Getting hair extensions to add body to hair, or a few extra inches of length, was once something that American women would hide. However, many of today’s most famous celebrities openly flaunt the fact that they use hair extensions, which has made them more popular than ever before.
But if you’re new to the hair extensions industry, some of the words that hair extension professionals use every day might confuse you to the point where it’s impossible to understand what they’re talking about.
To make sure you’re in the know on what your hair extension stylist means when he or she says certain things, here are some of the most common terms and lingo that people in the hair extension services industry use every day:
Remy vs. non-Remy extensions
One of the words you’ll hear most often in the hair extensions industry is Remy. It’s a term that refers to hair extensions that come from a single hair donor. Remy extensions look the most natural, and the hair’s cuticles are kept intact, meaning there will be minimal tangling and matting of your extensions.
Virgin vs. non-virgin extensions
When it comes to hair extensions, the word “virgin” takes on a slightly different meaning. Virgin hair extensions have received no chemical processing or dyeing, making them higher-quality and more desired. Virgin extensions tend to come in darker colors, as natural blonde extensions are more rare in general. It’s best to get virgin extensions that come from a single hair donor (Remy extensions), as multiple-donor extensions can be lower in quality.
Clip-in extensions vs. sew-in extensions
The names pretty much say it all, but there are a number of pros and cons to clip-ins and sew-ins that all newcomers to hair extensions need to know about. Clip-in extensions are inexpensive, versatile and do the least amount of damage to your real hair. However, they can be high-maintenance and can pull on your hair, causing discomfort. Meanwhile, sew-in extensions — or weaves — can last as long as 10 weeks, can be washed and styled like the rest of your hair and are less damaging to your hair. However, they take a long time to put in and take out, and are more costly.
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