So LongJuly 1, 2008 By: Rachel Aguiar American Salon
With so many advances in hair extensions, there's no need for lengthy debate about whether or not to offer the service.
There are more than 81 haircolor options in three textures: straight, wavy and curly. SO.CAP.USA also offers clip-in extensions, wigs and hair wefts, according to President Ron Cardillo Sr. Education is available for both the warm- and cold-fusion techniques.
Scientists at Cinderella Hair have developed an organic protein-bonding agent for their 100-percent human Remi hair. The bond is flexible, which gives a natural-looking extension, removes easily, will not burn or stick to your fingers when you roll it, and bonds at a low temperature to protect hair. "Because the bonds don't need much heat, stylists can choose the heat that's best for their clients," says Irvin Krauledis, director of education.
Extensions come in bundles of 25 strands of hair in a wide variety of colors, textures and styles. Krauledis estimates that you would need five to eight bundles of hair to give the average client a full head of extensions. However, Krauledis points out that it's not always necessary to do a whole head of extensions. "Something that has become very popular is doing highlights and lowlights," he says. "So you would only need one bundle rather than seven or eight."
Sobeautyfull distributes Button/Willow extensions with U-shaped bonds for fusion application, as well as I-tips for micro-link application. The U-shaped bond is shaped like a small fingernail and can be applied effectively with the personalized bonding iron, as well as many other standardized irons. The I-tip bonds are pressed into place using specialized micro-link pliers. This technique allows for a more flexible application and removal method, so that hair can be reapplied several times.
Starter kits are available that offer hair, all the necessary tools and educational DVDs. The company also offers classes and certification across the continental United States.
There are a variety of different methods, services and products to choose from at His & Her Hair Goods. All hair is 100-percent human hair and available in four different types: Regular; 50- or 100-percent Italian Mink, which is softer, finer and lasts longer than Regular; and His & Her Cuticle, which has all of the cuticles removed to prevent tangling and help the extensions last longer.
The company sells products for a variety of methods, including weaving, braiding, fusion, bonding, U-tip and I-tip. Extensions are available in a multitude of colors in both human and synthetic hair. Clip-in extensions are also available.
Short2Long from the National Hair Center doesn't use a weave or any heat, glue, chemicals, wax or polymers, but rather a simple application method using soft crimping links.
Extensions are applied away from hairlines for natural volume and can be permed, colored, highlighted and styled like natural hair. The Short2Long extensions are also reusable. Training and starter kits are available.
None of the seven different hair extension methods available from Lisha Coleman require glue, braids or cornrows. Instead, Coleman uses various methods of attaching the extensions, including unique sewing techniques and micro-linking. The company also offers educational DVDs and videos through its Web site, as well as five-day training seminars in Houston and Los Angeles.
All of the 100-percent human hair extensions from Super Hair Factory are handpicked strand-by-strand to ensure that all cuticles are aligned in the same direction so no tangling occurs. The company estimates that you will need six to eight ounces of its hair extensions to do a full head. Visit the company's Web site to purchase an instructional video or find information about its one-day training seminar.
A less costly solution for clients who may want to try extensions without spending an arm or a leg is offered by Simplicity Hair Extensions. The extensions use a specialized liner tape that you can attach to your clients' hair in a simple three-step process that takes only 30 minutes. Simplicity uses only 100-percent human hair and comes in a variety of colors and textures, which are carefully selected to match the client's own color, highlights and texture. The company offers training and lists workshop dates on its Web site.