Extensions Galore: Which Kind Is Right for You?

Extensions Galore

Extensions used to be reserved for celebrities in previous years but these days just about anyone can have their own luxurious locks at a price that’s affordable. While having this product so readily available is a great thing, there is a huge selection of extensions to choose from. First time shoppers may find it difficult to decide which type not only looks good with their real hair but which style would give them the most natural appearance.

Each type of extensions comes with its own set of pros and cons, which should definitely be taken into consideration.

Sew-In Extensions

Pros: If you want a set of extensions that don’t come with the risk of falling out or being pulled out on accident, then sew-in extensions are going to be your best bet. As the name implies, this process involves taking tracks of hair and using special thread to literally sew the extensions in. Before this step, however, a woman’s natural hair is first braided into cornrows. When it comes time to sew the extensions in, the thread will be expertly weaved through the cornrows, keeping the extensions secure. The sew-in method allows a woman to wear her extensions for up to 6-8 weeks before needing to have them redone or taken out.

Cons: Although sew-in extensions are perfect for long time wear without worrying about maintenance, it does come with a few disadvantages. If the braids are put in too tightly, it can cause headaches and a dull, throbbing sensation, which can be uncomfortable to deal with on a daily basis. For those that have sensitive scalps, the tension of the braids could cause lesions/scabs, which can be damaging to not only the scalp itself but the hair as well.


Pros: Bonding hair extensions is one of the most popular methods because it provides long-lasting results, like the sew-in method and looks completely natural. Hot fusion bonding requires the use of a heated appliance to “fuse” the extensions to a person’s natural hair. Cold fusion is an easier method that can be done by anyone and simply requires good quality hair glue that can be purchased from any beauty supply store. Bonding hair extensions, if taken care of properly, has the ability to last up to 4-6 weeks.

Cons: The use of the bonding material isn’t exactly healthy for the hair and can cause breakage. If the glue is applied improperly, it can cause tension headaches. Long term application using this method could also lead to random bald patches—commonly known as “traction baldness.”

Removing the bonding material itself typically results in the loss of healthy hair being ripped out from the scalp as well.

Clip-In Extensions

Pros: Unlike the other application methods mentioned above, clip-in extensions cause the least amount of damage to a woman’s scalp. There are a variety of clip-in extensions on the market, from fake, clip-in ponytails to tracks that already come with hair clips attached to the wefts. Not only are these types of extensions better for the hair, it is also less time consuming. A few minutes and a couple of snaps later and any woman can walk out of the house with a head full of luxurious hair. It is best to choose real human hair, which can be styled in a variety of ways.

Cons: Many women opt for the cheap alternative and choose synthetic clip-in extensions. Synthetic hair tends to look fake and because it isn’t natural human hair, it cannot be styled using heated tools because it will cause the hair to melt.

When your Beauty Routine Ruins Your Look

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It may sound crazy but the very things that you do during your daily beauty routine could actually backfire. Sometimes we get so used to our routine that we don’t realize when we are doing more harm than good. If you need a reality check, read on to see what bad habits you should break in order to save your beauty routine.

When it comes to getting a whiter and brighter smile, many of us turn to bleaching to get instant pearly whites without a trip to the dentist’s office. Although the do-it-yourself kits are known for being affordable, easy to use and convenient, overusing them can in fact do more damage than you would think. Because these kits are handy for whenever you feel the need to use them, many people are bleaching their teeth excessively.

Overexposing your teeth to peroxide can cause porous (holes) tooth enamel, irritated gums and sensitivity of the teeth when exposed to the heat or cold. Get yourself into the habit of only bleaching your teeth no more than once every six months, no longer than 20 days in a row. For those who are experiencing the symptoms listed above, stop bleaching completely until the symptoms get better and brush with a toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate, which will keep the pain away. Also try spreading fluoride toothpaste over your teeth and leaving it on overnight. This method helps build back the strength of your enamel and works to remineralize lost enamel.

When it comes to your hair, you only want to look our best when you step outside each day. But the very products you use on a daily basis to keep your hair looking great can cause greater damage. If you’re using voluminizing mousses, gels and sprays that contain a lot of alcohol and heavy polymers, daily application of these products in your hair can lead to buildup on the hair and scalp, which can weigh the hair down.

The alcohol does its own damage by stripping away the hair’s natural moisture. Wash your locks once a week with a good clarifying cleanser that contains residue-removing acids. Cider vinegar is a good ingredient that works to remove buildup. Switch your unhealthy voluminizing products for ones that don’t contain alcohol and use water-soluble ingredients. Instead of trusting these products for giving your hair volume, try certain hair styling tricks that give you natural volume and height.

Skincare and beauty experts stress the importance of exfoliating the skin to remove layers of dry and dead skin cells but there is truth to the saying that too much of something isn’t good for you. Overusing facial scrubs can not only remove the layers of dead skin, but also rub off your complexion’s natural protective layer. This can leave you with red, raw and splotchy skin. To avoid ruining your skin, switch to a facial scrub that uses smooth synthetic beads instead of walnut shells or apricot seeds that can be too harsh.

No matter your skin type, limit exfoliating to no more than twice a week. You should never exfoliate daily. For skin that is suffering from over exfoliation, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream to relieve inflammation and stick to fragrance-free cleanser and moisturizer so it doesn’t aggravate the damage. Also stay away from toner during this time.