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pon scrolling through dozens of hair transformation posts on Instagram and Pinterest on a daily basis, it’s not uncommon to experience a little hair envy. Luckily, the longing for instant luscious locks is achievable with the variety of available hair extensions on the market. Extensions can customize hair with color, length, volume and more to perfectly emulate all “hair goals.” Aniah Hines, a hair stylist at Attractions Salon in Athens, described five of the most common methods of extensions — tape-in, beaded, braided, crochet, and sew-in — and the process of how each are attached to the scalp. Tape Extensions: They are just as it sounds. A piece of single or double-sided tape is used to adhere the extension to the scalp. Beaded Extensions: This type of extension is secured using pliers to

pull the hair through the bead. It is then clamped to the actual hair. Braided Extensions: Using a loose piece of hair, the extension is braided to the root of the real hair. Sew-In Extensions: The braid is also used in connection with this kind of extension. The hair is braided down first, and then a needle and thread are used to sew the weft onto the hair. Crochet Braid Extensions: Hines said the crochet braid extensions are a newer form that people are embracing. Like the sew-in extension, the hair is braided downward. Then using a crochet latchet needle, the hair is brought through, as a way to emulate that it is coming out of the scalp. In addition to these five, other methods include heat fused — or keratin bonded — and micro-linked hair extensions that require the attachment of silicone weft hairpieces.

WHEN PURCHASING EXTENSIONS, IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HAIR TO CHOOSE FROM—SYNTHETIC, REAL, AND SYNTHETIC MIX— BECAUSE NOT ALL CAN BE STYLED THE SAME.”

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