The top four common hair extension mistakes...
1. Selecting The Wrong Method of Hair Extensions!
We are unique and so is our hair. One method of hair extensions... isn't the answer for everyone. By having the wrong method of hair extensions you will notice density issues, which signals the brain to say WTF?! Wrong density = a disconnect in your hair and the hair extension.
The blend won't be there. From a distance, your hair will look like you have "extensions". So much goes into selecting the right texture, method, and color.
Selecting the wrong method can also lead to tension and traction OVERLOAD. This tension and traction can lead to damaging your natural hair. In lamens terms, the weight distribution is off and your natural hair is literally weighed down by hair that doesn't resemble its natural state. If I am sounding too technical, then that's actually a good thing.
2. Issues With Color Matching.
Hair Extensions are typically colored with textile dyes. It's vital that you have more than one solid color of extensions being that most of us have more than one color living in our hair. Color matching isn't done "just" at the root area. Color matching should be done matching the ends of your hair, which is usually lighter. I suggest always choosing at least 2 colors and if you can a third.
If you can't find the perfect color, matching lighter will only isolate the color which isn't the goal.
TIP: If you can't find the perfect match, go darker!
Let's face it, the market is saturated with sh*t hair! Low quality, "cheap" hair can actually be "ok"... but never "amazing". I can admit that there is great science out there that coats the outside of the hair shaft, thereby, offering hair extensions at a cheaper price. But that hair never lays like our natural hair, it air dries like "straw"... you'll always have to use a flat iron or curling iron to make it "blend"... if this sounds familiar to you, then you've probably had extensions in the past. ;)
I like to source hair extensions from small supply houses that carry hair from Cambodia, India, Russia, and other parts of Europe. By offering this to my clients, I am able to match the texture closest to their own hair.
The cut seals the deal and if it's done right it can be such a surreal moment. I prefer to cut with a razor but I"ve seen others do the same with shears. Blending and cutting add lift and bounce in both the natural and hair extension. This can only be done by slide cutting with a feather razor or scissors.
TIP: Never cut a blunt line. If you're using shears, point cut the perimeter. A razor, slide cut.
*Many of my clients get very nervous when the cutting begins. But it's essential for the blend. Be sure to explain this to your client during the consultation process