In this article we will look at some of the most popular hair extension options and list the pros and cons of each. In this article we only looked at semi-permanent hair extension options.
Semi-permanent hair extensions are for women who want a more long lasting solution to their short and thinning hair. These types of hair extensions can last up to four months before they need to be adjusted.
Method 1 - Fusion & Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions
This is a strand by strand hair extension method that is available at most hair salons. Fusion and pre-bonded hair extensions use glue to attach the extension hair to your natural hair.
Fusion Hair Extensions Added To A Woman's Hair
Pros• Fusion and pre-bonded hair extensions have been around for a very long time so you can pretty much find them anywhere, making the service easy to find.
Cons• Because the extension hair is attached using glue, the attachment process itself is very damaging to your natural hair; the stylist will use heat to bond the glue to your natural hair. The heat causes a great deal of stress to your hair.
Should You Get Keratin Fusion Hair Extensions?
As beauty professionals with over 50 years of combined experience we would not recommend this method of hair extension to anyone, even if we were not in the hair extension business. They are damaging, uncomfortable and expensive.
Method 2: Micro-Link Hair Extensions
Similar to the keratin and pre-bonded hair extension methods, micro-link or micro-bead extensions attach individual strands of extension hair to individual strands of your natural hair.
This method uses what is know as a “micro-bead” to attach the individual strands of extension hair to your hair. The bead is clamped down using a special tool and heat, securing the extensions hair to your hair.
The Pros• Similar to keratin and pre-bonded hair extensions, this method has been around for many years and can be found at most hair salons.
The Cons• Micro-link or micro-bead hair extensions cause a great deal of stress to your natural hair and scalp. This is due to the fact that your natural hair and scalp are bearing the weight of the extensions.
Should You Get Micro-Link Hair Extensions?Because these extensions are damaging we would not recommend them. To us, if hair extension are going to cause long term damage, then the short term benefit of longer hair is NOT worth it.
Method #3 Sew-In Weave
Weave in extensions use several small, tight braids, of your own hair to create a cornrow across your scalp. The hair extensions are then sewed onto the braids / cornrow.
Pros• Weave In Hair Extensions have been around for a long time and are available at most hair salons.
Cons• Unless you have very thick hair, this method can be very revealing because of the way they are applied; you need a lot of hair to cover the corn rows.
Should You Get Braid & Sew Hair Extensions?Again, because this method will cause damage we do not recommend it to any woman. There are other hair extension methods, like the Glamour Locks Hair Extension System, that are safe and non-damaging.
Method #4 Glamour Locks Hair Extension System
How It Is Applied
The Glamour Locks Hair Extension System was designed and developed by Paula Rodriguez, a long time hair industry expert with over 27 years of experience. After years of working with other semi-permanent methods of extensions and seeing the damage they were causing; she knew there had to be a better way. So she came up with her own method, The Glamour Locks Hair Extension System. The Glamour Locks System is the only patented and guaranteed damage free hair extension method available.
The Pros• As we have mentioned throughout this article, The Glamour Locks Hair Extension Method is completely non-damaging. The system utilizes specialized tools and application methods to provide women with damage free, comfortable and undetectable extensions.
The Cons• Other than the maintenance that is involved, which all hair extension methods require, there are none. You can wear and style Glamour Locks Extensions just as you would your own natural hair.
• At the end of the day we want to do what is best for our clients and that means providing them with services that will work for them in the long run; that means providing hair extensions that do not cause damage. In this article we covered the different types of semi-permanent hair extension methods that are available and what the pros and cons where of each.