Hair Extension Definitions

BULK

Term for loose 100% virgin hair. This hair is used for creating wefts or for services like fusion and braiding.

COURSE

A classification for stronger, thicker types of hair.

CUTICLE

The hair cuticles form a protective layer which covers the shaft of hair. If your hair is colored or bleached they can spread out, split or become bloated due to over processing. Which is why if you do process your hair, you’ve got to take special care and help its condition by using products.

FUSION

The process of attaching small pieces of human hair with a special adhesive (Keratin or Silicone tipped) and a thermal gun. This is a hair to hair process, no tracks are required. This method allows for free movement of hair extensions.

HANDTIED

An amount of hair which is doubled over and a small HANDTIED weft usually consisting of EIGHT treads is created by hand along the top to create a long strand of hair. This is also the type of hair strand used for hair extensions and weaving.

HAIR EXTENSIONS

Hair Extensions are used to add volume or length to your hair by bonding real hair at your roots.

HAIR INTERGRATION

A modern term used to describe hair weaving.

HAIR WEAVING

A process by which a hair piece is attached to existing hair on the head through braiding or a weaving process.

HAIR WEFT CLIPS

To attach hair wefts by clips. Clips are placed in the hair and snapped close. Wefts are held securely in place.

HIGHLIGHTS

The subtle lifting of color in specific sections of hair.

HYDRATE

To add moisture to the HAIR.

INTERLOCKING

A method in which hair is maintained or tightened using a tool.

KERATIN TIPS

A fibrous protein that is bonded onto hair strands for later use for infusion or micro link methods.

MICRO LINKING TECHNIQUE

The process of attaching hair wefts without braids. The links are sewn on to the wefted hair. The user’s natural hair is pulled through and locked secure. This system is highly recommended for natural hair that is too fine or soft to hold other weave.

MICRO WEFT

An amount of hair which is doubled over and a very small micro HANDTIED weft usually consisting of three treads is created by hand along the top to create a long strand of hair. This is also the type of hair strand used for hair extensions and weaving.

MACHINE WEFT

An amount of hair which is doubled over and MACHINE-SEWN along the top to create a long strand of hair. This is also the type of hair strand used for hair extensions and weaving.

LACE WIGS/MONOFILAMENT

Fine, transparent nylon or silk mesh with hairs individually hand-knotted into the mesh. Allows the hair to fall naturally and gives more versatility in styling. Very suitable for persons with extensive hair loss, as the color of the scalp underneath shows through, creating the illusion of hair growing out of your scalp.

POROSITY

Ability to absorb moisture.

REMI/REMY

Refers to human hair (usually Indian in origin) which has been harvested from root to end, with the entire cuticle going in the same direction. It is different from Virgin hair as it may be colored or permed, but has not had the cuticle removed. It is generally soft and silky, and is used in making higher quality wigs, extensions, and hair systems.

VIRGIN HAIR

This term refers to human hair which is still in its original state as harvested from the grower, and which has not been permed, colored, or chemically processed in any way. It is carefully cut from the grower with the cuticle going in the same direction and preserved to maximize its special quality. Harvesting the hair in this manner takes more time, which contributes to the premium price of this hair. Virgin hair can be of any ethnic origin, but the best quality hair used in making wigs today is of Russian, Ukrainian, Belgian, and Turkish origin. This is the most expensive hair of all because it is not as plentiful as lesser quality hair. In spite of the high cost, top-quality Virgin European hair wigs are in high demand by those who wish to wear only the finest.

WIG

The term used to describe any hairpiece with a full cap which covers the hair on the head, or the entire area where hair normally grows, as a substitute for hair. The purpose of a wig is to create your ideal look.

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