You have the right to know what makes the difference in making
the correct choice for your hair extensions. Your new hairstyle must not only
look, but more importantly must become part of your everyday lifestyle without
causing the problems so often associated with this type of service!
To ensure the
highest quality and long lasting new hairstyle, the hair used in your new
extensions must have certain essential properties. These properties may be summarized
under four headings:
provided hair with a scaly coating known as the "cuticle". The
cuticle acts as a natural protection and is responsible for the shine and
resilience of your hair, locking in essential moisture and protecting the hair
against the harsh elements (wind, sun, pollution, etc.) to which it is
Hair without cuticle would rapidly dry out, become brittle and
break, and appear lifeless and dull. (For reasons which are explained later,
cuticles are removed from an available source of inferior quality hair.)
In your own
natural growth, the individual cuticle scales are naturally aligned in the
same direction. Hairs next to each other are easy to comb because of this.
But what would happen if the cuticle scales where not all facing the same
direction? imagine a Velcro fastening. The reason the fastening grips so well
is because the burrs which interlock with each other are all aligned in
different directions. This is clearly the opposite of what is required for
hair extensions because, in this case, interlocking would soon lead to
completely matted and tangled hair.
When combed wet,
natural hair with cuticle will stretch by approximately 10%. Hair in which the
cuticle has been removed (later explained) is much more elastic. Because of
their different stretch, mixing these two qualities together can produce
disasterous results, especially inthe case where the cuticle has not been
fully removed from the inferior quality hair and may be facing in the opposite
direction to that of your natural hair.
The hair of
typical European women has an oval cross-section and is relatively thin; it is
normally between 0,06mm and 0,09mm thick. The hair used for hair extensions
must have the same characteristic in order to provide easy maintenance and a lasting
natural appearance and feel.