Hair extensions should always look natural and should never damage your hair if they have been applied correctly and professionally by an experienced, qualified technician. Hair extensions have been subjected to a great deal of negative media attention and have developed a poor reputation due to the growing number of technicians offering hair extensions without having had any formal training or experience, or by using a lesser standard method of application. There are also many people who choose to apply hair extensions themselves to their own hair.
There are three main reasons for damage caused from hair extensions:
Examples of poorly fitted hair extensions include:
Seeing many people wearing poor quality hair extensions, as well as hearing horror stories and being exposed to the wealth of negative press, has deterred some people from having hair extensions completely, because they have come to believe that this is what to expect from ALL hair extensions.
Obviously type of application plays a huge part in determining the safety of your hair and the overall appearance of the extensions. In addition, you should not confuse yourself between hair extensions that have been applied by a skilled, experienced professional with those applied by an inexperienced or unqualified technician, or for that matter with applying them yourself. It takes time, precision, dedication and a great deal of skill to become an expert, with advanced knowledge and understanding of weights, balance, placement, colours, blending, hair types, hair growth, and an exceptional eye for detail as well as a flair for creativity.
Applying professional hair extensions correctly takes several hours but some technicians simply become lazy and find ways to make the process quicker and easier, either by adopting alternative methods of application or finding shortcuts. For example, some technicians who apply bonded hair extensions apply much larger bonds and thicker strands for each individual extension. This will complete the application much quicker, but when hair extensions are applied like this, the strands tend to separate into chunky solid pieces, preventing them from blending with the natural hair, and more importantly, the heavy strands will overload the hair with too much weight subsequently resulting in damage to the natural hair.
Doing plenty of research is always highly recommended before choosing to have hair extensions fitted. Do not be afraid to ask to see photographs of previous work and certificates of training and qualifications.