Hair Care, Hair How To

Goodbye Envy, Hello Extensions!

Tired of looking at other hairstyles and wishing you had that kind of volume and length to work with? Envy is a waste of time when a simple solution is at your disposal. Every day, more and more women are making the switch to hair extensions. If you’re just beginning to consider Brilliance New York hair extensions, then you’ve come to the right place to learn about the best extension option for you.

Human VS Synthetic

For hairstyles that turn heads, 100% human hair extensions are 100% the way to go. Synthetic hair is cheaper for a reason. It never blends in quite right with the rest of your hair, tangles easily, and can’t be styled the same way human hair can. Synthetic hair can’t always withstand the heat from flat irons, curling wands, and other hair tools, which can cause it to melt. Extensions with extensive shine may lure you in, but buyer beware: they’re usually coated with silicone, which wears off quickly, leading to fading and tangling.

Clip-In VS Other Methods

There are a handful of intimidating hair extension installation methods ranging from glue to heat fusion, all of which can be pretty damaging to your hair. Clip-in hair extensions, consisting of small sections you can place strategically through your hair by yourself, are the least permanent and cause the least amount of damage to your hair. Avoid stress to your roots by placing clip-ins where your hair is the strongest, avoiding wearing them while sleeping or bathing, and completely opening clips before removal.

The Remy Standard

It’s important that your hair extensions are Remy hair. Remy comes from a single source and is picked strand by strand to ensure perfect alignment, with all strands’ roots in the same direction. Remy hair is high quality, remains beautiful and soft wash after wash, and barely tangles. Other types, like single drawn or double drawn, are not as high quality and have less uniformity from hair to hair.

A Natural Look

Done properly, hair extensions can go completed undetected – but certainly not unnoticed! For a stunning new hair extension style, seek help from a Brilliance New York salon stylist who can help you select the extensions closest to your natural hair color. She or he can help you use them to create highlights or lowlights or may even steer you toward mixing and matching colors for a more natural blend. One of the biggest “extension rookie” mistakes is to wear extensions straight from the box without any kind of styling. You want them to look authentic and lived-in. For the most natural look, your stylist can even cut them for the perfect blend of layers with your real hair.

Styling and Care

You can use low-temperature heat to style human hair extensions like you would your normal hair. You can even color them, though it’s best to avoid bleach and over-processing as well as products containing alcohol or oil. A stylist should be consulted before chemical treatment. Treat your extensions gently and carefully according to the instructions. Put thought into their storage, too. Instead of leaving them crumpled up, why not hang the clips on a hanger?

Extend Your Style

Leave a comment and let us know if you’re thinking of trying hair extensions. Or if you already have them, we’d love to know all about them and the beautiful new hairstyles you’ve been showing off.