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Hair extensions can be a great way to change your look, for just a day or up to several months. To select the option that works best for you, consider your budget, your lifestyle, and the level of commitment you’re willing to give to the new hairstyle. Hair extensions can add length, volume, or both to your natural hair.
If you want an exciting, dramatic change for just one day, consider clip-in extensions. Clip-ins aren’t damaging, and are meant to be removed at night. Many salons carry clip-in hair extensions, which can be colored and cut by your stylist to match your natural hair. The human hair versions look more natural than synthetic hair, which can’t be washed or styled with heated tools.
Glued-in extensions are great for weddings and other special occasions. They’re temporary, but will last for a few weeks if taken care of properly. These hairpieces are secured to the natural hair with glue, and are removed with an oil-based solvent. These are best for stronger, thicker hair that can withstand a little stress.
The most popular type of extensions are bonded hair extensions. They’re more expensive, but when properly attached, can last for up to five months. The newer cold fusion technology uses ultrasound waves and keratin polymers to attach each weft to the hair. This approach is less damaging, and is terrific for fine or already-damaged hair.
Tape-in extensions are taped to the natural hair roots and are barely visible, which makes them perfect for fine or blonde hair. Tape-ins can last for a couple months. Hair may become matted, so daily brushing is required. Another alternative, sew-in extensions, use “weaves” to add length and volume.
Hair extensions are an investment, and involve a level of commitment. Set up a consultation with your stylist before making a selection. For more information, please contact:
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Most hair extension sellers and buyers, purchase hair extensions from overseas and immediately after receiving the hair, the purchaser washes it by hand. This is called co-washing. .
The problem is when hair comes from overseas there are a variety of chemicals that could be on the hair; in addition to suppliers overseas have different methods of washing and processing the hair. With the washer you will also eliminate the time it takes to wash by hand and you’ll know the hair is thoroughly clean.
The benefits of the patent pending “Hair Extensions Washing Machine” are it washes the hair thoroughly just like a regular washing machine. It adds another avenue of revenue for hair stylists and salons to add hair extension washing to the menu of services, in addition it saves hair stylists time. The Hair Extensions Washing Machine also has a hair conditioning and hair color setting on the machine.
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Beware the hair extensions: Aesthetic doctor Dr Nestor Demosthenous reports seeing a huge uplift in enquiries about hair restoration procedures from women across the country, looking to discuss how they can resolve the effects of traction alopecia
A doctor has issued a warning to women using hair extensions, highlighting how wearing them can lead to hair loss and even baldness.
Dr Nestor Demosthenous says traction alopecia – caused by pulling force being applied to the hair – is on the rise due to the growing popularity of extensions for women wanting thick, long tresses.
Stars including Naomi Campbell, who has been very frank about her personal battle with traction alopecia, are proof that extensions can be damaging even with the best hair care.
So how can you avoid unsightly bald patches – and what can you do if it’s too late?
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has previously spoken about her struggle with alopecia
Campbell has previously spoken about her hair loss, caused by years of wearing hair extensions and having her hair over-styled for catwalk shows and shoots.
But it’s not just supermodels who are desperate for luscious, healthy-looking hair – some £43 million worth of human hair is bought by British women each year, many of whom wear extensions on a daily basis.
Dr Nestor, who runs the Edinburgh Hair Clinic, told MailOnline: ‘Generally, wearers are unaware of the extent of the damage that hair extensions can cause.
‘Force being applied to the hair, day in, day out, will cause a recession of the hair due to this chronic traction, and this can result in a sunken hairline, or bald patches throughout the scalp.
‘When bald patches start to come in, naturally women will become panicked at the idea of hair loss, and will often try to cover up the loss with more extensions – it is a vicious circle.’
He adds: ‘Traction alopecia is more serious than hair simply snapping off; instead, the constant tension in the affected area will either pull out the root of the hair completely, or it can cause the follicle to become inflamed.
‘As time goes on, the damage to the follicles can cause them to atrophy and if left to continue, they will reach the stage where they no longer produce hair at all.’
Dr Nestor, who focuses on hair restoration procedures, shares his expertise on what you can do before the damage goes too far, and how to disguise patches of loss.
Dr Nestor reports a huge uplift in enquiries about hair restoration procedures from women across the country, looking to discuss how they can resolve the effects of traction alopecia.
‘We are getting several calls every week from women looking for advice on what to do about hair loss,’ he tells us.
‘In the first instance, if you are worried about hair loss or damage to your hairline, immediately stop wearing hair extensions or tying hair back tightly – let your hair relax and wear it loose as often as possible.
‘A consultation with a dermatologist or a hair restoration doctor is the next step, to assess the damage and see whether you are a candidate for either topical treatment or a restoration procedure.
‘Try not to panic; in many cases, hair will grow back after a few months of being left alone, and if not, there are more sophisticated treatments on the market now than ever before, so your hair loss can be covered and disguised if necessary.’
TURN BACK THE CLOCK
‘Depending on the stage that the hair loss has reached, it may be possible to grow some hair back and stop any further hair loss – as long as no further tension is applied to the areas.
‘This means no more hair extensions, no tight ponytails or braids, no rollers and no hair slides, clips or grips. Hair must be left well alone for several months in order to recover. Your doctor or a medical hair restoration specialist may also be able to prescribe you a topical treatment to help encourage regrowth in more extreme cases.’
WHEN SHOULD YOU RESORT TO SURGERY?
‘Once follicles affected by traction alopecia have ceased producing hair, any kind of topical treatment will not be effective. You will be left with areas that are completely bald, and will often appear shiny.
‘In this instance, hair restoration surgery is your best option. At The Edinburgh Hair Clinic, we offer both FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) techniques, depending on what suits your needs best.
‘Both offer fantastic results for patients, providing a natural-looking, restored hairline and fuller, thicker hair restored over time.’
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Have you ever looked at the website of a hair extension company, looked at the term ‘full head’ and asked; what the hell is that? It is one of those extremely ambiguous terms that has massive differences from brand to brand. The idea of a full head is meant to mean a complete head of hair. However, like beauty, a full head is in the eye of the beholder. And it is certainly true that one person’s full head is another person’s half.
What Weight Do I Need?
700g Of Slavic Hair Extensions. Photo Credit: Studio Seven50
It is common for hair extensions to be measured in multiples of 100g. If you think about that amount of hair in terms of rows for a weave, that is one short and two long rows. A common full head for someone with very fine Caucasian hair. The most common weight falls into the 150-200g bracket. This will suite most medium to thick hair types. Some brands even produce packets that contain 120g or 180g to entice you to buy without having to purchase multiple bundles. They will also produce this on shorter width wefts to reduce the need for multiple layers.
For bonds and micro rings, 200g tends to be the limit for most people. Anything more than this will overload the head. Not just in terms of weight but also head space. There just isn’t enough room for any more than that! Wefts of course, always give you more flexibility if you’re thirsty for more volume. You can put a lot more hair on a weft and you always have the option to build. Going further than that, an intricately sewn hand-tied weft will build up even more volume. These wefts are generally much flatter and therefore don’t cause the bumps and ridges that machine wefts can.
Spread The Volume
200g Of Slavic Hair Extensions. Photo Credit: Studio Seven50
Then there is the distribution of weight. As a rule; double drawn (thick ends) are preferable to single drawn (tapered ends). Having worked with hair extensions for many years. I find that single drawn doesn’t tend to have as much longevity. Too much of the hair is unevenly distributed at the roots where you simply can’t see it. This leads to thinner ends and bulk where you don’t want it. 100g of double drawn hair will look significantly thicker than 100g of its counterpart.
One of the most important and most perplexing elements of thicker-looking hair extensions is the texture. Imagine looking at someone with very straight hair next to someone with very curly hair. Even if their hair mass is the same; the curly hair will always look thicker. When hair extensions are mass-produced (which many brands are), they take hair from multiple sources. This makes the hair you receive very dense and therefore flat and lacking volume. Hair from single sources are much lighter in density and therefore very light and fuller. Lighter yet thicker is very much a paradox but is something to consider when you care about volume.
Thicker-looking Hair Extensions
100g Of Slavic Clip-in Hair Extensions. Photo Credit: Studio Seven50
The one thing I always try to get across to my clients is the way in which they think about hair extension volume. It is rarely as simple as more grams = more thickness. There are various factors that influence the look of your hair that has much less to do with weight than you might think. Structure and distribution of your hair plays a much larger part in ultimately making your hair extensions look natural. If you need to know the right questions to ask when thinking about the volume of your hair. It’s not necessarily about weight.
(By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times)
It is called “Tonsuring” and it is at the center of a great debate that has once again resurfaced. Tonsuring is when women cut off all of their hair in a temple for religious purposes. A few years ago, frum Jews across the world stopped wearing sheitels with hair that could have come from these temples. Eventually, the issue settled with many of the wig manufacturers obtaining supervision from Rabbis stating that the source of the hair was permitted.
In a nutshell, the Rabbonim who signed the letter are convinced that it is highly likely that virtually all hair in sheitels, no matter the origin – contain Indian temple hair that is Takroves Avodah Zarah – from which it is forbidden to benefit. The issues of Takoreves Avodah Zaraj, offerings given on the worship of idols are discussed in Shulchan Aruch Yore Deah 139:6. It is based on the Gemorah in Avodah Zarah 59b.
Those that signed the letter and forbid it believe that Indian temple hair is so ubiquitous, that it has found its way into almost every geographical location where sheitels are made. The hair is stripped of its pigment in a near month-long process and supposedly sold to other markets to augment their stocks of hair.
[This latter point, however, is disputed by other industry experts that this author has interviewed.]
The letter, signed by a number of Israel-based Rabbonim, was posted in shuls across the New York area. The letter was signed by Rav Chaim Meir HaLevi Vosner, the Rav and Av Beis Din of Zichron Meir; Rav Sriel Rosenberg a Raavad in Bnei Brak; Rav Yehudah Silman, an Av Beis Din in Bnei Brak; Rav Shimon Bodni, Chaver, Moetzes Chochmei haTorah, and Rav Moshe Mordechai Karp of Modiin.
The letter states that no hechsher on sheitels are effective because it is impossible to truly know the origin of the hair and that temple hair comprises the overwhelming majority of hair for human hair wigs.
The Kol Koreh, believe it or not, quotes a person named “Vince Selva” of the “Indo Asian Human Hair International Inc.” company who makes a number of claims about temple hair. The Kol Koreh also lists 25 alleged “Facts” about the human hair industry
This author was present with Rav Belsky zt”l when he both researched the issue and when he discussed the issue of Avodah Zarah with the Poskim in Eretz Yisroel. Dayan Dunner’s research was that the Indian women were actually giving their hair as an offering to “the gods” and that the hair was, therefore, considered Takroves Avodah Zarah – something that the Torah forbids. The research of others, including that of Rav Belsky zt”l was that the women were offering to shave their hair as a sign of devotion and that the hair was not an offering per se. According to their understanding, the hair is not an offering and is therefore permitted.
This author’s own research at the time, speaking to representatives of India at the Indian consulate, also indicated that it was not an offering per se.
Rav Belsky zatzal discussed other reasons for permitting it in his Sefer Shulchan HaLevi page 438 where letters back and forth with Rav Elyashiv zatzal are printed.
Subsequent research done by this author these past two weeks revealed that there are indeed Hindu pilgrim women who offer their hair for both reasons. Some offer their hair as a sign of surrendering one’s ego. Others offer their hair in payment of a debt. Punari Aruni, a Hindu pilgrim in her 40’s, appears in the documentary “Hair India” and she is definitely from the surrendering ego camp.
According to Hindu lore, Vishnu, “the Preserver of the World”, took out a loan in order to pay for his wedding. Vishnu’s loan was so large, however, that it would take him thousands of years to pay off his debt. Now many devout Hindus help pay off Vishnu’s debt by offering their hair. [Someone wryly noted that the concept of making large chasunahs is what created the sheitel problem in the first place.]
Those Hindus that believe in this lore and donate their hair on this account would be producing takroves avodah zarah.
Another version has it that the “god Vishnu” was hit on the head with an axe which caused him to lose a section of his hair. The female angel “Neela Devi” then offered him a lock of her hair as a replacement. Vishnu was so moved that from that point on, he granted wishes to anyone who offered their own hair in devotion. This version can be interpreted in both ways discussed above.
WE SHOULD BE STRINGENT ON EXTENSIONS
It is this author’s view that hair extensions are actually a significant halachic problem and should be avoided. The company “Great Lengths” which produces high end extensions are manufactured exclusively from temple hair. As far as wigs themselves, the origin is more nuanced.
There are also hair exporters that have agents approaching men in India who pay money so that their wives will sell their hair. The exporters offer the Indian men $10 for their wives head of hair, according to a January 2014 article on the subject by Katie Rucke. According to a director at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple the largest of some 28 temples in India that export hair, the temple does not pay the pilgrims any money for their hair and they use the money obtained from selling it to meet the educational, medical and nutritional needs of the desperately poor. The temple offers some 30,000 daily meals for the poor.
There are a number of issues that need to be addressed. The first issue is what percentage of the women are actually offering their hair as a gift to their gods? Some women most assuredly are offering it as a gift and it would thus be considered takroves avodah zarah. It is this author’s opinion that those Rabbis who felt that
Tirumala Venkateswara, for example, attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims each day, making it the temple with the most hair donations in India. The temple features 18 shaving halls, but there are so many people waiting to donate their hair that women and young girls can wait for up to five hours to donate.
At the temple, some 650 barbers sit in lines on the concrete floor and tie the women’s hair into ponytails before cutting it off. Once the large portions of hair are removed, the barbers use a razor to shave each pilgrims head, before dousing their head with water to wash away any blood.
For those that are curious, on average, each woman donates about 10 oz of hair, which goes for about $350.
The article continues, “Baskets filled with hair are collected every six hours and stored in a vast warehouse where it is piled knee deep.
It’s estimated that each year India exports an estimated 2,000 tons of temple hair a year. The best – or longest – hair will sell for about $580 per pound. The hair is sold in yearly auctions that take place in March or April.. One ton of hair is equal to donations from about 3,000 women. Since the shaving ceremony and sale of hair is not limited to one “holy site”, and 85 percent of the people in India are Hindu, those companies that export India’s human hair don’t foresee a shortage of temple hair anytime soon.”
In this author’s view, the wigs with a hechsher are permitted threw a halachic mechanism known as Sfek Sfaikah – a double doubt.
Firstly, there is a doubt as to whether it is actually an offering. If someone were to cut off his or her thumb to show his or her dedication to their idol, it does not mean that the thumb was given as an actual offering.
Secondly, it is unclear whether the hair made in other countries actually ever came from India. This is certainly grounds for a halachic safaik. It should be known that not all the hair is sold to wig manufacturers and much of the volume is sold to stuff mattresses, create oil filters, or further extracted for the amino acids – so notwithstanding the volume of hair that is sold – it does not mean that all wigs throughout the world contain the hair. [The impetus for forbidding the entire issue is thus lessened with this information.]
Thirdly, there is a strong possibility that in regard to including it in a sfek sfaikah – that the halacha is that its sale makes it no longer considered a Takroves Avodah Zarah on account of bitul. In other words, the reason we are generally stringent is because it is a serious matter – Avodah Zarah, but for inclusion in a sfek sfaikah it would be permitted. Indeed, this is what Rav Yoseph Teumim holds in his Pri Magadim (Siman 586). This is based on the Gemorah in Zvachim 74a where the Gemorah does not rule like Shmuel. The Beis Shlomo OC 30 is also lenient in this matter of implementing a sfek sfaikah to permit a possible Takroves Avodah Zarah. This case is even better because there are three doubt here.
It is this author’s view that the second campaign of this controversy is only just beginning. It is important that the matter be brought up again before the Gedolei HaPoskim in American. It is likely that they will permit it based upon the triple doubt raised here or upon similar grounds. It is this author’s view that any hair marked “ethical” may be problematic because they do come from a temple. Also, any extension sold in hair salons may be problematic as well (but perhaps could be permitted based upon just a double doubt.)
When this author spoke to Rav Karp about the letter and questioned the source of the “due diligence” behind the information, he referred me to a few people who provided the information. Stay tuned.
The author can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A set of hands playing the guitar. A vase of flowers. A hand holding a phone for a selfie. These are just some of the magical subjects that Ivory Coast’s Laetitia Ky uses to create her once-in-a-lifetime hair sculptures.
Far beyond the boundaries of Africa’s highly creative repertoire of natural hairstyles, Ky brings everyday objects and black hair together with flair, skill and some fun.
And her work could not have come at a better time.
Within the framework of countless conversations about ”good hair”, ”bad hair”, ”weaves versus natural” and every discussion in between, Ky’s approach is playful and wry – in some ways educating her audience about the wonders and possibilities of black hair.
In other ways it injects a playful tone into what can tend to be a wholly serious conversation.
Speaking to the digital media platform OkayAfrica, Ky explains her inspiration: “I came across an Instagram album of hairstyles women used to wear in some African tribes prior to colonisation. These hairstyles were really impressive and made me want to use hairstyling as a means of expression.”
The response to her work has been powerful, to say the least. She has had spots in international magazines such as Allure and coverage on Buzzfeed and viral content hub Bored Panda.
Other artists have attempted to replicate a similar approach to hair – what started off as hair, wool and hair extensions has grown into a new branch of black hair pride for Africans in Africa, as well as in the diaspora.
Not without her haters, Ky has had to endure some ignorant comments on her Instagram account, but the general response has been overwhelmingly warm and powerful – particularly because of the authenticity, warmth and love which so obviously drives each image. – bubblegumclub.co.za
• This article was originally published in The Times.
High Quality, Low Use
It’s quite the conundrum when it comes to choosing the right hair for your clip-in hair extensions. Temporary hair pieces are fantastic solutions for added length or volume. They are a popular choice for use on special occasions, weddings and the like. But if you only use them occasionally, as is normally the case for clip-in hair extensions, is it worth buying high quality hair if you won’t be wearing them every day?
It depends on who you ask of course. There are many hair extension pieces to choose from that are low in cost and quality. They are usually made from synthetic fibres or a low grade human hair that is designed for only a few uses. The trouble is, no matter how infrequent the use; those low-quality hair extensions may never give a realistic appearance.
If Only For A Day
Imagine if we applied that same thinking to a bride’s dress on her wedding day. She’s only going to wear it once. It may only be a few hours. Why should she spend so much money on something that typically spends the rest of its life at the back of a wardrobe? The wedding dress is important because she wants it to look special. An ill-fitted pattern and low-cost materials just aren’t going to cut it. Hair is your crown and glory. One you can never take off. It only makes sense to apply the same logic when thinking about your clip-in hair extensions.
Most mass-produced hair extensions use hair from multiple sources. This makes the hair very dense, meaning the hair doesn’t flow as naturally as your own hair would. Hair produced from a singular source or donor is much lighter and a truer representation of hair movement. We’ve all been to a wedding recently and spotted an obvious hair piece. It never quite looks right to the eye.
A Better Way
The best thing you can do to ensure your clip-in extensions look the part is a little due diligence. If you are going to invest into some real hair extensions, you don’t want to buy unsuitable hair. First you need to understand what structure of hair you need. If you own hair is naturally wavy or curly, straight extensions won’t match your texture; even if you curl them. Then you need to find the correct colour. Not always easy if buying online. Always read the terms and conditions about returns if the colour isn’t suitable. Where possible, always have a consultation first.
Hair Bundles In Ukraine. Photo Credit: Studio Seven50 Hair
You also need to ensure you have the right amount of volume. Most hair bundles come in multiples of 100g. If you have very thick hair you will need to consider 150g or more. Another good tip is to check if the attachments or amount of them are suitable for your hair. Not all clip-in attachments are the same and you need to make sure they’re not visible or are liable to slide out.
Ultimately, if you are in unfamiliar territory with clip-in hair extensions then you should consult a well-informed hair extension stylist who would be able to explain the nuances of the extension industry. It is the difference between a box dye job and a qualified stylist. One gives you an amazing result; the other is questionable.