Hair Extensions Glossary
This is a knowledge base glossary that describes a number of technical terms regarding hair extensions.
Baby Hair: When we talk about baby hair, it is believed to add a natural appearance to the hairline and that is the reason why baby hair is included in all Perfect Locks hairpieces. It is added to the hairline of not only full lace wigs but also closures and at times lace frontals.
Bonds: Many other inferior hair extension methods use other polymers that do not behave like human hair which often lead to the deterioration of the bond and cause the hair to fall out. The Great Lengths Hair Extensions keratin bond is not glue as bond is nothing more than the sire where the extension is attached to the natural hair. Great Lengths keratin protein is a polymer compound and its molecular structure impersonates human hair. A lot of other hair extensions methods do not look as natural as this resulting in the worsening of the bond all leaving hair weaker. Great Lengths keratin protein bonds not only have a strong hold on the hold, it allows it to move naturally without affecting the hair shaft.
Bulk Hair: Bulk hair is not bound to weft and is packed loose. It is mostly utilized for braiding as well as strand by strand application.
Closure: It is a tiny piece of Indian Remy hair combined with a thin piece of lace. During a wave installation either to cover the gap left by human hair wefts or in order to cover the crown area, closures are used with great effect.
Colored Remy: It is virgin hair, dyed from its natural color and hair when colored, no longer remain virgin. However, Indian Remy hair is accessible in so many colors.
Cuticle: The hard and the outer layer that works as a defensive fence for the softer inner structure, is known as the cuticle of the hair.
Cuticle hair: Hair in interaction with the outermost layer is known as cuticle hair. And this type of hair last for a year if taken proper care.
Chemically treated: Coloring, perming, straightening, bleaching, these are the processes that are usually referred to as chemically treated. However, these processes can weaken and damage natural hair structure.
Clip in Hair Extensions: If you have to go to a special occasion and you are looking for a quick to apply extensions, Clip in hair extensions that are temporary, are the ones for you. It varies in size from one inch to a wide weft containing 3-5 clips at once. The fact that they are made with low quality human hair or synthetic hair, make them a cheap option to consider. Clip in’s can easily be maintained but they need to be washed and dried separately. However, if you hair is too fine, you should avoid using clip in’s as it will be extra visible.
Depigmentation: Erasing the color pigments from hair is known as depigmentation. A simple osmosis method is used by Great Lengths to erase the color pigments from the hair. Only Great Lengths uses this method while other companies still rely on methods such as bleaching the hair that can destroy the cuticle and hair to a great extent.
Double drawn: Great Lengths hair is double-drawn as they perform this process twice in order to ensure that the volume and thickness of the Hair Extensions remain consistent till the very end. Great Lengths use a laborious manual process to remove the shorter strands.
Full lace wig: When Indian Remy hair is sewed onto a thin lace resembling human scalp, it creates a hair unit or a wig. Wigs that are full laced, can be styled, braided and parted just like natural hair and can be styled in a high ponytail. Such wigs do not have noticeable glue or wefts.
Fusion hair: It is a technique that uses hot or cold glue to attach human hair to the natural hair. Fusion hair use human hair extensions that are specially made for this purpose. Those extensions give an amazing look because they are attached to the ends of the natural hair strand.
Glue: Glue is an adhesive compound, used in bonding tips. Removing it is a tough job as they can not only absorb color but also can cause damage to natural hair.
Hair extensions: Hair extensions are used to add length or to increase volume of the hair. The extensions can be boned, sewn on, clipped in, microbonded, glued on and can be attached to natural hair as well. Both human hair and synthetic fiber is used to make hair extensions and their main purpose is to thicken and lengthen the natural hair.
Hair installation: Hair installation is the process in which human hair extensions are applied to the natural hair using the methods of fusion, sewn and boned, and others.
Hand tied weft: In Han tied weft, hair is tied onto a thin weft using hand and it is used to apply Indian Remy human hair weave. These wefts are very delicate and are known be the thinnest and most identical wefts around.
I-tipped extensions: These are specially made extensions, also known as shoelace tipped, and are used in fusion weave application. These narrow and pointed tips extensions are also used in the cold fusion.
Lace frontal: It is a tiny part of Indian Remy hair attached to a thin lace, which is very skin-like. It is very similar to that of a full lace wig and its frontals can be used to replicate natural hairline or to hide damaged hair.
Machine weft: When a small machine is used to attach to a weft or a track to be used in human hair installation, it is referred to as machine weft.
Microbond: Microbond is ½ ordinary strand of pre-tipped fusion hair.
Micro Links: These are beads clamped onto the hair shaft and are also known as Micro bead hair extension or Micro Loop. Groves that is inside the bead grips the hair but it could damage your natural hair as well. Metal micro links are the worst of the kind because upon heating, either by a blow dryer or hair straightener, the metal damages and breaks the hair.
Pre-bonded Hair Extensions: ITip, UTip, VTip, or call it fusion hair extensions Pre-bonded hair extensions, such a Great Lengths, are arguably the most distinct hair extensions. Great Lengths use keratin protein – which is the same protein that is present in our hair, nails and skin – for patented bonds. Great Length is known to be the best in the business because its methods mimic the molecular structure of human hair making it easier to maintain by making it compatible with heat, water and sunlight. The easiest extensions to be maintained are pre-bonded and fusion hair extensions. In addition to that, it makes your hair thick and rich for six long months. However, you should not try removing it by yourself as it can damage your natural hair.
Remy Hair: Remy Hair use cuticle layer intact. They are collected from the donor and all of them lie in the same direction. Also referred as Remy at times, it is the best quality hair available. However, hair that is collected from more than one donor cannot be called simply Remy and such hair is difficult to manage as is tangle after few weeks.
Single drawn: Single drawn hair is collected from single donor and it has the cuticle layer intact. It retains its natural form shine and form and is considered of the highest quality. However, few discounters use hair that is extracted from multiple donors which is not a good idea.
Skin base closure: It is a tiny patch of Indian Remy hair joined to a rubber base. Skin based closures create a tight seal between the piece and the scalp, which makes it almost unnoticeable.
Skin wefts: In skin wefts, human hair is attached to a slim band of skin-like substance that is identical to a human scalp. Special glue is used to attach it to the hair and it gives the impression that hair is growing straightforwardly from the scalp.
Swiss lace closure: Swiss lace closure is nothing more than a tiny patch of Indian Remy hair attached to a slim, breathable lace base. It covers the gap between the wefts and natural scalp and is used to finish a sewn-in weave
Tangling: When hair gets knotted of because of lack of care or low quality products, it is referred to as tangling. There are many reasons behind the tangling of the hair and it can be avoided using different methods such as sleeping with the hair in a scrunchie or loose
Tape Hair Extensions: Tape weft extensions are not everlasting and are considered semi-permanent but are very quickly to apply. It takes 15 to 30 minutes to apply this type of extensions and it lasts up to three months. Great Lengths Fast Track use transparent keratin tape bond to manufacture tape hair extension and is the latest of the kind. It is very similar to that of a weft in width but can also be cut into smaller sections. Such wefts stretch out even and at ease in your own hair and do not require extra care.
Temple hair: Temple hair is the most sought after and arguably the rarest of human hair extension. Such hair is shaved directly from the hair of individual donor. Some women in Hindu temples, in special ceremony, offer their hair in order to get rewarded with special blessings. Temple hair is not only hand sorted, but is also bundled and washed and it sun-dried. It does not use any chemical during the process and the customer receives it in its natural form.
Toupee: The Indian Remy toupee is mostly worn by men. It is a tiny unit of small hair and it is used to cover hair loss and balding. Toupee can be combed, cut and washed with ease.
U-tipped extension: These Indian hair extensions are specially made for fusion hair applications and are also referred as nail tip extensions. These extensions use small keratin ends that are used in the hot fusion application technique.
Virgin Hair: Brought directly from Indian temples in virgin condition, virgin hair refers to hair in its original form.
Weft: When we talk about weft, it is nothing more than a hair extension attached to the hair either by sewn-in method or by clip-in. It gives the impression like it is a curtain of hair from one ear to another. However, these days most wefts are made of artificial hair or low quality hair.
Weave Hair Extensions: A number of sections of your hair are firmly braided to the scalp. In Weave hair extension, a weft of hair is sewn into the braid just with the help of a needle and cotton. However, tightly made braids can give you pain and can cause strain on your scalp. When we talk about weaves, it is known to be a better option for thicker hair because of the fact that it can take a lot of your natural hair during the process. In light colored hair, wefts can be pretty noticeable. These weaves are usually made of low quality human hair or artificial hair.