Hair Extensions 101


I previously did a post on hair extensions & since then I’ve received couple of emails asking me how I make mine. To be honest I don’t think I make my extensions any different than anyone else! But no matter which look I rock there are always some few little tricks that I do before & whilst wearing wefted hair extensions.

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Hair Quality

Buy the best hair that you can afford & guard your hair stockist with your life! This site is all about sharing information but I draw the line at revealing exactly where I get my hair extensions from. Now, some of you not familiar with buying hair extensions might think 'why, not share?' The reason is ...I'm scared of the band wagon effect.

Malaysian Body Wave Hair Extension Weft
4 oz Malaysian Bodywave
The Band Wagon effect is well known to extension buyers. This is when you reveal where you get your hair from everyone swamps your vendor, then the hair quality goes down & the price goes up. 

This is a major pain in the azz. So where I get my hair from is a closely guarded secret & 'no' I'm not friends with them on Twitter so its no point checking my friends list! Luckily for everyone though there is a multitude of places you can buy hair extensions from.

Double or triple your wefts!
Straight Hair Extension Weft & Clips
Straight Weft & Clip on's
I always make my own clip in hair extensions. Yes, I can afford to buy them ready made but the ready-made wefts are always too thin & due to my background in beauty I love doing creative 'things' with hair. Always have done & always will. This is not about money. Its a choice.

There are a few things I can’t do myself with hair & if I want that look or that haircut then I'll go to the hairdressers but more than likely there is nothing that I can’t learn through Google & Youtube.

When sewing my hair extensions before attaching the clips I sew 2 or 3 rows of wefts together for a fuller look. I use small or medium clips and space them approximately 2 inches apart. On a short width weft I use 2 clips but for a large weft that runs ear to ear I could have up to 5 or 6 clips on that weft – to make sure the weft stays taut.

Seal your wefts!

I buy this little product below from the states. I apply it in a thin line close to the weft end. This stops the hair shedding from the weft. It doesn't matter if you have your extensions done at the salon & bring your own hair/ your mate does your hair or you wear clip ins. This product really maximises the lifetime of your extensions & saves your carpet from looking 'furry'.

Fray Block, Sealing Hair Extension Wefts
Its all about Fray Block

You apply the Fray block on both sides & let it dry & cure for 5 days. So for 5 days do not get the hair wet. I do my extensions once I receive them & then just leave them to cure. If I then decide suddenly one day that I want to rock curly hair then I don’t have to wait for the hair to cure or wear the wefts without sealing them.

You can find Fray Block in the UK but this is a product that is more known in the States. I order it from whoever I can get my hands on & I order 2 at a time well in advance of needing it as it can take up to 14 working days to arrive if I need to order it from the USA.

Some people have dabbled in the dark art of a similar product Fray Check but I found it makes the hair go white.  You can mix some magical dyes in with Fray Check to stop this from happening but I’m too lazy to get involved in this foolishness.. eBay… Fray Block.. Paypal… done!

Caring for hair extensions

Herbal Essences, Hello Hydration
Hello Hydration
As I wear different types of hair extension I have a ton of different products that I use depending on the hair type & texture. But the general rule is that use Caucasian products for washing &  styling extensions like Herbal Essences & John Frieda. This is a tip I picked up along the way which I was doubtful at first when I heard it, but styling products aimed at a ethnic market seem to react badly with 'dead' hair & the hair either ends up looking dry or poofy.

Silicon Mix Conditioner
Dominica's Best Import
I embrace using Caucasian stying products but when conditioning I always use ethnic conditioners like Silicon Mix which are nice, thick & rich which leave the hair feeling just gorgeous.

Comb the conditioner through the hair with a wide tooth comb, place in a carrier bag & leave in a warm area - like a window sill for a couple of hours. After rinsing out the conditioner, pat dry & carefully comb out any tangles. Leave to dry with no heat on a flat surface.

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner
Curly Hair's Best Friend
If the extensions are curly or wavy after conditioning I comb through mousse & leave in conditioner. Lay the extensions on a flat surface & 'push' the curls up so when the curls dry they retain their shape & bounce.

Oooh baby... Your gonna look gorgeous!

Next time... dyeing hair extensions!!!

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  1. Hi Sarahukhair

    Thanks for the comment - glad you enjoyed the post :)


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