Hair Extensions Companies

Hair Extensions Companies

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Explaining Extensions! Finally, a guide to help you understand the extension world…or at least the different methods.

Dear Future Client, Here is a breakdown of the most popular methods of extensions. In my 18 years as an extensionist, I have seen it all and I can help you make the right decision about which method is best for you! Although the only methods that we at Milvali use are Micro-link, Shrinkies and Tape-in, I have researched and gathered as much truthful info on the various other types of application methods so you, as a client, can make the best decision. The reasons we choose to do the 3 methods mentioned above, is because the extension hair is reusable and I have seen the least amount of damage occur from these methods. Please contact me at Milvali on Union for any additional questions on hair extensions. Yours in beauty, Deb Monti- Co-Owner, Extensionist Micro Link- This method is also known as Micro Cylinder, Euroloc, Microloc and I-tip. It is also referred to as Hair-Locs, which is the name of a hair extension brand/company. Sometimes extension brands and methods are used interchangeably. Micro-link is a “strand-by-strand” technique that creates a similar result to bonded (hot-fusion) hair extensions, without the use of heat or glue. Strand by strand means that a small individual bundle (about 100 strands) of extension hair is attached to a small section of your own hair, which is different than a weave or weft. A weft is a long strip of hair, usually used for glued-in, clipped-in or sewn-in application. Micro-link hair extensions are applied by:
  • sectioning your hair into a small precise section
  • looping a copper link around the section with a special tool
  • Inserting a pre-tipped hair extensions into the link at the roots
  • Clamping the link flat with your hair and the extension inside the link, to secure it.
  • The link attachment should be 1/8” away from your scalp, and all hairs in the section should be flat to your head so there is no tension or pulling
  • The weight distribution between the section of your hair and the extension should be equal, so as not to cause any tension or stress on your own hair
The copper links and extensions come in various sizes and colors for a more customized application. It is important that the hair sections, link size and color are chosen appropriately for your hair type, texture and color. The extension hair should always be individually custom ordered for length, color and texture.microlink The extensions that Milvali uses, come pre-tipped, and are designed with a special plastic seal around the tip, so glue never comes in contact with your hair. These specialized tips make it possible to re-use the extensions up to 5 times without having to send the hair out for processing, but not all extension brands are designed the same. The hair quality that Milvali uses is superior to other brands out there and is shiny, healthy, bouncy and will last much longer than most other brands. There is no heat, glue, sewing or solvents used to attach or remove Micro-links. The hair is reusable up to 5 times (different company’s hair varies) and can be worn up to 12 weeks. Some brands and salons will lead you to believe that you can wear this type longer, but I advise against wearing any extension method for longer than 3 months. I recommend that clients with fine or thin hair should only wear them for 9 weeks before they are removed and replaced. The links lie flat and are undetectable if worn up or down. Hot tools and any styling products can be used without compromising the attachments. Shrinkies- This “strand by strand” method is similar to Micro-Link extensions, except a plastic tube is used in place of a copper link. It is also referred to as Shrink Links®, which is the name of a hair extension brand/company. Sometimes extension brands and methods are used interchangeably. Shrink-link hair extensions are applied by:
  • looping a clear plastic tube around the section with a special tool
  • Inserting a pre-tipped hair extensions into the tube at the roots
  • heating the connector which activates glue on the inside of the tube and shrinks it around your hair and the extension to secure it.
  • The shrink-link attachment should be 1/8” away from your scalp, and all hairs in the section should be flat to your head so there is no tension or pulling
The extension hair should be custom ordered for length, color and texture. The extensions that Milvali uses, come pre-tipped and are reusable.hotheads app The shrink tubes and extensions come in various sizes and colors for a more customized application. It is important that the hair sections and tube color are chosen appropriately for the clients’ hair type, texture and color. There is mild heat and minimal glue used to attach and remove Shrink-links. The hair is reusable up to 4 times (different company’s hair varies) and can be worn up to 12 weeks. The links do not lie flat but are undetectable if worn up or down. Ccertain styling products cannot be used without compromising the attachments, and heat tools should not be used near the attachments. Tape-In -This method is one of the quickest for length or volume, and the results are seamless. Different hair extension companies offer a better quality of tape than others, and different companies use different qualities of hair. Milvali uses a high quality hair and tape for our extensions. Tape extensions should not slip or feel gummy. The removal should be painless and not leave a sticky residue behind. Extension hair is attached to a flexible, flat strip of material that creates a small weft of hair. The weft has a double-sided tape attached to a smooth surface. These come in different widths and lengths. Tape-In hair extensions are applied by:
  • Sectioning your hair precisely the same width of the pre-taped extension weft
  • An extension is taped under and over the section of your hair
  • Your hair is sandwiched between the wefts and lies completely flat to your head.
  • The tape attachment should be 1/8” away from your scalp, and all hairs in the section should be flat to your head so there is no tension or pulling
  • The weight distribution of the section of your hair and the extension weft should be equal, so as not to cause any tension or stress on your own hair
The extension hair should always be custom ordered for length, color and texture. There is no heat used to attach Tape-In extensions.keratinbond2 The hair that Milvali uses is reusable up to 3 times and can be worn for up to 6 weeks. It lies flat and is undetectable when worn down or in a low ponytail. Hot tools can be used, but not at the roots where the adhesive is. Styling products containing alcohol, applied at the root, are not recommended as it could weaken the tape attachments. Keratin Bonds- These are also known as Fusion Extensions or Bonded Extensions. Keratin Bonded extensions are a hot-fusion, “strand-by-strand” technique that creates a similar result to Micro-Link extensions, but are fused on your hair with heat and a polymer adhesive. Some companies call the adhesive “keratin” because it sounds healthier than glue. Keratin is a protein found in healthy hair and is not an adhesive. Many, if not all extension companies now claim a “keratin bond” as their form of attachment even though any form of keratin can be combined with any type of polymer to qualify as a “keratin” bond, regardless if it makes any functional difference or benefit in the bond itself. Bonded hair extensions are applied by:
  • sectioning your hair into a small precise section and using a plastic shield to protect your scalp from high heat
  • attaching a pre-bonded extension at the root of your hair using a hot tool to melt the adhesive. An adhesive polymer “chip” can also be used if hair is not pre-bonded.
  • the hair and extension are rolled or pressed until the seal is cooled and hardened
  • The attachment should be 1/8” away from your scalp, and all hairs in the section should be flat to your head so there is no tension or pulling
Depending on the brand, the glue can be clear, white, black or dark brown. It is important that the size of the sections and the thickness of the extensions are customized for the clients’ hair type and condition. The extension hair should be custom ordered for length, color and texture. Most brands come pre-tipped, and in different sizes. In some methods loose, untipped hair is also used. Heat, glue and solvents are used to attach and remove bonded hair extensions. The hair is not usually reusable but can be worn up to 16 weeks, ( but I personally would not wear any extensions that long). It is undetectable if worn up or down. Hot tools and certain styling products cannot be used near the bonds, as they will weaken the glue and possibly lead to your extensions slipping out. Sulfate–free shampoos and conditioners are recommended, so as not to compromise the bond. Ultra Sonic- This strand-by-strand method is also referred to as Cold Fusion. One of the newest techniques in hair extensions, the bonds in this application method can be flat or round. Flat bonds give a more seamless result while round bonds create more volume. Ultra-Sonic extensions are applied by:

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