Hair extensions are a popular beauty accessory that can add length, volume, and even color to a person's natural hair. They come in a variety of lengths, textures, and colors to match any hair type. Hair extensions are commonly used by individuals who want to add length and fullness to their hair, but do not want to wait months or years for their natural hair to grow. They are also used by people who have thin or damaged hair and want to improve its appearance. Hair extensions can be attached to the natural hair using different methods, including I-tips, tape-ins, sew-ins, and keratin. With proper care and maintenance, hair extensions can last several months and provide a beautiful and effortless hair transformation.
Beaded weft hair extensions are created with real human hair which is sewn (either by hand or by machine) on to a horizontal strip, or “weft.” The stylists here at Riot Salon then “sew” these strips into the natural hair by attaching very small portions of the extension’s strands with small pieces of the natural strands and securing it with a bead at the roots.
The process is fairly painless, and normally does not take more than an hour. Once the weft hair extensions are in place, they can last up to a year before being taken out. Although, depending on how quickly your hair grows, the extensions will need to be moved up every 6-8 weeks.
While this method has certainly evolved over time, K-Tip extensions use small keratin bonds that are melted, shaped, and reformed around the hair to create a sturdy, long-lasting connection. A distinct benefit is that, while they are harder to remove, they require less overall maintenance than other methods.
Tape In Extensions
Tape-in extensions are wefts, rather than individual strands, that use an adhesive tape to attach the extensions to the head. They’re typically preferred for their shorter installation time and flat, seamless appearance. Tape-ins are particularly advantageous for thinner hair, especially when you use single-sided tape. They also tend to carry less risk of damage than fusion or glue-in extensions if your hair is consistently exposed to heat-based treatments.
I-Tip extensions use tiny beads to attach extensions to the natural hair. The beads are then crimped down to hold the hair in place after the bead is threaded on to the hair near the scalp area. I-Tip extensions require consistent touch ups, but can last anywhere from three to six months depending on the extension quality and care routine.