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Why is it healthier to keep hair extensions on for 8 weeks?

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You can have any method, most importantly to keep your own hair from damaging is proper maintenance and having them on for up to 8 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks. Shown to the right is the reason why. Hair sheds on the average of up to 50-150 hairs daily. Shedding hair is trapped. The longer you wait for removal you are at risk. Remember to brush 3x daily to keep shedding hair face down and prevent dreads and matting.

What's the healthiest allowable time to wear hair extensions?

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8 WEEKS- time to remove.
12 WEEKS- at risk.
16 WEEKS OR LONGER- critical, high risks for most.

How long do hair extensions generally last?

Since your own hair sheds up to 100 hairs daily, you will inevitably have shedding hair trapped in your extensions. As more and more of your own hair sheds, the extensions will put increasing tension on the remaining hair. Therefore that remaining hair cannot hold up the weight of, both, the extension and the shedding hairs, combined. The hair extension begins to take on a 'tightrope' effect. As a hair loss solution and hair growth expert, I highly recommend that you keep your extensions, regardless of whatever option you choose, for up to 8 weeks. Although they can technically last for as long as 12 months, you want to prevent your own hair from becoming weak and damaged.

Can I wash, swim, scuba dive and work up a sweat with my hair extensions?

Yes! I will teach you the proper way of brushing, washing, styling and maintaining your hair extensions.

Can someone tell if I am wearing hair extensions?

Anything artificial that is attached to the hair can look fake if not camouflaged properly. There are certain techniques you can use to achieve the best aesthetic appearance for your extensions.

How much do hair extensions cost?

Pricing of hair extensions depends on your location, the experience level of your stylist, the quality of hair you are getting and the type of method your stylist uses.

  • Overhead - Getting you hair extensions done in a large city is can be very costly, mainly because their rent if very high. Salons in large cities could be paying a total of $10,000 per month in rent, advertising, insurance, assistants, etc. Those costs are then passed down to their clientele.
  • Experience- Stylists adjust their pricing dependent upon their level of experience, expertise and knowledge of various techniques.
  • Hair Quality- Hair quality varies for the use of extensions. You have various degrees of quality in both human and synthetic hair.
  • Type of method- Think of it like this… there are clothes that you can buy off the rack. Then there are pieces of couture, custom designed and tailored to fit your body. When it comes to hair extension application technique, you get what you paid for. Because I offer a more custom approach than the competition, I have methods available for every budget. I also work in several different locations from, small towns to big cities. Therefore I cater to those on a tight budget and those who can afford more elaborate and intricate techniques.

How much does a single strand of hair extension cost?

You have to factor in the hair quality {synthetic, processed, virgin, patented} length {8" to 48"} texture {straight, body wave, spirals, yaki, super curly} and location {the economic level of a neighborhood). Experience {no experience to highly experienced} is, again, always a factor. That being said, the price per strand can range from seven to as high as twenty dollars per strand. Some clients get as little as 50 strands, to as high as 500 strands of hair extensions.  Do the math. The Rule of Thumb: The more coverage you need, the more it will cost.

What hair extensions are best for mixed ethnicities?

Any of my methods are very doable. It is all in the curl pattern. An expert permanent wave specialist can turn straight hair into afro.

Can I still get a perm, relaxer, color retouch or highlights with hair extensions?

Yes, but your results maybe slightly uneven because no color or chemicals can get inside the bond attachment. For this reason it is best to get your chemical process done first and at least 72 hours before your extensions. The most important thing is to not get any chemicals in the attachments. Human hair extensions will react to chemicals just like your own human hair. Any man made hair will not react to chemicals, making them non damageable. Please note- If you habitually trash your own natural hair, you will most definitely TRASH the condition of your hair extensions- Guaranteed, regardless of how great the hair quality you purchased.

Will hair extensions damage my hair?

Ponytail holders, clips, hair extensions or any foreign object attached to your hair can cause a certain degree of damage.  However, with proper maintenance you can minimize that problem. The more gently you treat your hair extensions, the less damaging it will be. For those who are extremely concerned, I would advise not attaching anything to the hair. I will show you the proper way to maintain your extensions while you grow your own hair in a very healthy way. Some things to consider: The wider the attachment, the more risk of damage. The smaller the attachment, the less potential damage.

I had extensions before and it damaged my hair.

How did you maintain them?
Did you brush correctly?
Did you sleep on satin pillow cases?
Did you braid them before you slept?
Did you put it up for sleeping?
Did you dry the roots thoroughly?
I will teach you the proper way of maintaining your beautiful investment, along with unlimited online support. I promise you that if you religiously follow my maintenance prescription, you will never, ever get dreads. Whatever option you choose, from the less expensive hair extensions to the most luxurious hair extensions, your hair will be damage free. TheSecretMane not only lengthens clients’ hair, but also helps to restore it.

I had extensions before and it came out easily or didn't last.

Some reasons might be applying too many oily products into your attachments. An extensionist who did not prep your hair properly, using the wrong kind of brush/combing it out or your own hair may shed more than normal. Some other reasons may be that your own hair is too weak and you may be a candidate for hair loss solutions. I will help you find the best method for your type of hair. I am a specialist in hair extensions, hair loss solutions and growing healthy hair. I will teach you the proper way to maintain your extensions and preserve the health of your existing hair. One thing to use are hair strengthening products. These products will fatten and strengthen the natural hair to support the extensions.

My hair extensions are coming out from the root.

Some reasons might be applying too many oily products into your attachments. An extensionist who did not prep your hair properly, using the wrong kind of brush/combing it out or your own hair may shed more than normal. Some other reasons may be that your own hair is too weak and you may be a candidate for hair loss solutions. I will help you find the best method for your type of hair. I am a specialist in hair extensions, hair loss solutions and growing healthy hair. I will teach you the proper way to maintain your extensions and preserve the health of your existing hair. One thing to use are hair strengthening products. These products will fatten and strengthen the natural hair to support the extensions.

Is there something I can use to make my hair stronger?

Our Hair Support Kit is a scalp facial for your hair. It releases dormant hairs and creates a healthy scalp environment. The kit and vitamins used every day for 2-4 weeks will prepare your existing hair for extensions. Then continue to use every other day. Alternate these products with the proper hair extension shampoo. Use our HairLoss Laser device for speedier and optimal results. Continue to use these products to keep your hair healthy and grow strong.

How can I tell if my hair extension strands were pulled out or if they fell out?

Examine the bulb. If it is still light in color then without a doubt it was pulled out, either by using your styling tools improperly or you just weren't used to them. If the bulb is dark in color then it fell out on its own. Just like when you pull out the leaf from a tree. I deal with trichotillomania clients {an impulse disorder that causes people to pull out their hair}, so I can tell if you either pulled out your hair or the hair itself came out on its own. Ninety percent of my first timers lose at least a couple of strands, for the first week, while getting used to their extensions. Also examine the hair that shed normally in your pillow and your hair brush. These should give you a better comparison.

Can you tell the difference between synthetic hair extensions versus human hair extensions?

Synthetic hair looks and feels like Barbie doll hair. It will hold its style until you alter it with steam or heat. One must be very careful with very hot temperatures. Clients that love synthetic hair are the alternative crowd, those on a very tight budget and those who are “hair rights activists.” I love synthetic and use it whenever I do fashion shows. This hair is like a colorful pipe cleaner that kids use to make in their creative arts projects. I can create twists, braids, dreadlocks, kinks… you name it. Since it comes in loose hair, I am able to control the density and pick out the colors and textures to create a one-of-a-kind mixture. This hair should be in all art room classes! Human hair looks and feels like just that-human hair. But remember that not all human hair is created equal. There are also heat resistant synthetic hair which feels silkier and can be styled with heating tools, just like human hair.

What is the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Caucasian, African American hair?

If you take a cross section of human hair, each ethnic type will have a different appearance. For example:

  • Japanese hair is round in shape, the largest in diameter, straight in curl pattern and black in color.
  • Chinese hair is round in shape, smaller in diameter than Japanese hair, straight in curl pattern and also black in color.

The Japanese and Chinese hair is seldom used in the U.S. manufacturing of high-end women's hairpieces. This hair is more suitable to shorter styles for men and women and in lower end hairpieces. The exception is for the Chinese or Japanese wearer, in which case it is ideal.

  • Indian (from India) hair is round/oval in shape, smaller in diameter than Chinese (the most like Caucasian), straight in curl pattern and black or black/brown in color. Indian is most often used in U.S. hair replacement, as it is the closest to the Caucasian texture.
  • Caucasian hair is oval in shape, varied in diameters, varied in curl patterns and varied in colors. Caucasian hair is not often used because of its lack of availability and its price.
  • African American hair is flat or ribbon in shape, fine and silky in texture (the opposite of what one might think) with varied curl patterns and black to black/brown in color. African American hair is never used because of its short length and tight curl pattern. It is necessary to blend several other textures or chemically processed Indian hair to replicate the texture of African American hair.

Explain the hair growth cycle in Japanese, Chinese and Indian hair.

The Japanese, Chinese and Indians have a longer growing cycle. Most of the hair cut for use in hair replacement is from these areas because it is longer, more available and less expensive. The hair shaft is made up of three components, the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle. The outside hair shaft is comprised of 7 – 15 layers of overlapping shingle like cuticles. These cuticles run in one direction from the base of the head to the tip of the hair. Healthy tight cuticles reflect shiny, silky hair while damaged cuticles reflect dull lifeless hair. Damaged cuticles are caused by chemical processing, hard water and repeated exposure to the sun. Once damaged, it is hard to close the cuticle and repair the damage. Many salon products are being marketed for the repair of damaged cuticles, as it is common to see in our culture.

Explain the hair growth cycle.

Hair has three stages of growth; the growing, the resting and the falling out aka as anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. Each strand of hair on the human body is at its own stage of development. Once the cycle is complete, it restarts and a new strand of hair begins to form. The rate or speed of hair growth is about 1/2 inches per month or 6 inches per year.

  1. The anagen phase is known as the growth phase. It begins in the papilla and can last from two to six years. The span at which the hair remains in this stage of growth is determined by genetics. The longer the hair stays in the anagen phase, the faster and longer it will grow. During this phase, the cells in the papilla divide to produce new hair fibers, and the follicle buries itself into the dermal layer of the skin to nourish the strand. About 85% of the hairs on one's head are in the anagen phase at any given time.
  2. Signals sent out by the body determine when the anagen phase ends and the catagen phase begins. The catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase, allows the follicle to, in a sense, renew itself. During this time, which lasts about two weeks, the hair follicle shrinks due to disintegration and the papilla detaches and "rests," cutting the hair strand off from its nourishing blood supply. Ultimately, the follicle is 1/6 its original length, causing the hair shaft to be pushed upward. While hair is not growing during this phase, the length of the terminal fiber.
  3. During the telogen, or resting, phase the hair and follicle remain dormant anywhere from 1–4 months. Ten to fifteen percent of the hairs on one's head are in this phase of growth at any given time. The anagen phase begins again once the telogen phase is complete. The preceding hair strand is pushed up and out by the new, growing strand. The process causes the normal hair loss known as shedding.

Is European hair is the best for hair extensions?

European hair is genetically very fine and colors are often light brown to blonde. Genetically, light hair is thin, whereas dark hair is thick. This hair, because it is very fine, is unsuitable for some hair extensions and chemical processing. This hair is best if used only for virgin custom wigs. The majority of virgin ponytails are medium to dark in color and very thick; so a fine textured and light colored ponytail is very rare. Very few European women will cut off and sell their hair. The U.S. sells many hair extensions, so we buy hair mostly from Asia. Indian hair is closest to Caucasian hair and also come in Ethnic textures. It is also very easy to get in a true virgin state because Indian culture is simpler than American or European culture in terms of
beauty practices. Indian hair is also much stronger and can withstand chemical processes. If you are a licensed hair dresser and expert colorist, you understand that stronger and darker virgin hair can go through numerous perms, dyes and chemical services without frying, whereas fine textured and light colored hair can easily fry. Please note- True European hair is very pricey since it is rare, whereas Indian and Asian hair are more abundant and easier to get. Just a note, my stylist friend from Europe tells me that European women feel that hair from America is the best--- the grass seems always greener on the other side.

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