Hair extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years as an easy way to transform your look through added length, thickness, or an all-new color. While extensions may seem like a magic solution, proper care is required to keep them looking naturally stunning for months. In this in-depth guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about choosing, applying, and caring for hair extensions like a pro.
Types of Extensions
There are two main types of extensions offered at Joanne Hairdressing – stick/microbead and tape-in extensions. Stick/microbead extensions involve attaching small beads or tubes onto hair strands section by section using a specialized tool, without heat or adhesive. This method takes 2-3 hours but results in virtually undetectable extensions that can last 6-12 months with care.
Tape-in extensions involve attaching wefts of hair to the strands using thin bonding tape and processing solution. Tape-ins require only 1 hour of application time yet lay completely flat against the scalp. Both techniques cause little to no damage when applied properly by an experienced stylist. Let’s break down the application process step-by-step.
Consultation and Matching
The first step is a consultation with your stylist to determine your goals for length, fullness, and preferred styles. They’ll examine your natural color, texture, and any related hair concerns. An extensive swatch book holds over 20 shades to find your ideal match. Custom coloring is also available for unique tones.
Preparation and Sectioning
Thorough preparation is key. One week before applying, switch to moisturizing shampoo/conditioner without sulfates or silicone buildup. Three days prior, clarify to remove product residue. On application day, shampoo normally but skip conditioner, leaving hair porous. Then section hair 1/2 inch wide from nape to crown for layered placement.
Stick/microbead extensions involve gently backcombing each section for volume before clamping on tiny multidirectional beads. Tape-ins spread bonding solution along horizontal parts, sandwiching your strands between two wefts of hair adhesively bonded together. Both techniques blend seamlessly when done properly.
Styling and Finishing
Once fully applied, the stylist will blow dry with round and paddle brushes to smooth your hair. A volumizing spray finishes the look. Practicing styles like braids, buns, and half-up ‘dos helps integrate the extensions. Ensure bonds don’t slip by avoiding excessive brushing or tension near the roots.
Return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance on tape-ins as bonding slowly weakens. Stick/microbead users need touch-ups every 6-8 weeks. In between, co-wash 1-2x weekly and air dry standing to maintain integrity. Sulfate-free products prevent stripping. Toss in deep conditioning weekly and protect from heat tools when needed.
Proper Care Extends Longevity
With diligent self-care, extensions can flourish for 6-12 months. Maintenance helps prevent damage to natural hair over time. Heed your stylist’s guidance customized for your hair type and goals. Extensions offer low-commitment versatility to play with new lengths and colors – now you have the fundamentals to strut your gorgeous mane with confidence for seasons to come.