Which Extensions Are Best For Transitioning Hair ?

Transitioning to natural is such huge deal and sometimes a lot of work. With so many extensions methods on the scene now, its sometimes hard for women to know what is best for them and their hair. I always explain to women who desire to be natural that they need to know exactly what it is that they expect from their natural hair first. Do you desire to wear it straight, would you prefer to rock your natural curls, or both?

If you decide that you’d like to wear your hair in a straight state, I Tips or microlinks would be great because they blend flawlessly into your natural hair when the right texture is selected. This method allows you the ability to get to your scalp for treatments, save your edges from tension from braids, and to keep up with your natural hair while still giving you ” The Look!” If curly hair is more of what you desire you still have the ability to wear the links, or the tips and avoid heat by simply wearing your extensions in its natural curly state as well. Sew ins are also awesome because there is no need to apply heat to your hair with a closure or frontal. The less you manipulate your hair the better it does while its in a sew in, and when done properly, will always continue to be a staple style!

Every one of these styles has its benefits, and it really just boils down to preference. I strongly advise having a professional to provide these services who has been properly trained in these type of extension services to avoid tension and breakage, especially while the hair is already in a more fragile state from transitioning. Don’t forget the purpose of any extensions is to protect your hair and grow it out, so don’t forget your trims and treatments in between installs!!!

Difference Between Wigs

With so many options for wigs, it’s hard to determine which one is going to be best for you. So I’m going to give you the 411 on custom wigs, frontal laces and full lace units !

Wig In Units & Pieces

\I think it’s sometimes a little confusing to know exactly what it is that we actually want. To help, we are going to go over each option so that you can know what is best for you. Let’s go over the first one, which is my absolute favorite; custom units.

Custom Units

These custom units are exactly that ! They are custom made to fit your exact head size and style. When creating the unit you have the option to use either a closure of any size, or a frontal.

Closure pieces typically come in 4×4 or 5×5 inches. This allows you to be able to move your part wherever you’d like within that square inch space provided. When done correctly, closures can look as if they are coming directly from your scalp.

Frontals pieces are from ear to ear, and allow you to pull the hair into a high ponytail. It will also give you multiple parting areas and versatility in styling. These babies also give the illusion of hair coming directly from the scalp.

What’s so awesome about them both is that you get to replace that specific piece once the hair starts to shed overtime. They care either glueless or an adhesive Is applied for longer staying power.

Lacefront Wigs

Different from pieces, where some of your natural hair is still out, lacefronts cover everything.

Frontal Lace Wigs

Frontal lace wigs are hand tied, 13×4 inches and are less expensive than custom units or full lace wigs.The styling options allow you to part anywhere in the 13×4 inch section to create your styles. The longevity of this type of unit is anywhere from 6 month to a year. Once they are done they cannot be repaired. These have a very authentic and natural look due to the lace in the hairline. They are super easy to take on and off, making is convenient for women who love to change up their looks often.

Full Lace

These units are constructed from a lace cap that cover the whole head giving the most options when it comes to styling. These units can be pulled into high ponytails which gives a more natural look. The longevity is typically 6 months to a year and once the unit is done it cannot be repaired. The biggest con of a full lace unit is that they are a lot more expensive that any other wig units.

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I hope that this information will assist you in choosing the best option the best that suites your needs. Shop Jolorah & Co for all of your Burmese and Virgin bundles, Custom units, Full and frontal lace wigs.

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Hand Tied Wefts vs. Machine wefts

Before we talk about wefts, let me introduce this blog ! Aight, so boom. I’m a hair educator. These blogs are for stylists and others in the cosmetology industry who are looking to refine their skills through continuing education. A majority of the content, however, will be for other stylists who are looking to specialize in extensions.

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This first blog will cover one of the most basic things you need to know before offering extension services; the difference between hand-tied and machine wefts.

Hand-Tied Wefts

Hand tied wefts are a very thin weft or track. They’re made of 100% virgin human hair that is sewn together by hand to go around the head. Since they are so thin you can stack three to four pieces on one row. This adds more fullness depending on the clients density of their natural hair. Hand tied wefts are typically better for finer to medium density hair. Since they lay so flat to the scalp they are virtually undetectable.

Machine Wefts

Machine tied wefts are the same quality of hair, 100% virgin remy, made by a machine. They tend to be more full in density, and are great for clients who have more full, coarse hair. It is important to know which texture is best for your hair. Consulting with an extension specialist prior to purchasing your hair is best if you are unsure.

The Difference

The rise in popularity of hand-tied wefts instead of machine wefts has everyone discussing which is the best. One of my favorite methods of extensions to add instant length and volume to the hair is sew in wefts. This method uses small cylinders to safely secure the clients natural hair. Thread is used to sew the extensions to the clients natural hair that is secured by the cylinder.

This particular method last six to eight weeks before in-salon maintenance is required. The cylinder is opened and the dead hair shed is removed. Then, the cylinder is tightened back up, and your off for another six to eight weeks of beautiful hair. This hair can be shampooed, blown dry, and styled as you would your own hair. Using quality hair products, brushing regularly, and keeping up with you maintenance appointments will keep your extensions beautiful.

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