11 Aug My Hair Extension Texture 10-Point System
This Friday afternoon I’m taking you through a time warp—we’re all back in high school with our high school hair styles. Did you cringe a little? If we were suddenly all stuck with our high school hair, we would probably all be mortified. Especially those of us who had no clue how to deal with the texture of our hair.
Yup, that’s me!
I completely despised my hair texture in my teenage years, BUT it has come to be one of the things I love most about my hair now. I have always had a very unique hair texture that required a lot of patience to work with. I have very coarse, thick hair that has immense frizz potential along with tons of sporadic curls. It’s a lot.
That said, I can now say with full confidence that I completely appreciate and love my unique texture, and because of my personal experience have been able to help other women who face not knowing what to do with their own hair struggles.
This hair experience has also given me a unique perspective on hair extensions, and how I choose to blend and match extensions in my guests’ hair. One of the key ingredients for a super successful blend inside the art of extensions is not only making sure to match the color and cut, but to also pay special attention to what makes that person’s hair unique within their texture.
You want the hair extensions to move as if they were your own hair. That means when it’s humid outside and your hair starts to frizz, your extensions can’t just be hanging limp down your back. You need for them to respond just as your natural hair would. Check out how I prep my NBR Extensions and how I use them to create volume.
I am a stickler for making sure that my 10 point check system is completed before moving forward into offering any guest of mine hair extensions.
If you’ve been reading this blog or following my insta for even a few weeks, you’ve probably begun to gather that there’s a lot more to extensions than just adding hair to someone’s head. In fact, there are a ton of details and nuances to consider to ensure the extensions look natural and seamless.
My 10 point checklist covers all of these details to ensure every guest that sits in my chair not only has a beautiful new look, but the full knowledge to care for their hair and accurate expectations for the whole process. Expectations is actually the first point on my list. Hair extensions require care, attention to detail, and commitment to a maintenace schedule.
Having a clear understanding of what is (and isn’t possible) with extensions, along with the many other factors involved such as maintenance and care requirements sets the client up for the best possible extension experience.
All semi-permanent extension methods require maintenance at intervals between 4-8 weeks to maintain the quality of the extension hair along with the health of the natural hair. Different lifestyles (i.e. very active, various professions, etc) also play a role in the extension method choice.
3. Natural Hair Challenges
If your hair is prone to frizz, breakage, excessive shedding, or other possible challenges, it can play a role in which method will work best for you, along with whether or not extensions will even be a good fit. Discussing these challenges up front can avoid possible issues such as an extension method that will place too much stress on your hair, etc.
Each method has its own pros and cons, and not all methods are a good fit for all hair types, textures, or needs. Having an understanding of all the other factors within the 10 point list helps determine which method will be the best fit for each person.
Extensions can be straight, wavy, or curly, but not all methods/lengths/colors come in every hair texture. Matching the texture of the extensions to your natural texture is important in achieving a seamless blend between the extension hair and natural hair.
Some women may just need a small amount of extensions to add a little bit of volume, or to fill in skinny ends, while others may need significantly more hair to achieve a seamless look. The density of your natural hair will be a factor in how much extension hair is needed, and may determine what’s possible in terms of coverage for problem areas (such as thinning areas, etc).
This step is extremely important for achieving a seamless blend. The extension hair can be customized through color, blending cut, and texture (perm or smoothing treatements). Particularly for custom color blends, the customization of the extensions is unique to each individual and is vital for a beautiful end result.
Your current haircut can impact what’s possible with extensions. The length, if it’s a blunt cut versus layered, and other details can impact the placement of extensions, the blending of the extension hair with your natural, and even which method will be best for you.
Making sure your hair color is at a place that you are completely happy with BEFORE adding extensions is absolutely vital. The extension hair is color matched to your hair color, and custom ordered (sometimes even custom colored) just for you, so we always ensure we’re working with a color that you love before beginning the extension process.
Extensions require a different level of care than natural hair, and it’s important to be aware of the various aspects of extension care before receiving your first set of extensions. Extension bonds for almost all methods must be dried after washing, which means blow drying your hair after every wash (no air drying). Brushing must be done cautiously, and with attention to the attachment method of the extensions whether linked, bonded, taped or sewn. Certain shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are not “extension safe” and should not be used while you have extensions. These care requirements along with others are always reviewed before committing to becoming an extension client.
At the beginning of this post, I talked to you about my unique hair texture. When deciding to add extensions to my own hair, I knew I would need to create a custom set to match my unique texture and color. Even though I rarely wear my hair in its natural curl pattern, I ordered my extensions curly to match my natural hair.
Extension hair does not come in the copper color of my natural hair, so I also had to order blonde extensions to custom color. Living in North Carolina means humidity is inevitable, so now when I am outside in the summer heat and my natural hair starts to frizz and curl, my extension hair will do the same. The seamless blend goes beyond just how it looks when beautifully styled at the end of the service, into your lifestyle and the actual reality of hair.
I hope I’ve given you all a little bit of insight into the complexity of extensions, and also hopefully the inspiration to love your hair texture no matter what it may be.