Our beads are very good quality, but you may every once in a while have a client mention their beads have turned gold – or perhaps you’ve had it happen to yourself. This is caused by the paint literally being stripped off the bead usually from an additive in your shampoo. Yes, even if you have an amazing, salon quality, big name, shampoo, with the highest approval ratings, that all the celebs use, this can still happen. And it is no dis on the shampoo at all – we know there are super amazing shampoos out there (like in some of the Moroccan oil line) that have these additives.
Their purpose in shampoo ranges from to create a lather, or act as a thickening agent, or even to keep it from freezing during shipping. There are such small amount of these chemicals that they aren’t going to ruin your hair, by no means, however, there is enough to strip the paint off the beads after a few washes. If you notice this happening, or a client mentions it – that should be the very first thing that comes to mind. Especially since if it were a common problem (batch issue) on our end, it would be happening to everyone, not just one girl, every once in a while.
I did a quick experiment where I submerged half a dozen of our non-silicone nano beads into a container of acetone (nail polish remover), a container of water with purple shampoo, and one with water with hand soap. After an hour, nothing had happened so I left them overnight. By the next morning, all of the beads remained unscathed, in fact the only thing that happened was the acetone had eaten a hole through the plastic container and melted a bead into the jar yet beads remained exactly the same. Not a speck of paint had deteriorated.
Medications and Drugs
Another reason beads may change colour, is from chemicals being carried to the hair follicle through the bloodstream. Several medications, like antidepressants, birth controls, and acne medications, can be the culprits of this, as can Vitamin A, and narcotics. These toxins are so potent, that they will not wash out, and in fact, hair follicle drug testing is a much more effective and reliable method than blood and/or urine testing (for drugs), and can detect toxins that have been in the follicle for months.
I hope this gives you a different perspective on why beads may lose their colour.
This is one of the top questions we get as extension stylists, and I hate to say it, but there isn’t one blanket answer. That’s like asking what the best type of makeup is for everyone. Clearly the type of makeup you would use on someone with oily skin is much different than what you would use on someone with dry skin.
Hair extensions are the same: there is no one type of extension that is best for everyone. It really depends on your natural hair, and what you want extensions for. Everyone’s hair is quite different and the reason why someone wants extensions can vary from just adding length to adding volume to covering medical hair loss issues. However, I am going to discuss some of the top reasons why you would want to pick one type of extension over another.
IS YOUR HAIR THIN, FRAGILE, OR WEAK?
If you’re dealing with thin or weak hair you will need an extension method that is lightweight and doesn’t put too much stress on your natural hair. You also don’t want to put too many extensions in your hair, as your hair won’t be able to hold the weight of it.
Recommendation: Nano bead or (link). These are the most lightweight and are virtually invisible in thin hair. They were developed for people with medical hair loss, so they are suitable for almost anyone with thin or delicate hair.
Stay away from: Any type of weft extensions. They weigh too much and can cause bald spots if put in thin hair; copper tubes or microlink — the beads are quite large and are very noticeable in thin hair, plus the larger beads add additional weight which you don’t want.
Fusion: This one is a little trickier. Fusion extensions really depend on the stylist putting them into your hair. That’s because there are different weights with fusion extensions, some fusion strands can weigh 2 grams per strand which is way too heavy for thin hair. If you’re considering fusion, make sure that each strand only weighs a maximum of 0.8 grams.
IS YOUR HAIR THICK, AND HAS A STRONGER TEXTURE?
You’re one of the lucky ones if this describes your hair. Your hair is strong enough to hold the weight of many types of extensions, and your hair is thick enough to hide the extensions. What you want to consider, though, is how long you are planning on wearing extensions. Some of them only last one day (clip-ins), to a few months (fusion) to a year, or even longer (micro-bead, nano-bead).
If you’re planning on wearing your extensions for a considerable amount of time, I would suggest a reusable method (beads). Not only will it save you money in the long run, it’ll also allow for you to remove your extensions (should you want to) and keep the hair to have it reinstalled at a later date and only pay for installation
Depending on the severity, there are few different options for you:
General thinning: This can occur after pregnancy or due to other hormonal changes. If you are experiencing general thinning all over your head, your best approach will be nano bead extensions combined with hair fibers to disguise a mild thinning top.
Thinning in the crown only: If it’s only mild, hair fibers and just a few Nano bead extensions can make a huge difference. If it is more severe, a partial wig topper could be used. A topper piece isn’t a full wig but a smaller piece that mimics the human scalp and looks impressively real.
The bottom line is: this is only a small part of what goes into choosing an extension method. Other factors to consider are your lifestyle, the cost, your willingness to commit to maintenance, etc.
Be wary of a stylist suggesting one method because that’s all they do. A well trained, educated extension stylist will know many different types of extensions, and will be able to properly assess the correct type for you and explain why.
“Will hair extensions cause damage, or hair loss?”
This has to be the number one concern we hear in regards to hair extensions, but Hair Flair’s nano link extensions are the latest technology and were specifically designed for thin, fragile hair. They are the safest, most discreet hair extension option on the market and when fitted correctly by a trained professional, maintained regularly, and cared for, they will not cause any damage to your natural hair.
“If that’s true, why when my hair extensions are removed, do I see a bunch of my natural hair come out?”
The answer is simple.
The average person will lose around 50-100 hairs per day as part of the natural hair cycle. You only have to consider how often you clear out your hair brush to realize that you naturally lose a lot more hair than you realize on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I want you to picture one of your hair extensions clamped on your natural hair with a bead. Your natural hair is still going to shed those hundreds of hairs every day, but instead of coming out in your brush, or falling on the floor, in your bed, in the shower, they remain trapped within the bead with nowhere to go. Over the 6-10 weeks that you have your hair extensions in those shed hairs are going to add up!
Think of it this way: After a month or two (or three) when your hair extensions are due to be moved up or removed, you would have naturally shed around 12,000 hairs, a lot of which have not been able to free themselves from your hair extension bonds.
So for this reason when you come to your maintenance appointment, you’ll undoubtedly notice a lot of natural hair coming out with hair extensions, and this is COMPLETELY NORMAL. The hair extensions have not caused your hair to thin, and have not caused your natural hair to fall out.
Keep in mind that when you are wearing hair extensions for weeks, and months, at a time, you become accustomed to the feeling of having very thick, full, hair. When your hair extensions are removed it is easy to forget what your hair actually looked and felt like before. Just as it took time to get used to having extensions, it will also take time to re-adjust back.
Shedding is just the nature of the beast, however if at any point you do become concerned, contact your hair extensionist. A professional hair extensionist will have many years of experience in dealing with this, and will be able to answer any questions you might have, and really just put your mind at ease.
The key to hair extensions is also in finding a professional, reliable, hair extension specialist who is fully qualified, knowledgeable, and practiced. A simple look in the classifieds or social media platforms, and you will be bombarded with people claiming to be qualified specialists, so do your research and find somebody you feel good about and you’ll have no worries.
We at Hair Flair Extensions, often tell people to treat their extensions the way you would treat your natural hair, and to not overthink things. The quality of your European hair and the method of installation makes them very easy to work with, however there are a couple of exceptions. Please read on to find out the most common aftercare mistakes and how easy it is to avoid them!
SLEEPING WITH WET HAIR EXTENSIONS
Do yourself a favor and do not fall asleep before your hair extensions have fully dried. Your hair is at its weakest when it is wet, so when you go to sleep with your hair wet or damp the roots can become intertwined, and will dry that way. Over time this will cause matting, because your bonds will becoming tangled. For you, this will mean a longer, and more painful maintenance appointment as your extension technician will have to spend a lot of time detangling (a lot of girls charge by the hour too.) As gentle as she is, there will be pain to you and breakage to your hair.
CONDITIONING YOUR SCALP
Another common mistake is over conditioning; rather, conditioning the bond and scalp area. After your extensions are installed, feel free to wash it normally, but you must remember to only condition from the mid lengths to the ends. If you put conditioner on the bonds they will break down faster, product will begin to buildup in the bonds, and the extensions will fall out easier since they’ve been lubricated.
BRUSHING TOO ROUGH
Avoid taking your brush and yanking from the scalp downwards. It’ll cause stress at the bond and could pull the extension out prematurely. Instead, grab a section of hair and hold it taut, like in the photo, and brush starting at the tips working your way up. When you get to the top, hold the actual bonds as best as you can to complete brushing.
TOO MUCH HEAT
Never allow the hot stream of air from your dryer to sit too long in one place (near the bonds) as this can melt bonds over a period of time. A better idea would be to dry your extensions first using the cool setting. Same goes with your other heat tool; straighteners, curling rods/irons, etc. Avoid hitting the bonds with your tools – if the bonds do get overheated, the little metal bead gets stuck in the keratin bond and can be a lot harder to remove for your technician, resulting again in a more painful maintenance appointment for you/ potentially damaging your natural hair.
OVER-TONING AND PURPLE SHAMPOO
A toner is basically is a semi permanent colour, so it does contain a small percentage of peroxide. We all know you blondes love your toners because they reduce brassiness, but beached hair requires the lowest volume so as not to cause damage. Our extensions do take well to toner, however you need to find someone who really knows what they are doing and has experience. Purple shampoo can certainly be over used as well resulting in dry, brittle feeling hair extensions so use with discretion.