Even though you like your short hair, there are times when you do want to get a new fresh look, and we’re not only talking about a new hair color. You want more length on your hair and you want that like …tomorrow, not in a…year (to say the least!)
Thank God, for the hair extensions that aren’t just an easy solution for the short hair, but also the most effective one. You may want to go with the tape in hair extensions as the tape is invisible and doesn’t damage your hair. Your hair actually still grows when using this type of hair extensions for more volume and length.
Where to begin?
The tape in hair extensions are lightweight and you don’t need any tools or chemicals for applying them. The seamless tape in hair extensions give you length and body for your short hair. You can now wear again (or for the very first time just as well) a ponytail, a braid or the bohemian buns. You need only 3-4 inches of your hair in order to cover and nicely blend the tape in hair extensions. For a more natural appearance, you want to mix 14 and 18-inch hair. Using the right length and hair extension method makes the difference between nicely looking and…not that great looking!
Another thing that’s great about the tape in hair extension is that they add volume and length to your natural hair, while allowing it to grow out naturally. You may try all the hairstyles for the long hair and there are some good months ahead of you for trying them all. The tape in hair extensions are a semi-permanent method and lasts a few months. They are typically 1.5 inches wide and there’s 100% sure no one will notice them. They don’t harm your hair and are easy to remove when you want to go back to your natural hair.
How to do it?
You should get in touch with your hair stylist to apply the hair extensions for short hair. Don’t call on your regular hair stylist though as this is not a common procedure and try to get in touch with one that is certified to put in tape-in hair extensions instead. You want him/her to install properly the hair extensions, as it’s important for you to maintain the health of your natural hair.
It takes about an hour for the installation of the tape in hair extensions and around two packs of them. Let’s not forget the 3-4 inches of your natural hair to cover the tape and the rat-tail comb. This gives a natural appearance in the end. This type of hair extensions works the best for the short hair as they are sandwiched around the hair, in rows, right under the natural hair.
When adding volume and length to your short hair, it’s essential to nicely blend the hair extensions with your hair. Keep in mind that the shorter your hair is, the more difficult it gets to install the hair extensions. Your stylist has to go the extra mile especially if your hair is way shorter than the hair extensions.
At the end, you may notice where your hair meets the extensions, and this is more obvious if your hair has blunt ends. Your stylist may want to texturize or thin out the top layer of your own hair for a better blending of the extensions and natural hair. You should also do a face frame for that. The more hair extensions you use, the more you have to work it. Typically, 150-200 grams of hair for natural layers should be enough.
As for styling, either you straighten or curling your hair, you should do the both types of hair altogether.
Taking care of your new look
There are some things to keep in mind when you’re done with your new, long hairstyle. You need a shine spray, a dry shampoo, and an extension brush as well. You may want to add on the list a sulfate free shampoo, a conditioner and a deep conditioning repair mask.
The more you style your new hair, the better you need to take care of it. As the hair extensions aren’t attached to a source of natural oil from your scalp, you need to use the shine spray after using some hot tools. You also need to keep the bonds of the tape dry and oil free and a dry shampoo helps you on that. You should do it in between hair washes for better results.
As an extension, brush has loops that untangle the hair without pulling the hair extensions, don’t hesitate to use it instead of a normal brush.
The sulfate free shampoo and conditioner keep your hair extensions in good shape, nice and shiny for a long time. As for the deep conditioning mask, you ought to use it if you are swimming very often. This mask makes your hair stronger, minimizing risk for dryness and breakage.