Most women are great candidates for these temporary, reusable extensions. For those women with alopecia or psoriasis, a wig is a better option. Perfect for an event—a wedding or reunion, for example—they can be heat-styled with a curling iron or flat iron and removed the same day. When applying them yourself, the key is to tease your roots before clipping them in to ensure a secure grip. Shampoo the strands every six uses.
This type of extension is sandwiched between two pieces of bioadhesive tape and lasts for six to eight weeks. While wearing them, shampoo with a sulfate-free formula and refrain from applying conditioner to your roots—the oil in it will loosen the tape. Hot yoga buffs and gym rats, these are not for you. If you do exercise while wearing them, apply dry shampoo beforehand to help soak up any moisture and prevent sweat from loosening the tape.
These extensions promise three to four months of good hair days and are the most discrete of the bunch. Instead of using a traditional heat application, which can damage the hair, these are applied using an ultrasound technology that turns the keratin (a glue) from a solid to a liquid and back to a solid in just a second. The process takes about two hours and is the smartest option for women who workout often, swim (since they can withstand salt water and chlorine), and often wear their hair up (since the look is the most seamless).
By: Heather Muir Maffei