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At Stranded Professional Hair we offer two types of application techniques in 100% Remy Human Hair. Both have a unique set of selling points, and as a professional it’s important to be aware of the differences between the two alternatives, to ensure you can properly advise your client of the most suitable technique for them. We spoke to Susanna Bosman of Hair Confidence, a hair extension distributor and professional extensionist based in Holland. Susanna has 20 years’ experience of wearing and fitting hair extensions. She offers the most helpful tips when choosing an application technique for your client.
EXAMINE YOUR CLIENT’S HAIR
Before deciding on an application method, your client’s hair needs to be examined. If the hair is normal thickness and in good condition, then either method will be suitable. However, if your client has thin hair, then Tape extensions are better suited. This is because the tapes will sit flat to the head. Fine hair will cover the tape attachment, whereas pre-bonded applications may be visible through very fine hair.
A client with damaged hair may think that getting extensions will be the answer to all their problems. However, fitting either extension method is not the answer. Damaged hair will not support the extra weight of extensions. If the hair is damaged it will be susceptible to breakage, meaning the extensions could snap the client’s natural hair at the root, leaving the client looking and feeling worse and wasting time and money spent on the hair and fitting.
ASK QUESTIONS – Allow the client to be part of the decision-making process. Ask them questions about their lifestyle and listen carefully to what they say. If they are active and want the freedom to remove and re-fit their extensions easily, tapes are better suited. This is because tapes are easier and quicker to remove and apply. If they require longer-term extensions with less re-fit appointments, then Pre-bonded extensions will be the better choice. Re-fitting time for Pre-bonded extensions can be up to 7 months, whereas Tape refits can be as frequent as every 6 weeks.
Gaining a better insight into your client’s hair type and condition is important. Never apply either extension method to somebody who has any type of skin or scalp condition, such as alopecia or psoriasis. Fitting extensions could aggravate the condition and cause it to worsen, resulting in discomfort. If your client is desperate to get hair extensions, then Clip-in extensions may be a more appropriate solution. Even with this less risky option, it is best to advise your client to seek medical approval.
GIVE GOOD ADVICE– Client’s may have some concerns about the maintenance and comfort of hair extensions. Both methods require very little maintenance, but it’s important to advise that a good sulphate-free shampoo is used to clean the hair and to ensure the hair is conditioned well. When hair extensions are fitted correctly there will be no discomfort with either method of application. Any horror stories of badly fitted extensions causing extreme pain are always due to poor fitting. The Pre-bonded extension may be more easily detected by touch as they will feel like small bumps at the root, whereas Tapes are smoother to touch as they have a flatter, wider surface.
Choose only one method per client. Mixing the methods is not ideal as the sectioning techniques for each application are different. The longevity of each application is also different, and therefore the re-fit appointments would be more frequent to cover both re-fit due dates.
Understanding the differences between the techniques is crucial to ensure your client feels confident in your ability to provide them with the best possible advice and results. Not all techniques are suitable for every client and there are many factors that should be discussed. Also, if your client has never had hair extensions before, informing them in detail and showing the fitment tools and equipment will help to explain what is involved with each method of application. These are some of the key points, but for a better understanding, attending a hair extension training course will arm you with detailed industry knowledge which will be invaluable in growing your salon and hair extension service.
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