Extensions … all you need to know

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Hair extensions can be amazing. They can also be scary. There are many many different varieties and companies out there. Most are great when used correctly and for the right type of hair and person. Learn the facts and find out what options you may have.

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Human hair VS Synthetic hair

When choosing your hair it’s important to remember you get what you pay for. Synthetic hair may be cheaper and feel softer and shinier at first (because it’s coated with wax) but it will melt. This means no curling. After a bit of wear with synthetic hair, the coating breaks down and styling becomes difficult (think Barbie dolls)

Human hair is more costly but has all the qualities of your own hair in that you can style as normal and even color. It will also blend better with your natural.

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Clip In

Clip ins are great for events. These can be worn multiple times and are quick to put in and take out. Human hair is still recommended for the best blend.

Start with a good blowout on your natural hair and from the nape working up tease a base section of the hair, add a little spray for texture and then clip in a row of hair. Drop your next section and repeat. The teasing helps the clips have something to hold onto and to balance the fullness of your own hair with the addition of the extension wefts.


A full sew in weave is where your natural hair is braided into cornrows in varying patterns to create a base for the hair wefts to be sewn into. This can be done done with either a leave out (where your own hair is left out at the parting and sometimes the sides to blend and cover) or in a full closure (where everything is braided and covered)

The hair here is reusable and the braids will need to be redone every few months as growth loosens them. This is ideal for coarse textured hair.

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Beaded Weft (reusable)

Another weft option is a beaded weft. This is more suitable for smoother textures and finer hair who still want a full weft extension. There are two options both using small metal beads or locks with silicone linings that the hair is thread through and clamped.

Standard beaded weft takes a piece of your hair and a piece of the extension hair and locks it together every 2 inches or so.

In a Malaysian sew in the natural hair is beaded into a base for the weft to be sewn onto.

Tape Weft (reusable)

Tape is a weft option with more flexibility. Here the wefts are only 2 inches wide and placed in rows and brick lay patterns to create a very flat full coverage extension.

Two pieces of very thin wefts are sandwiched together with your own hair and last 6-8 weeks before needing to be removed and re-taped. This hair is reusable up to a year.

KeraTip Individuals (bonded)

Individuals offer the most flexibility in styling with extensions. Keratip bonded extensions are small and mimic the most natural blend and fall of extensions. They can be worn in any length and work great for spot filling length or growing out a style. The bonds are about the size of a grain of rice or even smaller. The hair is not reusable but lasts an average of 4 months with with no additional salon maintenance. Since there is no need in preserving the hair for reuse it can be perfectly cut and texturized to blend seamlessly.


I-Tip Individuals (reusable) (locks)

I-tips are a way to have individuals and reusable hair.  Each individual extension is attached to your own hair with a small silicone lined ring that is clamped closed around the tip of the extension.

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Short or Long, Color matching, Care and Styling are all important and vary from person to person and by technique and application. Ask your specialist what’s best for you. Just because you read one thing or have a friend that tells you something else doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong for you. There are endless options and we will find the perfect for for you and or tell you the reality of what’s possible and what’s not.

Multiple colors are usually chosen and blended together for the best blend followed by a detailed

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Lash Extensions (they are hair too)

Eyelash Extensions are individual strands of synthetic fibers made to replicate a natural eyelash. When applied, eyelash extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural eyelashes. The single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. With proper application, lash extensions look and feel completely natural.

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Strip lashes are a great option for an event or just a daily change. Adding lashes instantly opens the eye and gives a more put together look.  Be sure to measure your lashes and trim the band length if necessary to fit you eye properly and lay just in your lash line. This will give you the most comfortable wear and the most natural look.

Use black lash glue for an added instant eyeliner look.


Our Stylists and Artists here at Meraki Hair & Body, are always available to schedule a consultation with to choose what is best for you.

Marisa Rohlf, Crystal Leisner and Sarah Gioia are all specialists.