Like the controversy of dreadlocks, there is some speculation as to whether using somebody else’s hair is morally or ethically right. Some think that human hair extensions and wigs should only be worn by those whose hair has been traumatized by illness, medicine or misfortune. Others believe not to re-use human hair at all. After all, the quality of synthetic hair has come a long way. Why not use it? Well for starters, loose synthetic hair used for adding length looks fake, feels fake and will inevitably tangle. Nevertheless, synthetic hair does have its advantages. It is excellent for braiding, dreading and even hiliting in small quantities.
Likewise there are dozens of methods to apply extensions. There are hot glues, cold glues, acrylic bonds, polymer bonds, silicone bonds, locs, braiding, weaving and netting just to name a few.
Knot Just Dreads offers traditional weft extensions as a safe and economical method to hair extensions. This method is not for everyone and this is also why you need to do your¬†research.
Factor in your initial cost with your maintenance costs. Just because one method says it will last six months doesn’t mean it will save you money in the long run. If you want to wear your extensions for a long period of time, you need to consider the quality of hair as well as the convenience of the service. Some methods require you to sit in a salon for hours and hours every time you maintain your extensions. Some methods have strict policies about who practices their technique ensuring that only their patented hair is used in the process. All of these methods work, but which one works for you?
Natural Weft Extensions
Great looking hair
$200 for first 3 tracks
$40 per additional track
+ cost of hair
20- 30 minutes per track.
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Human hair extensions come in a large assortment of colour, texture and quality. Cheap extension hair is often stripped of the natural cuticle and sealed with a layer of silicone. The majority of human hair is naturally dark before the colour is lifted and replaced with fabric dye to create various hair colours. The higher the quality of hair the less chemically treated it is.
Quite literally you can purchase human hair for as little as $35 all the way up to $500 or more. Typically you get what you pay for.
There are dozens of companies who supply a good to great quality hair for an affordable, but not inexpensive price. If you feel confident to purchase your own hair, please browse my choice of links for where to purchase human hair.
Regular weft maintenance prevents tangles.
$50 per track
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If your goal is to wear extensions for a long period of time, you will inevitably need maintenance about every 6-12 weeks. The longer you wait between maintenance, the more your hair will tangle at the root. This happens because every day you accumulate shed hair that is getting stuck in the extensions. This is normal and happens with all hair extensions.
As the weeks pass between maintenance services, the tracks slowly grow away from the scalp causing the wefts to hang loose from the head. They will never completely fall off or slip out the way strand-by-strand extensions often can.
The thread used to sew the weft is removed with a stitch ripper and the track is un-braided. The shed hair is combed out, the tracks are re-braided and the wefts are sewn back into the exact same position. Each track takes 20-30 minutes to complete.
Weft maintenance is quick, affordable and safe to repeat for years and years.
When you are finally ready to say goodbye to weft extensions, there is no charge to remove them. It is factored into the cost when you have them put in. After all, putting them in is only half the service.
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Synthetic hair is most commonly known for braiding and braid extensions. The kinky texture of the synthetic hair actually makes the smoothest braid. So what about silky synthetic hair?
In recent years, the quality of synthetic hair has improved by leaps and bounds. There are multiple textures and hundreds of colours to choose from. High quality synthetic hair is great for fake dreads and hiliting effects.
Synthetic hilites are fast, fun and inexpensive. They are attached with a tiny pinch braid and secured with a string and often last in the hair until they are removed. They are great for those who change their hair as often as they change their mind. Little girls love them because they‚Äôre fun. Mom‚Äôs love them because they‚Äôre a perfect alternative to hair dye.