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Everything to Know About Human Hair Extensions in South Africa

Are you looking for a hairstyle upgrade in South Africa? Are you worried about your old hairdo ruining your overall look? If your answer is yes, it is time to explore the exciting world of human hair extensions.

Hair care in South Africa is now big business. With the increasing ease of access to fashion information, the demand for trending hairstyles is on the rise.

Between 2010 and 2017, hair care was amongst the fastest growing categories of products sold in South Africa, with sales climbing 38 per cent during that period, states a Euromonitor report. The sector is still growing.

The demand for versatile hairdos has seen the demand for hair extensions going up.  Internationally, celebrity icons such as Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Chrissy Teigen, and Ariana Grande wear these extensions.

If you need a hairdo overhaul in South Africa, it is time to learn what this market has to offer.

A Quick Look at Human Hair Extensions

In hair styling, extensions top the list in terms of popularity. As the name implies, extensions are additions to your natural hair for several reasons.

Whether you’re after protective styling, adding hair volume, treating female hair loss or adding length, extensions come in handy. These hair products come in many types, lengths, colours,  and textures.

If you want to get the best out of this trend, you need to get as much information as possible.

Human hair is one of the most popular raw materials for making extensions. Extensions from natural hair can last up to eight months.

If you need the best styling out of your extensions, you should go for 100% human hair extensions. These extensions can withstand heat application just like your natural hair.

This makes it easy for your stylist to work them into any style you have in mind.

Pros of Natural Hair Extensions

If you decide to go with extensions made from human hair, you will enjoy:

  • A natural look and feel
  • Low maintenance hair styling
  • Easy to dye hair
  • Easy tooling with heating tools
  • Longevity

Cons of Natural Hair Extensions

  • They are more expensive compared to synthetic extensions
  • The cuticles don’t always face the same way
  • Some extensions are processed

Types of Natural Hair Extensions

When shopping for natural hair for extensions in South Africa, you’ll come across different types of products. These include:

Virgin Human Hair

This is 100% natural and unprocessed human hair. It’s not dyed and is only available in its natural colour. It contains no chemicals and comes from one healthy donor.

This human hair boasts longevity, and you can use heating tools to achieve any style you want. You can colour this hair to achieve any look you wish.

Virgin hair looks great because it comes with cuticles intact and facing one direction. However, it is expensive and requires proper care like your natural hair to stay in mint condition.

Remy Human Hair

In the Remy hair process, hair makers keep the cuticles intact and facing in the same direction. This results in smoother and less frizzy Remy hair.

This human hair is heat resistant allowing for versatile styling. Colouring is possible for Remy hair. You also have plenty of textures to suit your styling needs.

What’s the Difference Between Remy and Virgin Human Hair?

South African studios use extensions of virgin and Remy hair. To make an informed choice, you should know the difference.

While both extensions come from human hair, Remy hair undergoes chemical processing for colour or texture. Virgin hair, on the other hand, is pure and has no chemicals.

Types of Hair Extensions

If you’re new to hair extensions in Durban, you are in for a confusing time.  In addition to differences based on raw material, you also have to choose the style of extension for your hair.

Some of the hair extension types in the SA market include:

  1. Clip in Hair Extensions/ Clip in Wefts

    Clip in hair extensions are the most popular in South Africa. These feature a strand of contoured pieces attached to the base with fabric or silicone.

    The extensions come with a clip ready for use. You only have to clip the extensions to your natural hair. They’re temporary and easy to apply.

    They don’t require the use of chemicals or other products. These extensions don’t pose any risk to your natural hair. With good care, they can last anywhere from 3 – 6 months or longer.

  2. Tape-In Hair Extensions

    A hairstylist places the tape in hair extensions between two pieces of bioadhesive tape.  The application involves taping together the extensions on either side of your hair.

    These extensions last longer than clip-ins but require a hair stylist to apply.

    Your stylist will use a heating tool to heat the glue for effective application. To remove it, you’ve to use glue remover, and a hair stylist comes in handy here.

    These extensions can damage your hair due to the heat applied to your hair’s roots. The adhesive can also ruin your hair’s structure.  They also take longer to apply.

    When treating your hair with these extensions, you need special shampoo or conditioner to ensure the glue continues working.

  3. Sew-In Hair Extensions/Weave

    These extensions involve preparing the natural hair by braiding it into cornrows first. Your stylist then uses a needle and thread to sew the extensions to the cornrows.

    This process takes longer, but the extensions are more permanent.  However, the application process can strain your scalp, causing pain.

    For the best results with sew-in extensions, you need the services of a professional hair stylist.

    Other common hair extension styles in South Africa include keratin extensions, fusion & pre-bonded hair extensions, micro bead hair extensions/ micro loop extensions.

Wrapping Up

There’s no doubt human hair extensions can redefine your look. This hair treatment is a confidence booster and allows you to experiment with different hairstyles.

The extensions are low-maintenance, and they feel and look like your natural hair.

If you want to enjoy the best of natural hair extensions talk to us today.

At Hair Renewal Studio, we have a vast range of hair care solutions, including hair replacement, hair extensions, hair care products, and much more.

If you’ve any hair care needs in South Africa, contact Hair Renewal Studios today for a free inquiry. We promise to dazzle you with our innovative hair treatments.