The world of hair extensions can be a confusing place; So many different names and acronyms are used and so many are interchangeable.
This jargon buster page is our way of ensuring that you have your very reference point to double-check any confusing hair terminologies.
Prebonds is a strand method attached at the keratin based tips with a heating element. They are applied to your natural hair in small ‘bundles’ with a heated keratin adhesive. Since your hair is already made of 90% keratin (a protein compound) this method is gentler on hair than regular glue. Prebonded hair extensions last anywhere from 2-4 months and takes up to 3 hours to install. Prebonded hair extensions facilitates a variety of hair styles including up-do and styling your hair down.
Microrings use i-tip hair extensions - the words are all interchangeable and you will hear people refer to i-tip extensions, micro rings and cold fusion hair methods when in fact, they are all the same thing.
The hair extensions strands are attached using rings (i-tip hair) - these rings have a keratin tip with a fine metal loop, which is squeezed closed to form a strong tip. This tip is inserted into the ring before being clamped with pliers. To reduce visibility the hair is fitted behind a strand for the client's own hair, before clamping to secure. No heat or glue is used with this application
Nanorings (like microrings) are made from copper. The application process is almost identical to microrings - the biggest difference is that nanorings are typically the size of a ballpoint pen nib, which is up to 90% smaller than regular hair extensions rings.
This style is done using rows (without braids). Weft hair extensions are sewn into the client’s hair on a track of micro rings - a full head of extensions can be achieved in just one hour using 2-3 rows of extensions. Comfortable yet secure, the LA weave feels comfortable yet secure with virtually no visibility of the extensions.
An LA weave is kind to your hair, and easy to maintain. It lays completely flat, unlike the bulkier sew-in weave. LA weaves last 6-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows and the same hair can be removed, and refitted in under an hour.
Virgin Hair | Brazilian Hair
This is hair that has been cut freshly from it's source - it has gone through as little chemical alteration as possible.
Brazilian hair comes either straight, curly or wavy - it is coarse, has high luster and holds a curl very well. Due to it's softness, density and durability, Brazilian hair is currently the most sought after texture of (virgin) hair on the market . It also holds colour extremely well making it a popular choice for those looking to colour their hair extensions. The impressive density of this hair texture means that it frizzes less than other types. For the majority of our weave styles, Weavealicious stylists use this type of hair.
There are a lot of similarities between these two types of hair with it generally considered to be, the 'gold standard' of hair. This type of hair is usually more expensive (per inch) than Virgin hair.
This hair is essentially plastic alongside some other materials. While Weavealicious would not recommend using synthetic hair for all hairstyles there are some in particular, which benefit from this type of hair. Crotchet, braids and some up-do's function better with synthetic hair as it is more pliable and hold its shape much better than human hair extensions. Afrinaptural (Marley), Xpressions, Free Tress and Aftress are brands that specialise in synthetic hair.
A sew-in weave is achieved by braiding the natural hair into a cornrow pattern and using a sewing needle to sew a weft, or track, of hair extensions. Sew-in weaves can be extremely versatile depending on the hair type and pattern of the cornrows. Hair can be cut, curled, and colored as if it were one’s natural hair. Sew-in weaves can also be pulled up in a bun or ponytail, provided the cornrows are patterned properly where they cannot be seen. Some of the more popular weave methods are:
Full Frontal (13x4)
A lace frontal is best used when you want to recreate the entire front hairline. It sits across the front of the head from ear to ear. This is a really good option if you suffer from hair loss on the hair edges. Wearing a frontal gives you the option of being able to wear your wig in a pulled back hairstyle.
A closure is typically 4 by 4 inches and is used to cover the area where the weave gets sewn in, giving the appearance of a natural hairline and scalp area.
Some of your real hair is left out around hairline of your head to cover the extensions. Depending on the foundation of your installation, you could potentially have a great deal of versatility!
As with a sew-in weave, the basis of a Crochet is first cornrowing one’s hair then applying the extensions to the cornrows. Unlike a sew-in weave however, the hair used is loose and not attached to a weft. Instead of being sewn in, crochet hair is looped under the cornrows with a crochet needle, (essentially a hook) and secured with hand tied knots.
These are individual plaits parted into small/medium or large areas. Braids may be of any width or length, but many will add additional hair to increase the length, thickness and fullness. One massive benefit of braids is how easily they can be manipulated - the braids are not attached to the scalp meaning there are endless styles available. Weavealicious customers have always loved the fact that they can style their braided hair as if it were long and relaxed. With proper care box braids can last up to 3 months, but the scalp must be consistently oiled - failure to moisturise the scalp can lead to dryness, and breakage.
Cornrows are an African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp (this is the main difference between braids and cornrows) to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed in simple, straight lines but can also be formed in complicated geometric, curved and linear designs. Cornrows can be created by using just the person's natural hair, or using hair extensions. Often favored for their easy maintenance, rows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained and with regular oiling of the scalp.
Closures refer to the oblong or circle shaped lace that has hair attached, so it can be used to place on the top or side of your hair in order to make your weave look more natural when rocking a full head of weave. Closures are installed in the “horseshoe” area of the head to close off the style, hence its name. Closures are typically 4” x 4” but can come in slightly smaller, or larger sizes.
If you suffer with bald spots, thinning edges or breakage then a closure is the best alternative to wear your hair extensions and still maintain healthy hair.
A frontal serves the same purpose as a closure; the only difference is the size. While the closure covers the 'horseshoe' area of the head the frontal goes from ear to ear, and covers the front of your entire hair line. A frontal is typically 13” long and 4” wide and can be made of lace or silk. It is typically sewn down behind your ear so that the hairline looks natural.