Fusion/Strand by Strand Method
Fusion hair extensions are the most popular technique in the hair extension industry. The fusion method is where hair extension all began. It is a strand by strand method attached by a small keratin protein bond that is melted and coats to your natural hair. Our hair is made up of keratin and protein, so the keratin glue is non damaging to your hair. The result looks very natural; because, it blends with your natural hair and is non detectable. All you need to do is take care of the hair extensions like you care for your own natural hair, but remember that the hair extensions are not attached to your own scalp, so the hair needs to be feed with moisturizing products (I'll suggest products to care for your hair during the installation process)
I always recommend to my clients that they do a clarifying treatment on their hair once a month and then coat their hair with raw organic coconut oil and sleep with it in their hair for a night. The coconut oil is so fabulous for your own hair and especially for maintaining the health/integrity of the hair extensions.
The application process takes about 2-3 hours to apply a full head and will last 3-4 months depending on the growth of your natural hair. I suggest to my clients that once the extensions have grown out an inch from the scalp, it is time to do a new set.
During the 3-4 months, there is no maintenance required. Just treat your extensions as if they were your own natural hair and enjoy your new look. My removal process is different from others; because, most stylist use a acetone based solution to soften the keratin bonds; but, I don't use the solution; because, I am all about protecting the integrity of my clients hair (acetone is very drying to the hair). Instead of using the solution, I use pliers to chomp/break the bonds and then carefully pull them down the shaft of the hair, this insures the least amount of damage to your existing hair. Good quality hair can be reused if the hair extensions have been cared for properly. I will teach you how to care for your extensions during the application process (I'm all about educating my clients so they can have a positive hair extension experience), If the hair extensions have been properly cared for, I can cut off the old keratin tip and add a new one and reapply it as if it were a new strand. I am one of the few stylist in the area willing to offer this service, because it is so tedious; but, I like to save my clients as much money as possible when choosing to wear hair extensions.
My removal process is free unless you've worn your extensions too long. If the strands have grown out more than an inch, the new growth hair has the potential to dread up; because, the new growth hair is much more difficult to brush. If a client has worn the extensions past the recommended inch of regrowth and the hair has dreaded up, I charge $50 an hour to do the removal and the removal can be much more difficult. A normal removal can take 30-45 minutes where a dreaded removal can take up to two hours.
Frequently asked questions
How do I wash my hair while wearing KERATIN HAIR EXTENSION?
You wash your hair like normal in the shower. Washing your hair in the sink with your head upside down could cause the hair extensions to tangle. Some say not to get conditioner on the bond; but, I disagree with that. I only use the best keratin glue bonds when doing KERATIN HAIR EXTENSIONS, so the glue will not break down from washing and conditioning your hair.
Can I wash my hair daily?
It is better to wash your hair every three days (twice a week is best) to insure you don't dry out your hair extensions. You want to keep your hair extensions as healthy as possible to ensure that you can reuse them in the future.
Can I use flat irons and blow dryers while wearing KERATIN FUSION HAIR EXTENSIONS?
Yes you may; but, please be careful not to hit your keratin bonds with heat and don't focus the blow dryer directly onto the bond.
How long does my natural hair have to be to get hair extensions?
For great results it is recommended to have 6-8 inches; but, I have done hair extensions on women with 3 inches of hair and have had perfect results. I am very skilled in layering/blending the hair extensions so that no one will know you are wearing KERATIN FUSION HAIR EXTENSIONS.
How long does the KERATIN FUSION HAIR EXTENSION application/process take?
This varies from client to client...reason being is that some clients require more hair applied then others to complete their desired looks. Most are 2-3 hours; but, some can take up to five hours. Thickness of the clients hair can cause it to also take longer. I've been doing this a long time; so, I am very fast at applying
Once the KERATIN FUSION HAIR EXTENSIONS are in, do they feel heavy?
Yes, they will feel heavier at first; but, adding anything foreign to your hair can feel heavy; but, you will get use to it over time. Also, the first couple nights can be uncomfortable; because, I put the extension in very tight to ensure they do not fall out during the three or so months you are wearing the hair extensions.
Do KERATIN FUSION HAIR EXTENSIONS cause damage to my hair?
I always tell my clients this..."it's who puts them, who takes them out, how you take care of them and the quality of hair extensions that were applied to your hair. The quality of hair extensions is the most important aspect when getting hair extensions. If poor quality hair (or cheap hair) is applied to your hair, it will be pretty at first; but, poor quality hair has a silicone coating used to make the hair look shinny and pretty; but, once that silicon coating is washed off, the hair will begin to matte and tangle and that can cause extreme damage to you hair and harder to have the hair removed. I also tell my clients that when I remove the hair extension strand, you will see strands of your exiting hair attached to the removed strand; because, it is normal for our hair to shed 50-100 strands of hair daily; but, if the hair is attached to a hair extension strand, it is unable to collect in a brush or fall to the ground. So don't be alarmed when/if you see your hair attached to a removed hair extension; because, that is very normal.
Can I color my hair while wearing KERATIN FUSION HAIR EXTENSIONS?
Yes you can. If the keratin glue is of good quality, it does not affect the bond.