Extensions - who are they for? Extensions aren’t always used for length, in fact, they can be used for thickness, to help with ‘hair rehab’ to add lighter colours/variation into your hair. They can be used to blend in alopecia, hair loss, or breakage from over-styling, over colouring or both. My favourite and most recommended type of extensions are the single keratin bonds. I have used many many brands over my career and have landed on using SEAMLESS1. They are affordable, great quality and come in a huge range of colours. As little as 10 or 20 strands can make the world of difference when it comes to the visual appearance of your hair. Priced at $8 per strand. I usually recommend using 25 strands for filling out the ‘corners’ or creating a more structured base. 50 strands for thickness or adding lighter tones 100-150 strands for a full head, building a new shape or adding length. Keratin bonds
What are Keratin Bonds?
Keratin Bonds are a type of extension that is bonded into your hair. They are individual strands of hair attached to small sections of your hair. The bonds are attached using an ultra sonic fusion machine, therefore no heat is used that can potentially damage the hair. When applied correctly hair extensions are non-damaging.
The bond itself, is made of natural proteins similar to your hair and nails. This means it does not cause damage or irritation to your hair or scalp as it is a natural protein. They typically last around 4 months before having to be replaced. Due to the make up of the keratin bonds they can not be re-used once taken out.
How long do keratin bonds last and what is the maintenance?
Keratin Bonds last around 3-6 months depending on your hair type, texture and lifestyle. I recommend coming in every 6-8 weeks for a maintenance appointment where we can clean up any outgrown hair to ensure no knotting occurs.
Will Keratin Bonds damage my hair?
All hair extensions carry some risk of damage, however I would never recommend something that wouldn’t be kind to the hair, provided you take care of them. In fact, I usually recommend Keratin extensions for hair rehab as they are very gentle on the hair if applied correctly.
The key to ensuring no damage is to take good care of your extensions, brush them regularly, and follow all the guidelines provided to you in your aftercare guide.
Keratin bonds minimise damage is because they swell and contract when the hair is wet (it swells) and when it dries (it shrinks) They are super easy to maintain and mimic your hairs natural texture whether it be straight, wavy or curly and the reason why they are my preferred type.
This means less heat styling (= healthier hair)
With a Micro bead or anything metal or clamped around the hair, you can not get this same expand and contract movement, therefore the hair it is bonded to underneath the metal bond will wear down over time.
Are Keratin Bonds suitable for someone with fine hair?
Yes! Keratin bonds are perfect for anyone with fine hair. They are the least detectable method, meaning you can run your fingers through your hair,
They are also easy to tie in a ponytail and style half up – half down. Every application is personalised and customised to your needs.
Caring for your Hair Extensions
At bed time it is best to tie your hair back in a soft low ponytail, or into a plat to avoid tangling.
Sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase to allow your hair to move freely while you sleep, and prevent the outer layers of your hair from damage.
It is recommended that you brush your hair once or twice a day using a bristle brush which is specifically designed for these extensions. If you don’t have one, you can get one here.
Separate your applied strands using your fingers and slowly brush close to the scalp. Gently remove tangles from mid-strands to ends. Do not use a comb near the scalp area and the bonds.
Straightening irons, hot rollers and curling irons may be used on the hair extensions but try must keep them at least 3-4 cm away from the hair bonds to avoid them slipping.
Washing your hair:
To shampoo your hair, use sulphate free, extension safe shampoo and tilt your hair back and cleanse from the top of the head downward.
Condition your hair and brush through with your extensions brush to detangle from mid lengths to ends.
Dry your hair by wrapping it with a microfibre headwrap or a towel to remove moisture.
An old cotton t-shirt is also an effective and gentle way to remove excess moisture.
Make sure to dry the base area thoroughly to avoid bond breakdown.
If you are using a blow dryer, use medium to low heat and finish with a cool shot once the hair is completely dry.
Prior to swimming, wet the hair with water to prevent chlorine and salt water sticking to your hair. Immediately after swimming, shampoo and condition your hair to avoid any build up. Activities that result in a constant damp environment, especially swimming in sea water and chlorine, may lessen the longevity of your hair extensions. However, with extra care you can still live your best life with added fullness or length!