With extensions, you can achieve any hairstyle you want, from long and luscious waves to a sleek and straight bob.

Easy to Maintain
Hair extensions are easy to maintain and require minimal styling. They can be washed and styled just like your natural hair, and they don't require any special products or treatments.

Hair extensions come in a variety of styles, colors, and lengths, so you can choose the perfect extensions for your hair. You can also experiment with different hairstyles and colors without committing to a permanent change.

Boosts Confidence
Hair extensions can boost your confidence by giving you the hair you've always wanted. They can also make you feel more feminine and glamorous, which can be a real mood booster.


Hair extensions are a great way to add length, volume, and versatility to your hair. With so many different types of extensions available, you can choose the perfect extensions for your hair and your lifestyle. Whether you want long and luscious waves or a sleek and straight bob, hair extensions can help you achieve the perfect look.

What Are The Best Types Of Hair Extensions

What are the best types of hair extensions? Tape-ins, Micro rings, wefts or bonds.

Well, here are a few tips to help you decide.

Micro Rings

Human extension hair is attached with tiny links, sleeves, locs or shells that can match your hair color or be clear. Some of these micro products are made from especially formulated polymer materials. Others are made from flexible nickel tubing that is squeezed shut to hold the hair in place. They are non-magnetic and if made properly, do not rust. If you have a nickel allergy you will not be able to wear them.

Some of these micro methods are used on extremely over processed hair, very fine, silky straight hair and any hair that has trouble holding the adhesive or keratin products used by the other extension methods. The micro shells and links can be re-used sometimes up to three times.

The lady in the above photo had an installation done by an inexperienced technician, who did not dry the client’s hair properly before attaching the links.  The metal stayed wet inside the ring and started rusting, causing permanent damage to the client’s hair, also leaving band marks that will eventually snap her hair, at point of attachment.


This is the most common way of adding extensions without proper training.  The tapes come in long sticky strips and gets sandwiched in between a strip of your own hair.

Tape ins is mostly made single drawn, to prevent an even larger damage to the scalp, it makes the hair lighter.

This lower grade of processing does not keep all the hair in one direction & the roots & ends are not separated during processing. In addition, you will find a larger amount (40%) of hair with lengths shorter/longer than the specified length of the bundle. Once processing is complete, both ends of the bundle are cut to improve uniformity.  This process is conducive for medium quality wigs, hairpieces, toupees & extensions.

Very visible and hard to hide or create a proper style.

After hours of removing the sticky double sided glue and the obvious damage it has done to the scalp and hair.

The strip eventually starts sliding from heat, putting huge strain on the hair.  The sticky substance between the tape-ins is not a glue made specially for hair, it is industrial.

On removing the hair, according to my experience nothing, not even thinners remove the glue from the hair.  Pulling most of your own hair out.

Various types of two-sided tape are used to attached hair extension weft or strands.


Wefts of extension hair are sewn into tracks created on the head with cornrows. Wefts are re-usable and this system can last 3 – 4 months. Tracks can also be made with hand-tied knots. The extension hair is sewn into the knotted track with a needle and weaving cord.

Drawn is the word used for pulling the hair through an instrument that puts the hairs together (Hackle). It is also called hackling. Single drawn is the 1st hackling of the hair. This puts the hairs together. Similar lengths are gathered 6” to 10”; 11” to 14” and so on. Within the bundles the lengths will be varied. This has to do with how people’s hair grown, falls out and replaces itself. Double drawn is another hackling and a finer separation of the hair. This is much more labour intensive and will just about double the price of the hair. Some hair traders do not double drawing of the hair.

The lady in the above photo's hair was attached with the weaving method.

Be advised that there are some stylists and professionals  in the hair extension industry that stress that no hair extensions should be left attached to your hair for more than 10 weeks, as they will  cause permanent hair loss if left longer.  I have been wearing extensions for nearly 8 years, the period I go with my attachments is 4 months.  Hair grows naturally 1cm per month.  If the hair is attached by a well trained extensionist it should last up to 4 months.

A Bonding glue adhesive material is brushed into the weft of the extension hair and it is then applied to the root of the individual’s hair.

Clip Ins

Extension hair is clipped directly to hair with tiny hair clips. This is an easy do-it-yourself solution for hair extensions. The hair is purchased with the tiny clips already attached on the ends. Clip-in extensions may be a great place to start if you are serious about getting hair extensions.  It can be used to make partial or total extensions, according to the quantity of hair strips applied.

The particular 3 clips clasp allows a fast and practical application and makes asymmetric and trendy hair styles easy.  The 2 and 1 clips allow for volume and length on the sides or just to add a few streaks to the hair.

It may take some practice to perfect attaching clip-in hair extensions

Many things can go wrong with hair extensions.  They can severely damage the natural hair; even cause permanent hair loss in some cases.

If poor quality hair is used, the result can be severe tangling and matting after several shampoos.

Problems begin when the extensions are not attached properly, removed properly and maintained properly on a daily basis.

With very few exceptions, all hair extensions are a non-refundable service.

Extensionists set aside a huge amount of time to do a full head of extensions.

A reputable extensionist will take care of any concerns or issues a client has regarding hair extensions.  If you have done proper training, you will be a reputable extensionist and have nothing to worry about


Is this possible with any other of the above methods?  Absolutely not.

"Fusion" refers to strand by strand and attachment. The adhesive is a non damaging material that is made up of Keratin. Polyethylene is present in bonds, to form a bonding agent.

Be advised that there are some stylists and "professionals" in the hair extension industry that stress that no hair extensions should be left attached to your hair for more than 10 weeks, as this will cause permanent hair loss if left longer.

With our extensions, experience and bonding methods you can retain extensions for 3 to 4 months without losing your hair.


Botched Hair Extensions

Hair extensions when done right, can look amazing and make you feel like a million bucks. When done wrong, looks horrible and can make you feel ugly. Don't learn the hard way, hair extensions should be installed and maintained by a seasoned professional.

If your extensions knots, shed, hurt your scalp and your extensionist tells you stories like, you got the wrong brush, shampoo, or you do something wrong, run, she is uneducated and used to telling lies, just for the sake of making money.

There is no such thing as Keratin or Protein bonds, all is made of the same substance, some adds stain to it, but all is made with polyethylene plastic, it is the way the extensionist attach the hair, If she puts strain on your hair the bond will open, water and chemicals will push the bond open and wet hair swells 4 times it size, then you will find loose hair. If it pulls out with your own hair, then she did not put it in perfectly balanced. If it slides, it's not too bad then she just did not use the right temperature for the connector.

Most hair extensionist's will use photos from other hair extensionists, and usually don't bother to ask the right questions. When the client comes for attachment, they get bewildered and confused. A proper consultation is crucial, specially for women with thin and fragile hair, it pulls most of the hair out if not attached correct

Tape ins is normal double sided tape and will typically take as much as 5 hours to remove the glue from the clients hair. With the tape in removal a lot of natural hair will either get damaged or pulled out.

If you want your hair extensions to look and feel natural then it goes without saying cheap hair extensions and hair extension installers wont cut it. In the end you will get what you pay for.

Hair Extension Designer Outlet

Your Exclusive Hair Designer outlet, will be the first and only one in the world where you will sell pure natural virgin hair, Produced and manufactured in South Africa.

You will be selling and wearing the quality for a decent amount.

  • Hair is Re-usable
  • No special products it acts like your own.
  • No special tints and colors it colors with your own hair, you go on and do regrowth as normal……you can even change your color now and then.
  • Because it is natural virgin hair you will not need as much as normal non remy single drawn hair.
  • No damage to your own hair.
  • No visible bonds, you can wear your hair up.
  • You can swim, gym and just feel free.

5 Things you need to know about Hair Extensions

Thinking of getting hair extensions? In this article I discuss a few points.

5 Things you need to know about Hair Extensions
  1. Don't skimp on choosing the right salon! Go to a salon that specialises in hair extensions and has a good reputation.
  2. You don't necessarily need to add length - more than half of those who wear hair extensions do so for volume only.
  3. Make sure you research and choose the best quality hair you can afford upfront.
  4. You will have to spend a decent amount on quality hair products. Good hair extensions need good quality products.
  5. You will be spending on maintenance. Quality hair extensions need love to keep them looking gorgeous.