Sew-ins, wigs and clip-ins are all popular forms of hair installations. Some forms like wearing wigs can protect your natural hair. However, an installation can make or break your hair, even if you have healthy hair. If your hair is installed incorrectly, you may end up looking like you are wearing 'bad hair'. Hair extensions are appealing because they allow you to change up your look in an instant. You can add length and protect your natural hair with this look. Hair extensions are pieces of synthetic or human hair that are added to a person's natural hair using a variety of methods. These methods include clips, seamless application, bonding, fusion, braiding and weaving.
While hair extensions should be applied by a hair stylist for many of these methods, some people apply them using easier methods like clip-ins at home. Many in the African American community may choose to self-install hair, which is fine to do, just be sure to follow all instructions carefully and pay attention to whether the hair you are using is human or synthetic. Hair extensions made from human hair can be heat-styled while synthetic hair extensions usually can’t withstand heat, because it is made from synthetic materials. Hair extensions made from either type of hair can be cut into a style, although, those made from human hair are better for styles that include layers or bangs.
Real human hair extensions are better than synthetic because human hair extensions can be styled and colored like your hair, making it blend perfectly with your natural hair. Both come in a variety of textures (straight, wavy, and curly), but they give you totally different options in terms of styling. Synthetic hair is cheaper than human hair and although prices vary depending on location and amount of hair purchased, it usually costs around $80 per package. Good-quality and long-lasting human hair, which you can style and color just like your natural hair, also varies but will likely cost around $200 per package.
Lace-front wigs are the most known type of installation method. Just know that this method is a process from prepping, to wig cap, to gluing down wig and even adding the gel to your baby hair for edge control. to give that natural look. Then you have a sew-in weave, which is another installation method where your natural hair is braided down into cornrows, and a needle and thread are then used to sew down hair extensions onto the braids. These take time and should be done by a professional. Regular wigs or clip on hair pieces can be easily applied at home and taken out at night if not sewn in or glued down to your hair.
Maintenance is Key
All extensions are different and require specific maintenance. If you need to wash your hair, you should see a stylist to get your sew-in professionally washed, but if you absolutely have to wash it yourself, you’ll need a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner like Safo Hair’s clarifying shampoo coming-soon. Washing your lace-front wig whether in a shower or at a salon you should use cool water because hot water will make the lace wig lose elasticity and can even cause it to deform. If wearing a wig or clips, remove and wash your hair when ready to take out. Which should be daily since normal wigs and clip-on weaves are easy and quick to apply and remove.
Remember, it is also very important to care for your scalp when wearing a hair installation. Regularly washing the hair and oiling or moisturizing the scalp is a must if you have naturally dry scalp and hair or if you use harsh and heavy products. But it still isn’t enough, especially if you don’t properly dry your hair. Mold and mildew can grow between the tracks or clip-in hair that is not properly washed and dried. Inflammation is another byproduct of not caring for your scalp correctly. Failing to properly care for your scalp and hair when wearing an installation can cause scabs to form or even loss of hair. Not maintaining your hair properly is certainly not worth suffering with a sore scalp. So be sure to calculate maintenance of your hairstyle in your budget for your new installation. This includes using Safo Hair’s Hydration Ritual, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Our light, non-greasy formula leaves your scalp feeling soothed and healed while CBD's host of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids works to restore your hair follicle and promote growth directly from the source. Sunflower, Lavender, and Rosemary essential oils work alongside Vitamin E to nourish and protect your skin. The Serum works best when applied after a clarifying shampoo and before your hair moisturizer.
We have so many options for installs, styling and coloring, just pick what is right for you and make sure you continue to maintain the hair underneath the install. Have fun with your hair but also be safe not to damage your beautiful hair.
If a hair installation is not your thing, no worries. Continue to love your natural hair in its natural state....JUST LET IT BREATH!