Hair Extensions 101
Pros & Cons of Hair Extensions
If you’ve ever envied a celebrity’s thick mane, you’ve most likely been lusting after their hair extensions. Below we’ll run though some pros and cons of for purchasing hair extensions.
Without doubt, hair extensions can be used to add length, but they can also add fullness and volume. If you wish to create a new look with a particular hair style but feel you don’t have the length or body, hair extensions will provide it. Additionally, you will be able to add highlights, lowlights, or even create a balayage with the use of extensions in a colour different to your own.
It’s extremely important to have them inserted by a professional, or in the case of clip-ins, learn how to insert them properly. If not, you run the risk of them being too tight, too heavy, unevenly placed and essentially uncomfortable.
Types of Extensions
There are various types of extensions available for all purposes. Clip-ins are a great option for special occasions, certain hair types, or for those who want the ability to change their style up day-to-day. Chilli Couture does not sell pre-made clip-ins – we personally create clip-ins for each individual client from weft hair to suit their natural hair perfectly. You can also come in to have pre-made clip-ins shaped and colour-matched so that they blend seamlessly into your natural hair. We can then show you how to install them properly to promote the least stress on your scalp.
Synthetic hair is an option as it’s cheaper than human hair, however, the downside is that they don’t last as long, can’t be straightened or curled and cannot be coloured. Human hair is the most sort after as it looks the most natural and presents qualities that simply cannot be matched by synthetic hair. Be careful to choose the right weighting for your hair type to avoid damage. Roughly 5 clips of 80g-160g is ideal for fine hair, while around 9 clips of 150g-300g is ideal for medium to thick hair types. Chilli Couture offers free consultations in our Perth hair salon to help assist in these decisions.
Chilli Couture uses two different types of hair extensions. These are the Weft Hair Extensions and Hair Tape Extensions. They are both gentle methods of extensions which minimise damage to your own hair. Chilli also specialises in hair loss and hair replacement procedures for women who experience hair thinning or alopecia.
- The Braided Weave: This is done by stitching extensions onto pre-braided side cornrows. The weave is becoming one of the most popular styles of hair extension as it allows shorter hair to grow. This technique lasts 8 weeks before needing to be tightened.
- Microlink No Braid Sew In: Includes a combination of braided cornrows and micro bead clasps for fine to medium hair. These need to be tightened every 4-6 weeks.
- No Braid Sew In: A similar technique to the Braided Weave where there is no cornrow, the weft is stitched straight onto hand knotted hair growing from the scalp. Perfect for people who have fine short hair. Will need to be tightened every 4 weeks.
Chilli supplies the following hair types for weaves: Slavic/Ukranian, Russian, Brazilian, Malaysian/Peruvian, Asian/Indian Remy.
Weaves and tape are the least damaging to your natural hair. The hair tape is flat and see-through making it easy to blend in. This is done by placing two tape wefts together with a small amount of natural hair in-between. They last 4-6 weeks and are comfortable, easy to care for and simple to re-apply. Tape extensions are not recommended for extremely thick, oily hair types or if you swim or sauna regularly.
Chilli Couture supplies the following hair types for tape extensions: Russian, Brazilian, and Asian/Indian Remy.
Why Choose Chilli Couture?
An award-winning salon which dedicates itself to customer service, high quality, and the environment, Chilli Couture Pure Hair Indulgence is one of Perth’s most loved boutique salons. Chilli will colour match hair extensions to blend in with your natural hair colour flawlessly, make custom hand-made wefts and can even re-use hair from your pre-existing extensions to create an entirely different extension-type! For example, if you currently have tape extensions, but are interested in getting a weave, your tapes won’t become useless- Chilli can create you a weave using those old extensions! Chilli also has an environmental conscience – we are the only member of Sustainable Salons in WA. As a member we rescue up to 95% of salon resources from landfill and find re-purposing solutions that benefit the environment and give back to the community.
There is much to learn about hair extensions, and the options can feel a little overwhelming to anyone considering them for the first time. However, with all the information available, this fear shouldn’t hold you back from attaining the long, luscious locks of your dreams! Chilli Couture provides free consultations for anyone interested in hair extensions and will ensure you walk out confident and with the right style for your hair type.
Learn more about our hair extensions and prices here.