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Hair Extensions: FAQs

Who Can Get Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions can help just about anyone achieve their desired look. Extensions can improve confidence and make an array of new, creative styles possible. Clip-in hair extensions are safe for men and women with all hair types. Those experiencing hair loss or other scalp-related conditions should schedule a consultation with a hair restoration and replacement service before purchasing hair extensions in order to determine the best, most effective, and safest option.

What Are Extensions Made Of?

Hair extensions are generally either made of real human hair or synthetic hair. Human hair provides the most authentic and natural look and feel. It is also easiest to style like you would your natural hair. They are usually a bit more of an investment, but they last longer than synthetic options with proper care. Synthetic hair is more affordable and easy to wear with little styling, but lacks the fully natural look of human hair.

UltraTress Extensions

UltraTress Remy human hair extensions are applied in-salon by hair replacement professionals. They are available in a wide range of natural colors and growth patterns and can be applied via various methods. UltraTress human hair extensions provide a vibrant, natural look that lasts.

How Long Does My Hair Need to Be?

6-7 inches long is best for natural blending. For tape-in extensions, it only needs to be about 3 inches long. Polymer hair extensions only require about 1-2 inches of length. Other factors, like thickness and condition, also affect this, so it is important to consult with a hair extensions service before choosing a set of extensions.

Which Method Should I Choose?

There are a variety of different hair extensions methods available. Factors to consider include lifestyle, hair health, condition, length, and ultimately, the amount of maintenance and time you want to invest. Some popular methods of hair extension include:

  • Tape-in – Tape-in extensions are attached to segments of hair via two-inch thick double-sided keratin tape. Your stylist can secure them by placing the tape between strands of natural hair.
  • Clip-In – The fastest and most affordable choice, clip-in extensions are held together with toupee-like clips. You can tease your hair with a comb for better grip and apply them easily.
  • Polymer – The longest-lasting and more durable method, polymer-bonding extensions involves melting a plastic keratin bond around natural stands. This method result sin minimal trauma to existing hair and a lot of versatility and flexibility when it comes to styling.

What’s the Difference Between Human and Synthetic Hair?

The main difference between human and synthetic hair is fiber. Synthetic hair holds style after washing, while human hair needs to be re-styled, like the hair on your head. Human hair tends to last longer than synthetic when cared for properly.

How Long Does It Take to Apply Extensions?

Depending on which method you choose, it can take 10 minutes or up to 20 hours. You can apply clip-in extensions at home, while longer-lasting methods require longer appointments to fully build out the extensions. The amount of hair you are having applied also affects the length of the appointment.

What Color/Texture Should I Choose?

It is generally best to select a texture similar to that of your natural hair. You want your extensions to blend in for a seamless look. Color-matching can be difficult, so it is best to enlist the assistance of a hair extensions service. If you color-treat your hair, you can have human hair extensions colored to match your existing hair. You can best identify your hair color from the tip to the middle of the strand.

How Do I Wash My Extensions?

Hair extensions that are not attached via polymer bonds do not receive natural oils from the scalp at the same rate as natural hair, so they do not need to be washed as frequently. You can wash your human hair extensions with the same products you use on the rest of your hair. It’s best to use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Avoid washing your hair upside down, as you might in a sink. Wash the hair from top to bottom and always wash immediately after swimming.

Can I Use Heating Tools?

It is safe to use heating tools on natural human hair extensions. However, heating tools can damage hair, so make sure to use heat protectant and leave-in conditioner to help the hair stay soft and healthy. If you can, use a wand rather than a curling iron, as it takes less time to style and is therefore less damaging. Bonded extensions detach sometimes if left wet, so blow-drying can actually be helpful in increasing the longevity of your human hair extensions.

Will Extensions Damage My Natural Hair?

Properly-applied extensions will not damage natural hair. It is important to maintain and care for them according to your stylist’s instructions. You should invest in a good hairbrush with balls on the end of the bristles, keep hair brushed and make sure not to pull roughly at tangles. Brush from bottom to top, working your way up while holding the top part to avoid shedding or stretching. If you have clip-in extensions, take them out to brush them thoroughly. If you are concerned about damaging your natural hair, you should visit your stylist and ask their opinion.

How Long Will My Extensions Last?

Human hair extensions tend to last longer than synthetic. However, proper care plays a major role in the extension lifecycle. Well-applied extensions can last for months, and clip-in can last even longer, depending on frequency of use.

Contact Us

If you are interested in hair extensions, call Eldorado at (410) 343-4680 to discuss your options and schedule a hair analysis at our Baltimore hair restoration center. We work with all hair lengths, conditions, and types to find the perfect hair extension options for each and every one of our clients. Contact us today.