==== ====Permanent, Non-Damaging Hair Extensions For The Same Price As Clip Ins???www.honeylocks.com==== ====As you glance across virtually every print medium such as newspapers, magazines and catalogs,there seems to be one thing in common as far as hair cut styles is concerned. The long hair cutstyle is everywhere. So what are you supposed to do if you dont have long hair and you reallywant the long hair cut style? Well, lets see, human hair grows about ½" permonth, so if your hair is at ear level, that would be almost two years to wait for that hair cascadingdown your back look. And of course by the time you grow your hair out, the short hair cut stylewill be in."Dont limit yourself to just adding length to your hair. Hair extensions offer a simple solution tofine hair and can add a little pizzazz to thick, curly or wavy hair in any color or style."Rod SicklerOwnerImages by Rod & CompanyRantoul, IllinoisIn todays society, two-year waits are OUT and immediate results are IN. The beauty industryrecognized the demand for instant long natural looking hair and thus todays hottest trend wasborn--Human Hair Extensions. Hair extensions are not only for lengthening your hair, according toRod Sickler, owner of Images by Rod & Company and Sexy Hair Concepts Artistic TeamMember."Any hair type can support hair extensions", says Sickler. Sickler makes hair extensions easy bycreating cutting-edge hair styles for his clients. Some examples include sleek and straight hair,vivacious ringlets and striking color enhancements with the use of different highlighted andlowlighted hair extensions. He describes the hair extension process as very painstaking andchallenging as it requires many hours and various techniques to complete. The rewards are manyas he is able to re-invent hair, tweak techniques and fulfill his clients needs.One of Sicklers hair extension clients, Holly Leach of Rantoul, Illinois, says she wanted to get hairextensions because she was ready for a change and wanted Sickler to re-invent her look byadding thickness and length to her thinning hair with European Hair Extensions. She wasabsolutely amazed at the results. "I came into the salon (Images by Rod & Company)looking one way, and came out looking totally different", says, Leach. Leach has had her hairextensions for about 5 months now, with absolutely no issues and no complaints. She maintainsthe hair extensions with non-soy based conditioning shampoo and moisturizers from Sexy Hair
Concepts, and uses hair dryers and curling irons with no problems. Leach concludes,"HairExtensions are worth the time and money, when you can get fabulous-looking long hair instantly"."Hair extensions are a huge self-esteem booster because they give women the opportunity to getthe long hair style look without the wait"Guinevere WerrManager, The Spa East Bank Club, Chicago, IllSome women are concerned or have heard that hair extensions can cause damage to their naturalhair, or even loss of hair. Guinevere Werr, Manager of The Spa at the East Bank Club in Chicago,Ill, says the fusion application method Sickler uses from So.Cap., an Italian company, does notcreate any damage to the natural hair since it is applied ¼" from the scalp and not directlyon the scalp. Werr assisted Sickler with applying brown hair extensions with some highlightextensions to her sisters hair. She adds that Sicklers hair extension clients have lost almost nohair extensions and have had very little maintenance issues.So where do you start if you are thinking of getting hair extensions? You must research thedifferent types of hair used for hair extensions, the different types of attachment methods, the hairstylists education and training, any maintenance schedules and of course the cost.There are a lot of different types of hair that are used for hair extensions. There is human hair andsynthetic hair. Synthetic hair is used to add the high fashion colors, such as pinks and blues.Generally speaking, if you are going for the natural, it grew out of my head, look you should gowith human hair. Human hair comes in many different textures and grades. The human hairmust be strong and healthy to produce extensions that will last and wear without tangling ordrying. European human hair is well- known as quality human hair used for extensions.There are three basic techniques to attach the hair. They are fusion or strand by strand, weavingand bonding. There are many variations to these techniques and they are sometimes called bydifferent names.Fusion/strand by strand: This process is done strand by strand in small sections using heatedadhesive sticks or glue specifically made for hair extensions. Extension hair is added directly toyour own hair. Sickler uses the fusion method from the Italian company So.Cap. Hair is attachedabout ¼ "from your scalp and looks totally natural. Sickler comments, "No one can visuallysee that you have hair extensions. Its up to you if you want everyone to know".Weaving is a process where a corn row or track is created around the head and close to the scalp.Extension hair is sewn on the tracks. Your own hair lies over the tracks for a natural look. Bondingis a process where bonding glue is applied onto the weft of the extension hair and then applied atthe root of your hair. A weft is horizontal hair strands attached together at the top of verticallyflowing hair strands. Wefts can be machine-made or handmade.There are some disadvantages to each of these methods. Sometimes if the hair extensionapplication method is not done properly, the hair extensions will simply fall out, or cause damageto your natural hair. Also, with additional pressure to your scalp from the weight of the heavyextensions, there could be some thinning of your natural hair and/or headaches as you adapt to
the new weight. There have been some reports of allergies to the chemicals that are used. Youshould discuss the disadvantages of hair extensions thoroughly with your hair stylist so that thereare no surprises.The hair extension training and education your hair stylist has received is very important to thesuccess of their work. Sickler received his hair extension training from renowned expert, JosephAccola, and he keeps up-do-date on techniques by attending beauty shows across Europe wherehair extensions are more popular than in the U.S. "Hair extension education and training areparamount to successful hair extensions for any hair stylist", says Sickler. If you are looking for ahair stylist to do hair extensions and they dont have the proper training, you could be verydisappointed with the results.After you have your hair extensions in place, you will need to schedule regular maintenance visitsto check your extensions. How often you need to go back will depend on the type of hair and themethod of attachment that was used. As your hair grows out, some of the hair extensions willneed to be removed and replaced or touched up.On a day-to-day basis you should treat your human hair extensions as you would long hair.Brush, shampoo, condition and moisturize on a regular basis. Some hair stylists will recommendspecific high-quality hair care products to use with your extensions. You can also use hair dryers,flat irons, curling irons on most types of human hair extensions. Color treatments can be done onthe hair extensions, but you should consult with your hair stylist before considering this. Monthlycolor touch-ups to your roots will not be a problem, as the hair extensions will not be touched.Although it doesnt hurt physically to get hair extensions, it may hurt you financially. There really isno way around this factor. To get good hair extensions on your whole head, you will need qualityhuman hair, an experienced hair stylist, at least one assistant and about 6-8 hours of time. Theticket price can vary from $150-$2000 depending on what you are having done. Adding a fewhighlights or lowlight hair extensions can be quite less as the time and amount of hair needed isless.In short, here are ten tips to follow after you have decided you want to get hair extensions andhave selected a beauty salon. To find beauty salons that do hair extensions, you can look in theyellow pages or search online. The beauty salon directory at http://www.hairresources.com willallow you to search for hair extensions in your City, State.1.After selecting a salon, schedule an initial consultation to discuss what you would like to havedone and any concerns that you have.2. Ask about what hair extension experience your hair stylist has and where they received theirtraining.3. Make sure the hair stylist listens and understands your needs and concerns. Does he/shecommunicate well with you?4. The hair stylist should ask you about your lifestyle, health, hobbies and your normal hair routine5. An analysis of your scalp and hair should be done at the initial consultation to make sure yourhair is in a condition for successful hair extensions.
6. Ask to see before and after photos of hair extension clients7. Ask for references and be sure to call them8. Ask how often the average client needs to replace the hair. This is very important foranticipating future costs9. Get a written estimate for your hair extensions with an itemized list of the services required toachieve your new look10.Get a written maintenance plan. Plan should include recommendations for products, groomingtools, follow-up appointments and any special instructions.Hair extensions have many advantages and several disadvantages that should be addressed, butif you want to create an instant long hair style, human hair extensions are the way to goPerriann Rodriguez is the founder of http://www.hairresources.com andhttp://www.hairresources.net She is listed in the 2004 Whos Who of Business and MarketingProfessionals and U.S. Registry of American Writers. She is the author of the Ebook: 2005sMost Popular Hair Extensions, available at http://www.hairresources.net, and over 100 featurearticles.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Perriann_Rodriguez==== ====Permanent, Non-Damaging Hair Extensions For The Same Price As Clip Ins???www.honeylocks.com==== ====