The Lowdown: Seamless Hair Extensions Blending

Short hair isn’t necessarily less glamorous than long hair. But sometimes they can cramp your style because there are fewer hairdos you can do with short hair in comparison to long hair. Blending extensions can be the perfect way to give you the volume and length you need to do almost anything with your hair.

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Seamless Hair Blending

If your hair length or hair volume has left some more to be desired, and especially if you want an affordable, quick, and treatment-less update to your hairstyle, hair extensions are the ideal solution to your hair transformation dilemma. And among the various types of hair extensions currently available on the market, one of the most attractive temporary options are seamless hair extensions. If you’re wondering how to blend hair extensions with your own hair, we have you covered.

In today’s article, we’re giving you the lowdown on seamless hair extensions blending!

Why Use Seamless Hair Extensions

Seamless hair extensions are a popular option for those looking for a more discreet and natural look. They are extra easy to apply, lightweight and extra thick. Plus, once you know how, it’s also really easy to blend hair extensions. 

In addition to this, seamless hair extensions are actually a great alternative for people who want a lighter and thinner extension method. Unlike standard clip-ins, the clips on seamless hair extensions are hand-sewn to a silicone backing at the top of the piece instead of to wefts sewn to a piece of fabric.

Read on to discover the best way to blend hair extensions.

Guide To Seamless Hair Extensions Blending

The easiest way to blend your extensions to your natural hair is through styling. Here’s some tips on how to blend hair extensions.

1. Style them together

If you’re wondering how to make extensions blend, this is a quick solution. You need to find out how to blend your hair with extensions in the styling process. Curling or flattening your natural and extension hairs together is the best way to keep them in place, hide the barely noticeable bump from clipping the extensions to your hair, and to merge the tips of your own shorter hair seamlessly with the topmost extension pieces.

2. Hide shorter hairs or baby hair

These can be rather disobedient when you’re trying to style your hair, extensions included. Not only do they get in the way, but they can also be a dead giveaway that you are using hair extensions.

Wondering how to blend hair extensions with short hair? You can twist them and pin them using a bobby pin at the nape of your neck. If they’re long enough that they form a big bump if you just twist them in a small bun, you can french braid them horizontally and use bobby pins to fasten them down at the nape of your neck. 

3. Use angles

Another trick to blending seamless hair extensions is to part your hair and apply the side pieces on an angle to create layers around your face. If you’re blending tape in extensions, this creates a softer and more natural look. You also get to achieve layers without having to cut your extensions to blend.

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4. Make sure the colors match

If you have finer hair or if you have a light hair color and your roots are coming through, you may opt to use a Zala’s Balayage extensions. These extensions will create a beautiful balayage or ombre effect, making them disguise much easier at the roots.

5. Trim your hair extensions

You can also trim your extensions into half pieces to blend them easier. If you’re blending clip in hair extensions, you can add these more accurately around your face and in the area near your ears which are usually problem areas when attaching your extensions.

If you aren’t confident with styling or trimming them on your own, you can take them to your hairstylist and ask them to blend your extensions to your natural hair, trim them and add layers to make them look even more natural. Better yet, you can simply ask your hairstylist for advice on how to shape your extensions to match your natural hair best.

Here’s a quick video on how to easily apply your ZALA Seamless 9 piece set!

Taking Care Of Seamless Hair Extensions

Like other clip-in extensions, seamless hair extensions are washable with water. Just be careful not to leave them submerged in water for longer than 20 minutes or else the water may seep into the silicone cavity and not dry as well as the fabric ones. 

Washing seamless hair extensions

Since your extensions aren’t subjected to the natural oils your scalp produces, there is no need to wash them often. You may just end up damaging them if you do. Washing them after you’ve worn them for 30 times, or once a month if you wear them a lot and for longer periods of time, would suffice. Not being able to easily style them would also be a sign that they need to be washed since this is most probably because there is already a product build-up on your hair.

Also, to ensure that the hair doesn’t dry out, it is recommended to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner when you wash them.

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Coloring seamless hair extensions

If your seamless hair extensions are made from 100% Human Remy Hair, like the ones we have here at ZALA, then they are also dyeable. Just make sure not to put any dye product on or near where silicone backing is to avoid damaging the extensions.

Lightening or bleaching, though, is not recommended. Hair extensions most probably already went through a long dying process, and doing so may cause damage. For best results, you may test your product on a single piece first. See if it gives you your desired output before toning or dying your entire set.

Styling seamless hair extensions

Lastly, while seamless hair extensions can be styled, do be careful when using heat to style them. The recommended heat setting for styling your hair is anything less than 130°C (266°F). It’s also best to use a ceramic heating tool and spray on a quality heat protecting spray before styling.

This is because, over time, excessive heat and high temperature may cause wear and tear to your set. Remember, unlike your real hair, hair extensions don’t naturally become revitalized. You have to take extra care of them if you want to make sure that they last a long time.

Seamlessly Blending Seamless Hair Extensions

Most of the time, just plainly clipping them in with your natural hair is enough for a seamless blend, especially if the upper part of the set you are going to wear is no more than a shade darker or lighter than your hair. You don’t have to worry about clip-in bumps or color mismatches.

Did you like this article? Feel free to share with us your thoughts in the comments below! And of course, for more hair extension guides, don’t forget to check out the ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Why Are There So Many Different Types Of Hair Extensions?

Choosing the right hair extensions for you can be quite difficult, especially if you consider how many different types of hair extensions are out on the market today.

In this article, we’ll answer the common question: What are the different kinds of hair extensions?

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Why Are There So Many Different Types Of Hair Extensions?

Why Are There So Many Hair Extension Types?

What type of hair extensions are there, and why are there so many? The answers are fairly simple.

Some people want extensions that will last in their hair for a longer time. Others want extensions that they can install and remove any time they want. Some prioritize the cost of the extensions over everything else. Others don’t care how much they’re paying as long as they get the highest quality products. Some only want extensions that aren’t hard to maintain. Others are more open to high-maintenance options.

In other words, different people have different needs and preferences. And when you’re looking for the right type of hair extensions for you, it’s your personal preferences that you need to assess first.

This article will guide you through the different types of human hair extensions. These are typically categorized into three categories: 

  1. based on usage; 
  2. based on the method of application;
  3. and based on material.

Types Of Hair Extensions Based On Usage

1. Temporary Hair Extensions

Temporary hair extensions are called such because they have to be removed before you go to bed every night. Over the years, they have become a very popular type of hair extension, mainly due to the fact that they’re so easy to attach and remove. Since temporary hair extensions require no skill to install, they’re also perfect for people on a budget who may not be ready to pay for the service at a salon.

However, one downside of temporary hair extensions is that the frequent act of removing and reapplying can cause breakages, especially if you use low-quality extensions. The most common subtypes of temporary hair extensions include clip-ins, halos, and ponytail hair extensions.

2. Semi-Permanent Hair Extensions

Semi-permanent hair extensions are ones that are meant to stay in your hair for a longer period of time. For people who are always busy, this type of extension is preferable because they don’t have to set aside a portion of their day to apply the extensions to their hair.

These extensions are not technically permanent, but they do last for a while, hence why they’re called semi-permanent. For most people, they should stay for at least four to eight weeks, though the exact duration still depends on the individual person, the type of hair extensions, the way they’re cared for and looked after, as well as the quality of the extensions.

Typically, semi-permanent hair extensions are attached by professionals in salons, although some people also opt to do it themselves. Some examples of permanent hair extensions include tape-ins, fusions, wefts, microlinks and weave-ins.

Types Of Hair Extensions Based On Method Of Application

1. Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are arguably the most popular type of temporary hair extensions in the world.

They’re the easiest type of hair extensions to apply to one’s hair, even if you’re a complete beginner. They are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

If you don’t think you’ll be using hair extensions every day, clip-ins are a great choice. They don’t typically cost as much as other types of extensions which makes them perfect for those on a budget. That said, clip-ins aren’t recommended for thin-haired people, because thin hair may not be enough to be able to hide them from plain view.

2. Halo Hair Extensions

Halo hair extensions are a great choice for those who are in a hurry. If you’re usually running late for work, then replacing multi-piece hair extension sets with the one-piece halo hair extension may reduce the time it takes you to get ready every morning.

In addition to this, halos are the least damaging of all hair extension types. That’s because halos aren’t really attached to your actual hair, so there’s no chance of them accidentally pulling or tugging on your strands.

3. Ponytail Hair Extensions

Do you like putting your hair in a ponytail? If so, you should try out ponytail hair extensions. These extensions were made to wrap or clip around your actual ponytail, in order to give your crowning glory more length and volume.

Like the halos, there’s also no danger of your hair getting damaged by ponytail extensions, as these don’t attach to the actual strands. Compared to clip-ins, they don’t take very long to apply, although halos are still a quicker option.

4. Tape-In Hair Extensions

If you have fine or thin hair, you’d definitely love tape-in hair extensions. The tapes are small in size which makes them quite unnoticeable. This means you don’t need to have thick hair in order to hide them from sight.

For the best results, we suggest that you go to your favorite salon in order to have your tape-ins installed. They normally have to be moved up every 6-8 weeks, depending on the quality of the extensions and how fast your hair is growing.

Tape-ins tend to have more downsides than other kinds of hair extensions. First of all, they are sometimes harder to deal with when you’re aiming for a specific hairstyle. For instance, having tape-in hair extensions can make it more difficult for someone to wear a high ponytail since the tape-ins can get in the way.

Secondly, tape-ins are harder to hide once your hair starts growing. After all, as your hair grows, the tape will start moving down your strands too. When this happens, you need to get it removed and reapplied, which can be damaging to your hair.

Third, maintenance can be pretty difficult. Since tape-ins are applied with an adhesive, your hairstylist will probably tell you to avoid using certain conditioners or oils. This is because of specific ingredients that may dissolve the glue used to tape the extensions to your hair.

5. Fusion Hair Extensions

Also known as pre-bonded hair, fusion hair extensions are a type of semi-permanent hair extension that is applied to your strands using heat and keratin glue. The process can take up to 5 hours in total since the adhesive has to be thoroughly dried first.

Keep in mind that once you get these extensions uninstalled from your hair, they can’t be reused anymore. So you’d have to buy new extensions every time you want them “reapplied”. Depending on how quickly your hair grows or how worn out your extensions are, this cycle can get really vicious, really quickly.

But if you love hair extensions, getting fusion hair extensions installed to your hair is something that you simply should do. Luckily, these babies can last up to 6 months if taken care of properly.

6. Weft Hair Extensions

Weft hair extensions, also called beaded weft extensions, are a semi-permanent type of hair extensions that are bonded to your hair using small beads with inner linings made of silicone. They last for about a month and are usually installed by professional hairstylists.

Thick-haired ladies will certainly appreciate these hair extensions. They’re much gentler on your strands as well, since there’s no adhesive used to attach them to the hair itself.

The only downside is that since they only last for 3-5 weeks, salon visits will be more frequent if you choose this type of extension.

7. Weave Hair Extensions

Also known as sew-in hair extensions, weave hair extensions are sewn into your natural hair. They’re popular for two reasons:

  1. they’re affordable and;
  2. when done right, they’re practically seamless.

That said, if you think your hair is too weak or fragile, don’t go for weave hair extensions. These can be quite heavy on your hair, so weaker strands will be more prone to getting damaged. They’re best fitted for those with thick strands who can withstand some amount of pulling.

Also, it’s best to have a professional hairstylist do this to your hair, as improper weaving can cause your roots to get pulled, therefore damaging your strands.

8. Microlink Hair Extensions

Microlink hair extensions, also known as micro loop or micro bead, are a type of hair extension that makes use of silicone-lined beads to insert wefts of hair extensions to your natural hair. The bead is then secured and tightened to prevent it, and the weft of hair it holds, from falling out.

Although microlinks aren’t attached to your natural hair with adhesives, they can also be quite damaging if applied improperly. For example, if the bead is too tight, it could pull on the roots and cause damage to your strands.

When done right, they can last up to four months in your hair, although they may have to be repositioned every other month. Those with thin hair should avoid them as the beads may be visible without thicker hair to cover them.

Types Of Hair Extensions Based On Material

1. Synthetic Hair

Synthetic hair extensions are made from fibers that were manufactured to resemble real human hair.

In terms of quality, synthetic hair extensions are not comparable to real human hair extensions. They used to be the default choice for people who wanted to stick to a budget.

2. Natural Hair

True to its name, natural hair extensions are made from real human hair. If you want hair extensions that look and feel exactly like your own hair. These types of hair extensions can be safely dyed, toned, and styled just like your own hair too.

Take note that while extensions made out of real human hair are of higher quality than synthetic hair, the degree of quality still varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

The highest quality of human hair that you can find on the market right now is Remy hair, the same type of hair that our hair extensions at ZALA are made of. So if you’re looking for high-quality hair extensions, look no further than our own hair extensions here at ZALA.

As you can see, there are many different types of hair extensions to fit different types of people. What about you, which one is your favorite type of hair extensions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! And as always, for more hair tips and tricks, don’t forget to check out our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The Best Hair Extensions For Short Hair

While we do believe that every hair type is beautiful in its own unique way, we have to admit that there’s something about long locks that make them so attractive.

Interested in adding some length to your crowning glory? In this article, we’ll tell you all about the best hair extensions for short hair!

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Choosing the right hair extensions

Before you begin, there are several factors that you have to take into consideration first when choosing the right extensions for you.

Quality

Some hair extensions are simply less durable than others. For instance, natural human hair is known to last longer than synthetic hair, so if you want your extensions to last you a long time, you should pick a brand that uses human hair.

That’s why our extensions here at ZALA are considered the best type of extensions for short hair. They are made out of human Remy hair, which means you can be sure that they’re of the highest quality.

Type

That’s right – there’s more than one kind of hair extension. In fact, here at Zala, we offer various types of extensions such as tape-ins, clip-ins, and even halos.

All of these can help make your short hair look even more amazing, so it all boils down to preference. Some people prefer halos, some prefer tape-ins, while others prefer clip-ins. It really depends.

Length

How long do you want your hair to be? Do you want it to reach just past your shoulders or do you want waist-length hair?

Here at ZALA, we’ve got hair extensions that are as short as 12 inches and as long as 30 inches. That way, you can have your hair length exactly the way you want it.

Thickness

You can always go as thick or as thin as you want, but it would look best if your extensions are as thick as your natural hair.

Remember, too thin would make it look like you’ve got damaged hair, too thick would make it look obvious. For best results, you should get wefts that are just the right thickness for your hair.

Color

This is usually low on the list of considerations, especially if you like to dye your hair anyway.

However, if you have short hair, this is actually quite important. That’s because you’d want a color that will match your natural shade, as it will help make your blend look more seamless. If you choose a color that’s too different from your own, it might give away the fact that you’re wearing hair extensions.

Blending hair extensions with short hair

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It’s not as easy to blend hair extensions with short hair as it is with long hair, but it’s still perfectly possible.

Step 1 – Pick your hair extensions

The first and most important step to blending hair extensions with short hair is to pick the best hair extensions for very short hair. Make sure that you consider all the factors listed above when you’re still at the picking stage. You should never settle for something that seems just ‘okay’. Don’t stop looking until you find something that will make you feel truly excited to wear it.

To make it look more natural, you might even want to try adding layers to your wefts before attaching them to your natural hair. Sure, it might feel like a waste, but believe us when we say that the results will be so remarkable, you won’t even regret it.

Take note that we don’t recommend this if you’re not adept at cutting hair. After all, unlike real hair, they won’t grow back should you make mistakes. Taking it to a good hairstylist is not only less risky, but it’s also much better for you and your new extensions.

Step 2 – Make sure the color matches

As mentioned above, color-matching is very important if you want to blend hair extensions with short hair.

You’ve got two options here. You can either dye your locks or you can dye your extensions. Most people would opt for the latter, but do keep in mind that doing so can void your warranty.

If you’re unsure which color to order, you can send a message to [email protected] so that we can help you find the perfect color-match and recommend you the best clip-in hair extensions for short hair.

Step 3 – Style your hair with the extensions on

You can simply comb your newly-lengthened hair and call it a day, but for best results, we recommend that you style your hair first.

Doing so would help the hair extensions blend in and look more natural on your locks. One of our favorite methods for blending hair extensions with short hair is by using the ZALA Cosmo Curling Wand to create soft waves.

Examples of hair extensions for short hair

Want to see some real-life examples? Brace yourself – you’re going to be amazed at the transformations.

Here are some more subtle examples. Can you see where their strands end and where the extensions begin? Maybe. But you have to admit, all of them look absolutely fantastic with longer tresses!

Did you like our article? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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PUBLISHED 7TH SEPTEMBER 2020

How To Keep Halo® Hair Extensions From Slipping And Other FAQs

Are you always adjusting your halo hair extensions? Some people complain that while they love their new halos, they’re always worried that it’s going to be slipping from their heads.

In today’s article, we’ll tell you how you can keep halo hair extensions from slipping. Plus, we’ll cover how to tighten halo hair extensions and address other frequently asked questions regarding halo hair extensions!

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What are halo® hair extensions made of?

Halo hair extensions are made of the pretty much same things that clip-in hair extensions or tape-in hair extensions are made of.

The only difference is that instead of clips or tape, halo hair extensions have a wire in them that holds the entire extensions together. This wire is made of very strong nylon to make sure that it won’t break easily.

Is the wire visible?

If you put your halo hair extensions on properly, then the wire isn’t supposed to be visible. Plus, since it’s made of clear nylon, it’s supposed to blend into your hair color. This means that it won’t be too visible even if it happens to become exposed.

Will I feel the wire on my head?

No. The wires used in halo hair extensions are very light, so you won’t feel them sitting on your head.

Do halo hair extensions slip easily?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions about halo hair extensions. Since they’re usually marketed as something that just sits on top of your head (which they technically are), many people think that this means they slip off easily.

The thing is, halo hair extensions aren’t exactly just “sitting” on your head. The wire actually wraps itself around the wedged area of your head, near the top of your nape. This area holds the occipital bone, which provides enough wedge for the wire to hold itself in place.

How to keep halo hair extensions from slipping?

So, need to know how to tighten a halo extension? And how to keep extensions from slipping? As mentioned above, halo hair extensions don’t actually slip off easily. Simply put, if you put your halo hair extensions properly, you won’t ever have to worry about it falling off.

How to put halo hair extensions on properly?

It’s pretty easy.

First, you take the wire band and place it over your head. The top part should be about 1 inch away from your hairline while the bottom part should be at the wedged area a few inches above your nape.

Once you’ve got it in place, simply pull your real strands over the halo hair extensions until they cover it completely.

And that’s it, you’re done! It’s basically just an easy, 2-step process.

What hairstyles can I do with halo hair extensions?

You can do any hairstyle you want with halo hair extensions, as long as you follow one condition: no hairdos that require tight, high ponytails.

Obviously, since the bottom part of the wire will be wedged at your occipital bone area, those kinds of hairstyles simply won’t work without a.) exposing the wire b) pulling out the whole hair extensions.

As you can see, using halo hair extensions is extremely easy and effective. You don’t have to worry about them accidentally slipping off your head, as long as you wear them properly!

Wondering how to keep clip in extensions from slipping? Check out our ZALA blog for your answer!

PUBLISHED 16TH MAY 2020

5 Reasons To Use Halo® Hair Extensions Now

Ever heard of halo hair extensions? This type of hair extension got its name from the way the wire looks sitting on top of the wearer’s head. The circular wire looks similar to a halo, hence the name. Seems pretty interesting, doesn’t it?

More than the interesting factor, halo hair extensions are actually a solid, cost-effective option for ladies wanting to go for a fresh look. In fact, here are our top 5 reasons to use halo hair extensions right now!

5 Reasons to use ZALA Halo Hair Extensions Now
PUBLISHED 13TH FEBRUARY 2020