Sorry, Im not much help. I haven't had them done before but I do know they are quite pricey. I do think they look great though and some do look natural but my friend is a hairdresser and she does think that they do ruin your hair. As for up keep, I think you can just cut it to however long you want afterwards - not sure how you go with removing it though.
are you looking to have them sewn in?? or "clipped"??
btw - sewing them in is an all day affair!!!
i have NO IDEA... i honestly don't know anything about them.
for short term def use the clip ins bc u can take them out that night... and no they wont ruin your hair, dont hurt, look great, and are cheaper.
If you want a longer use, get them sewn in, they might cause some breakage bc they basically "braid"/ "sewn" them on your scalp (like cornrows in a few spots). Like D1rty said it takes all day... i would take some tylenol before you go in, and keep up with it until you get use to them... (it hurts for a few days bc they are tight)
I would not get them glued in, what i have had, has been cheap, and not fun.
bonding is when they melt them in to your hair im pretty sure - this is what ruins your hair
nilli---> here's a salon in chi-town: http://www.philipjamessalon.com/33301/32001.html
i'd get the "tracks" sewn in if you can - if you're looking for "just for the day" look - just get them clipped in
I also donated 20 inches of my hair and I went and bought clamp in extensions from sally beauty supply. They were on sale for $80 and they are real human hair. I love them! They are sooooooo easy to put in and they stay allllll day! And because they are clip in they do not damage your hair like the other extensions do.
ok, another question. this will show how truly clueless i am.... where does this human hair they use come from? do people sell their hair or something? laugh away! hahaha
Once you find out what brand you want to buy you can research it to see where they get their hair.
ok so i dont know the "mainstream" terminology for weave/hair extensions...
i only know that my girlfriend used to "sew the tracks in"... meaning - she'd take the hair and in sections (left to right, not top to bottom) and sew in the hair...
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hmmm! i have them on clips they are great feel fantastic, i could not stand having them sewn or glued in i would end up crazy!
i've thought about the clips, but i'm a clutz and i think i'd look a little nutty. i'm just imaging them falling out and looking like a mess if i try them!
no, no, no trust me iam a cluts and pretty hopeless they will not be able to tell and the clip is a funky design it wont fall out unless it gets un cliped and it is tricky to un clip without trying! clips are great!!!!
I used two clip in extensions on my wedding day and it felt perfectly fine! Very comfy and they clip in securely so you don't have to worry about them falling out.
just make sure they're human hair. you can't curl the hair pieces unless they're human hair.
I have hair extensions and love it! I have one "row" of hair sewn in- kinda from ear to ear to give you the idea...
If you want them all the time then I would recommend this way. BUT if you want to where them when you want- then you want clip in. I would suggest staying away from the 'adhesive' ones altogether b/c they do way more damage to your hair! Mainly b/c of the procedure, as well as they are EVERYWHERE. You ar4 also more likely to actually see the piecy adhesive look as they grow out. If you get the one strand 'sewn' in it doesn't do that kind of damage- or really any at all. It takes them only an hour to do mine, very easy. They take them out, color and wash my hair, then re-put them back in. I do this about every 8 weeks.
On a side note, if you just want them for your wedding, many stylists have them for just the day of. I have wanted them all my life (even though I kinda had long hair) so I opted for the 'permanent' method. So I have them in 24/7, shower with them, etc.
IMO good extensions will cost you some $$$. On the other hand I have heard fellow PWers 'make' their own using beauty supply stores products. I just personally couldn't imagine doing this- probably b/c I feel I couldn't do it right??? I love the natural look extensions have, they blend right in and add a little depth, structure, length, etc.
You could also by the synthetic ones (some are actually great) but your own personal hair just has to be 'good enough' to blend with it or you may notice the difference quite easily. You will have to wear more shine/product and make it look healthier in general. But since there clip in it wouldn't be an every day thing anyway, you know?...
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!
- HMM :)
The first few days and showers I was trippin a little bit and nervous to ruin them- but it was fine! I bought a special brush thats better for them and shampoo and conditioner for them too. I love I can wear them up/ down/ flat ironed/ or curled- they are always a part of me. Actually since your hair is not so long you might get away with one row, but if you want an extra inch or so- they can do a second row underneath for added length. (Which can get you into more money- b/c everytime you go in- some places charge for 2 installations. So that adds up.
My friend has clip ins and LOVES them- they look great! Honestly Im just too lazy and rushed to put them in everyday. But she saves money b/c they last sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much longer AND you done have to pay fees every few weeks to re-put them in, you know? YOu just have to know yourself haha I know Im lazy :)
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